QMU-Undergraduate-Prospectus- UG Prospectus 2019 - Page 10

How we teach and how you’ll learn Our teaching is focused on building your knowledge and confidence, developing your problem-solving skills, and preparing you for a successful career. Academic year and timetables QMU’s academic year is divided into two semesters. Semester One runs from September to December with assessments taking place before the Christmas break. Semester Two runs from January to May, also culminating in assessments. The majority of our undergraduate degree courses are modular with most students undertaking six modules each academic year (three in each semester). The Academic Calendar will be available to view at www.qmu.ac.uk/about-the- university/quality/committees-regulations- policies-and-procedures/academic- calendar/. During term time, teaching is usually between 09:15 and 18:15 Monday to Thursday and 09:15 and 17:15 on Friday, with undergraduate teaching normally ending by 13:15 on Wednesdays to allow participation in sports and societies activities. Timetables are available from mid-July (but subject to change), with continuing students able to see their personal timetables around this time. While efforts are made to make the timetables as student friendly as possible, teaching can take place at any time during the teaching week, and may not be consistent on a week-to-week basis. Course length Many courses at QMU offer the opportunity to study over three (Ordinary level) or four (Honours level) years. The four-year degree system in Scotland is different from that offered in the rest of the UK (although qualifications are recognised and accepted both across the UK and internationally). The four-year honours degree is designed to allow students to study their chosen subject in greater depth and breadth. A number of our healthcare courses offer only a four year honours degree option. Part-time study Our undergraduate courses are designed to be studied full-time, although it may be possible to study some on a part-time basis. Please contact Admissions (admissions@qmu.ac.uk) for advice on part-time study options. Modules All of our courses follow a modular pattern. Each module, and examples of optional modules if relevant, are listed on each course page in this prospectus. While modules listed are correct at the time of print (February 2018), they may differ slightly from those offered in 2019. Where optional modules are listed, please be aware that not all options may run in an academic year. Placements are considered as modules. 8 Location Teaching mainly takes place in our academic building on campus. However, if you are following a course that includes a practical placement (see individual courses), this will normally take place off campus. More information regarding placements can be found on the individual course pages. Some courses also offer a study abroad option – please see the individual course pages and page 18 for further information on this. Teaching and learning activities and assessment methods As a student at QMU you will benefit from a range of teaching methods ensuring you have the opportunity to make the most of your chosen course. Teaching methods include lectures (some of which may feature interactive approaches including live voting systems), and seminars and tutorial groups allowing for more in-depth discussion of the topics being studied. A number of our courses also include practical placements. These allow you to put the knowledge and experience gained in the classroom into practice in a real-life environment and better prepare you for your future career. In addition to your classes, you will also be required to undertake self-supported learning, making use of online resources and those in the Learning Resource Centre to complete independent research or work on group projects.