Monday, 24 November 2014

The School of Biomedical Sciences MCQ FAQ

The following is an FAQ (frequently asked questions) for the School MCQ exercise at: (Please note that the question bank is only open to members of the School)

I have lost my MCQ email and don’t know my login details or subject area. What do I do?

You can get your MCQ email resent by going to the MCQ website at

At the bottom of the page you will see the module that is currently accepting new questions. Next to this module name will be a link which you can click on and this will take you to a separate page where you enter your full student number and click the button. This will prompt the system to resend your original MCQ email.

My MCQ subject area is X - what is X?

When the system was set up I asked all module leaders for "subject areas" for the questions. These subject areas are based on the "subject areas" of the lectures on the module.

Does Dr Morris read every MCQ submitted?


Does Dr Morris correct any of the MCQs submitted?


I have made a mistake in my submitted question, can I change it?


At this time it is not possible to change or edit questions once they have been submitted.

How do I know if I have successfully submitted my MCQ?

Upon successfully submitting your MCQ you will receive a "receipt" email.

There are some odd characters in my MCQ email receipt... Why?

Do not worry about any old looking characters that may appear in your receipt email. The receipt is generated direct from the database and the characters have been "redefined" so as to correctly appear on a webpage. Unfortunately this means they do not always appear correctly in an email.

This problem is typically made worse if you write your question in Word and then paste it into the MCQ website.

Do I get feedback on my MCQ?

You will only receive feedback on your MCQ if you have made a mistake such as not providing a reference or not provide correct or sufficient feedback.

If you do not receive feedback on your MCQ then this should be taken as an indication that there are no obvious problems in the format.

Who can see my MCQ?

Only members of the School and the University can see your MCQ. That is, the question bank is only available to students on campus, or students with a valid University login.

What is the function of the reference?

The reference in the Embassy Q is there to tell students who have attempted the question as to where they can find additional information.

The reference should be in the form of a textbook, don't forget to include the page numbers), a scientific paper (don't forget to give the full citation), or a webpage (don't forget to include the date the page was last accessed). The reference MUST NOT be to a lecture.

Why do I have to give feedback on my question?

Your feedback on the question should be designed such that a student answering a question can understand as to why they got it right or they got it wrong.

Does the feedback only appear if I student gets the question wrong?


Feedback is displayed if the student got the question right, or if they got it wrong. We decided to do this to help students who may have made "a lucky guess" and got the question right.

When will the questions be available?

The questions will be available on the website after the deadline for the assessment is passed.

Why didn’t I get any feedback on my MCQ?

The reason you didn't get any feedback on your MC Q "other than a receipt" is because you had correctly formatted the question, that is, you had included the question, a correct answer, three incorrect answers, suitable feedback, and a reference.

The School of Biomedical Sciences Wiki FAQ

The following is an FAQ (frequently asked questions) about the School Wiki exercise at:

Quick Overview of the Wiki

I have lost my Wiki email and don’t know my password. What do I do?
Please follow the instructions on the front of the Wiki page. It is very easy to request your login details by following the instructions on the front page of the Wiki, and by watching this video - YouTube Link

What is the most common mistake students make on the Wiki?
The most common mistake is failing to make links on the page being edited to other pages in the Wiki. Making such links is fairly easy and is covered in the lecture, and is also explained in the video on Page creation - YouTube Link.

The second most common mistake is failing to include references. Again, this is explained in the video Adding references - YouTube Link

What is my Wiki subject?
There is not a subject. You can write a page about anything you want, as long as it is about some aspect of biomedical sciences.

Also, you don't have to write a page. You can make your contribution by editing some of the pages that have already been created.

How much do I have to write or do to get the marks?
That is up to you. It is between you and your conscience.

However, the more you put in, the more you will get out.

To do a good edit you will need to spend some time reading the Wiki (so you will learn) and then possibly reading up on a subject in textbooks to correct mistakes in the Wiki.

Basically, this is a collaborative effort, and you are working as part of a team.

Does Dr Morris read every Wiki submitted?

Does Dr Morris edit every Wiki submitted?

I read all the entries and edits, however, I only correct grammar, spelling, page layouts and add in links. I do not edit the Wiki for factual correctness.

How do I get feedback on my Wiki entry?
There is no formal feedback on your Wiki entry, other than whether or not a classmate edits your entry, or if changes are made by Dr Morris. If I make any changes to the Wiki I quite often include feedback text outlining the changes I've made.

How do I know if my Wiki entry has been edited?
When you submit your changes to the Wiki if you click on the box that says "Watch this page", at the bottom of the page, then when somebody else edits the Wiki page you will receive an email notification.

How do I know if I have successfully submitted my Wiki entry?
You do not receive a "receipt" saying that you have successfully submitted to the Wiki. The way that you check is by looking at the page and seeing if your edit is present.

How can I do italics/bold/numbered lists/bullet points/sub-headings etc.?
The current setup on the Wiki has a "rich text editor" that is very similar to Word in that it provides a number of controls that you can click on to change the size of headings, put things in italics, numbered list, bullet points etc.

How can I add in references?
Referencing in the Wiki, just like any form of scientific writing, is very important. To add a reference position your cursor at the point in the text where you would wish to add the reference, and click on the "R" button on the toolbar of the editor. A window will then appear few to add the reference. Type your reference into the window, and click on and click on "OK".

This is all covered in a training video - Adding references - YouTube Link

Can I add figures from textbooks?

No copyrighted material should be added to the Wiki.

How do I correctly name an organisms in my entry?
The first time you name an organism that you should give it its full scientific name, for example, Escherichia coli, and it should be in italics (italics are available from the toolbar menu).

If you mention the organism again later in the text you can abbreviate the genius. For example Escherichia coli would become E. coli. Please note the space between the genius and the species, and that the organism name is in italics.

Who can read my Wiki entry?
Anyone on the planet.

Only class members (past and present) can edit the Wiki.

Why are we doing this Wiki exercise?
The Wiki came about as a result of a conversation between members of staff.
For a number of years of students had been asking for a "glossary of terms". The staff thought about this and decided that a Wiki exercise would provide this "glossary of terms" and would also introduce the students to collaborative work practices and teamwork.
Hence the Wiki was born…