BSc Biological Science (with Education)

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Our BSc in Biological Sciences with Education allows you to explore biology while preparing for a rewarding career in teaching. Alongside core modules covered in your BSc Biological Sciences, you’ll undertake teaching practice modules, which will include a guaranteed school placement at the end of your first year.

You’ll receive additional teaching experience through classroom observation placements, as well as in seminars and workshops delivered by our School of Education and Lifelong Learning. And the exposure to education and the understanding you’ll gain will put you in a great position to progress to the UEA PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) course when you graduate.

Overview

Our BSc in Biological Sciences with Education will allow you to gain the crucial knowledge and practical skills central to biological science.

You’ll have a guaranteed placement in a local secondary school and a range of biology options to choose from, so that you can tailor your course to your specific interests. In addition, you can choose modules from the School of Education to further your understanding of education.

You’ll also gain crucial independent research experience and you’ll complete a compulsory project module in education research, as well as one in your chosen area of Biological Science.

At UEA we are uniquely partnered with the Norwich Research Park, providing you with access to learning experience that is dynamic and fascinating – and fueled by current research, which is happening right here, right now.

Course Structure

The flexibility of the programme encourages you to explore and pursue your own specialist interests within Biological Sciences and Education as the course progresses.

Year 1

In year one you’ll complete modules covering all the major areas of biology, as well as others to give you a grounding in mathematics, statistics, and chemistry. You’ll also be encouraged to get involved in extracurricular education and science communication activity across the Science Faculty.

Year 2

In year two you’ll complete a compulsory work placement module, ‘Education in Action’. You will then have the opportunity to select from more than 25 advanced optional modules, covering a diverse range of biological subjects, from Biochemistry and Cell Biology to Behavioral Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. These module choices will also include options in Education, covering both theory and practice.

Year 3

In your third and final year you’ll complete ‘Education Research’ – a compulsory module through which you’ll produce an independent Education project. You’ll also have the chance to apply your developing scientific interests through independent research, as you complete a substantial scientific research project, too.

Teaching and Learning

Your degree course will feature a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops and practical sessions. Some lectures and practicals may take a ‘flipped’ approach to learning, where you will be expected to read and carry out specific tasks prior to attending.

Independent study

Throughout your degree coursework and exams will provide opportunities for independent study. However, this will be best exemplified by your final year research projects: you’ll complete one in Education, and another in your preferred area of Biological Science.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods throughout the course to best reflect the subject matter in hand. These include formal examinations, essays, practical reports, portfolio work, project work, dissertations and course tests.

After the course

You’ll graduate prepared for a PGCE qualification or for teacher training through routes such as School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT).

If you decide not to pursue a career in teaching, your degree will also open up careers associated with science and communication, such as science journalism, science events and society careers, and science presentation in museums. Beyond the physical sciences, the analytical and numerical skills you’ll have developed will allow you to consider a wide range of jobs where analytical insight is required.

You could also decide to remain in the world of academia, studying for a Masters degree or PhD.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include:

  • Teaching
  • Science communication
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Research scientist
  • Management training

Course related costs

In addition to the standard fees, you’ll be expected to cover the costs of travel to and from your work placement as part of the ‘Education in Action’ module. You will also need to pay for and complete a DBS check prior to commencing the course.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

BIODIVERSITY

This module explores life on Earth. You will be introduced to the major groups of microorganisms, plants and animals. You will explore the evolutionary relationships that link the major groups and discover the immense biodiversity of living organisms. Central to this evolutionary path is how microorganisms, plants and animal invaded the land and coped with limited water. You will study this subject through lectures, workshops, laboratory-based practical classes and field trips. You will gain practical experience handling a wide range of organisms and learn how to report experimental work that you carry out. A key part of this module is the production of a learning portfolio which will help develop independent study skills in relation to the topic of the module.

BIO-4001A

20

EVOLUTION, BEHAVIOUR AND ECOLOGY

Why do trees grow tall? Why do male birds have long bright feathers? Why do people cooperate? Why does sex exist? Why do we grow old and die? These and other questions in biology can be understood if we learn how to think in terms of natural selection and adaptation. This module introduces the main concepts in evolutionary theory, from the original ideas introduced by Darwin to the modern developments, and uses these concepts to understand a wide range of topics in behaviour and ecology. We start from evolution and discuss how Darwin arrived at the idea of natural selection, its critiques and how to address them; we then study the basics of Mendelian genetics and population genetics and learn how to check if a population is evolving' we discuss adaptation and optimization in biology; then we move to specific issues like the evolution of reproductive systems and life cycles, the evolution of stable sex-ratios and coevolution between species; we discuss the concept of selfish genes and how it helps us think in terms of adaptation; we study the methods used to understand long-term evolution and speciation; and we conclude the first part with ideas from evolutionary medicine to understand why we get sick, and human evolution and social behaviour. In the second part of the module we focus to ecology: we discuss the general concepts of abiotic limits, resources and models of intraspecific competition and logistic growth; we learn the basic concepts of demography and population growth, interspecific competition, predation, predator-prey dynamics, and we discuss at length mutualism and cooperation in nature; finally we talk about the nature of the English countryside and issues in conservation biology and ecosystem services. In the third part we focus on behaviour: after a general introduction on the key concepts in the study of animal behaviour we discuss cooperation among non-kin and the concept of kin selection and kin conflict; we review animal communication and models of sexual selection and sexual conflict.

