Supporting Material for MBChB Yr1 in general.

Welcome week presentation slide sets: you can download the slide sets in either the original .odp format or as a pdf.

Podcast on how to pass semester 1: you can download the podcast in either the free ogg-vorbis format or in the proprietary mp3 format.

Demo video on taking lecture notes: I have made a short demonstration video of me taking notes to a TED talk that happens to be very relevant to this semester's course. The video, which can be downloaded here, lasts 15 minutes and my notes cover 4-and-a-bit pages, which would be typical since my real lecture notes tend to cover about 15 pages for a 50 minute lecture. Note my use of a properly bound notebook, not loose-leaf pages that will explode out of ring-binders later and get confused. When I was an undergrad myself, I used hard-backed notebooks for lecture notes, and still do (the one in the video is spiral-bound just because I could get it to lie flat). I realize you won't be able to read everything, for reasons of lighting and my writing, but you will be able to read enough to have an idea of how detail is captured. In my opinion, taking notes is MUCH better than annotating copies of slides: it forces you to listen and think, and it condenses information in a way that makes sense. I would use slides only when an image is so complex I really can't sketch the critical point about it.

Revision MCQs for different parts of Year 1: you can can access these here: you need to have javascript enabled on your browser.

Supporting Material for MBChB Yr1 Sem1 Wk2 - Human Reproduction and Development


Handout: you can download the handout for the whole week here, in pdf format.

Podcasts: Podcasts to support these lectures, which range from 7-15 mins, are available in the free ogg-vorbis format. You can also download them in the proprietary mp3 format. The podcasts present the same material as that covered in the lectures, but in a slightly different way, hopefully to help you if you did not quite understand something or if you are revising for exams. You will probably not, though, be able to learn from the podcasts alone as seeing diagrams and photos is important. Also, the podcasts are short, having been designed to last no longer than the walk from Pollock Halls to Teviot Place.

Lecture slides: The slideshows from each of the lectures are available in Open Document format, readable by LibreOffice and OpenOffice: these packages are free in the full sense of the word and run on BSD, Linux, OSX, Solaris and Windows. You can also download the slideshows in pdf format. The slides never had anything to do with Powerpoint, so please do not e-mail to ask for 'the original Powerpoints', because they do not exist.

Formative exam-style questions: Multiple choice questions are available for each lecture. A feedback document gives the answers to each and also guidance on what to revise, and how to tackle the questions, for any time you may have got one wrong. I strongly advise you to work as small groups of friends when trying these out, and to discuss the distractors (wrong choices), and why they are wrong, out loud because your conversation will help you all learn.

OPTIONAL micro-essay: If you wish to get even more feedback about your university learning so far, there is an optional micro-essay exercise. As long as you mail this to me by the deadline of noon, Monday 2nd October 2017, I will mark it for you and give you feedback within about a week.

This is nothing specifically to do with week 2, but if you are interested in running your own computer using Free software, you may find this pdf useful.