Forum:Seminar papers/Biophysics/2. LF/2015-2016/Hints

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== From Prof Carmel J. Caruana

Dear students here are some hints on writing your wikilecture.



VERY IMPORTANT Aim for quality not quantity! A lot of copying and pasting without true understanding would be easily detected by the examiner. Make sure you have some good diagrams. If it is copyrighted material, just describe it briefly in your own words, give the author and year of publication and provide a link to it.

Your wiki lecture should consist essentially of three parts:

1. Introduction
a. Start with a good definition of the terms in the title which shows that you have understood clearly what the title of your wikilecture is about!
b. Explain the definition in more detail - as if you are explaining it to a colleague who does not know it.

2. Say why it is important in clinical medicine

a. In which branches of medicine is it important?
b. What is its role in practical medicine (diagnosis, therapy, prevention etc) ?

3. Say briefly what the literature says about it. Answer a few of the following questions:

a. Are there different types?
b. What are advantages and disadvantages?
c. How does it work?
d. What is the present state of its development?
e. Are there any risks in it’s use?
f. Any ethical issues associated with the topic?

4. Conclusion

What future developments are envisaged in the area and what are the possible impacts on medicine?

Reference List Give 3 - 5 KEY references (not the first ones you come across but those which provide real good information and which you can recommend to your colleagues).

The following information should be given for each reference:

Book: name of at least one author or organization; title; edition; year; isbn

Article in journal: name of at least one author or organization; title; journal; pages; year; volume; issn.

Webpage: name of at least one author or organization; url.

(For more information on referencing go to

The seminar paper should be between 500 - 600 words long. However I must emphasize again that it's the QUALITY not quantity that counts - this means whether you have followed the structure in the 'Hints' or not. If a topic is done between two persons the number of words should be 1000 - 1200.

Dear students,

Before you submit your wikilecture go through each part and ask yourself - is this really about my topic or not? Going out of subject is one of the worst things you can do at university because it shows that you cannot focus on your particular topic. Have I written something to be proud of and be of interest to my colleagues?

Please remember the absolute deadline is Monday 7th December 2015 midnight.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to send me an email on The email subject should be 'Wikilectures - your name and surname"

For questions of a general nature which would be of interest to everybody please use the forum.

Best regards to all,

Prof. Caruana