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					School of Applied Sciences


Biosciences Division
Biology and Associated Awards
Undergraduate
Pathway Guide

2002 – 2003




Dr R Sutton
Contents Page
                                                                          Page No
Welcome to Biosciences Division of the School of Applied Science………………    2
Using this Guide…………………………………………………………………….                               3
What is a Programme?………………………………………………………………                              4
What is a Pathway?………………………………………………………………….                              4
What is a Route?…………………………………………………………………….                               4
Aims and Philosophy of Bioscience BSc (honours) Scheme of Pathways………….   5
Core Modules………………………………………………………………………..                                 11
Core Option Modules………………………………………………………………..                             11
Elective Modules……………………………………………………………………                                11
University Elective Programmes……………………………………………………                        11
BSc and BSc Honours (Sandwich)………………………………………………….                        12
Pathway Directory…………………………………………………………………..                              13
Animal Biology Specialist Pathway………………………………………………...                    14
Biological Sciences Specialist Pathway…………………………………………….                  15
Biotechnology Specialist Pathway………………………………………………….                      17
Food Biology Specialist Pathway…………………………………………………...                     18
Genetics and Molecular Biology Specialist Pathway……………………………….            19
Microbiology Specialist Pathway…………………………………………………...                     20
Plant Biology Specialist Pathway…………………………………………………...                    21
Combined Pathways………………………………………………………………...                              22
Animal Biology Combined/Joint Pathway………………………………………….                    23
Biology Combined/Joint Pathway…………………………………………………..                       24
Biotechnology Combined/Joint Pathway…………………………………………...                   25
Food Biology Combined/Joint Pathway…………………………………………….                     26
Genetics and Molecular Biology Combined/Joint Pathway………………………...         27
Microbiology Combined/Joint Pathway……………………………………………                      28
Plant Biology Combined/Joint Pathway……………………………………………                     29
Your BSc honours Pathway Team………………………………………………….                         30
How the Pathways are Managed……………………………………………………                          30
Higher National Degree Pathway…………………………………………………...                      32
Aims and Philosophy of the Bioscience HND/C Scheme of Awards………………        32
HND Applied Biology ……………………………………………………………...                            32
HND Biotechnology and Microbiology ……………………………………………                      33
HND Food Science with Business ………………………………………………….                       33
HNC Food Science with Business Award Outcomes……………………………….                36
Applied Biology High National Diploma Pathway…………………………………                38
Biotechnology and Microbiology Higher National Diploma Pathway……………..     39
Food Science with Business Higher National Diploma……………………………..           40
Food Science with Business Higher National Certificate Pathway…………………     41
Directory of full-time Division Teaching Staff 2002-2003…………………………        42
Quick Guide to Biosciences Modules ………………………………………………                     49
Module Descriptions………………………………………………………………...                            53
A Two-way Contract………………………………………………………………...                             98
Prizes………………………………………………………………………………...                                   99
Communication……………………………………………………………………...                                100
Solving Your Problems……………………………………………………………...                           101
Glossary of Terms…………………………………………………………………...                             102



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Welcome to the Biosciences Division of the School of Applied Science
On behalf of the Course Management Team I should like to extend to you a very warm welcome and
we would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success in your studies at the University.
The Division offers a full range of study programmes including certificate, diploma, degree and
postgraduate courses, as well as a range of opportunities for postgraduate research. It has an established
reputation for the quality of its study programmes, for an innovative approach to teaching and learning,
and for the friendliness of its staff. Advice and support can be sought not only from your Personal
Tutor, but also from other members of the Pathway Team. You will also be encouraged to make your
own contribution to the effective operation of your Pathway. You will commence your study by
following foundation study in the first year and this will provide a basis on which to base a choice of a
specialist course or a more general programme depending on your interests or career aspirations.
To qualify for a Specialist course a designated programme has to be studied and specialist degree
courses include:-
    Course Codes
                BSc and BSc Hons. Animal Biology                                    55039
                BSc and BSc Hons. Biotechnology                                     55029
                BSc and BSc Hons. Food Biology                                      55032
                BSc and BSc Hons. Genetics and Molecular Biology                    55031
                BSc and BSc Hons. Microbiology                                      55033
                BSc and BSc Hons. Plant Biology                                     55030

Alternatively a more general degree programme can be studied which lead to the following award of :-
             BSc and BSc Hons. Biological Sciences                               51001
             BSc and BSc Hons. Combined Award (biology)                          77310
This pathway guide will also give you a description of the following EDEXCEL awards:-
             HND Applied Biology                                                 55016
             HND Biotechnology and Microbiology                                  55017
             HND/C Food Science with Business                                    55037/8

Remember that the outcome of your studies could affect the whole of your future career and therefore
study should certainly be your first priority. In resolving to work hard, however, do not forget to have
time for recreation and social activities and take full advantage of the University facilities at your
disposal.
This Pathway Guide should be read in conjunction with the University Undergraduate Scheme Guide.
Together they should provide you with all the basic information that we think you will need for your
period of study here. Obviously even in a document like this we have not covered every query and
problem that you might have about the course. If you find that there is something you need to know,
please do not hesitate to approach your Year Tutor, the Pathway Leader, the Undergraduate
Programme Manager or any other appropriate member of staff with your problem. You can also
consult Student Support and Guidance Services as appropriate. We are pleased to hear your views and
welcome suggestions for ways of improving the operation of the Award.
We wish you every success in your studies and hope that your time at the University of
Wolverhampton will prove to be enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.

Dr Raul Sutton Bioscience, Pathway Manager
September 2003




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Using this Guide

This Pathway Handbook contains all the essential information you will need to understand how the
Bioscience Division undergraduate pathways operate.
You will need also to refer to other sources of information, which are available to you. These include:
Undergraduate Modular Scheme Guide.
This is the document that will contain all the information you require about your programme and how
it is administered at University level. It will contain information on the types of courses available
(Specialist, Joint, Combined, Negotiated) and how you choose a pathway/route. In addition it will tell
you about choice between pathways and within pathways. It will give you the information you require
in order to register your pathway and modules onto the central Student management system. It will
supply generic advice on academic counselling, assessment and details of Level 1 Elective modules
and the University Elective Programmes. This is where you will find the Academic Calendar detailing
semester and term dates, dates for examinations and vacation dates. It is important that you read this
Guide in conjunction with your own Subject pathway guide.
Module Guides. At the commencement of each module that you study, you will be provided with a
module guide which will give full details of the teaching programme, the staff team responsible for the
module, guided reading, and the assessment schedule for the module. These guides are valuable
sources of information that will help you to plan your studies.
University Academic Principles & Regulations. These are contained in the Undergraduate Scheme
Guide which explains how the credit system operates, and carefully defines the number of credits that
must be studied, and the number that must be passed, at different levels, in order to qualify for the
different awards offered by the University.
Guide To Successful Study. This easily read guide gives you carefully thought out guidance on how
to plan all aspects of your study from taking lecture notes through to planning for your future career.
You should read this early on in your course and try to adopt many of the suggestions that are made.
The guide is the result of over forty years of helping students like you to achieve your maximum
potential.
You are encouraged to read this handbook through now. It will be a considerable advantage to you to
be familiar from the outset with the various aspects of your studies that are described. It may be that
the relevance of some of the sections will not be immediately obvious. Keep it somewhere accessible,
so that you can refer to it as needed.
In order to save yourself and (perhaps others) time, do please read the Handbook carefully. The
answers to many of the questions that you will want to ask over the next three to four years are
contained in it. You should look particularly closely at the section on ‘Solving Your Problems’ which
you will find at the back of the Handbook. A list of key words is included in the ‘Glossary of Terms’
and common acronyms in ‘Useful Acronyms’.
Please note:
In order to develop and improve the Award, it may be necessary on occasions to amend or revise the
details given in this Handbook.




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What is a Programme?

A programme of study is a record of the modules you have registered for, after you have chosen your
core option and elective modules. This choice should be made with the help and advice of an academic
counsellor. You will receive a transcript on a regular basis showing your programme of study,
consisting of your modules and graded results.


What is a Pathway?

In the University there are two different types of course depending upon what you applied for:
1. Specialist – This enables you to study one particular subject area in real depth
2. Joint – Allows you to study two subjects that complement each other
These courses are all made up of modules and the rules governing which modules you must study for
your particular course are called pathway rules and consist of:
Specialist pathways
i) A maximum of 90 credits of core or core option modules in each year (level) of study
ii) A minimum of 60 credits of core or core option modules in each year (level) of study
iii) 30 credits of elective modules in each year (level) of study
Joint pathways
45 credits of core or core option modules in each year (level) of study


What is a Route?

A route is a set of pathways for which you are registered and which leads to your final award:
For a specialist route, you will be registered for a single specialist pathway:
eg. BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences or HND Biotechnology and Microbiology
For a specialist route, the pathway rules require you to select the specified number of core option
modules and then choose your elective modules to match your interests and possible career ambitions.
For a joint route, you will be registered for two pathways, one from each of your chosen subjects:
eg. the award of BSc (Hons) Biology and Pharmacology is made up of the Biology joint pathway and
the Pharmacology joint pathway
For a joint route consisting of subjects A and B, you will need to:
 combine the two joint pathways involved;
 choose any necessary core option modules in either or both pathways;
 choose your 30 credits of elective modules which can be;
        1) 30 more credits of subject A
        2) 30 more credits of subject B
        3) 15 more credits of subject A and 15 credits of subject B
        4) 15 or 30 credits of another subject
        5) University Elective Programme




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Aims and Philosophy of the Bioscience BSc (honours) Scheme of Pathways

Biology is a corpus of knowledge largely derived from observation and experiment, the aim of the
specialist programmes is provide you with the tools and qualities required by experimental biologists
such that you should be able to contribute to knowledge and the resolution of problems. To achieve our
objectives we undertake together exercises in teaching and learning, with the emphasis on what you
know and can do as a result of your learning. We have attempted to make clear statements on what
learning is about by defining the outcomes that we should like to see you achieve. We deliver our
learning programmes in the form of modules, clearly individual module have outcomes related to their
individual subject content but no one module can include the full range of practical skills and key
skills required. So programmes define modules to ensure that there is coherence within the subject and
you explore the complete range of learning outcomes of the programme. Thus linking modules in a
programme retains the integrity of the subject.

The programme that you have chosen has been constructed to fully meet the QAA benchmark
description for Biosciences undergraduate awards that can be found on the QAA website
(http://www.qaa.org.uk).

Your programme of study is therefore composed of modules, the content of which is shown in a
module guide. The module guides will also show which module specific outcomes and key skills will
be achieved in that module. The complete modular programme thus should satisfy the overall aims and
objectives

THE  SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE AWARDS ARE TO FACILITATE THE
DEVELOPMENT OF THE FOLLOWING KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:-
Knowledge and understanding of:
BSc Animal Biology
1. The basic principles of microbiology, cell biology, genetics, animal and plant biology and the
   structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of Animal Biology;
2. Approaches to investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes. Detailed aspects of
   biochemistry including major metabolic pathways;
3. The relationship between form and function in living organisms. The growth and development of
   organisms and their adaptation to the environment;
4. The tools used in the investigation of form , function and composition of living organisms;
5. the development of a range of organisms from the molecular genetic control level up to the
   formation of body plans, via cell, tissue and organ differentiation in space and time topics and the
   latest developments and issues in the field of animal biology;
6. The social consequences of the developments in Biosciences, including biotechnology, considering
   the benefits and risks connected with recombinant DNA experiments and the use or release of
   genetically modified organisms and their products.




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BSc Biological Science
1. The basic principles of microbiology, cell biology, genetics, animal and plant biology and the
   structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of Biological Sciences;
2. Approaches to investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes. Detailed aspects of
   biochemistry including major metabolic pathways;
3. The relationship between form and function in living organisms. The growth and development of
   organisms and their adaptation to the environment;
4. The tools used in the investigation of form , function and composition of living organisms;
5. In depth areas within biosciences by studying at least two topics from the areas of genetics,
   membrane biochemistry, microbiology, biology, developmental, plant, animal, and food biology;
6. The social consequences of the developments in Biosciences, including biotechnology, considering
   the benefits and risks connected with recombinant DNA experiments and the use or release of
   genetically modified organisms and their products.


BSc Biotechnology
1. The basic principles of microbiology, cell biology, genetics, animal and plant biology and the
   structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of Biotechnology;
2. Approaches to investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes. Detailed aspects of
   biochemistry including major metabolic pathways;
3. The relationship between form and function in living organisms. The growth and development of
   organisms and their adaptation to the environment;
4. The tools used in the investigation of form , function and composition of living organisms;
5. The industrial processing of materials by microorganisms or cultured tissue cells to make useful
   products or purposes. The role of microorganisms in bringing about biodegradation of sewage and
   chemicals, vital processes in the environment, and cause biodeterioration of foods and non-food
   materials;
6. The social consequences of the developments in Biosciences, including biotechnology, considering
   the benefits and risks connected with recombinant DNA experiments and the use or release of
   genetically modified organisms and their products.


BSc Food Biology
1. The basic principles of microbiology, cell biology, genetics, animal and plant biology and the
   structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of food biology;
2. Approaches to investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes. Detailed aspects of
   biochemistry including major metabolic pathways;
3. The relationship between form and function in living organisms. The growth and development of
   organisms and their adaptation to the environment;
4. The tools used in the investigation of form , function and composition of living organisms;
5. A broad understanding of the diversity of potential food resources, a deep understanding of a
   specific topic relevant to food resources and the production and handling of foods in relation to
   human health and safety;
6. The social consequences of the developments in Biosciences, including biotechnology, considering
   the benefits and risks connected with recombinant DNA experiments and the use or release of
   genetically modified organisms and their products.




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BSc Genetics and Molecular Biology
1. The basic principles of microbiology, cell biology, genetics, animal and plant biology and the
   structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of genetics and molecular
   biology;
2. Approaches to investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes. Detailed aspects of
   biochemistry including major metabolic pathways;
3. The relationship between form and function in living organisms. The growth and development of
   organisms and their adaptation to the environment;
4. The tools used in the investigation of form , function and composition of living organisms;
5. the principles and techniques used in the manipulation of the genetic material at the level of
   molecules, cells, and organisms, and the principles of fungal genetics;
6. The social consequences of the developments in Biosciences, including biotechnology, considering
   the benefits and risks connected with recombinant DNA experiments and the use or release of
   genetically modified organisms and their products.


BSc Microbiology
1. The basic principles of microbiology, cell biology, genetics, animal and plant biology and the
   structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of Microbiology;
2. Approaches to investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes. Detailed aspects of
   biochemistry including major metabolic pathways;
3. The relationship between form and function in living organisms. The growth and development of
   organisms and their adaptation to the environment;
4. The tools used in the investigation of form , function and composition of living organisms;
5. Recent food poisoning outbreaks in relation to the causative agents, sources of contamination,
   methods of control and describes sampling procedures and the principles and applications of
   modern techniques for microbial food analysis. The contribution of the microbiologist to the
   prevention, treatment and control of infectious diseases;
6. The social consequences of the developments in Biosciences, including biotechnology, considering
   the benefits and risks connected with recombinant DNA experiments and the use or release of
   genetically modified organisms and their products.


