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BIOL3210 Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 2

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Emanuele Paci

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOC3221Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 2
BIOC3222Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry 2
MICR3211Advanced Topics in Microbiology 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To introduce students to current research in a range of topical areas within the field of biological sciences, and develop their ability to collate, critically analyse, and describe scientific information.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. discuss in-depth a range of research topics at the forefront of biological sciences;
2. select and critique scientific information obtained from reputable sources and integrate the material to provide an up to date account of the topic under discussion;
3. demonstrate advanced communication skills through presentation of the material in written format.


The module will comprise a series of advanced topics reflecting current developments across biological sciences.

In each topic lecturers will present current thinking and research findings, referring students to the research literature. Students will be required to read the up-to-date research literature to advance their knowledge beyond the material presented in the lectures.

This module is mutually exclusive with other Advanced topics modules in this semester with the faculty of Biological Sciences.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private study will be devoted to preparation for lectures and producing good notes thereafter, and preparing for the end-of-semester examination.

An average of 5 hours additional reading/revision is expected per lecture (although this may vary between students).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student attendance at lectures will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.

At level 3, and in light of the extensive reading around the topics that is required, continuous assessment will not be appropriate for most ATUs.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S2)3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/01/2020


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