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Programme Details 2016-2017


BSc Single Honours
Department of Life Sciences

PROGRAMME CONVENER(S): Dr Julia Reiss, 020 8392 8189, julia.reiss@roehampton.ac.uk

For further information, please contact the Department Administrator, Alan Phillips, 020 8392 3524, alan.phillips@roehampton.ac.uk.

LOCATION: The modules in this programme are taught at the Parkstead Campus (Whitelands College) unless otherwise stated.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE: Students may study Zoology as a single-subject programme only.

AIMS: This programme aims to:

  • develop the confidence, knowledge, skills and associated competencies appropriate to zoology graduates;
  • provide a contemporary approach to the study of zoology which will encourage students to inquire, analyse and criticise;
  • provide a sound foundation in a scientific discipline for further study, research and professional employment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students who successfully complete the programme will:

  • have a breadth of knowledge, and an understanding of the concepts, relevant to the study of zoology at a level appropriate to a first degree;
  • have an awareness and understanding of current developments and issues in zoology;
  • be able to carry out effective independent and cooperative study;
  • be able to carry out the requisite practical skills as a basis for employment and further study and research in zoology;
  • be able to select relevant information from the primary research literature, to synthesise and apply this knowledge in a critical evaluation, and to report this evaluation effectively in a scientific style, both in verbal and visual form;
  • have the ability to apply relevant statistical analysis, using computer technology where appropriate, in critically evaluating scientific data and information.


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Below is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.


Required modules
~BSS020C128Y - Chemistry of Life
~BSS020C129Y - Biometrics: Physiology, Statistics and Maths
~BSS020C136Y - Biodiversity
~BSS020C137Y - Introduction to Ecology
~BSS020C141Y - Cell Biology
~ANT020C159Y - Introduction to Evolution


Required modules
~BSS020N203A - Biosciences Field Course
~BSS020N219Y - Understanding Behaviour [prerequisite: ANT020C159]
~BSS020N221A - Comparative Biology [prerequisites: ANT020C154, BSS020C124, BSS020C125, BSS020C128, BSS020C129 and BSS020C141]
~BSS020N222S - Ecology and Evolution [prerequisites: ANT020C154, BSS020C124, BSS020C125, BSS020C128, BSS020C129 and BSS020C141]
~BSS020N231Y - Biosciences Research Methods [prerequisite: BSS020C129]

plus 20 credits from the following:
BSS020N234Y - Molecular Biology: Theory and Practice [prerequisites: BSS020C141 and BSS020C128Y]
ANT020N175Y - Humans and other Primates [prerequisite: ANT020C159]


Compulsory modules
Either #BSS040X315Y - Biosciences Research Project [prerequisite: BSS020N231]
or #BSS020X316Y - Biosciences Independent Study [prerequisite: level 5 set]

plus 80-100 credits from the following:
BSS020X342Y - Animal Behaviour and Cognition [prerequisite: BSS020N219]
BSS020X348Y - Advances in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology [prerequisite: BSS020N234]
BSS020X353Y - Conservation Ecology
BSS020X356S - Aquatic and Invertebrate Biology
BSS020X357A - Conservation, People and Wildlife: South African Field Course [optional student funded module]
ANT020X181Y - Primate Biology and Conservation
ANT020X182Y - Palaeoanthropology [prerequisite: ANT020N175Y]

Module annotations:
# - compulsory module (must be passed)
~ - required module (must be taken)
¬ - module not available in 2016-2017.

a) Each module code consists of a three-letter module prefix denoting the programme it belongs to (eg BSS020C103Y = Biosciences), the following three digits refer to its credit value (eg BSS020C103Y = 20 credits), the single letter in the middle (eg BSS020C103Y) denotes the module level (eg C = Level 4, N = Level 5, X = Level 6), the last three digits denote its unique number (eg BSS020C103Y), and the final letter denotes its suffix (eg BSS020C103Y). The suffixes indicate the following: A - Autumn term, S - Spring term, H Summer term/Summer intensive mode and Y - All year.

b) Individual module details can be viewed by clicking on each module code or using the "View all modules" link below for a complete list of module assessments and descriptions. Where an assessment has more than one component all elements must be passed, unless individual module assessment details state otherwise.

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