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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Biology and History and Philosophy of Science

Programme code:BS-BLGY&HPSCUCAS code:CV15
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Jonathan Topham Contact address:J.R.Topham@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

ABB including Grade B in A Level Biology, plus Grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The programme will:
- enable students to work across more than one discipline by providing the flexibility to study three disciplines at level one;
- allow the study of two disciplines to the same depth as any single honours student but with less breadth in each discipline;
- provide a basis for further advanced study in either of the disciplines or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.

General
- The distinctiveness, appeal and strength of University of Leeds joint honours programmes lie in the unusual combination of depth, breadth and flexibility which they offer, as well as in the exceptional range of degree combinations available.
- They permit students to study two disciplines, in depth and to degree level while acquiring a broader range of skills than is typically possible within a single honours degree.
- They are emphatically joint honours programmes, rather than integrated programmes: students can therefore make the links they choose from the wide choice of optional modules available within each discipline. Within certain parameters, they thus effectively make connections and devise pathways according to their own preferences, rather than being faced with a prescribed combination of modules chosen for them by others.
- The students must acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- A further element of distinctiveness is the flexibility of the programme structure, which allows joint honours students to change direction more easily, and more radically, than single honours students.
- Many of these programmes also allow the opportunity to undertake a work placement, field work or study abroad.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY1115Introduction to Cell Biology: from Molecules to Cells and Tissues10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY1128Living Planet20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1234Practical Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1303Tutorials for Biology and Genetics10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HPSC1015Magic, Science and Religion10 creditsSemester 2
HPSC1045Introduction to the History of Science10 creditsSemester 1
HPSC1050Darwin, Germs and the Bomb10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1109How Science Works10 creditsSemester 2
PRHS1025Introduction to Academic Skills5 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 10 credits from the following list of optional modules:

BLGY1211Applied Biology and Agriculture10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1236Practical Applied Biology10 creditsSemester 2
HPSC1030History of Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
HPSC1070Living with Technology10 creditsSemester 2
HPSC1080History of Modern Medicine10 creditsSemester 2

Students taking BLGY1236 must also take BLGY1211

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules.


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Over levels 2 and 3 combined students must pass:

- Biology: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- History and Philosophy of Science: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- Plus 40 credits in the named subjects and used to ensure that credits at the appropriate level for award are taken.
- Plus 40 credits in elective modules or further modules in the named subjects.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 2 and all core modules to proceed to the next level of the programme.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 40 credits (and up to 80 credits) from the following optional modules:

BLGY2142Animal Nutrition and Metabolism
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3273; BLGY3105
20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2144Population and Community Ecology
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3133
20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2163How Plants Work
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3173
10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2192Experimental Design and Analysis
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3135;
10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2222Animal Behaviour
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3122; BLGY3135
10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2223Organismal Evolution
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3122; BLGY3245
10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2262Animal Developmental Biology
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3251
10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2293Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2296Human Genetics10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates may choose up to 40 credits from the following optional modules:

BLGY2100Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BLGY2137Parasitology10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2175Human Populations10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2225Sustainable Food Production10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2253Animals as Pests10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates wishing to take BLGY3340 Biology Research Projects at Level 3 are strongly encouraged to study BLGY2100 Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists.

In addition, candidates must choose to study at least 40 credits (and up to 80 credits) from the following list of optional modules:

HPSC2150History of Science in 10 Objects20 creditsSemester 1
HPSC2304Western Medicine from Antiquity to the Renaissance20 creditsNot running in 201718
HPSC2307Science, Culture and Society in the Industrial Age20 creditsSemester 2
HPSC2400History of Psychiatry and Mental Illness20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2402Topics in Epistemology: Theory and Evidence20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2600Philosophical Issues in Biology20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2611How Biology Works10 creditsSemester 2

PHIL2600 and PHIL2611 are mutually exclusive. Candidates must take at least one of HPSC2150 or PHIL2402.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Over levels 2 and 3 combined students must pass:

- Biology: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- History and Philosophy of Science: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- Plus 40 credits in the named subjects and used to ensure that credits at the appropriate level for award are taken.
- Plus 40 credits in elective modules or further modules in the named subjects.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 3 and all core modules to proceed to gain the degree.

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to select ONE of the following modules:

BLGY3345Biology Integrated Research Projects40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3000Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3700External Placement: Beyond the University40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates are required to select at least sufficient credits from the following modules to fulfil the programme requirements. PHIL3320 and PHIL3311 are mutually exclusive. PHIL3851 and PHIL3852 are mutually exclusive.

BLGY3105Applied Animal Science10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3110Applied Genetics20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3122Social Insect Biology10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3133Advanced Topics in Ecology20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3135Advanced Topics in Behaviour: from sex to death20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3152Advanced Topics in Human Genetics20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3173Plant Growth, Resources and Food Security20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3205Applied Plant Science10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3232Epigenetics20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3243Advanced Topics in Zoology10 credits 
BLGY3245Advanced Topics in Evolution20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3246Evolution and Population Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3247Advanced Topics in Conservation Science20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3251Animal Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3252Plant Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3273Animal Nutrition Science20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3291Comparative Genomics10 creditsSemester 2
HPSC3111Science and Religion20 creditsNot running in 201718
HPSC3200Science Communication: History & Theory20 creditsSemester 1
HPSC3315History of the Body20 creditsSemester 2
HPSC3450Mind, Brain & Society20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3320Philosophy of Biology20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3855Philosophical Issues in Technology20 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 05/09/2017

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