Current Students 3rd_year_book by DHarperii

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									Biological Sciences

 Degree Programmes for
Third Year Undergraduates


         Biology

  Environmental Biology

        Genetics

    Human Genetics

        Zoology




Academic Year 2009-2010




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CONTENTS

Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 3
Term Dates ............................................................................................................................ 4
The B.Sc. Tutors .................................................................................................................... 4
Administrative Staff ................................................................................................................ 4
UCL’s Common Timetable ..................................................................................................... 5
Degree Structure: Biology Generalist Year 3 ......................................................................... 7
Degree Structure: Biology of Cells Year 3 ............................................................................. 8
Degree Structure: Biology of Organisms Year 3 .................................................................... 9
Degree Structure: Environmental Biology Year 3 ................................................................ 11
Degree Structure: Genetics Year 3 ...................................................................................... 12
Degree Structure: Human Genetics Year 3 ......................................................................... 13
Degree Structure: Zoology Year 3 ....................................................................................... 14
PORTICO: The UCL Student Information Service ............................................................... 14
   On-line module registration ...................................................................................................... 16
   Selection screen – optional modules ..................................................................................... 16
   Selection screen – elective modules ...................................................................................... 17
   Validation/Confirmation of selections ..................................................................................... 18




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Introduction
This booklet introduces you to your 3rd year degree programme structure. Other options
may be available that are not listed in this booklet – please consult with your Degree
Tutor.

There is no individual course unit information within this handbook. You will find detailed
course information by referring to various websites, listed below are the ones you should
find useful when you are deciding which courses to take.

Faculty of Life Sciences: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lifesciences-faculty/
The Faculty web page has information about all courses within the Faculty, it also has
links to the CMIS timetabling system and allows you to create a personalised timetable
list.

Biological Sciences: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lifesciences-faculty/degree-
programmes/biological-sciences
Our website has a full list of our courses. Most course pages contain further information
such as lecture notes and details of the student course questionnaire summary.

Portico: www.ucl.ac.uk/portico
Portico contains course information across UCL including assessment details. You will
need to use Portico to enter your course choices, further information about how to do this
can be found towards the end of this handbook.




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Term Dates

Term Dates for the 2009-2010 Academic Year are as follows:

Term          Date
First Term    Monday 28 September 2009 - Friday 18 December 2009
Second Term Monday 11 January 2010 - Friday 26 March 2010
Third Term    Monday 26 April 2010 - Friday 11 June 2010


Reading week 9-13 November 2009

Reading week 15-19 February 2010

Exams will be scheduled between 4th and 28th May. There will be post exam sessions so
students are required to be at UCL until the end of term – Friday 11th June 2010.

Reading weeks will be observed but you will be required to remain in London as
some courses run tests and practicals even though there are no lectures
scheduled.



The B.Sc. Tutors

Dr Paola Oliveri         Biology of Cells          p.oliveri@ucl.ac.uk
Prof Roger Wotton        Biology Generalist        r.wotton@ucl.ac.uk
Dr Max Telford           Biology of Organisms      m.telford@ucl.ac.uk
Dr John Pearson          Environmental Biology     john.pearson@ucl.ac.uk
Dr Mark Thomas           Genetics                  m.thomas@ucl.ac.uk
Dr Mark Thomas           Human Genetics            m.thomas@ucl.ac.uk
Dr Max Telford           Zoology                   m.telford@ucl.ac.uk



Administrative Staff
Kathryn Ball             Teaching Administrator    kathryn.ball@ucl.ac.uk




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UCL’s Common Timetable

The 2009-10 academic year will see the introduction of a new timetable structure for
UCL. All courses will be taught in ‘common’ teaching sessions (blocks of 2 hours or
more). The aims of this process were to:

      1. Facilitate interdisciplinary study: to increase student choice
      2. Facilitate interdisciplinary study: to enable the introduction of innovative degree
         programmes
      3. Simplify the timetable structure and bring clarity to the agendas of students and
         staff
      4. Provide up-to-date IT facilities for timetabling
      5. Use teaching spaces more efficiently

The introduction of this new timetable will bring about some consistency across College.
Teaching will now be delivered across ten weeks terms 1 and 2. The first week of term 1
is induction week and no teaching will be scheduled – although there may be introductory
sessions for you to attend. All Faculties will now use reading weeks. No lectures will be
scheduled during this time but some courses will run tests or practicals. You should not
consider this to be ‘half term’. Please DO NOT arrange to go away or you could miss
important aspects of your course.

