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					Welcome to the Department of
Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Biochemistry and Biomedical Science Division

Today is the beginning of a period in

your lives which, with your efforts and

ours, will prove:

the most exciting,

the most challenging and,           Prof. Tony Moore
                                    Head of Chemistry and Biochemistry
the most rewarding.                 Email: A.L.Moore@sussex.ac.uk
                                    Tel: 01273 678479
                                    School Office: lifesci@sussex.ac.uk
What‟s Happening Today?
- Departmental events

Biochemistry welcome talk 10.30am to 11.30am JMS LT

Meet your Degree convenor 11.30am to 12pm

Meet your academic adviser 12pm to 1pm

Departmental quiz – meet back at your academic adviser‟s office at
2.45pm to go over to the sportcentre for 3pm.

Thur - Chemistry safety talk 9am-10am in Engg II (Richmond) AS3 -
Biochem / Biochem San students only. At 11.30am: purchase lab
safety spectacles / lab coat /lab book etc.
Welcome to Biochemistry and
Biomedical Science
- located in the John Maynard Smith Building

Your Academic home for the next three/four years.
   Dr Mike Titheradge
   Tel 01273 678742 JMS 2C15
   Director of Student Support
School Office

    Gwenda Baker                      Sam Clarke

                   Clerical assistants
                   JMS 3B10 Tel 01273 678057
Student Support - Student Advisers

Academic Advisers – (Personal Tutors)

Biochemistry and Biomedical Science
Rachel Gould
Phone the Student Advice Team on

01273 678054 or 01273 678915
 Teaching Pattern

Three Terms              Each Course

Four Courses in Term 1   16-18 Lectures,
and 2                    CWK and
Four 1/2 courses in      Lab – 12 credits
Term 3
                         End-of-Term Tests
Three Core Courses
                         Unseen Examination
Deadlines are REAL       Essay
Lose 10% for 24h delay
 Become Familiar

Pass Mark 40% on a course = credits achieved
Progression to year 2 requires 90 credits
Progression on the Sandwich programmes
requires 60% overall    BSc 3 year degrees     4 year Sandwich
Term 1 48 credits      Year 1 0%               Year 1 0%

                       Year 2 40%              Year 2 40%
Term 2 48 credits
                                               Year 3 10%
                       Year 3 60%
Term 3 24 credits
                                               Year 4 50%

A good start is important
 Teaching Format

Lectures (50 mins)

Workshops (50 mins)

Laboratory Sessions (4 hours)

First Lectures begin next week –
check your timetable in
Sussex Direct

Sussex Direct

University E-mail account

Notice Boards

Student Pigeon Holes

During Induction Help Desk Mentors – Current 2nd, 3rd and 4th year
students JMS foyer.

Course Lecturer

Academic Adviser (named in Information Pack)

Student Representatives

Student Mentors
“Be Prepared”

Keep an eye on the course synopsis
Read ahead
Think ahead
Keep a term planner/diary
Lectures are not: “The transfer of notes from the notebook of
the lecturer to that of the student without passing through the minds of
                • Framework
                • Content
                • Examples
                • Tools
                • Handouts
                • Interaction
Lecture Etiquette 1

         • Switch off your mobile phone
         • Be punctual – if late, be discreet
         • Sit at the front – except when late…..
         • Make eyecontact
         • Listen - talking is rude!
         • Take notes
Lecture Etiquette 2

      • Ask yourself questions.
      – Does it make sense?
      – Is there evidence?
      – Do I need to read more?
      • Asking questions – hand up and wait
      • Wake your neighbour esp. if snoring
Note-Taking 1

     • Note-taking helps reinforce material
     • Use keywords
     • Develop short-hand
     • Leave gaps / wide margin
     • Notes are notes, not a text-book
     • Notes can be wrong
     • Lecturers say more than they write
  Note-Taking 2

• Notes provide an outline - flesh them out using textbooks
• Go over notes within a week - develop a schedule – stick to it
Correct them and add material in margins
• Add colours
• Add diagrams
• Make connections
• Keep them in order
• Compare them with peers
Course Work

  What it’s for:       How to do it:
  • Revision           • Start early
  • Practice           • Read it through
  • Extended reading   • Swot up with text books
  • Lateral thinking   • Do rough work
  • Setting targets    • Discuss the ideas
  • Independence       • Write it up alone
  • Time management
  • Easy marks!
Reading Lists

       • Allow you to prepare beforehand
       • Allow you to get a second opinion
       • Give you a wider picture
       • Get you deeper into the subject.
       • Help you flesh out your notes
       • Interesting diagrams and examples
       • Lead you on to other readings…...

“When I have money I buy books. If I have any left over I
buy food”                                      Erasmus

• Buy recommended textbooks
   • Buy second hand – notice boards
   • Set up a cooperative – share books
•Use the library
Reading 1

 – Reading usually requires comfort and seclusion
 – Read slowly and take notes ( never copy)
 – Look at headings to get your bearings
 – Reread
 – Pause and ask yourself questions
 • Does it make sense?
 • Is the argument sound?
 • Is there evidence?
Reading 2

– Compare textbooks with your notes
– Test yourself with the revision exercises
– Pause and write out the key points from memory
– Pause and explain key points to yourself out loud.
– Compare textbooks

      Owning a book  Reading it

Teach you:          Preparation
– Time-management   – Read lab script in advance
– Organisation      – Check theory with textbook
– Multi-tasking     – Read references
– Patience
– Chemistry
   Revision - Individual

                                  Things to do
                                  Reread/ summarise your notes
Define priorities
                                  Explain the idea in your own
Set a schedule
Use an egg-timer or alarm clock
                                  Try revision questions in books
Choose a comfortable place
                                  Try past exams
Have music/food handy
                                  Construct exam questions
Take breaks but stay focussed.
                                  Construct model answers
   Revision - Group
Get a group together
– Choose topics
– Each person summarises/presents topics
– Test each other
– All write answers and then swap answers for marking.

