Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: C100
  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

    (LO3) To read and interpret phylogenetic trees

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

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

  • 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

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

    This practical module aims to instruct students in:

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Work safely under field conditions

    (LO2) Use identification keys to successfully identify species

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

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

    (LO5) Sample communities and describe ecosystem function;

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

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

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

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

    This module aims to:

    Describe the processes that regulate development and the general properties of stem cells;

    Explain the mechanisms of germ line development and early development from fertilisation to gastrulation;

    Provide students with an understanding of how the major organ systems of the body form;

    Highlight the experimental evidence underpinning this knowledge;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Explain the fundamental mechanisms that regulate development;

    (LO2) Describe the general properties of stem cells and their role in development;

    (LO3) Explain the developmental processes that form the three layered embryo and the experimental evidence that underpins our understanding;

    (LO4) Describe the formation of the main organs of the body from the ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm;

    (LO5) Explain the basic mechanisms that regulate the development of the major organ systems and the experimental models used to investigate these mechanisms.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

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

    This module aims to:

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

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

    Explain conservation of biodiversity at a range of scales;

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of:

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Teamwork

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Ethical awareness

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

    To develop students' knowledge in the major veterinary animal infectious diseases specifically bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases;
    To introduce students to the basic measures of diseases including epidemiological principles, the control, spread and treatment of diseases;
    To introduce students to b asic concepts in food security, safety, impact on the environment and veterinary public health.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

    (LO3) Explain basic epidemiological concepts and their application

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

    (S1) Teamwork

    (S2) Communication skills

  • 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

  • Marine Biology: Life in the Seas and Oceans (ENVS121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module will introduce students to the main groups of organisms found in the marine environment. Students will encounter these groups in subsequent modules and field studies and gaining a familiarity with them in this module will enable them to recognise them and understand their role in marine ecosystems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Acquire knowledge and understanding on the taxonomic and functional diversity of marine life.

    (LO2) Develop the ability to recognise the major groups of marine organisms using their key features

    (LO3) Experience how to examine marine organisms and understand their functional biology using different kinds of specimens and approaches.

    (LO4) Recognise the adaptational solutions to functional problems adopted by marine organisms

    (S1) Teamwork

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

    (S3) Problem solving skills

  • Marine Ecosystems: Diversity, Processes and Threats (ENVS122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the diversity of ecosystem types in the marine environment and the various threats that they face.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Acquire knowledge and understanding of representative key ecosystems found in the marine environment.

    (LO2) Be familiar with the marine organisms that live in representative key marine ecosystems.

    (LO3) Acquire a basic knowledge of fundamental ecological principles, transferable to later marine and non-marine modules.

    (LO4) Be aware of the threats that humans may pose to marine ecosystems.

    (LO5) Appreciate how humans assess and may mitigate detrimental impacts to the environment.

    (LO6) Be introduced to the importance to their future studies of critical reading of scientific literature.

  • 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

Programme Year Two

You will take one compulsory module and then choose from the selected optional modules.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • 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.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Advanced Animal Husbandry (LIFE217)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to develop in students:  
    The ability to integrate knowledge of nutrition, reproduction, genetics and breeding, behaviour and welfare of domesticated animals, with an assessment of the environment;

    Knowledge and understanding of the feeding, housing, breeding and general management of several major species that are important in the animal industries;

    The ability to transfer knowledge and general principles between species, to develop a deep understanding of animal husbandry;

    The ability to apply knowledge and understanding in bioveterinary science and evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in veterinary science.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Describe the nutrition, reproduction, genetics and breeding, behaviour and welfare of a range of domesticated animals.

    (LO2) Integrate the aspects of animal welfare in learning outcome 1 with environmental assessment.

    (LO3) Discuss issues such as feeding, housing, breeding and management of animals of economic importance.

    (LO4) Demonstrate how information on animal husbandry of one species can be applied to other species.

