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A

Advanced Immunology (12 CATS)

The module focuses on molecular mechanisms by which the immune system protects the host from infectious agents. Key components of the immune system are presented and insight provided into the strategies invading pathogens use to counteract host defences.

Agents of Infectious Disease (12 CATS)

Students are provided with an introduction to important aspects of the topic of infection, considering the agents themselves and their interactions with host species.

Animal Anatomy and Histology (12 CATS)

This module offers an overview of animal biology, explaining the evolutionary reasons for adapted and shared anatomy, placing humans into the context of the wider kingdom of the Animalia, offering an understanding of why particular animal systems are used to model human physiology.

Animal and Plant Biology (12 CATS)

The module presents our current understanding of animal and plant evolution, diversity and physiological activities.

B

Bacteria: Genes to Behaviour (12 CATS)

Molecular and cellular microbiology are covered at the level of current research. These include gene regulation in bacteria, bacterial cell biology, the mechanistic basis to invasion of the host by pathogenic bacteria and how bacteria respond to changes in their external and internal environments.

Bioenergy and Biorefining (12 CATS)

Students are introduced to a fast moving field of research into the development of new technologies arising from the integration of multiple disciplines that are the emerging biotechnology solutions to problems associated with a changing climate.

Biological Clocks (12 CATS)

The module begins with the molecular mechanisms of the circadian system and moves on to clock-regulated processes in whole organisms, including their interactions with the environment and seasonality.

Business Studies 1 (15 CATS)

Non-Warwick Business School students are introduced to key concepts in business studies and how to apply and integrate these concepts to analyse practical business situations.

Business Studies 2 (15 CATS)

This module enables students to understand the language and central concepts of management and business, to understand and apply the analytical frameworks and skills used by managers in solving business and management problems and to understand the variety of schools of thinking about management and their historical development.

C

Clinical Microbiology (12 CATS)

Students are introduced to the clinically applied aspect of microbiology and the diagnosis of disease. It includes a visit to a clinical microbiology laboratory.

D

Dynamics of Biological Systems (12 CATS)

This module will introduce the fact that cells and cellular pathways are dynamical systems that can change their behaviour both in space and time.

E

Ecology and Environment (18 CATS)

This module provides an overview of ecological principles and processes that underpin our understanding of the natural world and provides an introduction to major marine habitats, ecologically significant organisms and biological processes in the oceans.

Ecology and its Applications (12 CATS)

Students are provided with the opportunity to gain a scientific and interdisciplinary perspective of the earth and its processes, including measuring using remote sensing, changes to climate and environment and responses by habitats and species to disturbance.

Environmental Biology (12 CATS)

This module introduces students to the natural and managed environment and to the pressures on the planet that result from man's activities. It also looks at how society responds to challenges posed by environmental change.

Environmental Science and Management (12 CATS)

This module provides an up-to-date analysis of the range of topics in the area of environmental science and management by providing a scientific and interdisciplinary perspective of the earth, changes to its climate and environment and species responses to anthropogenic disturbances.

Evolution (12 CATS)

An introduction is provided to modern evolutionary theory, population and evolutionary genetics in order to understand the fundamental processes and the genetic make-up of populations.

Exploiting Innovation in Biology (12 CATS)

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practice, and underlying microbiology or biology, of key selected areas of exploitation of biological resources. Students will also discuss the role of biology in number of modern industrial processes, understand the use of enzymes in medical applications for rational drug design, modification and delivery.

Extended research project (80 CATS)

Students conduct an extended 35 week research project within an academic research lab in the School.

Extended research project in industry (90 CATS)

Students conduct a 12 month industrial research placement.

Extreme Environment Biology (12 CATS)

This module focuses on the way organisms have adapted to rapidly changing environments that are relevant to many areas of biology and considers how experimental approaches can be used to study very complex biological processes.

G

Genetics and Evolution (18 CATS)

This module introduces concepts and techniques in genetics and genomics that are used to understand and manipulate complex traits. Includes hands-on workshops. It also provides an introduction to modern evolutionary theory, population and evolutionary genetics in order to understand the fundamental processes and the genetic make-up of populations.

Genetics and Genomics (12 CATS)

This module introduces concepts and techniques in genetics and genomics that are used to understand and manipulate complex traits. Includes hands-on workshops.

H

Health and Community (12 CATS)

The influence of micro-organisms on everyday life is presented; contamination of food, emerging infections, antibiotics, links between nutrition, infection and health, and bioterrorism.

Human and Animal Physiology (18 CATS)

This physiology module provides an overview of neurobiology and the linked blood and circulation systems; includes an introduction to the physiology of the nervous system and detailed analysis of the cell and molecular biology underlying the development and functions of the nervous system and an all-round understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the linked blood (haematological) and circulation (cardiovascular) systems. 

