Sciences

If you are coming to study any of the subjects in the sciences (that is, the College of Science and Engineering or the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS)), then you’ll be enrolled onto the Sciences T2G course. This will mean you’ll be completing your T2G course with other students from similar subject backgrounds, and you’ll get to pick from a range of electives that cover the broad range of Science subjects taught at UofG.  

The T2G Sciences course will allow you to take part in large lectures that cover some of the core elements of working, researching and studying in our subjects.  

In your electives, you’ll be able to select two courses that most interest you. In other words, you’ll be able to make up the course that’s most suited to what you want to study and do, or what you want to learn about. You’re free to pick any of the available electives – it doesn’t matter what you’re going onto study later. Pick whatever you want to look at!  

Your T2G course will then have three parts: a core module plus your two elective modules. Your core module will run on Mondays and Fridays; your electives will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week.  

T2G Core Module 

Your T2G core module will provide you with the introduction to studying and working at the University. Through large online lectures and asynchronous (access any time) materials, you’ll be introduced to things like the ways in which markers assess and grade your work, what your subjects will be looking for in your assessments, the underlying principles of scientific research and investigation at university, and how to work in the lab.  

 All Sciences students on T2G will complete the core module. Think of the core module as the guide to how to study for and take part in our electives and in your degree!

Elective choices

T2G Elective: Bloody Good: The Menstrual Cycle and Women's Health

Periods can be a pain, and not just in the vagina. Ever wonder why they make people grumpy before they start bleeding, why so many people sat out during PE, and why people even get periods in the first place?  

In this elective, we'll focus on how the menstrual cycle works, how it impacts people’s health, and how the menstrual cycle is interacts with our wider society and our day to day lives.  We’ll start by looking at the physiology of the menstrual cycle, how it changes during the life course, and why we even menstruate in the first place. Following this, we’ll examine the wider health impacts of the menstrual cycle. This will involve looking at both menstrual disorders (like endometriosis and PMDD), and how the menstrual cycle interacts with non-reproductive health, such as mental health and the immune system. Finally, we will examine how the menstrual cycle is considered (or not) in society, looking at topics such as period product provision and menstruation in sport. We’ll also look at how the menstrual cycle is approached by western science and medicine, and how this influences what we know about periods.   

Elective tutor: Abby Fraser 

Abby is a Public Health PhD and she comes from a background of medical anthropology, which studies how and why humans experience health and disease so differently. Abby have a specific interest in evolutionary approaches to ageing and women’s health, and she is currently studying how and why menopause experience differs from woman to woman.  

T2G Elective: From da Vinci to Disney Pixar: The Process and Purpose of Scientific Illustration

The elective explores scientific illustration as a means of visual informative communication. You will look at differences between thematic illustrations and information graphics, discussing the role of visualization within the transition from illustrator to infographer. 

From learning how to produce representative illustration, we will progress to show how you can use visual and appropriate composition to convey your research in both illustrated diagrams and data visualisations. You will be introduced to the tools, mediums, styles, and genres commonly used in scientific illustration. 

We will consider the scope of 3D illustration, with specific examples of scientific animation used to create visualisations of complex processes such as medical therapies, quantum mechanics, mode of actions in pharmaceutical products, and concepts of molecular biology. We will touch upon the close link required in 3D imaging that exists between different disciplines, such as that between medicine and astronomy.  

Elective tutor: Michelle Hay 

Michelle is a PhD researcher whose work is centred upon identifying vector-borne disease in the three Viking kingdoms of York, Dublin, and Novgorod. Through combining her expertise in biological sciences (genomics, disease, epidemiology, and medical entomology) and archaeology (Viking period, trade routes, and material culture), Michelle identifies appropriate samples to extract and identify pathogens contained within reservoir ectoparasite hosts. Michelle is a Fellow of the Scottish Society of Antiquaries and member of both the Royal Society of Biology and the Genetics Society amongst others. 

T2G Elective: Medicine on Screen

This elective explores how medicine is represented in film and television. We will explore the techniques directors use to tell a particular story about hospitals, doctors, nurses and patients in fictional drama series and reality TV. We will also consider feminist film theory and explore the appearance of female bodies and the medical profession in 'The Handmaid’s Tale'.  

Elective tutor: Dr Julia Bohlmann 

Julia is an Effective Learning Adviser in SLD with a background in Film Studies. Julia was part of the 'Early Cinema in Scotland' research project which mapped cinemas and film locations in Scotland during the silent era. Julia’s research focused on how cinemas were regulated in Scotland and established that its approach differed significantly from the rest of the UK. 

T2G Elective: Biotechnology Through the Decades: From Bread Mould to Big Data

Biotechnology - or the set of tools we use to examine biological mechanisms at a molecular scale - underpins much of modern research regardless of organism. Once you've frozen a sample and extracted the DNA, the handling procedures are pretty much all the same! A good understanding of biotechnological processes will therefore equip you to work in a huge range of fields, and you can specialise into the peculiarities of working with individual organisms as you go. 
 
On this course, you'll learn about the range of biotechnologies that have helped us reach our current scientific capability. Some have been superseded by cheaper, faster, more effective equivalents, while some are so efficient that they're still in use today. Each will have its good points and bad points, often incorporating an element of ethical thinking. 

Elective tutor: Dr Scott Ramsay 

Scott's PhD is in the molecular biology of heat tolerance, so he has broad experience working with various techniques in the modern lab. Scott has taught for many years in subjects across medical and biological sciences, and he works as the University’s Good Practice Adviser. 