    (LO5) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of animal husbandry, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems in veterinary science.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Communication skills

  • 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 Experimental Design and Analysis (LIFE238)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Raise students’ competence and confidence in formulating and testing hypotheses and choosing the appropriate statistical analyses;

    Improve student abilities in analysing and interpreting experimental data;

    Improve student abilities in the design and execution of scientific experiments

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Design experiments to answer specific questions/test hypotheses;

    (LO2) Design the statistical analysis of a given set of data, associated with a specific question/hypothesis;

    (LO3) Recognise the breadth of statistical tools available;

    (LO4) Execute experiments to investigate a specific question;

    (LO5) Analyse data, interpret validity and apply statistical analyses.

    (LO6) Understand the principles of statistical analysis using multiple explanatory variables

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

  • 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.

  • Advanced Techniques in Animal Behaviour, Health and Welfare (LIFE239)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Develop students' skills in animal handling and ability to assess the health and welfare of captive animals;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in bioveterinary sciences, and the ability to interpret, evaluate, and apply this knowledge to health and welfare problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe and plan protocols for measuring captive animal behaviour in situ;

    (LO2) Relate the behaviour of captive animals to their health status;

    (LO3) Handle a range of live mammals;

    (LO4) Conduct and report health checks and post mortems on fish, explain fish anatomy and explain how fish behaviour and morphological changes underpin disease;

    (LO5) Appraise how the captive environment influences behaviours in zoo animals;

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

    (S2) Teamwork;

    (S3) Ethical awareness;

    (S4) Organisational skills;

    (S5) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others.

  • Advanced Techniques in Zoology (LIFE230)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

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

    To develop students’ ability to plan and execute experiments and to use appropriate controls;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To present, critically evaluate, and interpret qualitative and quantitative zoological data, and record procedures and protocols;

    (LO2) To plan and execute a series of experiments employing techniques used in zoology, use laboratory equipment correctly and safely to generate data;

    (LO3) To analyse data, interpret validity, and apply statistical analyses.

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

    (S2) Problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity: analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions;

    (S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others.

  • Animal Behaviour (LIFE211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Introduce students to the fundamental evolutionary principles that explain a wide range of animal behaviours

    Develop in students and understanding of the evolution of co-operative societies, as well as conflict and conflict resolution

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply the principles of behavioural ecology to explain human behaviour

    (LO2) Analyse and interpret examples of behavioural data

    (LO3) Apply fundamental evolutionary principles to explain a wide range of animal behaviours

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

  • Biodiversity Practical Skills (LIFE233)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop in students the ability to acquire, present, critically evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data related to biological specimens ;  To develop in students practical skills and the ability to accurately record procedures and protocols ;  To  provide students with the opportunity to execute a series of experiments, and to use laboratory and field equipment correctly and safely to generate data.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) map taxonomic and evolutionary relationships in order to understand large scale evolutionary processes.

    (LO2) conduct field sampling of plants and invertebrates in order to measure biodiversity and describe a range of habitats.

    (LO3) use keys for taxonomy in order to measure biodiversity. 

    (LO4) dissect and observe the morphology of specific organ systems in order to compare physiologies.

    (LO5) utilise basic Geographic Information Systems in order to map habitats spatially.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Adaptability

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Teamwork

    (S5) Organisational skills

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

    (S7) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

  • 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

  • Comparative Animal Physiology (LIFE212)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To introduce students to the physiological problems encountered by animals in their natural environments;

    To encourage students to relate lifestyle and physiology to habitat and to potentially hostile environments;

    To explain how increasing complexity of bodily organisation can lead to greater levels of bodily homeostasis;

    To develop in students an understanding of physiological mechanisms at all levels of organisation, in relation to energetics, temperature, respiration, osmoregulation, and nitrogen excretion. 

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To apply the general principles underlying physiological adaptation

    (LO2) To analyze relationships between animal lifestyle, increasing complexity of bodily organisation and ability to maintain homeostasis

    (LO3) To identify the physiological mechanisms operating at all levels of organisation in relation to the control of temperature, oxygen, osmoregulation, energetics, and nitrogen excretion

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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Ecology Practical Skills (ENVS261)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with practical experience of a range of techniques used in terrestrial ecology;

    To develop students’ ability to use analytical instruments and techniques, and to execute experiments;

    To develop knowledge and understanding of ecological methods, the ability to apply this knowledge, and evaluate and interpret data to answer ecological questions.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To plan and execute a series of experiments employing techniques used in ecology, use laboratory and field equipment correctly and safely to generate data.

