ST. FRANCIS DE SALES COLLEGE NAGPUR, INDIA
Estd. 1956

NAAC Accredited "A" Grade

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES COLLEGE NAGPUR, India

Our Motto - Truth and Love
A RUSA BENEFICIARY INSTITUTION

Department of Zoology

Courses Offered

Subject Combinations & Course Pattern:

B.Sc.

It is a three years (6 Semester) Under-Graduate course.

 The strength allocated is 120 students.

 The students have a choice from various subject combinations available:

 i)   Zoology, Chemistry, Botany

ii)   Zoology, Chemistry, Biochemistry

iii)  Zoology, Chemistry, Biotechnology

The institution offers a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Program with any of three Life Science Subjects: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry and Zoology.

An undergraduate course in Life Science subjects gives detailed information about life, the environment, interactions among life forms such as plants, animals, bacteria and viruses. It also delves deep into the structure and functioning of cells, the biochemical interactions taking place in them and the reasoning for them. The subjects have has employment opportunities in the field of chemical industry, agriculture, forestry, biofertilizer and biopesticide industry, wildlife conservation and management, and gives opportunity for work and entrepreneurship in applied fields such as floriculture, horticulture, mushroom cultivation, apiculture, sericulture, fishery, prawn culture, pearl culture, lac culture, etc. It provides opportunity for higher learning, research and teaching in all the subjects studied. 

Program Outcomes (PO):

Students of all undergraduate B. Sc. degree programs at the time of graduation will be able to: 

1. Creative and Critical Thinking: Apply logical reasoning to assume, inquire and analyse the problems at hand, integrating their knowledge in a wider perspective. Evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs to identify and formulate arguments. Critically evaluate policies and theories by following scientific approach to knowledge development. 

2. Effective Communication: Express thoughts and ideas effectively through speaking and writing. Demonstrate the ability to listen carefully, read and write analytically, and present complex information in a clear and concise manner to different groups. Communicate with others in one or more Indian languages using appropriate media, confidently share and express views. Communicate effectively with scientific community and society at large, through effective presentations, and give, receive and implement instructions.

3. Leadership and Team Work: Function effectively and respectfully as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams and in multidisciplinary settings. Facilitate cooperation, coordination and work efficiently as a member of a team in the interests of a common cause. 

4. Effective Citizenship: Relate and to be aware of various social concerns leading to personal and national development. Participate in civic life by developing an empathetic mindset. Apply reasoning to assess health, safety, legal, ethical and cultural issues of the society and the consequent responsibilities that it entails. Possess knowledge of the values and beliefs of multiple cultures in a global perspective.

 5. Moral Maturity and Ethical Behaviour: Accept moral and ethical values in conducting one’s life. Use ethical practices in all scientific work. Increased cognitive ability, appreciating others point of view, debate and promote interdependence to reach conclusions in a group of people. 

6. Environment and Sustainability: Have awareness with regard to current environmental problems and make a positive contribution towards sustainable development. 

7. Self-directed and Life-long Learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent thinking and life-long learning of developmental and technological changes. Acquire knowledge and skills that are necessary for participating in learning activities throughout life and adapting to changing trends and demands of the work place. 

8. Knowledge Application: Have  further insight into facts and phenomena of Science, to which they have been already exposed at 10+2 level. Capable of demonstrating comprehensive knowledge and understanding of one or more disciplines that form a part of an undergraduate program of study. Apply the core concepts of the subjects learnt during graduation to a chosen scientific discipline. Identify, design, generate and interpret scientific data using quantitative, qualitative and analytical methodologies and techniques, keeping in mind the specific needs for public health, safety and environmental protection.

 9. Analytical, Scientific Reasoning and Problem Solving: Develop a sense of inquisitiveness and capability of asking appropriate questions and problem solving. Evaluate the reliability of available evidence, identify flaws in the arguments and analyse the information from various sources. Apply one’s knowledge to solve different kinds of problems to real life situations.

10. Information / Digital Literacy: Use ICT, to access, evaluate, and use a variety of information sources. Ability to work independently, identify appropriate resources required for a particular task.

Teaching Learning and evaluation Methods:

Students are taught as per the prescribed syllabus which is well supplemented by practical work, where students acquire skill and confidence in handling laboratory glassware, chemicals and equipments. Teaching is in the form of conventional chalk and black board method, power point presentations, animations, demonstration of laboratory techniques, etc. Additional inputs are given to the students in the form of guest lectures and field visits. Students are encouraged to prepare and show power point presentations as their assignments.  Students are evaluated internally on the basis of their performance in periodic tests, assignments, projects, attendance, etc., and through the regular University theory and Practical Examinations conducted by the University. Students also learn soft skills such as Leadership, Management, Public speaking, team work through various platforms and subject associations.

Curricular Structure: The student is expected to appear for two theory papers and a Practical examination in all science subjects, except Mathematics, in each of the six semesters. In addition they appear for additional two language papers in the first two semesters. 

The Program specific outcomes are:

PSO 1. Understand the nature and basic concepts of the life science with the study of various aspects of life and its processes. 

PSO 2. Analyse the relationship among life forms with respect to various biochemical processes underlying living systems.

PSO 3. To identify the role played by various chemical substances and phenomena in living systems and in the environment by analysis of their chemical interactions.

PSO 4.To identify organisms on the basis of their characteristics and classify them. To perform procedures as per laboratory standards in the subject by use of different tools and techniques.

PSO 5. Understand the applications of the subject in the field.

PSO 6. To identify and analyse the role played by organisms in sustaining the environment.

PSO 7.To apply the basic knowledge of Science in general to Life Sciences to identify problem areas, and to find solutions for their remediation through analytical thinking.