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Undergraduate Programme Specification

BSc Marine Biology

Academic Year 2021/22

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance processes. All degrees are awarded by Queen's University Belfast.

Programme Title BSc Marine Biology Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code MRN-BSC-S UCAS Code C160 HECoS Code 100351 - Marine biology - 100
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 3 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 360
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 6

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

Biosciences (2019)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Royal Society of Biology

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 16-10-18

Regulation Information

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

None

Programme Specific Regulations

In addition to the Study Regulations for Undergraduate Programmes: in order to be awarded an honours degree, the honours degree students must pass the honours project module BIO3308 (40 CATS).

Where students have failed the honours project module BIO3308 (40 CATS) but meet the minimum credit requirement for a Bachelor’s degree they will be awarded the exit award of BSc Bioscience (not Royal Society of Biology Accredited).

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 BSc Honours Marine Biology Programme is designed to give graduates in-depth knowledge into marine sciences at a broad level. This course allows students to study the theories and concepts of this branch of the biological sciences enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the principles and study of marine life from the molecular through to populations and ecosystems. Students will develop a broader appreciation of all branches of the biosciences including molecular biology and genetics, microbiology and ecology. The programme is underpinned by an active research environment and aims to enable all students to develop comprehensive subject-specific knowledge with practical and transferable skills in the area of marine science whilst, encouraging creative thinking and innovation. On completion of the programme successful students will have developed the knowledge and expertise required to pursue a research or other professional career in the Marine and the broader Biological Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate scientific literature

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are achieved through lectures, practical classes, discussions, field work, tutorials, group work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral
presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

Apply subject knowledge and understanding to generate hypotheses to address familiar and unfamiliar problems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are achieved through lectures, practical classes, discussions, field work, tutorials, group work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral
presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

Demonstrate the ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems and appreciate the limitations of current hypotheses.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are achieved through lectures, practical classes, discussions, field work, tutorials, group work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral
presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

Recognise the importance of academic and research integrity and ethical issues of investigations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Outcomes are achieved through lectures, practical classes, discussions, field work, tutorials, group work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral
presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Knowledge and understanding of the major concepts, theories and processes pertaining to the marine environment and its flora and fauna.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Knowledge-based subject-specific learning and teaching is provided through lectures, module practical classes,
discussions, field work, tutorials, group work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and
independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral
presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

Theoretical basis of marine science including an understanding of the physical and chemical processes that occur in the marine environment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Knowledge-based subject-specific learning and teaching is provided through lectures, module practical classes,
discussions, field work, tutorials, group work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and
independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral
presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of marine system from the molecular through to populations and ecosystems, based on the recurring theme of evolution and natural selection.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Knowledge-based subject-specific learning and teaching is provided through lectures, module practical classes,
discussions, field work, tutorials, group work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and
independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral
presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

Exhibit a critical awareness of the molecular basis of genetics and molecular biology through to “omic” technologies.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Knowledge-based subject-specific learning and teaching is provided through lectures, module practical classes,
discussions, field work, tutorials, group work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and
independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral
presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis 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 marine science and integrate information there from to address problems, and formulate and test hypotheses

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Scientific writing workshops, library courses, online teaching material. Subject specific practicals, final year Honours
project, optional work placement. Skills in laboratory work and in the analysis and interpretation of data is developed
incrementally beginning at stage 1 and 2 through to the final year research project. Students will follow safety protocols
relating to practical work at all stages and will prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through written reports, direct observation in the laboratory (OSPE) or field, essays and honours project thesis. Students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules and prepare a
project-oriented review. Practical reports, completion of practical skills portfolio. Completion of/compliance with Ethical procedures, COSHH and Risk Assessments.

Be able to devise, evaluate and carry out experimental work in a marine sciences laboratory and/or and intractable marine environment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Scientific writing workshops, library courses, online teaching material. Subject specific practicals, final year Honours
project, optional work placement. Skills in laboratory work and in the analysis and interpretation of data is developed
incrementally beginning at stage 1 and 2 through to the final year research project. Students will follow safety protocols
relating to practical work at all stages and will prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through written reports, direct observation in the laboratory (OSPE) or field, essays and honours project thesis. Students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules and prepare a
project-oriented review. Practical reports, completion of practical skills portfolio. Completion of/compliance with Ethical procedures, COSHH and Risk Assessments.

Document and present data, using appropriate statistical analysis.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Scientific writing workshops, library courses, online teaching material. Subject specific practicals, final year Honours
project, optional work placement. Skills in laboratory work and in the analysis and interpretation of data is developed
incrementally beginning at stage 1 and 2 through to the final year research project. Students will follow safety protocols
relating to practical work at all stages and will prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through written reports, direct observation in the laboratory (OSPE) or field, essays and honours project thesis. Students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules and prepare a
project-oriented review. Practical reports, completion of practical skills portfolio. Completion of/compliance with Ethical procedures, COSHH and Risk Assessments.