The block structure of the common timetable is shown below. For example a course
assigned to block A will taught from 9-11 on Mondays and 11-1 on Thursdays. Not all the
scheduled time will be filled with teaching. A course may be assigned an additional
afternoon block as well.

      Monday              Tuesday            Wednesday           Thursday          Friday
      Block A             Block B            Block C             Block D           Block E
 9
AM



 10
AM




      Block C             Block D            Block E             Block A           Block B
 11
AM



 12
PM



 1

                                          Lunch time - no teaching
PM




      Block F             Block G                                Block H           Block I
 2
PM



 3

                                               No teaching on
PM



 4                                              Wednesday
                                                afternoons
PM



 5
PM




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The following pages show your compulsory courses and give details of when they are
taught. You must select optional courses that run in your free blocks.

Please note: Work is still continuing on the Common Timetable, so the information
we provide here is guidance only. Whilst we are confident that your core modules
will not change blocks, it is possible courses listed as options may change
throughout the summer.

Therefore, it will be your responsibility to double check your timetable again before
term starts, and before entering your options on Portico. UCL is working on a
‘timetable tool’ where you can put certain options in and see when they are
running – we will of course let you know when this is available, it is likely to be
early September.




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                       Degree Structure: Biology Generalist Year 3
                       Degree Tutor: Professor Roger Wotton

            Course Code          Course Title                                     Unit     Block     Term


Core*
            BIOL3005             Introduction to Research                          1.5

            BIOL3004             Literature Review                                     1

Optional
            ANAT3030             Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology           1        G&I      1&2

            ANAT3050             Advanced Molecular Cell Biology                  0.5        E        1

            BIOC3004             Advanced Molecular Biology                        1        A&F      1&2

            BIOC3005             Molecular Basis of Cellular Regulation           0.5        G        1

            BIOC3010             Bioinformatics: Genes, Proteins & Computers      0.5        B        2

            BIOC3011/12/13/17    Biochemistry of Health and Disease               0.5        C        2

            BIOL3002             Plants, Environment and Climate Change           0.5        C        1

            BIOL3003             Aquatic Biology                                  0.5        C        2

            BIOL3008             Species Conservation                             0.5        A        1

            BIOL3010             Molecular Evolution (last 5 wks of term)         0.5        E        2

            BIOL3011             Advanced Human Genetics                          0.5       C&I       2

            BIOL3012             Sex, Genes and Evolution (first 5 wks of term)   0.5        E        2

            BIOL3013             Human Genetics: Disease to Gene Therapy          0.5       C&G       1

            BIOL3017             Biology of Ageing                                0.5        E        1

            BIOL3018             Vertebrate Life and Evolution                    0.5       D&I       2

            INFN3002             Clinical Microbiology                            0.5        A        2

            INFN3003             Medical Virology                                 0.5        C        2

            IMMN3008             Immunology in Health & Disease                   0.5       C&G       1

            LANG****             Modern Languages at various levels               0.5      Various

            VIRL3001             Molecular Virology                               0.5        B        1

* Select either BIOL3005 or BIOL3004


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             Degree Structure: Biology of Cells Year 3

                Degree Tutor: Dr Paola Oliveri

           Course     Course Title                              Unit     Block     Term
           Code

Core*
           BIOL3005   Introduction to Research                   1.5

           BIOL3004   Literature Review                              1

Optional
           ANAT3003   Mechanisms of Development                 0.5        B        1

           ANAT3004   Mechanisms of Development (Practical)     0.5        H        1

           ANAT3030   Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology    1        G&I      1&2

           ANAT3050   Advanced Molecular Cell Biology           0.5        E        1

           BIOC3003   Advanced Biomolecular Mechanisms          0.5       C&H       1

           BIOC3004   Advanced Molecular Biology                 1        A&F      1&2

           BIOC3005   Molecular Basis of Cellular Regulation    0.5        G        1

           BIOC3010   Bioinformatics                            0.5        B        2

           BIOC3016   Genes to Disease                          0.5        B        1

           BIOL3003   Aquatic Biology                           0.5        C        2

                                                                         E(last
           BIOL3010   Molecular Evolution                       0.5      5wks)      2

