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					Major Theme Code: CSBL001 & Minor Theme Code: CSBL051                                           Theme Title: Cell Biology
INCOMPATIBLE WITH THEMES: CSBL051
GCSE: Maths                                                                                     A levels: One Science Subject
FIRST YEAR COURSES
Course Code: BIOL111 Title: Molecules of Life                                                   No of Wks: 5     Terms Taught: M1          Lec/Prac: 12/4           exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
To introduce students to the nature and structure of the molecules which support life. To discuss the principles of chemical bonding and the properties of simple acids and bases. To consider lipids,
proteins, carbohydrates and nucleic acids in structural and biological terms.
Course Code: BIOL112 Title: Cell Structure and Function                                         No of Wks: 5     Terms Taught: M2          Lec/Prac: 12/2           exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
To contrast the common features which cells share with the diversity of function that they represent.
Course Code: BIOL113 Title: Genetics                                                            No of Wks: 5     Terms Taught: L1          Lec/Prac: 12/4           exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
To provide an understanding, at a basic level, of the mechanism of heredity. To illustrate, at both the molecular level and the level of the whole organism, how genes are replicated, expressed and
transmitted from one generation to the next. To give examples of human genetic diseases, their causes, diagnosis and treatment.
Course Code: BIOL115 Title: Protein Biochemistry                                                No of Wks: 5     Terms Taught: S1          Lec/Prac: 12/4           exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
The purpose of this module is to expand upon the introduction to proteins given in BIOL111. The course is split into two themes. Firstly, an introduction to the breadth of protein function is given,
with an emphasis on how protein structure relates to function. Secondly, an introduction to enzyme biochemistry is presented.
Course Code: BIOL124 Title: Cellular Communication                                              No of Wks: 5     Terms Taught: L2          Lec/Prac: 12/4           exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the mechanisms cells use to communicate with each other using hormones and extracellular mediators. This will then be developed further to show
how communication is vital for the co-ordination of growth and development of an organism.
CHEM101-105 - not required but recommended (students with Chemistry A-level take 103-105 only).
Course Code: CHEM101 Title: Atoms and Molecules                                                 No of Wks: 5      Terms Taught: M1         Lec/Prac/Sem: 12/12/2 exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This module provides an introduction to the basic concepts of chemistry for students with little or no background in the subject. The lectures cover topics such as the elements and Periodic Table,
atomic structure, properties of atoms, molecular shape, types of bonding and the basic principles of spectroscopic techniques.
Course Code: CHEM102 Title: Intro to Organic Chemistry                                          No of Wks: 5      Terms Taught: M2         Lec/Prac/Sem: 12/12/2 exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
Students will acquire a basic understanding of key concepts in organic chemistry including nomenclature, bonding and structure, shape and isomerism, electronegativity. The concept of the
functional group should also be understood and the students should be able to give examples of chemical reactions in which these groups participate.
Course Code: CHEM103 Title: Organic Chemistry                                                   No of Wks: 5      Terms Taught: L1         Lec/Prac/Sem: 12/12/2 exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This module builds on previous knowledge of foundational organic chemistry. Key concepts are expanded to include reactions of alcohols, amines, carboxylic acids, cyclic compounds, etc. The
module is supported by practical classes that are designed to reinforce lecture material and provide further laboratory practice and new skills.
Course Code: CHEM104 Title: Physical Biochemistry                                               No of Wks: 5      Terms Taught: L2         Lec/Prac/Sem: 12/12/2 exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This module provides an introduction to thermodynamics, chemical equilibria and reaction kinetics. These topics will be illustrated with biochemical examples and particular emphasis is placed on
reactions catalysed by enzymes. Factors affecting the rate of (enzyme-catalysed) reactions are also explored.
Course Code: CHEM105 Title: Spectroscopy & Bio-inorganic Chemistry                              No of Wks: 5      Terms Taught: S1         Lec/Prac/Sem: 12/12/2 exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
The first half of this module provides students with an introduction to the principles of several commonly used spectroscopic methods. The structural information that can be obtained using these
methods is illustrated with simple examples using molecules of biological relevance wherever possible. The second half of the module introduces students to core concepts in inorganic chemistry
including acid/base definitions, coordination chemistry, redox reactions, etc.
SECOND YEAR COURSES = 0.5 unit each
Course Code: BIOL201 Title: Biochemistry                                                        No of Wks:10 Terms Taught: M               Prac/Lec: 9/27           exam/test/cwa: 50/10/40%
Biochemistry endeavours to describe the structure, function and organisation of molecules in living systems. The first area is enzymology; how do proteins function as biological catalysts and how
are chemical reactions controlled within the cell? The second area is metabolism; how do organisms obtain energy from their surroundings in order to stay alive and how do organisms manage to
accurately regulate the many chemical reactions participating in this function?
Course Code: BIOL211 Title: Cell Biology                                                        No of Wks:10 Terms Taught: M               Prac/Lec: 10/27          exam/test/cwa: 50/10/40%
This module will cover the interactions within and between cells which allow them to perform their function in the whole organism. Students will begin by studying the molecular mechanisms
involved in cells receiving and acting upon extra cellular information. Such processing of extra cellular information leads to many outcomes depending on the cell types involved, e.g. alterations in
metabolic activity, visual perception, regulation of the cell cycle and growth, development and death. The later parts of the module will examine cellular dynamics, i.e. how cells maintain and alter
their shape and the processes involved in the movement of cells. Finally the course will consider the mechanisms of development of whole organisms, examining how individual cells become
committed to a particular function as the development occurs.
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THIRD YEAR COURSES = 1.00 unit each
Course Code: BIOL301 Title: Cell Biology                                                         No of Wks:10 Terms Taught: M                 Prac/Lec:10/20             exam/cwa: 67/33%
The aim of this is module is to build upon the material taught in Part II cell biology and to discuss in depth specialised areas of cell biology aligned to staff research areas. Initially the course will
focus on discussing how the perception of a stimulus at the cell surface leads to the production of an intracellular response and will use examples from both the plant and animal kingdoms. The
course will then address the molecular mechanisms of intracellular signaling mechanisms that detect DNA damage and regulate progression through the cell cycle. Pre-requisites BIOL211
Course Code: BIOL363 Title: Cell Interactions in Development and Disease                         No of Wks:10 Terms Taught: L                 Prac/Lec:10/20             exam/cwa: 67/33%
The aim of this module is to illustrate the way in which cells interact with their neighbours and their immediate surroundings during growth and development. Signaling pathways will be described
and their role in development and human disease compared. Examples will be chosen from a range of Drosophila, C. elegans, plant and mammalian systems. Workshops designed around group
activities with lecturer input and where possible, demonstrations will be used to explore systems in greater depth. Pre-requisites BIOL211

