Anatomy and Human Biology BSc (Hons)

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Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Communication and Study Skills for the Life Sciences (LIFE130)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    to provide students with study and communication skills for higher education in the Life Sciences;

    to develop students’ ability to reflect on their progress and use feedback to identify opportunities for personal development;

    to develop students’ appreciation of the application of these skills to future employment.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LRE1) Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

    (LRE2) Discuss and appropriately use relevant literature

    (S1) Evaluate and evidence own performance using reflective practice

    (S2) Manage time, and work to deadlines

    (S3) Find relevant and appropriate information and use IT effectively

  • Introduction to Animal Husbandry (LIFE118)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of:

    The present day structure of the agriculture industry including topics such as seasonality of production of the various domesticated animal species, the breeds used and which management  strategies are employed;

    The role of various crops and crop by-products as food sources; their evaluation as suitable foods for animals; how the nutritional requirements of animals are met;  and how to assess and formulate rations to prevent poor performance, metabolic disease and toxicities.

    Introductory theory of practical animal breeding; and to apply, evaluate and interpret problems in veterinary animal husbandry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe the role of the agricultural industry in the UK and to explain the seasonality of the production cycle and the interaction between crop and animal production and to identify the industries that pertain to a variety of farm and companion animal species.

    (LO2) Demonstrate how to assess and formulate nutritional rations and describe the causes of metabolic conditions and toxicities;

    (LO3) Define how animals grow, develop and breed, and the factors that influence these processes, such as inherited diseases;

    (LO4) Explain an animal's responses to changes in the climatic environment and how these influence efficiency and productivity outcomes.

    (S1) Teamwork

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Ethical awareness

  • Ecology and the Global Environment (LIFE120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Describe the physical and chemical contexts of the biosphere, the cycling of important elements at different scales, the distribution of biomes and the ecosystem concept;

    Discuss ecological concepts such as succession, niche, food web theory, ecosystem stability and the impact of human activities;

    Explain conservation of biodiversity at a range of scales;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in ecology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:Identify a range of global problems facing mankind that have ecological origins;

    (LO2) Link each of these problems to key ecological concepts;

    (LO3) Recognize how interactions of individuals, populations and communities with the physico-chemical environment contribute to determining species distributions and abundance, and to the flows of energy and nutrients;

    (LO4) Identify the demographic forces underlying the growth and size of populations and the determination of biodiversity.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills.

  • Introduction to Animal Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Public Health (LIFE126)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To develop students' knowledge in the major veterinary animal infectious diseases specifically bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases;

    To introduce students to the basic measures of diseases including epidemiological principles, the control, spread and treatment of diseases;

    To introduce students to b asic concepts in food security, safety, impact on the environment and veterinary public health.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe a variety of veterinary animal infectious diseases including bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases

    (LO2) Explain the basic measures of disease including the control and transmission of specific diseases

    (LO3) Explain basic epidemiological concepts and their application

    (LO4) Discuss the basic concepts of Veterinary public health including food safety, specific zoonoses, their biology and control.

    (S1) Teamwork

    (S2) Communication skills

  • Biology & Ecology Field Skills (LIFE124)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    This practical module aims to instruct students in:

    A range of ecological skills in field work that will have a wide application to many fields of modern biology;
    The identification of plants and animals, communities and measurement of selected ecological processes;
    Quantitative skills in field ecology and how they can be used to solve fundamental and applied problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Work safely under field conditions

    (LO2) Use identification keys to successfully identify species

    (LO3) Utilise practical approaches to investigating animal behaviour and abundance

    (LO4) Explain influences on the distribution of plants, and implications for nature conservation

    (LO5) Sample communities and describe ecosystem function;

    (LO6) Interpret field data via quantitative/statistical approaches.

    (S1) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Introduction to Genetics and Development (LIFE128)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    1) To develop students’ knowledge of the genetic basis of heredity and the application of modern genetic techniques across biology and medicine.

    2) To develop knowledge and understanding of the major events that comprise embryogenesis and of the genetic and cell-biological mechanisms that underpin developmental events.

    3) To enable students to appreciate the ethical issues surrounding modern genetic technology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Recognise how germ cell development, meiosis and molecular mechanisms lead to variation in offspring and be able to interpret patterns of inheritance.

    (LO2) Choose and know how to apply relevant molecular technologies to study genes, and at an introductory level to create genetically modified organisms and treat genetic disease.

    (LO3) Identify the fundamental mechanisms that regulate development and the events that lead to germ layer formation and organogenesis.

    (LO4) Identify the experimental models and methods used to investigate the mechanisms that regulate development.

    (LO5) Identify the general properties of stem cells, their role in development and their therapeutic potential.

    (LO6) Discuss the ethical issues associated with developments in genetics, development and stem cell therapies.

    (S1) Effective Group working

    (S2) Structure and communicate ideas effectively

    (S3) Access and evaluate information

    (S4) Evaluate own performance and working standards and those of others

  • Biochemical Methods (LIFE122)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Introduce students to a range of practical skills, analytical techniques and their associated calculations that are applicable to many fields of modern biology;

    Explain to students the importance of working safely in the laboratory in accord with Health and Safety protocols and good working practices;

    Train students how to observe and record experiments, and how to present and analyse data;

    Develop experimental skills that will be used in subsequent practicals and project work;

    Demonstrate the relevance of experimental skills across all biological disciplines and the essential relationship between quantitative skills and key skills;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedicine, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) This practical, lab-based module will enable students to:

    record, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative experimental data, and record procedures and protocols;

    (LO2) Use a knowledge of the principles behind several practical laboratory techniques to perform underpinning calculations, plan and execute a series of experiments

