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Organisation & Rules of the Biology course (1st DDS)


Lectures on Biology will take place on Wednesdays at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM), in Collegium Stomatologicum, starting on February 26, 2020. Seminars and labours will start on April 2 and 3, 2020 and will take place in Witold Kasprzak Lecture Hall (Collegium Maius), in the Department of Biology and Medical Parasitology (str. Fredry 10).

Course Coordinator is dr. Piotr Nowosad. He can be contacted:
in his office (No. 10) in the Department;
by phone – 854-60-78;
by e-mail –


Lectures – which describe one of the interaction between different population which is of medical important i.e. host-parasite relationship as well as basic problems in medical parasitology (10 hours).
Labours and seminars – will discuss some issues concerning biology, epidemiology and diagnostics of human parasites, as well as the host-parasite relationship (labours – 18 hours; seminars – 12 hours).

[2.1.] Two partial tests are planned during obligatory classes and seminars (30-questions tests).

[2.2.] Absence during the partial test.
Excused absence (written medical leave etc.) during the partial test means that the student may attend the partial test again within 2 weeks.
Unexcused absence during the partial test results in zero points (unsatisfactory mark).

[2.3.] Students will receive the credit of obligatory classes when they achieve a sufficient number of points which is the sum of points obtained during the two partial tests (to obtain at least a satisfactory mark).

[2.4.] Students who obtain the insufficient general sum of points from all partial tests have to correct the negative mark (two possibilities, oral retakes). This concerns only the tests with unsatisfactory mark.

[2.6.] Credit of obligatory classes allows the students to attend the final Biology exam.

Points and marks

Partial test No. 1 or 2: 0 to 17 points = fail; 18 and more points = pass;

General sum of points (after 2 partial tests):
0-35 = unsatisfactory 2.0
36-41 = satisfactory - 3.0 = (60%)
42-47 = fairly good - 3.5
(4)* = (70%)
48-50 = good - 4.0 (6)* = (80%)
51-53 = better than good - 4.5 (8)* = (85%)
54 and more = very good - 5.0 (10)* = (90%)
* additional points which may be obtained extra to the exam test


[3.1.] Laboratories and seminars are obligatory for students.
[3.2.] Classes start always on time.
[3.3.] It is permissible to 10-minutes delay.
[3.4.] Students who are late more than 10 minutes will not be admitted to class.
[3.5.] Three late arrivals (not longer than 10 minutes) are equal to one absence.
[3.6.] Only two absences during the seminars and two absences during the labs are allowed (without any consequences).
[3.7.] It is no possibility to re-work the absence another day or with the other group.
[3.8.] It is not possible to change the group; student can change a group exclusively on base of written decision of the Dean of the Center for Medical Education in English.
[3.9.] Students who have 3 or more absences during seminars or labs (obligatory classes) will be crossed off the list of students and cannot attend the final exam.

[4.1.] Students have to remember that it is expected of them to display an appropriate level of behaviour, clothing style and the dress code (laboratory coats). Students with hats, caps, short trousers, sportswear, mobiles, cameras, bottles of water, chewing gum, etc, will be NOT allowed to enter the seminar room and laboratory class. Under no circumstances the students are allowed eating, drinking, and smoking in the laboratory.
[4.2.] Students must wash their hands before leaving the laboratory.
[4.3.] Great care is needed in handling laboratory specimens. Skin contact must be avoided; rubber gloves (delivered by the Department) should always be worn. Any sample split on to laboratory surfaces should be soaked with disinfectant and wiped up with a cloth.
[4.4.] All blood and stool samples, as well as culture samples must be regarded as potentially infectious. Dispose of used pipettes and slides (only unfixed wet preparations!) in a container filled with a disinfectant.

Thanks to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in Atlanta (GA, USA), the most famous reference laboratory in the world, we were able to prepare a multimedial diagnostic quiz on medical parasitology. It is based on the reports of original clinical cases (based on the materials received in cooperation with Laboratory of Parasitology, Division of Parasitic Diseases, CDC). The whole quiz involves 8 original cases.

This quiz, which in fact is a kind of educational game, will take place during meeting No. 13. It is also a kind of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). During the quiz students work in 2-4 personal teams. Each displayed case involves a short original description of a history of the case which is connected with the images of objects found during parasitological examinations. In 2 minutes the students should discuss in team each case, and finally all the teams are asked to offer their own diagnosis of the case. Then correct answer and explanation will be displayed.
The quiz is to equip the students with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with clinical cases of parasitic diseases.

All the students from the best team obtain 5 additional points (extra) to the test #2.
All the students from the 2nd place team obtain 4 additional points (extra) to the test #2.
All the students from the 3rd place team obtain 3 additional points (extra) to the test #2.
Students can obtain extra points when they will receive more than 50% of all possible points.


The exam test will be available only for students who have participated in all classes or have in total 4 absences (see 3.6. and 3.9.), and for students who have obtained credit of obligatory classes (see 2.6.).
The general mark “fairly good” or better from classes may increase the mark of the exam (see 2.6.).
The course coordinator will propose to the students three dates of the exam. The dates of the exam (after June 3, 2020) will be determined until May 15th in consultation with the person which represents the students. Each student is required to register at one of three dates proposed by the examiner.
The 50-minute exam test involves 50 questions which are based on the lectures only.
The results of exam will be interpreted as follows:
0 to 29 points = unsatisfactory 2.0
30 to 35 = satisfactory 3.0
36 to 39 = fairly good 3.5
40 to 43 = good 4.0
44 to 45 = better than good 4.5
46 and more = very good 5.0
The students who fail the exam test may approach it again twice. The date of the retake will be set with the interested students.


 Author: Piotr Nowosad date: 2020-03-04  print    back  
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