This unit has a diverse range of carefully designed activities to enable you to achieve the learning outcomes. It is a Masters-level unit which can only successfully be completed if you take responsibility for your own learning.
Lectures: the lecture content is provided on-line. There will be a Q&A session scheduled each week for you to ask and answer questions. If you can't answer each other's questions, the unit convenor may be able to. If not, 'homework' for the next session will be to answer the unanswered questions. Your participation in the Q&A sessions is not directly assessed, however, your ability to discuss concepts verbally will directly enhance your written assessed work. Please come to the Q&A sessions prepared to show your face and talk. The Convenor will note who contributes and it will help her understand how you think when she reads your submitted assessments.
You will only really benefit from the Q&A sessions if you have done the pre-listening and ideally some extra reading. Your success in this unit will be directly proportional to the effort you put into it. For nearly all of you, your enjoyment will also increase with your effort.
Quizes: the quizzes have been designed to remind you to keep up to date with material in this unit as it is all about building levels of experience.
Workshops and practicals: Molecular Sciences is a practical-based subject but also requires increasing amounts of data analysis, modelling and literature reading. The tasks have been designed to help you gain these skills. It is generally the case that the independence required for this unit feels intimidating at first but once you launch yourself if will be very satisfying. A pet protein will be assigned to you but if you have a passion for another one the please discuss this with the unit convenor. The key things being assessed here are your ability to undertake technical tasks (experimental and theoretical) and to communicate the outcomes.
Some students are unable to be present on campus and will join their groups remotely. If you need to take this unit remotely, you will have to convince the unit convenor that your circumstances are such that this is the only possibility. As remote learning in this unit is much less effective than face-to-face learning, a very convincing reason will be required.