Content Major Theme                                                                             Assessment
Second Year:                Michaelmas Term BIOL201, 211                                        Mark 1:           BIOL211                   (0.5 unit)
                            Summer Term BIOL315 Audit only                                      Mark 2:           BIOL201                   (0.5 unit)
Third Year:                 Michaelmas Term BIOL301                                             Marks 3 & 4:      BIOL301                   (1 unit)
                            Lent Term BIOL363                                                   Marks 5 & 6:      BIOL363                   (1 unit)

Content Minor Theme                                                                             Assessment
Second Year:                Michaelmas Term BIOL201, 211                                        Mark 1:           BIOL211                   (0.5 unit)
                            Summer Term BIOL315 Audit only                                      Mark 2:           BIOL201                   (0.5 unit)
Third Year:                 Michaelmas Term BIOL301 or BIOL363                                  Marks 3 & 4:      BIOL301or BIOL 363        (1 unit)

This theme can be taken as a major theme = 3 units or as a minor theme = 2 units




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Major Theme Code: CSBL002 & Minor Theme Code: CSBL052                                            Theme Title: Microbiology/Biomedicine
INCOMPATIBLE WITH THEMES: CSBL052
GCSE: Maths & Chemistry                                                                          A levels: One Science Subject
FIRST YEAR COURSES Five from:
Course Code: BIOL102 Title: Impact of Microbes                                                   No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M2             Lec/Prac: 12/4               exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
To illustrate the diversity of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa and the ways they impact on mankind.
Course Code: BIOL122 Title: Anatomy and Tissue Structure                                         No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M2             Lec/Prac: 12/4               exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic anatomy and systems of the human body. The course will begin by looking at skeletal structure, hard tissue and organs followed by
investigating the fluid systems of the body. Finally students will be introduced to the important body systems such as sensory and movement systems. In conjunction with BIOL125 this course
will provide Biomedical Science students with a basic grounding in human anatomy and physiology.
Course Code: BIOL123 Title: Infection and Immunity                                               No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L1             Prac/Lec: 12/5               exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25 %
The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the molecular and cellular interactions between infectious organisms and the host immune system. Selected infections
will be studied in detail and used as a paradigms to illustrate principles of the host/pathogen interaction.
Course Code: BIOL124 Title: Hormones & Development                                               No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L2             Lec/W’s-Lab class:12/5 exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This course provides an introduction to the mechanisms cells use to communicate with each other using hormones and extracellular mediators. The hormones of the hypothalamus, pituitary,
thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands are investigated in detail with the emphasis upon maintenance of homeostasis.
 Course Code: BIOL115 Title: Protein Biochemistry                                                No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: S1             Lec/Prac: 12/5               exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%:
The aim of this course is to introduce Biomedical Science students to the essential elements of human physiology focusing on nervous, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems.
CHEM101-105 - not required but recommended (students with Chemistry A-level take 103-105 only)
Course Code: CHEM101 Title: Atoms and Molecules                                                  No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M1             Lec/Prac/Sem: 12/12/2 exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This module provides an introduction to the basic concepts of chemistry for students with little or no background in the subject. The lectures cover topics such as the elements and Periodic
Table, atomic structure, properties of atoms, molecular shape, types of bonding and the basic principles of spectroscopic techniques.
Course Code: CHEM102 Title: Intro to Organic Chemistry                                           No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M2             Lec/Prac/Sem: 12/12/2 exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
Students will acquire a basic understanding of key concepts in organic chemistry including nomenclature, bonding and structure, shape and isomerism, electronegativity. The concept of the
functional group should also be understood and the students should be able to give examples of chemical reactions in which these groups participate.