    (LO3) use laboratory equipment correctly and safely to generate data;

    (LO4) identify, formulate and test hypotheses in relation to laboratory based experimental design;

    (S1) critical and creative thinking

    (S2) Problem solving

    (S3) engage in team-working

    (S4) manage time effectively

  • Grand Challenges in Biology (LIFE105)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To encourage students to become aware of the themes that are driving biological research in Liverpool and globally;
    To engage students with their programme of study;
    To excite student interest in their subject and the way it relates to the challenges that face us all;
    To foster the development of study skills that will equip students to investigate research topics and communicate their findings and views on them.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To identify the grand challenges that face biological scientists

    (LO2) To put into context the advances that science makes possible and the ethical issues associated with meeting the Grand Challenges

    (LO3) To evaluate different approaches to the resolution of scientific questions

    (LO4) To conduct an independent piece of research and report their findings to their peers

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S2) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

    (S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S4) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S5) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

    (S6) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology (LIFE106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide students with a grounding in the concepts and principles that underlie human systems biology;

    Introduce the concepts of interactions of drugs and other exogenous chemicals on biological processes;

    Develop concepts of drug absorption and the relationship between chemical structure and drug action;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in physiology and pharmacology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in these disciplines.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to:
    Describe homeostasis and its maintenance;

    (LO2) Define osmosis and hydrostatic pressure;

    (LO3) Outline the fundamentals of membrane potentials and how they are influenced;

    (LO4) Explain the roles played in various body systems in organism maintenance.

    (LO5) Distinguish how body systems interact in response to external stressors

    (LO6) Define the way in which pharmacology is studied and drugs are developed

    (LO7) Describe the properties of receptors

    (LO8) Identify the chemical interactions between drugs and receptors

    (LO9) Define and use the terms absorption, distribution and metabolism of drugs

  • Evolution (LIFE103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to:
    Describe fundamental genetic mechanisms that are essential for the function and evolution of life;

    Introduce students to fundamental evolutionary concepts and theories, showing how genetic mechanisms help determine the patterns of observed evolution;

    Apply evolutionary concepts to a broad selection of areas of Life Sciences;

    Develop in students the knowledge and understanding of the subject and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in biology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Recall how cells evolved

    (LO2) Identify the causes of evolutionary change in populations

    (LO3) Recognize the consequences of evolutionary change for patterns of biological diversity within and amongst populations

    (LO4) Recall fundamental genetic mechanisms (heredity, mutation, meiosis, sex) and show how they influence evolutionary change in populations

    (LO5) Recognize the widespread applicability of evolutionary ideas across the Life Sciences

    (S1) Lifelong learning skills

  • Molecules and Cells (LIFE101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

    Recognise the basic of structure, composition and function of cells;

    Explain core concepts relating to the organisation and specialisation of eukaryotes, prokaryotes and viruses;

    Define the cellular components involved in the regulation of key functions such as the generation of energy, movement, cell growth and division and differentiation;

    Describe the latest techniques that are used in cell biology to determine cell structure and function;

    Develop in students the knowledge and understanding of the subject and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

    Describe how cells arose and their structural features;

    (LO2) Compare and contrast eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells;

    (LO3) Identify the different ways cells manipulate energy;

    (LO4) Define the molecular basis of the processes by which cells grow, replicate, communicate, interact with their environment, move and die;

    (LO5) Describe the functional importance of cell specialisation and cooperation in tissues.

    (S1) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

  • Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences (LIFE102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

    Describe the major dietary components for humans and other organisms, and the processes that result in their digestion and absorption;

    Explain the mechanisms and processes that regulate carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism;

    Define how imbalances in nutrition can lead to lifestyle diseases and how genetic or infectious diseases can result in impaired ability to generate energy;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in biochemistry and biomedicine, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to:

    Describe some important groups of diseases affecting humans and other organisms;

    (LO2) Explain the mechanisms and processes that regulate carbohydrate, fat, protein metabolism and basic immunity;

    (S1) Students will develop additional skills to 'Lifelong learning' such as Confidence, Teamwork and Communication.

  • Experimental Skills in Current Biology (LIFE107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
    Aims

    1.       Introduce students to a range of practical skills and techniques that are of general use in subjects across the Life Sciences; 2.  Demonstrate the relevance of experimental skills across all biological disciplines and explain the importance of observing good laboratory practice 3. Train students how to observe and record experiments, and how to present and analyse data  

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Record procedures and protocols for experiments relating to current biology and generate, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data

    (LO2) Identify, formulate and test hypotheses in relation to laboratory- based experiments in current biology

    (LO3) Use laboratory equipment correctly and safely according to good laboratory practice and observing Health and Safety rules

    (LO4) Demonstrate a range of laboratory skills when undertaking experiments in current biology

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services

    (S4) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

    (S5) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S6) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S7) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

    (S8) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • Quantitative Skills for the Life Sciences (LIFE113)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    1. Develop in students the essential quantitative and digital skills that they will require to be competent Life Scientists.

    2. Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    3. Introduce students to the use of basic digital tools for handling data and visualising data.

    4. Introduce students to computer programming (fundamental component of digital technology) that will enable them to perform robust statistical analysis of biological datasets.

    Learning Outcomes

    (L4-0) Solve numerical problems in a biological context.

    (L4-1) Use digital tools for data processing and visualisation.

    (L4-2) Understand how to construct and test experimental hypotheses.

    (L4-4) Use a programming language for analysis and visualisation of large data sets and the application of statistics.