BIO-4002B

20

MOLECULES, GENES AND CELLS

You will explore the principles of how information is stored in DNA, how it is expressed, copied and repaired, and how DNA is transmitted between generations. You will gain an introduction to fundamental aspects of biochemistry and cell biology. The essential roles played by proteins and enzymes in signalling, transport and metabolism will be considered in terms of their structures. You will discover how living cells are visualised and the nature of the cell's component membranes and organelles.

BIO-4013Y

40

PHYSIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY FOR LIFE SCIENCES

You will gain an understanding of the key aspects of physical and biological chemistry that underpin the physiology of living systems. You will also gain a basic understanding of a number of physiological processes and functioning of major organ systems of the human body.

BIO-4009Y

20

SKILLS FOR BIOLOGISTS

The aim of the module is to provide you with a broad range of skills that you will need as biologists and in future employment. You will develop a working knowledge of mathematics and statistics, and skills relating to information retrieval, structuring writing and arguments, data analysis, team work, presenting work verbally and visually and an appreciation of the role of ethics in science.

BIO-4008Y

20

Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits

EDUCATION IN ACTION

EDU-5002A

20

Students will select 40 - 100 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

BIOCHEMISTRY

You will develop further understanding of contemporary biochemistry, especially in relation to mammalian physiology and metabolism. With a particular focus on proteins and their biochemical activities, you will examine their involvement in cellular reactions, bioenergetics and signalling processes.

BIO-5002A

20

BIOLOGY IN SOCIETY

Discuss a variety of aspects of Biology in society - ranging from ethical considerations of GM crops and designer babies to the portrayal of biological science in the media and science fiction. This module will provide you with an opportunity to explore various aspects of biology in society. Specific topics covered will involve aspects of contemporary biological science that have important ethical considerations for society, such as GM crops, DNA databases, designer babies and stem cell research. You will critically analyse the way biological sciences issues are represented in popular literature and the media. What was once viewed as science fiction has sometimes become scientific reality. Conversely, science fiction can often portray science inaccurately. You will also research relevant scientific literature and discover the degree of scientific accuracy represented within examples of science fiction.

BIO-5012Y

20

CELL BIOLOGY

This module explores the molecular organisation of cells and the regulation of cellular changes, with some emphasis on medical cell biology. Dynamic properties of cell signalling, growth factor function and aspects of cancer biology and immunology. Regulation of the internal cell environment (information flow, cell growth, division and motility), the relationship of the cell to its extracellular matrix and the determination of cell phenotype. Aspects of cell death, developmental biology, mechanisms of tissue renewal and repair. It is suggested that students taking this module should also take Molecular Biology (BIO-5003B) and/or Genetics (BIO-5009A).

BIO-5005B

20

CHILDHOOD, YOUTH AND TRANSITIONS

This module will explore key ideas, contemporary issues and notions of 'risk' within the context of childhood, youth and transitions. It will draw on psychological and sociological theories to consider the role of education within these areas. This module aims to provide you with: - Knowledge and understanding of the sociology and psychology relating to transitions within childhood and youth sectors; - A theoretical understanding of notions of 'risk' and transition; - An analytical understanding of educational and social policy, provision and practice relating to childhood and youth sectors; - A critical understanding of contemporary issues for children and young people. Assessment: Coursework 100%

EDUB5013A

20

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

This module will provide you with an introduction to key areas of psychology with a focus on learning and teaching in education. By the end of the module you should be able to: - Discuss the role of perception, attention and memory in learning; - Compare and contrast key theories related to learning, intelligence, language, thinking and reasoning; - Critically reflect on key theories related to learning,intelligence, language, thinking and reasoning in the practical context; - Discuss the influence of key intrapersonal, interpersonal and situational factors on pupils learning and engagement in educational settings. Assessment: Coursework 100%