    (LO2) To obtain, critically evaluate, and interpret qualitative and quantitative ecological data, and record procedures and protocols.

    (LO3) To analyse data, interpret validity, and, where appropriate, apply statistical analysis.

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

    (S2) Problem solving: critical thinking, and creativity, analysing data and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions

    (S3) Team working: respecting others, co-operating, negotiating, awareness of interdependence with others.

    (S4) Communication skills: verbal and written

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

    Explain the essential background knowledge to understand basic neuroscience;

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Evolutionary Biology (LIFE213)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This modules aims to:

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

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

    Describe the factors influencing the genetic constitution of a population;

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Discuss the origins of heritable phenotypic variation;

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

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

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

    (LO5) Describe the major evolutionary transitions;

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

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

    This module aims to:

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S5) Ethical awareness

  • Laboratory Identification of Parasites and Diagnosis of Parasitism (LIFE244)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To equip students with practical skills in parasite and vector identification/diagnosis;

    To introduce students to (a) traditional diagnostic methodology in animal and human parasitology and (b) immunological and molecular diagnostic assays for parasites;

    To introduce basic concepts in parasite epidemiology and control.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To identify the major helminth parasites of economic importance in livestock and companion animals, ectoparasites which cause skin diseases and the arthropod vectors and protozoa of veterinary and medical importance;

    (LO2) To perform traditional diagnostic assays currently used in commercial diagnostic veterinary parasitology laboratories;

    (LO3) Use parasitological findings from sample analysis to interpret normal parasitism, or possible clinical disease;

    (LO4) To introduce basic concepts of parasite and vector life cycles and epidemiology in relation to control.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

  • Marine Ecology Field Studies (ENVS278)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to increase students' knowledge of how to study a broad range of coastal habitats and species. It will build knowledge and confidence in the ability to go on and undertake both field-based and laboratory based marine ecological research in their careers going forward. This module relies heavily on active learning, with students completing their own data collection and working together, with guidance from academics, on how to generate useful outcomes. It will build on core skills developed earlier in tutorial modules - communication, research skills etc, as well as application of subjects previously explored only through lecture-based theory modules. Field and laboratory-based studies allow students to develop and enhance many generic skills, for example, team working, problem solving, and interpersonal relationships, which are of value to the world of work and active citizenship. This module will therefore widen access to a range of professions that require these core skills, increasing the overall employability of our students.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Gain further knowledge of higher level taxonomy and biodiversity of key groups of European marine species

    (LO2) Understand further the physical factors that drive the distributions of species within an estuarine environment and the behavioral and eco-physiological adaptations of animals to this.

    (LO3) Learn how to collect data from a range of different habitats and also develop skills to complete relevant field and/or laboratory experiments

    (LO4) Experience preparation and analysis of different types of quantitative data from different sampling regimes.

    (LO5) Further develop important research skills including record-keeping from fieldwork and laboratory work, and communication of results in different media.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Communication skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) Lifelong learning skills

  • Marine Ecophysiology, Ecology and Exploitation (ENVS251)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
    Aims

    This module aims to provide students with essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resource exploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop the ability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as the ability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address this module aims to provide students with essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resource exploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop the ability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as the ability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address multi-disciplinary topics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Be familiar with some key physiological adaptations necessary to survive in the marine environment

    (LO2) Understand the imporance of some key ecological concepts that underpin the stucturing of marine communities

    (LO3) Develop a basic understanding of key human activities that can affect individuals, populations and communities of marine animals

    (LO4) Develop the ability to read and critically evaluate scientific papers

    (LO5) Develop the ability to research, plan and write essay questions that tackle multi-disciplinary issues (using material from across the module as necessary)

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

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

    (S3) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

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

    (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) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

    (S7) 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

  • 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

  • Pathological Basis of Animal Diseases (LIFE240)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Develop in students the ability to describe the haematological and immunological responses of animals in veterinary disease states;

    Equip students with the knowledge to explain pathological responses in infectious and non-infectious animal diseases in a range of clinically-important species in terms of molecular and cellular mechanisms;

    Develop students’ knowledge and understanding in disease pathology, to be able to apply, evaluate, and interpret it in the context of common veterinary diseases.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Compare and contrast the haematological and immune responses of different hosts in a variety of veterinary diseases;

    (LO2) Explain how cellular systems can fail or be diverted to contribute or cause veterinary disease pathology;

    (LO3) Working from comparative veterinary examples, appraise critically how the pathological changes underpin the inflammatory, immune and healing responses;

    (LO4) Apply knowledge and critical understanding of the host response and pathology of animal diseases to common diseases in veterinary practice.

