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Books for TCDians

In TCD on August 28, 2008 at 8:27 am

Here’s a brief guide for the newcomers regarding trinity’s syllabus for 1st year and recommended books.

There are 3 terms in Trinity college:

1)    Michaelmas term (oct-dec)

2)    Hilary term (jan-march)

3)    Trinity term (april-may)

You guys will be learning only three subjects throughout this first year. The 3 subjects are anatomy (except neuroanatomy), physiology and biochemistry. But there is another extra subject which is human behavioral and science.this subject is more likely to phsychology and you will only seat this paper at the final term. So, don’t get mess with it and just take it easy….

Medical faculty still use conventional method of learning and incorporate it with PBL(problem based learning). It is a supplement for the 1st year student to vary their way of learning. But beware, you will grade yourself in every PBL session and 20% will be counted in the final..don’t worry just enjoy it and don’t forget to do some research when you got your assignmentJ PBL  will be done twice a week and you will be grouped into a group of 10. This session is very helpful because you will know the intelligent level of your classmate as well as you too. Furthermore, it enhance your communication skill and you will get to know each other..widen your horizon ok…




Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank H. Netter, John T. Hansen

This is one of the best books you will find for learning human anatomy. Interestingly the entire book is all based on drawings and not photos. It gives you an ideal picture of each anatomical field so when you see the real thing the pieces fall into place. The book is very strong in all areas of the body except neuroanatomy. A separate book is needed for that. Don’t worry because

you will learn neuroanatomy in 2nd year.



Clinically Oriented Anatomy by Keith L. Moore and Arthur F Dalley

This book is known for its comprehensive coverage of anatomy that relates to the practice of medicine. Clinical information in this book is very important especially in your viva(oral exam) or in order to get higher marks from our lecturerJ







Lippincott’s Biochemistry by Pamela C.Champe and Richard A. Harvey

This thin-blue book is very helpful especially in the first term(michaelmas term) and a bit in the second term(Hilary term). Memorize all the process such as glycolysis and etc…








Biochemistry by Stryer

This book is quite useful when you’re in the third term as it gives descriptive explanation and help you in understanding the sequence of each process.








Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems by Lauralee Sherwood

This is the only book will be used in the entire first year for physiology subject. Even though it is thick and heavy but you will find that you’re able to read every single page and sentence as it help you in your examination. Watch out and careful because some sentences that you might ignore will be ask in the exam. So read it…

P/S: All these books are helpful but it is unnecessary for you to buy all those book. You can get them at our big library. It is just that if you have it, you will be easy to go through all the books without thinking of re-update your books at the library. Remember that you can download your lecture notes at and very useful. Sometimes you wouldn’t need to refer to the books as the lecture notes are enough and understandable.

Any further enquiries:

Aimi Musfirah bt Ahmad Munir

Becoming 2nd year Med Student in TCD

+60195265929(until 6 oct 2008)

+353858176148(after 6 oct 2008)


Another insight of TCD

In TCD on August 21, 2008 at 8:44 am
Aerial view of Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

The University of Dublin, Trinity College, founded in 1592, is the oldest university in Ireland. Trinity College is the sole constituent college of the University. At present there are over 12,000 students and 1,200 staff members working on the College campus.

Most of the time, besides students walking around the college, there would be a lot of tourists as well, since it is one of Ireland’s leading historical sites, attracting in excess of half a million visitors every year. Heritage attractions available to visitors include The Book of Kells and Walking Tour of the Campus. While other people have to pay € 7.00 (student price) to enter The Book of Kells, TCD students can get it free with another 3 persons!

While talking about prestige, Trinity College is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university and is the only Irish university to rank in the top 100 world universities (78th) and amongst the top 50 European universities (25th) by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) university league tables. I’m proud to be one of TCD students!

Basically, there are five faculties in TCD : Arts and Humanities ; Social and Human Sciences; Engineering and Systems Sciences; Health Sciences; and Science.

TCD Life


Well, I’m not sure about other courses, but most of Malaysian students are found in Health Science Faculty, to be specific, studying Medicine, and a few in Dental School. Starting on year 2005, TCD only offer a 5-year program for Medicine. The academic year is divided into 3 terms : Michaelmas (9 weeks, October to December), Hilary (9 weeks, January to March) and Trinity (6 weeks, April to May). The design of the program may differ each year but there won’t be much difference though. For Medicine, the first 2 years would be pre-clinical years and the other 3 years you’ll be in the hospitals all day long.