Course Code: CHEM103 Title: Organic Chemistry                                                    No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L1             Lec/Prac/Sem: 12/12/2 exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This module builds on previous knowledge of foundational organic chemistry. Key concepts are expanded to include reactions of alcohols, amines, carboxylic acids, cyclic compounds, etc. The
module is supported by practical classes that are designed to reinforce lecture material and provide further laboratory practice and new skills.
Course Code: CHEM104 Title: Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences                                 No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L2             Lec/Prac/Sem: 12/12/2 exam/cwa: 34/66%
Introduction to the kinetic-molecular theory, gas equations, ideality and deviations from it. Interactions in solids and liquids, eutectics, distillation. Entropy, enthalpy and their physical
Course Code: CHEM105 Title: Spectroscopy & Bio-inorganic Chemistry                               No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: S1             Lec/Prac/Sem: 12/12/2 exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
The first half of this module provides students with an introduction to the principles of several commonly used spectroscopic methods. The structural information that can be obtained using
these methods is illustrated with simple examples using molecules of biological relevance wherever possible. The second half of the module introduces students to core concepts in inorganic
chemistry including acid/base definitions, coordination chemistry, redox reactions, etc.
SECOND YEAR COURSES = 0.5 unit each
Course Code: BIOL201 Title: Biochemistry                                                         No of Wks:10 Terms Taught: M              Prac/Lec: 9/27               exam/test/cwa: 50/10/40%
Biochemistry endeavours to describe the structure, function and organisation of molecules in living systems. The first area is enzymology; how do proteins function as biological catalysts and
how are chemical reactions controlled within the cell? The second area is metabolism; how do organisms obtain energy from their surroundings in order to stay alive and how do organisms
manage to accurately regulate the chemical reactions participating in this function?
Course Code: BIOL243 Title: Medical Microbiology                                                 No of Wks:10 Terms Taught: L              Prac/Lec: 9/27               exam/test/cwa: 50/10/40%
This course examines the relationship between bacterial and viral pathogens and the body’s immune defenses. The diversity of structure, function and metabolism of bacteria in relation to their
role as a cause of disease is explored and practical skills in bacteriology are introduced. The morphology and reproductive strategies of viruses are explored and methods for controlling viral
infections by vaccination or anti-viral therapies are described. Molecular and cellular aspects of the immune system are introduced and ways in which immunological tests can be used in the
diagnosis of disease are explored in the laboratory.
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THIRD YEAR COURSES = 1 unit each
Course Code: BIOL321 Title: Immunology and Parasitology                                              No of Wks:10 Terms Taught: M          Prac/Lec: 10/20           exam/cwa: 67/33%
The course introduces some of the principles of the study of infection. The main threads are the: epidemiology of infection; diagnosis of infection; treatment of patients with infection; and
scientific research into the biology of the infectious process. The theme is one of "emergence" illustrating how some new infections have come to be a problem in health care. The practicals
focus on the diagnostic process and illustrate the contribution which the microbiology laboratory can make to clinical decision making and epidemiology. This course also deals with the way in
which pathogens (mainly bacteria) survive and sometimes grow, in the environment and the implications this has for health in the community. Field observations will be interpreted in relation
to the underlying physiology and molecular biology of the organisms. The course is given by members of the department in collaboration with health service consultants and workers from the
Morecambe Bay Hospital NHS Trust. Pre-requisites BIOL243
Course Code: BIOL341 Title: Trends in Environmental Biology                                          No of Wks:10 Terms Taught: M          Prac/Lec: 4 /10           exam/cwa: 67/33%
The aim of this module is to explore current and topical issues in ecological research. The module will have research focus and will be based on recent research literature from a number of key
areas in the field. It will be portioned in five, four lecture, case studies that investigate issues ranging from population ecology to molecular approaches to understanding ecological systems and
or
Course Code: BIOL353 Title: Biomedicine (Chronic Diseases)                                           No of Wks:10 Terms Taught: L          Prac/Lec: 10/20           exam/cwa: 67/33%
This course will consider the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of the major types of chronic disease that affect human health (neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, heart disease
and others). The course is directed at students taking the accredited degree in Biomedical Sciences, as well as Biology and Biochemistry students with an interest in Biomedicine. Pre-requisites
None