I

Immunology (12 CATS)

The module provides an overview of the immune system with a focus on T cell immunity.

Immunology and Epidemiology (18 CATS)

The module provides an overview of the immune system with a focus on T cell immunity and provides the appropriate knowledge and understanding of the basis of public health policy in the UK.

Infection (18 CATS)

This module introduces the physiology of important viruses, antiviral therapies and diagnosis using clinical case studies. It also covers a range of important microparasites, the diseases they cause and how the parasite, host and environment interact to govern their biology and various approaches used to control these diseases.

Integrative Neuroscience (12 CATS)

By considering the important cellular components of the central nervous system this modules illustrates current knowledge of how these determine and contribute to the integrative function of the nervous system.

Introduction to Teaching in Biology (24 CATS)

This is a teaching module run by the Centre for Teaching Education. The module provides an opportunity for students to undertake academic study in biology education, and to relate their studies directly to their experiences of observing teachers and working with pupils in secondary school science classes.

L

Laboratories (24 CATS)

Laboratory classes that are more question-led in neurobiology, physiology, cell biology, microbial genetics and bioinformatics.

Laboratories Biochem Year 2 (24 CATS)

Laboratory classes that are more question-led in enzymology, bioenergetics, spectroscopy and bioinformatics.

Laboratories Biosci Year 2 (24 CATS)

Question-led laboratory classes in a wide range of topics including virology, microbiology, animal and plant physiology and bioinformatics.

Laboratories and Tutorials Biochemistry and Chemistry Year 1 (30 CATS)

Students undertake a series of labs that cover a range of topics including biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and chemistry. Students also participate in weekly small group tutorials with their personal tutors that include worksheets to support teaching in lectures, research and presentation skills and pastoral meetings.

Laboratories and Tutorials Year 1 (30 CATS)

Students undertake a series of labs that cover a range of topics including biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and physiology. Students also participate in weekly small group tutorials with their personal tutors that include worksheets to support teaching in lectures, research and presentation skills and pastoral meetings.

Laboratories and tutorials Biochem Year 3 (18 CATS)

Laboratory classes include Structural Biology and Computer Modelling. Tutorials are focused around your Research Project, exam and seminar preparation and pastoral meetings.

Laboratories and tutorials Biosci Year 3 (18 CATS)

Laboratory classes include Environmental Biology and Computer Modelling. Tutorials are focused around your Research Project, exam and seminar preparation and pastoral meetings.

Laboratories and tutorials Year 3 (18 CATS)

The Clinical Sciences laboratory class looks at how to use analytical techniques to diagnose disease. Tutorials are focused around your Research Project, exam and seminar preparation and pastoral meetings.

M

Medical Virology (12 CATS)

Students are introduced to current and potential future pandemic viral pathogens. This provides insight into the principles that govern the emergence, evolution, transmission and control of these viruses.

Modern Approaches to Human Disease (12 CATS)

By examining important medical specialties such as renal, metabolic, reproductive and central nervous system medicine this module illustrates modern, evidence-based medicine and medical ethics.

Molecular Cell Biology (18 CATS)

Students will gain an understanding of the organisation, complexity and essential processes that occur in the genomes and information processing mechanisms in all three domains of life. In addition they will gain a detailed understanding of the molecular biology which underlies fundamental cellular processes; the cytoskeleton in cellular structure, function and motility; mechanisms controlling cell proliferation and genome stability; protein processing in secretory pathway organelles; programmed cell death in eukaryotic cells.

Molecular Endocrinology (12 CATS)

Provides a foundation for the further study of endocrinology at the cellular and molecular level and a firm basis for understanding normal hormonal control.

Molecules, Cells and Organisms (24 CATS)

This module is the essential foundation module for most other modules taught in this Department, where the degrees are strongly oriented towards the molecular and cellular aspects of biology. It also provides a basic introduction to whole organism and develpmental biology, within the context of evolution.

Multicellular Systems (18 CATS)

This physiology module provides an overview of neurobiology and a broad introduction to the molecular genetic analysis of plant development. This includes an introduction to the physiology of the nervous system and detailed analysis of the cell and molecular biology underlying the development and functions of the nervous system. By combining analysis of plants and animal systems this module promotes a deeper understanding of eukaryotic developmental biology.

N

Neurobiology (12 CATS)

This physiology module provides an overview of neurobiology and includes an introduction to the physiology of the nervous system and detailed analysis of the cell and molecular biology underlying the development and functions of the nervous system.

