The Natural Sciences
Degree Programme
James Blowey
Deputy Head of Faculty (Natural Sciences)
www.dur.ac.uk/natural.sciences/
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Teaching and Learning
Registration/Induction
Degree Structure (if there is time)
Questions are welcome at any time !
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Contact Details
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My office (CG307A - within the Faculty of Science
Office) is on the top floor of the Chemistry
Building .
Collect an approved calculator this week from
CG307A!
Availability:
– Monday 30th September 14:00-15:30.
– Tuesday 1st October 09:00-12:30.
– Wednesday 2nd October 09:00-15:30.
– Thursday 3rd October 10:00-12:30, 14:30-15:30.
– Friday 4th October 09:00-12:30, 14:30-16:30.
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Tips for this week
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Don’t Panic !!
They won’t have let you in unless they
thought you could do the work
Other people are as lost as you are
Don’t do anything stupid to your hair. This
is never, ever a good idea
Please don’t celebrate by getting a tattoo!
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Teaching and Learning
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Much more responsibility on you for your
learning – for instance personalised
timetables.
 Always ask questions
 Seek help
 Come and see me!
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Module Choice
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Interest in the subject, you have to pass, be
careful about your selection
Prerequisites, corequisites, excluded
combinations, tied, capped, is it available, where
is it running
Timetable compatibility – all modules must be
timetable compatible every year
Keeping options open – you should be able to
progress in at least two subjects – remember that
the timetable could make your ideal choice
infeasible – have more than one ‘ideal’ choice
Accessing information at this stage
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Plan B: Changing your modules
after completing registration
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You can change your mind about your
modules in the Science Faculty until the
end of the 3rd week of term – Friday 25th
October 2013.
 Auditing one other module where you are
undecided is a good plan.
 You have to catch up on any missed work
in the new modules
 Procedure is on the Nat Sci web site –
look under Current Students
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Transferring out of Natural
Sciences at the end of Year 1
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You need to take the modules listed on the
web page within the Nat Sci Freshers area
in order to keep open a possible transfer
out of Natural Sciences at the end of the
first year. Such transfers are not always
guaranteed to be possible.
 You may need to do sufficiently well at the
end of Year 1 and/or undertake additional
work over the summer vacation.
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Registration/Induction
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You need to pick and choose the
activities. Typically for Science
Departments there are
preliminary/registration sessions on
Monday/Tuesday and Induction sessions
on Thursday/Friday.
– There may be multiple sessions.
 Some departments need see you to
register others don’t, see
– www.dur.ac.uk/welcome/
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Key Modules - Anthropology
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One or better both of
– Human Origins and Diversity (ANTH1071)
– People and Cultures (ANTH1061)
 Welcome: Monday 2.00 pm – 2.30 pm or
repeated on Tuesday 9.00 am- 9.30 am both
in CG85
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Key Modules - Archaeology
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If planning lots of Archaeology
– Scientific Methods in Archaeology (ARCH1041)
– One of
Introduction to Archaeology (ARCH1071),
Discovering World Prehistory (ARCH1121) and
Ancient Civilisations of the East (ARCH1111)
 Otherwise
– ARCH1071 has best progression
 Induction: Monday at 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm in Room
W309 and repeated on Tuesday at 9.30 am 11.00 am, in Room PH30.
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Key Modules – Biology (
2 modules
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Ecological - needs either Biology or Chemistry A-level
Organism and Environment (BIOL1161),
Genetics (BIOL1171)
 Cell Biology - needs Chemistry A-level or Chemistry
for Biologists
Genetics (BIOL1111),
Molecules and Cells (BIOL1281)
 Biomedical – needs Chemistry A-level or Chemistry for
Biologists
Molecules and Cells (BIOL1281)
Physiology (BIOL1151)
 Induction: Tuesday 9 -10, E005
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Key Modules - Business
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People Management and Organisations
BUSI1141
 Induction: 9.00 until 12.30 on Tuesday in
W103
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Key Modules - Chemistry
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Core Chemistry 1A (CHEM1078)
 If you want to keep open the possibility of
specialising in the Physical side of
Chemistry in later years do Core
Chemistry 1B (CHEM1098) or one of:
Linear Algebra (MATH1061);
Single Maths A (MATH1561);
Maths for Engineers and Scientists
(MATH1551)
 Induction: Monday 4-5pm CG91
 CHEM1061: Tuesday: A-H 9-11 am, H-O
11-1 and O-Z 2-4 pm.
