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Course Overview

Weekly seminars and tutorials help you define important issues in biology.

Group presentation (oral) of a research proposal on a topic of your choice, as well as an individual concept note (written), provide you with training in how to convince funders of the uniqueness and viability of your proposal.

Group discussion of ‘crazy’ versus ‘good’ ideas and the challenges of bioethics promote an awareness of ‘facts and fashions’ in biology.

Discussion with top scientists encourages you to think critically of how scientific research is approved, funded and carried out.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Course Description

Advanced concepts in the biological and environmental sciences that are of contemporary importance will be introduced. These will form the basis for structured discussions and debates and the preparation of essays or reports.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 100% continous assessment, made up of two marked presentations on set issues; a third presentation based on a research proposal devised by each group; and a 1000-word research concept note.

Formative Assessment

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during tutorials.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each assignment. Feedback will be provided as written comments. The class will also receive generic feedback after each tutorial. Students who are identified as having difficulty in successfully completing the coursework assessment tasks or participating in the tutorials will be invited to meet members of the course team to identify difficulties and discuss solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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