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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Zoology

Programme code:BS-ZOOLUCAS code:C300
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Alison Dunn Contact address:a.dunn@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

- A-level: AAA - AAB
- Including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
- We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, food science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics.
- Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

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

Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Biosciences

Programme specification:

This programme provides a curriculum driven by the whole animal zoology research expertise within the School and underpinned by relevant core zoological and biological modules at levels 1 and 2. The majority of students in the UK interested in studying biology, do so on the strength of the animal biology component and therefore there is a close relationship between this popular programme and the more general Biology degree.

Level one provides students with the fundamental biological background a zoologist needs, and allows transfer between biological courses if desired. Zoology-specific core topics are covered at level 2 preparing for research-led subject specialist modules at level 3. There is a compulsory field course in level 1, one compulsory and two optional field courses in level 2 and an optional field course in level 3.

Core statistical and IT skills are taught at level 1 and practicals in both levels 1 and 2. At level 3, zoology students choose an individual project from a wide range of topics to suit their interests and career aspirations. The project may involve studying animals in the wild or the laboratory, or may be a literature or computer-based study.

Academic tutorials in levels 1 and 2 of zoology focus on providing research skills and experience and rotate between research leaders, while the personal tutor remains the same for the full three years to provide continuity and progressive guidance. The research project-based learning in levels 1 and 2 is complemented by a number of workshops to teach skills such as library use, presentation skills etc.

International years and Industrial placements are also offered and individual needs are discussed with the appropriate tutor and accommodated wherever possible.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Students will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Students 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
BLGY1238Exploring Whole Organism Biology in the Lab and Field10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1300Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1304Research Experience and Skills Level 110 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates must choose either FOBS1135 or BLGY1115.

BLGY1115Introduction to Cell Biology: from Molecules to Cells and Tissues10 creditsSemester 1
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates who choose BLGY1115 must take at least 20 credits and up to 30 credits from the following optional modules. Candidates who choose FOBS1135 must take at least 10 credits and up to 20 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
BMSC1210Biology of the Mind10 creditsSemester 2
PSYC1617Exploring Animal Behaviour10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1120Vertebrate Evolution10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students may select 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 Ecology
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3133
20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2192Experimental Design and Analysis10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2222Animal Behaviour
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3135 & BLGY3122
10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2223Organismal Evolution10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2262Animal Developmental Biology
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3251
10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2293Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2301Research Experience and Skills Level 210 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BLGY2321Marine Zoology Field Course10 credits1 Sept to 30 Sept

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 or 30 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2137Parasitology10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2142Animal Nutrition and Metabolism
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3105
20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2175Human Populations10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2253Animals as Pests10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2296Human Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2330Terrestrial Ecology and Behaviour Field Course10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students may select 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 must select a 40 credit project module.

BLGY3345Biology Integrated Research Projects40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates must select a minimum of 70 credits of optional modules.

BLGY3105Applied Animal Science10 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
BLGY3245Advanced Topics in Evolution20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3246Evolution and Population Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3247Advanced Topics in Conservation Science20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3251Animal Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3273Animal Nutrition Science20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3300Level 3 Field Course (South Africa)20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Students may select up to 10 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 22/08/2019

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