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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: C700
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : DDD in relevant diploma
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Module details

Programme Year One

Core modules:

  • Molecules and Cells
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Grand Challenges in Biology
  • Experimental Skills in Current Biology
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences I
  • Biochemical and Biomedical Sciences
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biochemical Methods

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies
  • Microbiology
  • Animal Biodiversity
  • Developmental Biology
  • Introduction to Animal Husbandry
  • Ecology and Global Environment

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • 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:

    1. Describe the major dietary components for humans and other organisms, and the processes that result in their digestion and absorption;
    2. Explain the mechanisms and processes that regulate carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism;
    3. Define how imbalances in nutrition can lead to lifestyle diseases and how genetic or infectious diseases can result in impaired ability to generate energy;
    4. Develop knowledge and understanding in biochemistry and biomedicine, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.
    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Describe the important groups of diseases affecting humans and other organisms;
    2. Explain the processes involved in the control and regulation of metabolism and how their dysfunction results in lifestyle diseases;
    3. Identify the genetic mechanisms that underlie inherited diseases affecting oxygen transport and storage;
    4. Define the processes involved in bacterial and viral infectious disease and the mechanisms that protect organisms from infection.
  • Biochemical Methods (LIFE122)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

      This module aims to:

    1. Introduce students to a range of practical skills and analytical techniques that are applicable to many fields of modern biology;
    2. Explain to students the importance of working safely in the laboratory in accord with Health and Safety protocols and good working practices;
    3. Train students how to observe and record experiments, and how to present and analyse data;
    4. Demonstrate the relevance of experimental skills across all biological disciplines and the essential relationship between quantitative skills and key skills;
    5. Develop knowledge and understanding in biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedicine, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.
    Learning Outcomes

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

    Plan and execute a series of experiments;​

    ​Use laboratory equipment correctly and safely to generate data;​

    ​Identify, formulate and test hypotheses in relation to laboratory based experimental design;​

    ​Demonstrate good laboratory practice in relation to Health and Safety in the laboratory and good working practices.​

  • Biological Chemistry (LIFE104)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims
  • This module aims to develop in students: Knowledge and understanding of the chemical reactions that underpin biological processes
  • ​Awareness of the chemical processes that are required to understand pharmacological principles

  • ​The ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems, in biochemistry, pharmacology and biomedicine.

  • Learning OutcomesApply basic thermodynamic principles to biological systems and energetics

    ​Identify the principles of electronic structure and organic and bioinorganic chemical reactions, and their analysis

    ​Describe the anomalous properties of water and their importance in biological systems

    ​Use the principles of chemical reaction rates to quantify enzymatic reactions and pharmacokinetics

    Explain the application of basic spectroscopic techniques

    ​Describe how these chemical and thermodynamic principles explain key biological mechanisms

  • Essential Skills for the Life Sciences I (LIFE109)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    1. Develop in students the essential skills that they will require to be competent life scientists;
    2. Enhance the employability prospects of students.
    Learning Outcomes

    Use a range of mathematical and numerical tools to address biological problems

    Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

    ​Manage time, work to deadlines and prioritise workloads 

    ​Actively participate in groups but be capable of independent work

    ​Find relevant information and use IT effectively

    ​Address the relevance and ideas of others 

    ​Evaluate own performance and working standards 

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

    This module aims to:

    1. Introduce students to a range of practical skills and techniques that are of general use in subjects across the Life Sciences;
    2. Explain to students the importance of working safely in the laboratory and to adhere to Health and Safety protocols and good working practices;
    3. Train students how to observe and record experiments, and how to present and analyse data;
    4. Demonstrate the relevance of experimental skills across all biological disciplines and the essential relationship between quantitative skills and key skills;
    Learning OutcomesRecord, evaluate andinterpret qualitative and quantitative data, and record procedures andprotocols​

    Plan and execute a seriesof experiments​

    Use laboratory equipmentcorrectly and safely to generate data​

    Identify, formulate andtest hypotheses in relation to laboratory based experimental design​

    Apply appropriatestatistical tests for data evaluation​

    Demonstrate good laboratorypractice in relation to Health and Safety in the laboratory and good workingpractices​

    ​Demonstrate specific skills in pipetting, microscopy, weighing, serial dilution, spectrophotometer, centrifugation, aseptic technique, standard curve, biological drawing and quantitative analysis (descriptive statistics).

