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MD2A1-15 MD2A1-15 Integrated Science Tutorials

Warwick Medical School
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Nicole Robb
Credit value
Module duration
23 weeks
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

MD2A1-15 Tutorials for Integrates Science students. This module will fit into the revised SLS Year 2 structure and run in parallel with SLS provision to specifically support MSci Integrated Science students who will take Year 2 and Year 3 modules in SLS.

Module aims

This module extends the teaching of scientific writing to second year
students. Students are expected to use mostly primary literature in
preparing for these assessments. The module aims to extend student’s ability to digest the primary
literature on a variety of topics and to write in a scientific manner.
This module will also provide Integrated Science students with additional
support for other second year modules.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Deconstructing a scientific paper - content of each section; labelling figures and drafting a figure legend; writing an abstract; making a graphical abstract; limitations and critical discussion
Feedback on writing tasks and essays
Career discussion – what can I do with my degree, improving your CV
Individual pastoral care

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Write detailed and well-researched essays.
  • Draft components of scientific papers and concisely summarise research findings
  • Research topics in the literature.
  • Learn how to critically analyse scientific papers.
Subject specific skills

The students will apply integrated thinking across the sciences to topics related to infection dynamics, host and pathogen biology, and subjects relevant to Year 2 modules.
Knowing how to structure a scientific paper, write individual sections, abstract and title. Research and critically assess primary literature and compose an essay in the form of a scientific paper.

Transferable skills

Time management, adult learning, self-directed learning

Study time

Type Required
Tutorials 12 sessions of 1 hour (40%)
Private study 18 hours (60%)
Total 30 hours
Private study description

138 hours of private study to prepare for tutorial sessions and assessments.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A
Weighting Study time
Essay 60% 80 hours
Tutorial Submissions 40% 40 hours

Collection of short academic writing pieces on specific tutorial tasks such as deriving abstract from figures or text of a paper, suggesting suitable title from abstract and figures of a paper, composing figure captions etc

Feedback on assessment

Verbal feedback will be provided in tutorials on individual tutorial submissions by peers and the tutor. Essay and portfolio will be assessed and written feedback provided by the tutor.


This module is Core for:

  • Year 2 of UMDA-CF10 Undergraduate Integrated Natural Sciences (MSci)