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Key Modules – Computer Sc
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(Intro to Programming (COMP1011) or
Computational Thinking (COMP1051)) and
Computer Systems (COMP1071)
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Induction: Just drop into the School
reception. Students taking 2 or more
modules have been contacted by e-mail.
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Key Modules – Earth Sciences
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Principles of Earth Sciences (GEOL1091)
Earth Materials (GEOL1021)
Field Studies (GEOL1051) for availability of
double dissertation @ level 3
 Induction: Tuesday 9:00-10:00, ES231
followed by module approval until 5pm (go
to Biology if there is a clash and visit ES
today for details)
 Those taking Field Studies go on a Field
trip on Friday!
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Key Modules - Economics
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Elements of Economics (ECON1011)
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If you study a level 1 Maths module take
The World Economy (ECON1071) else
Economic Methods (ECON1021)
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Induction: 9.00 until 12.30 on Tuesday in
W103
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Key Modules - Geography
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Ideally at least one of
– Physical Geography (GEOG1081)
– Human Geography (GEOG1071)
– Environment and Society (GEOG1061)
– Introduction To Geographical Research
(GEOG1232) for a Dissertation @ Level 3.
 Induction: Thursday: 9:00-12:00, W309
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Key Modules - Maths
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Linear Algebra (MATH1061)/Calculus and
Probability (MATH1071), this is the only way
to progress to Level 2 Maths modules. Take
MATH1051 Analysis as well if you can. You
need at least an AS-level in Further Maths.
– Welcome: Monday 2-3pm, E005
 Note that if you take Single Maths A
(MATH1561) or Maths for Engineers and
Scientists (MATH1551) you will not be
allowed to follow MATH1061!
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Key Modules - Philosophy
Any one module, but
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Knowledge and Reality (PHIL1021),
 Ethics and Values (PHIL1011),
 Reading Philosophy (PHIL1041)
will give you more choice in future years
Induction: Monday 3:00-4:00 ER207/Tuesday
11:00-12:00, ER207
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Key Modules - Physics
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Foundations of Physics 1 (PHYS1122)
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MATH1061/MATH1071 or
(Single Maths A (MATH1561) and Single
Maths B (MATH1571))
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On Joint-Honours routes you need to have
Discovery Skills in Year 1 or 2.
 Induction: Monday 15:00-16:00, Ph30
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Key Modules - Psychology
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For BPS
Intro to Psychological Research (PSYC1062)
Intro to Psyc 1 (PSYC1071)
or Intro to Psyc 2 (PSYC1081)
(latter only in certain circumstances)
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For non BPS
Intro to Psyc 1 (PSYC1071)
or Intro to Psyc 2 (PSYC1081)
Taking a single module may lead nowhere!
Induction: Monday 2:00-3:00, E102 – takes
preference over Maths!
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Languages
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This slide affects those taking MLAN
modules and does not affect students
taking, for instance FREN/SPAN/GERM.
 To complete registration for these
modules you must see MLAN in person to
undergo an assessment.
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Thursday/Friday Induction
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Math/Phys/Chem
sessions are
repeated and
streamed by:
– Math by College.
– Phys by last digit
of your student id
– Chem by colour.
Advice for
Ph/Ch/Ma
(Ph/Ma)
{0-2}:
Thu
10:00
{3-6}:
Fri 10:00
{7-9}:
Fri 14:00
sma/smb
Fri 9:0010:00
Fri
14:00
Thu 9:00
Thu 9:00
ca+pr/la
Co/Ha/Ch/
HB/Bu/Cu
Fri 10:00
Fri
14:00
Chem:
Fri 14:00
Phys:
Thu 10:00
(Fri 14:00)
Thu 9:00
ca+pr/la
Ai/Gr/Ma/Jo
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Tr/Un/VM
Fri 14:00
Fri 9:00
Thu 9:00
Chem:
Fri 9:00
Phys:
Thu 10:00
(Fri 9:00)
Thursday/Friday Induction
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Repeated mop up session for Nat Sci
– Thursday 9am-10am (intended for, but not
limited to Ma/Phys/Chem students) CG85
– Friday 1pm-2pm ES228/9
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Registration
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Go to Departments at the time specified
 www.dur.ac.uk/welcome/
 When you have the equivalent of 6 single
modules approved by Departments I will
complete registration – no need to see me
(check Durham e-mail).