BSc Plant Biology
1. The basic principles of microbiology, cell biology, genetics, animal and plant biology and the
   structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of plant biology;
2. Approaches to investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes. Detailed aspects of
   biochemistry including major metabolic pathways;
3. The relationship between form and function in living organisms. The growth and development of
   organisms and their adaptation to the environment;
4. The tools used in the investigation of form , function and composition of living organisms;
5. The physiological processes involved in plant performance in different ecosystems and evaluate the
   external factors that affect the performance of plant communities. The role of plant biotechnology
   in plant breeding;
6. The social consequences of the developments in Biosciences, including biotechnology, considering
   the benefits and risks connected with recombinant DNA experiments and the use or release of
   genetically modified organisms and their products.




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For all programmes a common set of generic academic outcomes and key skills have been identified.
These are:

       A.     Scientific/Practical Skills (specific to subject) be competent in:

    A1. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
Level 1 Follow detailed instructions for discrete exercises. Where appropriate briefly describe
         additional work which could extend investigation.
Level 2 Perform practical work, including multistage exercises, using less detailed instruction.
         Demonstrate awareness of key features of experimental design (use of controls, calibration
         curves etc) and where appropriate include these in practical design without instructions.
Level 3 Design experiments/procedures for project or to extend investigation with minimum
         guidance.
         Use published methods as a basis for designing procedures and select materials/equipment
         as appropriate.

   A2. TECHNICAL COMPETENCE/SKILLS
Level 1 Perform a range of basic techniques and acquire basic practical skills keeping a logbook.
        Work safely from instructions.
        Know main risk factors and take appropriate precautions.
        Make and record observations and measurements.
Level 2 Routinely apply techniques and skills from level 1 to new situations.
        Acquire more complex practical/analytical skills with staff guidance.
        Develop COSHH and hazard analysis practices.
Level 3 Identify weaknesses/deficiencies in technical competence and seek to remedy these from
        appropriate sources.
        Carry out full COSHH and hazard analysis.

    A3. DATA INTERPRETATION
Level 1 Draw simple conclusions from results for discrete exercises and relate to existing
         theoretical principles.
         Carry out simple numerical and statistical procedures on discrete data sets.
Level 2 Interpret results from multistage or more open-ended exercises and account for deviations
         from theoretical expectations.
         With guidance use appropriate more advanced methods of data analysis e.g. t tests, line of
         best fit by least square regression etc.
Level 3 Select appropriate forms of data analysis and apply appropriate statistical tests.
         Discuss/analyse observation based on current theory or postulated hypotheses.




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   A4. PRESENTATION
Level 1 Write simple practical report (abstract, introduction, discussion, conclusion) in 3rd person
        past tense according to detailed guidance.
        Record results in appropriate form, according to detailed guidance, with units.

Level 2   Write practical reports routinely, without guidance, with increased emphasis on analysis
          and data interpretation.
          Where appropriate reference citations to sources according to Harvard reference system.

Level 3   Select most effective method for presentation of results.
          Report information in the form of a scientific paper with limited guidance.
          Routinely support analysis/discussion with literature references where appropriate.

B.        Generic Academic Outcomes. Be competent in:

    B1. ACQUIRE INFORMATION
Level 1 Obtain information from a variety of directed sources.
          Obtain information to rectify deficiencies in pre-requisite knowledge base.
Level 2 Obtain information from a variety of unreferenced recommended textbooks and referenced
        literature sources.
Level 3 Acquire information from sources of own choosing including primary literature using key
        word and other search strategies.
        Carry out systematic literature search on a discrete topic.
        Identify limitations of own knowledge in specialist area and remedy this from appropriate
        sources.

   B2. RECALL AND USE INFORMATION
Level 1 Apply knowledge to solve/explain structured problems that test understanding of key
        concepts.
        Identify weaknesses/deficiencies in pre-requisite knowledge base.
Level 2 Use information to explain complex facts/observations that are more open ended, in terms of
        accepted theories.
        Apply knowledge to new problems.
Level 3 Use and extend current knowledge base to allow understanding of primary sources of
        information.
        Use knowledge base to inform decision making regarding new areas of study.

   B3. CRITICALLY DISCUSS AND EVALUATE
Level 1 Discuss orally ideas and concepts as a basis for developing skills for evaluation/analysis.
        Limited evaluation with tutor guidance.
Level 2 Examine evidence and question and challenge explanations and hypotheses.
        Appreciate the limitations of forms of evidence and explanations.
Level 3 Discuss/evaluate conflicting ideas and data and justify or substantiate an interpretation or
        point of view.




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    B4. SUMMARISE
Level 1   Summarise information in closed situations.
          Draw conclusions from defined information set.
Level 2   Assimilate and summarise information from a variety of sources.
Level 3   Summarise information about the current state of knowledge on a defined topic.
          Integrate information from a variety of sources.

C.        Contextual awareness:

Level 1       Awareness of wider issues around field of study. Ability to describe these in relation to
              personal beliefs and values.
              Recognise that science exists and develops within the framework of societal needs, is
              constrained by public opinion and technological expertise.
Level 2       Appreciates the interactions of science, society and technology and examines and
              challenges concepts from a number of different perspectives.
              Correlates scientific knowledge base with ethical principles and justifies their
              applications.
              Identifies biochemical/biological processes and products and demonstrates an
              understanding of the features which underlie their commercial importance.
Level 3       Integrates information and concepts from level 1 and 2 in considering science, society
              and technology as interactive systems.
              Reviews and evaluates the commercial significance of biochemical/biological processes
              and products.
              Critically discusses the relationship between research and development and societal
              needs.
              Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a given ethical stance in relation to scientific
              practice and experiment.

2. Key skills - competent in:
1. Communication;
2. Problem Solving
3. Improve own learning and performance;
4. Information Technology;
5. Working with others;
6. Application of Number.




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Core Modules

A Core Module is a module in a programme which must be taken and passed and which contributes
directly to the programme outcomes.

Core Option Modules

A Core Option Module is a module within a defined group, from which a stated minimum number of
such modules have to be taken and passed in order to satisfy the programme outcomes.

Elective Modules

An Elective Module is a free choice module within a programme, where the student may select any
module from the University’s portfolio, providing pre-requisite and timetable rules are satisfied. These
modules may comprise more modules of the principal or joint subject, modules from
different/contrasting /cognate subjects, skill based modules or a University Elective Programme.

University Elective Programmes

As part of you programme you may choose to study a language, information technology or business
studies as part of the University Elective Programme. This programme consists of two modules per
level in one of the three designated elective subjects.




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BSc and BSc Honours (Sandwich)

A four year programme of study based on the programmes available to students on the full time mode.
In addition it involves successful completion of a year-long industrial training/experience programme
between the second and final year of the normal full time course. Students who successfully complete
the sandwich year will be awarded 15 credits although it will not contribute to the degree
classification.
This will be done by taking the following module within their pathway:


Level 2    Sandwich Degree Additional Core Module


          Module Code     Module name                                      Semester     Credits
          AB2016          Biosciences Placement                            Year-long    15

Students considering undertaking sandwich training are advised to enrol for this mode of attendance at
the commencement of their course. However, it is possible to indicate an intention to transfer to a
Sandwich programme anytime before the commencement of the third year.

The University accepts no obligation to provide industrial placements for all students who wish to
follow this mode, however, every effort will be made by the Industrial Placements Tutor to assist.
Students who do not obtain industrial placements may continue on the three year full time mode of
attendance. However, once a student has commenced industrial training reversion to the full time
course will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances.

Before taking up their sandwich placements, students will be given guidance as to the requirements of
the industrial training year and the details of the assessment scheme. They will also be provided with a
sandwich guide. similar to the module guide used for University - based modules.

During the Industrial training period students will be visited at least twice by a Visiting Tutor. The
visiting Tutor will make a report after each visit. and will also provide an ongoing link between the
student and the University. Thus the training period will be monitored and supervised by appropriate
personnel from both the training establishment and the University. Each Student's performance on the
training programme and the written report(s) will be assessed. This assessment must be passed for the
award of a BSc or BSc with Honours via the Sandwich route.

The Sandwich Tutor for the 2003/2004 session is Dr Roy Protheroe. Room MA144.
(Tel.Ext.2142) e-mail:- R.G.Protheroe@wlv.ac.uk




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Pathway Directory

The following pages give a description of the specialist and combined programme pathways that form
the biology Pathways offered by the School of Applied Sciences

You will find that the pathways are divided into several lines for each undergraduate level of study.
The level of study corresponds roughly with that taken in a respective year by a full-time undergraduate
student, with the exception of the sandwich placement year. This is considered to be at the same
subject level as the second year of study.
At each level there will be a set of core or core option modules:
CORE MODULES

The core modules must be studied.
CORE OPTION MODULES

The rules defining the core option modules must be fulfilled if the award as whole is to be fulfilled.
ELECTIVE MODULES

Finally for each Pathway there is a list of recommended subject electives. These subject electives
have been carefully chosen so that they complement and enhance the core and core option modules for
the pathway that you have chosen. These modules should be your first choice of elective module. We
do not mean to prescribe your elective modules in offering you recommended subject electives but to
offer you the best direction in making your choice of modules from what can seem like a bewildering
array of modules. This is because there are over 3000 modules in the University’s modular catalogue,
many of which would not be a good complement to your studies.



Your Pathway Team

The guidance that you are offered comes from the pathway team:

The Biosciences Pathway Manager Dr R Sutton oversees the team

A tutor looks after each year of the award:

       BSc and BSc honours in biology pathways:
       Year 1                                                Dr T J Bartlett
       Year 2                                                Dr T C Baldwin
       Year 3/4                                              Dr I Radecka

       HND/C Applied Biology/Biotechnology and Microbiology/Food Sceince with Business
       Year 1                                      Dr C Nallaiah
       Year 2/3                                    Dr C Nallaiah

In addition there are a number of biochemistry specialist staff who will help in the teaching of
individual modules but will not look after you as cohort of students.




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HOW THE PATHWAYS ARE MANAGED

A Course/Subject Committee oversees the operation of the Awards. The membership, which is
reviewed annually, includes both academic staff and students.
Membership

The proposed membership for the Awards/Subject Committee is given below:-

                                        Room.         Tel .Ext.      E-mail
Chair Prof P Robotham.                  MA104         2136      P.Robotham@wlv.ac.uk
(Dean of School of Applied Sciences)
Associate Dean       Prof T J Hocking   MA118a        2375    T.J.Hocking@wlv.ac.uk
Pathway Manager      Dr Raul Sutton     MA123c        2167    R.Sutton@wlv.ac.uk
Year 1 Tutor         Dr T J Bartlett    MG003         2693    T.J.Bartlett2@wlv.ac.uk
Year 2 Tutor         Dr Tim Baldwin     MA144         2142    T.Baldwin@wlv.ac.uk
Year 3 Tutor         Dr I Radecka       MA105         2771    I.Radecka@wlv.ac.uk
Admissions Tutor. Dr Ken Kenward        MA106         2154    M.A.Kenward@wlv.ac.uk
Sandwich Tutor       Dr Roy Protheroe   MA144         2142    R.G.Protheroe@wlv.ac.uk
Part-time Tutor      Dr Alan Burns      MG106         2154    A.T.Burns@wlv.ac.uk
Project Co-ordinator Dr E T Hitchen     MA145         2165    E.T.Hitchen@wlv.ac.uk
Subject Librarian    Mrs J Granger      MD150         2316    Joss.Granger@wlv.ac.uk

Subject Leaders or nominees for:-
                     (i)     Biology                     Dr E J Mole
                     (ii)    Biochemistry                Dr R Sutton
                     (iii)   Biomedical Sciences         Dr P R Kirk
                     (iv)    Environmental Science       Dr J P Smith

Representatives from the student body elected from the Student representatives on the staff/student
liaison committee..




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Terms of Reference

The Awards Committee meets at least once per semester to approve the annual report and review the
progress of all aspects of the courses. Minutes of Award Committee meetings are held by the School
Administrator (Room MA104) and are open to inspection by any student on the course. Student
elected members will also have copies of minutes covering the meetings during their period of office.

Staff/Student Liaison Committee

The course team undertakes the day to day administration and the team holds at least 3 meetings per
year with student representatives. Elections of student representatives are organised early in the
academic year and you should ensure that you know your currently elected representative. Student
representatives raise issues for discussion at the Committee and other students should inform their
representative about items they want included. The aim of these meetings is to identify both good
practice and problems. We attempt to resolve the problems by deciding on what action to take and the
outcomes are reported in the notes of the meeting which are posted on notice boards. We can only help
you with your problems if we know they exist. Use your representatives

These committees are the main avenue for you to influence the operation and development of the
courses and you are therefore encouraged to participate as much as possible, either directly as a student
elected member, or indirectly via your elected member..
If you have an academic or personal problem let us know as soon as possible. Your year tutor has a
vital role as they are familiar with the structure and regulations of the award and will advise you. If in
doubt do not hesitate to consult your tutor or the Awards Manager.