  • Circulatory and Respiratory Anatomy (LIFE116)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide students with an understanding of the principal concepts underlying the cardiovascular, lymphatic and respiratory systems of the human body;

    Introduce students to the regional (topographical) anatomy and practical dissection of the thorax;

    Enable students to apply their learning in a practical setting using facilities and materials appropriately, recognising and understanding the requirement to adhere to appropriate ethical standards and codes of practice;

    Allow students to play an effective role working as part of a group.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify and recall relevant features of surface anatomy applicable to the thoracic region;

    (LO2) Locate the functional osteology of the thorax;

    (LO3) Identify the major blood vessels of the body and distinguish between the histology of arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels;

    (LO4) Identify and recall the gross morphology of the thorax relating this to structure and function in the thorax;

    (LO5) Locate and identify anatomical structures within the thorax;

    (LO6) Locate and recall the anatomical structures in the thorax using diagnostic imaging

    (LO7) Describe the embryological development of relevant structures within the thorax and relate to the adult anatomical structures;

    (LO8)

    (S1) Develop an understanding of appropriate dissection techniques and how they can be applied to accurately dissect the thorax.

  • Animal Biodiversity (LIFE112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To foster in students an u nderstanding of structure and function of the basic body plan of the major groups of animals;

    To encourage the a ppreciation of the evolutionary origins of the basic body plan of animals;

    To develop an u nderstanding of how the basic body plan of animals has been modified to adapt to different modes of existence and habitats;

    To develop  knowledge and understanding in animal biodiversity, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in zoology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To identify the structure and function of the basic body plan of the major invertebrate and chordate groups, and the diversity within the groups that has arisen through evolution

    (LO2) To recognize how the basic body plan of animals has been modified to adapt to different modes of existence and habitats

    (LO3) To read and interpret phylogenetic trees

    (S1) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Microbiology (LIFE110)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Describe how microbes play crucial roles in maintaining the natural environment;

    Explain the role of microbes in disease processes and how the immune system protects against infections;

    Highlight the roles of microbes in biotechnological processes;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in microbiology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in Microbiology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to:

    Identify appropriate techniques for assessing microbial diversity with particular reference to bacteria and fungi;

    (LO2) Describe the structure and significance of microbial communities involving these species

    (LO3) Explain the physiological properties and adaptations that enable microbes to colonise diverse environments

    (LO4) Define the roles of microbes as commensals and pathogens and mechanisms by which they interact with the host;

    (LO5) Describe the roles that microbes play in nutrient and biomass recycling;

  • Core Concepts of Anatomy (LIFE111)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide an introduction to topographical anatomy and neuroanatomy;

    Introduce students to the key concepts of anatomy that underlie the main systems of the body;

    Develop knowledge of basic functional anatomy of the main systems of the body.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Classify the levels of structural organisation of the human body using anatomical terms to determine body region, relative position and body movements

    (LO2) Identify the macroscopic structure of bone and distinguish between bones formed by intramembranous and endochondral ossification. Locate and identify the bones that form the skeleton

    (LO3) Classify joints; predict actions of joints and associated ranges of movement

    (LO4) Differentiate between muscle types, location, actions and nerve supply and predict actions of skeletal muscles based on their origins, insertions and fibre arrangement

    (LO5) Identify the chambers of the heart and their features, and major arteries and veins of the body, recognise the structure and function of arteries and veins including their nerve supply and angiology

    (LO6) Identify the structure of a generalised neuron and locate the major parts of the brain (and associated cranial nerves) with an appreciation of their functions

    (LO7) Identify the structure of  the spinal cord and spinal nerves and differentiate between spinal and peripheral nerves, recognising how limb plexuses are formed

    (LO8) Distinguish between the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions of the autonomic nervous system and their associated nerve pathways

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S3) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

Programme Year Two

(Total required credits are 120)

The compulsory modules are indicated below, and amount to 60 credits, plus LIFE223 Essential Skills for Life Scientists that continues over both semesters, and is worth 15 credits. The remaining credits must be made up by choosing two further 15 credit optional modules and two practical modules (worth 7.5 credits each) to make up the total of 120 credits. The choices are detailed below. Note that odd numbered modules run in semester 1 and even numbered modules run in semester 2.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Anatomy of the Abdomen and Pelvis (LIFE235)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the structural and functional anatomy of the human abdomen and pelvis using a combination of didactic teaching, directed human cadaveric dissection, and independent, self-directed study;

    To further students' abilities to identify, describe, and explain detailed anatomical structures in relation to their function;

    To develop students' ability to apply and interpret their knowledge and understanding in order to successfully dissect the region.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify relevant surface anatomy, osteology and anatomical landmarks applicable to the abdominal and pelvic regions;

    (LO2) Locate and describe the positions of the abdominal and pelvic organs, their peritoneal reflections, nerve and blood supply and relate this all to function;

    (LO3) Identify and describe detailed anatomical features of the abdominal and pelvic viscera, making comparisons between male and female;

    (LO4) Identify and determine anatomical variations that may occur with pathological changes in anatomical structures;

    (LO5) Describe the relevant embryological processes and recognise changes in anatomical structures as a result of development;

    (LO6) Accurately identify structures encountered during dissection of the regions of the human abdomen and pelvis.

