10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module aims to provide an introduction to the history and philosophy of science that is appropriate for molecular bioscience students. Examples of famous discoveries and some famous researchers will be used to illustrate how important scientific concepts emerged and changed over time to give rise to our current understanding of biology. In addition to the development of scientific concepts, we will discuss philosophical and ethical issues in modern science including the nature of scientific discovery, the importance of chance (serendipity) in discoveries and the nature of experiments.

Restrictions on availability: This module is normally avaialble only to MBB UG students

Staff Contact: Patrick Baker
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work
WebCT resources are available for this module

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology):

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