Students take 24 course units at the rate of eight per year with four course units in each subject. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective thereby offering flexibility and choice. Most course units are examined by written papers in the summer term although assessment is also carried out through coursework – presentations and reports – as well as an optional final year project.
In a typical week mathemetics students will attend 12 to 14 hours of formal teaching in lectures, tutorials, problem-solving workshop session, computer classes and practical sessions in statistics and computational mathematics. There is a strong focus on small group teaching. Outside these times students are expected to work on worksheets, revision, and preparation of projects.
Most course units are examined entirely by written papers in the summer term. Statistics and Computational courses may have project components, and the first year course units have a test which contributes 10 per cent of the final mark for these courses. In the first term of the second year all students work in small groups to prepare a report and an oral presentation on a mathematical topic of their choice which contributes to one of the core subject marks. There are two optional final year courses which are examined solely by a project and presentation.
Teaching in your physics modules takes place in lectures, seminars, laboratory practical classes and problem-solving sessions. Outside class-time students participate in group projects and guided independent study and have access to the college’s comprehensive e-learning facility, ‘Moodle’ where there is a variety of resources available for students.
Assessment is usually by two-hour examination at the end of the year. Coursework and in-class tests also contribute to the assessment of many course units. Experimental work is generally assessed by written reports or oral presentation. A minimum of six of the eight course units must be passed with a minimum score of 40 per cent each year.