    (S1) Teamwork

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Ethical awareness

  • Anatomy of the Head and Neck (LIFE220)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    Develop in students, the knowledge and understanding of the structural and functional anatomy of the human head and neck and how these structures develop;

    To enable students to develop their understanding of regional (topographical) anatomy in a practical setting using facilities and materials appropriately, recognising and understanding the requirements to adhere to appropriate ethical standards and codes of practice;

    To encourage students to develop skills for interpreting medical imaging as it applies to the head and neck region and apply that knowledge to other materials available;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in human anatomy, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in anatomy.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify and discuss relevant features of surface and gross anatomy applicable to the head and neck region and relate this to structure and function

    (LO2) Locate, identify and describe the structural and functional osteology of the head and neck and relate it to gross anatomical features

    (LO3) Identify, interpret and evaluate anatomical structures within the head and neck region using diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, CT and MRI scans

    (LO4) Identify and describe the embryological development of relevant structures within the head and neck region and discuss and relate this to adult anatomical structures

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Essential Skills for the Life Sciences 2 (LIFE223)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
    Aims

    Enhance the development of the essential life science skills that students will require to improve their study skills;

    Enable students to analyse and interpret scientific data and communicate results;

    Enhance the employability prospects of students and career awareness.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Use a range of mathematical and numerical skills relevant to all biologists to summarise and interpret real-world data using graphs and tables.

    (LO2) Develop and test hypotheses within the context of experimental design and within a range of biological fields, select appropriate quantitative methods to answer questions;

    (LO3) To develop programming skills relevant for statistical analysis and apply appropriate statistical and other analysis packages to analyse data;

    (LO4) Recognise the moral and ethical issues of scientific investigations and discuss ethical standards and professional codes of conduct. 

    (LRE1) Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing;

    (LRE2) Discuss and appropriately use relevant literature

    (LRE3) Time management

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning and respecting others by contributing to discussions.

    (S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S3) Independent working and readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.

    (S4) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Functional Anatomy of the Human Locomotor System (LIFE219)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Develop students'  knowledge and understanding of the structural and functional anatomy of the human musculoskeletal system ; Enablestudents to understand the processes  processes involved during joint and muscle activity ; Develop students' knowledge and understanding in human anatomy, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify and describe the arrangement of the musculo-ligamentous and bony structures in the limbs and limb girdles;

    (LO2) Identify muscles and describe how they function during various every-day activities;

    (LO3) Explain the relationship between joint shape and joint function;

    (LO4) Explain the organisation of the blood-vascular and nervous systems supplying the limbs;

    (LO5) Describe the biomechanics of the human musculoskeletal system;

    (S1) Ethical awareness

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Problem solving

  • Functional Neuroanatomy (LIFE218)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Describe the structural organisation of the human nervous system, explaining how neuronal circuits are organised to control processes,   the perception of sensations and the generation of movement and how advances in neuroimaging and microanatomical technology have advanced our understanding of the human nervous system;

    Discuss areas of the brain that control cognitive functions such as memory, speech, reasoning and abstract thought and the influence of neuroendocrine systems on executive functioning;

    Demonstrate how the nervous system controls the perception of sensations (such as tactile touch and pain) and the generation of movement (from stereotyped walking patterns to intricate skills);

    Describe how the brain is nourished  and protected and explore disease conditions that result from malfunctioning in these systems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify key neuroanatomical structures and demonstrate knowledge of their principal spatial and functional relationships

    (LO2) Describe the cell biology and neuronal connectivity underpinning key anatomical structures and functional capabilities

    (LO3) Synthesise knowledge of cells, anatomy and function to describe the major systems for perception, movement and control

    (LO4) Explain the anatomy and functions associated with the meninges, cerebrospinal fluid, and major blood vessels

    (LO5) Discuss the broader historical, clinical and scientific contexts tofunctional neuroanatomy, including in relation to prominent neurologicaldiseases.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills. They will also acquire practical skills.

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S5) Ethical awareness

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease (LIFE202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms that allow cells to communicate with each other;

    Explain the general principles of these signalling mechanisms and then describe some of these in more detail;

    Illustrate how defects in these signalling processes can result in a variety of diseases;

    Outline the techniques that are used to investigate and define these pathways and to describe how these techniques are used in drug discovery programmes of research;

    Develop in students the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding, to solve problems in molecular cell biology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Describe the fundamental features of a range of common cell signalling mechanisms;

    (LO2) Explain how cell signalling processes may be defective, or modified, in a variety of different diseases;

    (LO3) Demonstrate knowledge of the molecular and biochemical nature and role of the different components of intracellular signalling pathways;

    (LO4) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of cell signalling, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems in biological science.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills

  • E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences (LIFE225)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting99:0
    Aims

    Provide students with a practical appreciation of the nature and significance of digital data;

    Expose students to bioinformatics tools used in the analysis of data from areas such as genome sequencing, gene expression, and protein structure studies;

    Enable students to utilize digital data for understanding higher order phenomena within cells such as metabolism, gene regulation, and protein-protein interaction;

    Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject and the ability to apply, evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in biotechnology, biomedicine, and molecular cell biology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply informatics tools in the discovery, evaluation, and acquisition of biological data;

    (LO2) Analyse and evaluate datasets of broad biological relevance, using tasks and workflows that will prepare them for third-year projects;

    (LO3) Use local and web-based tools for data analysis, management and collaborative working; 

    (LO4) Design research methods in bioinformatics to solve biological problems.

    (S1) Digital scholarship participating in emerging academic, professional, and research practices that depend on digital systems;

    (S2) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications, and services;

    (S3) Problem solving, critical thinking, creativity; analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Endocrine and Neuro-physiology (LIFE204)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    Explain the essential background knowledge to understand basic neuroscience;

    Describe the basic principles of operation of nervous system, systematic and sensory neurophysiology, excitotoxicity and behaviour;

    Provide an understanding of physiological homeostatic regulatory mechanisms, with particular regard to the endocrine and digestive systems;
    Develop knowledge and understanding in physiology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve physiological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of physiology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve physiological problems.

