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PgCert Parasitology and Pathogen Biology

Academic Year 2021/22

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Programme Title

PgCert Parasitology and Pathogen Biology

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

Postgraduate Certificate

Programme Code

BIO-PC-PP

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100826

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

60

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Biological Sciences

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, food and consumer sciences (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

none

Programme Specific Regulations

Awards, Credits & Progression of Learning Outcomes

A candidate who fails to satisfy the Board of Examiners for the award of an MSc may, provided a satisfactory standard has been achieved (and on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners), be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma according to the regulations contained in the corresponding programme specification.

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 students will be able to:

• Critically assess parasite-borne issues utilising acquired in-depth knowledge of human, plant and animal health and welfare, food security and the future sustainability of food production, particularly within livestock and plant/crop production systems.
• Select appropriate control strategies to monitor and address parasite-borne issues,
• Select and apply the correct analytical tools in a logical and scientific manner to help identify parasite infection
• Critically analyse how parasite infection can be combated to improve human, plant and animal health and the performance of agri-livestock production systems
• Pursue a career in human health/infectious disease, animal health, veterinary medicine, animal/plant biology, pharmaceutical or related industries, or other areas of professional scientific employment

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Critically assess parasite-borne issues and select appropriate control strategies to monitor and address these issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students will develop a portfolio of cognitive skills comprising critical analysis and evaluation through a number of taught specialist modules comprising: Parasitology I (Foundations in Parasitology), Parasitology II (Advanced Parasitology), Literature Review and a Research Project. Foundations in Parasitology and Advanced Parasitology are classroom based, with lectures, directed reading and seminars. Advanced Parasitology encompasses a dual approach with classroom based lectures and seminars directly related to practical sessions held within the Key Skills in Parasitology module. The specialist module Key Skills in Parasitology will incorporate practical based classes and demonstrations offering students the ability to obtain a repertoire of highly desirable discipline-specific and transferrable skill sets.

Methods of Assessment

The development of cognitive skills will be assessed throughout the duration of the programme based on the completion of continuous assessment and written examination.

Critically analyse and evaluate data obtained from analytical and experimental investigations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students will develop appropriate skills through practical components of the modules and also the Literature Review module. Skills in judgement of evidence and synthesis are practised and demonstrated through group learning activities and problem-based exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Evaluation and critical analysis skills are emphasised in the examination and are specifically mentioned in the marking criteria for the literature review.

Make sound scientific judgments and critical assessments in the absence of complete data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Literature Review module requires students to work independently, guided by a supervisor or tutor. Students will practise bibliographic search skills through a comparison of different online databases. The underlying skills necessary for research are emphasised in Foundations for Research in the Biosciences and Bioentrepreneurship and Advanced Skills.

Methods of Assessment

Successful completion of Literature Review.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Display a detailed knowledge of the key current and emerging issues relating to parasite impacts on human, plant and animal health and welfare, food security and the future sustainability of food production.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific knowledge is taught through the specialist modules of Skills in Parasitology and Parasitology I and II. In-depth knowledge of a specific subject area is developed through supervised research in the Literature Review module.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment including Literature Review and the written examination

Select and apply the correct analytical tools in a logical and scientific manner to help identify parasite infection and critically analyse how it can be combated to improve human, plant and animal health and the performance of agri-livestock production systems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The specialist modules Parasitology I and II will be delivered through lectures and seminars, supported by directed reading of textbooks and journal articles. The Advanced Skills in Parasitology module will be delivered through practicals and seminars, supported by additional directed reading and practicals held in Parasitology.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, practical assessment and written examination.

Have acquired the skills to make sound scientific judgements based on proper critical analysis of available data and information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

An understanding of certain elements in the Advanced Skills in Parasitology module can only be developed through practical exercises which will be a key component of this module whereby students will obtain working knowledge of a range of analytical techniques and technologies which can be applied to the detection and treatment of parasite infections.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment.

Communicate their observations and conclusions clearly and professionally to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Continuous assessment tasks based on self-directed learning and Literature review module.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, Literature review.

Demonstrate personal initiative, independence and use team- oriented skills to tackle and solve problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Continuous assessment tasks based on self-directed learning and Literature review module.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, Literature review.

Demonstrated the ability for independent learning and critical data analysis required for continuing professional development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Continuous assessment tasks based on self-directed learning, Literature review and Research Project modules.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment and Literature review.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Develop their transferable skills to a NQF M-level standard. These skills can be subdivided as:
a) Application of numerical skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students develop numerical skills through discussions of the evidence underlying different pieces of scientific research (in lectures and seminars

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment

b) Communication skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students practise and develop communication skills throughout the course. Skills development is facilitated
through feedback. Students prepare work for different audiences. Communication skills include the preparation of slides for scientific presentations such as scientific talks and posters.

Methods of Assessment

Feedback and assessment on performance in continuous assessment group tasks is given by teaching staff.

c) Information technology skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Learning is generally supported through IT-based resources. Students therefore develop skills in internet searching for literature and other web-based material. Email is used to communicate with the students and use of this resource is covered (along with online databases and use of library catalogues) in Key Skills in Parasitology. Students produce coursework assessments using different packages (word-processing, graphics).

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is carried out in formative and summative contexts.

d) Improved own learning and performance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning through feedback given formally and informally. Literature reviews are chosen following discussion and reflection on personal goals and motivation for different types of research. Personal goals and effectiveness are discussed as part of the teaching in Key Skills in Parasitology. Biosciences and students are expected to assess their own performance using evidence obtained from course work and interactions with peers and teaching staff.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment and Literature review. Additionally students are expected to assess their own performance and progression using feedback from their course work and interactions with their peers and module team.

e) Problem solving

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Problem solving is practised in course work assignments. Intellectual and practical flexibility, along with creativity, are necessary for much scientific research, as is the ability to critical analyse data.

Methods of Assessment

Assessments in subject specific modules include elements of problem solving and report writing.

f) Working with others

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Team work as well as the ability to work individually, either through individual research or in collaborative groups is required by students at various points during the programme. Course work within the modules contains aspects of group- based activities such as collaborative practicals and group presentations.

Methods of Assessment

Feedback and assessment on performance in group tasks will be given to students by peers and teaching staff.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Demonstrate in depth subject specific knowledge of molecular biology, immunology and other analytical methodologies used in parasitology/pathogen biology research.
In particular, students will be able to appreciate the range of methodologies used in modern parasitological/pathogen biology research including their application, strengths and weaknesses and will be able to critically assess them; they will also be able to communicate the principles behind these methods.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific skills are principally taught through the specialist module in Advanced Skills in Parasitology. Further in-depth skills of a specific area are developed through supervised research in the Literature Review module. Additionally, information will be gained from lectures, practicals, seminars and laboratory-based research activities - these will be supported by directed reading of textbooks and journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

Continuous assessment, practical reports and written examination

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Parasitology II (Advanced Parasitology)

BIO8203

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Parasitology 1 (Foundations in Parasitology and Pathogens)

BIO8105

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes