Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 20/12/2015
College College Life and Env Sci
School School of Bioscience
Department School of Biosciences
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.Sc. Biological Sciences (Zoology) Full-time
Programme Code 7980
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme
  • To stimulate students to acquire a long-term interest in, and enthusiasm for, biology and scientific scholarship;
  • To develop a broad appreciation in UG students of the scope of modern biology, encompassing levels of biological organisation from molecules to ecosystems, and major groups of organisms;
  • To maximise flexibility and opportunities for choice of modules and degree programmes so that Undergraduate students develop from an initial understanding of a broad core of biological sciences and maintain that breadth of study throughout the programme or move towards increasing specialisation building on areas of research strength and expertise building on areas of research strength and expertise
  • To provide students with the opportunity of experiencing current research, its methodology and significance;
  • To encourage students to progress from dependent to independent learners and critical thinkers;
  • To enable students to move into a range of biological careers, either immediately after graduation or following further specialist training;
  • To encourage the development of transferable skills (e.g. intellectual, numerical, analytical, communication) enabling students to move into diverse contemporary occupations;
  • To provide pastoral support and guidance to enable students to maximise their achievements within their degree programme.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Many aspects of modern biology from molecules to ecosystems
Zoology
The conceptual framework of biological research and the application of experimental procedures
Techniques of data analysis and interpretation appropriate to the discipline
Lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory practicals, IT-based learning exercises; extended dissertation in final year.
Unseen exams at the ends of Years 1, 2 and 3. In-course assessment by means of assessed essays, laboratory reports and tests. Assessed project report and/or evidence based critical review in Year 3.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The critical analysis and reflective practice required by all graduates, including those who will not follow a career in Biology
Transferable communication skills such as written, oral communication and IT skills needed for further study, research or employment
Laboratory skills including experimental design
Ability to work effectively and efficiently, both individually and as part of a team
Dedicated skills modules in Years 1 and 2 include interactive sessions and learning materials on report writing and oral presentation; assessed team based practical work; personal and group tutorials; IT-based learning resources.
Assessed essays, oral presentations and practical reports; exam in IT skills; assessed exercises on experimental design; information retrieval and interpretation; assessed dissertation and project reports during Year 3.