BGM3058 : Integrated Genetics

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To test the students' ability to read and understand the primary scientific literature

Original Summary:
A key feature of the final stage of the undergraduate programme is reading and understanding
primary research material, usually in the form of peer-reviewed papers in research journals. This
module takes the form of an examination designed to test this skill. Students are provided with text and data scientific paper(s) relevant to their degree programme and are required to answer
questions pertaining to the research area of the paper, material and methods employed,
results and their interpretation. Students are also asked to write an appropriate title and abstract for the paper.

Outline Of Syllabus

There is no defined syllabus for this module other than that of all the stage 2/3 modules. The papers chosen for the examination will be relevant on one or more of the lecture modules taught in semester 1 of stage 3 and/or semester 2 stage 2 of their particular degree programme.
However, students are given practice exercises to attempt (formative) and this forms the basis of the discussion and the work in the seminars.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00Seminars. Five seminars in Semester 1 and two seminars in Semester 2.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study931:0093:00Individual Study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The seminars are intended to provide a final practice in the type of numerical methods required in the examination, and the type of scientific paper and sort of questions they might encounter. This represents a final honing of the skills required rather acquisition of new skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is intended to test a student's understanding of their subject by providing them with an original paper to read and understand. The paper is carefully chosen to be short, not overly complex, have simple experiments employing techniques that the student will have encountered in their lectures and/or practicals. This may not be the best way of measuring a student's breadth of knowledge of their subject but does give an indication of how well they can use their acquired skills to expand their knowledge.

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