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Investigating how DNA works and how it informs the structures and functions of living things, this course begins to explore key scientific advances in genetics, the impact and importance of genomics and the connection between genetics and disease. Using both classroom and laboratory teaching, the course also provides the opportunity for hands-on practical experimentation of classic molecular biology techniques.

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Teaching & Assessment

Teaching and Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?

Teaching

This is a blended Certificate level course and the content, activities and interaction for each of the three units are both online and face-to-face. You will have access to resources, discussion forums, and course tasks within ICE's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Teaching methods will include lectures, presentations by guest speakers and facilitators, interactive and experiential learning activities, reading and assignments to be completed by participants outside classroom sessions and online discussion forums.

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. In particular, you will be expected in each unit to:

  • attend all the scheduled day-schools; 
  • participate actively in class work;
  • undertake reading and assignments set by the tutor;
  • access resources and submit assignments through the VLE.

Each unit comprises of four or five Saturday day school teaching sessions including a mixture of informal lectures, seminars, discussions and practical sessions. These will be primarily held at Madingley Hall, but some sessions in each unit will be held at offsite locations. 

Assessment

During the course you will assessed by a series of assignments, totalling 3000-4000 words per unit. Further details will be provided in the course guide.

In addition to attending both the face-to-face teaching during each day school and submitting assignments you will need to set aside time for independent study. Credit is generally calculated in terms of hours of study and assumes that each credit is awarded for around 10 hours of successful learning; so, by this calculation, a 60-credit course will involve around 600 hours of successful study. Examples of how study may be broken down are: pre-class preparation, classroom time (lectures, seminars, discussion, presentations, debates, case-studies etc.); engagement with the VLE; peer-to-peer interaction, preparations for assignments, assignment writing and feedback and so on.

What is the status of this qualification?

The course is taught and awarded at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 4) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the first year of full-time undergraduate study.

 

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

26 Sep 2020 to 19 Jun 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

31 Aug 2020

Course fee

Home/EU: £2,450
Overseas fee: £2,450

Academic director

Venue

Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 14

Course code

2021CCR211