All knowledge and theory in Biology has originated from practical observation and experiment. This module underpins the subsequent science-based modules at level 4 within the remainder of the student’s chosen degree award. It introduces key biological principles, covering the cell as the basic unit of life, an introduction to cell energetics, the variety of living organisms and the basic concepts of genetics. The development of essential laboratory skills in also introduced, with fundamental techniques; approaches to investigation; observing, obtaining, identifying and manipulating specimens all forming part of the acquired skill set. Alongside knowledge of the health and safety requirements of working in a laboratory setting, this module prepares students for further laboratory work in the remainder of their course.