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Moodle for Supervisors

We maintain course Moodle sites and if you register with us as a supervisor we will add you to the appropriate site. 

The sites for the BMB and MIMS courses have the contents of the Course Handbook already added.

The bulk of it is information about the practicals but it includes timetables, a statement of Aims and Objectives, a reading list, information and guidance about the examination, and sets of recent Tripos examination papers. Lecturers have been encouraged to make their handouts, and any supplementary material such as PowerPoint Slides available – and these will usually be posted once a set of lectures has been completed. Audio files will also be available after the lecture had been given.

Most lecturers also provide a list of questions relating to their lectures and answers to these are in the supervisor section of the Moodle site. The aim is to promote discussion and to encourage students to think about the experimental evidence relating to the course material and about experimental design.

The supervisor section of the site contains specimen answers to the data handling examination papers (Section II for MIMS, Paper 3 for BMB). We suggest and prefer that these are not revealed to the students until they have attempted the questions themselves. Lecturers may also place supplementary resources for the use of supervisors on this site

Once registered with the department all supervisors should receive a letter from the course organiser, which is also posted on Moodle. This letter  includes details of  supervisor sessions offered by the department.

Essential Maths resources

To help with elementary mathematics, there is an open publicly-viewable site at that is also available on CamTools called "Essential Maths”.

The site has four modules:

"Scientific Notation, Powers and Prefixes", "Amount and Concentration: Making and Diluting Solutions", "Understanding Using and Manipulating Equations" and "Logarithms and Exponential Equations".  There is also a suite of diagnostic maths tests.  There is a link to the site in the Resources folder of the course CamTools sites. Any feedback regarding the content or delivery is welcomed - please contact Dr Jenny Koenig (


Logging in to Moodle 

If you are within the University and have a CRSid (with an associated @cam e-mail address and default Hermes account), we shall use that to register you for either Moodle  sites. Moodle is accessed at For both systems you will use the Raven login button and your Raven password to log in. You will get an automatic e-mail welcome message from the Moodle  system administrator regarding access, unless you have chosen to "suppress" your e-mail address. In order to receive automatic e-mail notifications from from Moodle, you need to have an email address set in the Lookup directory that is not "suppressed". To check your Lookup entry go to , login using your Raven password, and click on the “your page" link. Clicking the edit button allows you to change your attributes, including setting your preferred e-mail address if you have a CRSid but routinely use a different e-mail address such as If you have forgotten (or do not have) a Raven password, go to

If you are a Guest user from outside the University without a CRSid, we shall use the email address that you have given us. You will get an automatic e-mail message from the Moodle  system administrator that gives instructions that you need to follow to complete the registration process. When that is completed, you use the "Friends login" button on the Moodle  welcome page.


Using Moodle

Once logged into Moodle, you will be taken to your Moodle home page, which is where you will see the list of sites that you have been added to.  Simply click on the desired site to see the uploaded resources.  There is a "Help" box to the right of the page if you require any further assistance.