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MBiol, BSc Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) (Integrated Masters)

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts and knowledge of a range of biological sciences e.g. cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology and genetics, and an awareness of their applications to biotechnology;
- demonstrate an understanding of forms of entrepreneurship and enterprising activity in relation to economic and societal outcomes on local and global levels;
- demonstrate an understanding of relevant enterprise development processes;
- demonstrate an understanding of basic techniques used to study biological molecules, cells and their components;
- demonstrate an awareness of laboratory safety, ethical, professional and disciplinary boundaries.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- design and carry out simple experiments with guidance;
- demonstrate an ability to record, analyse, interpret and evaluate quantitative data with appropriate guidance;
- be able to communicate the results of their work in a range of formats including essays, laboratory notebooks and reports;
- demonstrate an ability to use different approaches to problem solving associated with the disciplines;
- demonstrate skills in information handling, including finding information from appropriate sources, selecting relevant information and using information to solve problems;
- communicate information in various formats to a limited range of audiences;
- demonstrate increasing organisational and self-management skills;
- work effectively as a member of a team;
- demonstrate some aspects of commercial awareness;
- appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners.


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:

- demonstration of the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the disciplines of biotechnology and enterprise at introductory level;
- demonstration of the ability to analyse and interpret quantitative data;
- work that covers a restricted area of the disciplines;
- demonstration of emerging abilities, skills and competencies;

Assessment of most core modules in biological sciences/biotechnology is largely by examination, consisting of MCQ-style questions, with some opportunities for essay writing. The skills module is assessed entirely through in-course assessment of a range of assignments, including MCQ tests, laboratory book entries, practical reports, data handling problems, and essays. The core Enterprise module is assessed by a group poster presentation and essay.


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