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Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, Part IB, Second M.B. Examination, and Second Veterinary M.B. Examination, 2002

The Faculty Board of Biology give notice that the form of the examinations for the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, Part IB, and for the Second M.B. and Second Veterinary M.B. Examinations which will be held for the first time in 2002, will be as follows:

Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, Part Ib

Group A

Biology of Disease (BOD)

The examination will test knowledge and understanding of the material contained in the Biology of Disease course, and will be in three sections, Sections I, II, and III. Sections I and III will together form a written paper, and Section II will be a practical paper. All three sections contribute to the Tripos mark in the proportions: Section I, 25%; Section II, 25%; and Section III, 50%.

Section I will consist of several compulsory short answer or multiple-choice questions. Candidates will be allowed one hour to complete this section. Section III will be a two-hour written paper to be answered immediately on completion of Section I. Candidates will be provided with a choice of essay questions and be required to attempt three.

Section II will be a two-hour practical examination. Questions will examine core knowledge and understanding in any aspect of the course. Questions may include recognition and interpretation of biological, photographic, diagrammatic, and sectioned material, as well as interpretation and handling of data, and knowledge and application of laboratory techniques.

Human Reproduction (HR) (formerly SSEARP)

The examination will test knowledge and understanding of the material contained in the Human Reproduction course, and will be in three sections, Sections I, II, and III. Sections I and III will together form a written paper, and Section II will be a practical paper. All three sections contribute to the Tripos mark in the proportions: Section I, 30%; Section II, 20%; and Section III, 50%.

Section I will be a written paper that lasts one hour. It will consist of several compulsory questions requiring candidates to provide short answers or to choose from a list of alternatives. Section III will be a written paper that lasts one and a half hours, and will be answered after completion of Section I (forming a single paper of two and a half hours). Candidates will be required to answer two questions from a choice of four. The questions will be in essay format, and will require candidates to integrate information from different elements of the course.

Section II will be a one-hour practical examination. Questions will examine core knowledge and understanding in any aspect of the course. Questions may include histological material, experimental data, ethical issues, and demographic data.

Mechanisms of Drug Action (MODA)

The examination will test knowledge and understanding of the material contained in the Mechanisms of Drug Action course, and will be in three sections, Sections I, II, and III. Sections I and III will together form a written paper, and Section II will be a practical paper. All three sections contribute to the Tripos mark in the proportions: Section I, 30%; Section II, 20%; and Section III, 50%.

Section I will be a written paper that lasts one hour. Each question will be compulsory and will require short answers. Section I will cover the whole course. Some questions may adopt a multiple-choice format. Each question in Section I will carry the same mark. Section III will be a two-hour written paper to be answered immediately on completion of Section I. Candidates will be provided with a choice of essay questions and be required to answer three out of six questions. Each question in Section III will carry the same mark.

Section II will be a two-hour written practical examination. It will consist of two questions and will assess ability in data handing, numerical manipulation, and logical reasoning. Questions may be drawn from any part of the course and may include questions on quantification of receptor-ligand interactions, pharmacokinetics, and data handling. Each question will carry the same mark.

Neurobiology with Animal Behaviour (NAB)

The examination will test knowledge and understanding of the material contained in the Neurobiology with Animal Behaviour course, and will be in three sections, Sections I, II, and III. Sections I and III will together form a written paper, and Section II will be a practical paper. All three sections contribute to the Tripos mark in the proportions: Section I, 25%; Section II, 25%; and Section III, 50%.

Section I will consist of compulsory short answer questions. Candidates will be allowed one hour to complete this section. Some questions may require brief and concise answers and/or diagrams, and some may require the selection of the best answer from several possibilities given. Section III will be a two-hour written paper to be answered immediately on completion of Section I. Candidates will be provided with a choice of essay questions and be required to answer four from eight possible questions. It will require essay answers. Each question in Section III will carry equivalent marks.

Section II will be a two-hour practical examination. Questions will examine core knowledge and understanding in any aspect of the course. The exam will consist of short questions designed to examine candidates' understanding of functional neuroanatomy, their understanding of and ability to interpret neurophysiological data, and their understanding of animal behaviour.

Neurobiology with Human Behaviour (NHB)

The examination will test knowledge and understanding of the material contained in the Neurobiology with Human Behaviour course, and will be in three sections, Sections I, II, and III. Sections I and III will together form a written paper, and Section II will be a practical paper. All three sections contribute to the Tripos mark in the proportions: Section I, 25%; Section II, 25%; and Section III, 50%.

Section I will consist of compulsory short questions. Candidates will be allowed one hour to complete this section. Some questions may require brief and concise answers and/or diagrams, and some may require the selection of the best answer from several possibilities given. Section III will be a two-hour written paper to be answered immediately on completion of Section I. Candidates will be provided with a choice of essay questions and be required to answer four from eight possible questions. It will require essay answers. Each question in Section III will carry equivalent marks.

