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BSc Biological Sciences with Professional Studies

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Biological Sciences with Professional Studies

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

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

BSC-BSC-S

UCAS Code

C104

JACS Code

C100 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level:
BBB 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
BBB including Double Award Applied Science + GCSE Biology and Chemistry grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C
OR
ABB 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):
B2B2B2B2CC/B2B2B2B2B2 including Higher Level grade B2 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
B2B2B2B2B2B2/AB2B2B2B2 including Higher Level grade B2 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.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Engineering and Science.

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

Single Honours

Length of Programme

4 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

480

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 Mike Rogan

Scholl of Environment and Life Sciences, University 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.
The following module weightings should be used when calculating the honours classification: Stage 1 10%, Stage 2 20%, Professional Studies module 10% and Stage 3 60%.

To be eligible to graduate, in addition to the university requirements, 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 an extensive knowledge and understanding of concepts and theories relating to the biological sciences from the molecular and cellular aspects through to the whole-organism

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 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 on the biological sciences

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 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 an extensive knowledge and understanding of concepts and theories relating to the biological sciences from the molecular and cellular aspects through to the whole-organism

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, independent study

Methods of Assessment

End of semester examinations, mid-semester class tests, essays, practical reports, oral/poster presentations, project write-ups

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 research project setting

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, final year project work

Methods of Assessment

Practical reports, project assessment

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, final year Honours project, optional work placement

Methods of Assessment

End of semester examinations, mid-semester class tests, essays, practical reports, oral/poster presentations, project write-ups

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of:
1. the similarities and diversity of living things and the processes which underpin life on earth;
2. a range of biological sciences from the molecular to the whole organism approach, based on the recurring theme of evolution through natural selection;
3. the major theories and concepts of the biological sciences

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.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed primarily through unseen written examinations but also on the basis of practical reports, oral presentations, essays and a project thesis. 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:

Comprehend the scientific literature relating to Biological Sciences 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 project at Stage 3. Competence in laboratory work is developed incrementally through set practicals and the final year research project.

Methods of Assessment

They are assessed through written reports. Particularly at Stage 3, 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

Subject specific practicals, practical skills workshops, final years Honours project, optional work placement

Methods of Assessment

Practical reports, completion of practical skills portfolio

Comply with health and safety regulations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are instructed about safety protocols relating to practical work and prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Completion of / compliance with COSHH Risk Assessments

Interrogate and evaluate scientific, bibliographic databases

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Scientific writing workshops, library courses, online teaching material

Methods of Assessment

Written reports, essays, honours project thesis

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Demonstrate an ability to communicate (orally and in writing) and apply knowledge on the biological sciences

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, final year Honours project, optional work placement

Methods of Assessment

End of semester examinations, mid-semester class tests, essays, practical reports, oral/poster presentations, project write-ups

Demonstrate personal-, intellectual-, independent- and team-skills necessary for the world of employment and further study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practicals, final year Honours project, optional work placement

Methods of Assessment

Practical reports, oral/poster presentations, project write-ups

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, final year Honours project, optional work placement

Methods of Assessment

End of semester examinations, mid-semester class tests, essays, practical reports, oral/poster presentations, project write-ups

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, library courses, final year Honours project

Methods of Assessment

Practical reports, oral/poster presentations, project write-ups

Demonstrate effective time management and planning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practicals, final year Honours project, optional work placement

Methods of Assessment

Honours project progress

Work effectively with other people

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practicals, final year Honours project, optional work placement

Methods of Assessment

Practical reports, oral/poster presentations, project write-ups

Show an ability to learn through independent study

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practicals, final year Honours project, optional work placement

Methods of Assessment

Practical reports, oral/poster presentations, project write-ups

Demonstrate self-reliance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practicals, final year Honours project, optional work placement

Methods of Assessment

Practical reports, oral/poster presentations, project write-ups

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%

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 2

BIO2304

2

40

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics

BIO2305

2

40

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Coastal and Oceanic Biology

BIO2206

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Experimental Biochemistry

BIO2102

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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

40%

0%

60%

Industrial Microbiology

BIO3103

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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%

Plant Biology and Rhizosphere Interactions

BIO2106

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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 compulsory modules (80 CATS) listed and either two other 20 CAT modules, or one 40 CAT module form the optional modules listed. BIO2303: 10 workshops and 16 week placement

Stage 3: Students must take the compulsory module (40 CATS) and four other 20 CATS modules from the optional modules 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 Biological Sciences programme.