    (LO2) Demonstrate specific knowledge and critical understanding of physiological functions of the digestive tract and major endocrine glands and apply this to understand the interaction between the digestive, endocrine and nervous system;

    (LO3) Apply the above knowledge to the operation of some of these systems, through all the stages from transduction of a stimulus to conscious perception, the regulatory mechanisms employed by them, their importance in maintaining homeostasis and the consequences of malfunction;

    (LO4) Describe the basic principles of the nervous system, systematic and sensory neurophysiology, excitotoxicity and behaviour; and the characteristics of nerve cells that allow them facilitate the reception, processing and transmission of information;

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills

  • Evolutionary Biology (LIFE213)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This modules aims to:

    Provide students with a modern framework for understanding how organisms evolve and the major transitions in evolution;

    Explain where heritable phenotypic variation comes from, how it shapes the evolutionary process within species (microevolution) and el ucidate the link between micro- and macro-evolution;

    Describe the factors influencing the genetic constitution of a population;

    Explain how evolution and ecology are linked OR explain how gene sequence data can be used to study evolutionary processes;

    Equip students with knowledge and understanding in evolutionary biology, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve biological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Discuss the origins of heritable phenotypic variation;

    (LO2) Describe the main factors that cause changes in the genetic constitution of populations including the basic principles of studying molecular evolution; 

    (LO3) Explain the difference between microevolution and macroevolution and how the two processes are linked;

    (LO4) Explain patterns of biodiversity from an evolutionary perspective;

    (LO5) Describe the major evolutionary transitions;

    (LO6) Explain how ecology influences evolution and evolution influences ecology (Elective option 1) OR Explain the basic principles of studying molecular evolution and interpret genetic sequence data (Elective option 2);

    (LO7) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of evolutionary biology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

  • Experimental Physiology (LIFE232)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
    Aims

    Provide students with an understanding of physiological regulatory mechanisms, their importance in maintaining homeostasis and the consequences of system malfunctions; Develop students' understanding of scientific method and their team working and presentation skills;   Introduce students to various techniques for investigating physiological variables;   Develop in students, the ability to work individually and in small groups to collect, analyse and present data from experiments, simulations and databases;   Develop knowledge and understanding in physiology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve phsyiological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Measure and interpret a number of physiological variables;

    (LO2) Solve physiological problems by conducting experiments, operating scientific equipment, comparing data obtained from varying experimental conditions and drawing conclusion from these;

    (LO3) Present data generated from physiological experiments, for example by using various graphical formats;

    (LO4) Access, retrieve and manipulate physiologically relevant information from a range of scientific electronic databases;

    (LO5) Explain complex regulatory mechanisms employed in the physiological systems studied, including endocrine and neurophysiological mechanisms;

    (LO6) Explain how molecular regulation integrates into whole organism physiology, including signalling mechanisms, gene expression and examples of genetic malfunctions.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning, team-working, self-evaluation and practical skills

  • Molecular and Medical Genetics (LIFE208)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Introduce students with an interest in genetics and molecular biology to the range of biological mechanisms that control the structure and stability of the genetic material;

    Describe how changes in the structure and stability of DNA can impact on health and disease;

    Use examples from both prokaryotes and eukaryotes to develop principles that help explain problems associated with medical/clinical genetics;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in genetics and molecular biology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Describe the principles of DNA replication, DNA damage and mutation, DNA repair, DNA recombination, genetic transfer systems and transposition, cell cycle control and cell division, genetic mapping and cytogenetics;

    (LO2) Explain how these processes underpin an understanding of the genetic basis of human health and disease;

    (LO3) Demonstrate that they can solve problems by applying the above knowledge to identify genes underlying disease and the likely causes of DNA mutations;

    (LO4) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of genetics and molecular biology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Record-keeping

  • Practical Human Physiology (LIFE229)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with a practical training in the study of physiology and how to measure physiological variables;

    To equip students with the ability to apply appropriate statistical tools to define the normal range of physiological variables;

    To develop students' knowledge and understanding in physiology and the ability to apply, evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve physiological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Elucidate the principles of practical physiology;

    (LO2) Measure and interpret the cardiovascular and respiratory variables most commonly dealt with in human physiology;

    (LO3) Correctly measure volumes to the internationally recognised standard temperature and pressure values;

    (LO4) Demonstrate the most effective ways of presenting data, including the presentation of a poster;

    (LO5) Apply statistical concepts of mean, median, mode, standard deviation and standard error, and know the circumstances in which it is appropriate to use a Student's t-test;

    (LO6) Design studies, using the techniques acquired, to investigate a physiological principle.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning, team-working, self-evaluation and practical skills

  • Practical Pharmacology (LIFE234)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module aims are: 1. To give students practical experience in many of the techniques specifically used in the study of Pharmacology . 2. To provide students with a better understanding of relevant pharmacological principles. 3. To develop in students the ability to evaluate and analyse experimental data.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To present and interpret qualitative and quantitative pharmacological data and record procedures and protocols accurately.

    (LO2) To explain pharmacological mechanisms underpinning pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug toxicity.

    (LO3) To plan and execute a series of experiments to explore drug distribution, drug metabolism, drug toxicity, drug receptor interactions and the effects of drugs on behaviour.