  • Grand Challenges in Biology (LIFE105)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    1. To encourage students to become aware of the themes that are driving biological research in Liverpool and globally;
    2. To engage students with their programme of study;
    3. To excite student interest in their subject and the way it relates to the challenges that face us all;
    4. 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

    To identify the grand challenges that face biological scientists

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

    ​To evaluate different approaches to the resolution of scientific questions

    ​To conduct an independent piece of research and report their findings to their peers

  • Molecules and Cells (LIFE101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

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

    1. Recognise the basic of structure, composition and function of cells;
    2. Explain core concepts relating to the organisation and specialisation of eukaryotes, prokaryotes and viruses;
    3. Define the cellular components involved in the regulation of key functions such as the generation of energy, movement, cell growth and division and differentiation;
    4. Describe the latest techniques that are used in cell biology to determine cell structure and function;
    5. 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

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

    1. Describe how cells arose and their structural features;
    2. Compare and contrast eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells;
    3. Identify the different ways cells manipulate energy;
    4. Define the molecular basis of the processes by which cells grow, replicate, communicate, interact with their environment, move and die;
    5. Describe the functional importance of cell specialisation and cooperation in tissues.

Year One Optional Modules

  • Animal Biodiversity (LIFE112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims
  • To foster in students an understanding of structure and function of the basic body plan of the major groups of animals

  • ​To encourage the appreciation of the evolutionary origins of the basic body plan of animals;

  • ​To develop an understanding 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

    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

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

    To ​read and interpret phylogenetic trees
  • Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies (LIFE108)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    AimsThis module aims to:
    1. Provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the structure of nucleic acids and how these molecules encode the properties of cells;
    2. Develop knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms that lead to inheritance in offspring;
    3. Equip students tobe able to describe the basic techniques that are used to experimentally clone genes and analyse their structure and function;
    4. Develop students'' knowledge and understanding in genetics and molecular biology, and their ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems, in these disciplines. 
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    Learning Outcomes

    Explain the molecular processes that occur to produce variation in the offspring;

    and how to interpret Mendelian and non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance;

    ​Explain how to apply molecular technologies to isolate and characterise nucleic acids and design and interpret basic experiments to clone and analyse genes;

    ​Show how molecular biology technologies might be used to solve problems in biology, food security, veterinary science and medicine;

    ​Develop an appreciation of the ethical issues associated with genetic and molecular technologies.

  • Developmental Biology: Embryology and Mechanisms of Development (LIFE114)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    1. Describe the processes that regulate development and the general properties of stem cells;
    2. Explain the mechanisms of germ line development and early development from fertilisation to gastrulation; 
    3. Provide students with an understanding of how the major organ systems of the body form;
    4. Highlight the experimental evidence underpinning this knowledge;
    5. Develop knowledge and understanding in human biology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.
    Learning Outcomes

    Explain the fundamental mechanisms that regulate development;

    ​Describe the general properties of stem cells and their role in development;

    ​Explain the developmental processes that form the three layered embryo and the experimental evidence that underpins our understanding; 

  • Describe the formation of the main organs of the body from the ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm;
  • ​Explain the basic mechanisms that regulate the development of the major organ systems and the experimental models used to investigate these mechanisms.

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

    This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Introductory theory of practical animal breeding; and to apply, evaluate and interpret problems in veterinary animal husbandry.

    Learning Outcomes

    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.

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

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

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

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

    This module aims to:

    1. Provide students with a grounding in the concepts and principles that underlie human systems biology;
    2. Introduce the concepts of interactions of drugs and other exogenous chemicals on biological processes;
    3. Develop concepts of drug absorption and the relationship between chemical structure and drug action;
    4. 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

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

    1.  Describe homeostasis and its maintenance;
    2.  Define osmosis and hydrostatic pressure;
    3.  Outline the fundamentals of membrane potentials and how they are influenced;
    4.  Explain the roles played in various body systems in organism maintenance;
    5.  Distinguish how body systems interact in response to external stressors;
    6.  Define the way in which pharmacology is studied and drugs are developed;
    7.  Describe the properties of receptors;
    8.  Identify the chemical interactions between drugs and receptors;
    9.  Define and use the terms absorption, distribution and metabolism of drugs.

