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  1. 1. Environmental Biology &Human BiologyDr Angelo Pernetta and Dr Claire Marriott
  2. 2. Biological degrees at UoB Hastings • BSc Hons. Environmental Biology and Education • BSc Hons. Human Biology and Education • BSc Hons. Biology (Human & Environmental Biology)All courses are modular120 credits need to be taken each year eg: • 2 x 20 credit modules in Environmental Biology per year • 2 x 20 credit common modules • 2 x 20 credit modules in second subject (Education or Human Biology)
  3. 3. All courses are modularEach year students will take two from the first strand,two from the second strand, and two core commonmodulesThese will lead on to more in-depth study at the nextlevel, and thus develop a deep understanding of thebiological systems and processes.
  4. 4. Course Structure Diagram BSc (Hons) Biology Degree Human Biology Strand Environmental Biology Common Modules Education Strand Strand BH103 BH104 BH101 BH102 UC401 UC403 KV407 KV404 Molecular Practical Introduction Ecological Subject Subject Socio Systems andCell Biology Skills and to Biological Systems and Approaches Approaches Cultural Structures in& Physiology Microbiology Systems Processes to learning & Techniques Context for Education Education BH203 BH205 BH201 BH202 UC501 UC504 KV506 KV505 Biology of Human Evolution Habitat Learning Research Critiques of Comparative Disease Microbiology and Ecology Through Approaches Inclusive Education Behaviour practice & Practices Policy & Practice BH303 BH304 BH301 BH347 UC602 KV602 KV603Biomedicine Frontiers in Issues in Ecology Field Project Human Environment Skills Critical Reframing Bioscience al Biology Perspectives Identity on Learning & Education
  5. 5. Teaching approaches • Lectures • Tutorials/Seminars • Workshops/Field trips • Laboratory sessionsWhat makes Environmental and Human Biology atUoB Hastings different? • ‘Student centred’ • Small groups and ‘project work’ • Dedicated modules for developing key skills to learn effectively at University • Research informed teaching
  6. 6. Research Groups• Biogeography and Ecology Research Group: Research focuses on ecological management of terrestrial and aquatic habitats with particular emphasis on community level responses and the application of GIS to biogeographical research.• Biomedical Materials Research Group: The group applies a multidisciplinary approach to the fields of ophthalmic, orthopaedic and cardiovascular biomedical materials, adsorbent-based technologies, and interfacial bioengineering.• Disease Processes Group: Seeks to understand the fundamental processes that underlie particular diseases and the success of their treatment. The aim is to identify opportunities for novel treatments of disease and to modify the current practice to improve treatment outcomes.• Microbiology Group: The focus of the research within this group is on applied microbiology, in particular, in areas of clinical, environmental and industrial relevance.
  7. 7. Common Modules• You will complete five Common Modules as part of your Joint Honours Degree• The Common Modules forms the glue that binds your two strand subjects together• The Common Modules provide core academic skills relevant to all disciplines • Academic writing skills • Effective presentation skills and verbal fluency • Critical thinking and analysis • Theoretical approaches and research practices • Conventions of academic referencing and citation
  8. 8. • Each module corresponds to approximately 200 hr study time (a maximum of 3hr per week will be contact time).• Each module has a module leader who will be your first point of contact• Modules have different teaching modes, learning agreements, learning outcomes and forms of assessment.• Each module has a module descriptor, module handbook, and learning resources
  9. 9. Year 1 – Environmental Biology modulesBH101: Intro to Biological Systems • What is Biology and the scientific method? • Nature of biological data. • Plant and animal diversity. • Body forms and key physiological processes. e.g. respiration • Physiological adaptations to extreme environments.BH102: Ecological systems & processes • Interactions between organisms and their environment. • Population dynamics and its regulation. • Community structure and dynamics, species interactions. • Ecosystem structure and function. e.g. nutrient cycling • Global biomes.
  10. 10. Year 2BH201: Evolution & Behaviour • Evolutionary theory, adaptation and the evolution of form and function. • Evolution of behaviours • e.g. foraging, signalling, sexual selection, sociality • Aspects of human behavioural ecologyBH202: Habitat EcologyModule selects examples of temperate regional wildlifehabitats/communities and examines their natural history andecology in detail • Distribution • Biodiversity • Key ecological processes e.g., nutrient and energy cycling • Factors affecting community composition
  11. 11. Yr 2 Optional field trip to South Africa10 days at Mankwe Wildlife Reserve.Gain Practical Field Skills. • Large Mammal Surveys • Bird Surveys • Invertebrate Surveys • Behavioural Studies • Identification and Tracking Skills
  12. 12. Year 3BY347: Ecology Field Skills – video clip • 2 week intensive module (Sept.) • Field, lab and lectures. • Range of survey techniques, habitats and species. • Reptiles • Great crested newts • Dormouse • Invertebrates • Vegetation surveysBH301: Issues in Environmental Biology • Habitat loss & fragmentation • Emerging Infectious Diseases • Overexploitation • Invasive species • Climate change and potential impacts on natural systems, biodiversity and humans society • Biofuels – potential and impacts
  13. 13. Human Biology at Hastings• Understanding the human body from a cellular to a system level• How does it work? What happens when it goes wrong? What can we do about it?• Lectures – seminars / small groups; problem solving; application of knowledge• Lab classes to support lecture content and gain key biological practical skills
  14. 14. Year 1 – Human Biology modulesBH103: Molecular Cell Biology & Physiology • Exploring the fundamental concepts of cell biology and the processes of physiological function • Investigating biomolecules; discussing their roles in relation to biological function • Exploring interactions between systems within the bodyBH104: Practical Skills in Laboratory Bioscience and Microbiology • Introduction to the principles of scientific method • Presentation and reporting of laboratory results • Identification of micro-organisms relating to the human body and the environment • Putting in place key skills for future lab work
  15. 15. Year 2BH203: Biology of Disease • Gaining a deeper understanding of molecular, cellular and physiological processes • Investigating specific disease states such as cancer, immunological disorders and degenerative diseases • Researching the roles of lifestyle and environmental factorsBH205: Human Microbiology • Considering biological principles and processes of micro- organisms associated with the human body in health and disease states • Role of the normal microflora of host & prevention of disease • Aspects of sanitation, hygiene, and food microbiology • Utilisation of microbes by humans for cloning, and the production of antibiotics & pharmaceutics
  16. 16. Year 3BH303: Biomedicine • Investigation of disease states; development of appropriate treatment strategies • Lab methods in blood sciences, infection and cellular sciences • Reporting and interpreting laboratory data • Detection, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of selected examples of diseaseBH304: Frontiers in Human Biosciences • Exploring the current key areas of development in human bioscience research (highlighted by WHO and NHS) • Understanding of how / why disease can occur in populations • Novel treatment strategies and future directions
  17. 17. Student activitiesPASS • Peer assisted study sessions • Student-led; supporting lectures, mentoring, new friendshipBioHaste • Biology student society • Events; socials; trips
  18. 18. Thank you for your attention!
  19. 19. What next?Please check your programme for timed course andactivity sessions todayNeed help? Please see our Student Ambassadors inthe blue t-shirts Priory Square basement until 3.00pm Admissions Accommodation Student Support Advice Students’ Union Student Experience drop in from 12pm Subject desks Havelock Road until 2.30pm BURST Radio in the basement Building tours are available from Havelock Road and Priory Square student lounge areas
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