Learning and teaching activities

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

These are activities within the University in relation to scheduled learning and teaching activities for which contact time has been set aside. Many of these activities can take place either ‘virtually’ (i.e. through Blackboard) or face-to-face.

A presentation or talk on a particular topic, possibly as part of a lecture series. Lectures can take a variety of forms using a range of media or technologies.

A discussion or classroom session focusing on a particular topic or project. Seminars may be used to support a lecture series as they offer the opportunity for students to engage in more detailed discussion. Seminars may be tutor-led or peer-led (i.e. by a student with a member of staff present).

A meeting involving one-to-one or small group supervision, feedback or detailed discussion on a particular topic or project. Tutorials can take place virtually as well a face-to-face.

A meeting between a student or a group of students and a supervisor to discuss a particular piece of work, e.g. a dissertation or extended project. The scale and frequency of meetings will depend on the nature of the work involved.

A session involving the demonstration of a practical technique or skill. May be followed up by a practical class. Examples may include the demonstration of laboratory skills, clinical skills, and performance art or fieldwork techniques.

A session involving the development and practical application of a particular skill or technique. May follow up on a demonstration and sessions are likely to be supervised or observed. Workshops are likely to involve a small group of students, but practical classes could also take place on a one-to-one basis.

Time in which students work independently but under supervision (by either an academic or member of technical staff) in a specialist facility such as a studio or workshop. Examples might include time spent in an art or design studio, or in a rehearsal space such as a workshop theatre.

Practical work conducted at an external site. Examples might include survey work or data collection.

A visit to a location outside the University, to experience a particular environment, event, or exhibition relevant to the course of study. Examples might include a visit to a business, museum or collection, or attendance at a performance or exhibition.

Learning that takes place in the workplace through an organised work opportunity, including a managed placement. Some level of supervision is likely to be involved, either by a member of staff or a mentor within the host institution.