Content Major Theme                                                                            Assessment
Second Year:               Michaelmas Term BIOL201                                             Mark 1:        BIOL201                   (0.5 unit)
                           Lent Term BIOL243                                                   Mark 2:        BIOL243                   (0.5 unit)
                           Summer Term BIOL345 Audit only                                      Marks 3 & 4:   BIOL321                   (1 unit)
Third Year:                Michaelmas Term BIOL321                                             Marks 5 & 6:   BIOL341 or BIOL353        (1 unit)
                           Michaelmas Term BIOL341
or                         Lent Term BIOL353

Content Minor Theme                                                                            Assessment
Second Year:               Michaelmas Term BIOL201                                             Mark 1:      BIOL201                     (0.5 unit)
                           Lent Term BIOL243                                                   Mark 2:      BIOL243                     (0.5 unit)
                           Summer Term BIOL345 Audit only                                      Marks 3 & 4: BIOL321                     (1 unit)
Third Year:                Michaelmas Term BIOL321

This theme can be taken as a major theme = 3 units or as a minor theme = 2 units




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Major Theme Code: CSBL005 & Minor Theme Code: CSBL055                                           Theme Title: Environmental Biology & Ecology
INCOMPATIBLE WITH THEMES: CSBL055                                                               A levels: Maths & Chemistry - ENV.101-105
GCSE: Maths & Chemistry                                                                         A levels: Chemistry no Maths - ENV.111* replaces ENV.101; Maths no Chemistry - ENV.112* replaces ENV.102
FIRST YEAR COURSES
Module Code: EBIO101 Title: Evolution                                                           No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M1            Workshop/Lec: 3/12            exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This course introduces students to the development of evolutionary thought, and the kinds of evidence that indicate the general nature and course of evolution, before examining the evolutionary relationships of the major
groups of organisms and how new species evolve. Specific examples of the evolution of reproductive and life-history strategies will be explored and students will be shown how we can investigate the course of evolution
and the processes involved. Finally, some practical applications will be considered.
Module Code: EBIO102 Title: Variety of Life                                                     No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M1            Lec/Prac: 12/5                exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This module will introduce students to the variety of form and function that exists within the animal and plant kingdoms, providing a useful foundation for a range of other Part I and Part II courses. It will demonstrate the
operation of principles introduced in BIOL101 Evolution and will, for example, underpin part of BIOL105 Biodiversity and ConservationThe proposed scheme aims to provide students with general knowledge,
understanding and skills in the following areas: Demonstrating effective written communication skills. Being able to critically observe and accurately record. Being able to analyse and interpret information in a critical
way.
Module Code: EBIO103 Title: Aquatic Biology                                                     No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L1            Workshop/Lec: 4/12            exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This course provides an introduction to the structure and function of aquatic food webs in freshwater, estuarine and marine environments. Emphasis is placed on the role of nutrients (bottom-up control) and predation (top-
down control) on participating organisms in the major aquatic environments, and the problems that can arise when either control mechanism is enhanced via anthropogenic influences.

Module Code: EBIO104 Title: Life in a Changing Environment                                    No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L2              Prac/Lec: 3/12               exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This course examines how the biosphere reacts to environmental change. It concentrates on the responses to changes such as increasing drought, global warming, ozone depletion and air pollution. Emphasis will be placed
on understanding plants as the driving force for the effects of environment change and other organisms within terrestrial ecosystems. This will range from consideration of changes in complex natural ecosystems through to
effects on humans, through changes in global food production. The course will also consider the direct effects of environmental change on human populations.

or
Module Code: EBIO106 Title: South Spain Field Course                                             No of Wks: 1 Terms Taught: Easter Vac Prac/Lec: 6/6                      cwa/test: 75/25%
This course will introduce students to a wide range of habitats and their characteristic plants and animals, and demonstrate how organisms interact with their environment. You will gain experience in using different
sampling methods and learn to recognise the main groups of organisms in the habitats visited. Distribution patterns of selected species will be related to such physical and chemical features of the environment as substrate
texture, pH and salinity, and biotic factors such as grazing. Aspects of the conservation of species and habitats will also be considered.
Module Code: EBIO105 Title: Biodiversity & Conservation                                          No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: S1                Prac/Lec: 3/12              exam/cwa/test: 50/25/25%
This course provides an introduction to the nature of biological diversity and the patterns of distribution of terrestrial and aquatic organisms on global, regional and ecosystem scales. The underlying causes of the observed
patterns are explored. We critically consider how and why species become extinct, why species should be preserved and how conservation priorities can be determined. Selected case-histories demonstrate conservation in
action.
and                                                                                              A levels: Chemistry no Maths - ENV.111 replaces 101; Maths no Chemistry - ENV.112 replaces 102
Module Code: ENV.101 Title: Earth's Internal Processes                                           No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M1                Prac/Lec/Test: 3/12/1       exam/cwa/test: 40/30/30%
The Global Change module introduces current ideas on the causes and characteristics if climatic fluctuations which have affected the Earth throughout history. The relatively recent influence of man on climate is discussed
and a look to the future is made. The difficulties encountered in obtaining climate records are addressed and the techniques available for analysis of climate change date are described. Hands-on experience of fieldwork is
used to obtain vital clues on past climates. The importance of drawing on a sound scientific database when discussing environmentally sensitive issues is stressed.

