At university the way you learn may be different from at school or college. How you are taught will largely depend on your course content, level of study and your academic tutor – but, however you are taught, you will be required to undertake a large proportion of your study independently.
A stronger emphasis is placed on teaching you to apply information. This might mean being asked to answer questions where there’s no right or wrong answer, but scope for opinion and debate.
You will be encouraged to read widely, to question and analyse what you have read, and to discuss openly your own ideas in seminars and tutorials.
The main teaching and learning methods here are:
In the orientation week, senior students familiarize the fresher with life on the campus, course structure, apart from getting to know each other. In addition, a short module is conducted on values and etiquettes, health & hygiene, local customs ,ethos and general management. Students are also given an overview of the entire syllabus at the department level.
It is very likely, especially at undergraduate level, that you will attend regular lectures. Lectures are widely used across the University to deliver information, ideas and theories to a large number of students. A lecture is normally a presentation or demonstration designed to give you an overview of a topic. Generally the lecturer will address the students and you would not normally ask questions in the middle of the lecture, though there is often an opportunity for you to do so at the end.
Laboratory and Practical Learning
Learning by doing is an essential part of many courses, particularly if you are studying a science, engineering or health-related degree. These sessions aim to give you an insight into a working environment, knowledge of experimental methods and techniques and an understanding of academic material taught on the course.
You may be asked to work independently, in pairs or as part of a small team and for most courses, where a practical element is incorporated, you will be required to submit a piece of work which will count towards your overall result.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
Problem-based learning (PBL) has been adopted by many other disciplines across the University. PBL groups are presented with a real-life problem or scenario and you will need to work as a team to investigate potential solutions while identifying what skills or knowledge you need to effectively manage the situation.
Besides regular lectures and interactive sessions, case studies are used as a powerful tool in the learning process. This gives students the opportunity to study real life scenarios and equip themselves to handle situations that they have learnt in their regular curriculum.
Soft Skills & Practical Applications
The program lays emphasis on developing useful, practical skills. Students participate in informal, interactive sessions on creative right brain thinking, problem solving, time management and transactional analysis for hands on learning, including making presentations / assignments.
Discussing ideas in a group is one of the best ways to solve problems and find valuable solutions to business issues. It is imperative to provide an open forum for discussion where students feel comfortable sharing their ideas.
You will be expected to take responsibility for your own learning and you will need to manage your time effectively to fit this around your academic timetable and any other activities that you are involved in. Studying independently doesn’t necessarily mean you will be studying on your own as there are plenty of opportunities to study in groups and many of our courses actively promote peer mentoring and peer-assisted study schemes.
Compared with a lecture, a seminar or tutorial involves much smaller groups of students. Similarly, the session is often led by an academic tutor or guest speaker and can involve a presentation, but the format is normally much more informal and promotes open discussion around specific topics or theories.
Depending on the type of degree you are doing, you may do a major project, which will generally be in your final year. You will normally choose, within the confines of your project, how much time to spend on it. In some cases you may be asked to give a formal presentation on the results of your project.
Learning through research
On many of our undergraduate courses you’ll be given the chance to get involved in research. These opportunities give you the chance to be involved in work that has real impact beyond your degree, as well as equipping you with the analytical skills that will help you take the next step – whether that’s into your new career or as a continuing student.
Internship / Fieldwork
Fieldwork or field trips can be a compulsory element of some courses. Similar to laboratory and practical work, fieldwork can help you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice. Any amount of theoretical knowledge would be incomplete for a students if it’s not supplemented with practical experience, especially through internship in the field. For undergraduate students, this is particularly important as they get a chance deal with real life situations which not only test their knowledge but also their inter-personal skills and ability to solve a problem efficiently.
We’ll give you individual learning support to help you take control of your learning and develop your confidence. At The University every undergraduate student is assigned an academic adviser who is there to give advice about any academic issues throughout the duration of your course. Your adviser will be able to help you with the transition from school or college to university – and help you get to grips with studying and learning more independently.
Many courses include online components, which can be an assessed part of your degree.The University has a virtual learning environment called eCampus. This means you might study online using material created by your lecturers, download papers and take online tests, or access relevant audio and video material.