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Biology Third Year Dissertation Contents Page

  1. Read the task in Box 1.
  2. Download each of the pdfs and read them. Keep these open so you can refer to them as you watch the video.
  3. Watch the video.

Step 1

The Task

In their final year (3rd year), students taking our biology programmes conduct an individual research project and present their findings in the form of a dissertation. This requires them to write about 30 pages of text and figures.

For the reader, the contents page is a very valuable source of information. A good contents page works like a good plan, ensuring that the student develops a strong grasp of the project and where it stands in the overall context of the field.  A contents page has headings and page numbers for each section/chapter. The main headings will be Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion. Each of these headings will have a number of sub-headings which should be short but informative. For example, ‘The Heat Shock Response in Yeast’ is a rather uninformative heading. Much better would be ‘Lipid Structure Affects the Sensitivity of the Yeast Heat Shock Response.

Step 2


Contents Text 1 - Bacteria on Toys

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Contents Text 2 - Mouthwash

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Contents Text 3 - Heat Shock Response

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Step 3

Step 4

Download the transcript for this video.

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