EDUB5012A

20

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND OUTDOOR LEARNING

This module is about gaining insights into the benefits of learning outside the classroom and developing an understanding about the possible activities which can be undertaken to enhance the learning and wellbeing of varying groups at various stages of development. You will undertake a range of fieldwork activities, led by those with experience in organising and leading educational visits and whilst doing this, develop skills which will enable you to make effective and informed decisions in organising your own educational visits. You will also organise and spend a day with a provider who runs educational visits to gain insights in to this industry. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Understand the terminology associated with outdoor learning, environmental education, educational visits and fieldwork; #Become familiar with aspects of the perceived curricular, social, affective and behavioural benefits of outdoor learning and educational visits; #Reflect upon the significance of prior experiences as starting points for fieldwork participation and reflection; #Understand how different fieldwork approaches can relate to learning outcomes; #Gain insights into the logistical and organisational arrangements associated with arranging educational visits; #Appreciate different methods of data collection associated with fieldwork tasks; #Gain a knowledge of issues and places through first-hand participation in fieldwork. By the end of this module you will be able to: #Identify and critically reflect upon evidence from informed, effective educational visits and fieldwork investigations; #Engage with professional educational visit providers to arrange appropriate fieldwork for your target audience; #Provide evidence based rationale for educational visits; #Identify and critique suitable locations based on a knowledge of risk assessment and logistics of fieldwork; #Effectively evaluate fieldwork approaches to the learning outcomes you identify. Assessment: Coursework 100%

EDUB5004B

20

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

This module investigates the principles of evolutionary biology, covering various sub-disciplines, i.e. adaptive evolution, population ecology, molecular and population genetics, speciation, biogeography, systematics, and finishing with an overview of Biodiversity. This module will enable you to understand, analyse and evaluate the fundamentals of evolutionary biology and be able to synthesise the various components into an overall appreciation of how evolution works. Key topics and recent research will be used to highlight advances in the field and inspire thought. Weekly interactive workshops will explore a number of the conceptual issues in depth through discussions, modelling and problem solving. Although there are no pre-requisites in terms of specific modules, students without a basic understanding of Evolution and Genetics will have difficulties undertaking this module.

BIO-5008B

20

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY

This module will provide you with an understanding of the themes and principles of physiology and a detailed knowledge of the major human organ systems. An understanding of how disease affects the ability of organ systems to maintain the status quo will be an important part of this course.

BIO-5004A

20

MICROBIOLOGY

A broad module covering all aspects of the biology of microorganisms, providing key knowledge for specialist modules. Detailed description is given about the cell biology of bacteria, fungi and protists together with microbial physiology, genetics and environmental and applied microbiology. The biology of disease-causing microorganisms (bacteria, viruses) and prions is also covered. Practical work provides hands-on experience of important microbiological techniques, and expands on concepts introduced in lectures. The module should appeal to biology students across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

BIO-5015B

20

THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE IN THE CONTEXT OF LEARNING, TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL POLICY

The aim of this module is: To help students consider the complex relationship between language and learning, the implications this relationship has for teaching, and how education-policy has addressed some issues to do with language and 'literacy'. By the end of the course it is hoped you will better understand: a) key issues surrounding the learning and/or teaching of reading, writing, talking and listening in English; b) the importance for learning of different kinds of talk in classrooms; c) contrasting approaches to understanding and teaching 'literacy'; d) how the language of formal education can construct particular views of the child. Content: Through seminars, mini-lectures, student presentations and creative work you will meet and investigate some ideas and theories to do with language and learning in English, and some educational policy related to this. Why isn't teaching just a matter of telling, and learning just a matter of listening? How do children learn, or teach themselves, to read, write and talk? Whose English (spoken and written) counts in formal education, who says, and why? If new technologies are changing English, what are the implications for formal education? And how might your language create your identity as well as express it?

EDUB5017B

20

WHAT IS TEACHING? THE TEACHER'S ROLE AND PRACTICE IN DIFFERENT SETTINGS

You'll explore and gain insight into the nature of' 'teaching' and 'learning' in a range of educational institutions and settings in the UK. By the end of this module you'll be expected to understand: what it means to be a teacher in different educational contexts; a range of teaching strategies and practices used to support effective learning in various settings and the need for a critical appreciation of the function of different educational institutions, the opportunities they offer and their cultural contexts. There will be opportunities to investigate specific aspects of teaching which are of particular interest to individuals.

EDUB5001A

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

COMMUNITY, ECOSYSTEM AND MACRO-ECOLOGY

This module introduces you to major concepts and definitions in community ecology, macro-ecology and biogeography. You will use these to explore how communities are structured in relation to local-scale to regional-scale processes, how they function and respond to perturbations at different scales, and result in emergent macro- to global-scale patterns of biodiversity distribution. Throughout the module, there is an emphasis on the relevance of theory and fundamental science to understanding the current environmental and biodiversity crisis. Anthropogenic impacts on natural communities through land-use, species exploitation, non-native species, and climate change, are a recurrent theme underpinning the examples you will draw upon.

