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This course will cover evolution at the grandest scale; major evolutionary transitions that gave rise to whole new lineages of organisms. We will investigate the driving forces behind these changes and consequences at the molecular and the whole organism level.

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Teaching & Assessment

Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?

Teaching

The content, activities and interaction for each of the three units will be taught remotely using video-based teaching platforms and an online course Virtual Learning Environment. You will have access to resources, discussion forums, and course tasks within ICE's Virtual Learning Environment. 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. Your learning will be enhanced by:

  • engaging with scheduled teaching sessions; 
  • participating in class activities and discussion;
  • undertaking reading and assignments set by the tutor;
  • accessing resources and submitting assignments through the VLE.

Course Timeline

  • Course (Unit 1) Start Date: Friday 16th October
  • Unit 1 submission deadline: Wednesday 6th January 2021
  • Unit 2 start date: Week commencing January 4th 2021
  • Unit 2 submission deadline: Wednesday 31st March 2021
  • Unit 3 start date: Week commencing 5th April 2021
  • Unit 3 submission deadline: Friday 4th June 2021

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 the scheduled teaching sessions 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 second-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 5) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the second 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

16 Oct 2020 to 04 Jun 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

14 Sep 2020

Course fee

Home: £2,150
Overseas: £2,150

Academic director

Venue

Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ5

Course code

2021DCR200