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CH927 - Quantitative Biology

  • Module code: CH927
  • Module name: Quantitative Biology
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 10, 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is aimed at students on the physical/life sciences interface. It aims to develop their understanding of mathematical techniques for the study of large-scale quantitative data with case studies in both animal and plant systems.

Principal learning outcomes

"(a) Subject knowledge and understanding: Describe the Hardy-Weinberg Law, heritability, Fisher’s law; Describe the advantages of continuous-flow culture and its uses in investigating multiple nutrient limitation; Understand the principles and uses of Quantitative Trait Locus mapping, genome-wide association mapping and eQTL analysis. Specific knowledge of how this is applied in plant science genomics; Investigate how currents flow in complex neuronal structures; Investigate how signals propagate in neurons and their axons. (b) Key Skills: Basic mathematical analysis of the topics mentioned under (a) Written and graphical communication; Use of mathematical modelling software; Verbal communication and teamwork. (c) Cognitive Skills Reading, writing, calculating. (d) Subject-Specific/Professional Skills: Calculations involving the relevant equations; relating calculations to biological reality in a critical fashion; Experience in the use of research level computer-based tools. Experience of working in a wet-lab taking measurements of plant traits; Writing a scientific lab report."

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures (HvB, MG, MR) 18 hours; Workshops (MG, MR) 6 hours; Laboratory sessions (MG) 3 hours; Examination (MG) 3 hours; Total contact hours 30 hours.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: CH927-10)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
locally Adminstered Exam 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%
12 CATS (Module code: CH927-12)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
locally Adminstered Exam 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (B91Z) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Scientific Research and Communication (F1PE) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Complexity Science (F3P4) - Year 2