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BI4017: SBS HONOURS ESSAY (SEMESTER 1) (2017-2018)

Last modified: 26 Feb 2018 20:23

Course Overview


You research a topic and write an extended essay, developing specialist knowledge and refining your synthesis and evaluation skills.

You choose your topic from a list that includes fundamental and cutting-edge issues, providing you with flexibility and an opportunity to pursue your interests.

An introductory workshop reminds you of good practice in writing an extended essay and a meeting with your essay supervisor provides you with feedback on your essay plan. You also have the opportunity to submit a draft essay for comments from your essay supervisor.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Jo Smith
  • Dr Clare Trinder

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Primary) (Studied) or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI4015 Grant Proposal (Studied)
  • BI4517 Sbs Honours Essay (Semester 2) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

An independent review essay chosen from a list made available by staff and which will change from year to year. A member of staff will provide guidance.

Associated Costs

No additional costs

Further Information & Notes

This course cannot be taken in a graduating curriculum with BI 4517.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Animal Behaviour
  • BSc Animal Ecology
  • BSc Behavioural Biology
  • BSc Biological Sciences (Honours)
  • BSc Biology
  • BSc Conservation Biology
  • BSc Ecology
  • BSc Forest Sciences
  • BSc Forestry
  • BSc Marine Biology
  • BSc Parasitology
  • BSc Plant and Soil Sciences
  • BSc Wildlife Management
  • BSc Zoology
  • Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management
  • Non-Graduating Student in Science Iss

Contact Teaching Time

4 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: Written essay 5000 words (100%).

Resit:  Similar to first attempt but the review essay must be written on a topic distinct from the original topic that was failed.

Formative Assessment

Students will get informal feedback from essay supervisor during meetings and through feedback on essay outline.


Students will receive written feedback on their essays.

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