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BSc Biology

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of biology;
- use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities ie.
> be able to communicate the results of their work,
> present a structured and coherent simple argument,
> be able to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of biology,
> evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data;
- demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with biology;
- appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners (Personal Tutorial);
- demonstrate an awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries (Personal Tutorial).

On completion of this year of the programme students who do not progress will be eligible for the award of the Certificate of Higher Education.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to biology;
- work that covers a restricted area of biology;
- demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies.


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