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BIOL 31821 Assessment

The assessment of the course unit consists of three components:

(a) In-class practical tests, each of 20 minutes duration, which will take place during the
practical classes in weeks 2, 4 and 6 of the course unit.
Marking criteria: each of the ten questions on each test receives 1 for a correct answer, ½ for a
partially correct answer and 0 for an incorrect answer. The total from the test is multiplied by
10 to provide a mark out of 100 for the test. The results from the three tests are averaged, and
the final result then receives a weighting of 10% in the overall unit mark.
(b) Laboratory Notebook of up to 2000 words, to be submitted by January 18th 2018. This
will form 40% of the unit mark.
Marking criteria: the laboratory notebook is marked using a subset of the criteria used for
marking the 2nd year EDM research report. Under these criteria the following marks are
awarded: 0, 1, 2, 3 = fails to meet basic criteria for the report; 4 = meets basic criteria but
nothing more; 5, 6 = satisfactory; 7, 8 = good; 9, 10 = very good. Equal weighting is given to
the three sections listed below (Aims/Materials/Methods, Results, Discussion).
Aims, Materials and Methods: Basic: present but lacking detail and some major omissions;
Satisfactory: mostly present but may lack clarity; Good: largely present but perhaps minor
omissions; Very good: fully presented with clarity and detail.
Results: Basic: results described in text but lacking in detail, with limited use of poor quality
tables and figures, perhaps with inadequate text captions; Satisfactory: tables and figures
supplement text but may contain omissions or errors; Good: text, tables and figures used to
convey results effectively; Very good: imaginative and appropriate use of text, tables and figures
to convey information with a high standard of presentation and with no errors or omissions.
Discussion: Basic: an attempt to interpret the data, but weakly argued or with major
inaccuracies. Satisfactory: reasonable attempt to understand data, but with some
misinterpretation or inaccuracy and with conclusions lacking depth; Good: most of the data
accurately interpreted with few, minor inaccuracies; evidence of critical appraisal of available
information. Well thought out conclusions supported by the data. Very good: data accurately
interpreted and analysed critically, with excellent conclusions fully supported by the data.

(c) Written Examination of 1½ hours duration, held during the Semester 1 examination period.
You are required to answer 2 questions from a choice of 5. The marks for each answer are
averaged to provide an overall examination mark, which forms 50% of the unit mark.
Marking criteria: the examination papers will be marked using the School of Biological
Sciences "Criteria for Marking Theory Papers", available in the Student Handbook.