UDBIIDFY - BSc (Hons) Biology of Infectious Disease (including foundation year)
|Highest award||Bachelor of Science||Level||Honours|
|Possible interim awards|
|Total credits for course||480|
|Awarding institution||London Metropolitan University|
|Teaching institutions||London Metropolitan University|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Course leader||Samireh Jorfi|
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.
This four-year course includes a Foundation Year (level three) which introduces students to the fundamentals of science to enable them to study Biology of Infectious Disease at level four. It makes no assumptions about prior scientific study. Students will gain a solid grounding in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and mathematics relevant to these subject areas. Practical sessions in the Science Centre help students gain proficiency at experimental work, and are delivered within PR3001 (Scientific Studies).
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.
11. an appreciation of the fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and numeracy.
Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference
Module Title Module Code
Scientific Studies PR3001
Laboratory Science BC4001
Cell and Molecular Biology BC4003
Anatomy and Physiology BC4004
Chemistry (for Biosciences) BC4051
Molecular Biology BE5060
Human Immunity BE5061
Infection Science BC5002
Tissue Science BC5003
Ethics for Science BC5K55
Work Placement BC6W54
Advanced Infection & Tissue Science BC6003
Fundamentals of Biotechnology BE6061
Infection Control BC6060
Systems pathology BC6051
Applied Immunology BC6053
Learning Outcomes LO1 - LO11
Principle QAA benchmark statements
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
Preparatory Dip HE
PR3001 Scientific Studies
BC4003 Cell & Molecular Biology
BC4004 Anatomy & Physiology
BE5060 Molecular Biology
DipHE Biology of Infectious Disease
BE5061 Human Immunity
BC5002 Infection Science
BC5003 Tissue Science
BC6P01 Project BSc Biology of Infectious Disease
BC6003 Advance Infection and Tissue Science
BE6061 Fundamentals of Biotechnology
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.
Upon graduation you could enter a number of careers that require knowledge of biology and infectious disease, including:
- bioanalytical medical genetics
- forensic science
- health and safety and information services
- medical research
- science education
- the wider pharmaceutical industry
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)
If you meet the UCAS points criteria but obtained a D/3 in English and/or Mathematics at GCSE, you may be offered a University test in these areas.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Official use and codes
|Approved to run from||2019/20||Specification version||1||Specification status||Validated|
|Original validation date||17 Jul 2019||Last validation date||17 Jul 2019|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
Stage 1 Level 03 September start Offered
Stage 1 Level 03 January start Not currently offered
Stage 2 Level 04 October start Offered
|BC4003||Cell & Molecular Biology||Core||30|
|BC4004||Anatomy & Physiology||Core||30|
|BC4051||Chemistry (for Biosciences)||Core||15|
Stage 3 Level 05 September start Offered
|BC5K55||Ethics for Science||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||THU||PM|