Non-medic activities please..

TCD has over 90 societies and 50 active sports clubs. You can choose anything you want as long as it is suitable with your lifestyle and religion. Each societies and clubs will have their booth stand up for the whole Freshers’ Week for you to find out more about them. Well, it is okay if you cannot be a member of each clubs you’re interested into ( because the minimum of membership fee is € 2.00), since you can always join their activities through out the year.

Front Square

Meeting people

Of course, being one of TCD student would offer you vast opportunities to mingle with people from various countries and backgrounds. Canadian, Welsh, African, American, Mauritius, Japanese, Kuwaitis, just name it. They are all your own classmates! And of course, Irish are everywhere.


You can apply for College Accommodation for 2 years. There are on campus accommodation and Trinity Hall. But first year undergraduate students can only apply the one in Trinity Hall. Trinity Hall is the nicest place to be amongst all the colleges accommodation in Dublin in terms of its facilities, but it is quite far from the city. But, you can easily take a bus (128 or 14A), a LUAS (LRT-like public transport), cycle or walk to the college. The type of room that you may apply depends on your sponsor. Do find out about the accommodation and negotiate with your sponsor first before you apply because they are the one who’d pay the bills! However, for MARA and JPA students, since they don’t provide 60-40 scheme anymore, I advise you to rent a house..which the easiest way is to email  our HOuse HUnter: or sms him to this number +353857881416.

For more information, you can surf You’ll never be disappointed being one of TCD students (hope so..) if you’re a positive person. Grab the chance to know a lot of things in the world and take every problem as a challenge, to make you stronger, more confident and to become a better person. Don’t hesitate to call or email me for any further enquiries.

Nur Ezzah Abd Rahim,

Becoming 4th yr Med student in TCD

+60196539489 [valid till morning 27/08/08]


Selamat Datang ke Bumi Ireland…

In Life in Dublin, RCSI, TCD, UCD on August 20, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Trinity College Dublin

In TCD on August 20, 2008 at 6:31 am


Trinity College Dublin (TCD), also known as The University of Dublin, is one of the great universities in Ireland. It was established by the British in 1592, making it the oldest university in the republic of Ireland. Its strategic situation in the south-east of busy Dublin city places it on the top tourist attraction in Ireland. There are two major streets at both sides of it; St. Stephens Green at its right and O’Connell Street at the other side. Having many historical buildings and works of art, Trinity is always flooded by foreign or local tourists, especially during weekend or long holidays. Once in Trinity, tourists won’t miss out visiting the Irish oldest bible book, which is known as the Book of Kells.

It is also famous for its academic achievements. It has produced large number of skillful graduates in all fields since its establishment. Trinity does not only offer medicine. It offers myriads of course which are relevant to the current job market, for example, engineering, dentistry, pharmacy and many more. Over the last decades, Malaysia government has sent its students for medicine and dentistry courses only. Trinity students are made up mainly by local Irish people. Every year, there is just a handful of Malaysian student who are randomly selected to study here, where girls always outnumber boys.

Unlike most medical faculties in Irish universities, medical faculty in Trinity still adopts a conventional method of learning. Besides, it also incorporates problem-based learning (PBL) in its method of learning as a supplement for the first year students only. There will be two PBL sessions in a week and students will be grouped into a group of 10 students at most. Most students will find it very helpful in terms of communication skills and social skills.

Trinity provides its students with many great facilities to meet the students’ needs. There are four major libraries segregated based on major faculties and situated strategically at the respective faculties. There is also a new four-floor sport building where all sort of sport facilities are high class, for example, gymnasium, swimming pools, basketball courts and many more. In each faculty, there is at least one café for students to get their meals for considerable prices. Most of the buildings within Trinity compound are highly equipped with internet-wireless connection, even in the playing fields students can access to the internet whenever they want to. For Islamic students, there are two small and comfortable prayer rooms, each for brothers and sisters, for them to perform five-time prayers. On Friday, these rooms are also used to perform Jumaah prayer. Not only Trinity muslim students who come to pray here, but people working in the vicinity of the university also walk in to pray Jamaah here. They also use these rooms as places for them who come from different backgrounds to freely socialize with each other during their leisure time.