 The Real Test:
 Explain an idea to another person without using notes.
   Maths and Data Handling
You never really understand math. You just get used to it.
                                          Eugene Wigner
How to learn maths (and other problem-based subjects)
• Practice• Practice• Practice• Practice• Practice• Practice
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An Academic Health Warning

“It is an offence for any student to be guilty of, or party to, attempting to
commit or committing collusion, plagiarism, or any other misconduct in an
examination or in the preparation of work which is submitted for

Sussex Language Institute, Alison Chisholm & Rachel Cole   06 September 2010
What is collusion ?

   Collusion is when students work together on assignments which should be
   completed alone. For some assignments students may be required to work
   together and even submit joint / group work for assessment, but usually
   students must submit work which is entirely their own.

   A student who helps another produce work is guilty of collusion, along with the
   student who has benefited from their help.

   The course documentation should clearly state which assignments, if any, can
   be done in collaboration with others and whether that includes producing a
   joint piece of work or only the preparation for it. [paraphrse of the regulations]

   You must only work together on producing an assignment if the course
   specifically allows it, otherwise this is Collusion and is an offence

Sussex Language Institute, Alison Chisholm & Rachel Cole          06 September 2010
What is plagiarism?

„Plagiarism is when you use other people‟s work and don‟t acknowledge
that you have done so by citing the sources.

If you copy sentences, phrases or expressions without saying where you
have found them then this is plagiarism.

If you paraphrase someone and don‟t say where the original came from
this is plagiarism. Listing the source in the bibliography isn‟t good enough.
Each time you use a source you have to say so.

Word for word quotations must be either in inverted commas, or indented,
and fully referenced.‟ [paraphrase of the regulations]

If you don‟t *correctly* acknowledge, in the text, every time you have
used someone else‟s work, then this is plagiarism
Sussex Language Institute, Alison Chisholm & Rachel Cole   06 September 2010
Intentional or Unintentional

„Passing off someone else‟s work intentionally or unintentionally as your own for
your own benefit.‟

(Carroll, J, 2005 cited on http://www.Sussex.ac.auk/academic office/1-4-1-2-

„ “intentionally or unintentionally”. Just because you didn't mean to do it,
doesn't mean it hasn't happened. You are responsible for the work you submit,
and when you submit it you are claiming it is your work. Mitigating circumstances,
time pressures or other difficulties are not excuses for submitting work which is
not your own, in the long run you will only make matters worse.‟

(http://www.Sussex.ac.auk/academic office/1-4-1-2-1.html)

Sussex Language Institute, Alison Chisholm & Rachel Cole       06 September 2010
Plagiarism Summary 1

There are two main types of plagiarism:
1. Ideas-based Plagiarism
  • Taking and reproducing ideas, theories, opinions etc. which the writer knows
    they have read or heard from other sources without stating what the sources
    are and where they can be found.
  • Even if the ideas, theories opinions etc. are written in your own words the
    result is still plagiarism. The only information that can be used without
    reference to source is that deemed to be „common knowledge‟ within the field.
  • Not referring to the source material enough. Every time a source is referred to
    it must be fully referenced even if this is several times on the same page.

Sussex Language Institute, Alison Chisholm & Rachel Cole        06 September 2010
Plagiarism Summary 2

2. Language-based Plagiarism
Using words in an identical or similar form to the original. This includes:
•Submitting a complete essay or assignment written by someone else as
your own work, or re-submitting your own previously assessed work.
•Submitting work which includes sections or paragraphs written by
someone else.
•Cutting and pasting sections or even sentences from a web source, even
where a sentence is copied and then changed by substituting one or two
words, or changing the word order.
The above is still plagiarism even if the source is fully referenced both in
the text and in the list of references.

Sussex Language Institute, Alison Chisholm & Rachel Cole   06 September 2010
Tips on How to Avoid Plagiarism

 • Remember that referring to sources is seen as positive in academic writing. It
   shows you have read widely.
 • When reading, think about what the author is saying, and your reactions
   before taking notes.
 • Only copy what you intend to quote. Ensure that you take full bibliographic
   details, including page number!
 • The rest of your notes should be in your own words. This will save time and
   worry later.

Sussex Language Institute, Alison Chisholm & Rachel Cole       06 September 2010
 How to Reference

 For detailed information
 about referencing see the
 University of Sussex library
 on-line tutorial InfoSuss.

 Sussex Language Institute, Alison Chisholm & Rachel Cole          06 September 2010
Procedures and Penalties

If you are suspected of plagiarism or collusion, your work, with evidence of the
original source material, or similarity with someone else‟s work clearly marked,
your assignment will be sent to the departmental Investigating Officer (IO).

The IO will then decide whether the case is a major or minor case.
„If it is deemed to be a Major Breach the case will be brought before a Misconduct

„If deemed to be a Minor Breach the case will be transferred to the responsibility
of the student's School.‟„In both Major and Minor cases, the Investigating Officer
will initiate a review of the student's other work, for other similar instances of

Sussex Language Institute, Alison Chisholm & Rachel Cole        06 September 2010
and…….. Finally

 • Work hard and play hard.
 • All work and no play makes a person dull!
 But remember:
 • All play and no work also makes a person dull
 and probably unemployable!