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

  • Population and Community Ecology (LIFE214)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    Introduce students to the concepts and principles underlying the dynamic interactions between species within communities and populations; Describe examples taken from across the globe that illustrate the importance of population ecology, pressures on fish stocks, and use of natural predators for biological control processes Describe how mutualistic interactions benefit communities, such as coral reefs and leguminous plants; Explore how knowledge and understanding of species- and community- interactions can help to develop plans for ecological restoration; Develop students’ ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding to solve problems in zoology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Analyze the demographic forces acting on populations of single and multiple interacting species, and their consequences;

    (LO2) Explain the development of community patterns in time (succession) and in space;

    (LO3) Explain the relationships between structure and function operating at the level of the ecological community;

    (LO4) Interpret biological patterns in terms of their dynamics and underlying processes.

    (S1) Numeracy

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Structure and Dynamics of Macromolecules (LIFE203)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the latest methodologies and techniques that are used to study the fine detail of macromolecules;

    Explain how the structure of macromolecules determines their function Describe how altered protein function can result in disease;
    Outline the importance of applying the techniques used to solve macromolecular structure and function can be applied to drug discovery programmes;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Explain the key chemical and structural features of proteins and describe how these features relate to biological function

    (LO2) Discuss how knowledge of biomolecular structure relates to applications in medicine, the pharmaceutical industry and bio- and nano-technology

    (LO3) Describe techniques used to determine protein structure and dynamics and discuss the advantages and limitations of each technique

    (LO4) 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

    (LO5) Discuss the latest ideas on the evolution of protein function

    (LO6) Describe the principles of structural biology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve fundumental biological questions

    (LO7) Conduct basic analysis of optical and NMR spectra of proteins

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tropical Ecology Field Course (LIFE222)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Introduce students to the ecology of tropical ecosystems and the field techniques used to study them, through staff-led field visits, seminars and student executed field studies;

    Train students in how to design, execute and present research projects conducted in the field;

    Allow students to e xplore interactions between humans and tropical ecosystems, with sustainable development, effects of forestry and human wildlife conflict and eco-tourism being addressed;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Explain the origin and maintenance of tropical forest ecosystems and processes influencing biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics in tropical habitats;

    (LO2) Identify the basic groups of tropical taxa, with emphasis on insects, mammals, birds, reptiles and plants and  the natural history of important plant and animal taxa;

    (LO3) Appraise conceptual issues underlying current research programmes in tropical environments including issues of human impact, conservation biology and sustainable use of tropical forests;

    (LO4) Collate, analyze and interpret field data;

    (LO5) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of ecology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve ecological problems.

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

  • Veterinary Form and Function (LIFE215)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide students with an understanding of the functional anatomy of the dog, and enable them to apply this knowledge to compare the anatomy and physiology with that of other species of veterinary interest;

    Enable students to apply knowledge of normal functional anatomy to understand how disruption of these systems can result in disease.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Describe and identify the development, structure and function of the major body systems in the dog, to include; reproductive/endocrine, nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular/respiratory and digestive/excretory.

    (LO2) Compare and contrast the structure and function of these systems (where appropriate) with those in the major species of veterinary interest.

    (LO3) Explain relationships between gross anatomy, microanatomy (cell and tissue structure) and physiological function in the major body systems.