or*
Module Code: ENV.111 Title: Numerical Skills I                                                 No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M1           Prac/Lec/Test: 3/12/1        exam/cwa/test: 40/30/30%
The module is designed to give new undergraduate students (without A-level maths or physics) a foundation course in the numerical skills required for studying environmental science. The course concentrates on explicit
links between the mathematical analysis and physical processes involved with environmental systems.
Module Code: ENV.102 Title: Geological Processes                                               No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M2           Prac/Lec/Test: 3/12/1        exam/cwa/test: 40/30/30%
This course will introduce the principles involved in the following geological processes: formation of minerals, volcanism, metamorphism sedimentation and deformation. There will be close links with the Hydrological
Processes (ENV.103) and Surface Processes (ENV.104). Practicals will cover the mineral kingdom, volcanoes and magma chambers, metamorphic processes and sediments and also a brief introduction to geological maps.

or*
Module Code: ENV.112 Title: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry                          No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M2                Prac/Lec/Test: 3/12/1        exam/cwa/test: 40/30/30%
This module provides a basic introduction to environmental chemistry for students with no chemistry beyond GCSE.



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Module Code: ENV.103 Title: Biogeochemical Processes                                           No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L1             Prac/Lec: 4/1                exam/cwa: 40/60%
The course aims to provide an overview of current global and regional management issues. Policies aimed at tackling pollution and degradation of the major environmental compartments will be addressed. Specific
examples and case studies will be used to illustrate key concepts and current management practices.
Module Code: ENV.104 Title: Hydrological Processes                                             No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L2             Prac/Lec/Test: 3/14/1        exam/cwa/test: 40/30/30%
An introduction to the science of hydrology. The course develops an appreciation of hydrological processes with a view to understanding how water supplies are developed and protected from environmental contamination.
Practicals will include the use of flumes, soil instruments and computer graphics. Fieldwork on flow processes and gauging techniques within an active cave system.
Module Code: ENV.105 Title: Atmosphere, Weather & Climate I                                    No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: S1             Prac/Lec/Test: 3/12/1        exam/cwa/test: 40/30/30%
An introduction to the weather and climate-related nature of the Earth’s lower atmosphere. The course will cover constituents of the atmosphere, World Weather Watch, temperature, wind and precipitation patterns, the
atmosphere at rest and in motion, the general circulation, greenhouse effects, weather systems and forecasting. Practicals will include weather observation, weather mapping and measurements techniques.

SECOND YEAR COURSES = 0.5 unit each
Module Code: LEC.201 Title: Enterprise for the Environment                                   No of Wks: 10 Terms Taught: L               Lec/Wkshp: 10/5              cwa: 100%
(Can be taken in 2nd or 3rd year) This module aims to expose students to a rich mixture of experiential learning opportunities in considering the role of the environment and climate change in driving business innovation
and commercialisation. To provide an understanding of the main features and types of businesses, their core operating activities, governance and regulation. Explore the specific commercial opportunities the environment
and climate change adaptation and mitigation brings. Allow students to experience real business environments and meet with people running businesses. To de-mystify what working with and in a business is like.

Module Code: EBIO201 Title: Populations to Ecosystems                                           No of Wks: 10 Terms Taught: M            Prac/Lec/Field: 12/18/4      exam/cwa: 50/50%
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the definition of biodiversity and its measurement, the value of biodiversity to humanity and justifications for conservation, threats to biodiversity worldwide,
how species and their genetic diversity can be maintained, the assessment of population size and problems associated with small populations and the prioritisation of conservation goals and optimal design of biodiversity
reserves. Students will also gain practical skills in population estimation, measurement of biodiversity, nature reserve management and conservation prioritisation.

Module Code: EBIO203 Title: Principles of Biodiversity Conservation                             No of Wks: 10 Terms Taught: L            Prac/Lec/Field: 12/18/4      exam/cwa: 50/50%
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the definition of biodiversity and its measurement, the value of biodiversity to humanity and justifications for conservation, threats to biodiversity worldwide,
how species and their genetic diversity can be maintained, the assessment of population size and problems associated with small populations and the prioritisation of conservation goals and optimal design of biodiversity
reserves. Students will also gain practical skills in population estimation, measurement of biodiversity, nature reserve management and conservation prioritisation.

