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Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, Parts, IA, IB, and II, Second M.B. Examination, and Second Veterinary M.B. Examination, 2003

The Faculty Board of Biology give notice that the form of examinations for the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos and for the Second M.B. and Second Vet.M.B. Examinations which will be held in 2003, has changed as follows:

Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, Part Ia

Functional Architecture of the Body

The written paper will be divided into two Sections, I and III. Section I will last one hour and will carry 17 per cent of the total marks. Each question is compulsory and will carry an equivalent mark. Some questions will adopt a multiple-choice format, requiring 'true/false' decisions, while the others will be of the extended matching type. The questions will examine tissue anatomy, aspects of organogenesis, and the topographical, functional, and clinically applied anatomy of the human body.

Section III will last two hours and will carry 50 per cent of the total mark. Section III will be divided into two parts, each containing three questions. Candidates will be required to answer one question from each part, and another question chosen from either part, spending 40 minutes on each. Each question will carry an equivalent mark. Part A will require an answer in essay format and will examine the ability to integrate structure with function and to construct logical arguments. Part B will also be in essay format and will assess the ability to apply anatomical knowledge to a clinical situation or problem and to deduce basic clinical implications from first, anatomical principles. Neither part will require any more detailed factual knowledge of anatomy than Section I and II.

Homeostasis

Practical notebooks must be submitted to the Examiners for approval by five days after the last practical of the Easter Term. In assigning marks for the examination, the Examiners may take account of the notebooks.

The written paper will be in two sections, Section I and Section III. It will cover the whole course and last three hours.

Section I will last one hour and will consist of questions on the material dealt with in the lectures, and will carry 30 per cent of the marks. Candidates will be required to answer all the questions, which may require short answers or the selection of the best answer from several given. Section III will last two hours and will carry 50% of the marks. It will have five questions requiring essay answers of which candidates will be required to answer two.

The practical examination, Section II, will last two hours and will cover the experimental physiology and histology classes. It will include questions which require the analysis and interpretation of data from physiological experiments and will carry 20% of the marks.

Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, Part Ib

Neurobiology with Animal Behaviour

Section III of this examination 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 will be required to answer three from 8 possible questions.

The format of Sections I and II will remain unchanged.

Neurobiology with Human Behaviour

Section III of this examination 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 will be required to answer three from 8 possible questions.

The format of Sections I and II will remain unchanged.

Special Options: Veterinary Pharmacology

The examination for this option will be in two sections. Candidates will be required to answer two essay questions, one from each section. There will be a choice of four in each section.

Control of Pain

The examination for this option will consist of one essay question chosen from three plus five compulsory short answer questions.

Sensorimotor Neurobiology

The examination for this option will consist of two essays selected from five.

Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, Part II

Physiology (four-paper subject)

The written papers will consist of questions on Sensory Systems, Motor Systems, Developmental and Fetal Physiology, and Cellular Physiology.

Physiology (two-paper subjects)

The written papers will consist of papers on the following topics: Sensory Systems and Motor Systems, or Developmental and Fetal Physiology and Cellular Physiology, or Systems and Clinical Physiology and Medical Aspects of Neurobiology.

Physiology (one-paper subject)

The written papers will consist of questions on either Medical Aspects of Neurobiology or Systems and Clinical Physiology.

Second M.B. Examination (Revised Regulations)

Functional Architecture of the Body

This examination is made up of Sections I and II as described for the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos above. Section I will contribute 33% and Section II 67% of the final mark.

Homeostasis

This examination is made up of Sections I and II as described for the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos above. Section I will contribute 60% and Section II 40% of the final mark.

Introduction to the Scientific Basis of Medicine

The examination will be held on the last day of the Full Lent Term and will be designed to test candidates' knowledge of the course. The examination will last 45 minutes and will consist of a number of computer-marked questions. Candidates will be required to attempt all questions. A specimen paper will be produced.

Second Vet.M.B. Examination (Revised Regulations)

Homeostasis

This examination is made up of Sections I and II as described for the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos above. Section I will contribute 60% and Section II 40% of the final mark.

Introduction to the Scientific Basis of Medicine

The examination will be held on the last day of the Full Lent Term and will be designed to test candidates' knowledge of the course. The examination will last 45 minutes and will consist of a number of computer-marked questions. Candidates will be required to attempt all questions. A specimen paper will be produced.

Preparing for the Veterinary Profession B (PfVPB)

The examination will be held on the last day of the Full Lent Term and will be designed to test candidates' knowledge and understanding of the material taught in the second year of the PfVP programme. The examination will last one hour and will consist of a number of computer-marked questions. Candidates will be expected to attempt all questions.

The format of the examination will apply for the academic year 2002-03 only.

From 2003-04, the second year of the PfVP course will be assessed with the first year component in the Lent term of the second year.

Preparing for the Veterinary Profession

With effect from 1 October 2002, the first year of the component of PfVP will be assessed, together with the second year component of the course, at the end of the Lent Term of the second year. This new examination will be conducted for the first time in the Lent Term 2004. A Notice describing the form and conduct of the Lent Term 2004 examination will be published in the Michaelmas Term 2003.


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Cambridge University Reporter, 11 December 2002
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