Examinations and Boards

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ELECTION TO DIVISIONAL BOARD 5 April

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

An election will be held on Thursday, 5 April for one member of the Board (from among the members of the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences working in the Department of Statistics) (vice Professor P.J. Donnelly, resigned) to hold office until the first day of Michaelmas Term 2004.

Nominations in writing by two members (other than the candidate) of the electorate for the vacancy will be received by the Head Clerk at the University Offices, Wellington Square, up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 12 March, and similar nominations by six members of the electorate other than the candidate up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 19 March.

Council has decided that nominations should show for each signatory the name and department. At least one nomination in respect of each candidate must be made on the official nomination form. Copies of the form are obtainable from the Head Clerk (telephone: (2)70190, e-mail: philip.moss@admin.ox.ac.uk).

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LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES BOARD

Honour School of Natural Science 2002: Biological Sciences

Under the terms of the regulations for the above examination (see Examination Decrees, 2000, pp. 419–22), the Steering Committee for Biology has approved the following topics for extended essays in Part A of the Honour School examinations for 2002.

Animal Biology

1. Discuss the relationship between mechanism, function, development, and evolution in the study of animal behaviour.

2. Compare and contrast the neural control of open-loop and closed-loop motor patterns.

3. Write an essay on emergence in biological systems.

4. Write an essay on the biomechanics of animal flight.

5. Write an essay on how animals regulate their nutrient intake.


Plant and Microbial Biology

1. Discuss the biology of angiosperms in the context of land plant phylogeny.

2. Make a critical evaluation of the potential benefits and threats of plant biotechnology.

3. Discuss the extent to which molecular methods have advanced our understanding of soil microbiology.

4. How do plants establish a body plan despite the fact that all of their cells are surrounded by a cell wall and that these cells cannot move?

5. How has knowledge of whole genome sequences changed our view of bacterial evolution?


Environmental Biology

1. What contribution does metapopulation theory make to practical conservation?

2. In what ways do introduced organisms cause problems for conservation?

3. Describe the key elements of a species recovery programme using a real case-study of an endangered plant species.

4. Is the sustainable use of wildlife a viable proposition in practice?

5. On what criteria is it reasonable to propose the eradication of introduced species?


Cell and Developmental Biology

1. Discuss the contributions that microscopy, biochemistry, and genetics can make to the analysis of membrane traffic in eukaryotes.

2. Review the molecular mechanisms that ensure the appropriate compartmentalisation of proteins in eukaryotic cells.

3. Are there any common principles that emerge from the study of mechanisms that promote fidelity in the diverse activities of eukaryotic cells?

4. Compare the molecular devices that promote movement in eukaryotic cells.

5. Identify the general principles that underlie signal transduction from the cell membrane to the nucleus.


Biology of animal and plant disease

1. Is cell death a common response to pathogens?

2. Can we achieve broad-spectrum and durable pest and pathogen control in crops?

3. Discuss the success of the BCG vaccination programme at a global level.

4. Are there fundamental differences in the dynamics of directly and indirectly transmitted diseases?

5. Describe the importance of the balance of Th1 and Th2 responses in the control of parasitic infection and give account of how parasites may interfere with this balance.

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, and, where applicable, of the Humanities Board, the following changes in regulations made by divisional and faculty boards will come into effect on 23 March.

1 Life and Environmental Sciences Board

(a) Honour School of Natural Science (Molecular Cellular Biochemistry)

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002)

In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 430, ll. 24–6, delete `Each dissertation ... Conclusions' and substitute `Each dissertation must begin with an abstract of not more than 300 words, which should include a brief statement of the aims of the project and a summary of its important findings'.

(b) Master of Science: Environmental Change and Management

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in Trinity Term 2002)

In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 785, l. 23, insert new 9 as follows and renumber existing 9 as 10:

`9. To complete the course successfully the candidate must achieve, on average, a pass mark over the three elements and a pass mark must be obtained in the dissertation and in the written examination. In the event of a failed dissertation, the candidate will be allowed to resubmit a dissertation in the following year.'

