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Part II courses

Part II courses

Part II courses are those taken by third-year students. Medical students, veterinary students and natural science students can choose from the same options. Our department, PDN, contributes to Part II Physiology, Development & Neuroscience (PDN), Part II Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB) and Part II Biological & Biomedical Sciences (BBS) courses.

Unlike first- and second-year supervisions which are arranged by the Colleges, part II supervisions are typically arranged by the students themselves, who approach the lecturers directly. The Department of PDN anticipates that each student would receive eight hours of supervisions in total (usually from eight different supervisors). Supervisors can claim payment from Colleges in the normal way:

http://www.seniortutors.admin.cam.ac.uk/university-guidance-and-procedures/supervisions

http://www.seniortutors.admin.cam.ac.uk/files/supervision_norms_2016_finalv2.pdf

 

Part II PDN project supervisions

Students are assigned a part II project supervisor by the Course Organiser at the beginning of the year. The departmental expectation is that there will be 16 hours of supervision associated with the two-term project, although these are of course not formal supervisions in the normal sense, likely being dominated by hands-on help and guidance in the laboratory. Guidelines and time expectations are mentioned here:

http://www.seniortutors.admin.cam.ac.uk/university-guidance-and-procedures/supervisions

http://www.seniortutors.admin.cam.ac.uk/files/supervision_norms_2016_finalv2.pdf

Part II project supervision, unlike normal supervisions, has traditionally been regarded as a Departmental responsibility that the Colleges would not be paying for. Although the advice from the Faculty Board and Senior Tutors' Committee (see website below) is not entirely clear on this point, the normal approach is that a part II project supervisor would claim for a nominal 1 hour of supervision time in a group of 1 at the end of each term, for a two-term project submitted in the Easter term (i.e. a total of 3 supervision hours per year, per student). This essentially represents the payment from the College for the submission of termly reports on their student's progress. It is not intended to represent the actual number of contact hours involved, which will be far greater.

http://www.biology.cam.ac.uk/colleges/supervisors/supervising-dissertations

 

Part II BBS dissertation supervisions

Students are assigned a part II BBS dissertation supervisor by the Course Organiser at the beginning of the year. The departmental expectation is that there will be 4 hours of supervision associated with the dissertation. Guidelines and time expectations are mentioned here:

http://www.seniortutors.admin.cam.ac.uk/university-guidance-and-procedures/supervisions

http://www.seniortutors.admin.cam.ac.uk/files/supervision_norms_2016_finalv2.pdf

These four hours of supervision (but no more) may be claimed for payment from Colleges in the normal way:

http://www.biology.cam.ac.uk/colleges/supervisors/supervising-dissertations