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School of Applied Sciences



Biosciences Division


Biology and Associated Awards

Undergraduate

Pathway Guide


2004


2005






Dr R Sutton


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1


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 Pathwa
y…………………………………………………...

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 Molec
ular 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

HN
D 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

Fo
od 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

Careers

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 researc
h. 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 othe
r 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 bas
e 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 H
ons. Animal Biology (DS/ANB)

55039

BSc and BSc Hons. Biotechnology (DS/BT)

55029

BSc and BSc Hons. Food Biology (DS/FB)

55032

BSc and BSc Hons. Genetics and Molecular Biology (DS/GMB)

55031

BSc and BSc Hons. Microbiology (DS/MB)

55033

BSc and BSc Hons. Pl
ant Biology (DS/PLB)

55030


Alternatively a more general degree programme can be studied which lead to the following award of :
-

BSc and BSc Hons. Biological Sciences (DS/BIOS)

51001

BSc and BSc Hons. Combined Award (biology) (DJ/BL)

77310

This pathway gui
de will also give you a description of the following EDEXCEL awards:
-

HND Applied Biology (HS/AB)

55016

HND Biotechnology and Microbiology (HS/BTMB)

55017

HND/C Food Science with Business (HS/FSB)

55037/8


Remember that the outcome of your studies could af
fect 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 yo
ur
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 doc
ument 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 Man
ager 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 contai
ns 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
s
upply 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 vacatio
n 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 pr
ogramme, 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 a
re 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 a
wards 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 parti
cularly 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 ar
e 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 mod
ules 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 cr
edits 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 yo
ur 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 credi
ts 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 to prov
ide 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 em
phasis 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 subje
ct 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 guid
es 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 O
F 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
for
mation 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, consideri
ng
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.

Th
e 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 withi
n 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, con
sidering
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 biolog
y 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 rel
ationship 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 produc
ts.


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 c
ell 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 u
sed 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 food
s 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 orga
nisms 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
bi
ology;

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
orga
nisms 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 modif
ied 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 investi
gation 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 t
o 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 procedur
es 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, inc
luding 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 me
tabolic 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 develop
ments 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
add
itional 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 wher
e 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/equipm
ent
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 re
cord 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 weakness
es/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
theor
etical 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 postul
ated hypotheses.


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A4. PRESENTATION

Level 1

Write simple practical report (abstract, introduction, discussion, conclusion) in 3
rd

person
past tense according to detailed guidance.


Record results in appropriate form, according to detailed guidance, with u
nits.


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 INF
ORMATION

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 so
urces.

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 i
nformation 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 knowled
ge 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

Examin
e 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 de
fined 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 dev
elops 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 r
elationship 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 M
odules


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 with
in 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/contrastin
g /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 Progra
mme. 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 in
volves 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 con
tribute 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 th
ird 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 placement
s 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, st
udents 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 m
onitored 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 BS
c or BSc with Honours via the Sandwich route.


The Sandwich Tutor for the 2004/2005 session is Dr Chara Nallaiah. Room MG005.

(Tel.Ext.2707) e
-
mail:
-

C.Nallaiah
@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 t
aken 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 mod
ules:

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

subj
ect 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 U
niversity’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:


All BSc and HND biology pathways:


Year 1







Dr R Protheroe


Year 2







Dr T J Bartlett


Year 3/4






Dr T C Baldwin



In addition there are a number of biochemistry specialist staff who will help in the teaching of
i
ndividual 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.H
ocking@wlv.ac.uk

Pathway Manager

Dr Raul Sutton

MA123c

2167

R.Sutton@wlv.ac.uk

Year 1 Tutor

Dr Roy Protheroe

MA144

2142

R.G.Protheroe@wlv.ac.uk

Year 2 Tutor

Dr T J Bartlett

MG003

2693

T.J.Bartlett2@wlv.ac.uk

Year 3 Tutor

Dr Tim Baldwin

MA144

2142

T.Baldwin
@wlv.ac.uk

Sandwich Tutor

Dr C Nallaiah

MG005

2707

C.Nallaiah@wlv.ac.uk

Admissions Tutor.

