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ELECTIONS OF MEMBERS OF BOARDS OF FACULTIES (by-elections: 2 July)

Nominations received

The following nominations have been duly received:

Biological Sciences

Official member: P. HARVEY, Professor of Zoology

Nominated by:

H.C. Bennet-Clark, St Catherine's
M.E.S. Dawkins, Somerville

Ordinary member: D.A. HARRIS, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Anne's

Nominated by:

J.S. Knowland, Pembroke
C.J. Pears, University

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Literae Humaniores

A. MORPURGO DAVIES, Professor of Comparative Philology

Nominated by:

C.B.R. Pelling, University
R. Jenkyns, Lady Margaret Hall

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Mathematical Sciences

L.N. TREFETHEN, Professor of Numerical Analysis

Nominated by:

P.J. Collins, St Edmund Hall
A.W. Roscoe, University

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Social Studies

Official member: J.B.KNIGHT, Professor of Economics

Nominated by:

M.J. Bevan, St John's
H. Shin, Nuffield

Ordinary members:

1. M.B. GREGORY, MA, D.Phil., Fellow of St Hilda's
Nominated by:

R.W. Bacon, Lincoln
R. Van Noorden, Hertford

2.D.A. COLEMAN, MA, Fellow of Queen's

Nominated by:

M.W.J. Noble, Green College
T. Smith, St Hilda's

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Management Studies

For one year:

1. O.R. DARBISHIRE, MA, Fellow of Pembroke

2.D.F. FEENEY, MA, Fellow of Templeton

Nominated by:

J. Reynolds, Templeton
D.O. Faulkner, Christ Church

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For two years:

3. P. JOHNSON, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Balliol

Nominated by:

S.E. Dopson, MA, Templeton
K.J. Blois, MA, Templeton

4. S.E. DOPSON, MA, Fellow of Templeton

Nominated by:

K.J. Blois, MA, Templeton
D.O. Faulkner, MA, D.Phil., Christ Church

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BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

M.Sc. in Geometry, Mathematical Physics, and Analysis

The following courses have been approved by the Standing Committee for examination in 1999:

Core courses

Compulsory:

Manifolds and Differential Geometry
Lie Groups

Three to be chosen out of five:

General Relativity I
General Relativity II
Further Quantum Theory
Quantum Field Theory
Algebraic Topology

M.Sc. students also choose one special topic, which will usually be a graduate course put on in the relevant year in either Mathematics or Physics.

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M.Sc. in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science

The following courses have been approved by the Standing Committee for examination in 1999:

Section A: Mathematical Foundations

Schedule I:

Model Theory
Group Theory
Lie Algebras
Elementary Number Theory
Lattice Theory
Analytic Topology
Representatiion Theory
Lambda Calculus
Domain Theory

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Schedule II:

General Topology
Gödel's Incompleteness Theory
Game Semantics

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Section B: Applicable Theories

Schedule I:

Applied Probability
Complexity and Cryptography
Combinatorial Optimisation
Communication Theory
Parallel Algorithms

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Schedule II:

Computational Algebra
Category Theory for Computation
Theorem Proving
Application oriented programming semantics

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SUB-FACULTY OF EARTH SCIENCES

HONOUR SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES (GEOLOGY) AND HONOUR SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES (EARTH SCIENCES)

In accordance with the regulations for the Honour School of Natural Science (Geology) (three-year course) and the Honour School of Natural Science (Earth Sciences) (four-year course) the following subjects and syllabuses are published by the Sub-faculty of Earth Sciences for examination in the third year of study. Candidates for the three-year degree are required to offer one subject; candidates for the four-year degree are required to offer two subjects.

Subjects and syllabuses for Part B of the Second Public Examination of the three- and four-year courses (Trinity Term 2000)

Palaeobiology: Evolution

Darwin's predecessors; the background to Origin of Species. Lamarck, Cuvier, Malthus, Hutton, Playfair, Lyell, Wallace etc.. The Voyage of the Beagle. Natural selection. Darwin's problems: time, inheritance, complex organs.

Inheritance. Weissman, Kammer, Lysenko and Vavilov, Mendel, De Vries. Mitosis and speciation. Evidence of stasis. Gradualism versus punctuated equilibria.

Evidence for gradualism; synthesis. Patterns of evolution: convergence (homoeomorphy), divergence, parallel evolution, phyletic evolution, size change (Cope's Rule).

Heterochrony, preadaptation, coevolution.

Extinction, pseudoextinction. Van Valen's Law. Background \vversus\ mass extinctions. The work of Sepkoski; periodicity of extinctions: true or false? The main mass extinction events outlined and causal mechanisms reviewed.

Animal behaviour from trace fossils; behavioural evolution from trace fossils.