    (LO4) To analyse data, interpret validity and apply statistical analyses.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • Principles of Pharmacology (LIFE207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module aims to:   Develop an understanding of the quantitative aspects of drug action on cellular receptors; Demonstrate the relationship between drug efficacy and chemical structure; Introduce the basic principles of pharmacokinetics, outline the relationship between drug concentration and response, and include an introduction to the principles of toxicity of drugs and their metabolites; Provide knowledge of the molecular biology of receptors; Develop knowledge and understanding in pharmacology, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve pharmacological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Describe quantitative aspects of drug action;

    (LO2) Define the relationship between drug efficacy and chemical structure;

    (LO3) State key pharmacokinetic concepts such as clearance, volume of distribution, half life and steady state and to solve problems involving these parameters;

    (LO4) Demonstrate the role of drug concentrations in determining response to treatment;

    (LO5) Describe early biochemical events after drug administration that are of toxicological and biochemical significance;

    (LO6) Describe the principles of selective toxicity and their application to both self and non-self targets;

    (LO7) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of pharmacology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills.

  • Techniques in Cell Biology (LIFE227)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    1. Provide students with practical training in the use of equipment and techniques routinely used in cell biology.

    2. Enhance students acquisition of fundamental research skills; including, information gathering, scientific drawing, report writing and statistical analyses.

    3. Provide students with an understanding of the processes involved in the collection, interpretation and presentation of biological data.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, and record procedures and protocols;

    (LO2) Manage time effectively to plan and execute a series of experiments

    (LO3) Use microscopes and other lab equipment correctly to efficiently andsafely conduct a series of experiments

    (LO4) Analyse data, interpret validity and apply statistical analyses;

    (LO5) Apply the principles of biotechnology, biomedicine and molecular cell biology  to practical experiments. 

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • The Multicellular Organism: Tissues, Development, Regeneration and Aging (LIFE205)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Extend students' knowledge of the structure and function of fundamental tissues, such as epithelial and connective tissue and of specialised tissues;

    Develop students' ability to discuss the mechanisms by which cells differentiate to form different tissues;

    Equip students to explain the processes that occur during ageing with special reference to changes in key tissues such as the brain;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in human biology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in that subject.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe the experimental basis underpinning the current understanding of tissue biology.

    (LO2) Explain and discuss mechanisms of ageing using selected systems as exemplars.

    (LO3) Discuss the cellular structure and organisation of different organs, and compare and contrast the molecular mechanisms involved in development and regeneration of these organs

    (LO4) Classify and compare the major types of epithelia and, explain the role of cell-cell interactions in tissue structure and the structure and function of fundamental tissues

    (S1) Students will also develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills

Programme Year Three

(Total required credits are 120)

In Year Three there is much more flexibility to the course to enable you to follow your intellectual interests. In semester 1 you have two compulsory modules, and you will conduct an independent research project leading to a dissertation in a research lab. Together, these comprise 60 credits. The remaining 60 credits (1 module in semester 1 and 3 modules in semester 3) must be chosen from the optional modules. Again, note that odd numbered modules run in semester 1 and even numbered modules run in semester 2.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Human Topographical Anatomy (LIFE349)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To enhance knowledge of a particular topographical region through dissection and greatly improve dissection skills To prepare a prosected specimen to display all major structures in a selected region To w rite a ‘prosection report' containing all the steps of the dissection process and appropriately reflect upon difficulties encountered and anatomical variations (if present) and how these were managed, to lead to a satisfactory outcome, that matched the students objectives for their chosen topic.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate the ability to select an appropriate dissection in line with their interests

    (LO2) To show, through a prosection report, the ability to plan ahead and develop a strategy to best achieve their goals and critically re-assess this strategy as their dissection progresses

    (LO3) To produce a clean multi-layered set piece of dissection with most anatomical structures still in situ, that also clearly displays additional structures of their own choice (e.g. joint contents, surrounding blood vessels, peripheral nerves)

    (LO4) To reflect critically on the achievement of their strategy

    (LO5) To identify and critically assess distinct and/or abnormal features (anatomical variations, structures affected by disease) of their set piece dissection;

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

  • Advanced Skills and Contemporary Themes in Anatomical Science (LIFE347)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To enhance the core skills acquired in Levels 4 and 5, including both scientific (presentational and communication) and employability skills, and to provide advice on careers and career development in anatomy;

    To enable students to evaluate the latest scientific literature and technologies in anatomical science and topical issues of particular concern to anatomists, and to apply these skills to report and essay writing;

    To enhance problem solving skills by data analysis exercises in relation to experimental methods in anatomy, and develop a deeper understanding of topical issues in the subject.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To analyse real-world data and present the results clearly and concisely in a poster.

    (LO2) To access and critically evaluate scientific literature in the area of anatomical sciences

    (LO3) To communicate, in writing, scientific facts and data to both expert and lay audiences

    (LO4) To synthesise information on current technologies and topical issues within anatomical sciences

    (LO5) Students will be informed that, in exceptional circumstances (e.g. global pandemics), plans for teaching may be subject to change. Contact will be made via the VLE and an e-mail will be sent to each of the students informing them of any changes that prove to be necessary. The Health and Life Sciences FAQSC will be informed in advance of any such changes, so that approval can be given.

    (S1) Scientific Communication

    (S2) Group Working

    (S3) Digital Fluency

    (S4) Critical Thinking

  • Research Project (LIFE363)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an insight into and experience of the process of scientific research and debate;

    To develop in students the confidence to work independently and with others, to effectively and efficiently achieve a scientific aim;

    To further develop students' ability to communicate scientific concepts and findings in a variety of formats.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To plan and execute a piece of scientific research, in a responsible, safe and ethical manner

    (LO2) To analyse and critically evaluate data, information, literature and observations, and draw valid conclusions

    (LO3) To appropriately communicate findings, in a variety of formats (oral, written reports) to supervisor, research staff and peers

    (LO4) To maintain a clear and accurate record of work and progress

    (LO5) To critically evaluate and report upon relevant scientific literature

    (LO6) To evaluate own performance and working standards by reflection, and place work in a wider scientific context

    (LO7) FASQ Statement below
    “Students will be informed that, in exceptional circumstances (e.g. global pandemics), plans for teaching may be subject to change. Contact will be made via the VLE and an e-mail will be sent to each of the students informing them of any changes that prove to be necessary. The Health and Life Sciences FAQSC will be informed in advance of any such changes, so that approval can be given.”

