BIOLOGIC SCIENCE


The Level 5  Higher Nationals Diploma (HND) is a two year course. During your first year you will study a Level 4 Higher Nationals Certificate (HNC). Upon successful completion of the first year, you will progress onto the second year to study the Level 5 HND which will then enable you to progress onto Level 6 Degree Top-Up programme in UK .


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Overview

Schedule

Full-time. 4 pm to 7pm + autonomous study.

Credits

Level 4 and level 5 (240 credits)

Duration

18 to 24 month

The courses are open all year round and students can register in any month, as soon as there is a place. 

FEES

€8.900 for the whole 2-year course. 

Tuition fees exclude registration fees  €450.00

Format

Classroom and project classes. It also includes online classes.

Diploma in Biological Sciences for Industry 

Summary

Our Diploma of Science in biological sciences helps you develop a useful and broad understanding of many disciplines in biology. Key areas of focus include genetic and environmental causes of diversity and evolution. This biology degree prepares you for further education and a variety of science-focused career paths.

The HNC in biological sciences (Biology) prepares you for employment in the science industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain entry to relevant degree programmes. The learning experience is a combination of laboratory-based training, fieldwork, theoretical knowledge, and e-learning. The programme incorporates a number of talks by experts from the industry and includes visits to industries, laboratories and conservation areas. The teaching team is highly qualified, with industrial and research experience. The staff continually develop their professional skills by attending specialized training programmes. You are encouraged to take up a work placement in hospital labs, civil service labs, industries, and educational sectors. It is the responsibility of the student to organize this work placement.

This programme provides you with specialist scientific practical techniques training alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding and will give you a better understanding of the principles and practices required to work in the industry. Students will either be employed in the sector or will require work experience opportunities in order to complete the various units. 

What can I do after this course?


This programme is a qualification that is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge for successful employment in biologically-based industries or further education and training for biological scientists currently employed in a variety of technical work. It may also enable progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualifications or to the Level 6 HND Diploma in Biological Sciences for Industry.

Develop a range of skills in Biological Sciences for Industry?

Units offered include cell biology; laboratory techniques; analysis of scientific data and information; industrial microbiology; employability skills and personal and professional development.

You will learn about the structure and function of all the macromolecules that form the basic building blocks of life. You will learn about the levels of organization and the interrelationships between all parts of an organism.

You will also complete laboratory work to help prepare you for employment or enhance the skills you already have. Along with the vocational skills, you will also develop employability skills through workshops such as teamwork, innovation, and problem-solving.

Curriculum

Higher National Diploma in Biological Sciences for Industry

The Level 5 HND in Biological Sciences for Industry requires two years’ study with the College. Throughout the course, you will be required to complete 15 core, optional and specialized modules (eight in year 1 and seven in year 2). To achieve the qualification, a student must have completed units equivalent to 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 and scored at least a pass in 105 credits at level 4 and 105 credits at level 5, amounting to 210 + credits.

You will study the following units:

Course Structure - 1st Year

YEAR 1 - Level 4 HNC

Six Mandatory units:

Introduction to Biosciences

The diversity and breadth of biosciences will be introduced and linked to the development of practical and study skills required for bioscience courses. You will develop and enhance your skills through a series of workshops, practical classes and self-directed activities. From this module you will develop the personal, practical and academic skills to enable successful study in practically-based bioscience subjects.

Animal Behaviour 

This module will introduce selected aspects of animal behaviour and you will investigate why animals behave as they do. The module will include topics such as the history of animal behaviour studies; evolution of behaviour; territoriality; movement; how animals learn to exploit their environment safely; mate selection; social groupings, and predator-prey relationships. The ways in which animals respond to their physical and social environment determine whether an animal personally survives and whether it passes its genes onto any offspring, thereby determining whether the species is likely to be successful.

Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences (Pearson-set)

Introduction to Cell Biology 

This module will introduce students to basic theoretical and practical concepts in medical and environmental microbiology.

Fundamentals of Plant Biology

This module provides an introduction to plant biology, covering information essential to a diverse range of undergraduate students from ecologists to geneticists and covers topics of importance to agriculture, horticulture and industry. Essentially, it provides an overview to the study of plant sciences through consideration of aspects of the structure and function of flowering plants related to their growth and development in the environment. Emphasis is placed upon the features of plants which enable them to grow, survive and adapt within both natural and manmade environments.

Biochemistry for life science 

To provide an understanding of the subject of chemistry and biochemistry (the study of life at the molecular level) through the structure and function of some of the major biomolecules and metabolic pathways.

Anatomy and Human Physiology

This module introduces students to concepts and processes in human physiology experimetation, building upon theoretical knowledge and applying it to specific experimental or investigative techniques. The module integrates theory delivery with interactive practical classes, allowing students to put theory into practice and acquire a deeper understanding of the subject. The module prepares students for practical work in human physiology at levels 5 and 6, and introduces the skills required for scientific experimentation and reporting. Lecture/tutorial presentations and documentation relating to the practical classes are available on the College platform.


Course Structure - 2nd Year

YEAR 2 - Level 5 HND

Cellular and Organismal Bisociences

This module will introduce you to the study of cellular and organismal biology at an intermediate level. You will learn to appreciate the similarities and differences in the cell biology and physiology of living organisms. This is taught by an introduction to common components/organelles in plant, animal and microbial cells; followed by a comparison of a range of biological themes such as reproduction, osmoregulation, stress responses etc in these organisms. The final section of the module deals with ecological aspects of plant, animal and microbial life, related to the cellular and physiological themes/topics introduced earlier in the module.

Molecular Biosciences 

An intermediate level study of the molecular aspects of living organisms, with particular reference to: The biochemistry of the major metabolic pathways; The biosynthesis of macromolecules; The nature of genetic material, DNA structure and replication, and how this contributes to disease; RNA transcription and translation; Molecular biology techniques; Bioenergetics, glycolysis, the TCA cycle, oxidative phosphorylation and electron transfer, lipid metabolism and nucleic acid metabolism will be major biochemical themes.

Molecular Bisocences Parctical 

This module will give you extensive practical experience in subject areas related to molecular bioscience and biochemistry. These will include the use of biochemical and recombinant DNA technology methods. Molecular Biology The purpose is to introduce you to the basic techniques of molecular biology related to the manipulation manipulations using a range of DNA modifying enzymes.You will amplify a human gene by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). You will insert DNA (a gene) into a plasmid vector (by ligation) and transform this vector into E. coli host cells and select for the ampicillin resistance markers carried by these molecules using aseptic technique. Relationships between plasmid molecular mass and transformation efficiency will be determined. Techniques will be employed to isolate plasmid molecules from their microbial hosts. You will employ restriction enzymes to precisely cleave bacteriophage and plasmid DNA. Agarose gel electrophoresis will be used to visualise DNA molecules, produce calibration graphs and estimate sizes of unknown molecules.   Biochemistry This component of the module will introduce you to the types of techniques within biochemistry that are based upon separation of biomolecules from complex mixtures, a recurring theme in biochemistry.  You will understand the range of analysis that can be derived form application of such techniques and their limitations. You will purify peptides by column ion exchange, estimate relative molecular mass of proteins using SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis Separate nucleotides by agerose gel electrophoresis,   “Mini projects” In the final 2 weeks you will design your own experiment to analyse a molecule generated earlier in the module. This will involve experimental design, planning and preparation before carrying out the procedures and analysing your results. 

Analytical Techniques in Bioscences 

This is a practical module which covers the techniques and practical experiences to provide training in the skills necessary to carry out scientific laboratory analysis and investigation and to underpin theoretical studies in biology. The module will consist of practical exercises relating to quantitative microbiology, molecular techniques from plant material, tissue culture and skills necessary to plan and undertake research within your Honours Project.

Applied and Environmental Bioscences 

The module will explore the role of micro-organisms in a range of diverse ecosystems such as water, soil and foods. The application of micro-organisms in biotechnology, waste water treatment and bioremediation will be evaluated. Practical skills and techniques in the isolation and identification of micro-organisms will be developed.