    (LO4) Explain and recognise how disruption of these systems might result in disease

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

    (S2) Problem solving skills

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

  • Veterinary Parasitology and Public Health (LIFE216)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Describe the major parasitic diseases of companion and food producing animals and related parasites that impact on global human health;

    Outline control methods for parasitic infections;

    Develop knowledge and understanding in molecular and cellular biology, ecology and epidemiology relevant to parasitism, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:1.    Describe the diversity, life history, diagnosis and control of economically-important parasites of animals, and those human parasites of global importance;

    (LO2) 2.    Define fundamental concepts in parasitology, such as host-parasite interaction, life cycle, virulence, as well as the consequences of parasitism;

    (LO3) 3.    Evaluate the relative importance and the nature of different threats of parasitic infection in terms of pathogenicity and impact on socio-economics;

    (LO4) 4.    Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of veterinary parasitology and public health, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.

    (S1) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

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

    (S3) 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

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

  • 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

Programme Year Three

You will take two compulsory modules and then choose from the selected optional modules.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Skills in Biological Sciences (LIFE355)
    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) Scientific Communication

    (S2) Group Working

    (S3) Digital Fluency

    (S4) Critical Thinking

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To 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

  • Advanced Biotechnology (LIFE327)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To describe current approaches to exploit microorganisms and microbial processes in the context of modern developments in biotechnology;

    To evaluate economic and ethical aspects of the development of novel products and the potential environmental benefits of using biotechnological processes;

    To explain biotechnological processes, such as antibiotic production, plant biomass conversion and microbial informatics biofuels;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To describe in detail particular biotechnological applications with emphasis on the underlying scientific principles

    (LO2) To critically discuss approaches to strain improvement and manipulation, including the impact of recombinant DNA technology on the biotechnology industry

    (LO3) To appraise the emerging importance of genomics, with reference to the development of new therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines

    (LO4) To explain how microorganisms and their enzymes can compete with chemical processes for environmental and renewable energy applications

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

  • Advanced Topics in Ecology (LIFE337)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To describe modern approaches to long standing ecological issues;
    To introduce current research in the expanding areas of ecology;
    To develop students' knowledge and deep understanding in key areas of ecology and an ability to apply, critically evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve complex ecological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To assess how a range of biotic and abiotic processes can act, and interact, to drive ecological dynamics and the structure and assembly of communities

    (LO2) To evaluate predictions associated with relationships between organisms and their environment at a range of spatial and trophic scales

    (LO3) To explain how current key concepts can be used to understand, and manage, ecosystems

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

    (S2) Students will develop skills in participating in group discussions to reach consensus and/or recognise where ambiguities exist in conclusions associated with addressing issues.

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

    To develop in students an understanding of how neuromusculoskeletal cells are involved with animal dysfunction;
    To develop in students current knowledge and understanding of the molecular and biochemical events that result in disordered phenotypes in animals;  
    To develop in students the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding, to solve complex and novel problems in Bioveterinary science relevant to animal dysfunction;  
    To develop students’ skills in public engagement and communication.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Communication skills

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

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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Adaptability

    (S3) Problem solving skills

    (S4) Organisational 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.

  • Chemotherapy and Cellular Pharmacology (LIFE312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To develop the principles and concepts introduced in Level 5 modules on antibacterial chemotherapy and apply them to diseases caused by viruses (e.g. HIV/AIDS), bacteria (e.g. TB) and parasites (e.g. Malaria);

    To develop in students specialist knowledge and understanding in pharmacology;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically evaluate the principles of selective toxicity as applied to the chemotherapy of infectious disease;

    (LO2) To assess the clinical relevance of basic pharmacological principles of chemotherapy;

    (LO3) To evaluate the importance of drug resistance in the treatment and prevention of disease;

    (LO4) To evaluate modern pharmacological approaches to chemotherapy.

    (S1) Problem solving skills;

    (S2) Communication skills;

    (S3) Lifelong learning skills.