Dr Ken Kenward

MA106

2154

M.A.Kenward@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.Hitc
hen@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 Sm
ith


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


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15



Terms of Reference


The Awards Committee meets at least once per semester to approve the annual report and review the
progress o
f 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 dur
ing 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 i
n 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 a
im 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 wit
h 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 adv
ise you. If in
doubt do not hesitate to consult your tutor or the Awards Manager.



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16


Animal Biology Specialist Pathway 55039 (DS/ANB)

Level 1 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB1001

Techniques in Biosciences

1

15

AB1101

Introductor
y 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

Prescribed Elective Module: BC1000 must be chosen if you h
ave 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
C
ode

Module name

Semester

Credits

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: Choo
se 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

1

15

Level 3 Core Modules

Module
Code

Modu
le name

Semester

Credits

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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17


Biological Sciences Specialist Pathway 51001 (DS/BIOS)

Level 1

Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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

1
5

BC1001

Biochemistry

2

15

Core Option Modules: none

Prescribed Elective Module: 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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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 Biolog
y

AB3024

AB3023

BC3004

5.

Plant Biology

AB3028

AB3029

6.

Independent Study Module

AB3025


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18



Module
Group

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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



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19


Biotechnology Specialist Pathway 55029 (DS/BT)

Level 1 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB1001

Techniques in Biosciences

1

1
5

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

Prescribed Elective Module: BC1000 mu
st 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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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 C
ode

Module name

Semester

Credits

BC2001

Proteins

1

15

BC2003

Food Biochemistry and Analysis

2

15

Level 3 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB3015

Honours Project Module

Year
-
long

30

AB3016

Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology

2

1
5

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



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20


Food Biology Specialist Pathway 55032 (DS/FB)

Level 1 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB1001

Techniques in Biosciences

1

15

AB1101

Introductory Microbiology

1

15

AB1103

Plants and the Environment

1

15

AB1
000

Introduction to Animal Biology

2

15

AB1102

Cell Biology and Genetics

2

15

BC1001

Biochemistry

2

15

Core Option Modules: none

Prescribed Elective Module: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry.

You may also choose from the foll
owing list:

Module Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

BM1006

Human Form Human Function

1

15

BM1119

Human Physiology

2

15

Level 2 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB2021

Form and Function in Biosciences

Year
-
long

30

AB2023

Biolog
y 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 Biochemi
stry and Analysis

2

15

Level 3 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB3015

Honours Project Module

Year
-
long

30

AB3016

Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology

2

15

AB3017

Science Communication and Graduate Skills

1

15

AB3021

Food Resour
ces

1

15

AB3022

Food Safety

2

15

Suggested Elective Modules

Module Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB3018

Advanced Food Microbiology

1

15



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21


Genetics and Molecular Biology Specialist Pathway 55031 (DS/GMB)

Level 1 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module na
me

Semester

Credits

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 Opt
ion Modules: none

Prescribed Elective Module: 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 Physiolo
gy

2

15

Level 2 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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 Module
s 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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB3015

Honours Project Module

Year
-
lo
ng

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

Develop
mental Biology

1

15

AB3029

Plant Biotechnology

2

15



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22


Microbiology Specialist Pathway 55033 (DS/MB)

Level 1 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB1001

Techniques in Biosciences

1

15

AB1101

Introductory Microbiology

1

15

AB1103

Pla
nts 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

Prescribed Elective Module: 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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

A
B2021

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

Sem
ester

Credits

AB2019

Evolution and Origin of Life



AB2020

Food Microbiology

1

15

BC2003

Food Biochemistry and Analysis

2

15

Level 3 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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

M
icrobial Biotechnology

1

15



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23


Plant Biology Specialist Pathway 55030 (DS/PLB)

Level 1 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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

Prescribed Elective Module: BC1000 must be chosen if you have not passed A2 Chemistry.

You may also choose fro
m 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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB2021

Form and Function in Bioscience
s

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, Habitat
s and Ecosystems

1

15

AB2019

Evolution and Origin of Life

2

15

Level 3 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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



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24


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 asso
ciated 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 a
ny 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. A
lternatively 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 pro
ject 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 leve
l 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 t
o
take BC1000 Chemistry for Biosciences instead of a Level One elective module.