Reefal ecosystems; evolution and extinction of reefal systems.

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Geodynamics

Topics in geological fluid dynamics and studies of the earth's interior, chosen from: gravity field and shape of the fluid Earth; thermal structure of the Earth; postglacial uplift; gravity field and viscous flow due to internal loads; the viscosity structure of the Earth; mantle convection; the generation and transport of melt; volcanic eruptions; continental deformation; sediment transport and erosion.

Continental Tectonics

The tectonics of the continents at the present day and at earlier stages in Earth history; basin evolution and tectonic development in the Precambrian, the early-middle Phanerozoic and the Quaternary; currently active compressional, transcurrent and extensional deformation. Emphasis will be given to case studies providing examples both of techniques of studying continental tectonics, and of the processes active at various times through Earth history.

Geochemistry and Mineral Physics of Environmental Materials

Mineral-aqueous fluid interactions and their effects on the chemistry of the Earth's hydrosphere and atmosphere. The geochemical pathways of tracers such as CFC's (chlorofluorocarbons) and tritium, used extensively in the study of toxic waste transport; the influence of mineral growth and dissolution on the distribution of trace elements and their transport properties, and the effects of mineral chemistry and physics on global chemical cycles, including carbon and nitrogen. The importance of surface chemistry and the kinetics of mineral dissolution will be emphasized. Modern methods of computational chemistry, isotope geochemistry and spectroscopy provide the principal tools for the investigation.

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STANDING COMMITTEE FOR THE HONOUR SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTING SCIENCE

Final Honour School of Engineering and Computing Science Part II 1999

The Standing Committee for the Honour School of Engineering and Computing Science has approved the following subjects for examination in Part II of the Honour School of Engineering and Computing Science 1999. Undergraduates may choose up to two papers from this list.

C3A Opto-electronics
C3B Digital Electronics
C3C Analogue Electronics
C4A Control systems
C4B Information engineering
C6B Engineering mathematics

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Final Honour School of Engineering and Computing Science Part II 2000

The Standing Committee for the Honour School of Engineering and Computing Science has approved the following subjects for examination in Part II of the Honour School of Engineering and Computing Science 1999. Undergraduates may choose up to two papers from this list.

Section II.1. Compilers and Operating Systems (as for Section II.1 of the Honour School of Computation 2000)

Section II.2. Computer Graphics, Splines, and Computational Geometry (as for Section II.2 of the Honour School of Computation 2000)

Section II.3. Parallel Scientific Computation and Parallel Algorithms (as for Section II.3 of the Honour School of Computation 2000)

Section II.4. Object Oriented Programming (as for Section II.4 of the Honour School of Computation 2000)

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STANDING COMMITTEE FOR ENGINEERING, ECONOMICS, AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED SCHOOLS

Honour School of Engineering, Economics, and Management, Part II 1999

Under the terms of the regulations for the above examination (Gazette, p. 879, 5 March) the Standing Committee for the EEM and Related Schools has approved the following arrangements for candidates selecting C papers.

Candidates selecting the Group C paper must select it from the following:

Either a combination of any two papers from the twelve listed below, in which candidates would be expected to answer, in two hours, three questions from each paper:

C1A Thermofluids
C1B Mechanical properties of materials
C1C Solid mechanics
C2A Structures and fluids
C2B Geotechnics
C3A Opto-electronics
C3B Digital Electronics
C3C Analogue Electronics
C4A Control systems
C4B Information engineering
C5A Chemical processes
C5B Chemical technology

Or Paper C6A Production engineering

Or Paper C6B Engineering mathematics

Each of the papers in the series C1 to C5 will assume knowledge of the material examined in the corresponding Part I paper, B1 Mechanical Engineering, B2 Civil Engineering, B3 Electrical Engineering, B4 Information Engineering, or B5 Chemical Engineering.

Information about the various papers is published in the General Scheme of Lectures for Engineering Science.

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STANDING COMMITTEE FOR THE M.SC. IN COMPUTATION

In accordance with examination regulations for the M.Sc. in Computation (Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 743), the Standing Committee for the Degree of M.Sc. in Computation gives notice that the list of options for examination in 1999 will be:

Section A

Mathematics for Software Engineering
Introduction to Imperative Programming
Introduction to Concurrency
Introduction to Functional Programming
Introduction to Architecture

Section B

Software specification and design
Specification Methods
Requirements Engineering
Scalabel Parallel Programming
Advanced Concurrency Tools
Machine-assisted Software Engineering
Operating Systems
Compilers
Theorem Proving
Application-oriented Program Semantics
Critical Systems Engineering
Architecture
Software Testing
Logic Programming and Learning
Calculating Functional Programs
Computers in Society: professional, ethical, and legal issues
Solid Modelling

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the General Board, the following changes in regulations made by boards of faculties and committees will come into effect on 3 July.