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2 Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

Honour Moderations in Mathematics

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 48, after l. 8 insert:

`2. No candidate shall be declared worthy of Honours who is not deemed worthy of Honours on the basis of the papers set on Sections 1–5 of the Schedule and no candidate shall be awarded a Pass who has not shown competence on these papers.'

2 Ibid., ll. 8–19, renumber cll. 2–4 as cll. 3–5.

3 Ibid., ll. 16–17, delete `Wednesday of the fourth week of the Michaelmas Full Term' and substitute `Friday of the first week of the Hilary Full Term.'

4 Ibid., after l. 45 insert:

`Division algorithm for integers. Euclid's algorithm for gcd. Elementary properties of primes. Division algorithm for polynomials, and the remainder theorem.'

5 Ibid., p. 49, ll. 1–3, delete `Congruences and examples, the group structure on the congruence classes: the congruence associated with a homomorphism, the kernel of a homomorphism;' and substitute `Normal subgroups, quotient groups and'.

6 Ibid., delete ll. 16–18 and substitute `Asymptotics: basic ideas of O(n) and (n) notation. Simple estimate for n!'

7 Ibid., delete from p. 49, l. 46 to p. 50, l. 15 and substitute:

`Discrete Mathematics and Probability

Basic concepts of counting, permutations and combinations, ordered selections, the binomial theorem (for positive integer exponents). Recurrence relations; elementary treatment of generating functions and their use in solv-ing recurrence relations. Inclusion–exclusion principle, derangements. Discrete probability spaces, algebra of events, conditional probability and independence of events. Partitions of sample space, theorem of total probability, Bayes' theorem.

Discrete random variables: probability mass function, expectation, variance, higher moments, bivariate distributions, conditional and marginal distributions. Examples from Bernoulli, binomial, geometric and Poisson distributions.

Probability generating function, sum of a fixed number of independent identically distributed random variables. Indicator random variables.

One-dimensional random walks with finite state space. Continuous random variables: cumulative distribution function for both continuous and discrete case. Probability density function of a random variable. Normal, exponential, and uniform distributions. Joint distributions of two or more continuous random variables, independence. Expectation, including mean and variance of sums of independent, identically distributed random variables.

Statistics

Random sample, concept of a statistic and its distribution, sample mean and sample variance. Likelihood, estimation of a single parameter by maximising likelihood.

Examples: Bernoulli, binomial, geometric, Poisson, exponential (parametrised by mean), normal (with variance known). Properties of estimators: unbiasedness, Mean Square Error. Confidence intervals using Central Limit Theorem (no proof). Simple straight line fit with independent normal errors of known variance. Estimators of regression coefficients, unbiasedness and variance (no confidence intervals).'

8 Ibid., ll. 23–4, delete `Rotating frames of reference, angular velocity. Application to motion of a particle in a rotating frame.'

9 Ibid., ll. 25–6, delete `(including relative equilibrium in a rotating frame)'.

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3 Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

Honour School of English Language and Literature

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 199, delete ll. 31–2 and substitute: `The paper will cover the history, use, and theory of the English language, with special reference to literary language. The periods covered are those from Chaucer to the present day, but candidates may include material from earlier periods if it is of particular relevance to their answers.'

2 Ibid., l. 46, delete `which may be answered with reference to any period(s) and author(s)'.

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4 Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

(a) Honour School of Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 403, after l. 40 insert:

`Postwar Polish Literature.'

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(b) Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002)

In Examination Decrees, 2000, p. 90, l. 27, delete `Tifonov, Obmen' and substitute:

`Zoshchenko, Ispoved', Agitator, Banya, Obez'yany yazyk, Rezhim ekonomii, Monter, Prelesti kul'tury, Koshka i lyudi, Zakoryuchka, Trezvye mysli, Vrachevanie i psikhika, Anna na shee, V Pushkinskiedni, Kocherga.'

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5 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and English Language and Literature

(a) Honour School of English and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 4 (a) above).

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(b) Preliminary Examination in English and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002)

As for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages (see 4 (b) above).

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6 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Literae Humaniores

(a) Honour School of Classics and Modern Languages

(b) Honour School of Philosophy and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 4 (a) above).

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(c) Preliminary Examination in Philosophy and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002)

As for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages (see 4 (b) above).

