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MSci Marine Biology with Professional Studies

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MSci Marine Biology with Professional Studies

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

Master in Science

Programme Code

MRB-MSCI-P

UCAS Code

C165

JACS Code

C161 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level:
AAB including Biology and at least one from Chemistry (preferred), Geography, Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Chemistry grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C
OR
AAB including Double Award Applied Science + GCSE Biology and Chemistry grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C
OR
AAA including Biology + GCSE Chemistry grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C.
Note: it would be an advantage to have studied Chemistry beyond GCSE level.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level):
AB2B2B2B2B2 including Higher Level grade A in Biology and at least one from Chemistry (preferred), Geography, Mathematics or Physics + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade C in Chemistry and Mathematics
OR
AAB2B2B2B2 including Higher Level grade A in Biology + Ordinary Level grade C in Chemistry + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade C in Mathematics.

Note: it would be an advantage to have studied Higher Level Chemistry. Note: applicants for the the MSci degree will automatically be considered for admission to the BSc degree if they are not eligible for entry to the MSci degree both at initial offer making stage and when results are received.

For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Undergraduate Master

Length of Programme

5 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

600

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 7

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 M Rogan

School of Environemnt and Life Sciences, Univerity of Salford, Salford, Manchester M5 4WT

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

None

Programme Specific Regulations

The following regulations should be read in conjunction with the University’s General Regulations.
Transfers to and from the programme
Students enrolled on BSc in Marine Biology with Professional Studies may transfer into this programme at any stage provided that they have a weighted mean mark of at least 60%.
Students enrolled on this pathway may transfer to BSc in Marine Biology with Professional Studies up until the end of Stage 3.

Progression
To progress into Stage 4, students must obtain a weighted mean mark across Stage 1, 2 and 3 of at least 60% and attain a minimum mark of 60% in the Honours project module. Students who do not meet these requirements will be required to transfer to the BSc in Marine Biology with Professional Studies.

Degree Classification
The following module weightings should be used when calculating the honours classification: Stage 1 5%, Stage 2 10%, Professional Studies module 10%, Stage 3 25%, Stage 4 50%.

To be eligible to graduate, students must pass the module Professional Studies. Students who fail the module Professional studies will automatically be transferred to the same named degree without Professional Studies in the degree title.

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 to Marine Biology.

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 the biological sciences, and the application of these skills in a Marine Biology research project setting.

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

4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate and apply knowledge of Marine Biology.

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

6. Demonstrate intellectual, personal and team skills necessary for the world of employment and further study.

7. Demonstrate the ability to propose, plan and carry out high quality research work in the discipline.

8. Demonstrate how their degree learning outcomes can be applied to the workplace and show evidence of career management planning.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Demonstrate ability in quantitative analysis 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. The relevant primary experimental data and derived results are reported and subject to critical assessment. Statistical analysis is taught via tutorial and ‘laboratory’ based practicals in levels 2 and 3.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment in level 2 and 3 modules, where experimental, involves aspects of data analysis.

Demonstrate the ability to problem solve

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Elements of problem solving are covered primarily during field courses where students are required to develop their own experimental protocols in line with temporal and spatial constraints on sampling.

Methods of Assessment

Experimental designs are presented orally during field courses, and assessed formally during written continuous assessment.

Show critical reasoning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Modules include elements of ‘peer teaching’ whereby students present a mini-lecture to the class on a given topic. Level 3 modules require students to undertake ‘oral critiques’ of contemporary studies.

Methods of Assessment

Group oral presentation (peer-teaching); individual and group oral presentation of scientific papers (critique) in level 3.

Demonstrate the ability to reliably record and process experimental data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A strong emphasis on sampling rigour and experimental design is taught during field courses and during lab-based practicals at all three levels. These skills are refined at during the third year and MSci projects.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment during field courses and lab-based practicals via experimental write-ups. Data collected during third year and MSci projects are assessed by supervisor (including assessment of effort and diligence) and 2nd marker.

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Level 2 and 3 modules place a strong emphasis on computer literacy. This ranges from taught analytical practicals through to independent computer based learning and assessment. Literature review completed as part of Honour’s and MSci research project modules.

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations using PowerPoint at level 2 and 3. Data-base themed practicals at level 3. Literature reviews at level 3.Stage 3 and 4

Design, plan and manage a significant sized research project

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through their MSci research project.