           BIOL3011   Advanced Human Genetics                   0.5       C&I       2

                                                                         E(last
           BIOL3012   Sex, Genes and Evolution                  0.5      5wks)      2

           BIOL3013   Human Genetics: Disease to Gene           0.5       C&G       1
                      Therapy

           BIOL3017   Biology of Ageing                         0.5        E        1

           BIOL3018   Vertebrate Evolution                      0.5       D&I       2

           IMMN3008   Immunology in Health and Disease          0.5       C&G       1

           LANG****   Modern Languages at various levels        0.5      Various

           PHOL3004   Cell Signalling                           0.5       C&G       1

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                      VIRL3001         Molecular Virology                         0.5      B        1


* Select either BIOL3005 or BIOL3004




                     Degree Structure: Biology of Organisms Year 3

                             Degree Tutor: Dr Max Telford


                       Course          Course Title                               Unit   Block     Term
                       Code

 Core*
                       BIOL3005        Introduction to Research                    1.5

                       BIOL3004        Literature Review                            1

 Recommended
                       BIOL3002        Plants, Environment and Climate             0.5     C        1
                                       Change

                       BIOL3003        Aquatic Biology                             0.5     C        2

                       BIOL3008        Species Conservation and Biodiversity       0.5     A        1

                       BIOL3018        Vertebrate Life and Evolution               0.5    D&I       2

 Optional
                       ANAT3105        Clock Sleep and Biological Time             0.5     C        2

                       BIOC3016        Genes to Disease                            0.5     B        1

                       BIOL3010        Molecular Evolution (last 5 wks of term)    0.5     E        2

                       BIOL3012        Sex, Genes and Evolution (first 5 wks of    0.5     E        2
                                       term)

                       BIOL3017        Biology of Ageing                           0.5     E        1

                       LANG****        Modern Languages at various levels          0.5   Various

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*Select either BIOL3005 or BIOL3004




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                    Degree Structure: Environmental Biology Year 3

                           Degree Tutor: Dr John Pearson

                      Course          Course Title                               Unit   Block   Term
                      Code

 Core*
                      BIOL3005        Introduction to Research                    1.5

                      BIOL3004        Literature Review                            1

 Optional
                      BIOL3002        Plants, Environment and Climate Change      0.5    C       1

                      BIOL3003        Aquatic Biology                             0.5    C       2

                      BIOL3008        Species Conservation and Biodiversity       0.5    A       1

                      BIOL3012        Sex, Genes and Evolution (first 5 wks of    0.5    E       2
                                      term)

                      BIOL3018        Vertebrate Evolution                        0.5   D&I      2

                      GEOG3004        Coastal and Estuarine Environments          0.5    D       2

                      GEOG3007        Past Global Environment Change              0.5    D       2

                      GEOG3012        Environmental Management II                 0.5    F       1

                      GEOG3037        Climatology (May not run 09/10)             0.5    D       1
                                      Restoration and Management of
                      GEOG3042        Freshwater Ecosystems                       0.5    E       2

                      GEOG3038        Water and Development in Africa             0.5     I      1




*Select either BIOL3005 or BIOL3004




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                                Degree Structure: Genetics Year 3

                               Degree Tutor: Dr Mark Thomas

            Course        Course Title                                     Unit   Block      Term
            Code

Core*
            BIOL3005      Introduction to Research                         1.5

            BIOL3004      Literature Review                                1

Mandatory
            BIOL3012      Sex, Genes and Evolution (first 5 wks of term)   0.5       E          2

Optional
            ANAT3003      Mechanisms of Development                        0.5       B          1

            ANAT3004      Mechanisms of Development (Practical)            0,5       H          1

            BIOC3004      Advanced Molecular Biology                       1        A&F        1&2

            BIOC3010      Bioinformatics                                   0.5       B          2

            BIOL3010      Molecular Evolution (last 5 wks of term)         0.5       E          2

