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FD Biological Sciences

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

FD Biological Sciences

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Foundation Degree

Programme Code

BIO-FD-S

UCAS Code

0353

JACS Code

F751 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-Levels – 160 UCAS points, including a C in A2 Biology, plus a minimum of three GCSE passes at Grade C or above to include English, Maths and Double Award Science (or GCSE Biology and Chemistry) at Grade C or above if not achieved at A-level.
or
A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at MMP in a relevant science subject with a majority of units passed at Merit level over both years of the course.
or
Irish Leaving Certificate - five subjects including a minimum BCCC at higher Level in relevant subjects. English and Maths Ordinary Level Grade C would be necessary if not offered at Higher Level.
or
An Access course containing significant science content with overall average of 65% or an average of 75% in a non-relevant course e.g. computing, IT, engineering plus GCSE Double Award Science. (Or Biology and Chemistry).
or
Other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the admissions committee for the Foundation Degree.
Please note:
APEL mature candidates (over 21 on 1 October of year of entry) who cannot offer any of the above qualifications may elect to submit evidence of appropriate skills and knowledge. Evidence submitted will be assessed by subject specialists who will determine the applicant's suitability for the course.

Additional Information:
This qualification articulates to Stage 2 of the BSc (Hons) programme in Biological Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast . Students must achieve a qualifying standard in their Foundation degree in order to be eligible for articulation.

Further information on entrance requirements is available from the Admissions and Access Service: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/admissions/

For further information refer to
Email biosciences-ug@qub.ac.uk
Belfast Metropolitan College Website: www.belfastmet.ac.uk

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Foundation Degree

Length of Programme

2 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

240

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Belfast Metropolitan College

School/Department

Biological Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Biosciences (2007)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr R Madigan

School of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Awards, Credits and Progression of Learning Outcomes
• The following regulations should be read in conjunction with the University’s General Regulations.

Examinations
• The programme is governed by Queen's University of Belfast Foundation Degree regulations. Progress between years is subject to Belfast Metropolitan College Policies and University regulations.

Year 1
• In order to proceed to Year 2 students must have passed or been granted credit for all modules in Year 1, or must have passed all modules in Year 1and normally have no more than one outstanding (i.e. failed or incomplete) module taken in Year 1. The work placement module must be completed and passed in order to proceed into year 2.

Degree award
• To be awarded a Foundation Degree, students must have completed all modules and normally have accumulated credit, by passing modules, for a minimum of 240 CATS points. The degree is awarded on the basis of 25% for Level 4 modules and 75% for Level 5 modules. Those achieving an average mark of 40% or higher will be awarded the Foundation Degree in Biological Science. This must include a minimum mark of 40% in the Work Placement module.
• Successful completion of the Foundation Degree will require passes in all modules (including Work-based Learning).
• The classification scale for the final award will be:
70%+ Pass with high commendation
60%+ Pass with commendation
40%+ Pass Below
40% Fail

Articulation
Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree with an overall weighted mark of 55% and, in addition, at least 55% in each module assessed in final year will be eligible to progress to degree programmes in the School of Biological Science at Queen’s.

Students with protected characteristics

The programme does not contain barriers to access or progression among protected groups.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

This programme aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of scientific methods of enquiry and theoretical principles of biological sciences, including, where appropriate, the application of those principles in an employment context.

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of biological sciences in the current economic environment
2. Show an understanding of the hierarchical nature of biological sciences ranging from molecular level to whole organism and species interactions
3. Demonstrate competence and dexterity in contemporary biological practical techniques and cognate disciplines
4. Demonstrate competence in subject specific key skills, problem solving, and a professional approach to work, study and lifelong learning

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in biosciences. (All Modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

2. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

3. Construct reasoned arguments to support their position on the ethical and social impact of advances in the biosciences. (FDR101x FDR201x, FDR204x, FDR205x)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test.

4. Plan, execute and present investigations in which qualities such as time management, problem solving and independence are evident, as well as interpretation and critical awareness of the quality of the evidence. (All practical modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test

5. Apply numerical skills and techniques to interpret data. (FDR101X, FDR102X, FDR103X, FDR104X, FDR105X, FDR202x, FDR203x, FDR204x, FDR205x, FDR206x)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Develop Information technology skills, including word processing, spreadsheet use, database use, and internet use. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

2. Evaluation of qualitative and quantitative data including acquisition, interpretation and critical evaluation of data. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

3. Interpersonal skills; the ability to interact professionally with peers, staff and others, including appropriate written and oral skills. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

4. Time management and organization; ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

5. Study skills for lifelong learning, including independent study. (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through assignments, class test and practical assessment

6. Skills required in the development of career action plans and in the management of the students own responsibilities (FDR102X, FDR106X, FDR202x)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and workplace learning, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through, assignments, class test and practical assessment

7. Creative skills developed through work such as projects, academic posters and work placement presentations (FDR106X, FDR102X, FDR202x)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures and workplace learning

Methods of Assessment

assessed through assignment and practical assessment.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of biological phenomena at a variety of levels (from molecular to ecological systems) and be able to understand the relationship of evolutionary theory to their area of study (FDR101X, FDR104X, FDR105X, FDR201x, FDR202x, FDR203x, FDR204x, FDR205x, FDR206x)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

2. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles in biosciences and the way in which those principles have been developed. (All Modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

3. Demonstrate successful application in the workplace of the range of knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme (FDR106x, FDR202x)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the molecular aspects of Biology including biochemistry and experimental techniques (FDR101x, FDR102X, FDR104x, FDR202x, FDR203x

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the molecular basis of genetics and gene expression and be able to give detailed examples (FDR205x

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment.

6. Explain critically how the properties or a range of cells (prokaryotic and eukaryotic) suit them for their biological function, and how they could be investigated experimentally (FDR101x, FDR105x, FDR201x, FDR206x)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

7. Describe the structure, diversity and reproduction of organisms studied. (FDR105x, FDR201x, FDR206x)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

8. Describe and exemplify patterns of distribution of organisms in relation to biotic and abiotic factors (FDR204x).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate competence in a broad range of appropriate practical techniques and skills relevant to the Biosciences (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

2. Demonstrate the ability to place their practical work in context and to suggest lines of further investigation (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

3. Demonstrate well developed strategies for updating , maintaining and enhancing their knowledge of the biosciences (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific ideas in a range of formats, including formal scientific reporting (All modules)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

supported through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars and field visits, independent study

Methods of Assessment

assessed through unseen exam, assignments, class test and practical assessment

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Basic Biology

FDR1203

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Biochemistry

FDR1202

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Mathematical & Study Skills in Science

FDR1102

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

0%

30%

Basic Chemistry

FDR1201

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Fundamentals of Science

FDR1101

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Work Based Learning

FDR1301

1

20

10 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Biological Diversity and Evolution

FDR2101

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

BioScience Practical and Analytical Skills

FDR2102

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Food Biochemistry

FDR2103

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Ecology and Environmental Biology

FDR2201

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Molecular Biology and Genetics

FDR2202

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Microbiology

FDR2203

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Notes