 If you need advice bring your brain to my
office.
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Help !
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If you are uncertain about anything or feel
you are struggling at any point during the
year, please come and see me.
 CLC407 Monday afternoon and Tuesday
morning.
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not let difficulties build up !!
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Contact Details
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My office is on the top floor of the
Chemistry Building– Go in main entrance
or the back entrance with the ramp and up
the stairs to the third floor
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Email: [email protected]
Slides:
www.dur.ac.uk/natural.sciences/
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End until Induction!
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Teaching and Learning
Assessment
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Formative
 Summative
Examinations
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Collections
 Summer Examinations
Pass Mark required
 40% in each module
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Summative
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Students are expected to meet academic
commitments;
 Where you cannot meet a deadline
approach Departmental Administrator to
extend deadline
 Talk about the advisors system
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Natural Sciences
Key components of the degree programme:
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Choice
 Flexibility
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The Modular System
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6 modules per year
Most modules are single (20 credits), but
there are double (40) and triple (60)
modules
Modules have an associated level – 1,2,3,4
All modules start in October and end in
June
Each module has its own assessment
scheme
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Natural Sciences: flexibility
within
Year of Number of
study
subjects
studied
Number of
credits studied
at
Maximum
number of
credits studied in
a single subject
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1 ≤ Year 4 ≤ 3 Level IV = 120
120
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2 ≤ Year 3 ≤ 3 90 ≤ Level III ≤
120
0 ≤ Level II ≤ 30
BSc (100);
MSci (80)
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2 ≤ Year 2 ≤ 3 90 ≤ Level II ≤
120
0 ≤ Level I ≤ 30
80
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2 ≤ Year 1 ≤ 4 Level I = 120
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Subjects within the Natural Sciences programme:
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An- Anthropology
Ar - Archaeology
Bi - Biology
Bs - Business
Ch - Chemistry
CS - Computer Science
ES - Earth Sciences
Ec - Economics
Gg - Geography
Ma – Mathematics
St - Statistics
Ph - Philosophy
Py - Physics
Ps- Psychology
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Subjects
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You can change your mind about your subjects,
except you cannot opt into Chemistry.
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Nobody is allowed to take Core Chem 1A in Year
2
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BSc: 50% of your studies in Years 2 and 3 must
be in subjects in the Faculty of Science.
Msci: No such rule.
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Subjects
Subjects in the Faculty of Science
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Biology
 Chemistry
 Computer Science
 Earth Sciences
 Mathematics
 Physics
 Psychology
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Subjects
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It is possible to take modules from
subjects outside the programme e.g.
Languages, Theology, Sociology…..
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Options at the end of Year 1
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Take no more than 2 Level 1 modules in
your second year within a Natural
Sciences degree or a ‘triple Honours’ – a
Natural Sciences degree
 Take a Joint Honours degree within the
Natural Sciences programme
 Transfer to a Single Honours degree
provided you have taken the appropriate
modules
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Natural Sciences
No choice has to be made until
the end of the first year. You
need to set yourself up for a
dissertation (follow at least
one Year 1 joint-honours path
– ideally two)
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First Year Combinations
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Maximum of four subjects
Possible Combinations (prefer left) :
2+2+2
2+2+1+1
4+2
4+1+1
3+3
3+1+1+1
3+2+1
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M.Sci. degrees
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M.Sci. (Joint) Honours in
– Biology and Chemistry
– Biology and Physics
– Chemistry and Mathematics
– Chemistry and Physics
– Mathematics and Physics
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M.Sci. in Natural Sciences
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Joint Honours
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You must follow descriptions of the route
precisely to get the JH title, both for BSc
and MSci
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M.Sci. in Natural Sciences
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Only available with modules in Chemistry,
Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Maths
and Physics
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It is possible to take all year 4 modules in
just one subject, but you will have to take
a substantial number of modules in earlier
years in that subject
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Transfers between M.Sci. and
B.Sc. within Nat Sci
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You can transfer at any time up until some
point in the third year from an M.Sci. to a
B.Sc.
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You can transfer at any time up to the start
of the third year from a B.Sc. to an M.Sci.
provided you have taken the right
modules
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