BIO-5014B

20

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

You will be given a background to the fundamental principles of molecular biology, in particular the nature of the relationship between genetic information and the synthesis, and three dimensional structures, of macromolecules. You will also gain practical experience of some of the techniques used for the experimental manipulation of genetic material, and the necessary theoretical framework. The module also includes an introduction to bioinformatics, the computer-assisted analysis of DNA and protein sequence information.

BIO-5003B

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 0-40 credits: 20 in SEM1 and 20 in SEM2.

Name Code Credits

BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY

We will explore how evolution and ecology shape animal behaviour, examining how important traits have evolved to maximise survival and reproduction in the natural environment. Darwinian principles provide the theoretical framework, and we will explore key concepts of selfishness, altruism, conflict, survival, optimality, reproduction, parental care and death. Relevant research will be used to lead our understanding of the ultimate function of key traits. In parallel with the lectures, students design, conduct, analyse and present their own research project, working in a group to collect original data in order to answer a question about the adaptive significance of behaviour.

BIO-5010B

20

FIELD ECOLOGY

This module aims to introduce you to a wide range of habitats and methods for studying the organisms and natural processes occurring in these habitats. The focus is on identification of species and on formulating and testing hypotheses to investigate interactions between species and their habitats or on examining environmental gradients. The module includes a two week residential field trip to Ireland before the start of the first semester in the autumn term. This module would suit you if you are interested in natural history, geography, ecology and designing and testing scientific hypotheses.

BIO-5013A

20

GENETICS

The aim is to provide you with an appreciation of genetics at a fundamental and molecular level and to demonstrate the importance and utility of genetic studies. Genetics and molecular biology lie at the heart of biological processes, ranging from cancer biology to evolution.

BIO-5009A

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Students must check that the module chosen from this range does not have a timetable clash with modules already selected, noting that no more than one module with the same timetable slot an be taken in on semester. Please note that if you would like to study a SCI module not listed below, please speak to the Course Director.

Name Code Credits

AQUATIC ECOLOGY

Explore how chemical, physical and biological influences shape the biological communities of rivers, lakes and estuaries in temperate and tropical regions. Three field visits and laboratory work, usually using microscopes and sometimes analysing water quality, provide an important practical component to this module. A good complement to other ecology modules, final-year Catchment Water Resources and modules in development studies or geography, it can also be taken alongside Aquatic Biogeochemistry or other geochemical and hydrology modules. Students selecting this module must have a background in basic statistical analysis of data.

ENV-5001A

20

CONSERVATION, ECOLOGY AND BIODIVERSITY IN THE TROPICS (FIELDCOURSE)

NOTE: There will be a significant additional cost to this module to cover the costs of transportation and accommodation in the field. Costs will be detailed at an initial meeting for interested students. 2017/18 costs were GBP1300 per student. Students will need to provide any visas required for entry into the host country, sturdy walking boots and appropriate field clothing. all attendees must ensure that all travel vaccinations etc are in order prior to departure. Conservation ecology and biodiversity are central areas of research in the biological sciences and they share many theories, concepts and scientific methods. This module intends to take a practical approach to the commonalities in these areas using a combination of seminar work and fieldwork. The seminars will develop ideas in tropical biology and students will research issues affecting conservation of biodiversity in the tropics, considering the species ecology and the habitats, threats and challenges. There will be a significant component of small group work and directed, independent learning. The field component of this module will be a two week residential field trip to the tropics, one of two field sites (depending on numbers of students and availability).The field sites are run by expert field ecologists and during the two weeks we will explore the local environment, learn about the ecology of the landscape and about the species that inhabit the area. We will develop and run practical sessions on survey and census techniques, use of technology in modern field biology and the role of protected areas in species conservation. Students will conduct original research on the field trip, informed by prior research at UEA, to gain a deeper understanding of an aspect of tropical biology. There will be an assessed presentation on the field trip and many opportunities to develop the students own interests. All student participants will take an active role in the organisation and running of the module in order to gain project management and field logistics experience. Students will be responsible for the sourcing, storage and transport of field equipment on the way to the field site and of samples on the return to the UK. Students will gain experience of travelling to a remote area and of working through licensing and customs processes. At the end of the module a report is written on the field project in the style of a journal article addressing specific questions in ecology conservation or biodiversity. Throughout the module students will be expected to maintain a modern-media record of their project from the initial desk based work at UEA, through the field component to outcomes and reporting.

BIO-5020K

20

LOW CARBON ENERGY: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

This module examines the principles of energy science and technologies including energy generation and conversion, such as renewables, bioenergy and batteries. It provides a systematic and integrated account of the issues in energy resources and conversion. This knowledge is used to make a rational analysis of energy availability, applications and selections from physical, technical and environmental considerations. It also provides students with the opportunity to explore the future of energy provision in greater depth.

