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 M.Sci. Human Biology with Professional Placement Full-time
Programme Code 886A
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme This programme will provide students with a broad grounding in the principles and methodologies that underlie all modern life science disciplines including biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, behaviour and evolutionary theory. This will then form the basis for specialised study of aspects of human biology ranging from medical biochemistry to psychology and the ecological impact of human activity. The outcome will be a broad understanding of humans as organisms in their environment. Students graduating from the programme will have gained experience in the core biosciences skills (such as experimental techniques, data collection and analysis, critical analysis of the literature) and 'transferable skills' including use of IT, written and oral presentation, team working, report writing etc.
Additional Programme Aims for the Placement Programmes:
  • Draw upon theoretical knowledge and skills acquired during their degree and apply them in the work environment.
  • To allow students to experience the practical application of their subject in the working environment
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:
  • Basic biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, nutrition and physiology as applied to human systems
  • Evolutionary theory including human origins
  • Human growth and development
  • Basic human psychology
  • Environmental biology and human impact
  • Two or more of a selection of specialised topics including human reproduction, disease processes, neurobiology, conservation biology, endocrinology

the relationship between the academic subject and how it is practised in the workplace
Take responsibility for the development of your own learning and develop the skills required to negotiate with those in authority
Work placement, usually in a research laboratory or conservation organisation where training and supervision in research methods will be given
Unseen exams at the end of Years 1, 2 and 4. In-course assessment by means of assessed essays, and laboratory reports and tests. Assessed project report and/or library-based dissertation in final year.
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:
Information retrieval, data collection, analysis and presentation
Use of IT for word processing, data presentation and analysis
Ability to plan, conduct and complete problem-solving and review investigations flexibly, critically, safely and on time
Experimental design
Oral presentation, essay and report writing to a professional standard
Ability to work effectively and efficiently, both individually and as part of a team

Report writing and oral reporting
Teamwork and independence
Relating to authority
Time management
Business, Medical and Environmental ethics
Skills modules in Years 1 and 2 including interactive sessions and learning materials on report writing and oral presentation. Assessed team-based practical work. Personal and group tutorials. IT-based learning resources. Work placement, usually in a research laboratory or conservation organisation where training and supervision in research methods will be given.
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 final year. Additional skills will be assessed as part of the work based project agreement module.The academic tutor will assess them using company appraisal reports or other feedback from work placement, a short report written by the student, and tutorial discussions with the student