Biological and Medical Sciences BSc (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: C130
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD in relevant diploma
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Module details

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 the important groups of diseases affecting humans and other organisms;

    (S1) Lifelong learning skills

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

    This module aims to:

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Use a range of mathematical and numerical tools to address biological problems

    (LO2) Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

    (LO3) Manage time, work to deadlines and prioritise workloads

    (LO4) Actively participate in groups but be capable of independent work

    (LO5) Find relevant information and use IT effectively

    (LO6) Address the relevance and ideas of others

    (LO7) Evaluate own performance and working standards

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

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

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

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

    (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.

  • Evolution (LIFE103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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

  • Experimental Skills in Current Biology (LIFE107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting30:50
    Aims

    1.       Introducestudents to a range of practical skills and techniques that are of general usein subjects across the Life Sciences; 2.       Demonstratethe relevance of experimental skills across all biological disciplines andexplain the importance of observing good laboratory practice 3.       Trainstudents how to observe and record experiments, and how to present and analysedata  

    Learning Outcomes

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

    (LO2) Identify, formulate andtest 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

  • Grand Challenges in Biology (LIFE105)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    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

  • 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:

    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

Year One Optional Modules

  • 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

    (S1) Lifelong learning skills

  • Microbiology (LIFE110)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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;

    (S1) Lifelong learning skills

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • 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.

  • E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences (s2) (LIFE242)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond 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.

  • 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.

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

Year Two Optional 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

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

    (LO2) Develop team-working and individual skills, learn to manage time effectively and use laboratory equipment correctly and safely to generate data;

    (LO3) Plan and execute a series of biochemical experiments to analyse protein structure and function;

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

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

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

  • Advanced Genetics Techniques (LIFE226)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Provide students with a practical training that will help them to carry out projects in genetics;

    Train students in the production and characterisation of specific deletion mutants, mutagen screening, cytogenetics and karyotype analysis, population studies, molecular analysis of genomes and bioinformatics;

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

    (LO2) Work individually and as part of a team, manage time effectively, and use laboratory equipment correctly and safely to generate data;

    (LO3) Plan and execute a series of experiments to produce and characterise deletion mutants, screen mutagens, analyse karotypes, carry out population studies and molecular analysis of genomes, and interrogate bioinformatic databases;

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

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

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

  • Advanced Microbiological Techniques (LIFE228)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with a practical experience in a number of techniques used in microbiology;

    To develop research skills in microbiology by illustrating key concepts in microbiology;

    To develop knowledge and understanding in microbiology, and ability to apply, evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve microbiological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module students will be able to:Apply a range of techniques for the identification of microorganisms;

    (LO2) Assay cell components of biotechnology interest;

    (LO3) Produce and modify media for production and maintenance of microorganisms;

    (LO4) Work in a group to present data to an educated audience;

    (LO5) Demonstrate problem-solving skills in practical microbiology.

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

  • Biotechnology (LIFE210)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Introduce students to the ways in which biology is utilised for commercial purposes;

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify the stages required for commercial production of microbial products;

    (LO2) Discuss the problems inherent in isolation, strain improvement and growth of microorganisms on a large scale;

    (LO3) Explain specific commercial processes via studies of such processes as antibiotic production, large-scale manufacture of enzymes and brewing;

    (LO4) Discuss how understanding of protein structure can lead to the generation of therapeutic   compounds;

    (LO5) Interpret how proteins and antibodies may be engineered and produced on an industrial scale for commercial applications;

    (LO6) Discuss how useful activities of enzymes may be manipulated and exploited;

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

    (S2) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

  • 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

  • Drug Action (LIFE206)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    Enable students to develop their understanding of the cardiovascular, endocrine and central nervous systems and the mechanisms by which drugs interact with physiological processes operating within each of these systems;
    Provide an insight into the mechanisms of immune function and dysfunction, and the actions of drugs that target the im mune system;
    Give students a grounding in the fundamental principles of signal transduction from metabotropic receptors, and their significance for drug action;
    P rovide and overview of the overall drug development process, with a focus on the safety and efficacy tests applied during clinical trials, and the value-for-money tests applied during NICE approval;
    Develop knowledge and understanding in pharmacology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify the effects of drugs on the CNS and demonstrate an understanding of how drugs may be used to treat neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders;

