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1 Lindsay Williams (Induction Co-ordinator) Principal Lecturer for Student Experience and Teaching Fellow Wednesday 21 st September, 2011 Preparation for your Degree

2 Aim of this session…. To introduce you to University level study …transition, expectations, and Faculty of Business requirements Help you make sense of the Modular System ….key UMP facts, and planning your programme Prepare you for your Subject Meeting tomorrow ….and meeting your Academic Adviser

3 What is teaching and learning like at University? Perception (and reality) that teaching and learning at University is different to University pre-entry education Key features and issues: Larger class sizes from name to number? Greater emphasis on Independent Learning Does that equal less support? What do you do in the gaps?

4 Typical classroom activities Lectures Introduction to topics/concepts etc requires additional reading (so thats what I do with the gaps!) Can be in (very) large groups Pace Clarity Mixed groups Familiarity; cohort identity? Lecturer distance Accessibility/support (emails and Office Hours) Virtual Learning Environments (Brookes Virtual) Relationship with the module Can be comfortable space to learn

5 Seminars/workshops Smaller groups (clarity; relationship with seminar leader; group identity; comfortable environment) A chance to prepare (and contribute) Activities: directed questions (and volunteering answers) reinforcement activities chat with your neighbour moving around the group case studies informal group presentations discussions/debates reflection psychometric tests/self evaluation activities active exercises experiential learning Typical classroom activities Participation and engagement!

6 What is assessment and feedback like? Range of assessment methods: Essays Report writing Dissertations Exams (different types) Case study analysis Individual and Group presentations Role plays Portfolios Reflective statements Assessment Centres/Practical activities Videos Virtual tasks/VLE assessment Active research Dragons Den style pitches

7 Progression through undergraduate study Are there any differences between years 1-4? Word counts semester 1 in your first year, versus a dissertation Weightings multiple (low risk) points of assessment versus finals Blooms taxonomy moving from describe to analyse and synthesise The one constant: The importance of reading.... Without reading you will not graduate!

8 3 Steps to Academic Success Reading …absolutely loads! assignments are a chance for you to show off how much youve read! more is more……its not rocket-science! books vs journals Writing Present a logical argument (based on what youve read) Theres not always a right or wrong answer Substantiate and evidence your assertions Referencing ….signposts where you got your information from Harvard Referencing system (youll be given a guide) Plagiarism and Turnitin To what extent does money motivate staff in the workplace?

9 A quick recap….. You are probably part of a larger learning environment Contact hours are different The concept of Independent Learning There are differences in the way you are taught, and assessed Its your responsibility – get organised! Dont forget the importance of reading…..and critical thinking

10 So, basically its a time for change Other things that might be different: No multiple hand-ins/hand-backs (a deadline IS a deadline… marks for late work….) No teacher micro-management (its your responsibility) But… Its a chance to be autonomous and have an inquisitive mind! You will have lots of support Youre not expected to know it all from day 1…

11 Expectations….. We know its a learning curve (2 nd and final year count towards your degree) But dont aim low Placement recruitment and selection Less of a jump in year two Self-respect Grade equivalents - but Im a 97% student! We cant reward effort… We expect you to prepare for lectures/seminars, and AA meetings We expect you to read your Brookes emails (its no defence!)

12 Parting comments…. You have joined a supportive learning community at Brookes Our students graduate with excellent grades and transferable skills (and end up with great jobs) Please ask for help when you need it – its our job Your Academic Advisers and SSCs are your champions – make sure you build a relationship with us!

13 Wake up!....hows your Maths?! A = 1 B = 2 C = 3 D = 4 E = 5 F = 6 G = 7 H = 8 I = 9 J = 10 K = 11 L = 12 M = 13 N = 14 O = 15 P = 16 Q = 17 R = 18 S = 19 T = 20 U = 21 V = 22 W = 23 X = 24 Y = 25 Z = 26 Task: Using your full name (including middle names), add together the values of each letter. For example: Lindsay Williams = 182 (L=12, I=9, N=14, D=4, S=19, A=1, Y=25…. etc) Theres a prize!!