Behavioural Ecology 

Behavioural ecology aims to interpret animal behaviour within its evolutionary framework. This module examines the relationships between behaviour, ecology and evolution. The factors that affect foraging behaviour, reproductive behaviour and social interactions in animals will be explored.

BioChemistry 

This module examines the relationship of protein structure to function through the various levels of organisation of proteins, how proteins are purified and analysed and how this information relates to the function of proteins, the mechanisms of enzyme action and how this relates to control of metabolism. Methods for the analysis of enzyme kinetics and inhibition are investigated and the concepts of allostery and cooperativity are discussed. Membrane structure and the function of membrane transport proteins will also be discussed. The relationship of enzyme regulation to control of metabolism, using selected metabolic pathways will also be discussed. The module requires a numerical ability and knowledge of chemical structures.

Conservation Biology 

This module will explore in greater depth the science of scarcity and diversity and the successful management of wildlife populations and metapopulations for conservation.

Evolution and Devolpment 

The concept of evolution is central to the understanding of biology. We present the development of the theory of evolution from Darwin, through its subsequent refinements due to other scientific developments, to the modern synthetic theory. The principles of the scientific method are presented and illustrated with evolutionary examples. The origin of life, the evolution of humans, the extinction of species and the impact of evolutionary theory on society at large are discussed We will introduce developmental biology with a focus on explaining how experimental investigation has led to our understanding of embryological development in different animal species.

Human Phsysiology Practical 

This module introduces students to the principles of research methods used in physiological experimentation; experimental design, ethical implications, health and safety considerations, data collection and presentation, statistic analyses and report writing. Then, within a physiology laboratory setting and in the context of performing experiments in key areas on human physiology, the module gives students experience of research methods and experimental techniques in physiology, introduces the concepts of experimental research design, ethical and health and safety implications, and analysis and assessment of research outcomes. Further, students will gain knowledge, understanding and experience of scientific report writing, which supports achievement in study at higher levels. Supplementary information and documentation relating to the practical classes is available on the university VLE platform.

Therapeutical Pharmacology 

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the principles of pharmacology and various modes of intervention in current therapeutic practice. In addition, you will be provided with an introduction to the pharmacological basis of therapeutics, how common side effects can occur and the basis of how drugs are used as a means of therapeutic intervention.


Total Credits: 210+

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses (Level 4/5/6)

Level 4 courses come in the form of 1st year of a bachelor's programme or HNC (Higher National Certificate). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 2nd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)

Level 5 courses come in the form of the 2nd year of a bachelor's programmes or an HND (Higher National Diploma). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 3rd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)

Level 6 courses are the final component of a bachelor’s degree.

Why Study abroad on Graduate Course?

Graduate Course (Level 6)

For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually, you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

Take this opportunity to travel the world with no commitments but to study and learn about new cultures. Studying abroad is an experience unlike any other. Level 6 courses are the final component in a bachelor’s degree.

Students who successfully completed Higher National Diploma in Biological Sciences qualification can progress onto Degree Top-Up programme at many universities such as the University of Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire New University, Teesside University, University of Sunderland, Buckinghamshire New University, University of Huddersfield, London Metropolitan University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Gloucestershire, University of Worcester, University of South Wales, Cambridge University, etc.

What skills will I develop? 


By the end of the programme you will be able to:


  • The course has been designed to enable you to develop the following skills during the programme of study:

  • Analyzing, synthesizing, and summarising information critically

  • The ability to read and use appropriate literature with a full and critical understanding

  • The ability to think independently and solve problems

  • The ability to take responsibility for your own learning and recognize your own learning style

  • Obtaining and integrating several lines of subject-specific evidence to formulate and test hypotheses

  • Recognizing the moral and ethical issues of scientific inquiry and experimentation, and appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct

  • Designing, planning, conducting, and reporting on investigations

  • Communicate the results of studies and other work accurately and reliably using a range of specialist techniques.

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