ENV-5022B

20

POPULATION ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

We live in a human dominated era recently designated "the Anthropocene". Humans harvest more than half of the primary productivity of the planet, many resources are over-exploited or depleted (e.g. fisheries) never before it was so important to correctly manage natural resources for an exponentially growing human population. It is, thus, fundamental to predict where other species occur and the sizes of their populations (abundance). Population Ecology is an area dedicated to the dynamics of population development. In this module we will look closely at how populations are regulated, from within through density dependent factors and from external density independent factors. We start the module with a global environmental change perspective to the management of populations and the factors that affect the population size. We then extend these ideas to help us understand population properties and processes both intra-specifically and inter-specifically. Finally we examine several management applications where we show that a good understanding of the population modelling is essential to correctly manage natural resources on the planet. Practicals include learning to survey butterflies and birds using citizen science monitoring projects and will be focused on delivering statistical analyses of "Big data" using the programme R. The projects will provide a strong training in both subject specific and transferrable skills.

ENV-5014A

20

SOIL PROCESSES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Through lectures, practical work, seminars and fieldwork, you'll explore the soil environment and the processes that occur within it. You'll gain an understanding of: basic soil components/properties; soil identification and classification; soil as a habitat; soil organisms; soil functions; the agricultural environment; soil-organism-agrochemical interaction; soil contamination; soil and climate change; soil ecosystem services and soil quality.

ENV-5012A

20

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

BIOLOGY RESEARCH SKILLS

Primarily an alternative to the 'Research Project' module, this module provides you with an introduction to biological research. It provides you an insight into the development of a hypothesis or questions to test, experimental design, and critical analysis. You will develop crucial research and work skills, including group work.

BIO-6023Y

40

EDUCATION RESEARCH

EDU-6001Y

20

RESEARCH PROJECT

This module will provide an understanding of how to conduct an independent, hypothesis driven research project. Projects involve extensive data collection, either in the laboratory or field, of a particular topic supervised by a member of staff of Biological Sciences or an affiliated institute. Topics are chosen in consultation with the supervisor. The project report is submitted at the end of the Spring Semester. Projects may also be available for suitably qualified year long visiting students registered in Biological Sciences. Students may be moved to BIO-6023Y Biology Research Skills based on Stage 2 results. Some supervisors require particular module enrolment for placement in their laboratory.

BIO-6019Y

40

Students will select 0 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Students cannot take BIO-6004A and BIO-6012A together.

Name Code Credits

CANCER BIOLOGY

Do you want to learn about the concepts and principles of genetic analysis of cancer? On this module you will learn about the various roles of genes in development, apoptosis, the cell cycle, metastasis and angiogenesis, for example, and discuss the potential for novel therapies. We work closely with experts at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital wherever possible, enabling you to gain an in-depth appreciation of cancer as a disease process from both the scientific and clinical viewpoints.

BIO-6009A

20

CELL BIOLOGY AND MECHANISMS OF DISEASE

Do you want to learn about the key topics within cell biology and understand how these relate to human diseases? You will learn about the structure and function of cells in health and disease through a combination of practical demonstrations, where you will experience some of the imaging techniques used in the study of Cell Biology. You will also participate in a workshop, where you will learn how to design experiments. This module will provide you with a solid understanding of aspects of cell structure, function and related diseases concerning: ubiquitination; the cytoskeleton; cell division; cell signalling in motility and wound healing; the extracellular matrix; growth factors and proliferation; cell differentiation and adult stem cells and apoptosis.

BIO-6006B

20

EMBRYO DEVELOPMENT AND STEM CELL BIOLOGY

You will study the mechanisms that drive embryonic development, including the signals and signalling pathways that lead to the establishment of the body plan, pattern formation, differentiation and organogenesis. Your lectures will cover different model organisms used in the study of development with a focus on vertebrate systems. The relevance of embryonic development to our understanding of human development and disease is a recurring theme throughout the module, which also covers stem cells and organoids and their role in enhancing our understanding of development and disease, healthy tissue maintenance and drug discovery.

BIO-6012A

20

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND OUTDOOR LEARNING

This module is about gaining insights into the benefits of learning outside the classroom and developing an understanding about the possible activities which can be undertaken to enhance the learning and wellbeing of varying groups at various stages of development. You will undertake a range of fieldwork activities, led by those with experience in organising and leading educational visits and whilst doing this, develop skills which will enable you to make effective and informed decisions in organising your own educational visits. You will also organise and spend a day with a provider who runs educational visits to gain insights in to this industry. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Understand the terminology associated with outdoor learning, environmental education, educational visits and fieldwork; #Become familiar with aspects of the perceived curricular, social, affective and behavioural benefits of outdoor learning and educational visits; #Reflect upon the significance of prior experiences as starting points for fieldwork participation and reflection; #Understand how different fieldwork approaches can relate to learning outcomes; #Gain insights into the logistical and organisational arrangements associated with arranging educational visits; #Appreciate different methods of data collection associated with fieldwork tasks; #Gain a knowledge of issues and places through first-hand participation in fieldwork. By the end of this module you will be able to: #Identify and critically reflect upon evidence from informed, effective educational visits and fieldwork investigations; #Engage with professional educational visit providers to arrange appropriate fieldwork for your target audience; #Provide evidence based rationale for educational visits; #Identify and critique suitable locations based on a knowledge of risk assessment and logistics of fieldwork; #Effectively evaluate fieldwork approaches to the learning outcomes you identify. Assessment: Coursework 100%

