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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BSc (Hons) Intercalated Human Biosciences

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Intercalated Human Biosciences Programme codeUFS1SHSBIO01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2024/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The one year BSc (Hons) Intercalated Human Biosciences programme is only available to selected students who are undertaking a medical degree at the University of Exeter or another appropriate medical institution, and have completed at least the first two years (240 credits) of their medical school programme (see University Regulations Governing Honours Degrees: Regulation 1.2, Section 5).

The programme provides access to our specialist modules delivered to students in the final year of our three year undergraduate programmes. Many of these modules provide valuable new perspectives to those modules you may already have completed as part of your main programme of study, allowing you to explore complementary topics.

The programme is taught jointly by Biosciences and Sport and Health Sciences. The programme represents an innovative, collaborative teaching response to a broadening demand for graduates with skills in fields of study relating to biological and sport science. It allows you to study scientific aspects of health, physical activity and biotechnology and recognises the importance that exercise can play in the prevention and treatment of disease. You will receive a thorough grounding in the study of human and molecular biology together with the various sub-disciplines of exercise and sport sciences, including biomechanics, kinesiology, human and applied physiology, molecular biology, genetics and microbiology.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme aims:

  • To provide you with knowledge and understanding of topics that underpin our understanding of human structure and function, from the fundamentals to their research-informed application.
  • To provide you with a scientific, intellectual, and practical training that will prepare you for autonomous lifelong learning and enhance their employability.
  • To enable you to experience a supportive learning environment that fosters your academic and personal development.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

http://sshs.exeter.ac.uk/students/modules/bschumanbio/

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five-credit module ESS3910 Professional Development Experience or the five, ten and 15 credit Professional Development Experience modules, BIO3910, BIO3911 and BIO3912. Registration on these modules is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, these modules will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Stage 1


Stage 1: 30-45 credits of compulsory modules, 75-90 credits of optional modules (subject to an overall total of 120 credits)

a You must choose one of BIO3096, ESS3302, ESS3304 or ESS3003

b You must choose 30-75 credits from the Biosciences modules listed starting with the code BIO but the Research Project can form part of these credits.

c You must choose 30-75 credits from the Sport and Health Sciences modules listed starting with the code ESS but the Dissertation or Independent Research Review can form part of these credits.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIO3096 Biosciences Research Project [See note a above]45Yes
ESS3302 Dissertation [See note a above]45Yes
ESS3304 Dissertation (Physiology) [See note a above]45Yes
ESS3003 Independent Research Review [See note a above]30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SHS SF BSc HB - Bio opt 2022-3 [See note b above]
BIO3077 Frontiers in Molecular Cell Biology 15 No
BIO3078 Cellular Basis of Immunity 15 No
BIO3079 Molecular Basis of Infection 15 No
BIO3082 Science Communication 15 No
BIO3086 Cell Biology of Disease 15 No
BIO3092 Bioinformatics 15 No
BIO3097 Living in a Microbial World 15 No
SHS SF iBSc HB - SHS opt 2022-3 [See note c above]
ESS2509 Sports Nutrition and Metabolism 15 No
ESS2900 Employability and Career Development 15 No
ESS3703 Paediatric Exercise Physiology 15 No
ESS3706 Integrated Physiology and Adaptation to Physical (in)activity 15 No
ESS3707 Physiological Determinants of Exercise Performance 15 No
ESS3804 Clinical Exercise Prescription 30 No
ESS3805 Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement 30 No

Stage 2


Optional Modules




6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate critical, detailed, research-informed knowledge and understanding of human structure and function, and be able to relate this in particular to Exercise and Sport Science in the areas of Kinesiology and Biomechanics and Exercise & Sport Physiology).
2. Demonstrate a research-informed understanding of molecular, physiological or environmental influences on human structure and function.
3. Plan, design and execute established techniques of analysis and enquiry within the human biosciences
4. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues relating to human biosciences

Lectures, tutor-led workshops or seminars; laboratories; formative essays; prepared problem-based lectures; personal and academic tutorials; group tasks; ELE based learning tasks;

Laboratory report (ILO 1-4)

Independent research project (ILO 1-4)

Field and Laboratory practical examination (ILO 1-4)

Seen and unseen examinations (ILO 1-4)

Oral presentations (ILO 1-4)

Extended coursework essays / reports (ILO 1-4)

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Critically assess and evaluate evidence
6. Apply a range of appropriate skills to produce an independent piece of work informed by research
7. Apply knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar settings.

Lectures, tutor-led workshops or seminars; laboratories; formative essays; prepared problem-based lectures; personal and academic tutorials; group tasks; ELE based learning tasks;

Laboratory report (ILO 5-7)

Independent research project (ILO 5-7)

Field and laboratory practical examination (ILO 5 + 7)

Seen and unseen examinations (ILO 5)

Oral presentations (ILO 5)

Reflective portfolios (ILO 7)

Extended coursework essays / reports (ILO 5-6)

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Communicate ideas effectively and professionally by written, oral and visual means
9. Study autonomously and undertake projects with minimum guidance
10. Select and properly manage information drawn from books, journals, and the internet
11. Interact effectively in a group

Transferable skills permeate every activity within the programme content and assessment – examinations, presentations, workshops, personal profiling (PDP scheme), word processing, lectures, tutor-led workshops or seminars; laboratories; formative essays; prepared problem-based lectures; personal and academic tutorials; group tasks; ELE based learning tasks;

Laboratory report (ILO 8-11)
Independent research project (ILO 8-11)
Field and laboratory practical examination (ILO 8-11)
Seen and unseen examinations (ILO 8-11)
Oral presentations (ILO 8-11)
Reflective portfolios (ILO 8-11)
Extended coursework essays / reports (ILO 8-11)

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Sport and Health Sciences (SHS) is the ‘home’ discipline for Human Biosciences students and each student will be allocated a Personal Tutor in SHS on arrival. You will also be given a point of contact in Biosciences should you need to seek advice specific to that discipline. You can also expect reasonable access to all teaching staff for academic tutorials through appointments. In addition there is a Programme Director who will offer support and advice to all students on a programme and a dedicated careers and employability tutor to co-ordinate the interaction between you, careers service and the discipline.

In addition, you are provided with

  • Induction course before the start of your first year
  • Library induction sessions
  • Student handbook and module guides
  • Access to Discipline Disability Officers

You will have access to the Seminar Speaker Series where leading researchers are invited to give research seminars.

The Student/Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) enables students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision. The BSc SSLC in Sport and Health Sciences meets termly and is chaired by a student representative.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs). 

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Intercalated Human Biosciences

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Biosciences
[Honours] Hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism

23. Dates

Origin Date

28/03/2013

Date of last revision

11/03/2024