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MSci Hons Environmental Biology


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: C154 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Biosciences Director of Studies: Dr A Wilby
Total Credit Points: 480 Credit Points Year 2: 90
Credit Points Year 3: 150 Credit Points Year 4: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 3 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • The student may complete their enrolment by selecting from the following list:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
     

    On graduating with an honours degree in Environmental Biology, students should be able to:

    ·        demonstrate comprehension and intelligent engagement with biogeochemical cycles and pathways;

    ·        discuss and demonstrate comprehension of nutrient and energy flow through individuals, populations and communities;

    ·        demonstrate comprehension of the structure, biogeography and diversity of ecosystems in relation to climate, geology, soils, and evolutionary factors;

    ·        discuss and critically analyse patterns of distribution of organisms in relation to biotic and abiotic factors;

    ·        demonstrate comprehension and critical analysis of community structure, development, and biodiversity;

    ·        evaluate and critically analyse the effects of human interactions on natural populations and ecosystems;

    ·        demonstrate an appreciation of the linkages between the cellular, physiological, whole organisms and community scales.


    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
     

    On graduating with an honours degree in Environmental Biology, students should:

    ·        be able to access and evaluate bioscience information from a variety of sources and to communicate the principles both orally and in writing (e.g. essays, laboratory reports) in a way that is well organised, topical and recognises the limits of current hypotheses;

    ·        have ability in a broad range of appropriate practical techniques and skills relevant to the biosciences;

    ·        be able to plan, execute and present an independent scientific investigation in which qualities such as time management, problem solving and independence are evident, as well interpretation and critical awareness of the quality of evidence;

    ·        be able to construct reasoned arguments to support their position on the ethical and social impact of advances in the biosciences be able to apply relevant advanced numerical skills (including statistical analysis, where appropriate) to biological data;

    ·        be able to work effectively both individually and as members of a group;

    ·        appreciate the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving;

    ·        have well-developed strategies for updating, maintaining and enhancing their knowledge of the biosciences.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will...
     

    ·        be able to demonstrate comprehension and intelligent engagement with biogeochemical cycles and pathways;

    ·        be able to discuss and demonstrate comprehension of nutrient and energy flow through individuals, populations and communities;

    ·        be able to demonstrate comprehension of the structure, biogeography and diversity of ecosystems in relation to climate, geology, soils, and evolutionary factors;

    ·        be able to discuss and critically analyse patterns of distribution of organisms in relation to biotic and abiotic factors;

    ·        be able to demonstrate comprehension and critical analysis of community structure, development, and biodiversity;

    ·        be able to evaluate and critically analyse the effects of human interactions on natural populations and ecosystems;

    ·        be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the linkages between the cellular, physiological, whole organisms and community scales.
     
    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will...
     

    ·        be able to access and evaluate bioscience information from a variety of sources and to communicate the principles both orally and in writing (e.g. essays, laboratory reports) in a way that is well organised, topical and recognises the limits of current hypotheses;

    ·        have ability in a broad range of appropriate practical techniques and skills relevant to the biosciences;

    ·        be able to plan, execute and present an independent scientific investigation in which qualities such as time management, problem solving and independence are evident, as well interpretation and critical awareness of the quality of evidence;

    ·        be able to construct reasoned arguments to support their position on the ethical and social impact of advances in the biosciences be able to apply relevant advanced numerical skills (including statistical analysis, where appropriate) to biological data;

    ·        be able to carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety measures applicable to both laboratory and field research work;

    ·        be able to work effectively both individually and as members of a group;

    ·        appreciate the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving;

    ·        have well-developed strategies for updating, maintaining and enhancing their knowledge of the biosciences.

     
     

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