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Semester 1

Our Changing World (BIME08006)


Biomedical Sciences





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Course Summary

This is a challenging interdisciplinary course, based on weekly seminars on the theme of our changing world. The course aims to engage students in thinking about the challenges that confront our global society and make them aware of the role of academic research and scholarship in meeting these challenges. Students will be expected to address key themes across discipline boundaries and develop an understanding of the relevance and impact of their own programme discipline in a broader context. Students will develop and test a range of academic skills on the course by engaging with course materials, researching topics in depth, participation in weekly seminars and working in small groups to produce a collaborative short film on a topic chosen by the group. The individual written work requires the submission of short weekly responses to the seminar topic and a piece of reflective writing. The written work facilitates a focus on both formative and summative feedback as students develop academic tools and skills. There are seven seminars (attendance is compulsory to pass the course) and three of these will be focused on topics chosen by students. Our Changing World encourages a partnership between academic staff and students who become co-creators of the course content and the assessment questions. It really is your course because it is your changing world! This course will appeal to students who already have a strong foundation in the core subjects relevant to their degree programme and who wish to engage with academic research and debate in a broader, interdisciplinary way. Our Changing World is a pass/fail grade-only course.

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Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

Additional Assessment Information

Students will be required to submit at least 5 of 7 short written essays relating to the weekly seminar themes. A final reflective Written EssayGroup Project.

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