Teaching and learning
Throughout the course, teaching methods are varied and informed by contemporary practice in science teaching in higher education.
All modules use the Oxford Brookes Virtual Learning Environment - Moodle (typically for locating course and module resources, but also for discussion forums, collaborative information gathering, journal logs and coursework submissions and feedback).
Most modules use lectures to provide a framework for learning and to introduce more difficult concepts. Practical work with animals in the laboratory and the field are key features of some modules, enhancing learning and enabling development of skills needed for a successful career. Other teaching methods include seminar discussions or debates, small group activities, one-to-one or small group tutorials and problem-solving workshops. Reflective learning is encouraged through use of self, peer and staff formative feedback on assignments, group work and project work, and reflective diaries.
Research literacy is widely taught and practised, and students will be able to develop a research-orientation to their studies through the experimental design and analysis associated with the dissertation module. Dissertations with industry focus are encouraged.
Approach to assessment
Your module assessments are vocationally contextualised, and are either combined coursework and examination or coursework only, depending on the module. Overall about 75% of assessment is coursework based.
Coursework assignments are diverse and indicative assignments include essays, laboratory and field notebooks, work diaries, practical reports, video diaries, seminar and poster presentations and problem-solving exercises.
Where assessments include examinations, these will be scheduled at the end of the module. The dissertation module requires a presentation in addition to the written assessment.