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APS level 4  2010 - 11  Home Page - Introduction

Module details

Web Page Submission Date Friday May 6th 2011

This 70 credit module provides the student with an opportunity to carry out an independent investigation in one of the Department's three research groups.

This module consists of a laboratory or field based research project in one of the Department's research groups and gives students the opportunity to develop skills relevant to a career in biological research. Each student works under the supervision of a member of academic staff but the student is responsible for formulating the hypotheses and questions to be addressed and for planning and carrying out experiments to test these hypotheses. The project will be written up in the form of a Nature paper and the student will deliver an oral presentation of their findings.

The module will also develop a students' skills in both scientific writing, written communication: and oral presentation. Students should use the internet and other electronic sources as a means of communication and a source of information;

The module will be assessed on the basis of a project report, written in the form of a PNAS paper, construction of a website, an oral presentation and performance in the laboratory

Introductory Information

You will receive an e-mail asking you to attend a short introduction talk given by Dr Philip Warren - he will introduce to you some general concepts relating to the efficient transfer of information, via the World Wide Web.

Link to Dr Philip Warrens Introductory Talk Slides (.pdf file)  Note - These may be updated after Dr Warren's Talk.

E-mail Dr Philip Warren

Following on from Dr Warren's Introduction, individual groups consisting of three students per group, will each attend a further practical training session with myself, Glyn Woods - APS Webmaster C-Panel.

I will introduce and give practical demonstrations of the 'KompoZer' software program and demonstrate how a website is constructed using this software. I will also discuss with students how digital cameras, scanners (film and flatbed) and other image acquisition devices, may be used to capture digital images that may be included in their website.  I will also advise students how to edit digital images, backgrounds and logos to be used in their website.

My contact details are:
Internal telephone Ex 20071
E-mail Glyn Woods
My office is on D floor room  D 211.


There are numerous website design and construction software programs available commercially, however many of them are better suited to the constructing of commercial, advertising or e-commerce websites, than to the construction of more informative, scientific and academic websites.

I strongly recommend that you construct your web site using the 'KompoZer' software program. This software is reasonably easy to use, there are versions for the Apple Mac, PC or Linux platform. KompoZer is very compatible with the University Web Servers. The program is now available on computers within the University Managed Network, on the computers in room D 211 or, if you wish to install the program on your own personal computer, it may be downloaded (without charge) from this link:

KompoZer Download.

The software is open source, which means that it is being continuously developed by the community that use it. KompoZer has a good help file accessed from the Help menu. KompoZer is a development of the original NVU program and is almost identical to NVU in useage.

You can download and print the NVU/KompoZer Guide here:

Download the Nvu Guide (Adobe Acrobat .pdf file)

Adobe Dreamweaver is also compatible with the University web servers but is more demanding to use than KompoZer. For this reason only use Dreamweaver if you are reasonably familiar with it.

Please do not use Microsoft Front Page, this program is not very compatible with the university web servers. Front Page also inserts many non-standard elements into the html code that it creates.