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Natural Sciences Tripos, 2001: Notice by the Faculty Board of Biology

The Faculty Board of Biology give notice that, with effect from the examinations to be held in 2001, the form and conduct of the following examinations for the Natural Sciences Tripos will be changed as follows:

Natural Sciences Tripos, Part Ia

Evolution and Behaviour

The written paper, which will carry 75 per cent of the total marks, will consist of five sections. Section A will consist of material covered in the first half of the Michaelmas Term, Section B of material covered in the second half of the Michaelmas Term, Section C of material covered in the first half of the Lent Term, Section D of material covered in the second half of the Lent Term, and Section E of material covered in the Easter Term. There will be two questions in each section and candidates will be required to answer five questions, one from each section. Some of the questions may require consideration of material from more than one part of the course.

Assessed practicals will carry 25 per cent of the total mark. Five practicals will be assessed: one in each half of the Michaelmas Term, one in each half of the Lent Term, and one in the Easter Term. The Examiners may require the assessed practical work to be handed in for inspection.

Physiology of Organisms

The written paper, which will carry 90 per cent of the total marks, will be in three Sections, A, B, and C.

Sections A and B will cover the whole course and will contain a number of compulsory questions which will require candidates either to give short answers or to choose the best answer from several alternatives. Section A will carry 35 per cent of the total marks and will have questions on the material covered in the lectures. Section B will carry 15 per cent of the total marks and will cover the experimental physiology classes and will include questions which require the analysis and interpretation of data from physiological experiments. Candidates should spend about ninety minutes on Sections A and B.

Section C will carry 40 per cent of the total marks and will contain three or more essay questions of which candidates should answer two.

Practical notebooks bearing the signatures of teachers under whose direction the work was performed must be submitted to the Examiners for approval by the division of the Easter Term. Candidates submitting satisfactory notebooks will be allocated 10 per cent of the total marks.

Quantitative Biology

There will be one written paper of three hours carrying 70 per cent of the total marks. It will consist of two sections. Section A will consist of six short questions and Section B will consist of eight long questions. Candidates will be required to answer four questions from each section. Questions in Section B will carry twice as many marks as those from Section A.

Candidates will be required to submit two designated practicals from both Michaelmas and Lent Terms for assessment and these marks will constitute 30 per cent of the total marks.

Elementary Mathematics for Biologists

There will be one written paper of three hours carrying 70 per cent of the total marks. It will consist of two sections. Section A will consist of six short questions and Section B will consist of eight long questions. Candidates will be required to answer four questions from each section. Questions in Section B will carry twice as many marks as those from Section A.

Candidates will be required to submit two designated practicals from both Michaelmas and Lent Terms for assessment and these marks will constitute 30 per cent of the total marks.

Natural Sciences Tripos, Part II

Plant Sciences

Each candidate should offer four written papers of three hours each. For every teaching module (a named grouping of twenty-four one-hour units sharing a common theme) six questions will be set, distributed equally between two of the four papers. Within a single written paper, the three questions relating to a single module will be grouped together as a section, identified by the module name. For at least one of the three questions in a section, it will prove advantageous for the candidate to be familiar with material taught by more than one lecturer in the module. Questions relating to modules taught in the Michaelmas Term will occur only in Papers 1 and 2. Questions relating to modules taught in the Lent Term will be found only in Papers 3 and 4.

Psychology

In Papers 2-4 each of the Sections (a)-(d) may contain fewer questions than they contained in the corresponding papers set for the examination held in the year 2000.

Neuroscience

Marks for the examination will be assigned as follows: 8 per cent for the critical review, 20 per cent for the research project, and 72 per cent for the four written papers.

Each candidate will take four written papers, each lasting three hours and carrying 18 per cent of the total marks. In each paper, candidates will be required to attempt three questions, each from a different section. Papers 1, 2, and 3 will contain one section for each of the five lecture modules, with several questions in each section. Paper 4 will also contain one section for each lecture module but will include one or more additional sections containing interdisciplinary questions. Candidates will be required to answer at least one question from an interdisciplinary section.


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Cambridge University Reporter, 29 November 2000
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