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The University of Bath 4.3 / 190 reviews
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PH10001
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Quantum physics is an extremely mathematical unit with some hard concepts to grasp. There are a lot of derivations and not everything follows the usual laws of physics! Having said that, the lecturers are extremely helpful in this unit and always willing to talk to the students to try and help them understand when they are struggling. They have at least one problems class per week in which students can go along and complete problems with the lecture present for help if they get stuck. Once you get past the mathematical aspect of this unit, it is a really interesting thoughtful course.

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Really good module, would recommend if you are interested in studying developmental biology in the future, or are just interested in it. 

Topic is a seminar module-so it depends if you like that kind of format. The format is you get assigned two topics, you do a 15 min presentation on one and a 1,500 word essay on the other. There are a big range of topics, you are just assigned a broad topic (e.g. disorders with chromosomal aneuploidy) and are given a free choice of what you want to write/talk about. 

Assessment is 50% your talk, 40% your essay mark and 10% how much you contribute to the discussion after each talk. The module is lead by Prof Kelsh and Dr Perry, both are really great, give really good feedback, but will quiz you a lot about your chosen topic (they really know their stuff) so you have to be very prepared for it. But it beats doing exams for those who would rather not do them. 

My only real criticisms are that I have to print out so many copies of the essay (why when we submit it online anyway) and you dont get your marks back in 3 weeks like you are meant to (its actually February, meaning even if you do your talk in October you have to wait 4+ months to get it back). 

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BB20149
Anonymous

This module is....ok. Pretty useful for covering some of the basics in studying development, and what we already know about some of the key stages. I feel like unless you are really interested in most of it you won't enjoy the module that much. 

They let Masters students sit the module two if you do the Developmental Biology Masters degrees. This meant the lectures were at 5:15pm and 8:15 am, which was pretty ridiculous and meant I missed most of them in favour of other commitments, or because of the buses being terrible around where I live. 

Topics covered in 2016 (if you are interested)-

Techniques used to study development,  Model organisms for studying development  Doing forward/reverse genetic screens  Gametogenesis and fertilisation  Early embryonic development   Epigenetics and imprinting  Gastrulation  Making and using stem cells  How transgenic organisms are made 

If you dont like half of these, I would avoid the module. 

Some of the teaching was really good, but others, like the lectures on epigenetics at the end of the module were just incredibly difficult to follow. The lectures aren't even recorded so you can't review later, and usually the slides are of that great quality. 

Practicals were immunostaining of a whole mouse embryo, and in situ hybdritisation, again of a whole mouse embryo. Not one for people who don't particularly want to see dead mice embryos. Also, the practicals require you to come in to the lab all week over a several hour period, which is a pain and sometimes not even worth it in the end. 

Assessment was 20% practical booklet questions, 80% exam. The exam was 1 hour for 2 essays on two different topics-but one hour is definitely not long enough, I was just writing constantly for 50 minutes and still didnt write anywhere near enough for what I wanted to say. 

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The course is the most comprehensive course i have heard of compared with other uni's. However this does mean that the workload can occasionally be quite high. The lecturers are very friendly and always willing to help, all you need to do is ask! the tutoring in the first two years is brilliant, with small groups it is vital for the proper understanding.

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My course is 4 years long as the third year is in industry. There is a lot of work involved as the course is hard, I find it very interesting though. There are also practical work involved which is interesting to put the content into practice. As well as science modules there is a biomaths module as maths is essential for calculation and formulas on the course.

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Regarding Mathematics, I quite like how my course is structured. There is a lot of support if necessary - the Mathematics and Statistics Help Center are really helpful. Regarding the Computer Science ones, I am not sufficed as we are only taught the basics and then we are told to look up on the internet the details.

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Very complex course with lots of content. Key skills units are a good support network and help develop softer skills. Excellent careers advice too.

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A difficult degree, but the department has some great lecturers and facilities to help you through. I have enjoyed the course. In recent years student numbers have increased a lot and therefore in the future satisfaction might not be so high as the campus struggles to cope.

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It's a good course to go for if you want some business knowledge on the side like human resource, accounting, organisational behaviour, e-business and so on. As with any other computing course, it will be a big help if you have prior knowledge in coding and programming, so you will not struggle so much

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The course offers students a wide range of units to study across all the major science fields, however you must select a maximum of two of the sciences and take the units of these available (usually with some maths). I can speak for the physics and chemistry units, when I say they are generally well taught and a lot of support is available if needed. The lecturers generally responds to emails quickly and are happy for you to drop by their office to discuss any problems. In comparison to other courses, there are quite a high number of contact hours (in order to cover all the content!) but the quantity of work is manageable and a lot of the units tie in quite nicely. The only problem I have had is that when applying to science jobs, I have had difficulty getting an interview where they rule you out based on your degree program and don't actually consider the units you have taken, although there are plenty of jobs that do look more in depth. Overall I would recommend the course for any keen scientist

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