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

  • From Genes to Proteins
  • Structure/Dynamics of Macromolecules
  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
  • Molecular Science
  • Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
  • Techniques in Cell Biology
  • E-Biology
  • Advanced Biochemical Techniques

Plus two of the following optional modules:

  • The Multicellular Organism
  • Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • The Immune System in Health and Disease
  • Genome Organisation and Maintenance
  • Biotechnology

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Biochemical Techniques (LIFE224)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ​This module aims to:

     Provide students with a practical training in a number of techniques used in biochemistry, including analysis of enzyme activity and stability and protein purification and analysis using chromatography and electrophoresis;​
  • Develop in students the knowledge, understanding and ability to design experiments, and to apply, evaluate and interpret experimental data to solve problems in biochemistry and molecular cell biology.

  • Learning Outcomes

    ​Present, critically evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, and record procedures and protocols;

    ​Develop team-working and individual skills, learn to manage time effectively and use laboratory equipment correctly and safely to generate data;

    Plan and execute a series of biochemical experiments to analyse protein structure and function;​

    Analyse data, interpret its validity and apply statistical analyses.

  • E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences (LIFE225)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    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

      ​·         Apply informatics tools in the discovery, evaluation and acquisition of biological data.

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      ·         Analyse and evaluate datasets of broad biological relevance, using tasks and workflows that will prepare them for third-year projects.​


      ·         Use local and web-based tools for data analysis, management and collaborative working.​ ​ ​

      ​·         ​Design research methods in bioinformatics to solve biological problems.​​
    1. E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences (s2) (LIFE242)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims
      1. Provide students with a practical appreciation of the nature and significance of digital data.
      2. Expose students to bioinformatics tools used in the analysis of data from areas such as genome sequencing, gene expression and protein structure studies
      3. ​Enable students to utilize digital data for understanding higher order phenomena within cells such as metabolism, gene regulation and protein-protein interaction
      4. 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

      ​·         Apply informatics tools in the discovery, evaluation and acquisition of biological data.

      ​​​

      ​·         Analyse and evaluate datasets of broad biological relevance, using tasks and workflows that will prepare them for third-year projects.​


      ·         Use local and web-based tools for data analysis, management and collaborative working.​ ​ ​

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      ​ ·          ​Design research methods in bioinformatics to solve biological problems.​​​
    2. Essential Skills for the Life Sciences 2 (LIFE223)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1. To further develop the essential life science skills that students will require to succeed in their studies and future careers;

      2. To enhance the career awareness and employability prospects of students;

      3. To enable students to analyse and interpret scientific data and communicate results to a range of audiences.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing;

      Find information through literature searches and use IT effectively to analyse and report findings;​Competently utilise a range of mathematical and numerical skills relevant to all biologists;​Summarise and interpret advanced data using graphs and tables;​Develop and test hypotheses;​Within the context of experimental design and within a range of biological fields, select appropriate quantitative methods to answer questions;​Apply appropriate statistical and other analysis packages to analyse data;​Interpret and evaluate quantitative terms and approaches used in the scientific literature;​

      ​Effectively communicate a biological subject to a lay audience

      Recognise the moral and ethical issues of scientific investigations and discuss ethical standards and professional codes of conduct. ​​

      ​​

    3. From Genes to Proteins (LIFE201)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
    4. This module aims to develop in students: Knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms involved in gene expression and 

      ​how these mechanisms are regulated in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;

    5. ​The ability to explain how post-translational modifications modify protein structure and function;

    6. ​The ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in genetics.

    7. Learning OutcomesTo explain the processes of transcription and translation and their regulation, the differences between them in prokaryotes and eukaryotes and how these are affected in disease.To elucidate the post-translational events in eukaryotic cells, and how these produce a final functional protein from a primary translation product.

      To evaluate the techniques used to investigate the processes of transcription and translation.

      To demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of gene expression, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems in genetics.
    8. Molecular Science (LIFE237)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
    9. ​This module aims to:

      Provide students with practical experience in a number of techniques used in molecular biology;

       
    10. ​Equip student to perform analysis of DNA fragments by agarose gel electrophoresis and restriction mapping;

    11. ​Introduce students to PCR based-assays for gene cloning and demonstrate methods used for cloning, and analysing genes

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

       
    13. Learning Outcomes

      ​Present, evaluate critically and interpret qualitative and quantitative molecular biological data, and record procedures and protocols accurately;

      ​Plan and execute a series of molecular biology experiments to demonstrate practical skills in molecular biology, use laboratory equipment correctly and safely to generate data and manage their time effectively;

       

