What we do

Hello and welcome to the official page of the Imperial College Biology Society! We have some fantastic events coming up this year so stay tuned. You’ll also be pleased to know that as a Biologist, not only are you on the best course, you are also automatically a member of BioSoc. We are a departmental society run by people like you, for you. Our aim is to build a strong departmental network, bridging the gap and integrating students from all years. From nights out and formal dinners to guest lecturers and careers events, BioSoc provides you with the chance to meet and socialise with your fellow members. Being a student at Imperial means you have to find the balance between studying and fun; after all its not all about hard work, take a break and enjoy yourself in one of the best cities in the world!

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The Commitee

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Iram Cook-Monie

President

Iram's ma name and running BioSoc's ma game. My job is to oversee everything (aka I'm in charge... despite what Sina may say) to ensure you have the best year possible at Imperial. BioSoc will be throwing a wealth of social, welfare and other events! Everything I do, I do it for you... so if you have any suggestions feel free to get in touch. Bio love xo

iram.cook-monie14@imperial.ac.uk

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Tessa Caussyram

Junior Treasurer

Hey I'm Tessa and as treasurer I handle all the ca$h for our society! We've got some super fun activities planned for you all this year so everyone get hyped and ride with us on the wave of enjoyment. If you see me around come say hi/ask for an autograph and any questions/queries feel free to drop me a line

tessa.caussyram14@imperial.ac.uk

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Daisy Burris

Secretary

Hi friends, I'm Daisy, your BioSoc Secretary. I'm here to make everything a bit smoother for the rest of the committee and hopefully you as well. Feel free to contact me with any questions, queries, feelings or emotions on daisy.burris14@imperial.ac.uk or find me in metric, cutting some groovy shapes. Hope to see you there soon too!

daisy.burris14@imperial.ac.uk

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Helen Panteli

Events Coordinator

Hi guys, I'm Helen and your BioSoc Events Coordinator. I'm going to ensure your year is full of exciting, varied events from (boozy) mini golf to career networking. So hold tight for events you won't forget - or will. Feel free to contact me with suggestions/general love (hp1114@ic.ac.uk) and see you at the Freshers mingle!

helen.panteli14@imperial.ac.uk

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Sina Lari

Vice President

Hey I'm Sina, and as vice-president I'm officially in charge but blame Iram when things go wrong. I'll also be taking an interest in any issues you have academically, as we have an input in designing and changing your syllabus if it’s not up to scratch. We've made some pretty awesome changes! Outside of biology I also oversee the college's social societies (non-sports clubs), and am a serial politico.

sina.lari14@ic.ac.uk

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Annie Laking

Academic & Welfare Officer

Hey guys, I'm Annie, a third year biologist. First of all congratulations on making it to Imperial, a great achievement in its own right! I'm here to make sure you get the best out of your time here. If you have any concerns about anything feel free to talk to me. Whether it's just for a chat or you need some advice I'm happy to help. Well done again and see you in October!

anastasia.laking14@imperial.ac.uk

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Chris Stockey

Publicity Officer

Hi, I'm Chris and I’m BioSoc's Publicity Officer. I'm responsible for spamming your inboxes, newsfeeds and Instagram accounts with everything BioSoc. Expect notifications and photos from every event that we run. We might even share the occasional tip from 2nd and 3rd years on how we feel we'd have done things differently to get the most out of Biology at Imperial.

christopher.stockey14@imperial.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

Lecture attendance is not mandatory, but you should make an effort to attend. However, tutorial and lab attendance is required.

Yes, but it depends on your course/the duration of your course how much they count toward your degree.

If you happen to fail an exam you will have the opportunity to re-sit it at the end of August/beginning of September, but your grade will be capped at 40%.

Each lecturer might suggest reading certain books to supplement the lecture material, but it is up to you if you choose to do so. You are at university, what you do is your own business, but keep in mind that outside reading is important for exams.

Buying books is not mandatory; you can find them at the library.

First Year: 11%
Second Year: 33%
Third Year: 55%

First Year: All the modules are obligatory, the students do not get a choice. All modules are weighted equally – 25% of the year.
Second Year: In the Autumn Term all the students take two obligatory courses: Applied Molecular Biology and Genetics. In the Spring and Summer terms the students are given a choice. In total, you need to choose one module from each section of three:
- Bacterial Physiology, Resource Management, Cell and Developmental Biology
- Virology and Behavioural Ecology
- Immunology, Ecology and Parasitology

In addition to that, the students have a Tutored Dissertation that is run through the Autumn and Spring terms and a compulsory Horizons course.

The modules are NOT weighted equally:
AMB – 17%
Genetics – 17%
Horizons – 10%
TD and all Spring/Summer modules – 14% each

Third Year: No modules are compulsory. Overall, there are 3 modules the students have to take during the Autumn and first half of the Spring term.

October-November: Damage and Repair in Biological Systems; Macromolecules in 3D; Stem cells, Regeneration and Aging; Medical Microbiology; Neuroscience Research; Plant Biotechnology and Research; Tropical Biology Field Course; Population and Community Ecology.

November-December: Cancer; Mechanisms of Gene Expression; Integrative Systems Biology; Metabolic and Network Engineering; Advanced Topics in Parasitology and Vector Biology; Symbiosis, Plant Immunity and Disease; Advanced Topics in Infection and Immunity; Biodiversity and Conservation Biology; Evolutionary Biology.

January-February: Medical Glycobiology; Biotech Application of Proteins; Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection; Bioinformatics; Synthetic Biology; Systems Neuroscience; Biodiversity Genomics; Epidemiology; Global Change Biology.

According to what course you are on, additional conditions apply on taking some of the modules (for Microbiology, Zoology and Ecology students). On some courses a priority is given to Biochemistry students. Additionally, the students are not able to take both Neuroscience modules or Medical Microbiology and Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection due to the overlaps in the syllabi.

The second half of the Spring term and the whole of the Summer term are dedicated to a lab- or literature-based project. For the students taking a literature-based project, the course in Science Communication is compulsory.

For all the years each exam lasts 3 hours.

First Year:

All exams consist of three parts: 40 multiple choice questions with up to 3 possible correct answers and NEGATIVE MARKING; one data interpretation question and one essay out of the choice of five.

Second Year:

AMB - multiple-choice questions and 2 essays, for each essay a choice of 2 is given.
Genetics – Multiple-choice questions and 2 essays, for each essay a choice of 3 is given.
CDB, Virology, Behavioural Ecology – 4 essays.
Immunology – Multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and one essay.
Resource Management – 3 short answer questions and 2 essays.
Bacterial Physiology – 2 short answer questions and 2 essays.
Ecology – 3 essays.
Parasitology – Multiple-choice questions and 2 essays.

Third Year:

Two exams are taken in January right after the Christmas break. The third module is taught in January-February, at the end of this course the student sit their third and final exam for the year.

Third year project: can be lab, literature, data or field based.
Practical project involves a report (6000 words), a poster and a viva examination. Starts in the end of the Spring term.
Online and printed poster: 15%
Examiner 1 assessment of the written report: 25%
Examiner 2 assessment of the written report: 25%
Powerpoint presentation & viva assessment: 20%
Supervisor (written report & lab performance): 15%

Literature project involves a module in Science Communication (end of the Spring term), a report (8000 words) and a viva examination.
Examiner 1 assessment of the written report: 30%
Examiner 2 assessment of the written report: 30%
Powerpoint presentation & viva assessment: 25%
Supervisor assessment of the written report: 15%