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BSc Microbiology Intercalated

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

BSc Microbiology Intercalated

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

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

MCB-BSC-IC

UCAS Code

JACS Code

C500 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Students must have satisfactorily completed the course of studies to the end of the second/third year of the Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Dentistry pathway (or the equivalent at other universities or veterinary medicine degrees). The consent of the Degree co-ordinator and, for students enrolled for a medical or dental degree at Queen’s University Belfast, the Head of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is required before enrolment. Students entering Stage 3 by this route are deemed to have satisfied all prerequisites for the Level 3 modules.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Intercalated

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

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

Professor Neil Gow

School of Medical Sciences Institute of Medical Sciences Foresthill University of Aberdeen Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

None

Programme Specific Regulations

The degree classification is determined by an aggregate of the weighted marks for the individual modules. However, where the total percentage mark is within three percentage points of a higher classification and at least half of the weighted module marks are in the higher classification, the higher classification shall be awarded.

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

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts and theories relating to Microbiology.

2. Demonstrate a range of practical laboratory skills with respect to the investigation and manipulation of biological material and physical, chemical and biological measurements relevant to Microbiology, and the application on these skills in a research project setting.

3. Demonstrate proficiency in the collation, quantitative analysis and interpretation of experimental data, and the ability to problem-solve.

4. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers for data management and presentation.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Demonstrate ability in quantitative analysis, critical reasoning, problem solving, recording and interpretation of experimental data.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Throughout the course progress is assessed through logical/numerical problems on which feedback is given. Practical classes provide experimental data which is interrupted to draw conclusions.

Methods of Assessment

The relevant primary experimental data and derived results are reported and subject to critical assessment.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
The theoretical basis of microbiology (to include bacteriology, immunology, mycology and virology);
Practical microbiological laboratory skills;
The ways in which studies in microbiology underpin applied aspects of the subject and its potential to enhance the quality of life with respect to human health, agri-food production and the environment

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
The theoretical basis of microbiology (to include bacteriology, immunology, mycology and virology);
Practical microbiological laboratory skills;
The ways in which studies in microbiology underpin applied aspects of the subject and its potential to enhance the quality of life with respect to human health, agri-food production and the environment

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations and practical reports, oral presentations, essays and a project thesis.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Comprehend the scientific literature relating to Microbiology and carry out routine and investigative work in a microbiological laboratory

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills in the analysis and interpretation of microbiological data are developed in practical class exercises and the research project. Competence in laboratory work is developed through set practicals and the research project.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed through written reports. . Students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules, and prepare a project-oriented review.

Comply with health and safety regulations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are instructed about safety protocols relating to practical work.

Methods of Assessment

Risk assessments are prepared as part of the research project.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Communicate coherently and accurately both orally and in writing. Students will also be able to work effectively in teams while enhancing their capacity to learn through independent study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

ICT skills are consolidated throughout the pathway as an aid to report writing, visual presentation, literature searching and data handling. Although not formally assessed, qualities such as self reliance, good time management and the ability to undertake independent study are fostered and encouraged throughout the course.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through submission of practical reports, a project thesis, essays, numerical problems, oral presentations and unseen written examinations.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Research Project

BIO3308

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Parasitology

BIO3107

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Zoonoses

BIO3204

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Bacterial Genetics and Genetic Manipulation

BIO3203

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Industrial Microbiology

BIO3103

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Immunology and Pathogenisis of Infectious Diseases

BIO3104

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Stage 1 and Stage 2: Students who meet the entry requirements will be deemed to have met the prerequisites for direct entry to stage 3. Stage 3: Students must take the compulsory modules and one optional module listed (120 CATS).