2018/2019

Biological Sciences

NFQ Level 8, Major Award

Last updated 5 October 2018

General

Students enter Second Science Biological Sciences from the First Science Area of Study: Biological and Chemical Sciences (CK402) provided they have passed First Science. The Second Science Biological Sciences programme consists of compulsory modules to the value of 55 credits, and additional elective modules to the value of 5 credits. In Third Science, students enter the honours degree programme in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Neuroscience or Physiology. Students in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Neuroscience may elect to take a 5-credit optional work placement module in Third Year.

Quotas
For students who enter Second Science Biological Sciences from 2017/18, there will be a total of 120 places available in Second Science Biological Sciences. Quotas apply for all other degree outlets – please see specific degree outlets for further details. Students who opt to enter Biological Sciences will be offered a place in order of merit based on their First Year University Examination results. In determining aggregation and progression, full marks obtained in all modules passed at the Summer Examination Board in the first attempt plus capped marks obtained in modules in Supplemental and Repeat Year Examinations are used unless mitigation has been granted by an Examination Board.
Note: entry to specific degree programmes in Third Science is also subject to quotas for each discipline.

Students enter Second Biological Sciences from First Biological and Chemical Sciences (CK402) and can proceed to a BSc (Hons) Degree in one of the following:
Biochemistry
Biotechnology
Microbiology
Neuroscience
Physiology

Programme Requirements

In Second Science, students take core modules to the value of 55 credits and elective modules to the value of 5 credits from the modules listed below.

Students take 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules (55 credits):
Biochemistry: BC2001 (5 credits), BC2002 (5 credits)
Biotechnology: BT2001 (5 credits)
Molecular Biology: ML2001 (5 credits)
Microbiology: MB2005 (5 credits), MB2006 (5 credits)
Neuroscience: AN2003 (5 credits), AN2004 (5 credits)
Physiology: PL2021 (5 credits), PL2022 (5 credits)
Statistics: ST2001 (5 credits)

Elective Modules
Students select 5 credits from the following:

Semester 1
Chemistry: CM2001 (5 credits), CM2002 (5 credits), CM2003 (5 credits)
Plant Science: PS2001 (5 credits)
Zoology: ZY2000 (5 credits)

Semester 2
Chemistry: CM2007 (5 credits)
Ecology: AE2001 (5 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2018/2019.

Three Year Rule
Students must pass the Second University Examination in Science - Biological Sciences within three academic years from the date of first registration for Second Year. Failure to comply with this rule would mean that the student would be ineligible to proceed further with his/her studies. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the College only for very serious reasons.

Degree Outlets, Quotas and Transfers

In Third Science, students enter the honours degree programme in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Neuroscience or Physiology. Entry to the degree programmes is subject to quotas (See Quotas below). Each year of a degree programme has a core of compulsory modules and a specified number of elective modules to the total value of 60 credits.

Transfers into Third Year Biological Sciences may be possible for students who have met programme requirements. Please consult the relevant Head of School/Department.

Quotas
All students who pass the Second University Examination in Science may enter an honours degree programme in Third Science but entry to a particular programme is subject to a quota. Quota selection will be based on the aggregate of second year results in core modules. In filling the quotas, preference will be given to students passing the Second University Examination in Science in the first year of registration for the Second University Examination in Science, and in order of merit of aggregate marks obtained thereat. Remaining places, if any, will be filled in order of merit without distinction as to when the examination was completed. The decision as to the filling of such remaining places will be made after the results of the Autumn Supplemental Examination are known. The quotas for entry to the various degree programmes in Third Science are presented in the Table below.

THIRD DEGREE OUTLET QUOTA
Biochemistry 30
Biotechnology 20
Microbiology 30
Neuroscience 15
Physiology 15

Programme Requirements

Students take modules to the value of 60 credits in one of the degree outlets as follows:

Biochemistry
Core Modules (50 credits)
BC3001 (5 credits), BC3003 (5 credits), BC3004 (5 credits), BC3005 (5 credits), BC3006 (5 credits), BC3007 (5 credits), BC3008 (5 credits), BC3009 (5 credits), BC3010 (5 credits), BC3012 (5 credits)

plus 10 credits from:
MB3001 (5 credits), MB3002 (5 credits), MB3012 (5 credits), PE4010 (5 credits), PL3005 (5 credits), PT3001 (5 credits), PT3002 (5 credits), PT3005 (5 credits)

Optional Module - BC4021 (5 credits)
Students electing to take this optional module must secure a work placement relevant to the discipline, to be undertaken in June-August (minimum four weeks) subject to the approval of the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. BC4021 is not included for progression to subsequent year and is not counted toward the final degree award. The result obtained in BC4021 will be recorded on the student's transcript.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.


