UDNSCBFY - BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology) (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|
|Subject Area||Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning
This course enables students to maintain a breadth of science subjects not afforded by a typical Biology degree, reflecting the increasingly multidisciplinary nature of scientific research and enterprise. Consequently, this breadth of scientific knowledge and related technical and transferable skills and competencies will equip students to progress to further study in various post-graduate degree programmes or into several areas of the biological, biochemical or pharmaceutical industries. The increased flexibility within this course allows students to more easily tailor their module pathway towards a unique degree suited to their personal interests and future employment.
The BSc course in Natural Sciences (Including Foundation Year) provides detailed theoretical and practical education in the fundamental aspects of physical, chemical and biological sciences, and more in-depth practical and technical aspects of the natural sciences. The material will be delivered by a range of mechanisms designed to allow the student to maximise the use of their preferred learning style (traditional lecture/tutorial sessions, guided independent learning, use of IT-based material such as VLOs, peer-assisted sessions).
Utilisation of the University’s VLE, WebLearn has become an invaluable tool with which to disseminate information and to support and assess student learning. Online progress tests will be used to provide students with feedback on their progress. Exams in several modules are delivered as online exams. Feedback will be delivered online and through provision of tutorial question and answer sessions and other formative exercises.
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 6 Research Project provides the ultimate measure of experimental and other practical skills. The excellent Science Centre provides an unrivalled facility in which to carry out the level 6 Research Project module. BSc project assessment will culminate in the presentation of a dissertation and a viva exam, designed to allow the student to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and understanding.
Students have access to the Learning Centre situated on the North campus. This has recently been comprehensively refurbished. It provides specific group study areas as well as access to a comprehensive and regularly reviewed range of textbooks, journals and online learning resources. In addition, there are ‘all access’ areas on the ground floor of the Tower building, the green lounge in Benwell Road and the newly fitted interactive teaching spaces in the Roding building. These areas come with comfortable seating and IT facilities.
This four-year course includes a Foundation Year (level three) which introduces students to the fundamentals of science to enable them to study Natural Sciences at level four. It makes no assumptions about prior scientific study. Students will gain a solid grounding in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and numeracy 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 programme aims to provide students with biological and biochemical knowledge and practical skills, as well as the ability to solve theoretical and practical problems especially at the interface between Biology and Chemistry. The range of knowledge and the variety of skills are a preparation for further study in Biology, Chemical Biology or multi-disciplinary areas within the Natural Sciences where Biology forms a primary component. The course aims to enhance the intellectual and practical skills necessary for the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of biochemical data in order to produce value in future employment. More generally, the course aims to develop an awareness of the ethical implications of modern scientific work and develop skills of self-evaluation and analysis to enhance career development.
Course learning outcomes
On the BSc Natural Sciences (Biology), the QAA outcomes for Biosciences and Chemistry have been referred to generate the generic area(s) for each specific outcome.
The learning outcomes for the BSc Natural Sciences (Biology) course are indicated below.
By the end of the course the student is expected to have developed:
1. A knowledge and understanding of the physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds and the ability to analyse critically how they react and interact on a molecular basis;
2. A knowledge and understanding of analytical techniques and the ability to apply them in the collection and analyses of biochemical data, and the structural determination/composition of a chemical compound, including regards to validity, accuracy, calibration, precision and reproducibility;
3. The practical and analytical skills necessary to safely carry out, interpret results, and draw conclusions from, experimental work such as might be required of a competent professional within the areas of biology, chemistry or biochemistry;
4. Higher order skills that are reflected in their ability to construct logical and reasoned arguments to support their position on the social and ethical impact of advances in biochemistry;
5. A knowledge of the diversity of cell types, and an understanding of the relationship between cellular structure and function, and of the mechanisms by which individual cells interact in complex organs and multicellular organisms;
6. An understanding of the structure and chemical function of biological molecules, of information storage, transfer and processing in living systems and of metabolic processes and their control;
7. The ability to analyse different situations and devise approaches to solving problems showing a high level of understanding and reasoning, incorporating the skills of self-reflection and self-management, to offer their own interpretation of provided information;
8. The analytical skills to provide a realistic assessment of their own level of achievement and devise strategies for ensure their personal development is fitted to their career goals.