Comply with health and safety regulations and ethics procedures relevant to the specific project type and/or practical environment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Scientific writing workshops, library courses, online teaching material. Subject specific practicals, final year Honours
project, optional work placement. Skills in laboratory work and in the analysis and interpretation of data is developed
incrementally beginning at stage 1 and 2 through to the final year research project. Students will follow safety protocols
relating to practical work at all stages and will prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through written reports, direct observation in the laboratory (OSPE) or field, essays and honours project thesis. Students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules and prepare a
project-oriented review. Practical reports, completion of practical skills portfolio. Completion of/compliance with Ethical procedures, COSHH and Risk Assessments.

Be proficient in the use of IT for accessing databases and scientific literature, manipulating, processing and presenting data and written assignments.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Scientific writing workshops, library courses, online teaching material. Subject specific practicals, final year Honours
project, optional work placement. Skills in laboratory work and in the analysis and interpretation of data is developed
incrementally beginning at stage 1 and 2 through to the final year research project. Students will follow safety protocols
relating to practical work at all stages and will prepare risk assessments as part of their research project.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through written reports, direct observation in the laboratory (OSPE) or field, essays and honours project thesis. Students are referred to the primary literature in support of taught modules and prepare a
project-oriented review. Practical reports, completion of practical skills portfolio. Completion of/compliance with Ethical procedures, COSHH and Risk Assessments.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Demonstrate an ability to communicate and apply knowledge of the biological sciences to peers and non-scientists using a range of media.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The development of transferable skills is embedded throughout the curriculum. Learning methods underpinning
transferrable skill acquisition is through lectures, module practical classes, discussions, field work, tutorials, group
work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and independent study. Certain transferable
skills, such as self-motivation, adaptability and flexibility are embedded within the learning and may not be separately
assessed. However, satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes requires that such skills are developed to
an appropriate level.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral
presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

Exhibit the personal and intellectual skills necessary for the world of employment and lifelong learning including:
- intellectual independence,
- self-motivation,
- effective time management and planning,
- an adaptable, flexible approach to learning
- the ability to work as part of a team.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The development of transferable skills is embedded throughout the curriculum. Learning methods underpinning
transferrable skill acquisition is through lectures, module practical classes, discussions, field work, tutorials, group
work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and independent study. Certain transferable
skills, such as self-motivation, adaptability and flexibility are embedded within the learning and may not be separately
assessed. However, satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes requires that such skills are developed to
an appropriate level.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

Demonstrate innovation in science through discovery and the
application of knowledge.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The development of transferable skills is embedded throughout the curriculum. Learning methods underpinning
transferrable skill acquisition is through lectures, module practical classes, discussions, field work, tutorials, group
work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and independent study. Certain transferable
skills, such as self-motivation, adaptability and flexibility are embedded within the learning and may not be separately
assessed. However, satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes requires that such skills are developed to
an appropriate level.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The development of transferable skills is embedded throughout the curriculum. Learning methods underpinning
transferrable skill acquisition is through lectures, module practical classes, discussions, field work, tutorials, group
work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and independent study. Certain transferable
skills, such as self-motivation, adaptability and flexibility are embedded within the learning and may not be separately
assessed. However, satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes requires that such skills are developed to
an appropriate level.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The development of transferable skills is embedded throughout the curriculum. Learning methods underpinning
transferrable skill acquisition is through lectures, module practical classes, discussions, field work, tutorials, group
work, final year project work, online learning via the University VLE and independent study. Certain transferable
skills, such as self-motivation, adaptability and flexibility are embedded within the learning and may not be separately
assessed. However, satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes requires that such skills are developed to
an appropriate level.

Methods of Assessment

Students are assessed through unseen written examinations, class tests, practical reports, oral presentations, essays, posters, case studies, data analysis and a project thesis.

Module Information

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Sustainable Oceans BIO3102 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Global Change Biology BIO3205 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Applied Ecology BIO2107 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Cell Biology 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%
Biodiversity BIO1305 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Conservation Biology BIO3206 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Applied Genetics BIO2205 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Molecular Basis of Life BIO1304 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Behavioural Ecology BIO3108 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
The World of Microorganisms BIO1301 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Animal Biology and Physiology BIO2306 2 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Marine Systems BIO2108 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Work Placement BIO2303 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Research Project BIO3308 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

Notes

Stage 1: Students must take the compulsory modules (120 CATS) listed.

Stage 2: Students must take the compulsory modules (100CATS) listed and an optional module (20CATS)

Stage 3: Students must take the compulsory modules 120 CATS module listed.