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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Ecology and Environmental Biology (no longer recruiting)

Programme code:BS-ECOL/EBUCAS code:C180
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Steve Sait Contact address:S.M.Sait@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

A level or Advanced Higher: AAA-AAB from 3 A2/Advanced Higher including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required.
International Baccalaureate: 35-34 (with 18-16 HL) including 6 in HL Biology and another science or science-related subject at HL.

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

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmarks:

Biosciences, interpreted and expressed by the School.

Programme specification:

The BSc Ecology and Environmental Biology programme offers students an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge plus the exceptional experience of research.

By the end of the BSc Ecology and Environmental Biology programme, students should have a broad grounding in biological science, a specific understanding of the interactions between species and their environments, the ecology of populations and communities of organisms and the application of such ideas to important questions concerning climate change, sustainable agriculture and conservation, and should have direct experience in carrying out independent ecological research. They should also have the opportunity to complement this specific educational programme with a range of relevant biological and environmental science training. Field-based research training will be provided in each of the first two years of the programme, and there will be an opportunity for field-based independent research in their final year.

Academic tutorials will be offered at levels 1 and 2 with a different tutor each semester, providing opportunities to interact more closely with a variety of staff. Students will also have a personal tutor for the full 3 years, providing continuity and progressive guidance. Level 1 and level 2 tutorials will include a number of workshops to teach transferable skills e.g. library use, presentation skills etc. followed by assessed exercises e.g. essays, talks etc. as opportunities to practice these skills in a subject-specific context. Students will build on these over subsequent years of specialisation and training. In their final year students will continue with their personal tutorial meetings and attend supervision meetings with their project supervisor.





Year1 - View timetable

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

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY1125Biology Practicals and Data Analysis20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY1128Living Planet20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1300Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1304Research Experience and Skills Level 110 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates must take at least 20 credits and up to 30 credits from the following optional modules.

BIOL1223Career and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL1225How can Biological Sciences change the world10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1211Applied Biology and Agriculture10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1234Practical Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1120Vertebrate Evolution10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1180Environment and Ecology10 credits 
SOEE1400Introduction to Meteorology and Weather Forecasting10 credits 
SOEE1610Introduction to Creating Sustainable Futures10 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules


Year2 - View timetable

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

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY2144Population and Community Ecology20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2192Experimental Design and Analysis10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2222Animal Behaviour10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2223Organismal Evolution10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2301Research Experience and Skills Level 210 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BLGY2313Mediterranean Ecology Field Course10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 40 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2163How Plants Work10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2175Human Populations10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2225Sustainable Food Production10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2253Animals as Pests10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2293Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2330Terrestrial Ecology and Behaviour Field Course10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2165Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules


Year3 - View timetable

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

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY3133Advanced Topics in Ecology20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3247Advanced Topics in Conservation Science20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3345Biology Integrated Research Projects40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 30 credits from the following optional modules:

BLGY3122Social Insect Biology10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3135Advanced Topics in Behaviour: from sex to death20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3245Advanced Topics in Evolution20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3300Level 3 Field Course (South Africa)20 creditsSemester 1
LAW3132Law and the Environment II: Governing the Environment10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3190Earth Observations from Space10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules

Last updated: 17/12/2018

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