EDUB5004B

20

MICROBIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

This module provides an overview of the uses of microorganisms in biotechnological principles. It provides training in the basic principles that control microbiological culture growth, the microbial physiology and genetics that underpin the production of bioproducts such as biofuels, bioplastics, antibiotics and food products, as well as the use of micro-organisms in wastewater treatment and bioremediation.

BIO-6004A

20

MICROBIAL CELL BIOLOGY

This module will provide you with a detailed understanding of cutting-edge developments in microbial cell biology. You will cover essential techniques used to carry out modern day molecular microbiology. These techniques will be further explained to you in the context of work done on model microbial systems in research conducted on the Norwich Research Park (NRP). The module is taught to you by world-leading research scientists from the NRP and focuses on the structure and analysis of bacterial genomes, the bacterial cytoskeleton, sub-cellular localisation, cell shape and cell division and intercellular communication between bacteria and higher organisms. You will also have research-led seminars delivered by NRP PhD students.

BIO-6005B

20

PLANT BIOLOGY

The module studies the biochemical, physiological and developmental processes of plants.

BIO-5006A

20

Students will select 0 - 80 credits from the following modules:

You cannot take BIO-6001A and BIO-6018Y together.

Name Code Credits

CELLULAR SIGNALLING

How do cells receive and react to information from their external environment? What is the molecular basis for how cells respond to external signalling cues and how does this relate to physiological processes? Topics included in this module include cellular signalling by ion channels, G protein-coupled receptors, enzyme-linked receptors; the associated signal transduction mechanisms and relevance to human physiology and disease. The module includes aspects of the molecular basis of cellular signalling, structure-function relationships and pharmacology. You will study the molecular basis of cellular signalling by three principle receptor families, namely ion channels, G protein-coupled receptors and enzyme-linked receptors. You will build on your knowledge of cell biology and human physiology to deepen your understanding of cellular signalling. You will learn through lectures and independent study.

BIO-6003A

20

GENOMES, GENES AND GENOMICS

This module will provide you with knowledge of the biological analysis of genomes. This will focus on our understanding of genome composition, organisation and evolution, and the global regulation of gene expression. When you have completed this module you will understand contemporary methods that inform us about the biology of genomes.

BIO-6013A

20

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

This module provides a detailed coverage of the biology of selected infectious microorganisms, in the context of host and responses to pathogens. The properties of organs, cells and molecules of the immune system are described, along with the mechanism of antibody diversity generation, and the exploitation of the immune response for vaccine development. Examples of pathogens are used to illustrate major virulence strategies.

BIO-6010B

20

MOLECULAR ENZYMOLOGY IN BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE

The module sets out to explain the molecular basis of the often complex catalytic mechanisms of enzymes concentrating particularly on their relevance to and applications in biotechnology and medicine. An extended practical based on the kinetics of a model enzyme, chymotrypsin, helps underpin concepts learnt in the module.

BIO-6001A

20

PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

Plant biotechnology can play an important role in providing crop varieties with increased disease resistance, better P and N (Phosphorous and Nitrogen) use efficiency, and higher nutritional value. Plant biotechnology includes not just genetic modification, but any technology to obtain desirable traits in plants, such as mutagenesis and marker-assisted selection. The identification of important traits from wild germplasm and existing cultivars, and their introduction into elite cultivars has been achieved primarily using conventional plant breeding methods. This module will help you identify the major challenges for sustainable crop production, and highlight the role of plant biotechnology and current plant breeding strategies.

BIO-6025B

20

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

You will gain an understanding of how science is disseminated to the public and explore the theories surrounding learning and communication. You will investigate science as a culture and how this culture interfaces with the public. Examining case studies in a variety of different scientific areas, looking at how information is released in scientific literature and how this is subsequently picked up by the public press will provide you with an understanding of the importance of science communication. You will gain an appreciation of how science information can be used to change public perception and how it can sometimes be misinterpreted. You will also learn practical skills by designing, running and evaluating a public outreach event at a school or in a public area. If you wish to take this module, you will be required to write a statement of selection. These statements will be assessed and students will be allocated to the module accordingly.