      ​Analyse and interpret the validity of experimental data

       
    14. Structure and Dynamics of Macromolecules (LIFE203)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
      Aims
      1. Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the latest methodologies and techniques that are used to study the fine detail of macromolecules;

      2. ​Develop knowledge and understanding in structural biology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve biological problems

      3. ​Outline the importance of how the techniques used to solve macromolecular structure and function can be applied to drug discovery programmes

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Explain the key chemical and structural features of proteins and describe how these features relate to biological function

      ​Relate the biomolecular structure relates to applications in medicine, the pharmaceutical industry and bio- and nano-technology

      ​Describe techniques used to determine protein structure and dynamics and discuss the advantages and limitations of each technique

      ​Discuss the chemical and structural basis of some central biological processes by describing the structure and function of enzymes, membrane proteins and macromolecular complexes of biomolecules

      ​Discuss the latest ideas on the evolution of protein function

      ​Describe the principles of structural biology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve fundumental biological questions

      Conduct basic analysis of optical and NMR spectra of proteins

      ​Describehow altered protein function can result in disease


    15. Techniques in Cell Biology (LIFE227)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

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

      2. Enhancestudents acquisition of fundamental research skills; including,information gathering, scientific drawing, report writing andstatistical analyses. 

      3. Provide students with an understanding of theprocesses involved in the collection, interpretation and presentation ofbiological data. ​


      Learning Outcomes​​​​​

      Present, critically evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, and record procedures and protocols;

      Manage time effectively to plan and execute a series of experiments​Use microscopes and other lab equipment correctly to efficiently andsafely conduct a series of experiments​

      Analyse data, interpret validity and apply statistical analyses;

      Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of biotechnology, biomedicine and molecular cell biology

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • Biotechnology (LIFE210)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
      1. ​Introduce students to the ways in which biology is utilised for commercial purposes;

      2. ​Develop knowledge and understanding of the production of antibiotics, biomass, single cell protein, biopolymers and vaccines;

      3. Develop knowledge and understanding in biotechnology, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in biotechnology.​

      Learning Outcomes

      Identify the stages required for commercial production of microbial products;

      ​Discuss the problems inherent in isolation, strain improvement and growth of microorganisms on a large scale;

      Explain specific commercial processes via studies of such processes as antibiotic production, large-scale manufacture of enzymes and brewing;​Discuss how understanding of protein structure can lead to the generation of therapeutic   compounds; ​ Interpret how proteins and antibodies may be engineered and produced on an industrial scale for commercial applications;Discuss how useful activities of enzymes may be manipulated and exploited;
    • The Immune System in Health and Disease (LIFE221)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      AimsThis module aims to:
      1. ​Develop students’ knowledge of the immune system and its role in protection against disease
      2. Develop in students an appreciation of the importance of different immune mechanisms in different circumstances, and how these can be evaded.
      3. Enable students to evaluate and appreciate the consequences of immune system dysfunctions in disease.​
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Identify the main components of the mammalian immune system

      ​Assess the contribution of innate and adaptive immune mechanisms to host defences

      Assess the mechanisms that permit recognition of an infinitely diverse microflora Discuss the impact of malfunction of immune processes on human health, and explain the bases of autoimmunity and allergy together with the mechanisms by which these can be minimised 

      ​Discuss how dysfunction of immune system constituents can cause disease

    • Principles of Pharmacology (LIFE207)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      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 OutcomesOn successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Describe quantitative aspects of drug action;​Define the relationship between drug efficacy and chemical structure;​State key pharmacokinetic concepts such as clearance, volume of distribution, half life and steady state and to solve problems involving these parameters;​Demonstrate the role of drug concentrations in determining response to treatment;​Describe early biochemical events after drug administration that are of toxicological and biochemical significance;​Describe the principles of selective toxicity and their application to both self and non-self targets;​Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of pharmacology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.​

    Programme Year Three

    Students spend about three days per week throughout the whole of the 3rd year on their research projects, usually in one of the laboratories of the molecular medicine, cell signalling, chemical biology or structural biology research groups. Students may also take projects within the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, or even in local hospitals.