  • Chemotherapy of Parasitic Disease (LIFE338)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To develop in students an understanding of current concepts of antiparasitic chemotherapy, with attention being directed at the major classes of anti-helmintics and antiprotozoal drugs:
    To develop in students an understanding of developments in drug discovery and clinical development of anti-parasitic drugs through identification of novel targets;  
    To develop in students knowledge and deep understanding in tropical disease biology, and the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To evaluate the basic principles of antimicrobial chemotherapy

    (LO2) To assess the concept of selective action of anti-parasitic agents

    (LO3) To critically appraise the concentration effect relationship for anti-parasitic agents

    (LO4) To critically review the role of the host in determining the response to anti-parasitic agents

    (LO5) To appraise the drug discovery process for anti-parasitic drugs and their clinical development.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

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

    To complement and extend students' existing knowledge of CNS anatomy and biology to further understanding of the mechanisms which allow the brain function under normal physiological conditions but which can also lead to disease;
    To develop in students an understanding of structure-function relationships in the CNS;
    To provide students with experience of current clinical and translational research in the neurosciences;  
    To introduce students to issues related to  mental health and neurological disorders;  
    To develop in students the interdisciplinary nature of cutting edge science and how anatomy can inform both surgical and pharmacological intervention in neurological disorders.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Lifelong learning skills

  • Conservation Biology (LIFE326)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To develop in students the ability to explore current thinking and research in conservation biology;

    To develop in students knowledge and understanding about patterns of biodiversity and to enable them to critically evaluate the evidence supporting alternative explanations for the extinctions or demise of many animal and some plant species;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To construct justified arguments for the value of conserving biodiversity

    (LO2) To evaluate the human activities that affect biodiversity and describe how they act individually and in combination to affect individuals, populations and ecosystems

    (LO3) To evaluate, using case studies, the pros and cons of a wide range of conservation interventions, from international legal instruments to local habitat management

    (LO4) To analyze where conservation questions can be answered with scientific evidence, and where socio-economic and other types of information are more important

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) Ethical awareness

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) IT skills

    (S3) Communication skills

  • Current Topics in Animal Behaviour (LIFE322)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To develop in students an understanding of the use of evolutionary theory to understand animal behaviour;

    To develop in students the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding, to solve complex problems in the study of behaviour;

    To develop in students an understanding how predictive modelling, experimental, and observational approaches integrate to explain animal behaviour.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To evaluate the use of the adaptationist approach in studying behaviour

    (LO2) To critically appraise factors affecting the evolution of reproductive behaviour and the evolution of altruism and cooperation

    (LO3) To assess comparative approaches in the study of animal cognition and critically evaluate why cognitive processes of animals might not be, and often are not, analogous to human cognitive processes

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

  • Data Handling for Physiologists (LIFE310)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    1. To enhance the key skills acquired in Levels 4 and 5, including both scientific and broader employability skills   2. To develop in students skills in experimental design, data analysis, data interpretation and data presentation and illustrate how these skills are applied to different areas of modern physiology   3. To develop in students the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding, to solve complex problems in physiology

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To plan and design physiological experiments, and to test hypotheses

    (LO2) To apply appropriate statistical tests to analyse scientific data

    (LO3) To critically evaluate scientific evidence to support conclusions, and evaluate complex problems by applying appropriate knowledge and skills.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Lifelong learning skills

  • Drug Metabolism and Drug Response (LIFE315)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To demonstrate the relevance and importance of the principles of drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics To explain the importance of the relationship between drug disposition and drug response To develop in students the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding, to solve complex problems in pharmacology

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To appraise the principles of drug disposition and drug response, particularly in relation to why subjects differ in their response to drugs

    (LO2) To critically discuss the relevance of basic pharmacokinetic principles to achieving a good response to therapy

    (LO3) To critically analyse pharmacokinetic data

    (LO4) To evaluate the dispositional basis of adverse drug reactions

    (LO5) To critically discuss the relevant physicochemical characteristics of nanomaterials that relate to their interactions with biological systems.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Written 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

  • Genome Biology and Technology (LIFE342)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To enable students to perform an analysis of genome structure and function;
    To familiarize student with the arguments and the evidence supporting the molecular and evolutionary processes that shape eukaryotic and prokaryotic genomes;  
    To develop in students an understanding of how comparative genomics can provide insights into evolutionary processes as well as biological function of genes;
    To develop in students and understanding of how modern genomic methods can be used to solve biological problems;  
    To raise students' awareness of the limitations of modern genomic methods.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To assess eukaryotic and prokaryotic genome structure and function

    (LO2) To evaluate both the molecular and evolutionary processes that have shaped genomes in a range of eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms

    (LO3) To evaluate modern genomic methods, their limitations and how they can be used to solve biological problems

    (LO4) To analyse data derived using modern genomic methods

    (S1) Teamwork

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Communication skills

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) Ethical awareness

  • Integrative Comparative Animal Physiology (LIFE339)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

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

    Develop students’ ability to solve complex physiological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life Sciences Work Based Placement (LIFE399)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students an opportunity to develop theirskills during a placement at a commercial, research, voluntary, or similarorganisation, reflect on their experiences and progress during the placement,and engage with relevant theory and research in the area of occupationalpsychology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Criticallyreflect on the development of employability skills.