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Animal Biology Specialist Pathway 55039
Level 1 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                   1           15
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                  1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology              2           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                   2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry.
You may also choose from the following list:
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          BM1006          Human Form Human Function                      1           15
          EA1010          Introduction to Ecology                        2           15
          BM1119          Human Physiology                               2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences            Year-long   30
                 AB2023      Biology Practicals (30 credits)             Year-long   30
                 BC2004      Molecular and Cellular Biosciences          Year-long   30

Core Option Modules none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          BM2000          Physiology for Healthcare Practitioners        1           15
          BM2013          Immunology                                     1           15
          AB2019          Evolution and Origin of Life                   2           15
          EA2011          Animal Habitats and the Environment            2           15

Level 3 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3014      Advanced Topics in Animal Biology           2           15
                 AB3015      Honours Project Module                      Year-long   30
                 AB3016      Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology       2           15
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills   1           15
                 AB3020      Developmental Biology                       1           15

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          BM3302          Human Sensory & Motor Systems                  1           15
          BM3310          Human Development & Reproduction               1           15
          BM3022          Biomedical Ethics                              2           15




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Biological Sciences Specialist Pathway 51001
Level 1 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                   Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                     1           15
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                     1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                    1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology                2           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                     2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                  2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry.
You may also choose from the following list:
          Module Code     Module name                                      Semester    Credits
          BM1006          Human Form Human Function                        1           15
          EA1010          Introduction to Ecology                          2           15
          BM1119          Human Physiology                                 2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                   Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences              Year-long   30
                 AB2023      Biology Practicals (30 credits)               Year-long   30
                 BC2004      Molecular and Cellular Biosciences            Year-long   30

Core Option Modules none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                      Semester    Credits
          AB2003          Food Microbiology                                1           15
          BC2001          Proteins                                         1           15
          AB2019          Evolution and Origin of Life                     2           15
          BC2003          Food Biochemistry and Analysis                   2           15

Level 3 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                   Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3015      Honours Project Module                        Year-long   30
                 AB3016      Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology         2           15
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills     1           15

Core Option Modules
Rules: The student must choose a minimum of 30 credits of subject modules from at least two of the
following groups:

1.     Animal Biology                         AB3020              AB3014
2.     Food Biology                           AB3021              AB3022
3.     Microbiology                           AB3018              AB3026
4.     Molecular Biology                      AB3024              AB3023   BC3004
5.     Plant Biology                          AB3028              AB3029
6.     Independent Study Module               AB3025




                                                    Page 17
     Module   Module     Module name                              Semester   Credits
     Group    Code
     3        AB3018     Advanced Food Microbiology               1          15
     1        AB3020     Developmental Biology                    1          15
     2        AB3021     Food Resources                           1          15
     2        AB3022     Food Safety                              2          15
     4        AB3023     Fungal Genetics                          2          15
     4        AB3024     Gene Manipulation                        1          15
     6.       AB3025     Independent Study Module                 1 or 2     15
     3        AB3026     Medical Microbiology and Public Health   2          15
     5        AB3028     Plant Ecophysiology                      1          15
     5        AB3029     Plant Biotechnology                      2          15
     4        BC3004     Membrane Structure and Function          1          15

Suggested Elective Modules other core option modules




                                          Page 18
Biotechnology Specialist Pathway 55029
Level 1 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                   1           15
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                  1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology              2           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                   2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry.
You may also choose from the following list:
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          BM1006          Human Form Human Function                      1           15
          BM1119          Human Physiology                               2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences            Year-long   30
                 AB2023      Biology Practicals (30 credits)             Year-long   30
                 BC2004      Molecular and Cellular Biosciences          Year-long   30

Core Option Modules none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          BC2001          Proteins                                       1           15
          BC2003          Food Biochemistry and Analysis                 2           15

Level 3 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3015      Honours Project Module                      Year-long   30
                 AB3016      Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology       2           15
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills   1           15
                 AB3027      Microbial Biotechnology                     1           15
                 AB3019      Biodegradation and Biodeterioration         2           15

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB3024          Gene Manipulation                              1           15
          AB3029          Plant Biotechnology                            2           15




                                                    Page 19
Food Biology Specialist Pathway 55032
Level 1 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                   1           15
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                  1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology              2           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                   2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry.
You may also choose from the following list:
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          BM1006          Human Form Human Function                      1           15
          BM1119          Human Physiology                               2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences            Year-long   30
                 AB2023      Biology Practicals (30 credits)             Year-long   30
                 BC2004      Molecular and Cellular Biosciences          Year-long   30

Core Option Modules none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB2020          Food Microbiology                              1           15
          BC2003          Food Biochemistry and Analysis                 2           15

Level 3 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3015      Honours Project Module                      Year-long   30
                 AB3016      Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology       2           15
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills   1           15
                 AB3021      Food Resources                              1           15
                 AB3022      Food Safety                                 2           15

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB3018          Advanced Food Microbiology                     1           15




                                                    Page 20
Genetics and Molecular Biology Specialist Pathway 55031
Level 1 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                   1           15
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                  1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology              2           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                   2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry.
You may also choose from the following list:
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          BM1006          Human Form Human Function                      1           15
          BM1119          Human Physiology                               2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences            Year-long   30
                 AB2023      Biology Practicals (30 credits)             Year-long   30
                 BC2004      Molecular and Cellular Biosciences          Year-long   30

Core Option Modules none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          BC2001          Proteins                                       1           15
          AB2019          Evolution and Origin of Life                   2           15

Level 3 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3015      Honours Project Module                      Year-long   30
                 AB3016      Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology       2           15
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills   1           15
                 AB3024      Gene Manipulation                           1           15
                 AB3023      Fungal Genetics                             2           15

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB3020          Developmental Biology                          1           15
          AB3029          Plant Biotechnology                            2           15




                                                     Page 21
Microbiology Specialist Pathway 55033
Level 1 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                      Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                        1           15
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                        1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                       1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology                   2           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                        2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                     2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry.
You may also choose from the following list:
          Module Code     Module name                                         Semester    Credits
          BM1006          Human Form Human Function                           1           15
          BM1008          Human Health and Disease Prevention and Treatment   2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                      Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences                 Year-long   30
                 AB2023      Biology Practicals (30 credits)                  Year-long   30
                 BC2004      Molecular and Cellular Biosciences               Year-long   30

Core Option Modules none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                         Semester    Credits
          AB2019          Evolution and Origin of Life
          AB2020          Food Microbiology                                   1           15
          BC2003          Food Biochemistry and Analysis                      2           15

Level 3 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                      Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3015      Honours Project Module                           Year-long   30
                 AB3016      Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology            2           15
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills        1           15
                 AB3018      Advanced Food Microbiology                       1           15
                 AB3026      Medical Microbiology and Public Health           2           15

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                         Semester    Credits
          AB3027          Microbial Biotechnology                             1           15




                                                    Page 22
Plant Biology Specialist Pathway 55030
Level 1 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                   1           15
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                  1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology              2           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                   2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry.
You may also choose from the following list:
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          EA1001          Introduction to Environmental Science          1           15
          EA1010          Introduction to Ecology                        2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences            Year-long   30
                 AB2023      Biology Practicals (30 credits)             Year-long   30
                 BC2004      Molecular and Cellular Biosciences          Year-long   30

Core Option Modules none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          EA2004          Plants, Habitats and Ecosystems                1           15
          AB2019          Evolution and Origin of Life                   2           15

Level 3 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3015      Honours Project Module                      Year-long   30
                 AB3016      Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology       2           15
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills   1           15
                 AB3028      Plant Ecophysiology                         1           15
                 AB3029      Plant Biotechnology                         2           15

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB3024          Gene Manipulation                              1           15
          AB3023          Fungal Genetics                                2           15




                                                     Page 23
Combined Pathways

There are seven combined pathways in biology. These pathways have the same generic aims as other
biology programmes. In addition, the pathway aims to :
 produce joint award graduates who have a broad-based education to which the science that
    underpins the disciplines associated with biological science makes a contribution;
 inculcate an awareness of the contributions of biological science to improvements in technology;
 provide a sound educational foundation on which the joint award graduate can build, by further
    study, at any stage of their future career.

In the Biology Combined Pathways you must study 45 credits of core or core option modules from the
biology science subject area and in addition at least 45 credits from your other subject area. The two
elective modules may be chosen from appropriate Biology modules (see suggestions below), your joint
subject area or from other subject areas provided that you have the relevant prerequisite modules and
the timetable allows you to incorporate these modules in your programme. Alternatively you may
choose to study modules from the University elective programme (Languages, Information
Technology, Business Studies).

Biosciences Honours Project for Combined/Joint Awards Students

The level 3 elective choice includes a research project in biology. The prerequisites for this module
stipulate the study of 30 credits of Bioscience practical modules. Therefore, if you wish to undertake
an honours project in biology, you must register for and study 75 credits of biology modules at level 2,
including 30 credits of Biosciences practical modules. Alternatively you may choose an Honours
project module (30 credits) from your other joint subject.
At Level One students who have not studied Chemistry at A Level or equivalent may be expected to
take BC1000 Chemistry for Biosciences instead of a Level One elective module.




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Animal Biology Combined/Joint Pathway 77310

Level 1    Core Modules

                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                  1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology              2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                   1           15
                 BC1000      Chemistry for Biosciences                   1           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                   2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences            Year-long   30
                 AB2015      Biology Practicals (15 credits)             Year-long   15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB2019          Evolution and Origin of Life                   1           15
          BC2006          Biochemistry Practicals (15 credits)           1 or 2      15

Level 3    Core Modules

                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills   1           15
                 AB3020      Developmental Biology                       1           15
                 AB3014      Advanced Topics in Animal Biology           2           15
Core Option Modules: None

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB3016          Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology          1           15
          AB3015          Honours Project                                Year-long   30




                                                         Page 25
Biology Combined/Joint Pathway 77310

Level 1    Core Modules

                 Module      Module name                               Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                 1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology            2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
                 Module      Module name                               Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                 1           15
                 BC1000      Chemistry for Biosciences                 1           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                 2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                              2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                               Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences          Year-long   30
                 AB2015      Biology Practicals (15 credits)           Year-long   15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                  Semester    Credits
          AB2020          Food Microbiology                            1
          AB2019          Evolution and Origin of Life                 2           15
          BC2006          Biochemistry Practicals (15 credits)         1 or 2      15


Level 3    Core Modules

                 Module      Module name                               Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3028      Plant Ecophysiology                       1           15
                 AB3026      Medical Microbiology & Public Health      2           15

Core Option Modules
Rules: Students must study at least 15 credits from group 1 modules.

           Module   Module      Module name                            Semester    Credits
           Group    Code
           1        AB3020      Developmental Biology                  1           15
           1        AB3014      Advanced Topics in Animal Biology      2           15

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                  Semester    Credits
          AB3016          Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology        1           15
          AB3015          Honours Project                              Year-long   30




                                                         Page 26
Biotechnology Combined/Joint Pathway 77310

Level 1    Core Modules

                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                  1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology              2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                   1           15
                 BC1000      Chemistry for Biosciences                   1           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                   2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences            Year-long   30
                 AB2015      Biology Practicals (15 credits)             Year-long   15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB2019          Evolution and Origin of Life                   2           15
          BC2006          Biochemistry Practicals (15 credits)           1 or 2      15

Level 3    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills   1           15
                 AB3027      Microbial Biotechnology                     1           15
                 AB3019      Biodegradation and Biodeterioration         2           15
Core Option Modules: None

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB3016          Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology          1           15
          AB3015          Honours Project                                Year-long   30




                                                         Page 27
Food Biology Combined/Joint Pathway 77310

Level 1    Core Modules

                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                   2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                   1           15
                 BC1000      Chemistry for Biosciences                   1           15
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                  1           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2020      Food Microbiology                           1           15
                 BC2003      Food Biochemistry and Analysis              2           15
                 BC2006      Biochemistry Practicals (15 credits)        1 or 2      15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB2019          Evolution and Origin of Life                   1           15
          AB2015          Biology Practicals (15 credits)                1 or 2      15

Level 3    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills   1           15
                 AB3021      Food Resources                              1           15
                 AB3022      Food Safety                                 2           15
Core Option Modules: None

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB3016          Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology          1           15
          AB3015          Honours Project                                Year-long   30




                                                        Page 28
Genetics and Molecular Biology Combined/Joint Pathway77310

Level 1    Core Modules

                   Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                   Code
                   BC1001      Biochemistry                                1           15
                   AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                   2           15

Core Option Modules: Rules: Students without a pass grade at Chemistry ‘A2’ level must take
BC1000.
           Module    Module       Module name                              Semester    Credits
           Group     Code
           1         BC1000       Chemistry for Biosciences                1           15
           1         AB1001       Techniques in Bioscience                 1           15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from the other core option module or:
                   Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                   Code
                   AB1103      Plants and the Environment                  1           15
                   AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                   AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology              2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                   Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                   Code
                   BC2004      Molecular and Cellular Biosciences          Year-long   30
                   BC2006      Biochemistry Practicals (15 credits)        1 or 2      15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code       Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          BC2001            Proteins                                       1           15
          AB2019            Evolution and Origin of Life                   2           15
          AB2015            Biology Practicals (15 credits)                1 or 2      15

Level 3    Core Modules

                   Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                   Code
                   AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills   1           15
                   AB3024      Gene Manipulation                           1           15
                   AB3023      Fungal Genetics                             2           15
Core Option Modules: None

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code       Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB3016            Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology          1           15
          AB3015            Honours Project                                Year-long   30




                                                           Page 29
Microbiology Combined/Joint Pathway77310

Level 1    Core Modules

                 Module      Module name                                  Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                    1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                   1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology               2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
                 Module      Module name                                  Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                    1           15
                 BC1000      Chemistry for Biosciences                    1           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                    2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                 2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                  Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences             Year-long   30
                 AB2015      Biology Practicals (15 credits)              Year-long   15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                     Semester    Credits
          AB2020          Food Microbiology                               1           15
          BC2006          Biochemistry Practicals (15 credits)            1 or 2      15

Level 3    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                  Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3018      Advanced Food Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB3017      Science Communications and Graduate Skills   1           15
                 AB3026      Medical Microbiology and Public Health       2           15
Core Option Modules: None

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                     Semester    Credits
          AB3016          Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology           1           15
          AB3015          Honours Project                                 Year-long   30




                                                         Page 30
Plant Biology Combined/Joint Pathway77310

Level 1    Core Modules

                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                   1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                  1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology              2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                   1           15
                 BC1000      Chemistry for Biosciences                   1           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                   2           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                2           15

Level 2    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Biosciences            Year-long   30
                 AB2015      Biology Practicals (15 credits)             Year-long   15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          BC2004          Molecular and Cellular Biosciences             Year-long   30
          AB2019          Evolution and Origin of Life                   2           15
          BC2006          Biochemistry Practicals (15 credits)           1 or 2      15

Level 3    Core Modules

                 Module      Module name                                 Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB3017      Science Communication and Graduate Skills   1           15
                 AB3028      Plant Ecophysiology                         1           15
                 AB3025      Independent Study Module                    2           15
Core Option Modules: None

Suggested Elective Modules
          Module Code     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
          AB3016          Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology          1           15
          AB3015          Honours Project                                Year-long   30




                                                         Page 31
Your BSc honours Pathway Team

The guidance that you are offered comes from the pathway team:

The Biosciences Pathway Manager Dr R Sutton oversees the team

A tutor looks after each year of the award:

       BSc and BSc honours in biology and related pathways:
       Year 1                                         Dr T J Bartlett
       Year 2                                         Dr T C Baldwin
       Year 3/4                                       Dr I Radecka
       HND and HNC Programmes
       Year 1                                         Dr C Nallaiah
       Year 2/3                                       Dr C Nallaiah

In addition there are a number of biology specialist staff who will help in the teaching of individual
modules but will not look after you as cohort of students.

HOW THE PATHWAYS ARE MANAGED

A Course/Subject Committee oversees the operation of the Awards. The membership, which is
reviewed annually, includes both academic staff and students.
Membership

The proposed membership for the Awards/Subject Committee is given below:-
                                       Room.         Tel. Ext.       E-mail
Chair                Prof P Robotham. MA104          2136      P.Robotham@wlv.ac.uk
(Dean of School of Applied Sciences)
Associate Dean       Prof T J Hocking MA118a         2375      T.J.Hocking@wlv.ac.uk
Pathway Manager      Dr Raul Sutton    MA125d        2167      R. Sutton@wlv.ac.uk
Year 1 Tutor         Dr T Bartlett     MG003         2693      T.J.Bartlett2@wlv.ac.uk
Year 2 Tutor         Dr Tim Baldwin MA144            2142      T.C.Baldwin@wlv.ac.uk
Year 3 Tutor         Dr Iza Radecka    MA106a        2771      I.Radecka@wlv.ac.uk
Admissions Tutor     Dr Ken Kenward MA106            2154      M.A.Kenward@wlv.ac.uk
Sandwich Tutor       Dr Roy Protheroe MG005          2142      R.G.Protheroe@wlv.ac.uk
Part-time Tutor.     Dr Alan Burns     MA106         2154      A.T.Burns@wlv.ac.uk
Project Co-ordinator Dr Trevor Hitchen MA145         2165      E.T.Hitchen@wlv.ac.uk
Subject Librarian    Mrs J Granger     MD150         2316      Joss.Granger@wlv.ac.uk
Subject Leaders or nominees for:-
                     (i)     Biology                     Dr John Mole
                     (ii)    Biochemistry                Dr R Sutton
                     (iii)   Biomedical Sciences         Dr P R Kirk
                     (iv)    Environmental Science       Dr J P Smith
Representatives from the student body elected from the Student representatives on the staff/student
liaison committee..




