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Edward Locard once stated that every contact leaves a trace. Although crime and its subsequent investigation is behind this concept, now referred to as Locards Exchange Principle, I believe the theory can be applied to bioscience lecturing.

If the lecture is good, traces of the lecture will stay with the student upon leaving the classroom. The rest of the lecture will be remembered upon its revision. But to make the lecture good, the lecturer needs to be good.
So to answer the question what makes a good bioscience lecturer?' - I think you would need to look at the material in the lecture, and the way in which it is presented.

A recent anatomy lecture on the Biomedical Course I am studying, the lecturer was experienced in the field of anatomy. This influenced his lecture in that, some of the information he had taken from the recommended text books, he was able to elaborate on, and give case studies. Some of the slides in his presentation involved pictures of actual autopsies which gave students a visual aspect to the words and processes being described. A dry sense of humour was demonstrated throughout this lecture, which lightened up what could have turned out to be a morbid lecture. Although the lecturer often stopped to see if there were any questions, he was also available immediately after the class for those who wanted more information. This is an example of a good lecturer, as he was approachable.

Another example of staff being amenable was were practical reports which were to be assessed, the staff member from the practical was there to look through draft reports to point students in the right direction and offer advice. Therefore, I feel with the guidance offered by lecturers, report writing is the better way of assessing students, as it demonstrates the continuous learning curve of students.

Another student on the Biomedical Course, who I met at the mature student's meal, before the first year started, was thinking about giving up the course after a few weeks, as she felt she had been slung in at the deep end' and had no support. She felt that the course was not what she had expected, and she was struggling with certain Chemistry elements, which are compulsory in the first year. Upon mentioning this to her tutor, and stating that she thought Chemistry was like wading through thick custard', was offered a little extra help by the tutor, and the Chemistry tutor herself, who held extra classes on a lunch hour. Students were then made aware of the different services available in the library, which are there especially for students who could use guidance with graphs and statistics for example, which come in handy with report writing.

So, referring back to Locards Exchange Principle, I state that crime scenes typically have various categories of evidence within them. A bioscience lecturer should have various characteristics to be a good lecturer.

Believable Lucid
Interesting Equitableness
Open-minded Courteous
Sociable Trustworthy
Considerate Upright
Identifiable Reassuring
Experienced Encouraging
Noble Reliable

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