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Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection changed the way that we view the world and our own position in it. Over one hundred and fifty years later it is still the very foundation of modern biology; a Rosetta Stone by which the morphological and behavioural characteristics of organisms can be interpreted. This course provides an introduction to how Darwin's work has shaped our evolutionary understanding, how plants and people have evolved, the importance of biodiversity and how species evolve.

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Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed? 

Each unit includes practical classes, which allow students to carry out their own data collection and practise simple data-processing skills. Where possible, practical classes make use of local Cambridge resources. Assessed assignments for the course include reports and directed independent reading and background research. These give students experience of searching for scientific papers and develop their ability to read, understand and critically evaluate scientific writing. Discussion sessions throughout the year aim to build students’ confidence in discussing scientific concepts.

You will learn how to present your ideas both through speaking and writing. You will also have access to online support through our virtual learning environment, which will accelerate your learning and enhance your experience of the course.

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: 

  1. attend day-schools and fieldtrips
  2. participate actively in class work
  3. undertake reading and assignments set by the tutors
  4. access resources and submit assignments through ICE Online, the Institute’s virtual learning environment. 

It is essential that students have an email account and regular access to the internet. The course is supported by a web-based Virtual Learning Environment and course communications will be sent via email. Your assignments will be submitted online and feedback on your work is delivered online. 

Students retain access to the learning resources on their course for two academic years after they have completed their course. 

Assessment

During the course you will submit a series of short assignments (3,000-4,000 words per unit), further details of which are given 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.

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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

12 Oct 2019 to 06 Jun 2020

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

02 Sep 2019

Course fee

Home/EU: £2,250
Overseas fee: £2,250

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Venue

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

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 12

Course code

1920CCR205