APS 321 Trends in Biology

Level 3
Semester 1A & B
Credits 10
Pre/Co Requisites -
Recommended Requisites -
Teaching Staff Dr Millie Mockford, Professor Mike Siva-Jothy, Visiting Seminar Speakers
Co-ordinator Dr Millie Mockford


This course will:

  1. provide students with an insight into current issues in animal and plant sciences through the medium of research presentations.
  2. foster and develop skills in the production, editing and presentation of written information.


Selected lectures and seminars within the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Delivery Method: Attendance at 10 departmental seminars from invited speakers. Follow up workshops will discuss the seminar delivery in terms of communication. There will be various activities (group and individual) within the workshops to offer guidance and practice in writing for the popular science genre.

Student Contact Hours: 12

Assessment Method and Weighting: Exam – 40%

Coursework - 50%

(both short written pieces)

Course notebook – 10%

JISC Submission: Coursework Component

Feedback: Students receive ongoing feedback during all workshops and on workshop assignments

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