Teaching and learning at the University

  • Modules will be assessed by coursework and/or examination at the end of semester.

    Module descriptions

    Each module that is offered by the University has been validated by a process involving both representatives from within and outside the University. The agreed module syllabus will include the summary, pre-requisites, status and assessment methods that appear in the Undergraduate Modular Programme Handbook or Course Handbook (for students on other programmes of study) and the University Regulations but will also specify:

    • expected learning outcomes, including general and professional skills and whether they are taught, practiced and/or assessed
    • the expected opportunities for staff-student contact and learning activities
    • assessments specification

    Module syllabi are available to students via PIP.

    Module guides

    Many Module Leaders provide a module guide via Moodle. This will usually include details not only of the module description but the office hours and whereabouts of the Module Leader, instructions for handing in work for assessment, information about its return, deadlines, indication of criteria used in assessment, etc.

    Teaching sizes and types of teaching groups

    The principal teaching methods at the University are lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials, with the addition of field work in some subjects. Students are expected to contribute 150 learning hours for a single module and 300 for a double module. In an academic year there are two 12 week long semesters. Typically students can expect classes in all 12 weeks usually  with 2 or 3 hours teaching per module, per week.

    Lectures, seminars and practical workshops

    Everyone on a given module normally comes together at least once a week for a lecture. Lecture groups can be broken into smaller subgroups for laboratory work, field work, seminar teaching or workshops. A module with a large enrolment may have several members of staff contributing to it; your Seminar Leader may not give all the lectures on the module but will be familiar with the module content. Much of a science student's timetable will be taken up by laboratory work. The non-science student will usually find more seminar hours on his/her timetable than a science student


    Most modules also have tutorials or small group sessions. The frequency of these depends on the size of the group and the nature of the module and will vary from one individual tutorial to about four small group sessions per semester. Tutorials are a valuable opportunity to discuss your assignments. Do not confuse these module-based tutorials with the occasions when you see your Academic Adviser, which may also be called tutorials. Your Academic Adviser is interested in your whole programme of work and in how you are coping with it but may not teach any of your modules.