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Health and Life Sciences specific modules

The Health and Life Science specific modules provide a foundation-level introduction to the Science subjects that will be relevant to your future undergraduate studies in Health & Life Sciences.

We have designed this programme to give you a solid foundation in Biology and Chemistry which will be necessary for your undergraduate studies in Health & Life Sciences and to give you the best possible information and assistance for your time as a student in the UK.

The modular programme includes:

Fundamental Aspects of Chemistry (10 Credits)

This module is designed to introduce basic description of elemental properties and the periodic table, solid and molecular structures and bonding, and to relate these to electronic structure of atoms. The mole as a unit is introduced so that a quantitative treatment of stoichiometry can be considered. Practical work introduces the use and handling of basic chemical equipment.

Thermodynamics, Kinetics & Equilibria (10 Credits)

This module provides the basis for a quantitative understanding of (i) the kinetic theory of gases (which is developed to consider the nature of liquids and solids); (ii) equilibria and the concepts of the equilibrium constant and of pH; (iii) energy changes in chemical reactions and the fundamental principles of thermodynamics; (iv) the rates of chemical reactions and the concepts of the rate determining step and the activation energy. Practical work deals with examples of these topics.

Chemistry of Organic Compounds (10 Credits)

This module is designed to introduce the main types of organic compounds by reference to simple systems and to specific compounds of biological, medicinal, and dental importance. The more important reactions of each of these types are described, and are explained in terms of the electronic structure of the functional groups involved. The practical work illustrates the basic techniques involved in the preparation, isolation, and purification of organic compounds.

Inorganic and Redox Chemistry (10 Credits)

This module treats some basic chemistry of hydrogen and selected elements from the periodic table; simple co-ordination chemistry of metal ions in solution; the ideas of oxidation and reduction in relation to oxidation state changes and electron transfer, and electrode reactions and potentials, are also developed. Practical work examines some of this chemistry and uses oxidation-reduction reactions as a basis for quantitative analysis.

Genetics, Evolution & Diversity (10 Credits)

This module deals with the structure, function and transmission of genes and with inheritance of genetically controlled characteristics, including more complex patterns of inheritance brought about by linkage and interaction between genes. This is followed by a brief review of the evidence for evolution and a coverage of evolutionary processes. Finally the module provides the student with an introduction to the diversity of living organisms. The theoretical coverage in lectures and tutorials is supplemented by practical classes which allow examination of cell division in plants and animals , analysis of patterns of inheritance for various genetic traits and examination of a diversity of life forms at both the microscopical and whole organism level.

Cells & the Chemistry of Life (10 Credits)

The module provides an introduction to the molecular basis of living organisms. After developing an appreciation of the very "molecules of life" the student goes on to learn how these molecules are organised into cells. The concepts taught in the module are fundamental to all aspects of biology.

The Way the Body Works (10 Credits)

This module deals with the broad principles of physiology, the nervous system, its nature, structure and function; the cardiovascular system and the roles of the heart, blood vessels and blood; changes in disease; breathing and lung function; the role of the kidneys; the function of the endocrine system and the physiology of reproduction; the digestion and absorption of food; and finally, with motherhood and the physiology of the new-born child.

International Foundation Programme