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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Human Biology

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc/BSc+DIntS/BSc+DPS
Programme title BSc (Hons) Human Biology
Programme code PSUB12
Length of programme BSc – 3 years full-time
BSc with placement – 4 years full-time
UCAS code B150, B151
Admissions criteria

BSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/b150

BSc DPS/DIntS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/b151

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 10 Jul 2019 16:25:16 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to develop an understanding of Human Biology and provide a firm foundation in scientific method including laboratory and analytical skills
  • to promote and develop independent learning and encourage and support professional studies in human biology

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The benchmark statements for Biosciences and Anthropology (Biological);
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications;
  • Criteria for recognition by Society of Biology

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a broadly-based core curriculum covering the major concepts, principles and theories associated with Human Biological Sciences from a whole body perspective
  • identify, explain and discuss theoretical frameworks appropriate to the study of Human Biology
  • demonstrate an understanding of knowledge of critical arguments in human biology that are at the forefront of the discipline

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • analyse, synthesise and summarise information critically, including published research or reports;
  • recognise and apply subject-specific theories, concepts or principles;
  • apply subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems;
  • obtain and integrate several lines of subject-specific evidence to formulate and test hypotheses;
  • recognise the ethical issues of investigations and apply ethical standards and professional codes of conduct.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • design, plan, conduct and report on investigations, which may involve primary or secondary data (eg, from a survey database); these data may be obtained through individual or group projects;
  • obtain, record, collate and analyse data using appropriate techniques in the field and/or laboratory, working by themselves or in a group;
  • undertake field and/or laboratory investigations of the living human being or human material in a responsible, safe and ethical manner; showing sensitivity to the impact of investigations on the subjects under investigation and paying due attention to risk assessment, relevant health and safety regulations, and consent procedures.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should have developed a range of communication, information technology, interpersonal, self-management and generic cognitive skills. They should be able to: 

  • communicate effectively in a variety of formats;
  • cite and reference work in an appropriate manner
  • use information technology effectively as a learning and communication tool;
  • work effectively as an individual and as part of a team;
  • manage personal learning efficiently and effectively;
  • develop skills management for lifelong learning including target setting for personal, academic and career development;
  • develop the ability to work independently.

4. Programme structure

4.1       Part A - Compulsory Introductory  Modules:

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

PSA602

Biochemistry and Cell Biology 20 1
PSA606 Anatomy and Physiology 20 1&2
PSA601 Laboratory Skills for Biology 1 20 1&2
PSA604 Study Skills, Research Design and Data Description 20 1&2
PSA603 Genetics and Molecular Biology 20 2
PSA605 Human Evolution and Adaptation 20

Compulsory and optional modules must be taken such that the total modular weight for the year is 120 credits.

Year-long modules have equal credit weightings per semester.

 

4.2a      Part B - Compulsory Degree Modules:

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

PSB612 Functional Genomics 20 1
PSB211 Exercise Physiology 20 1&2
PSB403 Research Methods: Data Analysis 20 1&2
PSB614 Growth, Development and Ageing 20 1&2
PSB207 Current Topics in Human Nutrition 10

2

PSB202 Research Methods: Measurement and Evaluation 10

 2 

 

4.2b      Part B - Optional Degree Modules

20 credits from optional modules listed in the table below and may include 10-credits from the University-wide Undergraduate Module Catalogue or Language Programme:

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

PSB032

Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health 10 1
PSB022 Biochemistry of Exercise and Nutrition 20

1&2 

CMB111 Interdisciplinary Science 20

1&2

PSB611 Laboratory Skills for Biology II 20

1&2

PSB002 Structural Kinesiology 10

2

PSB613 Cellular Signalling and Transport 20

2

  A module from the University Undergraduate Module Catalogue or a module from the University Wide Language Programme, subject to approval by Programme Director 10

1 or 2

Compulsory and optional modules must be taken such that the total modular weight for the year is 120 credits, with a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester. 

Year-long modules have equal credit weightings per semester.

 

4.3       Part I - Placement (8 semester programme only)

DPS Route: Candidates on degree programmes with professional training will register for the non-credit bearing placement module PSI002.

OR

DIntS Route: Candidates on degree programmes with international studies will register for the non-credit bearing placement module PSI005.

 

4.4a       Part C - Compulsory Degree Modules:

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

PSC200*

Project 40 1&2

*The compulsory project module PSC200 is divided between Semesters 1 and 2 with a permitted modular weigh distribution of 10:30 or 20:20

 

4.4b       Part C - Optional Degree Modules:

80 credits from optional modules listed in the table below and may include 10-credits from the University-wide Undergraduate Module Catalogue or Language Programme:

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

PSC715 Physiology of Sport, Exercise and Health 20 1&2
PSC219 Human Performance at Environmental Extremes 20 1
PSC505 Forensic DNA Analysis 20 1
PSC206 Lifestyle and Disease 20 1
PSC204 Infectious Diseases in Humans 10 1
PSC022 Sport Injuries 10 1
PSC032 Physical Activity and Health of Children 20 2
PSC208 Body Composition 10 2
PSC020 Sport Nutrition 10 2
  Part C module(s) from the University Undergraduate Module Catalogue or a module from the University-Wide Language Programme, subject to approval by Programme Director 10 or 20 1 or 2

Compulsory and optional modules must be taken such that the total modular weight for the year is 120 credits, with a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester. 

Please note: Optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XX

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C). The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40: Part C 60 to determine the final percentage mark.

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