Methods of Assessment

MSci Project proposal, research diary, interim reports and dissertation.

Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, problem solve and make decisions based on their own and others evidence.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Review of own and others work, through literature and practice.

Methods of Assessment

MSci Project proposal, interim reports, presentation.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the:
i) similarities and diversity of living things and the processes which underpin life on earth;
ii) range of biological sciences from the molecular to the whole organism approach, based on the recurring theme of evolution through natural selection;
iii) major theories and concepts concerning the marine environment and its flora and fauna

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Knowledge-based subject-specific learning and teaching is provided through lectures, tutorials, directed reading, field-work and computer-based learning materials. QUB has a diverse range of marine related staff that allows teaching at all levels of biological complexity.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations and practical reports, oral and poster presentations, essays and honour’s and MSci dissertations. Course work may be assessed personally, by peers or by staff.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Demonstrate an ability to comprehend the scientific literature relating to Marine Biology and integrate information there from

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills in the analysis and interpretation of biological sciences data are developed in practical class exercises at Stages 1 and 2 and the research projects at Stages 3 and 4. Competence in laboratory work is developed incrementally through set practicals and the final year and MSci research projects. Students are instructed about safety protocols relating to practical work and prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through written reports. Particularly at Stages 3 and 4, students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules, and prepare a project-oriented review.

Carry out routine and investigative work in a biological sciences laboratory

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills in the analysis and interpretation of biological sciences data are developed in practical class exercises at Stages 1 and 2 and the research projects at Stages 3 and 4. Competence in laboratory work is developed incrementally through set practicals and the final year and MSci research projects. Students are instructed about safety protocols relating to practical work and prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through written reports. Particularly at Stages 3 and 4, 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

Skills in the analysis and interpretation of biological sciences data are developed in practical class exercises at Stages 1 and 2 and the research projects at Stages 3 and 4. Competence in laboratory work is developed incrementally through set practicals and the final year and MSci research projects. Students are instructed about safety protocols relating to practical work and prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through written reports. Particularly at Stages 3 and 4, students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules, and prepare a project-oriented review.

Interrogate and evaluate scientific, bibliographic databases

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills in the analysis and interpretation of biological sciences data are developed in practical class exercises at Stages 1 and 2 and the research projects at Stages 3 and 4. Competence in laboratory work is developed incrementally through set practicals and the final year and MSci research projects. Students are instructed about safety protocols relating to practical work and prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through written reports. Particularly at Stages 3 and 4, students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules, and prepare a project-oriented review.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Demonstrate good oral communication and presentation skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Stage 1 provides initial training and assessment in communication, ICT, numeracy, problem solving, team working and personal development skills. These are enhanced during Stages 2 and 3 by assessed exercises embedded in compulsory modules on the degree pathway. 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

Oral presentations are marked by a panel of academic staff as core components of CA within Level 2 and 3 modules. Clear marking criteria are given to students ahead of time and respective feedback provided along with assessment mark after the seminars. Oral presentations are also a key component of the third year and MSci project modules. Writing skills are assessed at all levels culminating in the Honour’s and MSci projects and literature review at level 3. Teamwork is assessed via a range of continuous assessment exercise ranging from literature critiques, oral presentation, experimental design, field-based data collection and statistical analysis.

Demonstrate ability to communicate coherently and accurately in writing

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Stage 1 provides initial training and assessment in communication, ICT, numeracy, problem solving, team working and personal development skills. These are enhanced during Stages 2 and 3 by assessed exercises embedded in compulsory modules on the degree pathway. 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

Oral presentations are marked by a panel of academic staff as core components of CA within Level 2 and 3 modules. Clear marking criteria are given to students ahead of time and respective feedback provided along with assessment mark after the seminars. Oral presentations are also a key component of the third year and MSci project modules. Writing skills are assessed at all levels culminating in the Honour’s and MSci projects and literature review at level 3. Teamwork is assessed via a range of continuous assessment exercise ranging from literature critiques, oral presentation, experimental design, field-based data collection and statistical analysis.

