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MSci Zoology with Professional Studies

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MSci Zoology with Professional Studies

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

Master in Science

Programme Code

ZOO-MSCI-P

UCAS Code

C305

JACS Code

C300 (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 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 Mike Rogan

School of Environment Sciences, University of 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 Zoology 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 Zoology with Professional Studies up until the end of Stage 3.

Progression
To progress from Stage 3 to 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 Zoology 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%.

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

The overall aim of the programme is to provide a broad-based, high quality, learning and teaching environment that gives students the opportunity to:

• Acquire a basic knowledge of the theories and concepts and a practical experience of the techniques of this branch of the biological sciences

• Develop a broader appreciation of all branches of the biosciences

• Develop and enhance their knowledge and understanding of the principles and study of animals from the molecular to the community level

• Develop the intellectual, personal and team skills necessary for the world of employment and further study

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

• Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse the research data obtained and the associated literature

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Display critical reasoning utilising the theory and major concepts learnt during their course of study.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, field trips and associated group projects, seminars, independent reading and study.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of course practicals, essays, seminars, poster presentations, class tests and formal examinations.

Demonstrate laboratory based skills and the ability to: design and execute an experiment including accurate recording, processing and critical analysis of the experimental data obtained.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, interactive group sessions, field trips and associated group assignments and projects, additional reading material both directed and independently sought.

Methods of Assessment

Critical assessment of practical reports and project assignments with annotated feedback provided to the student.
Assessment of Honours and MSci project write up.
Work placement assessment.

Undertake quantitative analysis demonstrating numerical problem solving, employing both computer packages and non-computer based methodologies for data management, interpretation and presentation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practicals, field trips, individual and group projects.

Methods of Assessment

Class tests, practical reports, project write-ups, course essays, seminar presentations and exams. Work placement assessment.

Design and management of a significant sized novel research project

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Critical analysis of research articles, laboratory methodologies associated with their MSci research project

Methods of Assessment

Project proposal, research diary, interim reports, dissertation and seminar

Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and problem solve culminating in making decisions based on scientific literature or data which is either self-generated or from others

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Critical analysis and review of own and others' work, through literature and practice

Methods of Assessment

MSc project proposal, interim reports and presentation

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Show knowledge and understanding of the major concepts, theories and processes pertaining to zoology and the study of animals ranging from the molecular to the community level.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Knowledge is disseminated through lectures, essays, tutorials, directed reading, field-work, projects and computer-based learning practicals and materials. Both Hons and MSci students are directed towards carrying out independent research of primary scientific literature.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, practical reports, class tests, oral presentations and seminars, essays, projects, including a final Honours year thesis and MSci thesis. Course work may be assessed either personally, by peers or by staff. Understanding and critical analysis of scientific literature is assessed by a staff-marked literature review at both Hons and MSci level.

Demonstrate the theoretical basis of Zoology including an understanding of the similarities and diversity of living organisms and their wider impact on the environment, human health, agriculture and ecology.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, practicals, tutorials, field work, projects and computer based learning practicals, work placement, Hons and MSci projects

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, practical reports, class tests, oral presentations and seminars, essays, projects, including a final Honours year thesis and MSci thesis. Course work may be assessed either personally, by peers or by staff. Understanding and critical analysis of scientific literature is assessed by a staff-marked literature review at both Hons and MSci level.

Exhibit practical zoology laboratory skills including the competent manipulation of biological material, data recording and evaluation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practicals, field work, field course projects, work placement.

Methods of Assessment

Practical assessment, projects and final year Honours project, work placement visits and MSci project

Develop cognitive and interpersonal skills within a working environment

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Work placement

Methods of Assessment

Work placement, work placement notebooks, reports and seminar presentation. Laboratory notebooks at both Hons and MSci level

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Display the ability to interrogate and comprehend scientific literature relating to Zoology and integrate information there from.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Analysis and interpretation of zoological data are developed in practical class exercises at Stages 1 and 2 and the research projects at Stages 3 and 4. Laboratory competence and skills develop incrementally through set practicals and the final year research project.

Methods of Assessment

Written reports. Particularly at Stage 3 and MSci students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules, and prepare a project-oriented review.

Design and execute routine investigative work in a zoological laboratory.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Mandatory practical classes held at Stages 1 and 2 develop skills such as dissection, anatomical, physiological knowledge, analysis and interpretation of data, field course projects, Final Year Honours and MSci project.

Methods of Assessment

Practical assignments, field work and associated projects, Honours and MSci projects.

Comply with laboratory health and safety regulations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students receive instruction in safety protocols pertaining to practical work and preparation of risk assessments which they complete as part of their Honours and MSci research projects.

Methods of Assessment

Completion of COSSH forms.

Interrogate and evaluate scientific, bioinformatics and bibliographic databases.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Essay assignments, reports, projects, exams.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Communicate effectively and efficiently in both a verbal and written format to a diverse range of audiences.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, poster and seminar assignments, work placement, honours project, MSci project

Methods of Assessment

Seminar presentations, project write-ups, interview assessment techniques, site visits for work placements, poster presentations. Project proposal, interim reports and presentation

Demonstrate effective time management and project/study planning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Completion of Honours and MSci projects, field-work projects and assignments, work placement

Methods of Assessment

Timely completion of practical write-up, essay assignments etc.
Final year Honours and MSci write-up assessed in written format by both supervisor and independent marker and reviewed by external examiner. Project seminar assessed by two independent academics. Completion of work placement. Completion of MSci project, seminar presentation

Demonstrate good interpersonal skills facilitating the ability to work as part of an effective team.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group assignments, field course projects, Honours and MSci projects and MSci work in laboratory setting, work placement

Methods of Assessment

Honours and MSci project laboratory work, work placement reports.

Demonstrate capacity for independent study.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Honours and MSci project, practicals, essay assignments, work placement.

Methods of Assessment

Practical write-ups, seminar and poster presentations, project write-ups, including final year Honours project and MSci project

Demonstrate self-reliance,critical analysis and ability to work alone and problem solve.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practicals, project work including module assignment and final year Honours and MSci projects, seminars, work placement.

Methods of Assessment

Practical write-ups, seminar and poster presentations, project write-ups, including final year Honours and MSci projects, work placement evaluation visits.

Demonstrate numeracy skills including the proficient use of computer based packages for data analysis and interpretation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Computer based practicals, statistics workshops, work placement

Methods of Assessment

Practical write up and interactive sessions, exams, class tests.

Demonstrate proficiency in collating, processing and evaluating data from a diverse range of information sources comprising verbal, textual, electronic sources, electronic data bases or graphical sources.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, group study and projects.

Methods of Assessment

Exams, practical reports, project write up.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Develop cognitive and interpersonal skills within a working environment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Work placement.

Methods of Assessment

Work placement, work placement notebooks, reports and seminar presentation.

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%

Farm Animal Health and Welfare

BIO3106

4

20

YES

12 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%

Parasitology

BIO3107

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Invertebrate Biology

BIO2203

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Applied Ecology

BIO2107

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Zoonoses

BIO3204

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Microorganisms in Action

BIO2202

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Immunology and Pathogenisis of Infectious Diseases

BIO3104

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

40%

0%

60%

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 two compulsory modules (40 CAT Animal Biology & Physiology and 20 CAT Invertebrate Biology) and three modules (60 CATS) from the elective modules listed

Stage 3: Students must take the compulsory modules (60 CATS) and three other 20 CAT modules from those listed.

Stage 4: Students must take the compulsory module (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 Zoology programme.