Que pasa guys,
Long time no speak, apologies. It’s been a rather busy couple of weeks with assignments before the Easter holidays, for some reason my course decided to give us numerous assignments – rather annoying!
So I read that some of you wanted to know what a typical timetable was like for students here at Glamorgan. Well, I will give you a little insight in to what it is like for a HESAS science student.
Firstly, course learning is split into lectures, tutorials and practicals.
Lectures are lessons in which large groups of students, usually from different courses that share a module, are all taught in a big lecture theatre by one lecturer. The lecturer spends less personal teaching time and more generic ‘stand-at-the-front’ speaking with the aid of a PowerPoint. For example, the Forensic Biology, Biology, Human Biology and Medical Sciences students all share one room to learn the module ‘Medical Microbiology’.
Tutorials are small group sessions in which you are given a specific task to complete, or a more hands-on session, or revision session. These offer more ‘face-time’ with your tutor where you can get a topic you find difficult explained, speak about outstanding work, etc. For example, on my course we were split in to three groups of about 10 students to have a more hands-on experience with evidence in the module ‘Forensic Evidence’.
Practicals are pretty much self-explanatory, two hour sessions in the labs, playing with (sorry experimenting with) all kinds of chemicals, microorganisms, equipment, etc. These are by far the most fun; however, one drawback is that most of these sessions do require some sort of report or write up afterwards.
Secondly, the amount of hours you are in uni will vary depending on your course. For the forensics courses, for example, the timetabled learning in the first year is around 22-24 hours. However, some practicals will not be every week, they will feature every other week, or every 3 week and so on. The same can be said for tutorials; the reason behind both of these usually is down to that module being shared by other groups.
In the second year timetabled learning is around the same 23-24 hours, but this time there are fewer practicals to be carried out throughout the year, in the case of forensics. There are also a few less tutorials, I guess because this year is more about self-learning. On top of these hours in both first and second year, it is recommended a further 20 hours of independent learning is done – this includes assignment/coursework work and your own revision, etc.
A typical Thursday for me last year was 9-11 lectures, 1-3 practical and 3-5 lectures. A typical Monday this year is 11-1 lectures, 2-5 tutorial and lectures. Whereas a typical Tuesday is 11-6 practicals (if they are on the same day), but these are not on throughout the year – it was handy having a few Tuesdays off towards the end of the year.
Well, not the most exciting read but hopefully you know what to kind of expect as a science student – it’s not all too intense.
Until next time.