14 The Modular System: Key Information

15 What are we going to cover? How many modules you need to take What kind of modules you need to take Degree Classification How to plan your programme Combined Honours Rules Deadlines for adding and deleting modules Possible problems Additional Module Charges Key points Other rules to be aware Dont panic!

16 What do you need to do? Stage 1 (Level 4) 8 basic modules – Including compulsory modules (Plus U95002 non-credit module for International Students) Stage 2 (Level 5 and 6) 16 acceptable modules for your subject including compulsory modules and 6 honours components How do you find out whats compulsory and honours?

17 What are the different types of modules? Stage 1 (Level 4) Basic Modules Must take all Compulsory Modules Plus Recommended or Free Choice of modules to make total of 8 Stage 2 (Level 5 and 6) Can only take modules that are Acceptable for your subject Including Compulsory Modules and 6 Honours Components to make total of 16 (minimum)

18 How is your Final Degree Classification worked out? It is based on the average of your best 14 acceptable modules (including all 6 honours components)…i.e. what you do in Stage 2! Note – you must pass minimum of 16 acceptable modules

19 Classifications 70%+ First (A) 60-69% Upper Second (B+) 50-59% Lower Second (B) 40-49% Third (C)

20 Planning your programme Only need to plan your First Year at this stage (both semesters) Check for Prerequisites or Restrictions Some modules count as two credits (in one semester or over the whole year) Use your PIP – it gives full details of subject requirements, prerequisites etc.

21 First Year: How many modules do I need to take? Plan for 4 credits per semester and 8 credits per year ….(if you are an international student you may have more e.g. U95002) 8 is the maximum number of module credits you can take in a year, without additional payment

22 Module Charges If you take more than 8 module credits you will be charged per additional module credit. This includes retakes of modules failed. UK students - £560 International students - £1350 Another reason to work hard this year!

23 Exceptions to the rule! Charges do NOT apply to 1 language module per year This includes U70910 – Academic Writing for Business which International and EU students take This means, if you want to take a language module as your 9th module credit then you will not be charged. For a full list of modules see the UMP pages via PIP

24 Combined Honours: Rules Stage 1 – must take compulsory modules from both subjects and recommended or free choice modules to total 8 module credits. Stage 2 - minimum 7 credits from each subject including all compulsories from both subjects (but can also elect for major/minor) Must include 6 honours components

25 Deadlines Make any changes by Friday Week 0 latest Can Delete Modules by Friday week 2 latest (but this can cause problems) You can add and delete modules via PIP (unless you miss the deadlines) Do not leave yourself short of modules!

26 Possible problems Failing a module Resit available if your mark is between 30% and 39% Less than 30% = Retake Generally Less than 6 passes per year Less than 3 passes per year Illness etc Act promptly Act correctly

27 Key Points Understand the rules Plan ahead to take advantage of the flexibility Check your PIP regularly Look out for error or warning messages – Act promptly It is your responsibility to ensure that your programme is correct Make sure that you save any changes that you make. If you have any doubts or queries about your first year programme– talk to a Student Support Co-ordinator

28 Other Rules Check your Student Handbooks and Module Guides for rules that apply at Subject or Module Level You will receive your subject handbook at the Subject Meeting tomorrow (Thursday) and Module Guides as every new module starts

29 Dont panic! We know theres a lot of information to take in….check out the Induction Web Pages in your own time PIP is your friend and will let you know exactly what you need to do! Do not ignore errors and warnings! Any problems – please dont be afraid to ask!

30 And finally… Who hasnt enrolled yet? Tomorrow is one of the most important days of induction – you find out about your subject and meet your fellow class mates and some of the staff that will be teaching you Whats happening next?......

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