9 The ability to communicate a subject clearly and accurately orally, and in a variety of forms of written English;
10. Employ a full range of investigative skills which can be applied to any set task; use analytical and reviewing skills in order to produce accurate summaries based on a body of literature.
11. An appreciation of the fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and
Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference
Scientific Studies PR3001
Laboratory Science CY4001
General Chemistry CY4051
Concepts in Chemistry CY4005
Cell and Molecular Biology CY4003
Analytical Science CY5007
Inorganic Chemistry CY5009
Physical Chemistry CY5010
Molecular Biology BE5060
Principles of Pharmacodynamics and Drug Actions CY5011A
Human Immunity BE5061
Research Project BC6P01
Advanced Physical Chemistry CY6059
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry CY6010A
Systems Pharmacology CY6051
Bioinformatics & Molecular Modelling BE6056
Medical Genetics CY6055
Advanced Bioanalytical Science CY6061
Ethics for Science BC5K55
Work Placement CY6W54
Learning Outcomes LO 1 - LO 11
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.
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.
Formative assessments include group activities in tutorial classes, mini-tests and project workshops.
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. Students must be advised on funding implications of extending their course to five years.
Course specific regulations
Exemption from UG Awards Framework has been granted regarding Level 5 delivery (2x30 credits plus 4x15 credits).
Modules required for interim awards
The cores for the award of BSc (Hons) are listed in course structure section. For intermediate awards, any combination of the modules from the course spec would be appropriate.
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. Students will undertake to produce their personal development plan (PDP) during their undergraduate career or in the workplace. PDP can include other activities outside of the academic aspect of university life.
PDP is designed to allow students to articulate the skills developed during their undergraduate career and encourages them to critically reflect on their learning experience, to set new personal and academic goals and evaluate progress made in achieving those goals. PDP activities will be specifically incorporated into core modules on the course to ensure all students undertake reflective practises throughout their course of study.
Progress with Undergraduate 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. This process assists students in developing as independent learners, identifying their strengths and weaknesses. This will be of benefit throughout their future career. One module at each level will be used to specifically develop employability and reflective activities. At level 4 this is CY4001 – Laboratory science and at level 5, CY5007 – Analytical Science. At level 6, BC6P01 – the research project module is used – which requires research of the topic, planning and executing practical activities, analysis of results and re-evaluation of the direction of the work provides an appropriate forum to emphasise the importance of reflection and of the skills (both transferable and subject-specific) gained during the course.
Students at all levels will take part in tutorials 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.
Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development
There is a wide range of career opportunities relating to the natural sciences, or postgraduate studies, which students can enter on completion of the course. Employment opportunities include research and development in the biochemical industry, education and healthcare, with roles such as developer, lab technician. The analytical and communication skills developed on the course are also in demand in non-science-based careers such as teaching, journalism and marketing.
A degree in science can lead to a wide range of hugely rewarding careers, with opportunities to work in biological research, public health laboratories and hospitals, as well as a wide range of other industries.
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 (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2) – if you meet the UCAS points criteria but have obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths 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||16 Aug 2019||Last validation date||16 Aug 2019|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
Stage 1 Level 03 September start Offered
Stage 1 Level 03 January start Offered
Stage 2 Level 04 October start Offered
|CY4003||Cell and Molecular Biology||Core||30|
|CY4005||Concepts in Chemistry||Core||30|
Stage 3 Level 05 Not currently offered
|CY5009||Inorganic Chemistry||Alt Core||30|
|CY5010||Physical Chemistry||Alt Core||30|
|CY5011A||Principles of Pharmacodynamics and Drug Actions||Option||15|
Stage 4 Level 06 Not currently offered
|CY6010A||Advanced Inorganic Chemistry||Alt Core||15|
|CY6059||Advanced Physical Chemistry||Alt Core||15|
|BC5K55||Ethics for Science||Option||15|
|BE6056||Bioinformatics & Molecular Modelling||Option||15|
|CY6061||Advanced Bioanalytical Science||Option||15|