Biotechnology
Core Modules (60 credits)
BC3001 (5 credits), BC3006 (5 credits), BC3009 (5 credits), BC3010 (5 credits), BT3001 (5 credits), MB3005 (5 credits), MB3006 (5 credits), MB3008 (5 credits), MB3914 (5 credits), MB3021 (5 credits), PE2005 (5 credits), PT3001 (5 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.


Microbiology
Core Modules (60 credits)
MB3002 (5 credits), MB3003 (5 credits), MB3005 (5 credits), MB3006 (5 credits), MB3007 (5 credits), MB3008 (5 credits), MB3012 (5 credits), MB3016 (10 credits), MB3017 (5 credits), MB3021 (5 credits), MB3914 (5 credits)

Optional Module - MB3019 (5 credits)
Students electing to take this optional module must secure a work placement relevant to the discipline, to be undertaken in June-August (minimum four weeks) subject to the approval of the School of Microbiology. MB3019 is not included for progression to subsequent year and is not counted toward the final degree award. The result obtained in MB3019 will be recorded on the student's transcript.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.


Neuroscience
Core Modules (55 credits)
AN3001 (5 credits), AN3003 (5 credits), AN3004 (5 credits), AN3009 (5 credits), AN3011 (5 credits), AN3012 (10 credits), AN3013 (5 credits), BC3006 (5 credits), BC3008 (5 credits), PT3001 (5 credits)

plus 5 credits from:
AN3005 (5 credits), AP2102 (5 credits), AP2103 (5 credits), PL3020 (5 credits)

Optional Module - AN4015 (5 credits)
Students electing to take this optional module must secure a work placement relevant to the discipline, to be undertaken in June-August (minimum four weeks) subject to the approval of the Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience. AN4015 is not included for progression to subsequent year and is not counted toward the final degree award. The result obtained in AN4015 will be recorded on the student's transcript.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.


Physiology
Core Modules (55 credits)
AN3001 (5 credits), BC3005 (5 credits), PL3005 (5 credits), PL3009 (5 credits), PL3020 (5 credits), PL3021 (5 credits), PL3022 (5 credits), PL3023 (5 credits), PL3024 (5 credits), PL3025 (5 credits), PT3001 (5 credits)

plus 5 credits from:
PT3002 (5 credits), PT3005 (5 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2018/2019.

Students who have passed Third Year may choose not to proceed to Fourth Year and may opt instead to be conferred with a BSc Ordinary Degree.

Three Year Rule
Students must pass the Third University Examination in Science - Biological Sciences within three academic years from the date of first registration for Third Year. Failure to comply with this rule would mean that the student would be ineligible to proceed further with his/her studies. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the College only for very serious reasons.


Programme Requirements

In Fourth Science students take modules to the value of 60 credits. The following list indicates the modules for each degree programme.

Biochemistry
Core Modules (60 credits)
BC4001 (5 credits), BC4002 (5 credits), BC4005 (5 credits), BC4009 (5 credits), BC4010 (5 credits), BC4011 (5 credits), BC4012 (15 credits), BC4016 (5 credits), BC4017 (5 credits), GN4001 (5 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.


Biotechnology
Core Modules (60 credits)
BC4002 (5 credits), BC4017 (5 credits), BT4001 (10 credits), BT4002 (10 credits), BT4003 (5 credits), BT4004 (5 credits), BT4005 (5 credits), MB4013 (5 credits), PE4028 (10 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.


Microbiology
Core Modules (35 credits)
MB4002 (15 credits), MB4019 (5 credits), MB4025 (5 credits), MB4026 (5 credits), MB4027 (5 credits)

plus 25 credits from:
CS4801 (5 credits), MB4010 (5 credits), MB4011 (5 credits), MB4013 (5 credits), MB4029 (5 credits), MB4030 (5 credits), MB4031 (5 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.


Neuroscience
Core Modules (60 credits)
AN4008 (10 credits), AN4009 (5 credits), AN4011 (20 credits), AN4012 (5 credits), AN4013 (5 credits), AN4014 (5 credits), BC4011 (5 credits), PT4005 (5 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.


Physiology
Core Modules (20 credits)
PL4020 (20 credits)

plus 40 credits from:
PL4005 (5 credits), PL4006 (5 credits), PL4007 (5 credits), PL4009 (5 credits), PL4010 (5 credits), PL4011 (5 credits), PL4012 (5 credits), PL4013 (5 credits), PL4014 (5 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2018/2019.

Three Year Rule
Students must pass the BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences Degree Examination within three academic years from the date of first registration for Fourth Year. Failure to comply with this rule would mean that the student would be ineligible to proceed further with his/her studies. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by the College only for very serious reasons.

Programme Learning Outcomes for BSc in Biochemistry (NFQ Level 8, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for BSc in Biotechnology (NFQ Level 8, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for BSc in Microbiology (NFQ Level 8, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for BSc in Neuroscience (NFQ Level 8, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for BSc in Physiology (NFQ Level 8, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


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