Teaching and Learning
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 through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a combination of both teacher and student lead activities. These include lead lectures given by tutors who are specialists within their field of practice. You will also be taught through small group discussion and group work where you are provided with the opportunity to learn from other students within the group and develop a greater understanding of the module topic.
The course also provides you with practical sessions, where you will be taught and practice in our clinical skills laboratory, gaining practical experience of examining a patient. Other classroom activities include presentations, seminars and group activities.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first semester and three occasions in the second semester.
You have an opportunity to gain experience of working in the clinical skills laboratory, which is set up to resemble a ward environment with manikins that are designed to provide you with a safe environment in which to practice.
In a typical week, you will have around 12 - 18 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the modules. In the final semester, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.
Typically, class contact time will be structured around:
2 hours lectures
2 hours interactive workshops
2 hours groupwork
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve reading relevant articles and books, on line activities and working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.
A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.
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 and people with experience of being patients.
Teaching is based on research and consultancy, and 100 per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows/Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. 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 a range of coursework assessments such as essays, OSCE, debate, reports, presentations and an independent studies 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 the course is:
x1 practical examination (OSCE)
x1 group debate
x1 independent study
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 supports 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.