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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: D900
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : DDD in relevant diploma
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Module details

Year One Compulsory Modules

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

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

  • ​To develop an understanding of how the basic body plan of animals has been modified to adapt to different modes of existence and habitats

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

  • Learning Outcomes

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

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

    To ​read and interpret phylogenetic trees
  • Biochemical Methods (LIFE122)
    Level1
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

      This module aims to:

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

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

    Plan and execute a series of experiments;​

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

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

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

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

    This module aims to:

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

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

    Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

    ​Manage time, work to deadlines and prioritise workloads 

    ​Actively participate in groups but be capable of independent work

    ​Find relevant information and use IT effectively

    ​Address the relevance and ideas of others 

    ​Evaluate own performance and working standards 

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

    This module aims to:

    1. Describe fundamental genetic mechanisms that are essential for the function and evolution of life;
    2. Introduce students to fundamental evolutionary concepts and theories, showing how genetic mechanisms help determine the patterns of observed evolution;
    3. Apply evolutionary concepts to a broad selection of areas of Life Sciences;
    4. 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

    Recall how cells evolved

    ​Identify the causes of evolutionary change in populations

    ​Recognize the consequences of evolutionary change for patterns of biological diversity within and amongst populations

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

    Recognize the widespread applicability of evolutionary ideas across the Life Sciences

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

    1.      Introducestudents to a range of practical skills and techniques that are of general usein subjects across the Life Sciences;

    2.      Demonstratethe relevance of experimental skills across all biological disciplines andexplain the importance of observing good laboratory practice

    3.      Trainstudents how to observe and record experiments, and how to present and analysedata

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      Learning Outcomes​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Record procedures and protocols for experiments relating to current biology and generate, evaluate andinterpret qualitative and quantitative data

      Identify, formulate andtest hypotheses in relation to laboratory- based experiments in current biology​

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

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

    1. Grand Challenges in Biology (LIFE105)
      Level1
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
      1. To encourage students to become aware of the themes that are driving biological research in Liverpool and globally;
      2. To engage students with their programme of study;
      3. To excite student interest in their subject and the way it relates to the challenges that face us all;
      4. To foster the development of study skills that will equip students to investigate research topics and communicate their findings and views on them.
      Learning Outcomes

      To identify the grand challenges that face biological scientists

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

      ​To evaluate different approaches to the resolution of scientific questions

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

    2. Introduction to Animal Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Public Health (LIFE126)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
      1. To develop students'' knowledge in the major veterinary animal infectious diseases specifically bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases.

      2. To introduce students to the basic measures of diseases including epidemiological principles, the control, spread and treatment of diseases.

      3. To introduce students to basic concepts in food security, safety, impact on the environment and veterinary public health

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Describe a variety of veterinary animal infectious diseases including bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases

      ​Explain the basic measures of disease including the control and transmission of specific diseases

      ​Explain basic epidemiological concepts and their application

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

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

      This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of:

      1. The present day structure of the agriculture industry including topics such as seasonality of production of the various domesticated animal species, the breeds used and which management  strategies are employed.
      2. The role of various crops and crop by-products as food sources; their evaluation as suitable foods for animals; how the nutritional requirements of animals are met;  and how to assess and formulate rations to prevent poor performance, metabolic disease and toxicities.
      3. Introductory theory of practical animal breeding; and to apply, evaluate and interpret problems in veterinary animal husbandry.

      Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

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

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

      1. Recognise the basic of structure, composition and function of cells;
      2. Explain core concepts relating to the organisation and specialisation of eukaryotes, prokaryotes and viruses;
      3. Define the cellular components involved in the regulation of key functions such as the generation of energy, movement, cell growth and division and differentiation;
      4. Describe the latest techniques that are used in cell biology to determine cell structure and function;
      5. Develop in students the knowledge and understanding of the subject and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.
      Learning Outcomes

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

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

    Year Two Compulsory Modules

    • Advanced Animal Husbandry (LIFE217)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
    • This module aims to develop in students: The ability to integrate knowledge of nutrition, reproduction, genetics and breeding, behaviour and welfare of domesticated animals, with an assessment of the environment;​
    • Knowledge and understanding of the feeding, housing, breeding and general management of several major species that are important in the animal industries;​
    • The ability to transfer knowledge and general principles between species, to develop a deep understanding of animal husbandry;​
    • The ability to apply knowledge and understanding in bioveterinary science and evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in veterinary science. ​

