Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 15/11/2020
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. Human Biology Full-time
Programme Code 5018
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, human biology and scientific scholarship;
  • To develop a broad appreciation in UG students of the scope of modern human biology, encompassing levels of biological organisation from human biochemistry, physiology and anatomy to the ecological impact of human activity,
  • 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 Human Biology and can maintain that breadth of study throughout the programme or move towards increasing specialisation 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 careers related to Human Biology, 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 human biology from molecules to ecosystems
One or more specialised areas of human biology
The conceptual framework of human 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. Practical project and/or extended dissertation in final year.
Unseen exams at the end of Years 1, 2 and 3. In-course assessment by means of assessed essays, and 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 biochemical career
The capacity to further their education and training through independent study
"Laboratory skills including experimental design transferable communication skills such as written, oral and IT skills needed for further study, research or employment "
Dedicated 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.
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.