    (LO2) Appraise current work placement practice in relation to both employer and employee outcomes.

    (LO3) Designand justify work placement recommendations with reference to relevant theoryand research and student placement experience.

    (S1) Critical thinking and Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication (written and oral)

    (S3) Interpersonal (self-management and teamworking) skills

    (S4) Effectiveness

    (S5) Organisational skills

    (S6) Digital literacy (use of VLOG, online reflective log)

    (S7) Technical skills (associated to the placement work)

  • Marine Ecology: Theory and Applications (ENVS383)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims

    To develop the connections between ecological theory and the management of marine communities and ecosystems. The theory covered will mostly be concerned with the dynamics and diversity of communities and ecosystems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) evaluate the major ecological theories underlying the dynamics and diversity of marine communities and ecosystems.

    (LO2) relate problems in marine conservation and resource exploitation to these ecological concepts.

    (LO3) use appropriate methods to assess the consequences of environmental change and management for marine communities and ecosystems.

    (LO4) recognize the importance of ecological theory in underpinning scientific advice to management.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

  • Microbial Diversity and Versatility (LIFE329)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Explain the diversity of microbial life and its adaptation to environment;

    Describe bacteria and fungi that have interesting properties as model systems, as well as making important contributions with regard to microbiological processes, both natural and engineered;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Appraise the principles and practice underpinning microbial taxonomy;

  • Molecular and Neuropharmacology (LIFE317)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide a contemporary review of drug treatment for the most common disorders of the brain, focusing on pathophysiology, receptors and ion channels as drug targets, and the mechanisms of action of key classes of neuropharmacological agents

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Critically evaluate the central role of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission in the nervous system in health and disease

    (LO2) Identify major classes of drug targets in the nervous system and explain how those targets interact with intracellular effector mechanisms

    (LO3) Analyse the characteristic features of epilepsy, the range of drugs available for its treatment, and how those drugs interact with specific targets in the brain

    (LO4) Evaluate current hypotheses to explain cell loss in neurodegenerative diseases and explain how drugs can arrest the symptoms of those disorders and how neuroimaging is helping to improve understanding of the underlying pathology 

    (S1) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

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

  • 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.

  • Principles of Molecular Physiology Research (LIFE309)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To introduce current techniques and models used to study molecular and cellular physiology;

    To review the latest research developments in molecular and cellular physiology and in human diseases, including cancer, obesity, and cystic fibrosis;

    To develop in students deep understanding of cellular regulatory physiology mechanisms in order to enhance their ability to discuss the relevant research literature.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically evaluate current applications and techniques in molecular biology, cell biology, and imaging to address research problems in physiology;

    (LO2) To discuss the application of these techniques to complex physiological/pathophysiological systems in model organisms and humans, in both health and human disease;

    (LO3) To critically review evidence in frontier research in the areas of cell signalling and respiratory, renal, endocrine, exocrine or neuromuscular function and cancer biology.

    (S1) Lifelong learning skills;

    (S2) Problem solving skills;

    (S3) Communication skills.