    • Learning OutcomesOn 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.​Integrate the aspects of animal welfare in learning outcome 1 with environmental assessment.​Discuss issues such as feeding, housing, breeding and management of animals of economic importance.​Demonstrate how information on animal husbandry of one species can be applied to other species.​

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

    • Advanced Techniques in Zoology (LIFE230)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
      1. To provide students with practical experience of a number of techniques used in zoology

      2. ​To develop students’ ability to plan and execute experiments and to use appropriate controls

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

      Learning OutcomesTo present, evaluate critically and interpret qualitative and quantitative zoological data, and record procedures and protocols
      ​To plan and execute a series of experiments employing techniques used in zoology, use laboratory equipment correctly and safely to generate data 

      ​To analyse data, interpret validity and apply statistical analyses

       
    • Essential Skills for the Life Sciences 2 (LIFE223)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
      Aims
      1. To further develop the essential life science skills that students will require to succeed in their studies and future careers;

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

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

      Learning Outcomes

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

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

      ​Effectively communicate a biological subject to a lay audience

      Recognise the moral and ethical issues of scientific investigations and discuss ethical standards and professional codes of conduct. ​​
    • Techniques in Cell Biology (LIFE227)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

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

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

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


      Learning Outcomes​​​​​

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

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

      Analyse data, interpret validity and apply statistical analyses;

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

    • 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

      ​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.

      Compare and contrast the structure and function of these systems (where appropriate) with those in the major species of veterinary interest.
      Explain relationships between gross anatomy, microanatomy (cell and tissue structure) and physiological function in the major body systems. 

      ​Explain and recognise how disruption of these systems might result in disease

    • Veterinary Parasitology and Public Health (LIFE216)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      AimsThis module aims to:

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

      2.    Outline control methods for parasitic infections;

      3.    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

      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;

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

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

      ​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.

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease (LIFE202)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
      ​This module aims to: 1. Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms that allow cells to communicate with each other
      ​2. Explain the general principles of these signalling mechanisms and then describe some of these in more detail;
      3. Illustrate how defects in these signalling processes can result in a variety of diseases;
      4. 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;
      5. Develop in students the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding, to solve problems in molecular cell biology
        Learning Outcomes

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

         Describe the fundamental features of a range of common cell signalling mechanisms;

        ​Explain how cell signalling processes may be defective, or modified, in a variety of different diseases;

        ​Demonstrate knowledge of the molecular and biochemical nature and role of the different components of intracellular signalling pathways;

        ​Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of cell signalling, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems in biological science.

      1. Comparative Animal Physiology (LIFE212)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
        Aims
        1. To introduce students to the physiological problems encountered by animals in their natural environments;

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

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

        4. 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

        ​To apply the general principles underlying physiological adaptation

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

        ​​To identify the physiological mechanisms operating at all levels of organisation in relation to the control of temperature, oxygen, osmoregulation, energetics, and nitrogen excretion
      2. Evolutionary Biology (LIFE213)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
        Aims
      3. ​This modules aims to:

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

      4. ​Explain where heritable phenotypic variation comes from, how it shapes the evolutionary process within species (microevolution) and elucidate the link between micro- and macro-evolution

      5. Describe the factors influencing the genetic constitution of a population;

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

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

      8. Learning Outcomes

        ​Discuss the origins of heritable phenotypic variation;

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


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

        Explain patterns of biodiversity from an evolutionary perspective;

        Describe the major evolutionary transitions;​

        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);

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

      9. Pathological Basis of Animal Diseases (LIFE240)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
        Aims
      10. ​This module aims to:

         Develop in students the ability to describe the haematological and immunological responses of animals in veterinary disease states 
      11. ​Equip students with the knowledge to explainpathological responses in infectious and non-infectious animal diseases in arange of clinically important species in terms of molecular and cellular mechanisms 

         
      12. Developstudents’ knowledge and understanding in disease pathology, to be able toapply, evaluate, and interpret it in the context of common veterinary diseases.

      13. Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

        Applyknowledge and critical understanding of the host response and pathology ofanimal diseases to common diseases in veterinary practice.   

      14. The Immune System in Health and Disease (LIFE221)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
        AimsThis module aims to:
        1. ​Develop students’ knowledge of the immune system and its role in protection against disease
        2. Develop in students an appreciation of the importance of different immune mechanisms in different circumstances, and how these can be evaded.
        3. Enable students to evaluate and appreciate the consequences of immune system dysfunctions in disease.​
        Learning Outcomes

        ​Identify the main components of the mammalian immune system

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

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

        ​Discuss how dysfunction of immune system constituents can cause disease

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

        Discuss and compare the molecular mechanisms involved in development of selected organs, and their cellular structure and organisation and explain the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the regeneration of key organs.Explain and discuss mechanisms of ageing using selected systems as exemplars.

