Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)

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This programme allows you to pursue your own areas of specific interest and to have an appreciation of the full range of the subject.

Should you decide sometime in the first two years that you wish to specialise, you can transfer to a number of programmes in the School of Life Sciences, subject to meeting the appropriate prerequisites for your chosen programme.

Interested in finding out more? Jiuhan shares his experience, below.

 
"I'm very grateful that I had this opportunity to study in Liverpool because I met two professors who gave me so much useful advice on how to study and how to do research. I feel so lucky to make good relationships with these professors in Liverpool."
 
Shi Jiuhan, Microbiology, Alumni.

As XJTLU students will join Year 2 at The University of Liverpool, this PDF provides relevant module information for the following programme(s):

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Programme Year Two

A progressive series of laboratory and lecture modules cover most biomolecular aspects of the Biological Sciences, with students able to select topics to match their interests.

Modules are selected from more than 30 options offered within the School of Life Sciences.

 

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 Experimental Design and Analysis (LIFE238)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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 Biochemical Techniques (LIFE224)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to:

    Provide students with a practical training in a number of techniques used in biochemistry, including analysis of enzyme activity and stability and protein purification and analysis using chromatography and electrophoresis;

    Develop in students the knowledge, understanding and ability to design experiments, and to apply, evaluate and interpret experimental data to solve problems in biochemistry and molecular cell biology.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

    (LO2) Assay cell components of biotechnology interest;

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

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

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

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

  • Biological Chemistry (LIFE245)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module aims to develop in students:

    Knowledge and understanding of the chemical principles that underpin biological processes;

    Awareness of the chemical processes that are required to understand pharmacological principles;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply basic thermodynamic principles to biological systems and energetics

    (LO2) Apply the principles of electronic structure, functional groups and organic and bioinorganic chemical reactions to simple biological molecules

    (LO3) Explain the anomalous properties of water and their application to biological systems

    (LO4) Apply the principles of chemical reaction rates to quantify enzymatic reactions and analyse their inhibition

    (LO5) Explain the application of basic spectroscopic techniques

    (S1) Computation and analytical skills in chemical problem solving

  • Biotechnology (LIFE210)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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 weighting0:100
    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

  • Chemical Techniques (CHEM022)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the basic techniques used in synthetic organic chemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Upon successful completion of the module, a student is expected to possess proficiency with basic techniques of synthetic chemistry (setting up reactions, product isolation,purification techniques and analytic characterization).

    (LO2) Upon successful completion of the module, a student is expected to have the basic understanding of electronic search methods for chemical information using specialized databases

    (LO3) Upon successful completion of the module, a student is expected to have basic ability to interpret 1H NMR, MS and IR spectra of simple organic molecules

    (LO4) Upon successful completion of the module, a student is expected to have basic understanding of scientific writing

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

  • Drug Action (LIFE206)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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) 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.

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

    This modules aims to:

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

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

    Describe the factors influencing the genetic constitution of a population;

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Discuss the origins of heritable phenotypic variation;

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

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

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

    (LO5) Describe the major evolutionary transitions;

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

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

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

  • Endocrine and Neuro-physiology (LIFE204)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Explain the essential background knowledge to understand basic neuroscience;

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

  • From Genes to Proteins (LIFE201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To explain the processes of transcription and translation and their regulation, the differences between them in prokaryotes and eukaryotes and how these are affected in disease.

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

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

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

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

  • Molecular and Medical Genetics (LIFE208)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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 weighting40:60
    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

  • Chem038 - Organic Chemistry for Pharmacology (CHEM038)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to offer students a grounding in organic chemistry and spectroscopy that is directly relevant to Pharmacology.
    There will be a particular emphasis on relating each topic studied to pharmacological examples.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure and bonding in a range of molecules, from simple organics to larger biologically relevant structures.

    (LO2) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the significant role of stereochemistry and conformation in a pharmacological setting

    (LO3) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of an array of chemical reactions

    (LO4) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of a range of spectroscopic methods

    (LO5) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the chemical principles in both the synthesis of biologically relevant structures

    (LO6) Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to apply these concepts and principles to process and solve unseen organic chemistry problems.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S3) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience

    (S4) Students will develop independent learning and self-evaluation skills

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

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

    Describe the diagnosis and pathology of parasitic infections;

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

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

    Enhance data handling skills and interpretation of experiments;

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Principles of Pharmacology (LIFE207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Structure and Dynamics of Macromolecules (LIFE203)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    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;

    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 weighting0:100
    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 weighting60:40
    Aims

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Virology (LIFE209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

In Year Three, you will undertake a research project that you will choose from one of the various parts of the School to complement the lecture programme chosen for your Honours year.

Each project gives an invaluable opportunity to see what real scientific research is like and to work alongside staff who are international authorities in their fields.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Skills in Biological Sciences (LIFE355)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    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

    (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) Group Working

    (S2) Digital Fluency

    (S3) Critical Thinking

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

    To give students an opportunity to develop their skills during a placement at a commercial, research, voluntary, or similar organisation, reflect on their experiences and progress during the placement,and engage with relevant theory and research in the area of occupational psychology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Critically reflect 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)

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

  • 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) Scientific communication

    (S2) Adaptability

    (S3) Problem solving skills

    (S4) Organisational skills

  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease (LIFE305)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    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 of Parasitic Disease (LIFE338)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    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

  • Current Skills and Topics in Evolutionary Biology (LIFE324)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

  • Drug Metabolism and Drug Response (LIFE315)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    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 weighting100:0
    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

  • Microbiomes - Microbial Diversity and Host Interactions (LIFE343)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To provide a theoretical and practical knowledge to understand and engage with microbiome research.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand the theory and methodology of microbiome research
    - through lectures and participation in practical workshops

    (LO2) Be able to critically assess the microbiome research and papers
    - Paper workshops

    (S1) Generating NGS data for microbiome research

    (S2) Bioinformatics of NGS microbiome data

    (S3) Critical thinking

    (S4) Scientific communication

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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