O

Oncology (12 CATS)

Students are provided with an overview of cancer and a detailed understanding of specific aspects of its underlying causes and clinical management.

One World Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases (12 CATS)

This module explores concepts in population biology and epidemiology that are key to understanding medical and veterinary infectious disease transmission, treatment and their control. Particular emphasis is given to current efforts to improve world health with a focus on example topical diseases and neglected tropical diseases.

Organic Chemistry (18 CATS)

This module, taught in the Chemistry department, provides students with a basic understanding of organic chemistry. It provides a fundamental look at organic chemical bonding, structure, reactivity, mechanism and synthesis of simple functional groups.

P

Pharmacology (12 CATS)

Pharmacology is the study of how chemical agents influence bodily functions in both health and disease, and indeed how the body deals with these chemicals. The module will concentrate on the use of drug-based therapeutics in a range of human diseases and will bridge the gap between basic cell signalling, biochemistry and the complex patho-physiology and treatment of the diseases.

Physical Chemistry (12 CATS)

This module provides students with an understanding of fundamental physical principles that underlie biochemical reactions and functional properties of biomolecules. Particular emphasis is given to the thermodynamics and kinetics of biological processes.

Physiology and Metabolism (18 CATS)

The module covers how parts of the body function and work together, in terms of physiology, covering the nervous system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system and special senses and in terms of energy and bioenergetics covering the role of enzymes in metabolism, glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, pentose phosphate pathway, and photosynthesis.

Principles of Development (12 CATS)

Due to our common evolutionary history all animals share most of the molecular pathways involved in development. This module studies the molecular processes underlying this development, from the fertilized egg to a fully-grown individual.

Protein Biochemistry (18 CATS)

Students will become familiar with the basic methods of studying enzymes, understand the mechanisms whereby enzymes are able to catalyse reactions and appreciate how individual reactions are controlled and integrated into the metabolic pathways of the cell. The module builds on the basic concepts of protein structure in order to understand the structure/function relationships of proteins in terms of the chemistry of their component amino acid residues.

Protein Structure and Function (12 CATS)

Basic concepts of protein structure are built upon in order to understand the structure/function relationships of proteins in terms of the chemistry of their component amino acid residues.

Protein Targeting (12 CATS)

This module allows students to apply knowledge of molecular and cell biology gained in previous years to a research area (protein targeting) that is a field of fundamental importance in cell biology.

Q

Quantitative Skills for Biology (12 CATS)

An introduction to the quantitative skills that all biological scientists need to understand and analyse quantitative data. In particular introducing statistical methods for the summary and analysis of experimental data (e.g. from lab classes) and the basic principles for modelling biological populations.

R

Research Project (30 CATS)

The final year research project will be either lab, dry or literature-based with an academic supervisor. The projects are a year-long activity, with most of the work focused in term 3, during which you interact with your supervisor to produce a research project dissertation.

Research Skills (30 CATS)

Students gain experience of a variety of lab-based techniques, and receive advanced training in analysis of various types of data via weekly workshops based on case studies. Students develop their critical analysis and presentation skills through journal clubs and other activities.

S

Science Communication (12 CATS)

The module considers how science is communicated to different audiences and in different media. It draws out issues around science in society, for example the roles and responsibilities of scientists and journalists in communicating scientific research, public understanding of science and how science is communicated in museums, on TV and on the Internet.

Signalling and Integration in Health and Disease (18 CATS)

Provides a foundation for the further study of endocrinology at the cellular and molecular level and a firm basis for understanding normal hormonal control. Also covers various aspects of pharmacology, from cellular and molecular mechanisms through to the treatment of human diseases.

Structural Molecular Biology (12 CATS)

This module explores specific fields of interest in Structural Biology including; protein-nucleic acid interactions, protein-ligand interactions, protein folding and structure, macromolecular structures and biophysics.

Synthetic Biology (12 CATS)

This module explores the potential of synthetic biology to revolutionize the discovery process in biology and to enable step-change advances in biotechnology, medicine, food security and the environment.

T

Tools for Biochemical Discovery (18 CATS)

This module will provide an appreciation of the principles upon which key techniques in the field of biochemical discovery provide biochemical information. This includes structural techniques such as X-ray, NMR, Cryo-EM and biophysical and analytical techniques such as CD, MS, and fluorescence. In the second half of the module the scope will be widened to explain how we study biological interactions including case studies. Topics will include proteomics, high-resolution light microscopy, SPR, ITC and immunoprecipitation.

Tutorials (12 CATS)

Fortnightly tutorials include worksheet-based problems with your personal tutor and research-led tutorials with different tutors across the breadth of the degree.