            BIOL3011      Advanced Human Genetics                          0.5      C&I         2

            BIOL3013      Human Genetics: Disease to Gene to Therapy       0.5      C&G         1

            BIOL3017      Biology of Ageing                                0.5       E          1

            IMMN3008      Immunology in Health & Disease                   0.5      C&G         1

            LANG****      Modern Languages                                 0.5     Various

            VIRL3001      Molecular Virology                               0.5       B          1


    * Choose either BIOL3004 or BIOL3005




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                          Degree Structure: Human Genetics Year 3

                               Degree Tutor: Dr Mark Thomas

                    Course Code    Course Title                               Unit   Block      Term


Core*
                    BIOL3005       Introduction to Research                   1.5

                    BIOL3004       Literature Review                          1


Mandatory                          Human Genetics: Disease to Gene to
                    BIOL3013       Therapy                                    0.5      C&G        1

                    BIOL3011       Advanced Human Genetics                    0.5       C&I       2

Optional
                    ANAT3003       Mechanisms of Development                  0.5        B        1

                    ANAT3004       Mechanisms of Development (Practical)      0.5        H        1

                    ANAT3029       Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative          1          E        2
                                   Diseases

                    BIOC3004       Advanced Molecular Biology                 1        A&F       1&2

                    BIOC3010       Bioinformatics                             0.5        B        2

                                   Molecular Genetics of Disease and
                    BIOC3013       Carcinogenesis                             0.5        F        2

                    BIOL3010       Molecular Evolution (last 5 wks of term)   0.5        E        2

                    BIOL3017       Biology of Ageing                          0.5        E        1

                    LANG****       Modern Languages                           0.5     Various

                    VIRL3001       Molecular Virology                         0.5        B        1


   * Choose either BIOL3004 or BIOL3005




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                            Degree Structure: Zoology Year 3

                            Degree Tutor: Dr Max Telford

                    Course Code        Course Title                         Unit       Block     Term


Core*
                    BIOL3005           Introduction to Research                1.5

                    BIOL3004           Literature Review                           1

Recommended
                    BIOL3008           Species Conservation and                0.5       A        1
                                       Biodiversity

                    BIOL3018           Vertebrate Life and Evolution           0.5      D&I       2

Optional

                    ANAT3003           Mechanisms of Development               0.5       B        1

                    ANAT3004           Mechanism Development                   0.5       H        1

                    ANAT3105           Clocks, Sleep and Biological Time       0.5       C        2

                    BIOC3010           Bioinformatics                          0.5       B        2
                                       Plants, Environment and Climate
                    BIOL3002           Change                                  0.5       C        1

                    BIOL3003           Aquatic Biology                         0.5       C        2

                    BIOL3010           Molecular Evolution (last 5 wks of      0.5       E        2
                                       term)

                    BIOL3012           Sex, Genes and Evolution (first 5       0.5       E        2
                                       wks of term)

                    BIOL3017           Biology of Ageing                       0.5       E        1

                    LANG****           Modern Languages                        0.5     Various



* Choose either BIOL3004 or BIOL3005




PORTICO: The UCL Student Information Service

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You will need to select your course choices on Portico, you must not do this until you
have met with your Degree Tutor to discuss your options, a meeting will be arranged
before the end of the third term.

UCL has recently introduced a new Student System which is known as PORTICO – The
UCL Student Information Service.

Access to PORTICO is available to everyone across UCL – both staff and students alike
– via the web portal www.ucl.ac.uk/portico.

You will need to logon using your UCL userid and password, which were issued to you
when you enrolled. These are the same as the ones used for accessing UCL restricted
web pages, UCL email and the Windows Terminal Service (WTS). If you do not know
them, you should contact the IS Helpdesk as soon as possible
(www.ucl.ac.uk/is/helpdesk). Please remember that passwords automatically expire after
150 days, unless they have been changed. Warnings are sent to your UCL email address
during a 30 day period, prior to your password being reset.
      - You can read your UCL email on the web at www.webmail.ucl.ac.uk
      - You can change your password on the web, at any time, at
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/is/passwords/changepw.htm.