  • Protein Structure, Function and Organisation (LIFE303)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To develop in students knowledge and understanding why protein structures are important for function, and how proteins fold into functional conformations

    To provide an overview of current NMR, X-ray crystallography and proteomics-based approaches to solve fundamental and applied problems in biology and biotechnology

    To explain to students the latest techniques used to define protein structures

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To discuss the prerequisites for obtaining structures such as protein foldedness and sample preparations

    (LO2) To critically evaluate the strengths and weakness of the different technologies - nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), x-ray crystallography- mass spectrometry and how they can be used in an integrated manner

    (LO3) To discuss the latest methods of analysis of post-translational modifications of proteins and implications for cell function

    (LO4) To critically discuss how proteomics-based approaches can be used to study fundamental and applied biological problems

    (LO5) To describe in detail, current methods used for the determination and analysis of protein structures

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) IT skills

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Communication skills

  • Surviving the Marine Environment: Adaptation, Behaviour and Conservation (ENVS310)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to foster a broad understanding of contemporary theory in behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology and ecophysiology, with special reference to the marine environment. We will consider processes that operate at scales from individuals to populations and consider implications of these processes for the conservation of marine species and ecosystems.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Appreciate the diversity of behavioural, life-history, genetic and phenotypic adaptations that are adopted by a variety of marine organisms.

    (LO2) Understand the costs and benefits of these behavioural and life-history strategies of different marine species.

    (LO3) Understand the various processes that drive evolution in the marine environment.

    (LO4) Have experience of the relevance of evolutionary processes to contemporary marine science and biological conservation.

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

    Provide a general introduction into biomechanics and kinesiology movement sciences;

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (S5) Ethical awareness

  • The Dynamic Cell: Membrane Traffic in Health and Disease (LIFE307)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To provide students with current knowledge of mechanisms governing compartmental organization and significance of the secretory and endocytic pathways in cells and their relevance to medical conditions

    To develop in students the skills required to understand and critique the experimental underpinnings of current knowledge in membrane traffic

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To interpret experimental data in cell biology

    (LO2) To access, collate and critically discuss (in writing) the modern cell biology literature

    (LO3) To critically analyse different methodological approaches that have led to our current understanding of the mechanisms underlying membrane vesicle traffic in cells

    (LO4) To discuss current knowledge of the pathways by which cells package molecules destined for secretion from the cell such as hormones and neurotransmitters and how these molecules are released

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Lifelong learning 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

  • Vector Biology: Theory, Research and Implementation (LIFE359)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To describe current research into vectors and vector-borne diseases

    To demonstrate how this research answers broad-ranging questions in vector biology and leads to novel vector control strategies

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically review the progress that has been made in the development of novel control strategies

    (LO2) To appraise how basic biological research is a pre-requisite of successful vector control

    (LO3) To e valuate the challenges facing successful control of disease through vector interventions

    (LO4) To critically discuss the medical importance of the life cycle of vectors

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Communication skills

  • Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health (LIFE328)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To develop in students the ability to use epidemiological and statistical methods for research applications in bioveterinary sciences and animal sciences;
    To provide students with an overview of the main zoonoses and their control, including the legal framework, in different animal species;
    To develop in students knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and applications of food hygiene and technology   for food of animal origin in relation to public health.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critically discuss the importance of epidemiology and statistics for veterinary science, animal science and human medical science

    (LO2) To apply and interpret epidemiological and statistical methods in appropriate situations

    (LO3) To discuss the pathogenesis and diagnosis of a variety of animal and human diseases and their control in the context of infectious and parasitic diseases.

    (LO4) To appraise the scientific basis for the legislative control of food and protection of the environment

    (LO5) To apply the principles of risk analysis, particularly as they relate to food safety at all stages of the food chain

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) Teamwork

  • 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

  • Zoology Field Course (LIFE333)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop students’ proficiency in a range of field techniques, as well as team-working skills such as coordinating responsibility for collecting data using diverse techniques and sampling protocols To develop an understanding of the types of data that can be collected, sampling protocols and how to perform appropriate statistical analyses To d evelop the skills necessary to synthesise information and present scientific information in the form of both an oral presentation and a written report

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To maintain a clearly-presented field notebook that documents all field course activities

    (LO2) To critically evaluate different strategies for the in-situ and ex-situ conservation of animal species

    (LO3) To design a field-based sampling programme to obtain behavioural and/or ecological data, in a responsible, safe and ethical manner

    (LO4) To analyse data arising from field observations or experiments, using appropriate statistical and presentational methods

    (LO5) To communicate and appraise aspects of field site visits and field research projects

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Communication skills

Programme Year Four

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

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


Teaching and Learning

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


Assessment

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