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) IT skills

    (S6) Lifelong learning skills

    (S7) Ethical awareness

Year Three Optional Modules

  • Animal Nervous and Musculoskeletal Disorders (LIFE344)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To develop in students an understanding of how neuromusculoskeletal cells are involved with animal dysfunction;

    To develop in students current knowledge and understanding of the molecular and biochemical events that result in disordered phenotypes in animals;

    To develop in students the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding, to solve complex and novel problems in Bioveterinary science relevant to animal dysfunction;

    To develop students’ skills in public engagement and communication.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To assess the structure and function of musculoskeletal tissues and explain the complex molecular processes underlying production of musculoskeletal tissue and their interactions with the nervous syste

    (LO2) To critically evaluate the evidence from published studies detailing the treatment of animals

    (LO3) To evaluate the consequences of expression changes or mutations that lead to differences in neuronal and musculoskeletal function and in disorders

    (LO4) To evaluate the usefulness of novel therapies for treatment of peripheral neuronal, CNS and musculoskeletal disorders in animals

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Media literacy online critically reading and creatively producing academic and professional communications in a range of media

    (S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Becoming Human: Genomics, Development, and Evolutionary Anthropology (LIFE364)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    1. To develop an understanding of the ancient and modern evolutionary history of the human lineage.

    2. To enable students to appreciate the mechanisms that underlie evolutionary change, with particular reference to examples relating to human evolution.

    3. To be able to critically analyse evidence for evolutionary change in human prehistory at a variety of scales from the genome to morphology, and to develop cogent arguments relating to this analysis.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Critically analyse the processes that underpin the structure, function, and evolution of the human genome.

    (LO2) Critically discuss the mechanisms of developmental evolution that have accompanied major transitions in vertebrate evolutionary history.

    (LO3) Evaluate patterns in the evolution of features in the human lineage since the last common ancestor of the apes.

    (LO4) Critically analyse the diversity of approaches and fields that encompass modern study of human evolution

    (S1) Scientific communication

    (S2) Adaptability

    (S3) Problem solving skills

    (S4) Organisational skills

  • Clinical, Anatomical and Cellular Basis of Neurological Dysfunction (LIFE334)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To complement and extend students' existing knowledge of CNS anatomy and biology to further understanding of the mechanisms which allow the brain function under normal physiological conditions but which can also lead to disease;

    To develop in students an understanding of structure-function relationships in the CNS;

    To provide students with experience of current clinical and translational research in the neurosciences;

    To introduce students to issues related to  mental health and neurological disorders;

    To develop in students the interdisciplinary nature of cutting edge science and how anatomy can inform both surgical and pharmacological intervention in neurological disorders.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To evaluate the mechanisms underlying the current major problems in mental health and neurological disorders

    (LO2) To critically evaluate the anatomical structures involved in mental health and neurological disorders and the role of neuroimaging

    (LO3) To assess the impact of genomics on our understanding of mental health and neurological disorders

    (LO4) To appraise the application of pharmacological interventions in mental health and neurological disorders

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills

  • Current Skills and Topics in Evolutionary Biology (LIFE324)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To develop in students the skills to construct phylogenetic trees and to use them to infer the evolutionary origins of novel traits, using the latest software packages;

    To encourage students to explore key concepts in contemporary evolutionary biology;

    To develop in students knowledge and deep understanding in selected areas of evolutionary biology, providing opportunities for students to apply, critically evaluate and interpret evolutionary knowledge and ideas.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To construct, graphically display and critically evaluate phylogenetic trees from phenotypic characters and DNA sequences

    (LO2) To use phylogenetic trees to generate and test hypotheses about the evolutionary history of selected traits, and detect molecular signatures of selection within nucleotide or amino acid sequence

    (LO3) To critically evaluate theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence relating to a selection of current research themes in evolutionary biology

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) IT skills

    (S3) Communication skills

  • Human and Clinical Genetics (LIFE321)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To d evelop in students an advanced understanding of modern medical genetics by expanding on fundamental principles introduced at level 5 To explain a variety of genetic phenomena that affect human health and introduce a critical awareness of ethical considerations raised by advances in clinical genetics To develop in students  knowledge and deep understanding in genetics, and ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To discuss in detail the molecular and genetic causes of chromosomal mutation and geneticinstability and the candidate genes linked with the formation of abnormalphenotypes

    (LO2) To examine variedapproaches to the identification of loci associated with clinical manifestations and abnormal humanphenotypes

    (LO3) To appraise the growing importance of modern molecular genetics in the understanding and treatment of heritable forms of human disease

    (LO4) To evaluate the prospects for, andimplications of, high throughput genotyping and sequencing for moleculardiagnostics in the post-genomic era

    (LO5) To critically discuss the consequences and ethical issues associated with genetic screening and testing at both an individual and population level

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) Ethical awareness

  • Integrative Comparative Animal Physiology (LIFE339)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Develop students’ understanding of the physiological mechanisms that underpin animal adaptations to environmental conditions;

    Develop students’ ability to solve complex physiological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Evaluate integrative physiological mechanisms enabling animals to survive in potentially hostile environmental conditions

    (LO2) Critically discuss the evolution of air-breathing, terrestriality and endothermy in vertebrates

    (LO3) Critically review evidence to solve complex problems within the context of animal physiology

    (S1) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S2) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

  • Molecular, Clinical and Translational Cancer (LIFE373)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To enable students to develop an understanding of the biological mechanisms underpinning cancer and its treatment.

