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BIOL3211 Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 3

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Emanuele Paci

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOC3231Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 3
BIOC3232Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry 3
BIOL3215Cancer Biology
BMSC3233Advanced Topics in Pharmacology II
BMSC3234Advanced Topics in Neuroscience II
BMSC3235Advanced Topics in Human Physiology II
BMSC3236Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences II
MICR3212Advanced Topics in Microbiology 3

This module is not approved as a discovery module


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

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- have gained a knowledge of current research in a range of topics in biological sciences chosen from the list of topics presented, and with reference to their programme specialism, subject interests and career intentions.


The module will consist of a number of "advanced topic units", each of which will contain a series of lectures +/- other teaching sessions relating to a particular research topic within the field of biological sciences. Students will attend, and do additional reading on, at least 5 of these ATUs.

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

Teaching methods

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

Private study

Reading lists will be provided in association with each lecture as a starting point for self-directed learning around the material in each ATU.

An average of 5 hours additional reading/revision is allocated to each lecture.

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)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: 13/12/2019


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