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Programme Specification for the 2019/0 academic year

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Biological Sciences with Study Abroad Programme codeUFS4BCSBCS03
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2019/0
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences with Study Abroad programme is a popular and flexible degree programme, giving you the option to design either a broad-based biology degree or a more focused degree specialising in areas of biology that interest you. You will have the opportunity to follow one of three specialisms – animal biology, microbiology and infectious disease or molecular and cellular biology – and graduate with your chosen specialism named as part of your degree title if you wish (i.e. BSc Biological Sciences (Animal Biology) or Biological Sciences (Microbiology and Infectious Disease) or Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology)). After a foundation first year, which covers the range of biology from molecules to ecosystems, you have significant freedom of module choice in your second and final years. Options range from forensic science to the ecology of environmental change; from mammalian biology to the molecular basis of infection; from advanced cell biology to a coral reef field course. You can shape your degree as you wish – following one of the named specialisms outlined above, or in other areas, or keeping your biological choices broad.

This four year version of the BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences degree includes a year studying abroad, between the second and final years. In this third year you study in a university with which we have established links, for example in North America or Australia, and credit for this academic work counts towards your degree at Exeter.

Studying abroad offers you a fantastic opportunity to expand your educational and cultural experiences. Moreover, research indicates that 64% of employers consider an international experience important for recruitment and report that graduates with an international background are given greater responsibility more frequently. 92% of employers involved in a study conducted in 2014* indicated that they look for skills such as openness to and curiosity about new challenges, problem-solving and decision-making skills, confidence, and tolerance towards other personal values and behaviours. The study revealed that studying abroad had a positive impact on the development of these skills and concluded that the employability and competences of students greatly benefit from mobility.

*European Commission (2014) The Erasmus Impact Study, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2014

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The general aims of this programme are:

To provide education intended to give you competence in Biosciences, and to encourage you to develop your intellectual capabilities within an institution that is committed to advancing research, scholarship and learning, and to disseminating knowledge.

More specifically, this programme aims:

  • To provide you with knowledge and understanding of biology from the fundamentals to the frontiers of the subject.
  • To provide you with the basic scientific, intellectual, and practical training that will prepare you for lifelong learning, and, if you wish, for a career in biosciences research.
  • To enable you to experience a supportive learning environment that fosters your academic and personal development.
  • To enable you to think critically, evaluate evidence, analyse, challenge, solve problems, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively.
  • To provide you with the opportunity to study some aspects of biological sciences in a university abroad and to give you an insight into the culture of the host country.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

www.exeter.ac.uk/biosciences/current/modules/ugstreatham

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in the second or final years of the programme as long as you have obtained the explicit permission of the Programme Director, any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.  

In addition you are encouraged to take the non-credit bearing module BIO2002 Preparing for Study Abroad.

You are also permitted to take the five, ten or 15-credit Professional Development Experience modules BIO3910, BIO3911 or BIO3912 in the second or final years. Registration on these modules is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, these modules will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIO1331 Animals 15No
BIO1332 Biochemistry 15No
BIO1333 Fundamental Principles for Bioscientists 15No
BIO1334 Genetics 15No
BIO1336 Ecology 15No
BIO1337 Microbiology 15No
BIO1338 Plants 15No
BIO1339 Cells 15No

Stage 2


15 credits of compulsory modules, 105 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIO2071 Research Skills and Bioethics 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BioS S2 BSc-MSci Bio opt 2019-0
BIO2066 Forensic Science 15 No
BIO2074 Marine Biology 15 No
BIO2076 Ecology and Environment 15 No
BIO2078 Medical and General Microbiology 15 No
BIO2081 Coral Reef Field Course 15 No
BIO2082 Animal Ecophysiology 15 No
BIO2086 Metabolism 15 No
BIO2088 Advanced Cell Biology 15 No
BIO2089 Molecular Biology of the Gene 15 No
BIO2090 Analytical Techniques in Biochemistry 15 No
BIO2092 Genomics and Introductory Bioinformatics 15 No
BIO2093 Modern Theories of Evolution 15 No
BIO2094 Molecular Microbiology 15 No
BIO2096 Practical Skills in Field Ecology 15 No
BIO2099 Molecular Plant Science 15 No
CSC2004 Medical Genetics 15 No
PSY2214 Observations and Experiments in Animal Behaviour 15 No
PSY2217 Wild Behaviour 15 No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules

For your year abroad you will agree a suite of modules in your host institution with the College Study Abroad Coordinator. Details of individual modules that may be taken whilst abroad can be found by accessing the partner institution’s factfile at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/abroad/where/ and navigating to the “Course Requirements” section of that factfile where a link to the modules on offer in the partner institution is displayed.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIO3062 One Year Study Abroad 120Yes

Stage 4


45 credits of compulsory modules, 75 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIO3096 Biosciences Research Project 45Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BioS SF BSc-S3 MSci Bio opt 2019-0
BIO3037 Ecology of Environmental Change 15 No
BIO3041 Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry 15 No
BIO3067 Ecotoxicology 15 No
BIO3077 Frontiers in Molecular Cell Biology 15 No
BIO3078 Cellular Basis of Immunity 15 No
BIO3079 Molecular Basis of Infection 15 No
BIO3082 Science Communication 15 No
BIO3083 Current Issues in Marine Biology 15 No
BIO3085 Horizons of Biochemical Research 15 No
BIO3086 Cell Biology of Disease 15 No
BIO3091 Animal Developmental Biology 15 No
BIO3092 Bioinformatics 15 No
BIO3093 Energy Metabolism 15 No
BIO3098 Biology of Marine Vertebrates 15 No
CSC4003 Psychology Applied to Health 15 No
BIO3097 Living in a Microbial World 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Explain broadly all levels of biological organisation (molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological).
2. Describe in detail essential facts and theory in at least one subdiscipline of biology (e.g. molecular and cellular biology or organismal biology and ecology), including any subdiscipline named in brackets in the degree title.
3. Describe and critically evaluate aspects of current research in the biosciences with reference to reviews and research articles.

Within the programme, teaching and learning activities are designed to encourage a progressive acquisition of subject knowledge and skills by moving from study methods that have a greater degree of support and assistance towards more independent learning.

The programme uses a diversity of teaching and learning methods: lectures; laboratory classes; research project; group work and may optionally include a residential field course.

Typically a 15 credit module would consist of 15-20 x 1 hour lectures in which the core subject material will be provided. The lecture notes will be available via the University of Exeter Virtual Learning Environment and references to outside reading will be made available. Laboratory classes will normally run for either 3 or 5 hours and you will be provided with a written schedule describing in detail the experimental procedures. you will normally work in groups (2-5 individuals depending on Stage) with an expectation the workload is divided equally.

Some laboratory classes form the basis of assessment and require the submission of a final laboratory report. This will normally require data analysis in the form of tables and graphs. There is also an expectation that the data generated will be used in some subsequent calculations. Discussion of the findings or answers to short questions will be used to provide evidence of knowledge gained. The Stage 4 research project will normally take place in the 1st term where you will undertake a project in a research group followed by production of a written report in the 2nd term. If the project is literature-based, you will normally receive feedback on a draft report before production of the written report in the 2nd term.

In the year of study abroad, the teaching, learning and assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

The programme uses a diversity of assessment methods such as: essay examinations; short answer and multiple choice tests (MCQ); practical work and reports; quantitative (numerical) problems; project report; oral presentations.

In the year of study abroad, the teaching, learning and assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. With limited guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis, practical investigation, and enquiry within the biological sciences.
5. Appreciate the study of biological sciences in an international setting.

See above.

See above.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Communicate ideas effectively and professionally by written, oral and visual means.
7. Study autonomously and undertake projects with minimum guidance.
8. Select and properly manage information drawn from books, journals, and the internet.
9. Interact effectively in a group
10. Demonstrate an appreciation of the culture and practices of a foreign country and university.

See above.

See above.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you need to achieve an average mark of at least 60% in Stage 1, otherwise you will be required to transfer to the three year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their studies abroad are selected for placement. Since the study methods and contexts differ from those in the UK, you need the confidence in your subject specialism in order to benefit from the learning experience abroad.