Demonstrate time management and planning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Stage 1 provides initial training and assessment in communication, ICT, numeracy, problem solving, team working and personal development skills. These are enhanced during Stages 2 and 3 by assessed exercises embedded in compulsory modules on the degree pathway. 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

Oral presentations are marked by a panel of academic staff as core components of CA within Level 2 and 3 modules. Clear marking criteria are given to students ahead of time and respective feedback provided along with assessment mark after the seminars. Oral presentations are also a key component of the third year and MSci project modules. Writing skills are assessed at all levels culminating in the Honour’s and MSci projects and literature review at level 3. Teamwork is assessed via a range of continuous assessment exercise ranging from literature critiques, oral presentation, experimental design, field-based data collection and statistical analysis.

Work effectively with other people

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Stage 1 provides initial training and assessment in communication, ICT, numeracy, problem solving, team working and personal development skills. These are enhanced during Stages 2 and 3 by assessed exercises embedded in compulsory modules on the degree pathway. 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

Oral presentations are marked by a panel of academic staff as core components of CA within Level 2 and 3 modules. Clear marking criteria are given to students ahead of time and respective feedback provided along with assessment mark after the seminars. Oral presentations are also a key component of the third year and MSci project modules. Writing skills are assessed at all levels culminating in the Honour’s and MSci projects and literature review at level 3. Teamwork is assessed via a range of continuous assessment exercise ranging from literature critiques, oral presentation, experimental design, field-based data collection and statistical analysis.

Demonstrate the capacity to learn through independent study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Stage 1 provides initial training and assessment in communication, ICT, numeracy, problem solving, team working and personal development skills. These are enhanced during Stages 2 and 3 by assessed exercises embedded in compulsory modules on the degree pathway. 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

Oral presentations are marked by a panel of academic staff as core components of CA within Level 2 and 3 modules. Clear marking criteria are given to students ahead of time and respective feedback provided along with assessment mark after the seminars. Oral presentations are also a key component of the third year and MSci project modules. Writing skills are assessed at all levels culminating in the Honour’s and MSci projects and literature review at level 3. Teamwork is assessed via a range of continuous assessment exercise ranging from literature critiques, oral presentation, experimental design, field-based data collection and statistical analysis.

Show a level of self reliance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Stage 1 provides initial training and assessment in communication, ICT, numeracy, problem solving, team working and personal development skills. These are enhanced during Stages 2 and 3 by assessed exercises embedded in compulsory modules on the degree pathway. 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

Oral presentations are marked by a panel of academic staff as core components of CA within Level 2 and 3 modules. Clear marking criteria are given to students ahead of time and respective feedback provided along with assessment mark after the seminars. Oral presentations are also a key component of the third year and MSci project modules. Writing skills are assessed at all levels culminating in the Honour’s and MSci projects and literature review at level 3. Teamwork is assessed via a range of continuous assessment exercise ranging from literature critiques, oral presentation, experimental design, field-based data collection and statistical analysis.

Show in-depth knowledge and understanding of a specific aspect of the subject

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Through the MSci project

Methods of Assessment

Interim reports, dissertation and presentation for MSci project

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

The World of Microorganisms

BIO1301

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

20%

60%

Biodiversity

BIO1305

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

35%

15%

50%

Molecular Basis of Life

BIO1304

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

15%

25%

60%

Research Project (MSci)

BIO4301

5

120

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Professional Studies

BIO3303

3

120

46 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Project

BIO3308

4

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Cell Biology 1

BIO2104

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Coastal and Oceanic Biology

BIO2206

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Applied Ecology

BIO2107

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Future Oceans

BIO3102

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Animal Biology and Physiology

BIO2306

2

40

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Animal Behaviour

BIO3108

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Global Change Biology

BIO3205

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Applied Genetics

BIO2205

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Conservation Biology

BIO3206

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Notes

Stage 1: Students must take the compulsory modules (120 CATS) listed.

Stage 2: Students must take the compulsory modules (120 CATS) listed

Stage 3: Students must take the compulsory modules 120 CATS module listed.

Stage 4: Students must take the compulsory modules (120 CATS) listed.

Year out: All students will spend a minimum of 46 weeks in a work placement during which they will carry out some project type work. Students will begin preparations for the placement in the first semester of Stage 2 and the placement will be assessed within the module Professional Studies, BIO3303. Students unable to secure a year placement will be transferred to the BSc Marine Biology programme.