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UDBIINDI - BSc Biology of Infectious Disease

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Human Sciences
Subject Area Biosciences
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time Day 7 YEARS  
Course leader Simon Dryden

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The BSc course is designed to promote an understanding of the multi-disciplinary areas of the Biology of Infectious Disease. Students will develop knowledge and skills which will empower them to be autonomous professional practitioners. The course will foster high level reasoning skills and promote lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD).
Teaching and learning activities are integrated with assessment processes in line with the School learning and teaching strategy. A Blended approach with an emphasis is placed on self-directed and problem based learning within a lecture/tutorial/ practical framework and materials delivered via the VLE allowing students to be actively involved in the learning process, and encouraged to recognise and develop their own learning style. Students will explore case studies to promote critical reasoning within a professional context. They will compare laboratory diagnostic methods, consider new methodologies and examine research literature. Tutorial exercises and progress tests will be used to provide students with feedback on their progress. Students are expected to complement formal teaching with self-directed reading. The summative assessment of students’ knowledge base and their understanding will be incorporated into formal in-course tests/exercises and the individual presentation completed at the end of each unit. Coursework and online tests are also used to provide formative feedback. Formative diagnostic assessment of knowledge and understanding is carried out, particularly during the initial stages of the course.
Practical skills are highly sought after by future employers so there is a focus on developing practical skills as an essential part of the BSc course and students have access to the unparalleled facilities in the Science Centre Laboratory. Practical classes are designed to reinforce the knowledge from the lectures and tutorials. Practical skills exercises at each level are used to monitor proficiency at experimental work. Assessment of Data handling skills are embedded in practical reports, problem solving exercises, information abstracting and reviewing exercises, poster presentations and seminar presentations. The level six Independent Research Project provides the ultimate measure of experimental and other practical skills. The excellent science centre also provides an unrivalled facility in which to carry out the practical skills. BSc project assessment will culminate in the presentation of a dissertation and a poster/oral exam, designed to allow the student to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and understanding.

Course aims

The course aims to promote a good knowledge-skills balance enhancing the professional practice of the students. These aims are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for Biosciences (2015). The course aims to provide a sound scientific base in all those subjects necessary for the understanding of the Biology of Infectious Disease. Graduates with extensive knowledge and understanding of pathological and non-pathological life processes together with competence in associated technical and transferable skills. Successful graduates will be equipped for employment in the medical and allied research institutes and in information science. The analytical, numerical and communication skills developed by graduates are also in demand in non-science-based careers such as those in the financial services sector, marketing and company administration.
The aims of the single honours in Biology of Infectious Disease course are to; consider the scope of the subject area, producing graduates informed by the impact of research and cognizant with life processes from the molecular to the body/systems level in health and disease. Graduates will have been provided with theoretical appreciation and practical laboratory experience of how disease is identified, assessed and treatment monitored. The course also aims to develop enhanced comprehension, evaluative and problem solving skills and the ability to receive and communicate ideas and information appropriately.

Course learning outcomes

On the course, in line with the QAA framework for higher education students will, on completion of the award, have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in the designated field of study which is typically on graduating with a bachelor's degree with honours in Biology of Infectious Disease students should be able to have developed:
By the end of the course the student is expected to have developed:
1. an appreciation and understanding of the depth and breadth of Biology of Infectious Disease, the requirements for laboratory safety, QA, QC, and accreditation bodies.
2. knowledge and understanding of the molecules, structures, systems and processes which underpin normal cell, tissue and body functioning
3. knowledge and understanding of aetiology and pathogenesis and their relationship to laboratory diagnostics
4. critically evaluate and integrate information, and scientific research and develop ideas on issues, methodologies and processes within a Biology of Infectious Disease context
5. devise working hypotheses and means of testing these within specified constraints
6. construct logical and reasoned arguments to support their position on the social and ethical impact of advances in the Biology of Infectious Disease
7. undertake self-reflection and demonstrate the skills of self-management, self-presentation and decision making
8. communicate concepts, principles and information effectively by oral and written means with clarity and confidence
9. recognise & gain personal responsibility, whether working individually or as a member of a team and respect the ethical standards and professional codes of conduct established within the scientific community
10. identify and work towards targets for personal, academic and career development, and implement strategies for updating, maintaining and enhancing knowledge and skills.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

Module Title Module Code
Laboratory Science BC4001
Cell and Molecular Biology BC4003
Anatomy and Physiology BC4004
Chemistry (for Biosciences) BC4051
Biochemistry BC4052
Molecular Biology BE5060
Human Immunity BE5061
Infection Science BC5002
Tissue Science BC5003
Ethics for Science BC5K55
Work Placement BC6W54
Metabolism BE5058
Parasitology BC5052
Project BC6P01
Advanced Infection & Tissue Science BC6003
Fundamentals of Biotechnology BE6061
Infection Control BC6060
Systems pathology BC6051
Toxicology BE6057
virology BC6052
Applied Immunology BC6053