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Terms of Reference

The Awards Committee meets at least once per semester to approve the annual report and review the
progress of all aspects of the courses. Minutes of Award Committee meetings are held by the School
Administrator (Room MA104) and are open to inspection by any student on the course. Student
elected members will also have copies of minutes covering the meetings during their period of office.

Staff/Student Liaison Committee

The course team undertakes the day to day administration and the team holds at least 3 meetings per
year with student representatives. Elections of student representatives are organised early in the
academic year and you should ensure that you know your currently elected representative. Student
representatives raise issues for discussion at the Committee and other students should inform their
representative about items they want included. The aim of these meetings is to identify both good
practice and problems. We attempt to resolve the problems by deciding on what action to take and the
outcomes are reported in the notes of the meeting which are posted on notice boards. We can only help
you with your problems if we know they exist. Use your representatives.

These committees are the main avenue for you to influence the operation and development of the
courses and you are therefore encouraged to participate as much as possible, either directly as a student
elected member, or indirectly via your elected member..
If you have an academic or personal problem let us know as soon as possible. Your year tutor has a
vital role as they are familiar with the structure and regulations of the award and will advise you. If in
doubt do not hesitate to consult your tutor or the Pathway’s Manager.




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Higher National Diploma Pathway

We offer three EDEXEL Higher National Diplomas in:
       Applied Biology;
       Biotechnology and Microbiology;
       Food Science with Business;
and one Higher National Certificate Pathway in Food Science with Business.
The HND/C Pathways are made up of modules which are part of the University Modular Degree and
Diploma Scheme, together with a Vocational Assignment Module which is specific to EDEXEL
Higher National Certificate and Diploma programmes offered in the field of Science and Technology.
The Vocational Assignment Module (VAM) is a key module and aims to provide you with the
opportunity to experience the roles and responsibilities that you need in employment. The module can
be taken as a five or six week block in a vocational placement during the summer vacation or as a
timetabled module in which you could work on day release. Further details will be provided in a
Group Counselling Session on the Vocational Assignment Module and can be seen in the Module
Guide.

Aims and Philosophy of the Bioscience HND/C Scheme of Awards

The outcomes of the programme are the way we describe what you are expected to do by the end of the
programme. These outcomes can be divided into three main areas:
Knowledge and Understanding
Generic Academic
Key Skills
Knowledge and understanding relates to the subject knowledge that forms the basis of your HND
award.

Generic academic outcomes relate to the intellectual scientific skills and awareness of the context of
science in society that you acquire as part of your learning process.
Finally you will improve on the transferable skills that relate to aspects of your study.

HND Award Outcomes

HND Applied Biology

At the end of your course you should have knowledge and understanding of:
1. The basic principles of microbiology, cell biology, genetics, animal and plant biology and the
    structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of Biological Sciences;
3. Approaches to investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes. Detailed aspects of
    biochemistry including major metabolic pathways;
4. The relationship between form and function in living organisms. The growth and development of
    organisms and their adaptation to the environment;
5. The tools used in the investigation of form, function and composition of living organisms;
6. Awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the biologist in the workplace.




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HND Biotechnology and Microbiology

At the end of your course you should have knowledge and understanding of:
1. The basic principles of microbiology, cell biology, genetics, animal and plant biology and the
    structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of Biological Sciences;
2. Approaches to investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes. Detailed aspects of
    biochemistry including major metabolic pathways;
3. The relationship between form and function in living organisms. The growth and development of
    organisms and their adaptation to the environment;
4. The tools used in the investigation of form, function and composition of living organisms;
5. Awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the biologist in the workplace.

HND Food Science with Business

At the end of your course you should have knowledge and understanding of:

1. The basic principles of microbiology, cell biology, genetics, and the structure and function of
   biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of Food Science;
2. The basic principles of marketing and human resources management;
3. The detailed role of microbes in foods and the biochemistry and analysis of food components and
   the role of diet in human health;
4. The tools used in the investigation of form, function and composition of living organisms;
5. Awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the biologist in the workplace.
Generic Academic Outcomes
Scientific/Practical Skills (specific to subject)
At the end of the programme you should be competent in:
       A1. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
Level 1   Follow detailed instructions for discrete exercises. Where appropriate briefly describe
          additional work which could extend investigation.
Level 2   Perform practical work, including multistage exercises, using less detailed instruction.
          Demonstrate awareness of key features of experimental design (use of controls, calibration
          curves etc) and where appropriate include these in practical design without instructions
    A2. TECHNICAL COMPETENCE/SKILLS
Level 1   Perform a range of basic techniques and acquire basic practical skills keeping a logbook.
          Work safely from instructions.
          Know main risk factors and take appropriate precautions.
          Make and record observations and measurements.
Level 2   Routinely apply techniques and skills from level 1 to new situations.
          Acquire more complex practical/analytical skills with staff guidance.
          Develop COSHH and hazard analysis practices.




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      A3. DATA INTERPRETATION

Level 1   Draw simple conclusions from results for discrete exercises and relate to existing
          theoretical principles.
          Carry out simple numerical and statistical procedures on discrete data sets.
Level 2   Interpret results from multistage or more open-ended exercises and account for deviations
          from theoretical expectations.
          With guidance use appropriate more advanced methods of data analysis e.g. t tests, line of
          best fit by least square regression etc.
    A4. PRESENTATION
Level 1   Write simple practical report (abstract, introduction, discussion, conclusion) in 3rd person
          past tense according to detailed guidance.
          Record results in appropriate form, according to detailed guidance, with units.

Level 2   Write practical reports routinely, without guidance, with increased emphasis on analysis
          and data interpretation.
          Where appropriate reference citations to sources according to Harvard reference system.
B. Intellectual skills
At the end of the programme you should be competent in:
    B1. ACQUIRE INFORMATION
Level 1   Obtain information from a variety of directed sources.
          Obtain information to rectify deficiencies in pre-requisite knowledge base.
Level 2   Obtain information from a variety of unreferenced recommended textbooks and referenced
          literature sources.
    B2. RECALL AND USE INFORMATION
Level 1   Apply knowledge to solve/explain structured problems that test understanding of key
          concepts.
          Identify weaknesses/deficiencies in pre-requisite knowledge base.
Level 2   Use information to explain complex facts/observations that are more open ended, in terms of
          accepted theories.
          Apply knowledge to new problems.
    B3. CRITICALLY DISCUSS AND EVALUATE
Level 1   Discuss orally ideas and concepts as a basis for developing skills for evaluation/analysis.
          Limited evaluation with tutor guidance.
Level 2   Examine evidence and question and challenge explanations and hypotheses.
          Appreciate the limitations of forms of evidence and explanations.
    B4. SUMMARISE
Level 1   Summarise information in closed situations.
          Draw conclusions from defined information set.
Level 2   Assimilate and summarise information from a variety of sources




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C. Contextual awareness:
Level 1    Awareness of wider issues around field of study. Ability to describe these in relation to
           personal beliefs and values.
           Recognise that science exists and develops within the framework of societal needs, is
           constrained by public opinion and technological expertise.
Level 2    Appreciates the interactions of science, society and technology and examines and
           challenges concepts from a number of different perspectives.
           Correlates scientific knowledge base with ethical principles and justifies their applications.
           Identifies biochemical/biological processes and products and demonstrates an
           understanding of the features which underlie their commercial importance.

2. Key skills - competent in:

1.   Communication;
2.   Problem Solving
3.   Improve own learning and performance;
4.   Information Technology;
5.   Working with others;
6.   Application of Number.




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HNC Food Science with Business Award Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding

1. The basic principles of chemistry, microbiology, food technology and biochemistry;
2. A fundamental understanding of the principles of the business process;
3. The biochemistry of foods with relevance to nutritional and industrial applications or The role of
   microbiology in foods;
4. Awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the biologist in the workplace.

Scientific/Practical Skills (specific to subject)
At the end of the programme you should be competent in:
    A1. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN

Level 1   Follow detailed instructions for discrete exercises.    Where appropriate briefly describe
          additional work which could extend investigation.
    A2. TECHNICAL COMPETENCE/SKILLS
Level 1   Perform a range of basic techniques and acquire basic practical skills keeping a logbook.
          Work safely from instructions.
          Know main risk factors and take appropriate precautions.
          Make and record observations and measurements.
    A3. DATA INTERPRETATION

Level 1   Draw simple conclusions from results for discrete exercises and relate to existing
          theoretical principles.
          Carry out simple numerical and statistical procedures on discrete data sets.
    A4. PRESENTATION
Level 1   Write simple practical report (abstract, introduction, discussion, conclusion) in 3rd person
          past tense according to detailed guidance.
          Record results in appropriate form, according to detailed guidance, with units.
B. Intellectual skills
At the end of the programme you should be competent in:
    B1. ACQUIRE INFORMATION
Level 1 Obtain information from a variety of directed sources.
        Obtain information to rectify deficiencies in pre-requisite knowledge base.
Level 2 Obtain information from a variety of unreferenced recommended textbooks and referenced
        literature sources.




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     B2. RECALL AND USE INFORMATION
Level 1 Apply knowledge to solve/explain structured problems that test understanding of key
        concepts.
        Identify weaknesses/deficiencies in pre-requisite knowledge base.
Level 2 Apply knowledge to new problems.
     B3. CRITICALLY DISCUSS AND EVALUATE
Level 1 Discuss orally ideas and concepts as a basis for developing skills for evaluation/analysis.
        Limited evaluation with tutor guidance.
     B4. SUMMARISE

Level 1     Summarise information in closed situations.
            Draw conclusions from defined information set

C1. Contextual awareness:
Level 1     Awareness of wider issues around field of study. Ability to describe these in relation to
            personal beliefs and values.
            Recognise that science exists and develops within the framework of societal needs, is
            constrained by public opinion and technological expertise.

Level 2     Appreciates the interactions of science, society and technology.
            Identifies biochemical processes and products and demonstrates an understanding of the
            features which underlie their commercial importance.

3. Key skills - competent in:

1.   Communication;
2.   Problem Solving
3.   Improve own learning and performance;
4.   Information Technology;
5.   Working with others;
6.   Application of Number.




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Applied Biology Higher National Diploma Pathway 55016

The University regulations governing HNC and HND awards are currently under review and this may
affect the choice and recommended pathway for your award. This scheme is up-to-date at the time of
writing.
Level 1 Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                      Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                        1           15
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                        1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                       1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology                   2           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                        2           15
                 BC1000      Chemistry for Biosciences                        1           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                     2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry. You
may also choose from the following list:
          Module Code     Module name                                         Semester    Credits
          EA1010          Introduction to Ecology                             2           15
          BM1008          Human health and Disease Prevention and Treatment   2           15


Level 2     Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                      Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB2021      Form and Function in Bioscience                  Year-long   30
                 AB2015      Biology Practicals (15 credits)                  1 or 2      15
                 BC2005      Vocational Assignment Module                     Year-long   15

Core Option Modules
Rules: Select 15 credits
           Module   Module     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
           Group    Code
           1        BC2004     Molecular and Cellular Bioscience              Year-long   30
           1        BC2006     Biochemistry Practical (15 credits)            1 or 2      15
                    EA2004     Plants, Habitats and Ecosystems                1           15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from the core option modules




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Biotechnology and Microbiology Higher National Diploma Pathway 55017

The University regulations governing HNC and HND awards are currently under review and this may
affect the choice and recommended pathway for your award. This scheme is up-to-date at the time of
writing.
Level 1    Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                      Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences                        1           15
                 AB1101      Introductory Microbiology                        1           15
                 AB1103      Plants and the Environment                       1           15
                 AB1000      Introduction to Animal Biology                   2           15
                 AB1102      Cell Biology and Genetics                        2           15
                 BC1000      Chemistry for Biosciences                        1           15
                 BC1001      Biochemistry                                     2           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry.
You may also choose from the following list:
          Module Code     Module name                                         Semester    Credits
          EA1010          Introduction to Ecology                             2           15
          BM1008          Human health and Disease Prevention and Treatment   2           15


Level 2     Core Modules
                 Module      Module name                                      Semester    Credits
                 Code
                 BC2004      Molecular and Cellular Bioscience                Year-long   30
                 AB2015      Biology Practicals (15 credits)                  1 or 2      15
                 BC2005      Vocational Assignment Module                     Year-long   15

Core Option Modules
Rules: Select 15 credits
           Module   Module     Module name                                    Semester    Credits
           Group    Code
           1        AB2021     Form and Function in Bioscience                Year-long   30
                    AB2020     Food Microbiology                              1           15
           1        BC2006     Biochemistry Practical (15 credits)            1 or 2      15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from the core option modules




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Food Science with Business Higher National Diploma Pathway 55037

The University regulations governing HNC and HND awards are currently under review and this may
affect the choice and recommended pathway for your award. This scheme is up-to-date at the time of
writing.
Level 1   Core Modules
               Module    Module name                                   Semester    Credits
               Code
               AB1001    Techniques in Biosciences                     1           15
               AB1101    Introductory Microbiology                     1           15
               AB1004    Food Technology                               1           15
               AB1102    Cell Biology and Genetics                     2           15
               BC1000    Chemistry for Biosciences                     1           15
               BC1001    Biochemistry                                  2           15
               HR1000    Human Resources Management                    2           15
               MK1000    Marketing Principles                          1           15

Core Option Modules: none
Suggested Elective Modules: none
Level 2   Core Modules

               Module    Module name                                   Semester    Credits
               Code
               AB2020    Food Microbiology                             1           15
               BC2003    Food Biochemistry and Analysis                2           15
               AB2015    Biology Practicals (15 credits)               1 or 2      15
               BC2005    Vocational Assignment Module                  Year-long   15



Core Option Modules
Rules: Students must take a minimum of 15 credits from the group 1 modules and 15 credits
from group 2 modules.
          Module   Module   Module name                                Semester    Credits
          Group    Code
          1        BC2006   Biochemistry Practical (15 credits)        1 or 2      15
          1        BC2004   Molecular and Cellular Bioscience          Year-long   30
          2        HR2000   People Management: Context and Practice    1           15
          2        MK2002   Consumer Behaviour                         1           15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from the core option modules




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Food Science with Business Higher National Certificate Pathway 55038

This course is designed to be studied by day release over a two-year period. The regulations governing
HNC and HND awards are currently under review and this may affect the choice and recommended
pathway for your award. This scheme is up-to-date at the time of writing.

