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Teaching Resources

Information for Current Students

Material and resources for Department of Pharmacology courses is being hosted by Moodle Moodle is a popular, flexible Virtual Learning Environment that is designed to support face-to-face teaching with a wide range of versatile online tools, as well as providing a place to upload resources for courses.  It is very popular around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic teaching sites and supporting classroom training.

Developed by pedagogical experts, Moodle is a mature system with a strong and enthusiastic international community of users and developers. Many other students and academics around the University are already familiar with the system having used it in previous institutions.  It is easy and intuitive to use, both for delivering courses and for learning.

Registration

Students are automatically registered on the  course they are studying on Moodle.
If you are not please contact your course organiser:

Login to Moodle

If you wish to be added to the Pharmacology Supervisors Moodle site please contact Dr Lesley MacVinish

Student Complaints Procedure:

The Student Complaint Procedure has three stages detailed in the link below:

www.studentcomplaints.admin.cam.ac.uk/student-complaints

In all cases contact must be made to the departmental Responsible Officer:

Julie Boucher, Administrative Officer – jb472@cam.ac.uk – tel: 34002

within 28 days of the complaint arising.

Exam Review Procedure:

There is now one procedure for both undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate students who wish to request a review of their examination results following receipt of their final results:

www.studentcomplaints.admin.cam.ac.uk/examination-reviews

Information for Current Supervisors

Academic year information for current supervisors will be available via Moodle which provides access to:

  • Discussion forum for questions relating to the course
  • Email notification of items added to the discussion forums to which you are subscribed
  • Email notification from the Course Organisers of announcements relating to the course
  • Electronic copies of lecture and practical handouts where available
  • Electronic copies of past examination papers
  • Solutions to past practical examination papers

Software for Computer-aided Learning in Pharmacology

Two sets of 'computer-aided learning' software are available for use by students. They complement the Part IB NST and MVST lectures and are thus suitable for learning and revision. The programs are 'PharmaCALogy' (Pharmacology computer-aided learning) and 'PCCAL' (Pharmacy consortium for computer-aided learning). The programs are installed on the computers in the Teaching Laboratories in the Department of Pharmacology, and it is also possible to gain access to them via the Public Workstation Facility (PWF) provided by the University Computing Service.

The PWF provides PCs and Apple Macintoshes in various public rooms. The software available (which can also be used from Colleges and Departments with PWF access) differs according to the type of computer. In all the public rooms the PCs can also run the Linux operating system as an alternative to the standard Windows.

Note that, although you can transfer files to and from the PWF from anywhere with an Internet connection, and on many systems you can get direct access to your PWF filespace, there is in general no access to PWF applications (e.g. office software, teaching programs) via dial-up, or from machines in College rooms.

PWF Rooms

Most of the public PWF rooms operated by the Computing Service are available to all staff and students of the University when not required for group teaching. Access to PWF facilities is also provided by many Colleges and some Departments from their own computer rooms.

You cannot (with certain special exceptions for particular groups) connect to the PWF from places other than the rooms listed (e.g. from dial-up services or other remote systems), except to access your PWF filespace or to transfer files to and from your PWF filespace.

Public Rooms

Phoenix User Area, ground floor, Phoenix Building, New Museums Site (6 Macs and 12 PCs)
Balfour Room, second floor, Balfour Building, New Museums Site (28 Macs)
Phoenix Teaching Room, ground floor, Phoenix Building, New Museums Site (26 PCs)
Titan Teaching Rooms , New Museums Site (82 PCs in two rooms)
Sidgwick Computing Facility, Oriental Studies Basement, (12 Macs and 20 PCs.
University Centre, Mill Lane (6 PCs and 3 Macs, only available to those with access to the Centre)

Each room has at least one printer. Scanners are available in the Phoenix User Area (PC and Mac), Titan Teaching Room 2 (PC), Balfour Room (Mac) and Oriental Studies basement (PC and Mac). See further information about machine specifications and operating systems. See Opening hours and access.

College Access to PWF

The majority of Colleges , listed below, operate PWF Managed Clusters, which are computer rooms run jointly by the institution and the Computing Service, and providing facilities more or less identical to those in the public PWF rooms (software available varies slightly from institution to institution).

Some colleges and a few Departments which do not have managed clusters still have some access to PWF facilities, including applications, from College or Departmental computer rooms, via the PWF Club; for details consult the institutional Computer Officer.

Colleges with Managed Clusters

Christ's (Windows)
Clare (Windows, Mac and Linux)
Caius (Windows and Mac)
Downing (Windows and Mac)
Emmanuel (Windows and Mac)
Fitzwilliam (Windows)
King's (Windows, Mac and Linux)
Lucy Cavendish (Windows)
New Hall (Windows and Mac)
Newnham (Windows and Mac)
Peterhouse (Windows, Mac and Linux)
Queens' (Windows and Mac)
Robinson (Windows)
St Catharine's (Windows and Mac)
St. John's (Windows and Mac)
Selwyn (Windows and Mac)
Sidney Sussex (Windows and Mac)
Trinity (Windows, Mac and Linux)
Trinity Hall (Windows)
Wolfson (Windows)

All these are for the use of students and staff of the College.

In the Department of Pharmacology Teaching Lab the programs are available during normal laboratory hours, whenever there are no classes, i.e., every weekday morning and on Thursday afternoon. Please tell the Teaching Laboratory Technician, Mr Rogelio Atance, if you wish to use the programs.

Plagiarism and TURNITIN

In general, plagiarism can be defined as: the unacknowledged use of the work of others as if this were your own original work. In the context of an examination, this amounts to: passing off the work of others as your own to gain unfair advantage.

A copy of the Faculty of Biology’s statement on plagiarism can be found here:

http://www.bio.cam.ac.uk/sbs/facbiol/plagiarism.html  and the University’s statement here: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/plagiarism/students/

and is also covered extensively in the Part II/BBS handbook: Partii handbook

Such use of unfair means will not be tolerated by the University; if detected, the penalty may be severe and may lead to failure to obtain your degree.

Note that the use of essays purchased from any source or copied from other students is unacceptable regardless of whether the source is acknowledged.

Information for BBS students only

Use of TURNITIN

The Teaching Committee of the Department of Pharmacology has agreed the following procedure agreed by the Biological Sciences Committee of the NST will be applied to submitted work by BBS students.

If, during marking by an examiner, plagiarism is suspected in a piece of submitted work, the work will be marked as normal and then turned over to the Senior Examiner. The electronic version will then be passed on to the Scrutiny Officer within the Department/course for checking with Turnitin. If analysis by Turnitin supports initial suspicions of plagiarism, the Chair of Examiners will be informed, who will proceed as per advice given at:

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/exams/examiners/plagiarism.pdf

To facilitate use of Turnitin all BBS students will be asked to sign a form that gives permission for their dissertations to be submitted to the Turnitin system should the examiners require this. This form will be distributed by the Faculty during Michaelmas term and you will be asked to sign and return it for our files. A copy of the form can be found here Consent form for the use of Turnitin UK text-matching software.

Important. It is VITAL that you read the full document regarding plagiarism and TURNITIN by clicking on this link:

Plagiarism doc partii (pdf)