Biological Sciences - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Biosciences
DipHE Biosciences
CertHE Biosciences

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UCD10006 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY UCD10006 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

JACs code

C100

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Biosciences

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - School of Biosciences and Medicine

Programme Leader

PLANT K Dr (Biosc & Med)

Date of production/revision of spec

11/09/2017

Educational aims of the programme

To provide a high quality education in the various aspects of Biological Sciences for students with diverse interests and career aspirations (including researcher, scientific writer/editor, teacher).

To further the students' knowledge of the fundamental principles of biology and to develop a deeper knowledge in specific aspects of Biological Sciences, leading in some cases to a specialism.

To provide the appropriate environment to encourage the development of the students interest in Biological Sciences and to help them acquire appropriate intellectual, scientific, technical and key transferable skills to promote self-directed and life-long learning.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
An understanding of laboratory and field-based investigation and its application to a variety of aspects of Biological Sciences K
A good breadth of knowledge in the field of biological sciences in general and a good depth of knowledge in more specialised fields, particularly at the molecular and organism level K
Familiarity with the terminology, nomenclature and classification systems used in Biological Sciences K
Engagement with the essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with the chosen discipline K
An appreciation of the complexity and diversity of life processes through the study of organisms, their molecular, cellular and physiological processes, their genetics and evolution, and the interrelationships between them and their environment K
Some understanding of ethical issues and the impact on society of advances in the biosciences K
(Additionally for students engaged on one of the specialisms) An in depth and cutting edge understanding of the chosen specialism: Cancer and Molecular Sciences, Infection and Immunity, Neuroscience, Pharmacology & Toxicology (Drug Science), or Systems Biology K
An understanding of the key principles of good laboratory, clinical and field-based investigation and their application to a variety of aspects of Biosciences K
A good breadth knowledge at the molecular, cellular and organism levels with some degree of specialist knowledge apparent K
Appropriate use of key terminology, nomenclature and classification systems used in specific fields within the Biosciences K
Engagement with many of the essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with a chosen discipline within the Biosciences K
An appreciation of the complexity and diversity of life processes through the study of organisms K
A basic appreciation of some ethical issues and the impact on society of advances in the Biosciences K
Ability to recognise and outline the key principles of laboratory, clinical and/or field-based investigation within the Biosciences K
Recollection of much of the key terminology, nomenclature and classification systems used in specific fields within the Biosciences K
Recollection of many of the essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with a chosen discipline within the Biosciences K
A knowledge of many life processes and a basic appreciation their complexity and diversity K
Ability to recognise the purpose of laboratory, clinical and/or field-based investigations within the Biosciences K
Basic factual biological knowledge at the molecular, cellular and organism levels K
Recognition of some of the key terminology, nomenclature and classification systems used in Biosciences K
Recognition of some of the essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with a chosen discipline within the Biosciences K
A knowledge of many life processes K
Evaluate research findings and scientific literature and demonstrate the ability to find and evaluate appropriate sources of material and to critically assess it C
Demonstrate an understanding of research design and planning and the limits of scientific findings C
Recognise that statements should be tested and that evidence is subject to assessment and critical evaluation C
Think independently, set tasks and solve problems C
Recognise the moral and ethical issues of investigations and appreciate the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct C
Synthesise information gathered different sources to address specific scientific questions C
Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of research design and planning C
Recognise the on-going nature of scientific research in defining our modern understanding of biological systems C
Identify and solve problems using previously developed strategies C
Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and the impact of advances in the biosciences encompassing an appreciation of the responsibilities of Bioscientists to wider society C
Apply information gathered from suitable sources to address specific scientific questions C
Recognise the importance of following research procedures accurately and the consequences of failing to do so C
Recognise the place of research in defining new paradigms C
Employ previously developed strategies to guide problem solving C
Demonstrate an appreciation of the wider ethical issues of research and the impact of advances in the Biosciences on wider society and the environment C
Identify suitable sources of scientific information C
Recognise the importance of following research procedures accurately C
Utilise previously defined scientific procedures to illustrate biological principles C
Follow well defined schemes to solve problems C
Demonstrate a basic appreciation of some of the ethical issues surrounding the Biosciences including the need to carry out biological procedures in a safe and ethical manner C
Demonstrate competence in basic laboratory and field skills relevant to Biological Sciences P
Develop advanced practical skills relevant to a particular specialism in the Biological Sciences P
Interpret qualitative and quantitative data P
Take responsibility for planning and organisation of work both their own and in a team P
Undertake field and/or laboratory investigations of living systems in a responsible, safe and ethical manner P
With minimal instruction demonstrate competence in basic laboratory, clinical and/or field skills relevant to Biosciences P
With minimal instruction demonstrate competence in some of the key practical skills relevant to a particular specialism within Biosciences P
Accurately report and analyse biological data to draw conclusions P
Follow detailed investigative protocols as instructed, and plan the work set out individually or within a team as appropriate P
Undertake laboratory, clinical and/or fieldwork as instructed, in a safe and ethical manner P
With appropriate instruction, demonstrate competence in basic laboratory, clinical and/or field skills relevant to Biosciences P
With appropriate instruction, demonstrate an ability to perform some key practical skills relevant to a particular specialism within Biosciences P
Accurately report and analyse biological data to draw basic conclusions P
Follow investigative protocols as instructed and perform the work set out efficiently either individually or within a team P
Undertake laboratory, clinical and/or fieldwork as instructed, in a safe and ethical manner P
With detailed instruction, demonstrate some ability to perform basic laboratory, clinical and/or field skills in Biosciences P
Clearly and concisely report biological procedures and data and draw some basic conclusions P
Follow basic laboratory protocols as instructed P
Undertake laboratory, clinical and/or fieldwork as instructed, in a safe and ethical manner P
Learn independently T
Communicate about their subject appropriately to a variety of audiences using a range of formats and approaches, using appropriate scientific language T
Work effectively and independently on a given project or task T
Work effectively in small groups and teams towards a common goal/outcome T
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to biological data, to interpret and present data using appropriate software T
Use the internet and other electronic sources critically as a means of communication and a source of information T
Employ learning and time-management strategies to organise learning effectively T
Communicate biological concepts in a range of formats using appropriate scientific language T
With minimal guidance work effectively on a given project or task T
With minimal guidance work effectively in small groups and teams towards a common goal T
Select and apply the numerical and statistical approaches required to analyse particular biological data T
Use academic literature, the internet and other electronic sources critically as a source of information T
Identify own strategies for effective learning and develop time-management skills T
Communicate basic biological principles using appropriate scientific language T
With some guidance work effectively on an individual task T
With some guidance work effectively in small groups to achieve a common goal T
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills, with some guidance, to analyse simple biological data T
Use the internet and other electronic resources to identify appropriate sources of scientific information T
With support, take responsibility for own time-management and academic efforts T
Communicate basic scientific information T
With guidance work on specific tasks T
With guidance work in small groups on a specific task T
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills, under direction, to analyse simple biological data T
Use the internet and other electronic resources to identify appropriate sources of scientific information T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
BMSP007 PROFESSIONAL TRAINING YEAR MODULE (FULL-YEAR WORK) Compulsory 120 Year-long

Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

N/A

Quality assurance

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https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.