This programme cannot be fixed owing to a lack of information about the contribution that Business
studies makes to the operation of this award at the time of writing. The modules MK1000 and
HR1000 may well have to be replaced as a result of the revalidation of business studies modules and at
the time of writing there is no way that this award can be constructed by day release.
Level 1   Core Modules
               Module       Module name                                   Semester    Credits
               Code
               HR1000       Human Resources Management                    1           15
               AB1001       Techniques in Biosciences                     1           15
               BC1000       Chemistry for Biosciences                     1           15
               BC1001       Biochemistry                                  2           15
               AB1004       Food Technology                               2           15
               AB1101       Introductory Microbiology                     3           15
               MK1000       Marketing Principles                          4           15

Core Modules
               Module       Module name                                   Semester    Credits
               Code
               BC2005       Vocational Assignment Module                  3 and 4     15


Core Option Modules
Rules: Students must take a minimum of 15 credits from the group 1 modules.
          Module   Module     Module name                                 Semester    Credits
          Group    Code
          1        AB2020     Food Microbiology                           3           15
          1        BC2003     Food Biochemistry and Analysis              4           15




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Directory of Full-time Bioscience Division Teaching Staff 2002-2003


Personal contact should be made with those senior staff members (identified below) with specific
management responsibilities




Prof T J Hocking        MA118            Head of Division

Tele No: 01902 322375   Email: T.J.Hocking@wlv.ac.uk



Dr D J Hill             MA107            Learning & Teaching Co-ordinator

Tele No: 01902 322161   Email: D.J.Hill@wlv.ac.uk



Dr E J Mole MG005       Divisional Module Manager

Tele No: 01902 322126   Email: E.J.Mole@wlv.ac.uk



Dr F L Stoddard         MA124b           Reader in Biosciences

Tele No: 01902 322159   Email: F.L.Stoddard@wlv.ac.uk


Dr R Sutton             MA125d           Divisional Awards Manager

Tele No: 01902 322167   Email: R.Sutton@wlv.ac.uk




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Prof Trevor HOCKING      Room No. MA118 01902 322375
Group Role           :   Head of Biosciences Division

Subject Specialism   :   Crop Physiology

Research expertise   :   Environmental Plant Physiology/Crop Science



Dr Timothy BALDWIN       Room No. MA144 01902 322142

Group Role           :   Biosciences Year 1 BSc Tutor

Subject Specialism   :   Plant Cell & Molecular Biology

Research Expertise   :   Plant Cell & Molecular Biology



Dr T J BARTLETT :        Room No. MA003 01902 322693
Group Role           :   BSc Biosciences Year 1Tutor

Subject Specialism   :   Biochemistry

Research Expertise   :   Biochemistry



Dr Alan T H BURNS        Room No. MA106 01902 322154
Group Role           :   Part-Time Tutor

Subject Specialisms :    Biotechnology/Genetics/

                         Recombinant/DNA Technology

Research Expertise   :   Genetic engineering

                         Pulse field electrophoresis of plant DNA

                         Transient gene expression in Brassica

                         protoplasts.



Dr Daron A FINCHAM Room No. MA146 01902 322130
Group Role           :   MSc Award Leader

Subject Specialism   :   Biochemistry

Research Expertise   :   Biochemistry




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Dr Hazel GIBSON      :   Room No MA106a 01902 322771
Group Role           :   Industrial links

Subject Specialism   :   Food Microbiology

Research expertise   :   Surface Hygiene and Chilled Foods


Dr David J HILL      :   Room No. MA107a 01902 322161
Group Role           :   Principal Lecturer. Learning & Teaching

Subject Specialism   :   Pure & Applied Microbiology

Research Expertise   :   Food and Industrial Microbiological

                         Applications/Microbial Enzymology



Dr E Trevor HITCHEN      Room No. MA145 01902 322166
Group Role           :   Project Co-ordinator

Subject Specialisms :    Cell Motility/Protozoology

Research Expertise   :   Electron microscopy/cytoskeleton function



Dr Paul HOOLEY       :   Room No. MA146 01902 322130
Group Role           :   Schools Liaison

Subject Specialism   :   Molecular genetics. Molecular biology

                         of DNA repair. Control of gene expression

Research Expertise   :   Genetics and physiology of salt tolerance

                         in halophytic plants. Aspergillus spp

                         as an expression host for eukaryotic genes.



Dr M.A.(Ken) KENWARD Room No. MA106             01902 322154
Group Role           :   Admissions Tutor

Subject Specialism   :   General & Medical Microbiology

                         Microbiology/Bacteriology
Research Expertise   :   Effects of growth environment on

                         pathogenicity of bacteria. Food poisoning.

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Dr E. John MOLE :        Room No. MA005 01902 322126
Group Role           :   Biosciences Modular Manager

Subject Specialism   :   Biochemistry/Org. Chem./Pharm. Sci.

Research Expertise   :   Peptide Research



Dr Chara NALLAIAH        Room No. MA005 01902 322707
Group Role           :   HND/C Award Tutor

Subject Specialism   :   Biochemistry/Organic Chemistry

Research Expertise   :   Snake venom peptides



Dr Chris J. PERRY :      Room No. MA005 01902 322152
Group Role           :   Rodbaston Links Co-ordinator

Subject Specialism   :   Biochemistry/Org. Chem. /Pharm. Sci.

Research Expertise   :   Molluscan enzymology/Functional Foods



Dr Roy G PROTHEROE       Room No. MA144 01902 322142
Group Role           :   Industrial Links Co-ordinator

Subject Specialism   :   Food & Industrial microbiology

Research Expertise   :   Biotechnology and Food Microbiology

                         Microbial Process Engineering


Dr Izabela RADECKA       Room No. 106a       01902 322165

Group Role           :   BSc Biosciences Year 3 Tutor

Subject Specialism   :   Industrial & Environmental Microbiology

Research Expertise   :   Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology




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Dr Fred L STODDARD       Room No. MA124b         01902 322159

Group Role           :   Reader in Biosciences

Subject Specialisms :    Plant Breeding/Cytogenetics

                         Quantit. Methods in Genetics

Research Expertise   :   Crop Quality Issues



Dr Duncan SUNDERLAND Room No. MA147a 01902 322197
Group Role           :   Marketing/Multimedia Developments

Subject Specialism   :   Applied Microbiology/Virology

Research Expertise   :   Fermenter technology/Teaching methods

                         Plant Virology



Dr Raul SUTTON       :   Room No. MA125d 01902 322167
Group Role           :   Principal Lecturer/Awards Manager

Subject Specialisms :    Biochemistry

Research Expertise   :   Anti-oxidants in food



Dr Michael WHITEHEAD Room No. MA106a Tel No. 01902 322771
Group Role           :   Chinese Student Co-ordinator, Research & Development

Subject Specialism   :   Biotechnology and Molecular Genetics

Research Expertise   :   Molecular Genetics of Filamentous Fungi




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RESEARCHERS/PART TIME STAFF (DEMONSTRATORS)



TECHNICAL AND SUPPORT STAFF



Demonstrators
Ms Lynda Green                Room MA118

Mrs Julie Walton              Room MA118




Biosciences Technical Staff


Mrs Fiona BOWERS              Laboratory Manager (Room No. MA137)

Mrs Elaine ATKINSON           Microbiology

Mr Balbir BAINS               Microbiology

Mr Andrew BROOK               Senior Technician Microbiology

Mrs Ann DAWSON                Senior Technician Microbiology

Mrs Barbara HODSON            Cell Biology & Genetics

Mr Robert HOOTON              Senior Technician Agricultural Unit

Mr Malcolm INMAN              Senior Technician Plant Biology

Mr Nick SKIDMORE              Senior Technician Biochemistry

Ms Lesley BATES               Biochemistry

Mrs Doreen BENNETT            Assist Technician
Mrs Ivy PARKES                Assist Technician




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QUICK GUIDE TO BIOSCIENCES MODULES



Module             Module Title                    Module Leader
Code



LEVEL ONE          Fundamental Principles


SEMESTER ONE


AB1001      Techniques in Biosciences              Dr E T Hitchen
AB1101      Introductory Microbiology              Dr D W Sunderland
AB1103      Plants & Environment                   Dr T C Baldwin
BC1000      Chemistry for Biosciences              Dr C J Perry
BC1002      Organic Chemistry                      Dr C Nallaiah



SEMESTER TWO


AB1000      Introdn. to Animal Biology             Dr E T Hitchen
AB1009      Transferable Skills in the Workplace   Dr R G Protheroe
AB1102      Cell Biology & Genetics                Dr P Hooley
BC1001      Biochemistry                           Dr T J Bartlett




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LEVEL TWO      Methodologies / Techniques


SEMESTER ONE

AB2015   Biology Practical Module             Dr D W Sunderland
AB2020   Food Microbiology                    Dr H Gibson

BC2001   Proteins                             Dr T J Bartlett
BC2006   Biochemistry Practical                      Dr C Nallaiah



YEAR LONG MODULES

AB2016   Biosciences Placement                Dr R G Protheroe
AB2021   Form & Function                      Dr M A Kenward
         in Biosciences (30c)
AB2023   Biology Practical (30c)              Dr D W Sunderland
AB2026   Managing Plant Collections           Ms Linda Burke
         (Rodbaston College only)

BC2004   Molecular & Cellular                 Dr M P Whitehead
         Biosciences (30c)
BC2007   Biochemistry Practical (30c)         Dr C Nallaiah


SEMESTER TWO

AB2015   Biology Practical                    Dr D W Sunderland
AB2017   Plant Pests & Diseases               to be arranged
AB2019   Evoln. & Origin of Life              Dr F L Stoddard

BC2002   Intro. to Pharmaceutical. Sci.       Dr C J Perry
BC2003   Food Biochem. & Analysis             Dr R Sutton
BC2005   Vocational Assignment                Dr R G Protheroe
BC2006   Biochemistry Practical                      Dr C Nallaiah




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LEVEL TWO       PRACTICAL


List of 5 Credit Practical Units Designed for the 15 and 30 Credit Shell Modules and for Short
Course Delivery Mode



UNIV             PRACTICAL UNIT TITLE                             BIOSC
CODE                                                              CODE

AB2012           Animal Biology Practical                         2
AB2013           Molec. Techniques in Plant Science               3
AB2014           Quantitative Microbiology Practical              4
AB2018           Cell Processes Practical                         1
AB2022           Microbial Activities Practical                   5
AB2024           Food Science Practical                           6
AB2025           Clinical Microbiology Practical                  11

BC2008           Biochemical Assay Techniques                     7
BC2009           Biochemical Separatory Techniques                8
BC2010           Pharmaceutical Techniques                        9
BC2011           Practical Skills in Molecular Biology            10




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LEVEL THREE     Applications

SEMESTER ONE

AB3017         Science Communication              Prof. T J Hocking
               and Graduate Skills
AB3018         Adv. Food Microbiology             Dr R G Protheroe
AB3020         Developmental Biology              Dr E T Hitchen
AB3021         Food Resources                     Dr F L Stoddard
AB3024         Gene Manipulation                  Dr A T H Burns
AB3027         Microbial Biotechnology            Dr I K Radecka
AB3028         Plant Ecophysiology                Prof. T J Hocking
BC3004         Memb. Structure & Function         Dr D A Fincham


YEAR LONG MODULES

AB3015         Honours Project Module             Dr E T Hitchen

SEMESTER TWO

AB3014         Adv. Topics in Animal Biol.        Dr E T Hitchen
AB3016         Biosciences in Society:            Dr A T H Burns
               Biotechnology
AB3019         Biodegradation &                   Dr D J Hill
               Biodeterioration
AB3022         Food Safety                        Dr H Gibson
AB3023         Fungal Genetics                    Dr M P Whitehead
AB3025         Independent Study Module           Dr E J Mole
AB3026         Medical Microbiology               Dr M A Kenward
               & Public Health
AB3029         Plant Biotechnology                Dr T C Baldwin
BC3000         Adv. Pharmaceutical. Sci           Dr E J Mole
BC3001         Adv. Topics in Biochem.            Dr D A Fincham
BC3002         Analytical Biochemistry            Dr R Sutton




                                        Page 53
Module Code:                    AB1000

Module Title:                   Introduction to Animal Biology

Module Leader:                  Dr E T Hitchen

Level:                          One

Credit Value:                   15

Pre-requisites:                 None

Semester of Study:              Two

Timetable Slot:                 Theory – Fri pm
                                Practical – Mon pm or Wed am or Fri am

Location:                       Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

This module will introduce students to the vast assemblage of organisms that make up the Kingdom
Animalia and Phylum Protozoa. Within the study of diversity, students will be introduced to key
concepts in functional morphology and the evolutionary development of animals. This will enable
students to study how animals have evolved solutions to problems of survival posed by different
environments. Students will also study the relationship between man and other animals.




Assessment Regime

Essay                             20%
Computer Aided Assessment         30%
Practical                         50%




                                             Page 54
Module Code:                        AB1001

Module Title:                       Techniques in Biosciences

Module Leader:                      Dr E T Hitchen

Level:                              One

Credit Value:                       15

Pre-requisites:                     None

Semester of Study:                  One

Timetable Slot:                     Practical – Wed am or Mon evening or Tues evening

Location:                           Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This module covers many of the basic laboratory, safety, IT and study skills which all practically-based
scientists successfully complete for programmes in Biosciences. In addition to a selection of subject-
based techniques, it guides you through techniques of basic numeracy, use of word
processing/spreadsheet/data manipulation software in common use throughout the University, and key
information gathering & library skills Also covered are a number of generic and personal study skills.
You will be introduced to the first phase of an Integrated Career & Personal Development Learning
Programme, which will permeate your studies and is designed to improve your eventual "readiness for
the world of work."       Assessment methods include practical competency tests, self assessment
exercises, practical exercises.




Assessment Regime

Scientific & Practical Skills based exercises     40%
Communication exercises                           20%
Application of Number exercises                   30%
Career & Personal Development Learning            10%




                                                Page 55
Module Code:                          AB1004

Module Title:                         Food Technology

Module Leader:                        Dr D J Hill

Level:                                One

Credit Value:                         15

Pre-requisites:                       None

Semester of Study:                    One

Timetable Slot:                       Theory - Mon am

Location:                             Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

The module aims to provide a basic understanding of industrial food processes for part-time students
working in the food industry and for full-time students studying HND Food Science & Business. Keynote
lectures, delivered by experts from industry and academic staff, will cover a broad range of food
processing technologies and introduce the principles of hazard analysis. Detailed understanding of the
equipment involved will be developed by self-centred learning using resource information developed
specially for the module and will facilitate study by Technology Supported Learning. The module will
include visits to relevant production companies.