        Describe the experimental basis underpinning the current understanding of tissue biology. ​

      16. Advanced Genetics Techniques (LIFE226)
        Level2
        Credit level7.5
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
        Aims
        1. Provide students with a practical training that will help them to carry our projects in genetics;

        2. ​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;

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

        Learning Outcomes

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

        ​Plan and safely execute a series of laboratory experiments to produce and characterise deletion mutants, screen mutagens, analyse karotypes, carry out population studies and molecular analysis of genomes and interogate bioinformatic databases 

        ​Analyse data, interpret validity and apply statistical analyses

      17. Advanced Techniques in Animal Behaviour, Health and Welfare (LIFE239)
        Level2
        Credit level7.5
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims
      18. ​This module aims to:

         Develop students'' skills in animal handling and ability to assess the health and welfare of captive animals.  
      19. ​Develop knowledge and understanding in bioveterinary sciences, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to health and welfare problems.

      20. Learning Outcomes

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

         Describe and plan protocols for measuring captive animal behaviour in situ 

        ​Relate the behaviour of captive animals to their health status

        ​Handle a range of live mammals

        ​Conduct and report health checks and post mortems on fish, explain fish anatomy and explain how fish behaviour and morphological changes underpin disease

        ​Appraise how the captive environment influences behaviours in zoo animals

      21. Advanced Biochemical Techniques (LIFE224)
        Level2
        Credit level7.5
        SemesterSecond Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
        Aims
      22. ​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;​
      23. 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.

      24. Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

        Analyse data, interpret its validity and apply statistical analyses.

      25. Animal Behaviour (LIFE211)
        Level2
        Credit level15
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
        Aims
        1. ​Introduce students to the fundamental evolutionary principles that explain a wide range of animal behaviours

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

        Learning Outcomes

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

        ​Analyse and interpret examples of behavioural data

        ​Apply the principles of behavioural ecology to explain human behaviour

      26. E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences (LIFE225)
        Level2
        Credit level7.5
        SemesterFirst Semester
        Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
        Aims
        • Provide students with a practical appreciation of the nature and significance of digital data.
        • Expose students to bioinformatics tools used in the analysis of data from areas such as genome sequencing, gene expression and protein structure studies
        • ​Enable students to utilize digital data for understanding higher order phenomena within cells such as metabolism, gene regulation and protein-protein interaction
        • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in biotechnology, biomedicine and molecular cell biology. ​​

          Learning Outcomes

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

          ​​

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


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

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

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

          ​​​

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


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

          ​​

          ​ ·          ​Design research methods in bioinformatics to solve biological problems.​​​
        2. Advanced Biochemical Techniques (LIFE224)
          Level2
          Credit level7.5
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims
        3. ​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;​
        4. 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.

        5. Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

          Analyse data, interpret its validity and apply statistical analyses.

        6. Molecular Science (LIFE237)
          Level2
          Credit level7.5
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
          Aims
          1. ​Provide students with practical experience in a number of techniques used in molecular biology;

          2. ​Equip student to perform analysis of DNA fragments by agarose gel electrophoresis;

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

          4. ​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

          ​Present , evaluate critcally and interpret qualitative and quantitative molecular biology data;

          ​Record procedures and protocols accurately;

          ​Plan and execute a series of molecular biology experiments to demonstrate practical skills in molecular biology;

          ​Analyse and interpret the validity of experimental data;

        Programme Year Three

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

        Year Three Compulsory Modules

        • Advanced Skills in Bioveterinary Sciences (LIFE341)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims
        • ​To build on the key skills acquired in Levels 4 and 5, including both scientific and broader transferable skills and focus them on addressing real world challenges faced by bioscience and animal industries

        • ​To enable students to evaluate evidence from veterinary and animal industry related literature and industry reports to identify challenges and problems

        • ​To develop the students’ skills in developing a project, identifying the correct approaches to address a problem and develop a risk mitigation strategy to minimise the likelihood of failure

        • ​To develop the students diverse communication skills to communicate the challenge and the proposed solution and demonstrate the potential benefit of their work

        • Learning Outcomes

          ​To critically evaluate bioveterinary literature and animal industry reports and define complex problems by applying appropriate knowledge and skills

          ​To communicate bioveterinary science knowledge and ideas to both expert and lay audiences using a range of contemporary formats

          ​​To produce well argued, accurate and properly referenced work (research proposals) appropriate for the field

          ​​To develop and plan a project designed to address a "Global Challenge" by application of skills and knowledge acquired during the Bioveterinary Science programme and evaluate its societal impact

          ​To develop an effective, targeted personal resume

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

          ​1. To develop in students an understanding of how neuromusculoskeletal cells are involved with animal dysfunction.

