Undergraduate Programmes


SBS programmes Intended learning outcomes

1. Recognize the relationship and complexity between structure and function of all forms of life, resulting from an academically rigorous in-depth understanding of biological concepts

  1. Possess a conceptual framework that identifies the relationships between the major domains in the field of biology.
  2. Explain the relationship between structure and function of all forms of life at the molecular level
  3. Explain the relationship between structure and function of all forms of life at the cellular level
  4. Explain the relationship between structure and function of all forms of life at the organism level

2. Critically evaluate and analyze biological information by applying the knowledge, scientific methods and technical skills associated with the discipline

  1. Identify the assumptions behind scientific problems and issues
  2. Create and evaluate hypotheses
  3. Create abstract models of data
  4. Design experiments relevant to authentic problems and their models
  5. Analyze the validity of qualitative and quantitative scientific data
  6. Evaluate results in primary biological literature
  7. Evaluate the results of their own experiments and decide on the next step
  8. Identify unintended results as opportunities for discovery

3. Develop and communicate biological ideas and concepts relevant in everyday life for the benefit of society

  1. Simplify and explain scientific concepts and results of experiments to a non-biologist (avoiding jargon)
  2. Display and explain scientific results clearly and persuasively to peers both verbally and in writing (includes the ability to graph data appropriately and accurately).
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the recursive nature of science, where new results continually modify previous knowledge
  4. Explain the role of peer review in science as a quality control mechanism
  5. Discuss current critical questions in the field of biology
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the social and natural context of knowledge (role of science in society, influence of society on science)
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of ideas and development of the major fields of biology

4. Acquire transferable and entrepreneurial skills for career development

  1. Demonstrate innovative approaches to solving problems in biological science, leading to new approaches or techniques
  2. Demonstrate a flair for developing new technologies, attracting funding, marketing products and respecting IP rights
  3. Demonstrate a flair for conducting research

5. Develop communication, creative and critical thinking skills for life-long learning

  1. Learn independently and then share that knowledge with others
  2. Learn collaboratively and be willing to share expertise with peers
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills such as analysis, discrimination, logical reasoning, prediction and transforming knowledge
  4. Question the assumptions, sources, and contexts of scientific investigation
  5. Demonstrate good observation skills and a curiosity about the world

6. Develop codes of social responsibility and scientific ethics, particularly in relation to biological advancement and applications

  1. Debate the ethical implications of scientific processes and results
  2. Design human or animal experiments that do not cause harm
  3. Respect regulations involving plagiarism and copyright
  4. Respect requirements regarding confidentiality, data protection, conflict of interest, and falsification of data

7. Demonstrate information literacy and technological fluency

  1. Locate and evaluate information needed to make decisions, solve problems, design experiments, and understand scientific data
  2. Work effectively with common technologies in biology
  3. Evaluate and use biological databases (literature and public datasets)
  4. Complete online learning independently