Classes and assessments
New undergraduate students
University teaching and learning is different from what you'll have experienced at school. Here's an overview of the type of classes you'll be attending and what to expect:
Your first lectures will be introductory talks about a subject or topic lasting from 1 to 2 hours. Your lecture class size will vary from 30 to 300 people. The lecturers will present an argument that you need to listen to and take notes on. These notes will then inform your future essays, seminars, assessments and exams.
Seminars are a guided discussion where you and your peers do the majority of the talking. They provide an opportunity to study and discuss topics in more detail.
Your lecturer will introduce a topic and then guide and direct discussion. You need to actively participate with your opinion, ideas or thoughts.
For more detailed information about how to approach university learning, look at our:
You'll be given, depending on your course subject, a range of assessments at university. These include:
- group projects
- practical projects
- a dissertation
You can find out how you'll be assessed on your course by checking on Moodle (the University's virtual learning environment).
Supporting your assessments
We offer you extensive support facilities and we encourage you to use them.
- Study skills resources – how to get the most out of your classes and how to study successfully.
- Academic skills unit – support to develop your academic skills successfully. Whatever your level of study, you can book a confidential 1-to-1 tutorial to discuss your progress. ASK also offers group workshops and a selection of useful handouts.
- Maths Cafe – free maths support, plus advice and assistance with your mathematical skills. Friendly, daily drop-in sessions.
If you're a fresher, you'll get your timetable during induction week. If you're a returning student, you'll receive it 2 weeks before teaching starts.
Viewing your timetable
You can access your personalised timetable through MyPort, which requires you to login with your Gmail address and password.
You can also subscribe to your timetable via Google and add it as a secondary calendar - just go to your My Port page and press the ‘Add to Google Calendar’ button and follow the instructions.
The University tries not to change timetables after they have been published but sometimes it's unavoidable. You should check your online timetable regularly.
It takes up to 8 hours for Google calendars to update. Refresh your calendar regularly otherwise you'll be looking at an old version of your timetable.
Finding your class
Check out our campus map for locations and individual buildings.
Your timetable is created using information from the Student Records system in your home department. If the information on this system is incorrect, then your timetable will be incorrect.
Check with your course administrators that you are registered for the correct units and the correct amount of credits in the Student Records system.
Your course administrator will then pass your query onto the Central Timetabling Unit (CTU) to investigate further.
In the meantime, keep checking your online timetable until the issue is resolved on the system.
Any changes you make to the Student Records system will transfer onto the timetabling system overnight so you'll need to wait 24 hours to see the changes on your timetable.
Your exam timetable
You can view your exam timetable in the same location as your normal timetable. Exam timetables are released in March (1st attempt assessments ) and June (2nd attempt assessments).