Section II will be a one-hour practical examination. Questions will examine core knowledge and understanding in any aspect of the course. The exam will consist of short questions designed to examine candidates' understanding of functional neuroanatomy, their understanding of and ability to interpret neurophysiological data, and their understanding of human behaviour.

Veterinary Reproductive Biology (VRB)

The examination will test knowledge and understanding of the material contained in the Veterinary Reproductive Biology course, and will be in three sections, Sections I, II, and III. Sections I and III will together form a written paper, and Section II will be a practical paper. All three sections contribute to the Tripos mark in the proportions: Section I, 30%; Section II, 20%; and Section III, 50%. The written paper will be in two sections, Section I and Section III. It will cover the whole course and last two and a half-hours.

Section I will consist of several compulsory short answer or multiple-choice questions. Candidates will be allowed one hour to complete this section. Section III will be a written paper of one and a half hours to be answered immediately on completion of Section I. Candidates will be provided with a choice of five essay questions and be required to answer two.

Section II will be a one-hour practical examination. Questions will cover the anatomy and physiology practical classes and may require short answers or the selection of the best answers from several given.

Group B

Special Options

The marks gained by assessment of material in the Special Options will count only towards performance in the Tripos, except in the case of the Comparative Vertebrate Biology course (see below). The marks obtained for each option will count for 50% of the total option mark.

The formal assessment will consist of a single three-hour paper, which will examine the material in both List I and List II options. The paper will be divided into two sections, corresponding to the two lists of options, and further into sub-sections corresponding to the individual options. Candidates will be required to answer questions from the List I and List II sections corresponding to the options which they have taken.

The form of questions will vary between options and will be as follows:

List I

Clinical and Applied Physiology1

The examination will consist of two essays selected from five.

Comparative Vertebrate Biology (CVB)

The examination will be divided into two parts; the first part will consist of compulsory short answer questions and practical 'spots': candidates will be allowed one hour to complete this part. In the second part candidates will be required to write an essay. Each part will count for 50% of the total marks for this option. The Second Veterinary M.B. Examination will be determined by performance of candidates in the first part of the examination.

Control of Pain

The examination will consist of one essay question chosen from three plus a number of short answer questions.

Development Biology for Medicine: Concepts to Clinic

The examination will consist of three compulsory short notes questions plus one essay question chosen from three.

Experimental Psychology

The examination will consist of two questions. A choice of ten topics will be given for each question, and candidates will be required to write five brief answers for each question.

Substances of Addiction and Abuse

The examination will consist of one essay and two short answer questions.

Tumour Biology

The examination will consist of two essays chosen from four.

1 Please note the change in title from 'Applied Physiology' for this option.

List II

Applied Veterinary Anatomy

The examination will consist of two essays selected from four or five.

Infectious Diseases in Animals and Man

The examination will consist of two essays selected from five.

Man, Molecules, and the Environment

The examination will consist of two essays selected from five.

Metabolism and Diseases

The examination will consist of two essays selected from five.

Sensorimotor Neurobiology

The examination will consist of two essays selected from four or five.

Veterinary Pharmacology

The examination will consist of one essay selected from five, plus ten compulsory short answer questions.

Second M.B. Examination (Revised Regulations)

Biology of Disease (BOD)

Human Reproduction (HR) (formerly SSEARP)

Mechanisms of Drug action (MODA)

Neurobiology with Human Behaviour (NHB)

For details of the examinations in these subjects see the entries for the relevant papers under the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, Part IB, above. The Second M.B. Examination will be determined by the performance of students in Sections I and II of each paper.

Second Veterinary M.B. Examination

Biology of Disease (BOD)

Mechanisms of Drug action (MODA)

Neurobiology with Animal Behaviour (NAB)

For details of the examinations in these subjects see the entries for the relevant papers under the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, Part IB, above. The Second Veterinary M.B. Examination will be determined by the performance of students in Sections I and II in each paper.

Comparative Vertebrate Biology (CVB)

For details of the examination in this subject see the entry for the Special Options under the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, Part IB. The Second Veterinary M.B. Examination will be determined by the performance of students in the first part of the examination.

Preparing for the Veterinary Profession (PfVPB)

Details for this paper will be published at a later date.

Veterinary Reproductive Biology (VRB)

For details of the examination in this subject see the entry for Veterinary Reproductive Biology under the Medical and Veterinary Science Tripos, Part IB, above. The Second Veterinary M.B. Examination will be determined by the performance of students in Sections I and II. Section I will carry 60% of the marks and Section II 40% of the marks.


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Cambridge University Reporter, 28 November 2001
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