Learning Outcomes - 1 - 10

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Biosciences 2015

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed through a variety of methods including problem solving exercises, in-class test, data analysis, practical reports, case studies, oral presentations, extended essays, examinations, research project interim report, oral examination and dissertation. The choice of assessment instrument chosen to test the specified learning outcomes and to support students’ different learning styles. These methods are aligned with the School assessment strategy and the assessment is the responsibility of the academic staff delivering the module. Assessment is part of the learning process and confirms the outcomes of the learning process. It also provides formative feedback on curriculum design and delivery and, via the on-going iterative process of module monitoring, makes a significant contribution to the continued development and improvement of the courses that links in with the School learning and teaching strategy. In light of this a variety of assessment methods will be used (see syllabi) including unseen written examinations, individual and group assignments.
Practical skills are summatively assessed through coursework assignments, including those in the project module. Data handling skills are summatively assessed by practical reports, problem solving exercises, oral presentations and examinations.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

The course includes the option to take either a 15 credit Work Placement module at level 6 or a 30 credit Sandwich Placement module between level 5 and level 6. Students are not allowed to register for both these modules.

Modules required for interim awards

CertHE Biosciences

BC4001 Laboratory Science
BC4051 Chemistry
BC4052 Biochemistry
BC4003 Cell & Molecular Biology
BC4004 Anatomy & Physiology

DipHE Biology of Infectious Disease

BE5060 Molecular Biology
BE5061 Human Immunity
BC5002 Infection Science
BC5003 Tissue Science
BC5052 Parasitology

BSc Biology of Infectious Disease

BC6P01 Project
BC6003 Advance Infection and Tissue Science
BE6061 Fundamentals of Biotechnology
BC6060 Infection Control

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

During the induction phase of the programme students will be introduced to structured reflection on their development of Undergraduate Skills which constitute much as the substance of personal development planning. Progress with such skills will be articulated to students as the programme progresses through feedback from tutors and peers enabling them to reflect on their progress based on the evidence available. Other activities outside of the academic aspect of university life will also contribute to aspects of Undergraduate Skills. Students will undertake the process of compiling their Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) during their undergraduate career or in the workplace. PDP is designed to articulate the skills which the student has developed and helps them to critically review their learning experiences, set future personal and academic goals and evaluate their progress towards these goals.
PDP will be embedded within each module and across the course with students given time to reflect on their learning. Students will take part in tutorials at all levels designed to facilitate discussion on what has been learnt in order that reflective learning will contribute to identifying objectives, success criteria, and action plans that can be included in PDPs. PDP is designed to assist students develop as independent learners, identify their strengths and weaknesses not only whilst studying at BSc level, but will be of benefit throughout their future career.
By way of modules: BC4001 Laboratory Science (Level 4); BE5061 Human Immunity (Level 5); and, BC6P01 Project (Level 6) students will progressively develop their PDP which will culminate in a CV and graduation statement. Students will take part in tutorials at all levels designed to facilitate discussion on what has been learnt in order that reflective learning will contribute to identifying objectives, success criteria, and action plans that can be included in PDPs. In addition at Level 6 in the research project module the supervisor will initially assist with the clarifying the terms of the research project, establishing a timetable for the research and subsequent meetings, directed background reading as well as report format and writing and statistical analysis and students will also develop their graduate statement.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Model CVs, covering letters, graduation statements, job adverts, job descriptions and person specifications for use by Academic Tutors and students are provided within course and module VLE pages. A number of employer and alumni-led career events will be organised by the School and each Subject Group. Also process of personal development planning takes place throughout the course to help students to crystallise their aims, reflect on their progress and plan ahead in the context of employability and career goals. In addition there are formal arrangements for Practitioners and the Careers Service to contribute to the embedded Employability skills throughout the degree programme. Further careers input will also be provided for those electing for the Work Placement module.

Career opportunities

This is a new course at London Met. As a graduate of this degree, you’ll be equipped for employment in the medical and allied research institutes, health agency laboratories, bioanalytical medical genetics and forensic units, health and safety and information services, science education and the wider pharmaceutical industry. Graduates from related courses such as Biological Science BSc have gone on to work for organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology.

The analytical, numerical and communication skills you’ll have developed are also in demand in non-science-based careers, such as those in the financial services sector, marketing and company administration.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels, with C in Biology and C in Chemistry (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits—you should take Level 3 qualifications in Biology and Chemistry in addition to your Advanced Diploma)
  • English language and mathematics GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Sciences Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2017/18 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 31 May 2017 Last validation date 31 May 2017  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes
Route code BIINDI

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BC4001 Laboratory Science Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
BC4003 Cell & Molecular Biology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
BC4004 Anatomy & Physiology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
BC4051 Chemistry (for Biosciences) Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
BC4052 Biochemistry Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BC5002 Infection Science Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
BC5003 Tissue Science Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
BC5052 Parasitology Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI PM
BE5060 Molecular Biology Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
BE5061 Human Immunity Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
BC5K55 Ethics for Science Option 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
          NORTH SPR WED PM
BC6W54 Work Placement Option 15 NORTH AUT NA  
          NORTH SPR NA  
BE5058 Metabolism Option 15 NORTH AUT WED AM

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BC6003 Advanced Infection & Tissue Science Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
BC6060 Infection Control Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
BC6P01 Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
BE6061 Fundamentals of Biotechnology Core 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
BC6051 Systems Pathology Option 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
BC6052 Virology Option 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
BC6053 Applied Immunology Option 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
BE6057 Toxicology Option 15 NORTH AUT THU PM