1 Board of the Faculty of Biological Sciences

(a) M.Sc. in Human Biology

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 770, l. 13, after `Human Biology' insert: `, including training in research,'.

2 Ibid., l. 17, after `dissertation in' insert `a'.

3 Ibid., ll. 19–20, delete `on the syllabus described in the Schedule' and substitute: `, one on each of the subjects listed under sections (i), (ii), and (iii) of the Schedule below.'.

4 Ibid., l. 23, delete `a person designated for this purpose by the faculty board' and substitute: `the Professor of Biological Anthropology. Approval of the dissertation topic must occur not later than the fourth week of Hilary Term of the year in which the candidate is admitted to the course of study'.

5 Ibid., ll. 29–30, delete `may be on the candidate's written papers, or dissertation, or both' and substitute: `will focus principally on the candidate's dissertation'.

6 Ibid., l. 31, delete `may' and substitute: `will'.

7 Ibid., ll. 33–4, delete `an elementary knowledge of computer programming and the use of statistical methods in human biology' and substitute: `knowledge of modern statistical methods in quantitative techniques relevant to Human Biology'.

8 Ibid., delete ll. 42–8 and p. 771, delete ll. 1–21 and substitute:

`(i) Human Genetics and Individual Variability

(a) Molecular genetics and genome organisation

(b) Reproduction, growth, and development: a genetic perspective

(c) Mendelian and chromosomal disease

(d) Human biochemical genetics

(e) Genetics of complex traits

(ii) Population variability: genetic and environmental determinants

(a) Principles of population genetics

(b) Human diversity at the molecular level

(c) Demographic components of human variability

(d) Environmental determinants of phenotypic variability in populations

(e) Genetic epidemiology of disease in human populations

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(iii) Evolution of humans and other primates

(a) Living primates: a survey

(b) Primate behaviour

(c) Evolution of non-human primates

(d) Hominid evolution: palaeontological and molecular data

(e) Bio-cultural perspective on human evolution

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(iv) Special option

Every candidate will be required to study a special option. The special options will be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Anthropology and Geography and published in the University Gazette before the end of the Trinity Term of the academic year preceding that in which the examination is taken. The details of how the syllabus is to be covered, and the associated lectures may vary from year to year. The arrangements for lectures and a detailed description of the special options will be included in a document approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board in Trinity Term, and circulated to all candidates for this M.Sc. course before the beginning of Michaelmas Term.'

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(b) Diploma in Human Biology

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 945, delete ll. 2–31 and substitute:

`(i) Human Genetics and Individual Variability

(a) Molecular genetics and genome organisation

(b) Reproduction, growth, and development: a genetic perspective

(c) Mendelian and chromosomal disease

(d) Human biochemical genetics

(e) Genetics of complex traits

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(ii) Population variability: genetic and environmental determinants

(a) Principles of population genetics

(b) Human diversity at the molecular level

(c) Demographic components of human variability

(d) Environmental determinants of phenotypic variability in populations

(e) Genetic epidemiology of disease in human populations

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(iii) Evolution of humans and other primates

(a) Living primates: a survey

(b) Primate behaviour

(c) Evolution of non-human primates

(d) Hominid evolution: palaeontological and molecular data

(e) Bio-cultural perspective on human evolution

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(iv) Special option

Every candidate will be required to study a special option. The special options will be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Anthropology and Geography and published in the University Gazette before the end of the Trinity Term of the academic year preceding that in which the examination is taken. The details of how the syllabus is to be covered, and the associated lectures may vary from year to year. The arrangements for lectures and a detailed description of the special options will be included in a document approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board in Trinity Term, and circulated to all candidates for this M.Sc. course before the beginning of Michaelmas Term.'

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2 Board of the Faculty of Literae Humaniores

Honour School of Literae Humaniores

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 263, delete ll. 16–25 and insert:

`Arrian, Anabasis (Loeb, Brunt),

[Demosthenes] XVII (Loeb),

Diodorus Siculus, XVI.89, 91–5; XVII.5–7, 16–21, 32, 47–8, 62–3, 69–73, 76–7, 93–5, 100–1, 108–11, 113–15, 117–18; XVIII, the whole; XIX.12–64, 66–8, 77–100, 105; XX.19–21, 27–8, 37, 45–53, 81–99, 100–3, 106–13 (Loeb), Plutarch, Lives of Alexander, Eumenes and Demetrios 1–27 (Loeb), the inscriptions translated in a dossier available from the Classics Office, 37 Wellington Square and the texts in P. Harding, Translated Documents of Greece and Rome 2: From the End of the Peloponnesian War to the Battle of Ipsus (Cambridge, 1989) Nos. 123, 125, 126, 128, 129, 132, 133, 136, 138.

