Teaching and assessment methods vary depending on your
Case studies – this is where you’ll get to look
at how real-life events have had an impact on what you are
studying. Law students could look at real legal cases, while
marketing students could study strategies used by a famous company
to get us to buy their products.
Group work – two heads are better than one! An
opportunity to work with your fellow students on a piece of work or
project. You’ll work together, sharing ideas and knowledge, which
may involve you giving a presentation on your findings.
Lectures – your chance to benefit from the
expertise of those who know. A lot of information can pass from the
lecturer to you in a couple of hours and the notes you take will be
invaluable for your course work and exams.
Practical fieldwork – an opportunity to escape
from the lecture theatre, or laboratory and maybe even get your
hands dirty. This is where you’ll pick up the practical skills that
go alongside the theory.
Seminars/tutorials – where you can get together
in smaller groups to look in more depth at the issues raised in
lectures. You can add your own thoughts and opinions which can
often lead to a debate. Tutorials are normally on a smaller scale
than seminars which often include oral presentations. You’ll get
experience of presenting a topic – a highly valued skill by today’s
Work placements – the chance to gain some
crucial, hands-on experience of the working world, which could
involve a few weeks to a full year in industry.
Examinations – test your ability to work and
cope under pressure. They’re normally held at the end of Semester
2. A revision period will give you chance to study in-depth for
Presentations – the delivery of a topic, either
individually or in groups, usually to your fellow students in small
tutorial sessions. For example, computing students may be asked to
present the design of a new information system.
Project work – involves working on a problem in
depth either individually or in groups to arrive at a solution, or
answer to a set problem.
Reports/essays – written ways of relating your
understanding of a particular subject. This could involve
critically evaluating a topic and coming up with your own answer
with evidence to back up your conclusions. English students, for
example, may be asked to write an essay on a particular aspect of a
Projects, Dissertations and Independent Study –
an extension of the essay involving an in-depth critical study of a
subject and compilation of an extensive report. Forms a major part
of your final year assessment.
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