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BSc Zoology with Professional Studies

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Zoology with Professional Studies

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

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

ZOO-BSC-S

UCAS Code

C301

JACS Code

C300 (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 Christopher A Richardson

School of Ocean Sciences Bangor University Menai Bridge Anglesey LL59 5AB

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

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

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 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.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, practical reports, class tests, oral presentations and seminars, essays projects, including a final Honours year thesis. Course work may be assessed either personally, by peers or by staff.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations, practical reports, class tests, oral presentations and seminars, essays projects, including a final Honours year thesis. Course work may be assessed either personally, by peers or by staff.

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, optional work placement.

Methods of Assessment

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

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 project at Stage 3. Laboratory competence and skills develop incrementally through set practicals and the final year research project.

Methods of Assessment

Written reports. Particularly at Stage 3, 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 project.

Methods of Assessment

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

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 research project.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Seminar presentations, project write-ups, interview assessment techniques, site visits for work placements, poster presentations.

Demonstrate effective time management and project/study planning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Completion of Honours project, field-work projects and assignments.

Methods of Assessment

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

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 project work in laboratory setting.

Methods of Assessment

Honours project laboratory work, work placement reports.

Demonstrate capacity for independent study.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Honours project, practicals, essay assignments, optional work placement.

Methods of Assessment

Practical write-ups, seminar and poster presentations, project write-ups, including final year Honours 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 project, seminars, optional work placement.

Methods of Assessment

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

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%

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%

Future Oceans

BIO3102

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%

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 at least three modules (60 CATS) from the elective modules listed. Alternatively they can take Animal Physiology (40 CAT) and Cell Biology (40 CAT) and two 20 CAT modules from those listed.

Stage 3: Students must take the compulsory module (40 CATS) and at least three modules (60 CATS) from the elective modules listed and one other module (20 CATS) from those offered in the University, preferably also from those listed.

Year out: All students will spend a minimum of 46 weeks in a work placement during which they will carry out a project. The project will be agreed between the student, the placement provider and university tutor before the student starts the placement. 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 Zoology programme.