You are taught through a combination of interactive lectures, group tutorials, computer labs, directed reading and formative assessments. The group tutorials and formative assessments involve practice at problem solving and applying what you are learning to real-world scenarios and practical applications. Computer labs focus on developing practical skills in modelling, programming, data analysis, project management, and communication. In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors will take place several times a semester during your time at university.
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.
In a typical week you will have around 14-16 hours of timetabled (face-to-face) teaching in lectures, group tutorials and computer labs. These are sessions where students are supported by lecturers and tutors in a lecture room or computer lab. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected.
Independent self study
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 20-25 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve problem solving in formative assessments, completing online activities, discussions with your fellow students, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
- 3 years full-time
- 4-6 years part-time
- 4 years full-time including one year placement
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, and visiting speakers with specialised expertise. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and you can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations, practical tests and a range of coursework assessments such as reports, portfolios, presentations, posters, and a final-year project. The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.