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7 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Modern History

(a) Honour School of Modern History and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 4 (a) above).

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(b) Preliminary Examination in Modern History and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002)

As for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages (see 4 (b) above).

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8 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Oriental Studies

(a) Honour School of European and Middle Eastern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 4 (a) above).

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(b) Preliminary Examination in European and Middle Eastern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2001 (for first examination in 2002)

As for the Preliminary Examination for Modern Languages (see 4 (b) above).

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EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

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

Life and Environmental Sciences

I. DUNCAN, Linacre: `Radioactive waste: risk, reward, space and time dynamics'.
School of Geography, Wednesday, 23 May, 2 p.m.
Examiners: S. Goudie, A. Blowers.

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Clinical Medicine

J.W.B. SENARATNE, Green College: `Genetic and environmental influences on and treatment of end-stage atherosclerotic arterial disease'.
Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Wednesday, 21 March, 10 a.m.
Examiners: K.M. Channon, M. Davies.

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English Language and Literature

W. POOLE, Linacre: `Frail originals: theories of the Fall in the age of Milton'.
Examination Schools, Thursday, 22 March, 11.30 a.m.
Examiners: T.N. Corns, R.H. Robbins.

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Management

D. CHAMBERS, Hertford: `An exploration of the influences on evidence-based change to clinical practice: a comparative study of US/UK health care initiatives'.
Nuffield, Thursday, 29 March, 2 p.m.
Examiners: R. Fitzpatrick, A. Mark.

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Mathematical Sciences

S.A. MOYLE, Worcester: `An investigation into theory completion techniques in inductive logic programming'.
Computing Laboratory, Sunday, 1 April, 11 a.m.
Examiners: A.C. Kakas, P.A. Flach.

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Medieval and Modern Languages

R. WIEDER, Brasenose: `Galanterie and the gallant novel: the example of Christian Friedrich Hunold'.
Examination Schools, Friday, 16 March, 11 a.m.
Examiners: K.M. Kohl, A. Carrdus.

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Modern History

M. MEENAGH, Balliol: `John J. Hughes, First Archbishop of New York, and the Atlantic Irish c.1841–c.1864'.
Hertford, Friday, 16 March, 2 p.m.
Examiners: R.F. Foster, O. Rafferty.

D. SALESA, Oriel: `Race mixing: a Victorian problem in Britain and New Zealand, 1830s–1870'.
Nuffield, Monday, 12 March, 9.30 a.m.
Examiners: J.G. Darwin, N. Thomas.

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Physical Sciences

J.P. BARRATT, Exeter: `Neutron scattering studies of heavy fermion behaviour in YbNi2B2C'.
Clarendon Laboratory, Monday, 12 March, 2 p.m.
Examiners: R. Cywinski, S.J. Blundell.

I.D. CAMERON, Linacre: `Rearrangement and electrophilic trapping of chirallithiated epoxides'.
Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Monday, 2 April, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: M.G. Moloney, J. Clayden.

M. DAVIS, St John's: `Dynamics of Bose–Einstein condensation'.
Clarendon Laboratory, Monday, 12 March, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: C. Foot, C. Adams.

N. GARDINER, Worcester: `The development of an in situ uv-ablation GC-irms technique for the analysis of oxygen isotopes in metamorphic minerals and its application to polymetamorphic schists from Western Massachusetts, USA'.
Department of Earth Sciences, Thursday, 22 March, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: G. Henderson, D. Mattey.

G. MORTON, Linacre: `A study of e+e --> [mu]+[mu] and a search for quantum gravity in large extra dimensions at LEP2'.
Nuclear and Astrophysics Laboratory, Friday, 30 March, 10 a.m.
Examiners: P. Burrows, P. Ward.

M. TARBUTT, Christ Church: `Spectroscopy of few-electron highly charged ions'.
Clarendon Laboratory, Thursday, 19 April, 10.30 a.m.
Examiners: K. Burnett, J. Gillaspy.

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Social Studies

A.C. CLIFFORD, Nuffield: `Civil service executive agencies and the transformation of employee relations'.
Lady Margaret Hall, Tuesday, 20 March, 2 p.m.
Examiners: G.R. Peele, S. Corby.

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