    (LO2) Describe the action of drugs in the cardiovascular system and their role in the treatment of cardiovascular disease;

    (LO3) Compare the effects of drugs on the kidney, the endocrine system and the gastrointestinal tract;

    (LO4) Describe the principles underlying the effects of drugs on the immune system and the treatment of autoimmune disease;

    (LO5) Apply knowledge how the signal transduction pathways can be modulated to enhance cancer therapy ;

    (LO6) Apply the knowledge of the regulatory framework underlying the testing and approval of drugs;

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Commercial awareness

    (S3) International awareness

    (S4) Lifelong learning skills

  • 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

  • From Genes to Proteins (LIFE201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide students with a general understanding of the major molecularmechanisms involved in gene expression and its regulation including both eukaryotic and prokary otic systems, extending from transcription though totranslation and the post-translational modification of proteins.   To provide students with a conceptual appreciation of key scientific approachesused to study these processes.   To raise awareness in students ofpotential applications and develop their appreciation of the fundamental nature, conservation andimportance of these systems.  

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To 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.

    (LO2) To elucidate the post-translational events in eukaryotic cells, and how these produce a final functional protein from a primary translation product.

    (LO3) To evaluate the techniques used to investigate the processes of transcription and translation.

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

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

  • 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

  • Molecular Science (LIFE237)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Provide students w ith practical experience in a number of techniques used in molecular biology; Equip student to perform analysis of DNA fragments by agarose gel electrophoresis; Introduce students to PCR based-assays for gene cloning and d emonstrate methods used for cloning, and analysing genes 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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Present , evaluate critcally and interpret qualitative and quantitative molecular biology data;

    (LO2) Plan and execute a series of molecular biology experiments to demonstrate practical skills in molecular biology;

    (LO3) Analyse and interpret the validity of experimental data;

    (LO4) Summarise scientific investigations

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

    (S2) Improve time management to successfully complete experiments

  • Practical Human Physiology (LIFE229)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting20:80
    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

  • Practical Skills in Tropical Medicine (LIFE236)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    Enhance knowledge and understanding of the biology and control of parasites of medical importance and their vectors;

    Describe the diagnosis and pathology of parasitic infections;

    Interactions between the environment, humans, mosquitoes, and their parasites;

    Techniques for the control of vectors, including susceptibility to insecticides;

    Enhance data handling skills and interpretation of experiments;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Detect the presence or absence of parasites in blood and faeces and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the methods used;

    (LO2) Discuss interaction between mosquitoes, their hosts and the environment through a range of experimental approaches;

    (LO3) Assess the susceptibility to insecticides in larval and adult mosquitoes and discuss relevance to the monitoring of control campaigns;

    (LO4) Evaluate the techniques used for understanding the biology and control of selected parasites and their vectors;

    (LO5)  Record and critically assess data generated by experiments in an accurate and timely manner.

    (LO6) Describe the main immunological techniques for indirectly diagnosing parasite infection

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

  • 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 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.

  • The Immune System in Health and Disease (LIFE221)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Develop  students knowledge of the immune system and its role in protection against disease;

    Develop in students an appreciation of the importance of different immune mechanisms in different circumstances, and how these can be evaded;

    Enable students to evaluate and appreciate the consequences of immune system dysfunctions in disease.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify the main components of the mammalian immune system

    (LO2) Assess the contribution of innate and adaptive immune mechanisms to host defences

    (LO3) Assess the mechanisms that permit recognition of an infinitely diverse microflora

    (LO4) 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

    (LO5) Discuss how dysfunction of immune system constituents can cause disease

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

  • The Multicellular Organism: Tissues, Development, Regeneration and Aging (LIFE205)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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

  • Virology (LIFE209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to develop in students:

    The ability to explain the fundamental features and properties of viruses and viral infections;

