Programme Specification: Part II Zoology
This course is taught within the Department of Zoology, by members of staff of that Department together with some from other University Departments and external organisations.
- the Department aims to provide a broad multidisciplinary course in Zoology;
- to train students in a wide range of science-based skills that provide the learning base for future careers in disciplines such as health sciences, agriculture, environmental management, the engineering biotechnologies, publishing, teaching, research and management;
- to offer a modular course of lectures and associated seminars, research projects and practical classes, supported by supervisions where appropriate;
- to promote training in practical and conceptual skills in sub-disciplines ranging from molecular cell biology, through physiology and neurobiology, to the ecology, evolution and conservation of populations;
- to provide constructive feedback on their progress by assessing individual students throughout the year in their project work, participation in seminars and written work for supervisions;
- to provide an optional Zoology-based course in statistics in the Michaelmas Term enabling students to apply quantitative methods to complex biological problems;
- to provide professional training in effective verbal and written communication skills.
At the end of the course students should:
- think critically in terms of their learning and research;
- evaluate critically the published literature;
- assess and implement the practical techniques necessary to solve a particular biological problem;
- quantify and analyse data collected during a research project;
- communicate with expert and non-expert audiences, both orally and in writing.
Teaching and Learning Methods
These include lectures, supervisions, practical classes, journal clubs and a field course.
Assessment of this course is through:
- five unseen written examinations (for aims 2, 4, 6 and 7 and learning outcomes 1-5);
- two dissertations each of no more than 5,000 words based on two research projects or one dissertation of no more than 7,500 words based on a single research project: a single practical examination may replace either of the two shorter dissertations (for aims 2, 4, 6 and 7 and learning outcomes 1-5);
- a critical review of no more than 2,000 words (for aims 2, 4, 6 and 7 and learning outcomes 1-5).
Courses of Preparation
Essential: either Part IB of the NST; or Part IB of the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos.