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M.Sc. in Biology (Integrative Bioscience)

The approved subjects for which courses will be offered in 1999–2000 for the Research in the Biosciences component of the M.Sc. in Biology (Integrative Bioscience) are as follows:

Research in Animal Behaviour
Research in Cell and Development Biology
Research in Ecology and Conservation of Biodiversity
Research in Mathematical Biology
Research in Ornithology

Candidates will be required to submit practical notebooks for all the courses and to show advanced knowledge of three of the approved subjects, by submitting three extended essays on topics approved by the course organisers, in addition to submission of a practical notebook and an extended essay relating to the Techniques in Molecular Biology course.

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M.Sc. in Geometry, Mathematical Physics, and Analysis 2000

The following list of additional courses in schedule 1 has been approved by the standing committee for examination in 2000.

Manifolds and Differential Geometry
Lie Groups
General Relativity
Further Quantum Theory
Algebraic Topology
Function Spaces for Applications

General Relativity II
Quantum Field Theory
Calculus of Variations

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Honour School of Theology and Philosophy, Paper 12: Further Studies in History and Doctrine

Under the provisions of paper 12 of the Honour School of Theology (`Further Studies in History and Doctrine'—see Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 507), the Board of the Faculty of Theology hereby publishes the list of theologians (with texts) on which questions will be set in the examination of 2001.

(a) Origen

Origen on First Principles, Book I, trans. G.W. Butterworth (Peter Smith, 1973).
Prayer, trans. Rowan Greer in An Exhortation to Martyrdom, etc. (Paulist Press: Classics of Western Spirituality series, 1979).
Prologue to the Commentary on the Song of Songs, trans. Rowan Greer, ibid.

(b) Augustine

Confessions, Book 10, trans. H. Chadwick (OUP, 1991).
Concerning the City of God against the Pagans, Book 14, trans. H. Bettenson (Penguin Books, 1972).
On the Trinity, Book 10, trans. John Burnaby, in Augustine, Later Works, Library of Christian Classics, vol. VIII (SCM Press, 1955).

(c) Aquinas

Summa Theologiae Ia, qq. 1–3, 13, 44–6; IaIIae, qq. 109–14; IaIIae, qq. 1–2, 23–7; IIIa, qq. 2–6, 46–9 (Blackfriars edn., vols. 1, 2, 3, 8, 30, 31, 34, 48, 54).

Luther 1500–25

E. Gordon Rupp and B. Drewery, Martin Luther: Documents of Modern History (Edward Arnold, series, 1970), pp. 1–10, 15–41, 54–82, 100–102, 107–119, 121–9.
Three Treatises, second revised edition (Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1970).

Calvin and the City of Geneva

G.R. Potter and M. Greengrass, John Calvin: Documents of Modern History (Edward Arnold, 1983), pp. 1–109.
Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, trans. F.L. Battles: Library of Christian Classics, vols. XX, XXI (SCM Press, 1961), bk. 1, chaps. i–v; bk. 3, chaps. xxi, xxiii; bk. 4, chaps. ii, ix, xi (Sections 1–13), xx.

(f) Schleiermacher

On Religion. Speeches to its Cultured Despisers, Speeches 1, 2, and 5 (CUP, 1988).
The Christian Faith, sections 13–19 and 92–105 (T. & T. Clark, 1968).

(g) Newman

Apologia pro Vita Sua (Penguin, 1994).
Fifteen sermons preached before the University of Oxford (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997), x, xi, xiii, xv.
An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (University of Notre Dame Press, 1989), chaps. 1–5.
Newman the Theologian: A Reader, ed. I. Ker (Collins, 1990), pp. 66–122, 199–275.

( h) Barth

K. Barth, `The Strange New World Within the Bible' in The Word of God and the Word of Man (Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1928), pp. 28–50.
K. Barth, Church Dogmatics, I/1, § 1 (T. & T. Clark, Edinburgh, 1976), pp. 3–24.
K. Barth, Church Dogmatics, IV/1, § 59 (T. & T. Clark, Edinburgh, 1956), pp. 157–357.

(i) Tillich

Systematic Theology, vol. 1: Introduction, and vol. 2 (SCM Press, 1978), or (J. Nisbet and Co.), vol. 1, 1953, and vol. 2, 1957.

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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 2001)

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 versus 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.


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 Computational Mineral Physics

Modern methods of computational chemistry applied to geochemical systems will be used to investigate problems such as the density and elastic properties of the deep earth, the structures and properties of silicate melts and glasses and the interaction of fluids with mineral Techniques will include ab initio calculations and classical molecular dynamics together with a review of modern experimental techniques for investigating structure and bonding in minerals, solutions, and melts.

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Honour School of Engineering, Economics, and Management Part II 2000

The Standing Committee for the EEM and Related Schools has approved the following arrangements for the optional Group M and Group C papers.

Candidates selecting the Group M papers(s) must select from the following:

M2 Information Management
M3 Finance and Accounting
M4 Marketing and Business Policy

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

Either a combination of any two papers from the eleven papers 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 Analogue and Digital Electronics

C4A Control systems
C4B Information engineering

C5A Chemical processes
C5B Chemical technology

Or C6A Production engineering
Or 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 content of the various papers is published in the General Scheme of Lectures for Engineering Science.

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Honour School of Engineering and Materials Part II 2000

The Standing Committee for the Honour School of Engineering and Materials has approved the following schedule for the written papers in Part II of the Honour School of Engineering and Materials 2000:

(a) Electronic Materials Engineering

EME1. Design and Fabrication: Devices and VLSI. Operation and performance of discrete devices; growth and characterisation of crystals; semiconductor device fabrication and design; VLSI; performance limits and failure analysis of devices.

EME2. Advanced Electrical Materials. Advanced electronic properties of materials; novel electronic materials and devices; superconductivity; materials and devices; structure and electrical properties of defects in crystals; opto-electronic materials.

EME3. Optoelectronics. Fundamentals of optics; opto- electronic components; imaging and display; opto-electronic systems.

(b) Structural Materials Engineering

SME1. Materials Processing. Melt processing; processing of polymers; processing of ceramics; macroplasticity, forming, and cutting; powder processing; welding and joining.

SME2. Advanced Structural Materials. Creep and superplasticity; advanced ceramics; composite materials; polymer molecules, microstructures, and mechanical properties; advanced engineering alloys—design and applications.

SME3. Design and Performance. Corrosion and protection; applied elasticity and plasticity; elastic continua; design with ceramics; fracture; fatigue; introduction to production engineering.

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In accordance with examination regulations for the M.Sc. in Computation (Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 723), the Standing Committee for the Degree of M.Sc. in Computation gives notice that the list of options for the examination in 2000 will be:

Section A

Mathematics for Software Engineering
Introduction to Functional Programming
Introduction to Formal Program Design
Introduction to Architecture
Introduction to Concurrency

Section B

Object-oriented Programming I
Object-oriented Programming II
Application to Oriented Program Semantics
Operating Systems
Parallel Scientific Computation
Software Specification and Design
Computers in Society
Theorem Proving
Solid Modelling

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Honour School of Mathematics and Philosophy 2000

The Joint Committee for Mathematics and Philosophy has approved the following list of lecture courses in Mathematical Logic to be examined in Trinity Term 2000 (see Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 295, ll. 12–16).

Model Theory
Gödel Incompleteness Theorems
Axiomatic Set Theory

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

Anthropology and Geography

S. BONI, Linacre: `Hierarchy in twentieth-century Sefwi (Ghana)'.
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Wednesday, 21 July, 2 p.m.
Examiners: D.J. Parkin, G.M. Austin.

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Biological Sciences

O.K. DZIVENU, Wolfson: `Mutational analysis of p13snc1'.
Rex Richards Building, Friday, 2 July, 1.30 p.m.
Examiners: D.B. Wigley, J. Hayles.

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D. KIMEL, University: `Contract as a substitute for a promise'.
Somerville, Wednesday, 23 June, 2 p.m.
Examiners: A. de Moor, J. Gardner.

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Oriental Studies

E. ENGLISH, Wolfson: `VajrayoginĝI: her visualisation, rituals, and forms'.
Examination Schools, Monday, 19 July, 2 p.m.
Examiners: J.W. Benson, P. Williams.

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Physical Sciences

S. HESS, Hertford: `Time-resolved spectroscopy of gallium nitride'.
Clarendon Laboratory, Friday, 25 June, 10 a.m.
Examiners: M.E. Newton, J. Cockburn.

T. JESTADT, St John's: `MuSR studies of low-dimensional solid state systems'.
Clarendon Laboratory, Thursday, 24 June, 2 p.m.
Examiners: J.M. Baker, E.A. Davis.

H.J. LIEW, Wolfson: `Short-range order and phase separation in TI-rich TI-AL alloys'.
21 Banbury Road, Friday, 2 July, 11 a.m.
Examiners: C.R.M. Grovenor, H.M. Flower.

F.J.L. REID, Exeter: `Velocity and attenuation structure of the mantle: contraints from differential properties of shear waves'.
Department of Earth Sciences, Wednesday, 30 June, 9.15 a.m.
Examiners: A.B. Watts, G. Helffrich.

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Physiological Sciences

P.J. GOUGH, Wadham: `The molecular pathology of the macrophage scavenger receptor'.
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Thursday, 1 July, 10.30 a.m.
Examiners: A.N. Barclay, M. Krieger.

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Social Studies

R. DANIN, St Antony's: `The rise and fall of arms control in the Middle East, 1947–55: Great Power consultation, co-ordination, and competition'.
Wadham, Wednesday, 23 June, 10 a.m.
Examiners: J. Piscatori, W.R. Louis.

J.D. KAHN, St Antony's: `A federal façade: problems in the development of Russian federalism'.
Brasenose, Thursday, 24 June, 2 p.m.
Examiners: B.A. Rudden, N.J. Melvin.

C.L. SKACH, St Antony's: `Semi-presidentialism and democracy: Weimar Germany, the French Fifth Republic and Postcommunist Russia in comparative perspective'.
St Antony's, Thursday, 22 July, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: A.H. Brown, E. Suleiman.

J. TURNER, Exeter: `The Great Powers and local factors in internal conflict: the dynamics of conflict termination in Cambodia, 1979–91'.
Trinity, Monday, 28 June, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: P.B.R. Carey, P. Lyon.

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Committee for Archaeology

G.W. HODGKINS, St Cross: `Investigating methods of identifying pre-Renaissance artists' paints and glues'.
Wolfson, Wednesday, 23 June, 2 p.m.
Examiners: B.C. Sykes, M.J. Collins.

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Committee for Educational Studies

S.D. AMATO, Linacre: `Brazilian primary school student teachers' understanding of, and attitudes to, mathematics'.
Examination Schools, Tuesday, 24 August, 10 a.m.
Examiners: B. Jaworski, L.M. Haggarty.

M. BIRBILI, St Anne's: `The experience of working in Greek higher education'.
Examination Schools, Wednesday, 21 July, 11 a.m.
Examiners: R.A. Pring, R.G. Burgess.

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