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Natural Sciences Tripos

 

**Statement on NST IB teaching for 2020-2021**

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation.

The changes are:

All lectures will be delivered online

Practical teaching will be delivered as a mixture of online provision and face-to-face teaching.  The details will vary according to the space requirements and risk assessments for the individual practical laboratory class. Further information on specific subjects will be provided in due course.

Field courses will be organised and run when possible.

Supervisions will be provided by your College.  Your Director of Studies will provide more detail at a later date.

 

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Choosing your subjects and registering for practical classes: What subjects can I study?

In the second year, Part IB, of the Natural Sciences Tripos you read THREE subjects from those listed below. There are some timetabling restrictions and you cannot take more than one subject from any one group. The subjects are grouped together as follows:

Group Subjects Lecture times
A Earth Sciences B; Physics B M. W. F. 9
B Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Earth Sciences A M. W. F. 10
C Evolution & Animal Diversity; Mathematics; Pharmacology M. W. F. 11
D Ecology, Evolution & Conservation; Biology of Disease; Physics A M. W. F. 12
E Chemistry B; Physiology Tu. Th. S. 9
F Materials Science; Cell and Developmental Biology Tu. Th. S. 10
G Experimental Psychology; Plant and Microbial Sciences Tu. Th. S. 11
H Chemistry A; Neurobiology Tu. Th. S. 12
I History and Philosophy of Science M. W. F. 5

Due to timetable clashes it is inadvisable to take Physics B with Evolution & Animal Diversity or Pharmacology.  If you wish to take either of these combinations you must speak to your Director of Studies who will need to make an application to the Natural Sciences Tripos Management Committee on your behalf.

 

TIMETABLE OF TEACHING 2019-20

Practicals

Staggered start times may be possible where there are clashes with lectures. You will be informed of the start time when you register.

Evolution & Animal Diversity
W. 12-5 or Th. 12-5. Four hours, fortnightly.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Approximately four hours starting at 12 on M. or 11 on Tu. or W. or Th.or F. This does not include a 1 hour lunch break to be taken at the discretion of the Senior demonstrator: finishing times are 5 on M. and 4 on Tu. W. Th. and F.
Biology of Disease W. and  F. 2-4.
Cell and Developmental Biology Tu. or F. 11-5. Four hours of practical within these times. Staggered starts to avoid problems of clashes with other IB subjects.  Students
will be allocated to a particular day to balance class sizes for each day.
Chemistry A
M. Tu. W. Th. F. 1.45-5.
Chemistry B
M. Tu. W. Th. F. 1.45-6.
Ecology, Evolution & Conservation

There are no practicals for this course: instead students undertake a research project. Students will also attend a small number of field trips and group sessions which will take place on various Monday afternoons during term; we also encourage students to undertake their project work during this time slot where possible, so students should therefore be available on Mondays 1.30pm-5.30pm.

Experimental Psychology
Two, two-hour sessions per week, one chosen from Tu. 9-11 or W. 10-12 or 2-4, and the other from Th. 2-4 or F. 10-12 or 2-4.
Earth Sciences A
Three 1.5 hour sessions. Choose one from each set: 
Set 1: F. 11.15-1.15, F. 2-4, S. 10-12
Set 2: M. 11.15-1.15, M. 2-4, Tu. 10-12
Set 3: W. 11.15-1.15, W. 2-4, Th. 10-12
Earth Sciences B Three 1.5 hour sessions. Choose one from each set: 
Set 1F 11-1, F. 2-4; S 10-12
Set 2
: M. 11-1; M. 2-4, Tu 10-12
Set 3
: W: 11-1, W. 2-4, Th: 10-12
Materials Science
One regular practical per week in Michaelmas and Lent Terms only, either M. 9-11.30, or Tu. 2-4.30 or W. 9-11.30 or W. 2-4.30
Mathematics See Maths Timetable
Neurobiology Tu. or Th. 2-5.
Pharmacology Tu. 2-5 or W. 2-5.
Physics A M. 2-5.45, Tu. 10-5.45, Th. 10-5.45, F. 2-5.45. Students will be allocated periods within these times.
Physics B M. 2-5.45, Tu. 10-5.45, Th. 10-5.45, F. 2-5.45. Students will be allocated periods within these times.
Physiology Tu. or Th. 2-4(5).
Plant & Microbial Sciences M. or Tu. 12-5. Four hours.

 

Practical registrations

Students must register for each subject at the following times and places:

Chemistry A 9-1 or 2-4, Tuesday 8 October, Department of Chemistry introductory talk: 10:45, Wednesday 9 October, Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
Chemistry B 9-1 or 2-4, Tuesday 8 October, Department of Chemistry introductory talk: 10:00, Wednesday 9 October, Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre
Earth Sciences A and B 9.30-12.30 or 2.30-4.30, Wednesday 9 October, Department of Earth Sciences, IB ESA Lab. Please let the Department know if you have a clash with other practicals.
Materials Science Register online by 10 am on Monday 7 October at intranet.msm.cam.ac.uk/teaching/camonly/tims/registration.php

Physics A and   Physics B

(Double subject)

2.00, Wednesday 9 October, Pippard Lecture Theatre, Cavendish Laboratory.  Introductory talk will follow.

Physics B but not Physics A or 
Physics A but not Physics B

(Single subject)

2-4 Tuesday 8 October, IB Lab, Cavendish Laboratory

2:00, Wednesday 9 October, Pippard Lecture Theatre, Cavendish Laboratory. 

All biological subjects

11.00 - 12.00, Wednesday 9 October, Senate House

Students should also express their provisional wishes on the NST IB Practical Registration Moodle site by 1st Sept. Contact FacBiol@admin.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions.

This year a new version of the timetable calendar has been developed and you will be able to go to www.timetable.cam.ac.uk, select your subjects and ‘Add’ the lectures and practicals. Once you have registered for a practical session, in order to add your practical sessions you can select the subject, click on  ‘Practicals’ in the ‘Module’  box to expand the list, and then ‘Add’  those practical sessions which apply.

Location of Lectures

The location of the FIRST lecture in the Michaelmas Term for each of the courses is listed below:

Evolution & Animal Diversity

Main Lecture Theatre, Department of Zoology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Lecture Theatre, Sanger Building, Department of Biochemistry, Tennis Court Road
Cell and Developmental Biology Biffen Lecture Theatre, Department of Genetics
Chemistry A Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry
Chemistry B Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry
Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Part II Lecture Theatre, Department of Zoology
Experimental Psychology Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building
Earth Sciences A Tilley Lecture Room, Department of Earth Sciences
Earth Sciences B Tilley Lecture Room, Department of Earth Sciences
History and Philosophy of Science Mill Lane Lecture Rooms
Materials Science Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry
Mathematics Biffen Lecture Theatre, Dept of Genetics
Neurobiology Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Department of PDN
Biology of Disease Lecture Theatre 1, Department of Chemistry
Pharmacology Lecture Theatre, Department of Pharmacology
Physics A Lecture Theatre, Department of Zoology
Physics B Physiology Lecture Theatre, Department of Physiology
Physiology Lecture Theatre 1, Department of Physiology
Plant and Microbial Sciences Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

Further information on each subject is available in the programme specification, on the course website, and in the subject summary.