BIO-6018Y

20

SOCIAL EVOLUTION

Life is organised hierarchically. Genes aggregate in cells, cells aggregate in organisms, and organisms aggregate in societies. Each step in the formation of this hierarchy is termed a major evolutionary transition. Because common principles of social evolution underlie each transition, the study of altruism and cooperation in nature has broadened out to embrace the fundamental hierarchical structure common to all life. This module investigates this new vision of social evolution. It explores how principles of social evolution underlying each transition illuminate our understanding of life's diversity and organisation, using examples ranging from selfish genetic elements to social insects and mammals.

BIO-6011B

20

Students will select 0 - 60 credits from the following modules:

BIO-6007B and BIO-6008B cannot be taken together.

Name Code Credits

EVOLUTION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE

The module provides up-to-date learning in evolutionary medicine and the evolution of disease. The module examines how evolutionary principles illuminate and provide fresh insight into a broad range of contemporary health problems including infectious, chronic and nutritional diseases and disorders. Topics are introduced in a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account the relationship between biology and society. The module covers 4 areas: (i) principles of evolutionary medicine - humans in their evolutionary context; (ii) evolution and non-infectious diseases (cancer, lifestyles, ageing); (iii) evolution and infection (vaccines, antibiotics, pathogens, emerging diseases); (iv) personalised medicine and social context of evolutionary medicine.

BIO-6017A

20

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION GENETICS

You will gain a deep understanding about conservation genetics / genomics based on an evolutionary / population-genetic framework, thereby covering contemporary issues in conservation biology, evolution, population biology, genetics, organismal phylogeny, Next Generation Sequencing, and molecular ecology. This is an advanced course in evolutionary biology / conservation genetics that will benefit you if you plan to continue with a postgraduate degree in ecology, genetics, conservation, or evolution. It is also ideal if you are wishing to deepen your knowledge in 1st and 2nd year conservation / evolution / genetics modules. A background in evolution, genetics, and/or molecular biology is highly recommended.

BIO-6008B

20

HOST-PARASITE INTERACTIONS

This module examines the complex interactions between parasites/diseases and their hosts and explores how the selection pressures that each side of these interactions impose lead to coevolutionary processes. We will take an overview of the role that such parasitic interactions may have played in the development of key biological traits. The module will include traditional parasitology (to set the scene and understand the complexity of the interactions), introducing the major groups of parasites and their hosts. We examine the role of parasites and host-parasite interactions in evolution, drawing examples from conservation, behaviour, current medical research, theoretical predictions and models.

BIO-6016A

20

MOLECULAR PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS

Plants interact with a range of microbes with consequences that are both beneficial (e.g. nitrogen-fixing symbioses between legumes and Rhizobium, and the wide ranging mycorrhizal interactions between plants and fungi) and harmful (with many diseases being caused by viruses, fungi and oomycetes). You will explore the ways in which the microbes recognise and invade host plants and the responses of plants to symbiotic and pathogenic microbes. The module is taught by scientists from the John Innes Centre, Sainsbury Laboratory, and UEA.

BIO-6007B

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Students must check that the module chosen from this range does not have a timetable clash with modules already selected, noting that no more than one module with the same timetable slot can be taken in one semester. Note that no more than 20 credits of level 5 modules can be taken at Stage 3. Please note you are able to take other SCI modules, if you would like to do so please speak with your Course Director.

Name Code Credits

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND HUMAN SOCIETY

l focus on the interactions between biodiversity and human societies. The module adopts a rigorous evidence-based approach. You will first critically examine the human drivers of biodiversity loss and the importance of biodiversity to human society, to understand how underlying perspectives and motivations influence approaches to conservation. You will then examine conflicts between human society and conservation and how these potentially can be resolved, reviewing institutions and potential instruments for biodiversity conservation in both Europe and developing countries. Coursework is inter-disciplinary and will require you to evaluate and communicate the quality of evidence showing effectiveness of conservation interventions and approaches.

ENV-6006A

20

BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE ECOLOGY

This module explores the evolution, biodiversity and ecology of bacteria, diatoms, coccolithophores and nitrogen fixers, and the physiology and distribution of zooplankton. Example ecosystems such as the Antarctic, mid ocean gyres and Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems will be studied in detail and predictions of the impact of environmental change (increasing temperature, decreasing pH, decreasing oxygen, and changes in nutrient supply) on marine ecosystem dynamics will be examined. Biological oceanographic methods will be critically evaluated. The module will include a reading week in week 7 and a voluntary employability visit to the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). You are expected to have some background in biology, e.g. have taken a biology, ecology or biogeochemistry based second year module.

ENV-6005A

20

BIOLOGY IN SOCIETY

Discuss a variety of aspects of Biology in society - ranging from ethical considerations of GM crops and designer babies to the portrayal of biological science in the media and science fiction. This module will provide you with an opportunity to explore various aspects of biology in society. Specific topics covered will involve aspects of contemporary biological science that have important ethical considerations for society, such as GM crops, DNA databases, designer babies and stem cell research. You will critically analyse the way biological sciences issues are represented in popular literature and the media. What was once viewed as science fiction has sometimes become scientific reality. Conversely, science fiction can often portray science inaccurately. You will also research relevant scientific literature and discover the degree of scientific accuracy represented within examples of science fiction.