Optional passages for comment will be set from these texts in translation and from Arrian, Anabasis VII (Loeb, Brunt) in Greek only.'

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3 Committee on Continuing Education

Foundation Certificate in Modern History

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 1000, delete l. 29 and substitute:

`(a) Two papers on British History[1],

either (1) British History 1815–1900 and British History 1900–79,

or (2) British History 1485–1603 and British History 1603– 88 1 Option (1) and option (2) will be available in alternate years'.

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4 Joint Committee for Mathematics and Philosophy

Honour School of Mathematics and Philosophy

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 305, l. 12, after `Mathematical Logic' insert `, as specified by the Joint Committee for Mathematics and Philosophy during Trinity Term for the following academic year'.

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EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The examiners appointed by the following faculty boards give notice of oral examination of their candidates as follows:

Anthropology and Geography

K. ULMSCHNEIDER, Exeter: `The archaeology of Middle Saxon England: the evidence of Lincolnshire and Hampshire compared'.
Examination Schools, Wednesday, 1 July, 3 p.m.
Examiners: W.J. Blair, M.A.S. Blackburn

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Clinical Medicine

R. CROXEN, Green College: `Molecular genetic studies in hereditary/congenital myasthenia'.
Department of Clinical Neurology, Radcliffe Infirmary, Tuesday, 30 June, 2 p.m.
Examiners: P.M. Matthews, N. Millar.

GIOK ONG, Green College: `The needs and experiences of women who are called back for further investigation of breast screening'.
Nuffield, Wednesday, 24 June, 2 p.m.
Examiners: R.M. Fitzpatrick, P. Hopwood.

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Law

T.A. NOVITZ, Balliol: `International protection of the right to strike: a comparative study of standards set by the International Labour Organisation and the Council of Europe'.
St John's, Tuesday, 14 July, 9.30 a.m.
Examiners: M.R. Freedland, B.A. Hepple.

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Modern History

S.P. GRAF, Keble: `The making of the alien: an analysis of the law of nationality in nineteenth-century Britain'.
St Catherine's, Friday, 26 June, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: J.F. Harris, H. Cunningham.

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Oriental Studies

M. HARTMAN, St John's: `Subversions from the borderlands: readings of intertextual strategies in contemporary Lebanese women's literature in Arabic and French'.
St John's, Friday, 19 June, 10 a.m.
Examiners: E.A. Fallaize, B. Hallaq.

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Physical Sciences

N. BAILEY, St John's: `Ansa bridged metallocene chemistry of niobium'.
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Friday, 10 July, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: J.R. Dilworth, P. Mountford.

A.J. GRAHAM, St John's: `Studies of the reactions of perfluraryl borane lewis acids with transition metal compounds'.
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Tuesday, 21 July, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: W.P. Griffiths, J.R. Dilworth.

H. HERON, St John's: `Techniques to measure the NC background in the SNO experiment'.
Nuclear/Astrophysics Laboratory, Friday, 3 July, 2 p.m.
Examiners: N. Harnew, T. Bowles.

A.M.T. ROSSI, St Catherine's: `Plasma particle balance and analysis of the gas released from the tokamak vessel'.
Department of Engineering Science, Tuesday, 14 July, 2 p.m.
Examiners: G.M. McCracken, P.W. Smith.

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Physiological Sciences

O.L.R. JOHNSON, Lincoln: `Physiological and anatomical control of burst firing in the substantia nigra'.
Department of Experimental Psychology, Monday, 27 July, 11 a.m.
Examiners: S.D. Iversen, G.W. Arbuthnott.

Social Studies

C. HEMINGWAY, Trinity: `The regulation of women detained under mental health legislation'.
Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Tuesday, 21 July, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: M. Maclean, M. Eaton.

D. HOWARTH, Balliol: `French policy on monetary co-operation and integration in Europe, 1968–94'.
Lincoln, Friday, 26 June, 2 p.m.
Examiners: D.B. Goldey, K. Dyson.

R. MADSEN, Trinity: `Chinese chess: US China policy and Taiwan, 1969–79'.
St Antony's, Tuesday, 25 August, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: M.B. Yahuda, R. Foot.

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EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE

The examiners appointed by the following faculty board give notice of oral examination of their candidate as follows:

Physical Sciences

J. DYKEMA, New College: `Infra-red characterisation of semiconductor heterostructures'.
Clarendon Laboratory, Tuesday, 23 June, 2 p.m.
Examiners: P.C. Klipstein, A. Krier.

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