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BSc Microbiology Intercalated

Academic Year 2019/20

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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 HECoS Code 100353
ATAS Clearance Required No
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

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Biological Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Biosciences (2007)

Accreditations (PSRB)

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

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Research Project BIO3308 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 95% 5% 0%
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 Immunotherapy BIO3104 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Biomolecules in Health and Disease BIO3304 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%

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).