Bioveterinary Science BSc (Hons)

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Year One Compulsory Modules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

    Describe how cells arose and their structural features;

    (LO2) Compare and contrast eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells;

    (LO3) Identify the different ways cells manipulate energy;

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

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

    (S1) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

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

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Recall how cells evolved

    (LO2) Identify the causes of evolutionary change in populations

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

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

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

    (S1) Lifelong learning skills

  • Grand Challenges in Biology (LIFE105)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Organisational skills

    (S2) Communication skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Animal Biodiversity (LIFE112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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.

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

    This module aims to:

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

    2. Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

  • Introduction to Animal Husbandry (LIFE118)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

  • 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

  • Introduction to Animal Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Public Health (LIFE126)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

    (LRE2) Discuss and appropriately use relevant literature

    (S1) Evaluate and evidence own performance using reflective practice

    (S2) Manage time, and work to deadlines

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

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Animal Husbandry (LIFE217)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Advanced Techniques in Zoology (LIFE230)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • 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

  • Animal Behaviour (LIFE211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Comparative Animal Physiology (LIFE212)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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)

  • Pathological Basis of Animal Diseases (LIFE240)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Advanced Techniques in Animal Behaviour, Health and Welfare (LIFE239)
    Level2
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond 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) 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 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

Programme Year Three

In addition to core modules, you choose two modules from the indicative optional module list.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Animal Nervous and Musculoskeletal Disorders (LIFE344)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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.

  • Biology of Veterinary Pathogens: Lessons for Disease Control (LIFE367)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an overview of the major veterinary diseases affecting livestock and small animals in the UK and in developing countries;

    To equip students with the knowledge base required to appreciate the key challenges in veterinary disease control, especially for the development of novel drugs and vaccines;

    To enable students to understand the societal impact of endemic and exotic veterinary diseases and zoonotic infections.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To evaluate the similarities and differences between the major groups of veterinary pathogens and the diseases they cause;

    (LO2) To appraise the obstacles to veterinary disease control and how research could overcome some of these obstacles;

    (LO3) To evaluate the relative merits and disadvantages of current chemotherapeutic and immunoprophylactic control strategies, and how they might be improved;

    (LO4) To analyse the societal impact of veterinary infectious diseases and zoonoses as they relate to the challenge of global food security;

    (S1) Problem solving skills;

    (S2) Communication skills;

    (S3) Ethical awareness.

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) IT skills

    (S6) Lifelong learning skills

    (S7) Ethical awareness

  • 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

  • Advanced Skills in Bioveterinary Sciences (LIFE341)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to develop transferable skills in critical thinking, interpretation of data and science communication in the context of bioveterinary science.

    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 bioveterinary sciences

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

    (LO4) To synthesise information on current methodologies and topical issues within bioveterinary sciences

    (S1) Scientific Communication

    (S2) Group Working

    (S3) Digital Fluency

    (S4) 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

  • Conservation Biology (LIFE326)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    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 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

  • Current Topics in Animal Behaviour (LIFE322)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

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

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

    Develop students’ ability to solve complex physiological problems.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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.