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2021/22 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:Victor Dura-Vila Contact address:v.dura-vila@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.
- 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.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as PFP.

Students must pass a minimum of 40 credits in Biology and 40 credits in History and Philosophy of Science.

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY1115Introduction to Cell Biology: from Molecules to Cells and Tissues10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY1128Living Planet20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY1237Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY1306Research and Study Skills Level 110 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HPSC1015Magic, Science and Religion10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC1046Introduction to the History of Science10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC1050Darwin, Germs and the Bomb10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL1109How Science Works10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY1234Practical Genetics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY1238Exploring Whole Organism Biology in the Lab and Field10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC1030History of Psychology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC1070Living with Technology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC1080History of Modern Medicine10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1250How to Think Clearly and Argue Well20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Students MUST take 10 credits from the following modules:

BLGY1234Practical Genetics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY1238Exploring Whole Organism Biology in the Lab and Field10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Students may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - 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.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

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

BLGY2146Animal Physiology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY2155Population, Community and Conservation Ecology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY2163How Plants Work
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3173
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY2192Experimental Design and Analysis
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3135;
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY2222Animal Behaviour
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3122; BLGY3135
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2223Organismal Evolution
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3122; BLGY3245
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2262Animal Developmental Biology
Pre-requisite for: BLGY3251
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2296Human Genetics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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

BLGY2175Human Populations10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2205Parasitology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2225Sustainable Food Production10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2265Urban Ecology and Conservation Field Course20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2303Research and Study Skills Level 210 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates wishing to take BLGY3340 Biology Research Projects at Level 3 are strongly encouraged to take advice as to whether BLGY2192 Experimental Design and Analysis would be necessary preparation for the kind of project intended.

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 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC2307Science, Culture and Society in the Industrial Age20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC2400History of Psychiatry and Mental Illness20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2405Introduction to Epistemology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2600Philosophical Issues in Biology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2611How Biology Works10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

PHIL2600 and PHIL2611 are mutually exclusive.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules over both Level 2 and 3 or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Candidates may also choose to study the following optional module.

CSER2206Developing Your Professional Identity: Preparing for a Career in Within The Arts, Heritage and Creative Industries20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)


Year3 - 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.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to select ONE of the following modules:

BLGY3345Biology Integrated Research Projects40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PRHS3000Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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.

BLGY3109Applied Genetics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY3122Social Insect Biology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY3133Advanced Topics in Ecology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY3135Advanced Topics in Behaviour: from sex to death20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY3152Advanced Topics in Human Genetics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY3173Plant Growth, Resources and Food Security20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY3224Advanced Topics in Animal Science20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY3245Advanced Topics in Evolution20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY3246Evolution and Population Genetics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY3247Advanced Topics in Conservation Science20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY3255Plant Development: Making a plant in theory and practice20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC3200Science Communication: History & Theory20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC3315History of the Body20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC3450Mind, Brain & Society20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3320Philosophy of Biology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3855Philosophical Issues in Technology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3865Philosophy of the Social Sciences20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

PHIL3851 and PHIL3852 are mutually exclusive.

BLGY3300 cannot be counted towards the required total of 40 credits at level 3 in Biology

BLGY3300Level 3 Field Course (South Africa)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules over both Level 2 and 3 or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Last updated: 30/06/2021 14:24:49

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