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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HPSC2105 Introduction to Scientific Texts in Context

10 creditsClass Size: 100

In light of the effect of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions on students' learning experiences, the School of PRHS have made the decision to modify assessment in Semester 2 modules in the 2020-21 academic year. Changes may involve reducing the number of assessment points (e.g. assessing one essay rather than two) or reducing word counts where it is possible to do so whilst protecting the integrity of the module's Learning Outcomes. Information on any changes to assessment is available to enrolled students in the Minerva module area, and can also be sought from the module leader or the PRHS SES team.

Module manager: Dr Sophie Weeks
Email: s.v.weeks@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

20 credits of HPSC level 1 modules

This module is mutually exclusive with

HPSC2101Scientific Texts in Context
HPSC2140Scientific Texts in Context

Module replaces

HPSC2140

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Interpret the arguments in a classic contemporary scientific text;
2. Relate those arguments to the author's life and work generally;
3. Relate those arguments to the wider intellectual, cultural, social and material contexts in which the text was written;
4. Critically assess the relevant historiography;
5. Analyze the reception of the text in its own time.


Syllabus

A single text, e.g. Charles Darwin, Descent of Man, and selection in relation to sex (1871) will be examined in detail and its contents related to contemporary debates and issues in context.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar111.5016.50
Private study hours83.50
Total Contact hours16.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

6 hours reading per seminar
17.5 hours essay preparation
Background reading

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through seminar preparation and comments on essay plan submitted for written feedback by module leader.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 22/09/2010

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