    Knowledge and understanding of the use and development of molecular biology technologies in virology;

    The capacity to describe problems associated with viruses and their control, and identify positive applications of viruses;

    Knowledge and understanding in virology, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in virology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Explain basic terms and terminologies used in virology and describe virus particle structure;

    (LO2) Identify different virus infection life cycles in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, describing the role of key viral proteins in viral life cycles;

    (LO3) Describe impact of viruses on public health, explain how viruses may spread between different species and the concept of species-barrier;

    (LO4) Describe the use of diagnostic tools to detect, quantify, and monitor viruses;

    (LO5) Explain the role of immune system in combating viral infections in plants, invertebrates and mammals;

    (LO6) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of virology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.

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

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Skills in Biological and Medical Sciences (LIFE365)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to develop tranferable skills in critical thinking, interpretation of data and science communication in the context of biological sciences

    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 biological 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 biological sciences

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (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 p lan and execute a piece of scientific research, in a responsible, safe and ethical manner

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

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

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

    (LO5) To c ritically evaluate and report upon relevant scientific literature

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

    (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

  • Bacterial Disease Mechanisms (LIFE318)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To explain to students the common themes and diversity of mechanisms used by bacteria to cause disease.   To develop in students an understanding of virulence strategies used to achieve infection, including subversion of host immunity, expression of bacterial toxins motility and intracellular survival   To develop in students an understanding of mechanisms of genetic control, its temporal nature and the contribution of specific virulence determinants to the infection process

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To assess the current knowledge of the innate immune barriers to bacterial infection

    (LO2) To contrast the bacterial pathogenesis strategies of diverse bacterial pathogens

    (LO3) To appraise the ethical aspects of animal experimentation and the scientific considerations for the design of in vivo models of infection

    (LO4) To summarise the molecular mode of action of key virulence determinants within a pathogen’s armoury

    (LO5) To evaluate the environmental, metabolic and temporal regulation of virulence genes and regulons and the mobilisation of virulence loci

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills

  • 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

    (LO1) To compare, in both written and graphical formats, the multiple molecular processes underlying transduction of information, the key extracellular and intracellular players;

    (LO2) To assess the consequences of expression changes or mutations in signalling proteins in the context of different diseases;

    (LO3) To appraise the features of the major components and modules of signalling pathways;

    (LO4) To evaluate the usefulness of signalling proteins as targets for rational drug design. 

    (S1) Problem solving skills;

    (S2) Communication skills;

    (S3) Lifelong learning skills.

  • Cancer Pharmacology (LIFE314)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide an explanation of current understanding of cancer development and progression and how this is exploited in the rational design of drugs to target cancer;

    To explain to students the latest knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of anti-cancer drugs and the potential for side-effects, drug toxicity, and drug resistance;

    To develop in students a critical understanding of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of modern cancer drugs.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To evaluate the pathophysiological process of cancer development and progression;

    (LO2) To critically evaluate the rationale for the design and mechanism of action of anti-cancer agents;

    (LO3) To assess the potential for toxicity and side-effects and drug resistance in anti-cancer drugs;

    (LO4) To evaluate current ideas on the mechanisms of drug resistance in cancer therapy;

    (LO5) To critically evaluate scientific literature and clinical data regarding the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of anti-cancer therapy in patients.

    (S1) Communication skills;

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills;

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Pharmacology (LIFE313)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular and respiratory pharmacology;

    To develop in students an awareness of how dysfunction in these systems can be treated with current drugs, and how improved understanding can lead to improved drugs;

    To raise awareness of th e specific problems associated with drug side-effects in the cardiovascular system, and the approaches taken to test for these in drug development.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically discuss the pathophysiology of major cardiovascular andrespiratory diseases;

    (LO2) To appraise current knowledge of the mechanisms of action and side-effects of current drugsat the molecular, cellular, organ and systemic levels in health and disease;

    (LO3) To discussthe latest understanding of principles underlying the development of new drugsfor the treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

    (S1) Lifelong learning skills;

    (S2) Communication skills;

    (S3) Teamwork;

    (S4) Ethical awareness.

