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Aims and objectives

The University's aims

Like all courses run by the University of Cambridge, our general aims include furthering those of the University itself, which are:

  • To provide an education of the highest quality at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and so produce graduates of the calibre sought by industry, the professions and the public service, as well as providing the academic teachers and researchers of the future.
  • To continue to attract outstanding students from all backgrounds, including mature students, both from within the UK and from overseas.
  • To develop new areas of teaching and research in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of the community.
  • To maintain the position of Cambridge as one of the world's leading universities.

The aims of this course

  • To learn and understand the fundamental scientific concepts relating to a broad range of topics in animal physiology.
  • To become familiar with the basic factual information concerning the mechanisms and functioning of animals that biology students will require in the rest of their scientific careers, to develop investigative skills and to become familiar with standard techniques of measurement.
  • To gain practice and confidence in applying this knowledge, in a quantitative manner where appropriate, to actual experiments.

We need your feedback!

Two or three times a term, we send our students, electronically, questionnaires to complete. We are going to ask you what you feel about the various lecture courses and practical classes. We would very much appreciate it if you could please spend a little time helping us to ensure that we provide a great course, and that we have met our objectives as above. We need to be aware when courses or classes are not working, and why previously successful parts of the course are no longer up to the mark. We would also quite like to know when we are being successful! So please give us your constructive suggestions.

The questionnaires will have space for you to write comments, completely anonymously, and what you write will be taken seriously by the lecturers. So please write your comments seriously too.

The course has a management committee which meets each term. We would like student volunteers who would attend these meetings, for about an hour, to discuss any issues that the student body would like to raise with us. If you are interested in being a Course Representative, please contact Dr. Andrew Murray.