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25


Animal Biology Combined/Joint Pathway 77310 (DJ/ANB)


Level 1 Core Modules


Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB1101

Introductory Microbiology

1

15

AB1103

Plant
s and the Environment

1

15

AB1000

Introduction to Animal Biology

2

15


Core Option Modules: none

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB2021

Form and Function in Biosciences

Year
-
long

30

AB2015

Biology Practicals (15 credits)

Year
-
long

15

Suggested Elec
tive 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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB3017

Science Communic
ation 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



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26

Biology Combined/Joint Pathway 77310 (DJ/BL)


Level 1 Core Modules


Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB1101

Introductory Microbiology

1

15

AB1103

Plants and the Environment

1

15

AB1000

Introductio
n to Animal Biology

2

15

Core Option Modules: none

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB1001

Techniques in Biosciences

1

15

BC1000

Chemistry for Biosciences

1

15

AB1102

Cell Biology and Genetics

2

15

BC10
01

Biochemistry

2

15

Level 2 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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 n
ame

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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB3028

Plant Ecophysiology

1

15

AB302
6

Medical Microbiology & Public Health

2

15

Core Option Modules

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


Module
Group

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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



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27

Biotechnology Combined/Joint Pathway 77310 (DJ/BT)


Level 1 Core Modules



Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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
Code

Module n
ame

Semester

Credits

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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB3017

Science Communication and Graduate Skills

1

15

AB3027

Microbial Biotechnology

1

15

AB3019

Biodegradation and Biodeterioration

2

15

Core Option Modules:
None


Suggested Electi
ve Modules

Module Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB3016

Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology

1

15

AB3015

Honours Project

Year
-
long

30



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28

Food Biology Combined/Joint Pathway 77310 (DJ/FB)


Level 1 Core Modules


Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Cr
edits

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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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 Mod
ules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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

AB301
6

Biosciences in Society: Biotechnology

1

15

AB3015

Honours Project

Year
-
long

30



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29

Genetics and Molecular Biology Combined/Joint Pathway77310 (DJ/GMB)


Level 1 Core Modules


Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

BC1001

Biochemistry

2

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
Group

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

1

BC1000

Chemistry for Biosciences

1

15

1

AB1001

Techniques in Bio
science

1

15

Suggested Elective Modules: Choose from the other core option module or:

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB1103

Plants and the Environment

1

15

AB1101

Introductory Microbiology

1

15

AB1000

Introduction to Animal Biology

2

15

Lev
el 2 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB3017

Science Communication and Graduate Skills

1

15

AB3024

Gene Manipul
ation

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



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30

Microbiology Combined/Joint P
athway 77310 (DJ/MB)


Level 1 Core Modules


Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB1101

Introductory Microbiology

1

15

AB1103

Plants and the Environment

1

15

AB1000

Introduction to Animal Biology

2

15


Core Option Modules: none

Suggested Elect
ive Modules: Choose from

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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
Code

Module na
me

Semester

Credits

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

Biochem
istry Practicals (15 credits)

1 or 2

15

Level 3 Core Modules

Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB3018

Advanced Food Microbiology

1

15

AB3017

Science Communications and Graduate Skills

1

15

AB3026

Medical Microbiology and Public Health

2

15

C
ore 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



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31

Plant Biology Combined/Joint Pathway 77310 (DJ/PLB)


Level 1 Core M
odules


Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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
Code

Mo
dule name

Semester

Credits

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
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

AB2021

Form and Fun
ction 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 o
f Life

2

15

BC2006

Biochemistry Practicals (15 credits)

1 or 2

15

Level 3 Core Modules


Module
Code

Module name

Semester

Credits

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



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32

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 o
f 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.Kenwar
d@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 f
rom the Student representatives on the staff/student
liaison committee..


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33


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 Commit
tee 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 Co
mmittee


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 kno
w 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 repres
entatives.


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 elec
ted 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 you
r tutor or the Pathway’s Manager.



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34


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 Scien
ce 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 offe
red 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