The Year Abroad counts as a single 120 credit module and as such is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BSc Biological Sciences with Study Abroad. If you fail the Year Abroad module your degree title will be commuted to BSc Biological Sciences. You will be assessed by your host university during your academic year abroad with their grades converted back to Exeter grades to contribute towards your degree classification. The rules governing failure and referral will be determined by the host institution.

Programme-specific Award Rules

You can graduate with specialist named variants of the standard BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences degree. The specialist named variants are Biological Sciences (Animal Biology), Biological Sciences (Microbiology and Infectious Disease), and Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology). The conditions for graduating with a named specialism are as follows:

Single Honours in Biological Sciences (Animal Biology) with Study Abroad

The programme comprises modules as for Single Honours Biological Sciences with Study Abroad, including at least 90 Level 5/Level 6 (i.e. Stage 2 and Stage 4) credits from these specialist modules, which must include at least 60 credits from non-project modules:

Code

Title

Credits

BIO2074

Marine Biology

15

BIO2081

Coral Reef Field Course

15

BIO2082

Animal Ecophysiology

15

BIO2096

Practical Skills in Field Ecology

15

BIO3096

Biosciences Research Project*

45

BIO3067

Ecotoxicology

15

BIO3083

Current Issues in Marine Biology

15

BIO3091

Animal Developmental Biology

15

BIO3098

Biology of Marine Vertebrates

15

PSY2214

Observations and Experiments in Animal Behaviour

15

PSY2217

Wild Behaviour

15

Single Honours in Biological Sciences (Microbiology and Infectious Disease) with Study Abroad

The programme comprises modules as for Single Honours Biological Sciences with Study Abroad, including at least 90 Level 5/Level 6 (i.e. Stage 2 and Stage 4) credits from these specialist modules, which must include at least 60 credits from non-project modules:

Code

Title

Credits

BIO2078

Medical and General Microbiology

15

BIO2089

Molecular Biology of the Gene

15

BIO2094

Molecular Microbiology

15

BIO3078

Cellular Basis of Immunity

15

BIO3079

Molecular Basis of Infection

15

BIO3096

Biosciences Research Project*

45

Single Honours in Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology) with Study Abroad

The programme comprises modules as for Single Honours Biological Sciences with Study Abroad, including at least 90 Level 5/Level 6 (i.e. Stage 2 and Stage 4) credits from these specialist modules, which must include at least 60 credits from non-project modules:

Code

Title

Credits

BIO2088

Advanced Cell Biology

15

BIO2089

Molecular Biology of the Gene

15

BIO2092

Genomics and Introductory Bioinformatics

15

BIO3077

Frontiers in Molecular Cell Biology

15

BIO3078

Cellular Basis of Immunity

15

BIO3086

Cell Biology of Disease

15

BIO3092

Bioinformatics

15

BIO3096

Biosciences Research Project*

45

*Projects do not automatically relate to the named specialisms. If you wish your Project to count towards a named specialism you must take one that has been designated as such. Specialist designation of all modules and projects will be confirmed by Biosciences and may be granted, withdrawn or amended by the Biosciences (Streatham) Undergraduate Education Committee. In matters of specialist designation for BSc Biological Sciences with Study Abroad, the decision of the Board of Examiners is final.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Biosciences offers every student meetings each term with a personal tutor and an academic tutor. The role of academic tutors is to instil a sense of academic rigour and thinking in our students. The role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. The Biosciences website/fileserver includes the student handbook and learning materials. Every student has access to computers and printers within Biosciences. Each student can expect reasonable access to all teaching staff through appointments. The Biosciences Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

The College complies with the University’s Code of Practice on Study and Work Experience Abroad. The name of the member of staff acting as the programme’s Co-ordinator for study abroad is made known to you before you leave Exeter, and this person is responsible for liaison and oversight of your progress during the year abroad. Contact will be maintained with you during your year abroad by regular email communication.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

C000

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Biosciences

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/03/2011

Date of last revision

12/09/2019