Applied Biology HND
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The science of life
Bioscience is a diverse and rapidly expanding sector. Prepare for a practical career or further study with this two year course. An understanding of biology is fundamental to our understanding of the human body and how to stay healthy. This practical course will equip you with the skills to work as a technician in the bioscience industries and the knowledge you need for further study.
Why study Applied Biology at LSBU?
- It’s an alternative route to a biology degree for those who do not meet requirements to enter straight on to a degree.
- Dedicated facilities: benefit from multi-purpose and specialist labs with all the instrumentation you'd expect in modern scientific fields.
- Recognised research quality: No.2 London modern university for research quality in Biological Sciences (Complete University Guide league table, 2018) .
- Take a work placement to enhance career prospects.
In your first year, you’ll build up a solid grounding in biological principles. You can then transfer directly onto the second year of our BSc (Hons) Bioscience degree, or follow a specially designed course for technicians in the bioscience industries. If you complete the HND, you’ve still got the option of further undergraduate study. You don’t have to have it all worked out in advance, your tutors will be on hand to advise you.
The compulsory work placement will further improve your CV and appreciation of bioscience workplaces.
- Biology of the cell
This is an introductory module providing a foundation for further studies in all areas of biology and biosciences. You'll be introduced to the cellular organisation of living organisms and you'll explore the organisation and functions of eukaryotic cells. You'll focus on the regulation of cellular homeostasis and metabolism, including the flow of energy and genetic information, cell death, renewal and differentiation and their relation to human health and disease. In addition, you'll be introduced to current research approaches and methods for studying cells and manipulating genes. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Physiology and anatomy
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding in anatomical language and human anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, as well as the physical and chemical principles that underlie physiological functions and metabolic processes. The concept of integration and control in physiology will be developed, beginning with the study of cell membrane function and leading to an appreciation of human physiology through an understanding of systems. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Nutrition, health and disease
This module will familiarise you with the fundamental principles of human nutrition as a multidisciplinary perspective relating to human health and well-being. You'll explore key concepts of nutritional requirements, food chemistry, macro and micro-nutrient functions. You'll also explore the relationship of diet to health, with special reference to over and under nutrition states. You'll examine dietary recommendations for the maintenance of health and well-being, and you'll consider the assessment of food intake in this context. You'' review the factors determining food choice, and you'll explore the role of nutrition in the context of physical activity. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Scientific skills
This module will provide you with a foundation for the study of science at undergraduate level. The basis for the module will be the context, planning and execution of experimental work, along with analysis and presentation of experimental data. A substantial component of study will involve activities in effective written communication and the writing of laboratory reports in particular. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Numerical methods for bioscientists
This module introduces one of the central principles of biosciences, that of quantitative measurements, their interpretation and analysis. The emphasis of this module is based around understanding the measurement process, the significance of the measurement units and the mathematical manipulation of the data obtained to produce results of use to the analyst. You'll develop the relevant mathematical skills needed to achieve this in conjunction with the introduction to selected analytical data processing software. The data will be derived from a variety of human, microbial and epidemiological experimental settings. On completion of this module you'll have gained knowledge of the main basic mathematical concepts and the use of software in the treatment and interpretation of the measured data. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- An option from a specialist path across human sciences area, including food sciences, nutrition, sport, biomechanics, psychology and forensic sciences
- Public health
Improving public health requires a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional approach in order to gain increased control over the determinants of health and well-being. In both developed and developing societies, an evidence-based approach to public health is of increasing importance. This module will give you insight into a variety of key concepts associated with the complex influences on human health and disease. It will emphasise an epidemiological approach and will critically evaluate strategies for disease prevention and management. You'll examine various modes and means of communication to diverse audiences. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Research project
The project is an extended piece of work that requires you to undertake a piece of independent scientific research. The project is primarily a laboratory or fieldwork-based investigation. You'll be expected to manage your own research activity with tutorial support from your research supervisor. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Food microbiology
This module is designed to help you develop an understanding of food microbiology, appreciate the principles of food microbiology and explore both microbial food spoilage and food borne microorganisms. In this context you'll learn about the hazards that microorganisms pose to food safety, evaluate the risk and apply methods by which food can be processed safely. This is a practical module, and you'll continue to develop your skills in examining foodstuffs in order to enumerate and identify specific microorganisms. Emphasis will be given to the development, application and use of microbiological criteria for evaluating food safety. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Food composition properties and analysis
This module builds on an understanding of the chemistry of biological molecules and applies these principles to explaining the nature, properties and behaviour of particular food macromolecules. Specific components will be used for illustration, e.g. starch, lipids, proteins, pectin and fibre. The properties of many of these compounds can be influenced by functional chemicals called ‘food additives’. The determination of all of these components in foods is essential for declaring compositional, nutritional and labelling information, and therefore the module will include practical learning material explaining the methods of analysis. Proximate and sensory analysis will form the major aspect of the laboratory analysis. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Work placement
The nature of the work carried out at individual placements will vary greatly. In some cases, you'll be exposed to numerous work situations to give an overall appreciation of the total operation of the employer. In other cases, you may be assigned to a singular role. Nonetheless, there are certain core learning outcomes that will apply to all placements. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
Plus one optional module from:
- Human evolution, physiology and behaviour
This module will look at the biology of human beings as adaptations to the selective pressures prevalent in our recent evolutionary history. It will provide you with an overview of the Hominoidea provided by the fossil record, and our dispersal out of Africa. The module will review our physiology as an omnivorous mammal originally adapted to tropical grasslands. It will go on to review the extent to which human behaviour can be interpreted as adaptive for a social animal exploiting the range of habitats that our species has exploited. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Disease and immunity
This module looks at various types of disease, including Infectious, congenital (genetic and acquired), degenerative, metabolic (endocrine and nutritional), immunological (auto immune, allergic, inflammatory) and nepotistic. The module also covers the basics of the immune system and diagnosis and therapy. Assessment method: 100% exam.
- Human nutrition
The science of human nutrition is a rapidly evolving discipline. This module will consolidate and expand on introductory concepts from Level 4. The breadth of the subject will be explored including perspectives from physiology, cell biology, epidemiology and public health. Applied aspects of the area will be introduced and the human being as the central subject emphasised. You'll foster an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of nutrition and gain practical experience of assessing nutritional status. Assessment methods: 40% coursework, 60% exam.
- Sport nutrition
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the nutritional requirements of athletes and the metabolic responses and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. In particular, it will focus on fuel utilisation during endurance, and explore the nutritional requirements of different ‘athlete types’. The module will also reference evidence supporting the use of nutritional strategies in optimising performance and training. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
You can go on to further study or embark on a career in fields including public health, pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, pathology, healthcare and food production.
Take a look at potential careers, including biomedical technician, on Prospects.
Recent graduates from this course have gone onto roles in medical and technical product sales, quality control, the pharmaceutical industry, medical writing and teaching.
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Teaching and learning
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- A Level EEE or;
- BTEC National Diploma MPP or;
- Access to HE qualifications with 45 Passes or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 64 UCAS points
- All Level 3 qualifications preferably include a Science subject
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
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|UK/EU fee: £9250||International fee: £13125|
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