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C11115 Human Genetics Tutorial and Study Skills Module
(Last Updated:07 April 2014)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 1

Target Students:  Only available to students registered on Human Genetics BSc or MSci

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Full Year Assessed in both Autumn and Spring Semesters 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module will help to guide students through the academic expectations and opportunities of the Human Genetics degree, while familiarising them with University life, fellow students and academic staff through small-group tutorials as well as generic and subject-specific lectures/discussions. The module will provide generic skills such as (i) how to use on-line and library resources to study, understand and learn science and (ii) how to read, write and present science, avoiding plagiarism, as well as subject-specific knowledge covering aspects of classic and current Human Genetics. Please note these sessions are compulsory and it is a requirement to attend at least 75% of the timetabled sessions to pass this non-compensatable module. If you are unable to attend through illness or for some other reason you must complete an extenuating circumstances form.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 4 weeks1 per week1 hour
Tutorial 8 weeks1 per week1 hour
Lecture 1 weeks1 per week1 hour

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50 1,000 word essay to be completed in Autumn Semester 
Coursework 2 50 1,000 word essay to be completed in Spring Semester 

Convenor: 
Professor F Sablitzky

Education Aims:  The principal aim of the module is to provide guidance on general aspects of University life, promote effective individual relationships between tutors and students via contact in small-group sessions and practice essential skills required to study, understand and learn complex scientific subjects in the area of Human Genetics. Combining generic and subject-specific lectures/discussion with small tutorial groups will encourage active participation, will develop competence and confidence in transferable skills such as writing, problem-solving and reading science, facilitating further progress in the Human Genetics degree.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding A1 Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles on which the discipline of Human Genetics is based A2 The relationship between Human Genetics and other disciplines and forms of knowledge A3 Introduction of classic and current topics of Human Genetics Intellectual Skills Students will be able to: B1 Critically analyse and interpret published information and data B2 Think independently while giving due weight to the arguments of others B3 Understand complex ideas and relate them to specific problems or questions Professional/Practical Skills Students will be able to: C1 Students will be given instruction in reading text books and primary scientific literature C2 Students will be guided in correct and effective scientific writing and presentation Transferable/Key Skills D1. Students will be trained to communicate effectively in writing and/or oral presentation D2. Students will be encouraged to participate in discussions D3. Students will be required to organise and manage their working time and meet deadlines D5. Assessed exercises will allow students to monitor their own progress, strengths and weaknesses

Offering School:  Life Sciences


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