Module Code: EBIO211 Title: Data Collection & Analysis                                           No of Wks: 10 Terms Taught: M             Sem/Lec/Field: 16/10/4       exam/cwa: 50/50%
The coursework will consist of a popular science commentary review (500 words -33% CWA) and a project write-up in the style of a scientific paper (2000 words 67% CWA).
Module Code: EBIO212 Title: Research Design and Delivery                                         No of Wks: 10 Terms Taught: L             Sem/Lec/Field: 16/10/4       exam/cwa: 50/50%
The coursework will consist of a group Powerpoint presentation (33% CWA) and an individual project write-up in the style of a scientific paper (2000 words 67% CWA).
Module Code: EBIO231 Title: Evolution                                                            No of Wks: 10 Terms Taught: M             Prac/Lec: 9/27               exam/test/cwa: 50/10/40%
Evolution is the fundamental concept in biology and an understanding of its processes and effects are important for biologists in all disciplines. The course aims to show how the morphology and behaviour of animals and
plants is adapted to their environment through interactions with their own and other species, including competitors, parasites, predators and prey, and relatives. We will explore the concept of adaptation to natural and sexual
selection pressures at the level of the individual and the effects on the wider population. The course will show how numerical changes in populations occur and how these changes can be predicted and applied to resource
management. The course will contain a balance of theory and illustrative examples from recent research.
Module Code: EBIO263 Title: Environmental Physiology                                             No of Wks: 10 Terms Taught: L             Prac/Lec: 9/27               exam/test/cwa: 45/10/45%
Macroscopic plants and animals interact with their environments in what appear to be fundamentally different ways. Animals, especially humans, possess the sophisticated control and co-ordination systems, which regulate
their physiology as well as complex patterns of behaviour. Plants, apparently, lack such sophisticated responses, yet both groups are clearly highly successful. Environmental Physiology "crosses the great divide" between
animal and plant biology. It looks at the whole-organism responses of animals and plants to light, to pollution and to disease-causing micro-organisms. It goes on to consider how such responses are controlled and co-
ordinated, and how information is communicated between individuals in both animals and plants. The scope of the course is broad, extending from the consequences of environmental change on human health to
communication between plants. The unifying theme is the central role of physiology in determining a wide range of biological responses, with the overall aim of providing an understanding of the mechanisms by which both
animals and plants cope with their environment.
THIRD YEAR COURSES = 0.5 unit each
Module Code: EBIO301 Title: Conservation in Practice                                             No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L2             Prac/Lec: 15/10              exam/cwa: 67/33%
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the definition and measurement of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity worldwide, the species concept and conservation and how populations can be
maintained, the importance of genetic diversity and its role in population persistence, the benefits of community and ecosystem conservation and the prioritisation of conservation goals and optimal design of biodiversity
reserves.