Assessment Regime

Industrial Visit Worksheets (1,2,3)            50%
Assignment 1 and oral presentation             25%
Assignment 2                                   25%




                                                    Page 56
Module Code:                        AB1101

Module Title:                       Introductory Microbiology

Module Leader:                      Dr D W Sunderland

Level:                              One

Credit Value:                       15

Pre-requisites:                     None

Semester of Study:                  One

Timetable Slot:                     Theory – Tues pm
                                    Practical –Tues am or Tues evening

Location:                           Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

To introduce the student to the diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, including
bacteria, algae, protozoa, fungi, and the viruses. Relate cellular structure to function and describe viral
structure and reproduction. Practical exercises in techniques for microbial cultivation, enumeration,
identification and control. Relate the beneficial and detrimental activities of microorganisms to vital
applications in medicine, industry and the environment. Assessment methods include theory tests and
practical reports.




Assessment Regime

Theory            Test 1                      15%
                  Test 2                      20%
                  Test 3                      35%
Practical                                     30%




                                                  Page 57
Module Code:                       AB1102

Module Title:                      Cell Biology & Genetics

Module Leader:                     Dr P Hooley

Level:                             One

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    None

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Theory – Tues am
                                   Practical – Tues pm or Tues evening or Thurs pm

Location:                          Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This module aims to act as a foundation primer for the study of the biology of cells and inheritance. It
provides an introduction to key concepts in gene manipulation. Emphasis is placed upon the relationship
between organelle structure and function. Additionally the study of inheritance in humans, plants, insects
and microorganisms allows the development of analytical techniques in classical genetics. Finally the
unifying themes of molecular biology integrate classical and molecular views of the cell and the gene.
Assessment methods include phase tests and practical reports.




Assessment Regime

Theory Phase Test 1 (MCQT)                  60%
Theory Phase Test 2 (SAQT)
Theory Phase Test 3 (MCQT)
Practical reports                           40%




                                                Page 58
Module Code:                        AB1103

Module Title:                       Plants & Environment

Module Leader:                      Dr T Baldwin

Level:                              One

Credit Value:                       15

Pre-requisites:                     None

Semester of Study:                  One

Timetable Slot:                     Theory – Thurs pm
                                    Practical – Thurs evening or Fri am

Location:                           Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This module provides a basic introduction to the working plant covering information essential to a
diverse range of people from ecologists to biochemists resulting in importance to agriculture,
horticulture and industry. Essentially an introduction to the study of plant science through
consideration of aspects of the diverse structure and function of higher plants which are related to their
growth and development in the natural environment. Emphasis is placed upon the features of plants,
which allow them to grow, survive and adapt within both natural and manmade environments. Modern
applications of plant biology and the increasing economic importance of plants to man are also
covered.



Assessment Regime

Theory            i)    Phase and End Test           45%
                  ii)   Poster                       20%
Practical                                            35%




                                                 Page 59
Module Code:                      BC1000

Module Title:                     Chemistry for Biosciences

Module Leader:                    Dr C J Perry

Level:                            One

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   None

Semester of Study:                One

Timetable Slot:                   Theory – Mon pm or Tues am

Location:                         Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This module is intended for those students who have not studied or achieved better than a grade N in
'A' level Chemistry or its equivalent and who intend to take no further Chemistry modules. It covers
the fundamental concepts of chemistry and develops these to give an understanding of chemical
principles required to underpin further studies of biological macromolecules and topics in
Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biological Science and Environmental Science. The module is
assessed by an assignment and two in-module tests.




Assessment Regime

Phase Tests 1 and 2                 60%
Assignment                          40%




                                               Page 60
Module Code:                       BC1001

Module Title:                      Biochemistry

Module Leader:                     Dr T J Bartlett

Level:                             One

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    None

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Theory – Thurs am
                                   Practical – Mon am or Mon evening or Tues evening or Thurs
                                   evening

Location:                          Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

The module provides an understanding of the subject of biochemistry (the study of life at the molecular
level) through the structure and function of some of the major macromolecules. The module comprises
two components with 60% weighted towards practical work and 40% weighted towards examination of
theory.




Assessment Regime

End Test                             50%
Course work                          50%




                                                Page 61
Module Code:                      BC1002

Module Title:                     Organic Chemistry

Module Leader:                    Dr C Nallaiah

Level:                            One

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   None

Semester of Study:                One

Timetable Slot:                   Theory – Mon pm
                                  Practical – Mon evening

Location:                         Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

An introduction to modern organic chemistry that focuses on patterns and principles as means of
interpreting the properties of organic molecules. The understanding required for a study of biochemistry
and biosciences is imparted through a predictive approach to chemical structure and reactivity with
consideration of a wide range of examples. This module reinforces and extends the student's existing
knowledge of organic chemistry through an emphasis on structure, bonding and a functional group
approach. Important carbon – carbon bond forming processes are examined as well as the chemistry of key
classes of molecules that feature in biochemical systems.




Assessment Regime

Phase test 1 and 2                         50%
Practical Work                             50%




                                               Page 62
Module Code:                        AB2015

Module Title:                       Biology Practical Module

Module Leader:                      Dr D W Sunderland

Level:                              One and Two

Credit Value:                       15

Pre-requisites:                     AB1001 or AB1000 and AB1101 and AB1103

Semester of Study:                  One

Timetable Slot:                     Mon am or Wed pm or Wed evening

Location:                           Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This is a 15 credit semester-based practical module covering the techniques and practical experiences
required to underpin theoretical studies in organismal biology, as well as training in the skills necessary to
carry out limited scientific investigations in this field. Students will carry out practical exercises in three
units determined by their programme of study. These units are identified in the award guide. The module
guide for each unit will describe the Learning Outcomes, Assessments and Teaching and Learning
approaches be used. Students wishing to undertake an honours project in Biosciences will normally have to
study the 30 credit version of this module




Assessment Regime

Written practical reports
Assessed                                         practical                                       exercises




                                                  Page 63
Module Code:                       AB2016

Module Title:                      Biosciences Placement

Module Leader:                     Dr R G Protheroe

Level:                             Two

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    Successful completion of 2nd year Honours degree

Semester of Study:                 One/Two

Timetable Slot:                    N.A.

Location:                          Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

The module allows students to take a one year (or 2 x 6 months) placement between the second and
third year of study of a full time programme in order to undertake a year in an industrial or scientific
organisation. The student is supported in attempts to find a placement and is supervised by both an
industrial supervisor and an academic supervisor. Assessment will take the form of an industrial
supervisor's assessment/report as well as a student's written report, both of which must be passed.
Opportunities may exist for students to undertake work that may form the basis of a final year project
report.




Assessment Regime

Student sandwich report              Pass
Industrial supervisor’s report       Pass




                                                 Page 64
Module Code:                      AB2017

Module Title:                     Plant Pests and Diseases

Module Leader:                    to be arranged

Level:                            Two

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   Appropriate HNC Units (HNC Horticulture)

Semester of Study:                Two

Timetable Slot:                   Tues pm

Location:                         Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

An intermediate level (Level 2) module designed principally with HND students in mind and which
introduces and explores, through keynote lectures, demonstrations, diagnostic clinics and technology-
supported learning, the range of diseases, physiological disorders, insect and macropests commonly
affecting garden plants and protected horticultural crops. Emphasis throughout is on practical diagnoses,
and an understanding of the underlying causes of plant problems whilst addressing possible chemical
control measures and organic remedies. In short a `plant problem troubleshooter unit’ of use to
individuals, the grower and the horticultural industry. Assessment methods include phase/end tests and
written assignments (case studies) incorporating problem solving exercises.




Assessment Regime

Phase and End Test                          60%
Course work                                 40%
Written Assignment. Case Study
incorporating a problem–solving
exercises (Plant Clinic)




                                               Page 65
Module Code:                       AB2019

Module Title:                      Evolution and Origin of Life

Module Leader:                     Dr F L Stoddard

Level:                             Two

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    AB1102

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Thurs am

Location:                          Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

The concept of evolution is central to the understanding of biology. We present the development of the
theory of evolution from Darwin, through its subsequent refinements due to other scientific
developments, to the modern synthetic theory. We discuss the genetic processes on which evolutionary
forces act. The principles of the scientific method are presented and illustrated with evolutionary
examples. The origin of life, the evolution of humans, the extinction of species and the impact of
evolutionary theory on society at large are discussed. Assessment is by essay and phase tests.




Assessment Regime

Phase Test 1                 25%
Phase Test 2                 25%
Essay                        50%




                                                Page 66
Module Code:                      AB2020

Module Title:                     Food Microbiology

Module Leader:                    Dr H Gibson

Level:                            Two

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   AB1101

Semester of Study:                One

Timetable Slot:                   Mon pm

Location:                         Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This module is designed to develop, from a common core base, the student's understanding of the
applications of microbiology in the food industry. This will involve examination of the following
topics

   principles and factors affecting microbial growth and nutrition
   principles of the microbiological methods for the analysis of foods
   the mechanisms and consequences of food spoilage
   control and prevention of food spoilage
   industrial processes which use micro-organisms in the manufacture of foods




Assessment Regime

Formal examination                  60%
Course work
       Test                         15%
       Assignment                   25%




                                               Page 67
Module Code:                         AB2021

Module Title:                        Form and Function in Biosciences

Module Leaders:                      Dr M A Kenward

Level:                               Two

Credit Value:                        30

Pre-requisites:                      AB1000 and AB1101 and AB1103

Semester of Study:                   Year Long Module

Timetable Slot:                      Wed am

Location:                            Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This intermediate level 30 credit core module explores the world of living organisms (both prokaryotic
and eukaryotic) their components, development, interactions and ability to survive hostile conditions. It
examines the various approaches used by living organisms to the solution of problems such as feeding,
locomotion, osmo-regulation, reproduction and respiration. Emphasis throughout is placed upon an
integrative approach to functional morphology, energy relationships and control and regulation of key
living processes. The relevance of prokaryotes, and their adaptive mechanisms, to industry and
biotechnology also receives treatment. An innovative feature is that the latter part of the module offers
an element of choice in investigating adaptations and physiological responses by animals, micro-
organisms and plants to environmental extremes.



Assessment Regime

Formal end exam                               50%
Phase Tests (2)                               20%
Assignment incl. Oral presentation            30%




                                                 Page 68
Module Code:                        AB2023

Module Title:                       Biology Practical

Module Leader:                      Dr D W Sunderland

Level:                              Two

Credit Value:                       30

Pre-requisites:                     AB1001

Semester of Study:                  Year Long Module

Timetable Slot:                     Mon am or Wed pm or Wed evening

Location:                           Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This is a 30 credit year-long practical module covering the techniques and practical experiences
required to underpin theoretical studies in organismal biology, as well as training in the skills
necessary to carry out scientific investigations in this field. Students will carry out practical exercises
in three units determined by their programme of study. These units are identified in the award guide.
The module guide for each unit will describe the Learning Outcomes, Assessments and Teaching and
Learning approaches be used.




Assessment Regime

Written practical reports
Assessed                                         practical                                        exercises




                                                  Page 69
Module Code:                       BC2001

Module Title:                      Proteins

Module Leader:                     Dr T J Bartlett

Level:                             Two

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    BC1001

Semester of Study:                 One

Timetable Slot:                    Tues am

Location:                          Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This module examines the relationship of protein structure to function through the various levels of
organisation of proteins, how proteins are purified and analysed and how this information relates to the
function of structural proteins and the mechanisms of enzyme action. Methods for the analysis of enzyme
kinetics and inhibition are investigated and the concepts of allostery and cooperativity are discussed. The
module requires a numerical ability and a knowledge of chemical structures.




Assessment Regime

Phase test 1          30%
Phase test 2          30%
Assignment 1          10%
Assignment 2          30%




                                                Page 70
Module Code:                      BC2002

Module Title:                     Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science

Module Leader:                    Dr C J Perry

Level:                            Two

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   BC1000 or BC1002

Semester of Study:                2

Timetable Slot:                   ????

Location:                         Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This module provides an introduction to pharmaceutical science. At the end of the module you should
have an understanding of the ways in which chemistry and biology interact in the study of medicinal
chemistry and in the discovery of drugs. A grounding in those stereochemical aspects of molecular
structure, functional group chemistry and elementary mechanistic reactions necessary for an
introduction to drug design and synthesis are also included. The module assessment will comprise of
a written assignment, a phase test and an end test.




Assessment Regime

Phase Test & End Test                      2 x 30%
Course work assignment                     40%




                                              Page 71
Module Code:                       BC2003

Module Title:                      Food Biochemistry and Analysis

Module Leader:                     Dr R Sutton

Level:                             Two

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    BC1001

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Tues am

Location:                          Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

The module studies the structure, fate, and role of food components in the diet. The biochemistry of
complex food systems will be studied using cereals and meat as examples. The relevance of chemical
and biochemical principles to industrial processes is a major emphasis. Analytical aspects relate to
specialist techniques in food analysis and focuses on analytical tools such as electrophoretic, immune,
spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques as well as interpretation of data. Assessment is divided
into two components, continuous assessment and examination, contributing 33% and 67%
respectively to the total grade.




Assessment Regime

Phase Test            33%
Examination                                                                                       67%




                                                 Page 72
Module Code:                        BC2004

Module Title:                       Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Module Leaders:                     Dr M P Whitehead

Level:                              Two

Credit Value:                       30

Pre-requisites:                     AB1102 and BC1001

Semester of Study:                  Year Long Module

Timetable Slot:                     Thurs pm

Location:                           Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

An intermediate level study of the molecular, cellular and subcellular aspects of living organisms: with
particular reference to the structure and function of cellular superstucture; organelles and other
subcellular structures; the biochemistry of the major metabolic pathways; the biosynthesis of functional
macromolecules and the nature of genetic material; how it is expressed, controlled and mutates in both
pro-and eu-karyotes. Molecular aspects of all the major cell organelles will be studied. Bioenergetics,
glycolysis, TCA cycle, oxidative phosphorylation and electron transfer, lipid metabolism and nucleic
acid metabolism will be major biochemical themes. DNA structures, replication, induction and
repression, RNA and transcription, protein synthesis and an introduction to DNA technology will be
important aspects of molecular genetics to be covered in the module. Where appropriate an integrated
approach to molecular structure, function and regulation will be adopted. The module will use examples
from a range of organisms and will underpin advanced molecular studies in biological, biochemical and
biomedical science. Delivery will be by lecture series, supported by informal and formal tutorials, audio-
visual presentations and computer assisted learning. Assessment will be based primarily on three short
examinations at intervals through the module.

Assessment Regime

Assessment 1 MCT                             33.3%
Assessment 2 SAQT                            33.3%
Assessment 3 (formal exam at end)            33.3%




                                                Page 73
Module Code:                         BC2005

Module Title:                        Vocational Assignment

Module Leader:                       Dr R G Protheroe

Level:                               Two

Credit Value:                        15

Pre-requisites:                      AB1001 or equivalent experience

Semester of Study:                   Two

Timetable Slot:                      N.A.

Location:                            Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This module provides students with the opportunity to experience (or to credit students for) the roles
and responsibilities of employment. This module assesses skills and knowledge acquired during their
study programme in a food science with business, biology or biochemistry context. This module also
contributes to the development of common skills. The assessment of the module is by industrial
supervisor’s report (50%) dissertation (50%) and oral presentation (0%).