    Core modules:

    • Advanced Skills in Biochemistry
    • Molecular Biology of Cancer
    • Cell Signalling and Signal Transduction
    • Molecular Medicine
    • Protein Structure and Organisation
    • Gene Expression and Development
    • Research Project

    Year Three Compulsory Modules

    • Advanced Skills in Biochemistry (LIFE301)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
      Aims
    • To develop the students'' science presentation skills in various formats and to various target audiences

    • To enhance the students'' ability to search, identify, apply, critically evaluate and interpret biochemical knowledge to solve complex problems

    • To provide advice, inspiration and guidance for career development and employability
      ​ ​

    • Learning Outcomes

      To analyse, summarise, present and critically review evidence from scientific publications in the context of biochemistry

      ​To access and query bioinformatics databases, analyse data, and draw appropriate conclusions

      ​To work in groups to produce and present a scientific poster in the context of biochemistry

      To use the web and social media to access and communicate scientific information to both expert and lay audiences​

      ​To explain the fundamentals of widespread applications of Biochemistry as well as current technological developments and topical issues

    • Biochemical Messengers and Signal Transduction (LIFE304)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

       To enable students to evaluate and describe the latest knowledge and ideas on how cells respond to external signals and how signalling information is transferred within and between cells To develop in students an understanding of the range of different strategies used by cells for generating and interpreting signalling information, including their outcomes To introduce students to current knowledge of the molecular and biochemical events that lead from receptor occupancy to changes in gene expression and phenotype, with links to human diseases explained  
      Learning Outcomes

      ​To compare, in both written and graphical formats, the multiple molecular processes underlying transduction of information, the key extracellular and intracellular players 

      ​To assess the consequences of expression changes or mutations in signalling proteins in the context of different diseases 

      ​To appraise the features of the major components and modules of signalling pathways

      ​To evaluate the usefulness of signalling proteins as targets for rational drug design

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    • Gene Expression and Development (LIFE323)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting99:0
      Aims
      1. To provide students with a systematic knowledge and critical understanding of how living organisms control their pattern of gene expression;
      2. ​​To describe how patterns of gene expression respond to environmental factors during growth and development;
      3. ​To explain current knowledge of the steps at which control of gene expression in eukaryotic cells occurs.
      Learning Outcomes

      To evaluate current knowledge and understanding of how and where expression in eukaryotes is regulated

      ​To critically discuss the role and regulation of RNA synthesis, processing, stability and transport

      ​To compare and contrast or model developmental systems such as plant flowering and development in Drosophila

      ​To synthesise information, critically review evidence to support conclusions, and define complex problems by applying appropriate knowledge and skills

    • Genes and Cancer (LIFE302)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      ​1. To develop students’ understanding of how cancer occurs and the role of oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes in the development of human cancer

       2. To develop students'' understanding of what are the hallmarks of cancer and what are the therapeutical strategies and limitations  3. To develop students’ ability to apply their knowledge and understanding, to critically evaluate and interpret the published literature in the field of cancer biology
      Learning Outcomes

      ​To explain the molecular and cellular basis of cancer formation

      ​To appraise the biological capabilities acquired during the multistep development of human tumours 

      ​To explain the current therapeutic strategies for cancer treatment

      ​To critically evaluate how technologies such as transcriptomics and bio-informatics have shaped our knowledge of the mechanism of cancer progression

      ​To synthesise information, critically review evidence to support conclusions, and define complex problems by applying appropriate knowledge and skills in the area of genes and cancer

    • Molecular Medicine (LIFE306)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      ​To describe to students the molecularpathogenesis of disease and how knowing the molecular pathogenesis guides thedevelopment of both diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

      To use selected topics, such asselected inherited or autoimmune disorders, to describe specific diseaseprocesses.

       

      Todevelop in students knowledge and deep understanding of biochemistryand biomedicine, and the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpretthis knowledge to solve complex biological and biomedical problems.​

      Learning Outcomes

      ​The student will critically evaluate the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis, with a special focus on selected inherited, autoimmune and multifactorial disorders

      ​The student will use identification of the molecular pathogenesis of disease to inform the development of diagnostic and therapeutic tools. 

      ​The student will appraise principles and methods of disease diagnosis 


      The student will critically evaluate the usefulness of phenotypic and genotypic approaches to screening in a post-genomic context

      ​The student will appraise the latest developments in post-genomic science and computational biology for the development of therapeutic approaches

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      ​The student will discern the usefulness of "biological" drugs as opposed to small molecule drugs


      The student will analyse our current understanding of stem cell therapeutics​

    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 the semester and by final examination. You will also prepare posters, complete tests, analyse data, give short talks, research the scientific literature and write essays and reports. The style of examination progresses from short answers towards the essay format in the later years of each degree programme, as your understanding deepens.