BIO-5012Y

20

CHILDREN, TEACHERS AND MATHEMATICS

This module will introduce you to key issues in mathematics education, particularly those that relate to the years of compulsory schooling. Specifically in this module we: Introduce the mathematics curriculum and pupils' perception of, and difficulties with, key mathematical concepts; Discuss public and popular culture perceptions of mathematics, mathematical ability and mathematicians as well as address ways in which these perceptions can be modified; Outline and discuss specific pedagogical actions (focused on challenge and motivation) that can be taken as early as possible during children's schooling and can provide a solid basis for pupils' understanding and appreciation of mathematics. By the end of the module you will be able to: Gain understanding of key curricular, pedagogical and social issues that relate to the teaching and learning of mathematics, a crucial subject area in the curriculum; Reflect on pedagogical action that aims to address those issues, particularly in the years of compulsory schooling; Be informed and able to consider the potential of pursuing a career in education, either as a teacher, educational professional or researcher in education with particular specialisation in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Assessment: Written Assignment 40% 3000 words Mini Project 60% 4500 words

EDUB6006A

20

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

This module will provide you with an introduction to key areas of psychology with a focus on learning and teaching in education. By the end of the module you should be able to: - Discuss the role of perception, attention and memory in learning; - Compare and contrast key theories related to learning, intelligence, language, thinking and reasoning; - Critically reflect on key theories related to learning,intelligence, language, thinking and reasoning in the practical context; - Discuss the influence of key intrapersonal, interpersonal and situational factors on pupils learning and engagement in educational settings. Assessment: Coursework 100%

EDUB5012A

20

FIELD ECOLOGY

This module aims to introduce you to a wide range of habitats and methods for studying the organisms and natural processes occurring in these habitats. The focus is on identification of species and on formulating and testing hypotheses to investigate interactions between species and their habitats or on examining environmental gradients. The module includes a two week residential field trip to Ireland before the start of the first semester in the autumn term. This module would suit you if you are interested in natural history, geography, ecology and designing and testing scientific hypotheses.

BIO-5013A

20

METEOROLOGY I

The weather affects everyone and influences decisions that are made on a daily basis around the world. From whether to hang your washing out on a sunny afternoon, to which route a commercial aircraft takes as it travels across the ocean, weather plays a vital role. With that in mind, what actually causes the weather we experience? In this module you'll learn the fundamentals of the science of meteorology. You'll concentrate on the physical process that allow moisture and radiation to transfer through the atmosphere and how they ultimately influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of radiation balance, thermodynamics, dynamics, boundary layers, weather systems and the water cycle. The module is assessed through a combination of one piece of coursework and an exam, and is designed in a way that allows those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well, although a reasonable mathematical competence is essential, including basic understanding of differentiation and integration.

ENV-5008A

20

MOTIVATION IN EDUCATION

Aim: This module is designed to introduce students to the psychological process underpinning motivated behaviour in education settings. You will examine the role of the teacher in creating motivational climates for learning and assessing some of the key motivational challenges that may occur in educational settings. Learning Outcomes: a) Critically examine a range of intrapersonal, interpersonal and situational influences on motivation in education; b) Apply a range of motivational theories to understand motivated behaviour in education settings; c) Critically examine the role of the teacher in motivating students in educational settings; d) Understand how to overcome key motivational challenges, such as learned helplessness, self-handicapping, procrastination and disengagement in educational settings. Content: What is motivated behaviour?; outcomes of motivated behaviour (e.g. effort, persistence, task choice); motivation through feelings of competence, confidence and control; motivational theories(e.g. attribution theory, expectancy-value theory, achievement goal theory, self-determination theory); interest and value; motivational climates (e.g. TARGET and autonomy-supportive); effects of rewards on motivation; motivational challenges (self-handicapping, procrastination, disengagement, learned helplessness, perfectionism); social influences; teacher-pupil relationship.

EDUB6016A

20

PROGRAMMING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS

The purpose of this module is to give you a solid grounding in the essential features of programming using the Java programming language. The module is designed to meet the needs of the student who has not previously studied programming.

CMP-5020B

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB to include Biology. Science subjects must include a Pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points with HL5 in Biology.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC including Biology.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 2 subjects at H2, 4 subjects at H3 to include Biology.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3, including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology.
  • BTEC DDD in a relevant subject area. Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Science) are acceptable. BTEC Public Services or Forensic Science is not accepted. BTEC and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
  • European Baccalaureate 70% overall including 70% in Biology.

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade C/4 and GCSE Mathematics grade C/4. 

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

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Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Biological Sciences)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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