           2. To develop in students current knowledge and understanding of the molecular and biochemical events that result in disordered phenotypes in animals. 3. 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. 4. To develop students’ skills in public engagement and communication.
          Learning Outcomes

          ​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

          ​To critically evaluate the evidence from published studies detailing the treatment of animals

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

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

        • Biology of Veterinary Pathogens: Lessons for Disease Control (LIFE367)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
          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

          ​To evaluate the similarities and differences between the major groups of veterinary pathogens and the diseases they cause

          ​To appraise the obstacles to veterinary disease control and how research could overcome some of these obstacles

          ​To evaluate the relative merits and disadvantages of current chemotherapeutic and immunoprophylactic control strategies, and how they might be improved

          ​To analyse the societal impact of veterinary infectious diseases and zoonoses as they relate to the challenge of global food security

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

          ​1. To develop in students the ability to use epidemiological and statistical methods for research applications in bioveterinary sciences and animal sciences

          2. To provide students with an overview of the main zoonoses and their control, including the legal framework, in different animal species 3. 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

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

          ​To apply and interpret epidemiological and statistical methods in appropriate situations

          ​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.

          ​To appraise the scientific basis for the legislative control of food and protection of the environment

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

        Year Three Optional Modules

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

          To develop in students the ability to explore current thinking and research in conservation biology.  To develop in students knowledge and understanding about patterns of biodiversity and to enable them to critically evaluate the evidence supporting alternative explanations for the extinctions or demise of many animal and some plant species.
           To develop in students knowledge and deep understanding in conservation biology, and ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve complex problems.
          Learning Outcomes

          ​To construct justified arguments for the value of conserving biodiversity

           

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

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

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

        • Integrative Comparative Animal Physiology (LIFE339)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterFirst Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
          Aims
          1. ​Develop students’ understanding of the physiological mechanisms that underpin animal adaptations to environmental conditions

          2. ​​Develop  students’ ability to solve complex physiological problems

          Learning Outcomes

          ​Evaluate integrative physiological mechanisms enabling animals to survive in potentially hostile environmental conditions

          ​Critically discuss the evolution of air-breathing, terrestriality and endothermy in vertebrates

          ​Critically review evidence to solve complex problems within the context of animal physiology
        • Current Skills and Topics in Evolutionary Biology (LIFE324)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
          Aims

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

           To encourage students to explore key concepts in contemporary evolutionary biology To develop in students knowledge and deep understanding in selected areas of evolutionary biology, providing opportunities for students to apply, critically evaluate and interpret evolutionary knowledge and ideas.
          Learning Outcomes

          ​To construct, graphically display and critically evaluate phylogenetic trees from phenotypic characters and DNA sequences

          ​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

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

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

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

          To develop in students the ability to apply, critically evaluate and interpret this knowledge and understanding, to solve complex problems in the study of behaviour To develop in students an understanding how predictive modelling, experimental, and observational approaches integrate to explain animal behaviour
          Learning Outcomes

          ​To evaluate the use of the adaptationist approach in studying behaviour 

          ​To critically appraise factors affecting the evolution of reproductive behaviour and the evolution of altruism and cooperation

          ​​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

        • 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 (e.g. more anatomical, physical or biological) into a broader and more applied perspective
          • Enable students to acquire a solid basis to further specialise in fields such as biomechancics, sports training, and orthopaedics.

          Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

        Programme Year Four

        Students can transfer into the C900 (MBiolSci) programme to complete a four-year integrated master's. This offers course placements in the UK or abroad (subject to performance).

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


        Teaching and Learning

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


        Assessment

        As well as factual knowledge and understanding, biologists need practical and organisational skills, and an ability to work both alone and with other people. We record development of these abilities through continuous assessment during the semester and by final examination. You will also prepare posters, complete tests, analyse data, give short talks, research the scientific literature and write essays and reports. The style of examination progresses from short answers towards the essay format in the later years of each degree programme, as your understanding deepens.