T2G Elective: Health Inequalities in COVID-19

COVID-19 may not care if you are rich or poor, but having the option to work from home, your access to medical care and your ability to self-isolate does vary if you are rich or poor. In that way, the likelihood of COVID-19 does vary by population, including (but not limited to) occupation, socioeconomic position, age, or ethnicity. In this elective you will gain a foundation in key aspects of population health research: social determinants of health and research designs. First, you will be introduced to the social determinants of population health, which are often used to understand inequalities in health outcomes. In the second part, you will gain an overview of different study designs available to researchers to understand the impact of COVID-19 on various population and the risks of bias associated with each study design. Finally, in part three, you will apply your knowledge of social determinants of health to study designs to evaluate the effect of COVID-19 on different populations.  

Elective tutor: Michal Shimonovich 

Michal is currently a final year PhD student in the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit studying causal assessment in population health. Michal has spent most of her research career evaluating evidence and determining how it can be used to improve our understanding of inequalities in health. 

T2G Elective: Science and Society: Cause and consequence of pop-culture

The elective gives you opportunities to develop your understanding of the relationship between science and society by selecting an issue of interest to you, which is also a feature of pop-culture (or which concerns the notion of popular culture itself). Following three taught sessions outlining ‘what is popular culture’, ‘how science explains society’, and ‘think like a scientist (scientific argumentation)’, you will choose a topic of interest, and undertake the task of critically and scientifically evaluating the significance, impact, and/or implications of a ‘pop-culture’ feature on self, society, and/or the world.  

Elective tutor: Dr Emily-Marie Pacheco 

Emily-Marie holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Glasgow where she is currently a Research Associate and Associate Tutor. As a social psychologist, Emily-Marie is interested in researching those features of the social human experience which shape our perceptions, beliefs, values, and behaviours, with a particular interest in identity, meaning-making, and wellbeing. As a post-PhD early-career researcher, Emily-Marie continues to work on projects that serve to protect and empower the psychological wellbeing of groups facing extreme adversity, including as a Research Fellow at UCL on a project that seeks to foster the resilient recovery of communities displaced by natural hazards. 

 

T2G Elective: Logic and Problem Solving

Mathematics is the foundation for all sorts of subjects. Logic is the foundation for mathematics.  Once we go over the basics of logic, we will then put it to use solving various story problems and logic puzzles. What can be cooler than that? 

Elective tutors: Ruth Douglas and Dr George Vazanellis 

Ruth is the Mathematics Advisor for SLD with a degree in mathematics and George is the Statistics Advisor for SLD with degrees in physics, mathematics, and statistics. 

T2G Elective: Medical Imaging: Techniques Unlocking The Secrets of The Human Body

During this course you will learn about the magical world of medical imaging! We will cover the main techniques such as MRI, X-ray, CT scans, and ultrasound imagining that enable us to examine what is really happening within patients’ bodies. We will discuss the principles of operation for these different methods, learn about the history of discoveries and get some technical background. You will learn about the most recent developments and the variety of applications of these methods for diagnosing different medical conditions. 

 Elective tutor: Dr Ania Sosnowska 

Ania is a graduate teaching assistant at SLD. Ania completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Glasgow during which she studied the muscle activity using ultrasound imagining and associated brain activity. 

T2G Elective: From Science Fiction to Science Fact: Building Social Robots

This interdisciplinary course explores research in the field of human-robot interaction. During the course you will gain an understanding of how research from computing science, psychology and philosophy can be leveraged to build socially intelligent agents that interact with humans. You will learn how computational methods can be leveraged to build artificially intelligent robots that understand and interact with humans. Furthermore, you will explore how research into social cognition provides insights into how humans perceive and interact with robots. Finally, you will discuss ethical concerns that arise when interacting and implementing social robots in a real-life context.  

Elective tutor: Jacqueline Borgstedt 

Jacqueline is a PhD student passionate about all things tech and mental health. As an interdisciplinary researcher, Jacqueline bridges knowledge from computing science and psychology in order to investigate how we can built social robots for mental health support.  

T2G Elective: Forensic Analytical Chemistry: Solving Murder in the Lab

This course will cover a selection of the analytical chemistry techniques that are used to investigate serious crime in the UK. Using a hypothetical murder investigation as our case study, students will learn about evidence preservation and chain of custody, chromatography and stable isotope analysis. The course will increase students' understanding of the applications of good laboratory practice, and will gain knowledge of two analytical techniques that are widely applied across forensic science, medicine, pharmacology, ecology, zoology, archaeology and many other subjects.  

Elective tutor: Dr Jessica Bownes

Jessica’s background is in Environmental Science with a focus on developing and refining chemical analysis techniques used on ancient human remains. She has worked in Academic Development in STEM subjects for seven years, and is the Effective Learning Adviser for the College of Science and Engineering. 

T2G Elective: Stats - Intro to R Studio

Introduction to R Studio will introduce students to one of the most widely used open-source statistical environments.  We will learn how to create various objects in this environment such as vectors, matrices, data frames, and statistical models.  We will also cover the various graphing capabilities offered by various packages.  I trust students will be impressed when they see how much information can be drawn from a bit of data.

Elective tutor: Dr George Vazanellis

George is the Statistics Adviser for SLD with degrees in physics, mathematics, and statistics.