  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease (LIFE305)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To describe advanced concepts that are fundamental to modern ideas in biophysics and cell signalling from a systems physiology perspective covering both physiology and disease;

    To develop in students the ability to access, collate, critically evaluate, and discuss, in writing, the modern literature in cell signalling;

    To enable students to acquire the skills required for interpretation of cell signalling experimental data and to integrate this knowledge in a physiological context.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To explain current understanding of how cells receive information and transmit this along distinct pathways to generate different physiological responses;

    (LO2) To critically discuss how post-translational modifications mediate information transfer, how the major kinase and second messenger pathways are stimulated and how they function in normal cells;

    (LO3) To appraise the pathophysiological consequences of dysregulated cell signalling.

    (S1) Problem solving skills;

    (S2) Communication skills.

  • Gene Expression and Development (LIFE323)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting99:0
    Aims

    To provide students with a systematic knowledge and critical understanding of how living organisms control their pattern of gene expression;

    To describe how patterns of gene expression respond to environmental factors during growth and development;

    To explain current knowledge of the steps at which control of gene expression in eukaryotic cells occurs.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To evaluate current knowledge and understanding of how and where expression in eukaryotes is regulated

    (LO2) To critically discuss the role and regulation of RNA synthesis, processing, stability and transport

    (LO3) To compare and contrast model developmental systems such as plant flowering and early embryonic development in Drosophila

    (LO4) To synthesise information, critically review evidence to support conclusions, and define complex genetic problems by applying appropriate knowledge and skills

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

  • Genes and Cancer (LIFE302)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims

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

    To develop students' understanding of the hallmarks of cancer and what are different therapeutic strategies and their limitations;

    To provide students with opportunities to critically evaluate and interpret the published literature in the field of cancer biology

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To explain the molecular and cellular basis of cancer formation

    (LO2) To appraise the biological capabilities acquired during the multistep development of human tumours

    (LO3) To explain the current therapeutic strategies for cancer treatment

    (LO4) To critically evaluate how technologies such sequencing, gene expression analysis, and bio-informatics have shaped our knowledge of the mechanism of cancer progression

    (LO5) 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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) 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

  • Molecular, Clinical and Translational Cancer (LIFE373)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To enable students to develop anunderstanding of the biological mechanisms underpinning cancer and itstreatment.        To provide an opportunity for in-depthanalysis of pathogenesis and progression of two major types of cancer(carcinoma and leukaemia/lymphoma) using examples from cutting edge Universityof Liverpool research (Haemato-oncology, Head and Neck Cancer and PancreaticCancer).       To provide the students with anopportunity to explore and discuss the principles involved in cancer detection,diagnosis and therapy.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Tocritically evaluate phenotypic behaviours of a cancer cell using biochemicalknowledge of cellular functions, in order to identify possible points oftherapeutic intervention.

    (LO2) Tomatch environmental DNA damage, DNA repair, viral infection and alteredoncogene/tumour suppressor gene function to the pathological consequences forthe patients.

    (LO3) Tocritically appraise discovery pathways for new diagnostic and prognostic cancerbiomarkers

    (LO4) Toanalyse biochemical pathways likely to become novel therapeutic targets in thenear future, with particular attention to enzyme inhibitors.

    (S1) Problem-solving

    (S2) Lifelong Learning Skills

    (S3) Group work

  • Molecular Medicine (LIFE306)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To describe to students the application of molecular and computational approaches in the study and treatment of human disease;

    To use selected topics, such as regenerative medicine and the extracellular matrix, to describe specific disease processes;

    To develop in students knowledge and deep understanding in biochemistry and biomedicine, and the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve biological and biomedical complex problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically evaluate the usefulness of genotypic and phenotypic approaches to screening in a post-genomic context;

    (LO2) To appraise the latest developments in post-genomic science and computational biology for the development of medications and drugs;

    (LO3) To analyse our current understanding of stem cell therapeutics;

    (LO4) To evaluate the role of the extracellular matrix and its components in a number of key disease processes and their treatment.