    To provide an opportunity for in-depth analysis of pathogenesis and progression of two major types of cancer(carcinoma and leukaemia/lymphoma) using examples from cutting edge University of Liverpool research (Haemato-oncology, Head and Neck Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer).

    To provide the students with an opportunity to explore and discuss the principles involved in cancer detection, diagnosis and therapy.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically evaluate phenotypic behaviours of a cancer cell using biochemical knowledge of cellular functions, in order to identify possible points of therapeutic intervention.

    (LO2) To match environmental DNA damage, DNA repair, viral infection and altered oncogene/tumour suppressor gene function to the pathological consequences for the patients.

    (LO3) To critically appraise discovery pathways for new diagnostic and prognostic cancer biomarkers

    (LO4) To analyse biochemical pathways likely to become novel therapeutic targets in the near future, with particular attention to enzyme inhibitors.

    (S1) Problem-solving

    (S2) Lifelong Learning Skills

    (S3) Group work

  • Neuromuscular Physiology and Disease (LIFE311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To describe the concepts that are fundamental to modern ideas in understanding the physiology of muscles, neurons and related diseases

    To provide students with the ability to access, collate and critically discuss (in writing) the modern literature and experimental data relating to muscles, neurons and related diseases

    To develop in students the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret their knowledge and understanding in neuromuscular physiology and disease to solve complex problems in physiology and disease

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically review and solve complex problems concerning the physiology of muscles, neurons and related diseases

    (LO2) To interpret and evaluate modern literature containing the latest experimental data in muscles, neurons and related diseases

    (LO3) To discuss concepts fundamental to modern ideas in the physiology of muscles, neurons and related diseases , from the molecular level to systems level understanding

    (LO4) “Students will be informed that, in exceptional circumstances (e.g. global pandemics), plans for teaching may be subject to change.  Contact will be made via the VLE and an e-mail will be sent to each of the students informing them of any changes that prove to be necessary. The Health and Life Sciences FAQSC will be informed in advance of any such changes, so that approval can be given.”

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills

  • Specialised Body Systems: Development, Disease and Regeneration (LIFE332)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To broaden students' concepts of regional anatomy to an appreciation of the function of specialised body systems and the investigative approaches taken by scientific enquiry. To introduce the topic of immunology and provide students with information on of the anatomy and function of the immune system in key body systems. To develop in students a knowledge of the development of specialised body systems, how they may malfunction in disease and their potential for regeneration.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To compare the functional anatomy of the immune system to regional anatomical structures.

    (LO2) To critically review knowledge on the development of specialised body systems.

    (LO3) To explain the characteristics of disease in specialised body systems.

    (LO4) To critically evaluate the potential of specialised body systems to regenerate.

    (LO5) To predict how current scientific methods may lead to discoveries that could promote the health of specialised body systems.

    (S1) Communication skills

  • The Body in Motion: Musculoskeletal Functioning in Health, Performance and Disease (LIFE335)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    Provide a general introduction into biomechanics and kinesiology movement sciences;

    Stimulate the students to put their individual and diverse background eg more anatomical, physical or biological into a broader and more applied perspective;

    Enable students to acquir e a solid basis to further specialise in fields such as biomechancics, sports training, and orthopaedics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically evaluate a topic related to whole-body musculoskeletal functioning and suggest further research, taking into account relevant literature.

    (LO2) To explain which and how basic physical and physiological principles determine motion in animals, including humans.

    (LO3) To critically evaluate whole-body musculoskeletal (mal)functionin normal health, sports and disease.

    (LO4) To describe the most important techniques used in biomechanics and propose and defend a relevant sub-set of these techniques for concrete research questions.

    (S1) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S2) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S4) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

    (S5) Ethical awareness

  • The Cardiovascular System in Health and Disease (LIFE330)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To help students build on existing knowledge of circulatory anatomy, LIFE 116 Circulatory and Respiratory Anatomy, and tissue biology, LIFE 205 The Multicellular Organism, and to apply this to understanding to the normal function and the dysfunction of the cardiovascular system;

    To develop in students an understanding of important current research themes in cardiovascular biology, and show how such research informs understanding of the mechanisms underlying, and the treatment of, certain cardiovascular disorders;

    To develop in students knowledge and deep understanding in human anatomy, and the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To evaluate the principle structures of the cardiovascular system, and how these structures relate to function

    (LO2) To critically analyse theories and evidence for proposed mechanisms underlying some common cardiovascular disorders, and the rationale behind their treatment.

    (LO3) To evaluate recent research findings in the context of cardiovascular function and dysfunction.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

Programme Year Four

Students can transfer into the C900 (MBiolSci) programme to complete a four-year integrated master’s (subject to performance). This offers 6-week internships and one-year placement opportunities in the UK or abroad (subject to availability).

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

You will experience a range of learning environments during your studies at Liverpool. These will include student-centred activities as well as lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, dissection classes, fieldwork, data handling sessions and computer workshops. Some of these activities will be performed individually, such as personal research projects, and others in small tutorial or project groups, in addition to formal lectures and workshops. You will have research staff as well as your own academic adviser for individual tuition on our acclaimed tutorial programme.


Assessment

As well as factual knowledge and understanding, biologists need practical and organisational skills, and an ability to work both alone and with other people. We record development of these abilities through continuous assessment during each semester and by final examination.