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Module Code: EBIO312 Title: Issues in Conservation Biology                                        No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L1               Lec/Sem/Field trip: 10/10/6 exam/cwa: 67/33%
(Pre-requisite EBIO203) Conservation of biodiversity is a major goal of humanity, yet justifications for conservation are multifaceted and their relative importance varies among people and societies. Conservation
objectives may also come into conflict with economic activity and development. While providing a grounding in the science of biological conservation this module also focuses on some of the key current challenges in
conservation biology, where conservation objectives may trade-off against other human objectives. The module highlights our emerging understanding of the complex relationships between biodiversity conservation, the
health of ecosystems and human well being.
Module Code: EBIO342 Title: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution                                    No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M2               Prac/Lec: 4 /10              exam/cwa: 67/33%
The aim of this module is to explore current and topical issues in ecological research. The module will have research focus and will be based on recent research literature from a number of key areas in the field. It will be
portioned in five, four lecture, case studies that investigate issues ranging from population ecology to molecular approaches to understanding ecological systems and processes.
Module Code: EBIO343 Title: Animal Behaviour                                                      No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M1               Prac/Lec: 0/20               exam/cwa: 67/33%
(Pre-requisite EBIO231) This course builds directly on the Part IIa Evolution and Behaviour and Environmental Physiology courses. Its central theme will be the adaptation of animals to their environments, which
includes adaptation to seasonal and climate change and adaptation in response to competition from other individuals for food, territories and mates. The course will develop along two themes; physiological adaptation,
using as examples the most abundant animal group on earth, the insects and behavioural adaptation, which will largely concentrate on vertebrate examples.
Module Code: EBIO371 Title: Change Biology: Challenges & Solutions                                No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M1               Prac/Lec: 5/5                exam/cwa: 67/33%
The proposed module will use a combination of lectures and workshops (plus one laboratory practical) to examine a range of key topics in global change biology. The exact format will vary from week to week to reflect
changing learning outcomes but a key element of the approach will be to support students in developing their own ability to analyse and assess complex topics in environmental biology. Note that several elements here have
been chosen to highlight the complexity of some possible solutions and the possibility for very different assessments of the same biological technology (the solution or another problem topics). The module will examine
how these different interpretations relate to the underlying biology.
Module Code: EBIO372 Title: Environmental Plant Biology                                           No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L1               Prac/Lec: 5/5                exam/cwa: 50/50%
(Pre-requisite EBIO263 & 341 recommended) Students will gain an understanding of the environmental constraints on plant growth and productivity and an appreciation of the degree of plasticity and adaptability that
plants display. They will develop an appreciation of the importance of a detailed understanding of these plant traits if we are to achieve the increases in crop productivity (through management or breeding) that will be
required for food security in the face of global climate change.
Module Code: EBIO373 Title: Ecophysiology of host-pest interactions                               No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: L2               Lec/Wkshp: 9/5               exam/cwa: 67/33%
(Pre-req EBIO263) Plants in their natural environments interact with a range of other living organisms. These include both beneficial interactions and damaging encounters with herbivores and pathogens. This module
seeks to build on introductory material from EBIO263 to introduce students to a more detailed appreciation of the range and complexity of plant interactions with other organisms. We will examine the different kinds of
microbial pathogens and arthropod herbivores which attack plants, the complex interplay between the different strategies that plants have evolved to defend themselves, and the mechanisms used by successful pest and
pathogens to overcome these defences. The module will also examine beneficial interactions between plants and soil microorganisms such as rhizobacteria. Finally, we will also consider interactions with other plants, both
in terms of direct competitive effects and different forms of communication between plants.
Module Code: EBIO374 Title: Sustainable Agriculture                                               No of Wks: 5 Terms Taught: M2               Lec/Wkshp: 10/5              exam/cwa: 50/50%
(Pre-req EBIO371 & 373) This module considers the implications of current and proposed agricultural systems in terms of their consumption of global resources and their ability to feed a growing human population.
Crop resource use efficiency is introduced as a key concept to assess the food production / environmental consequences of changes in crop management. Various techniques proposed to contribute to sustainable agriculture
(eg. organic agriculture / limited tillage cultivation / integrated pest management) are contrasted with intensive agriculture reliant on extensive seedbed preparation / fertiliser / water / biocide use.


Content Major Theme                                                                           Assessment
Second Year: (3 from)       EBIO201, EBIO231, LEC.201, EBIO203, EBIO263                       Marks 1 & 2:     (2 from)
                                                                                              Mark 3:

Third Year: (3 from)        EBIO301, EBIO312, EBIO373, EBIO374, EBIO342, EBIO371, Marks 4 & 5:                 (2 from)
                            EBIO372, EBIO343                                      Mark 6:

Content Minor Theme                                                                           Assessment
Second Year: (2 from)       EBIO201, EBIO231, LEC.201, EBIO203, EBIO263                       Marks 1 & 2:     (2 from)

Third year: (2 from)        EBIO301, EBIO312, EBIO373, EBIO374, EBIO342, EBIO371, Marks 3 & 4:                 (2 from)
                            EBIO372, EBIO343

This theme can be taken as a major theme = 3 units or as a minor theme = 2 units Major and Minor Themes taken together to equal 5 units



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