    (LO5) The student will appraise the latest developments in post-genomic science and computational biology for the development of therapeutic approaches  

    (LO6) The student will discern the usefulness of "biological" drugs as opposed to small molecule drugs

    (LO7) The student will analyse our current understanding of stem cell therapeutics

    (S1) Problem solving skills;

    (S2) Communication skills;

    (S3) Lifelong learning skills.

  • Molecular Toxicology (LIFE316)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To familiarize students with current concepts of mechanisms by which cells are killed by toxic chemicals with particular emphasis on drugs;

    To develop in students an understanding of the main defence mechanisms that cells possess to protect them against chemical toxicity;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To evaluate the principal ways in which cells are killed by drugs

    (LO2) To appraise current knowledge of the major defence mechanisms that cells possess

    (LO3) To critically evaluate current understanding of irreversible toxicity

    (LO4) To assess current approaches to the pre-clinical investigation of various types of toxicity

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) Lifelong learning skills

  • Neuromuscular Physiology and Disease (LIFE311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills

  • Parasitology (LIFE361)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide students with knowledge of the major features of the structure and life histories of a range of protozoan and helminth parasites of humans;

    To develop in students current understanding of the causes of major clinical symptoms and pathology attributable to these parasites, and of the major approaches to their prevention and control;

    To provide students with knowledge and deep understanding in parasitology, and the ability to apply, critically evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically discuss modern molecular methods for examining parasitic diseases;

    (LO2) To evaluate the modern research literature in the area of parasitology with critical insight;

    (LO3) To critically discuss how topical problems in parasitology are currently being addressed, and future developments in this area;

    (LO4) To synthesise information, critically review evidence to support conclusions, and define complex problems by applying appropriate knowledge and skills.

    (S1) Communication skills;

    (S2) Problem solving skills.

  • Topics in Global Health (LIFE340)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To enhance students' awareness of the global distribution of disease and the associated implications and inequalities;

    To enhance students' awareness of the global impact of poverty and the negative and positive impacts of human activity in the spread of disease;

    To develop students' knowledge and deep understanding in the tropical disease biology and their ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically review the distribution of disease and discuss major implications for global health

    (LO2) To evaluate major reasons for the spread of disease and discuss approaches to control

    (LO3) To evaluate the roles of national, international and multinational agencies in the health arena

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Ethical awareness

    (S3) International awareness

  • Understanding Disease: An Integrated Approach (LIFE375)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide students with knowledge of the mechanistic basis of selected diseases, including relevant biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, cell signalling and pathophysiology;

    To develop in students an understanding of the basis for current therapies for selected diseases, and to allow students to review and critique novel treatments.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To analyse in detail the mechanistic basis for the development of selected diseases

    (LO2) To critically evaluate theories and evidence for proposed disease mechanisms

    (LO3) To examine the rationale behind current treatment regimes

    (LO4) To evaluate recent research findings relating to disease and apply these to development of new therapies

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

    (S2) Become proficient in applying interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to understanding biological systems and processes;

    (S3) Be able to synthesise information and form a coherent understanding

  • Viral Disease Mechanisms (LIFE320)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    1. Highlight the role of viruses as important pathogens of humans and animals
    2. Explain in detail viral virulence mechanisms, the way viruses evade the immune system and modern approaches to vaccine development;
    3. Develop students knowledge and understanding in microbiology and to develope their ability to apply, evaluate critically and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems in microbiology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to: Explain the mechanisms of replication and pathogenesis of different virus families and evaluate modern approaches to investigating virus pathogenesis and their control by immune processes, preventative measure sand treatments

    (LO2) Critically discuss current hypotheses on the evolution of viral virulence, the contribution of virus infection to diseases in both humans and animals and current theories on the importance of globalization and climate change in the emergence and re-emergence of virus disease

    (LO3) Synthesise information, critically review evidence to support conclusions, and define complex problems by applying appropriate knowledge and skills.

    (S1) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S2) Information skills - Critical reading

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.