Assessment Regime

Industrial Supervisor’s report        50%
Dissertation and Oral presentation    50%




                                                 Page 74
Module Code:                        BC2006

Module Title:                       Biochemistry Practical

Module Leader:                      Dr C Nallaiah

Level:                              One and Two

Credit Value:                       15

Pre-requisites:                     AB1001 or BC1001

Semester of Study:                  One

Timetable Slot:                     Tues pm or Thurs evening or Fri am

Location:                           Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This is a 15 credit semester-based practical module covering the techniques and practical experiences
required to underpin theoretical studies in biochemistry and molecular studies in biology, as well as
training in the skills necessary to carry out limited scientific investigations in these fields. Students will
carry out practical exercises in three units determined by their programme of study. These units are
identified in the award guide. The module guide for each unit will describe the Learning Outcomes,
Assessments and Teaching and Learning approaches be used. Students wishing to undertake an honours
project in Biosciences will normally have to study the 30 credit version of this module




Assessment Regime

Written practical reports
Assessed practical exercises




                                                 Page 75
Module Code:                       BC2007

Module Title:                      Biochemistry Practical

Module Leader:                     Dr C Nallaiah

Level:                             Two

Credit Value:                      30

Pre-requisites:                    BC1001

Semester of Study:                 Year Long Module

Timetable Slot:                    Tues pm or Thurs evening or Fri am

Location:                          Main City Campus


Brief Guide to Module Content

This is a 30 credit year-long practical module covering the techniques and practical experiences required to
underpin theoretical studies in biochemistry and molecular studies in biology, as well as training in the
skills necessary to carry out scientific investigations in these fields. Students will carry out practical
exercises in six units determined by their programme of study. These units are identified in the award
guide. The module guide for each unit will describe the Learning Outcomes, Assessments and Teaching
and Learning approaches be used.




Assessment Regime

Written practical reports
Assessed practical exercises




                                                Page 76
Module Code:                        AB3014

Module Title:                       Advanced Topics in Animal Biology

Module Leader:                      Dr E T Hitchen

Level:                              Three

Credit Value:                       15

Pre-requisites:                     AB2021 (AB2212)

Semester of Study:                  Two

Timetable Slot:                     Tues pm

Location:                           Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

This module will allow students to explore advanced topics and the latest developments and issues in
the field of animal biology. By its very nature the content will vary from year to year and not all topics
will be covered in all years. After an introduction to the topics through key note lectures students will
use their bibliographic skills to access primary sources on these topics in preparation for tutorials and
exam.




Assessment Regime


Formal end of semester examination            100%




                                                 Page 77
Module Code:                        AB3015

Module Title:                       Honours Project

Module Leader:                      Dr E T Hitchen

Level:                              Three

Credit Value:                       30

Pre-requisites:                     Progression requirements for Honours

Semester of Study:                  Year Long

Timetable Slot:                     Various

Location:                           Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

This is a double-sized module to provide ample opportunity for a thorough piece of scientific research.
The initial scientific question and experimental design are formulated by the supervisor and the
student, working together. A set of practical, hands-on experiments is conducted, usually in a
laboratory setting. Observations and measurements are made. Results are accumulated and subjected
to appropriate statistical analyses. A project report, constructed along the lines of a scientific research
publication, presents the material and puts it into the literature context. Through this process, the
student learns about the scientific method first-hand, from formulating a question, testing it
experimentally, collecting and manipulating data, interpreting the results and presenting them in an
appropriate fashion.



Assessment Regime

Project Report                         80%
Viva voce examination                  20%




                                                  Page 78
Module Code:                      AB3016

Module Title:                     Biosciences in Society : Biotechnology

Module Leader:                    Dr A T H Burns

Level:                            Three

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   --

Semester of Study:                Two

Timetable Slot:                   Thurs am

Location:                         Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

To provide a positive, enjoyable learning experience using scientific debate, tutorials and keynote
lectures to investigate all of the ramifications occurring in the rapidly developing science of
Biotechnology by consideration of social, legal, political and ethical issues. To develop an
appreciation of the benefits and positive application of many biotechnological processes. To enable
students to synthesise varied view points into a rational synopsis in controversial areas like genetic
screening of employees, foetal detection of aberrant genes and ownership of information derived from
sequencing human genomes. To contribute to developing a wider appreciation of science in the
community.




Assessment Regime

Open Exam Theory                       50%
Course work:
       Pro and con article             50%




                                               Page 79
Module Code:                      AB3017

Module Title:                     Science Communication and Graduate Skills

Module Leader:                    Professor T J Hocking

Level:                            Three

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   --

Semester of Study:                One

Timetable Slot:                   Thurs am

Location:                         Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

This module is core on all Biosciences programmes and provides an opportunity for students to
develop and demonstrate key skills to a level or competence expected in graduates. It covers a
dissertation component, linked to the honours project, which develops literature review, scientific
writing and abstracting skills, oral communication skills, career management skills, personal
development and time management skills, teamworking skills, project management skills. It is not
linked to a formal semester-based timetable and will be carried out in a range of formats during the
final year.




Assessment Regime

Communications:      Dissertation & Abstract              100%

Graduate skills:     Oral communication
                     Career management
                     Time management
                     Teamwork
                     Project management




                                               Page 80
Module Code:                       AB3018

Module Title:                      Advanced Food Microbiology

Module Leader:                     Dr R G Protheroe

Level:                             Three

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    AB2021 (AB2212)

Semester of Study:                 One

Timetable Slot:                    Thurs pm

Location:                          Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

Reviews recent food poisoning outbreaks attributed to a variety of bacterial pathogens, in relation to
the causative agents, sources of contamination and methods of control. Describes sampling procedures
and the principles and applications of modern techniques for microbial food analysis, including "rapid"
assays, used in the food industry.




Assessment Regime

End test                     60%
Coursework 1                 10%
Coursework 2                 30%




                                                Page 81
Module Code:                      AB3019

Module Title:                     Biodegradation and Biodeterioration

Module Leader:                    Dr D J Hill

Level:                            Three

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   AB2021 (AB2203)

Semester of Study:                Two

Timetable Slot:                   Thurs pm

Location:                         Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

The module provides outcomes for two programs in the Biosciences subject area, thus two descriptions
are derived from the module. Much of the module is taught in common with specialist lectures,
tutorials & workshops for each option.
BSc Microbiology option:
The module explains how the activities of microorganisms bring about biodegradation of sewage and
chemicals, vital processes in the environment, and cause biodeterioration of foods and a range of non-
food materials, the source of very significant economic damage. It considers in detail the mechanisms
and control of these processes, such as hydrocarbon biodegradation, grain spoilage and wood rot, and
economic implications for society.
BSc Food Biology option:
The module explains how the activities of microorganisms bring about biodegradation of sewage and
chemical components of foods, and cause biodeterioration of foods and a range of non-food materials,
the source of very significant economic damage. It considers in detail the mechanisms and control of
these processes, such as carbohydrate and fat biodegradation, grain spoilage and wood rot, and
economic implications for society.

Assessment Regime

Formal end of semester examination           60%
Course Work                                  40%




                                                Page 82
Module Code:                      AB3020

Module Title:                     Developmental Biology

Module Leader:                    Dr E T Hitchen

Level:                            Three

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   AB2021 (AB2212)

Semester of Study:                One

Timetable Slot:                   Mon am

Location:                         Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

This module identifies important aspects and fundamental principles relating to the development of a
range of organisms from the molecular genetic control level up to the formation of body plans, via
cell, tissue and organ differentiation in space and time. Abnormal development due to genetic and
environmental disturbance will be surveyed as well as the natural processes of programmed cell death
and ageing.




Assessment Regime

End test                               50%
Course Work Assignment Test
      –including Groupwork             50%




                                              Page 83
Module Code:                       AB3021

Module Title:                      Food Resources

Module Leader:                     Dr F L Stoddard

Level:                             Three

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    --

Semester of Study:                 One

Timetable Slot:                    Fri pm

Location:                          Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

The food industry is in a highly dynamic state with ever-changing demands from the retail sector. New
and existing technologies make it possible to exploit previously unused food sources and to synthesise
new materials. Obscure food sources are taken into mainstream agriculture, often on a different
continent from their place of origin. New uses are found for old crops and even for crop wastes.
‘Functional foods’ offer health benefits in addition to nutrition. Plant secondary products affect (and
often determine) food quality. The role of crop diversification in maintaining sustainability, both of
agricultural systems and of human nutrition, is discussed




Assessment Regime

End test                          40%
Essay – Written version           50%
         oral presentation        10%




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Module Code:                       AB3022

Module Title:                      Food Safety

Module Leader:                     Dr H Gibson

Level:                             Three

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    AB2020

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Tues am

Location:                          Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

  This module identifies important aspects relating to the production and handling of foods in relation
  to human health and safety. The nature of the various hazards associated with food production will
  be evaluated and methods for their identification and control will be covered in relation to
  government (& EU) legal requirements. Application of knowledge and skills gained will be used to
  evaluate food production processes within local food companies.




Assessment Regime

Examination                  60%
Course Work
       Assignment            15%
       Case Study            25%




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Module Code:                       AB3023

Module Title:                      Fungal Genetics

Module Leader:                     Dr M P Whitehead

Level:                             Three

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    BC2004 (AB2007)

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Frid am

Location:                          Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

This module aims to highlight the principles of fungal genetics by exploring the central role fungi play
in biotechnology and molecular biology. The traditional biotechnology industries such as brewing,
pharmaceuticals and organic acid production will be covered. However the module will concentrate on
the role of fungi in the new molecular biotechnology industries and their role as research vehicles.
Fungal gene structure and expression will be explained in detail. The latest developments produced by
genetic manipulation are covered. The value of fungi as model eukaryotes are emphasised. The
management of fungal relationships with plants and environment are included.




Assessment Regime

Exam                         50%
Case study                   50%




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Module Code:                        AB3024

Module Title:                       Gene Manipulation

Module Leader:                      Dr A T H Burns

Level:                              Three

Credit Value:                       15

Pre-requisites:                     BC2004 (AB2007)

Semester of Study:                  One

Timetable Slot:                     Tues am

Location:                           Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

To introduce the principles and techniques used in the manipulation of the genetic material at the level
of molecules, cells, and organisms. To contribute to the development of communication, organisational
and scientific skills.

      Note: Lectures/tutorials and seminars are designed only to provide a framework and you will be
      expected to obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the topics derived largely from
      independent learning, and to demonstrate this in formal examination and practical assignment.




Assessment Regime

Gene Report                   50%
Exam (End test)               50%




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Module Code:                      AB3025

Module Title:                     Independent Study Module

Module Leader:                    Dr E J Mole

Level:                            Three

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   Progression to Final Year of Degree

Semester of Study:                Two

Timetable Slot:                   N.A.

Location:                         Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

This module affords an opportunity to extend a programme of studies into specific areas, which are not
covered elsewhere. It enables students to demonstrate their abilities for independent thought, action and
initiative, providing an extra self-managed study dimension to student choice, complementing other taught
modules and hopefully improving the coherence of their programme. Students, with help from their
supervisor, may define the aims and means of assessment for their negotiated programme of work or adopt
the following exemplar model comprising an introductory essay providing an overview of the subject, a
bibliographic assignment covering the subject material and an in-depth case study. The more structured
nature of this module (cf. Dissertation) allows supervisors to identify and address any perceived
weaknesses in study skills and knowledge. It is envisaged that this module would be studied by students
following ordinary degree programmes or those direct entrants who may, in exceptional cases, experience
difficulty in assembling a programme appropriate to their interests.


Assessment Regime

Course Work
Essay                       20%
Bibliography                30%
Case study                  50%




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Module Code:                       AB3026

Module Title:                      Medical Microbiology and Public Health

Module Leader:                     Dr M A Kenward

Level:                             Three

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    AB2021 (AB2203)

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Mon pm

Location:                          Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

An explanation of how microbiologists contribute to the prevention, treatment and control of infectious
diseases. It provides a detailed knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the nature, occurrence and
pathogenicity of selected microorganisms commonly affecting humans; the innate and adaptive
defence mechanisms against pathogenic attack, and the response of the host when these defences are
overcome. The development of effective strategies for prevention, treatment and control of infectious
diseases are discussed




Assessment Regime

Formal end of semester examination            70%
Written Assignment                            30%
Theory Test




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Module Code:                       AB3027

Module Title:                      Microbial Biotechnology

Module Leader:                     Dr I K Radecka

Level:                             Three

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    AB2021 (AB2203)

Semester of Study:                 One

Timetable Slot:                    Fri am

Location:                          Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

Microbial biotechnology concerns the industrial processing of materials by microorganisms or cultured
tissue cells to make useful products (such as antibiotics, vaccines, enzymes) or serve other useful
purposes (such as waste treatment, food processing).
The module considers the range and variety of biotechnology processes, which involve the use of
microorganisms, and focuses in particular on explaining microbiological aspects of these processes.
Coverage includes the sources and improvement of strains of industrial microbes, and the application of
microbes for industrial production. Thus the module will explain how to carry out the large scale
fermentations to make microbial products. This will include instrumentation and control of the fermenter
environment, the use of biosensors, computer-linked fermentations and downstream processing.


Assessment Regime

Terminal test               70%
Course Work
     Written assignment      30%




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Module Code:                        AB3028

Module Title:                       Plant Ecophysiology

Module Leader:                      Prof T J Hocking

Level:                              Three

Credit Value:                       15

Pre-requisites:                     AB2021 (AB2202)

Semester of Study:                  One

Timetable Slot:                     Mon pm

Location:                           Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

An in-depth study of the interactions between atmospheric, edaphic and biotic environments and plant
communities, with particular reference to the diversity, productivity and survival of natural
communities and the productivities of crop systems in a range of different climate types. It will
involve an assessment of the limitations on growth and development imposed by these environmental
parameters and will critically discuss the physiological processes involved in these interactions,
particularly those associated with stress responses, and evaluate their contribution to the determination
of the performance of plant communities. Through an understanding of these interactions, synthesis
will be attempted of fundamental physiological mechanisms for stress responses, together with
approaches for improving the performance of crop systems in hostile climates within the context of
current environmental and socio-economic concerns.



Assessment Regime

Coursework 1: Essay                   30%
Coursework 2: Case study              50%
              Poster                  20%




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Module Code:                       AB3029

Module Title:                      Plant Biotechnology

Module Leader:                     Dr T C Baldwin

Level:                             Three

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    BC2004 (AB2007/and AB2021(AB2202)

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Fri pm

Location:                          Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

A number of key methodologies in the broad area of plant biotechnology are presented in the context of
plant breeding. The result demonstrates modern plant improvement as a synthesis of classical plant
breeding, various forms of tissue culture, rapid breeding technologies, genome and gene sequence
comparisons, mutagenesis and transgenesis. Important examples are given where biotechnology has led to
improved cultivars in the field. Core information is relayed in lectures, including where possible guest
lecturers speaking in the areas of their expertise. The impact of plant biotechnology in the environmental,
ethical and social context is discussed. An essay forms a major part of the assessment.