Passwords cannot be issued over the phone unless you are registered for the User
Authentication Service, see www.ucl.ac.uk/is/helpdesk/authenticate/. We strongly advise
that you register for this service. If you have not registered for the User Authentication
Service you will need to visit the IS Helpdesk in person or ask them to post a new
password to your registered home or term-time address. More information can be found
at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/is/helpdesk/.

As a student you can take ownership of your own personal data by logging on to
PORTICO.

In PORTICO you can:
      edit your own personal data e.g. update your home and term addresses, contact
      numbers and other elements of your personal details;
      complete online module registration – i.e. select the modules you would like to
      study, in accordance with the rules for your programme of study (subject to formal
      approval & confirmation on Portico by the relevant teaching department and your
      parent department);
      view data about courses/modules - i.e. information on courses/modules available
      either in your home department or elsewhere to help you choose your optional
      modules / electives. See page 13 for further information.
      view your own examination results online;

As before, any continuing student requiring official confirmation of their results, or any
graduating student requiring additional copies of their transcript, should refer to the
information for obtaining an official transcript at
www.ucl.ac.uk/registry/current/examinations/transcripts/
If you have any comments or suggestions for PORTICO then please e-mail:
portico_web_feedback@ucl.ac.uk

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Documents explaining how to use the various functions in Portico are available from your
personalised screen when you log in.


On-line module registration

This facility enables you to choose your modules in accordance with the rules for your
programme of study. Note that Portico does not include timetabling information, so
you should check with the teaching department concerned to ensure that your
choice of any optional/elective module does not clash with any of your other
modules/classes. In addition, many departments have specific procedures for
approving module selections/signing students up so you should ensure that you
familiarise yourself with these. For example, the Language Centre requires students to
go to the Centre where their level of language competency is assessed.

You can access the Module Selection screen in Portico via the option ‘Select your
modules/course components’ in the Student Academic Details container. Clicking on this
option opens the following screen:




The top of the screen shows any compulsory modules which you have to take. To
complete the module registration process you should select any optional/elective
modules as listed at the bottom of the screen. Clicking on the ‘Select’ button next to the
appropriate rule, which will open the optional/elective selection screen.


Selection screen – optional modules
If the rule specifies choosing a module from a defined list (an optional module), you will
be presented with a screen as follows:

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Click in the ‘Select’ box next to the appropriate module to choose the module(s) you wish
to take. To view further details about the module, click on the module name. The rule in
the header above the list of modules states how many modules/credits you should
choose. You must enter the correct number and then click on the ‘Submit Selections’
button to return to the main screen.

To return to the main screen without submitting any selections, click on the ‘Cancel
Selection’ button.

Selection screen – elective modules
If the rule specifies choosing ‘any undergraduate’ or ‘any postgraduate module’ (an
elective module, subject to approval), clicking on the ‘Select’ button next to the
appropriate rule on the main screen will open the following screen:




As with the optional module selection screen, the rule in the header will state how many
modules/credits you should choose. You should input the appropriate module code(s) in
the module box and insert an ‘A’ in the ‘Occ’ (Occurrence) field. Alternatively, you can
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use the ‘Search’ button to find a module. Use the ‘Submit Selections’ button to enter the
modules, or the ‘Cancel selections’ button to return to the main screen without submitting
anything.

Validation/Confirmation of selections

Once you have completed all your selections, ensure that they comply with any
‘Overarching rule’ indicated in the ‘Overarching’ column on the main screen and then
click on the ‘Submit Selections’ button on the main screen.

Once you have submitted your selections, you will be presented with a final screen,
where you can either undo your last change or confirm your selections by clicking on the
‘Confirm Selections’ button. Note that once you have clicked on this button you
cannot go back – you will then need to contact the departmental office in your
parent department to make any amendments to your selections. Following your
confirmation, you will be presented with a screen that confirms you have completed the
module registration process, listing the modules you have selected.

All of your selections are subject to the approval of the teaching department for the
module and your parent department. You will receive an automatic email to your UCL
email address if any of your selections are rejected and you must ensure that you
respond to this by contacting the departmental office in your parent department, whom
you should also contact if you wish to amend a selection at any time. You can check on
the approval status for each of your modules by clicking on the ‘View Module Selection
status’ option in your Student Academic Details container.




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