Assessment Regime

Exam                                          40%
Essay – Written version
Oral presentation
Problem Solving Exercises                     60%




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Module Code:                       BC3000

Module Title:                      Advanced Pharmaceutical Science

Module Leader:                     Dr E J Mole

Level:                             Three

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    BC2002

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Tues pm

Location:                          Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

The module briefly introduces students to the structure and biological function of a selected
series of pharmaceutical compounds and then develops an in-depth knowledge of
developments for medicinal application. Case studies involving structure-activity
relationships, a rational approach to drug design, organic synthesis (including asymmetric)
syntheses and molecular biology (gene technology) will be used. The assessment will
comprise of a written assignment and a formal 3 hour end of module examination.




Assessment Regime

Formal end of semester examination       60%
Course Work                              40%




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Module Code:                       BC3001

Module Title:                      Advanced Topics in Biochemistry

Module Leader:                     Dr D A Fincham

Level:                             Three

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    Progression to Final Year of Degree

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Wed am

Location:                          Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

The module considers specific aspects of biochemistry in greater depth with particular reference to
current and developing areas of research. For this students are expected to investigate subject matter
through primary literature sources. In addition, students are able to engage in one to one tutorials for
advice and guidance whilst preparing material obtained from the literature. The module is assessed
entirely through a seen three hour examination comprising two essay responses.




Assessment Regime

Formal end of semester examination           100%




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Module Code:                       BC3002

Module Title:                      Analytical Biochemistry

Module Leader:                     Dr R Sutton

Level:                             Three

Credit Value:                      15

Pre-requisites:                    BC2004 and/or BC2003

Semester of Study:                 Two

Timetable Slot:                    Wed am

Location:                          Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

The module is concerned with the theoretical principles analytical capabilities and applications of
important biochemical techniques. The techniques covered include chromatography, electrophoresis of
proteins and nucleic acids, as well as UV-visible, fluorescence, nuclear magnetic resonance
spectroscopy and the use of radioactive isotopes in biology. An introduction to the biochemical uses of
recombinant DNA technology is also covered. Assessment methods are by a single assignment (50%)
and examination.




Assessment Regime

Assignment                       50%
End test                         50%




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Module Code:                      BC3003

Module Title:                     Medical Biochemistry

Module Leader:                    Dr T J Bartlett

Level:                            Three

Credit Value:                     15

Pre-requisites:                   BC2004

Semester of Study:                Two

Timetable Slot:                   Mon am

Location:                         Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

By the use of selected diseases as examples, the module examines the interplay of genetics and
environment in the biochemical principles operative in the development, diagnosis and treatment of
disease




Assessment Regime

Examination                 60%
Written Assignment          40%




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Module Code:                        BC3004

Module Title:                       Membrane Structure and Function

Module Leader:                      Dr D A Fincham

Level:                              Three

Credit Value:                       15

Pre-requisites:                     BC2004 (CH2209)

Semester of Study:                  One

Timetable Slot:                     Tues pm

Location:                           Main City Campus

Brief Guide to Module Content

Membranes are not static interfaces separating cellular compartments, but dynamic structures that
enable cells and intracellular assemblies to generate forces that drive the life process at the molecular
level. With particular emphasis on chemical structures, the diversity and complexity of membranes are
described. At the cellular level, the erythrocyte is used as an example and the mitochondrion is the
model for organelle membranes. The module is assessed by three elements: a phase test, an
assignment and two time restricted essays, contributing 30, 40 and 30% each, respectively towards the
overall grade.




Assessment Regime

Phase test                    30%
Assignment                    40%
Time restricted essay         30%




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A Two Way Contract

The Pathway. Management Team and Staff will generally endeavour to give you the support and
advice you will need to complete your studies successfully and on most occasions lend a sympathetic
ear. It is, however, important you realise that you are entering into a form of contract or agreement
with those responsible for you and that you too, have certain responsibilities. In the time that you are
with us, you will have to make a number of decisions affecting your study and by implication, your
career and future life. Only you can make these decisions. In particular, you will be expected to ensure
that:
- you plan and register your programme of study as advised by the Pathway. Team and via the
    student access points. Failure to register correctly could mean that you are not able to follow
    your preferred programme of study. Similarly, any changes should be made through the
    Pathway. Team and at the student access points
- you complete all elements of assessment according to the instructions given to you by the Module
    Leaders
- you take advantage, when necessary, of the counselling facilities available to you
- you attend classes at all times unless circumstances prevent you from doing so
- you inform the Pathway. Leader or Year Tutor of any circumstances likely to affect your academic
    performance
- you immediately inform the student registries of any change of address or absence from the
    University
- you check regularly the Award notice boards and respond promptly to notices and notes posted by
    the Award Team.




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Prizes for Achievement

There are prizes available to reward outstanding performances by students during the course of their
studies.

Best Biosciences graduate

There is an annual award of for the best biosciences undergraduate degree achievement. This will be
decided when the Biosciences award board meets in the summer vacation. This person may also be
eligible for the Institute of Biology Prize.

Best Biosciences HND student

There is an award to the best biosciences full-time HND student, which will be decided at the annual
BTEC Award Board during the summer vacation.

Best Biosciences Year 1 student

There is an award to the best biosciences (BTEC or BSc) year 1 student performance, which will be
decided by the Biosciences Subject and Award Committee during the summer vacation.

Most improved year 2 student

There is an award to the biosciences (BTEC or BSc) student whose performance improves when compared
to the first year of study, which will be decided Biosciences Subject and Award Committee during the
summer vacation.
Institute of Food Technology Prize

This is awarded annually to the best final year honours undergraduate performance to a student
studying on a Food Science related Course.




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Communication

One of the most important ingredients contributing to the success of any organisation (and the
operation of a degree Award such as BSc Biological Sciences is no exception) is an effective system of
communication. At any time we may need to contact you on important matters relating to your work or
personal life. You too from time to time, will want to consult us, possibly urgently.
It is important that you follow some of the guidelines below:
Regularly check the BSc Biosciences notice boards on a regular basis, preferably daily. If you are
unable to do this yourself, ask some to check for you. There are separate panels for each year of the
course.
Ensure that your tutor has your e-mail number; get used to the idea of checking your e-mail on a
regular basis.

Contacting Staff
The staff try to be as helpful as possible and you should not feel inhibited about approaching any
member of our staff that you think may be able to help you at any time. Clearly, staff have a large
number of commitments, and it is sensible, except in extreme emergency, to try to make an
appointment to ensure that the person you wish to consult is available to talk with you.
If the member of staff that you wish to contact is not there, don’t just go away. Rather, leave a
message or e-mail explaining briefly your query and problem and giving times when you could meet.
Similarly you are expected to attend counselling and cohort meetings whenever arranged.
As part of your experience at the University it is important for you to develop evaluative and critical
skills. Accordingly, you will be given many opportunities to feed back your opinions on the content of
your course, and on the methods of teaching delivery and assessment. The feedback will be achieved
in various ways: by Award Committee representatives, by direct contact with the staff teaching the
module, through year tutors and by questionnaires. Please don’t hesitate to avail yourself of this
feature of our Award - it can be a useful learning process for both parties!

Notification of Address
Do please make sure that the student registries has your up to date home and term time address (and
‘phone no.). It may be necessary to contact you urgently and this can only be done if we have both
your current addresses correctly recorded.
We also need your address to contact you about your end of Semester/Year results.




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Solving Your Problems
This section is designed to save the time of both you and academic staff. Listed below are the initial
points of contact for the different questions and problems that you might encounter. Please train
yourself to look things up in this guide before you approach someone for help.
Questions or problems                       Contact
Approval for transfer to other schemes      Pathway Leader
or Pathways
Permission for leave of absence             Pathway Leader
Withdrawal from the University              Pathway Leader
Timetable                                   Student Access Point/Student Server
Examination timetable                       Student Access Point/Student Server
Regulations                                 Year Tutor/Pathway Leader
Enrolment                                   Student Access Point
Programme Registration/Amendment            Year tutor/assistant year tutor
Careers                                    University Graduate Careers Service/
                                           Divisional Careers Officer (Dr Protheroe)
Projects                                    Relevant Subject Project co-ordinator
Course Committee                            Student representative/ Year Tutor
Discussion of academic performance          YearTutor/Personal Tutor
Personal or domestic problems               University Counselling and Guidance Service
Absence through ill health.                 Student Access Point
Extension for course work assignment.       Student Access Point /Year tutor
Content of a specific module                Module Leader
APA (Accreditation of Prior Achievement) Pathway Leader
Matters relating to appeals                 Pathway Leader/ Dean of School

Useful Acronyms
GAO          Generic Academic Outcome
LRC          Learning Resources Centre (Library)
KS           Key Skill
SAP          Student Administration Point
SAS          School of Applied Sciences
UGCS         University Graduate Careers Service
UW           University of Wolverhampton
UWSU         University of Wolverhampton Students' Union



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GLOSSARY OF TERMS
ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS OF A MODULE. The total range of coursework assignments
and/or examinations that must be passed to be awarded credits for the module.
ASSESSMENT COMPONENT. Each assessment task which must be passed for successful
completion of the module. A component may consist of a number of elements.
ASSESSMENT ELEMENT. A sub-division of an assessment component.
ASSIGNMENTS: An item of coursework.
AWARD: The qualification achieved by a student when they have obtained the required number of
credits at an appropriate level. All awards have an Award title that describes the programme of study.
AWARD LEADER: A member of academic staff responsible for the management of a named award or
group of awards
BTEC. The Business and Technician Education Council. which licences the University to Award
Higher National Diplomas and Certificates.
CAMPUS REGISTRY. The office on each campus through which registry services are made available
to students.
CAREERS AND GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE. A centre with responsibility for advising
students on employment and post graduate opportunities.
COMBINED AWARDS. Awards whose regulations recognise more than one subject of study in the
title of the award..
CORE MODULE. A compulsory module which must be taken and passed
CORE OPTIONAL MODULE. A module in a range of modules that must be studied for a student to
receive an award.
CO-REQUISITE: A module that must be studied simultaneously with another module
COURSE COMMITTEE: A Committee that meets once each semester to consider issues and
problems raised by students and staff. Its membership comprises the management team, subject leaders
and student representatives.
COURSEWORK: The total number of assignments that have to be completed during the module.
CREDIT: The number of credits gained when a module is passed, based upon 1 credit for every ten
hours of study..
DEFERRAL: The action taken by an Assessment Board to postpone to a later date a decision on a
student who has not completed all or part of the assessment for a module, modules or programme of
study.
ELECTIVE MODULE A ‘free’ choice module included to form a coherent part of the student
programme.
EXAMINATION: A timed assessment task within a module undertaken under controlled conditions.
AWARD BOARD: The committee responsible for making decisions on student progression and final
award and degree classification.

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EXTENSION. The changing of a published deadline for submission of a piece of coursework when a
student has a valid reason for being unable to meet that deadline.
EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES. A problem that a student believes has adversely affected
his/her performance in any coursework or examination and which is presented to an Award
Assessment Board
GRADE POINTS: The marks awarded for assignments, course work, examinations and the final grade
of a module. A16,A15,A14,B13,B12,B11,C10,C9,C8,D7,D6,D5 are all pass grades. E4,F3,F2,F1 are
all fail grades. F0 is given for non-attendance without certified cause of all or any coursework
assignments. Modules for which assessment is incomplete are allocated an I grade. Z grades are
awarded for cheating/plagiarism.
LEVEL 1 MODULES: Modules studied mainly during Part I that are introductory and serve as pre-
requisites to level 2 modules.
LEVEL 2 MODULES: Modules studied mainly during the second year which are intermediate in
standard and which normally have introductory or level 1 modules as pre-requisites. They may also
have other intermediate modules as pre-requisites.

LEVEL 3 MODULES: Modules studied mainly during the third year that are advanced modules,
normally having a pre-requisite level 2 module. They may also have level 3 modules as pre-requisites.
The levels 2 and 3 credit envelope is 300 (315 for sandwich).
LINKED SCHEME: An arrangement whereby all the full-time and Sandwich degree and Honours
degree courses (together with their part-time, Cert HE and DipHE versions) are linked in a standard
modular structure enabling appropriate modules to be taught in common between awards.
MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES. A problem that a student believes has adversely affected his/her
performance in any coursework or examination and which is presented to an Award Assessment Board
MODE OF STUDY. Method of attendance - full-time, part-time or sandwich.
MODULE: A fraction of a programme being the equivalent of one quarter of the work normally
undertaken by an honours degree student in a semester of full-time study. Each module is equivalent to
15 credits. Each 15-credit module aims to generate an average workload of 10 hours per week. Thus
study for 60 credits in a semester will normally produce 40 hours of study per week.
MODULE GUIDE: The detailed description of a module's content and assessment procedure.
MODULE LEADER: The member of staff responsible for the organisation of the module.
PACE OF STUDY: The number of credits studied during a semester. For full-time students the
minimum is 45 credits a semester or 90 credits per year. The normal pace of study is 60 credits per
semester of 120 credits per year. Exceptionally a student may study for a maximum of 75 credits per
semester.
Part-time students may study up to a maximum of 45 credits per semester and must complete their
programme within the maximum period of registration.
PART I and II: Courses are divided into Parts I and II. Part I is the equivalent of the first year of a full-
time course and Part II is the equivalent of the second and third years of a full-time course. In Part I,
introductory or level 1 modules are studied. In Part II, level 2 modules are normally studied in year 2
and level 3 modules in year 3 but considerable flexibility exists in that any level of module can be
studied at any time providing the required prerequisites have been obtained.

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PATHWAY REGISTRATION FORMS: The forms that have to be completed to register (or to modify
a previous registration) for a module. FAILURE TO REGISTER CORRECTLY MAY AFFECT
YOUR PROGRESS ON THE AWARD
PLAGIARISM. Any attempt to incorporate a significant amount of unattributed direct quotation from,
or unattributed paraphrasing of the work of another within a piece of assessed work.
PRACTICAL WORK: Supervised laboratory-based activities.
PRE-REQUISITE: A module specified as a pre-requisite to a later module must normally be studied
and at least an E3 Grade obtained before the later module can be attempted.
PROGRAMME OF STUDY: A complete series of studies undertaken by an individual student leading
to the award of a degree, diploma or certificate.
PROGRESSION: Qualification to proceed to the next stage of the Award which normally depends on a
specified number of credits
RETAKE: The opportunity following repeated failure of a component within a module to study the
whole module and to fulfil all the requirements of that module. A maximum grade is not imposed on a
repeated module.
RESIT: The opportunity for the retrieval of the failed component(s) of a module following the award
of an E or F grade. The term applied to both coursework and examination.
SAP. Student Access Point
SEMESTER: Half an academic session. Each semester is 15 or 16 weeks duration and comprises a
week for counselling and/or other course related activities and a week for assessments.
SENIOR ACADEMIC COUNSELLOR. An academic member of staff who advises students on
academic matters and programme planning but has specific responsibility for validating programmes of
study.
STUDY TIME: This is the total amount of time that should be devoted to a module in one week. The
time includes all class contact and private study. Each 15 credit module involves 10 hours of study
time per week.
VALIDATION. The process whereby the University judges a programme of study to be appropriate to
lead to the award of an approved qualification of the University.




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