Attendance and coursework
This page is primarily aimed at our undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.
Timetables and teaching hours
Lecture and class information is available via the Student Data System. Notices relating to changes to the timetable are communicated to students via email and the Moodle Web pages.
Lectures and classes are normally timetabled between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and between 09:00 and 13:00 on Wednesdays. However, there may be occasions when it will be necessary for teaching to take place on Wednesday afternoons, or from 18:00−19:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Teaching begins at 5 minutes past the hour and ends at 5 minutes to the hour. No smoking, eating or drinking is allowed in any teaching room. Teaching Timetables for termly delivered programmes will be available by the start of the Autumn and Spring terms.
Lectures begin in week 1 for all modules. Seminars and classes may not begin until week 2. Details regarding class allocations may not appear on your SDS timetable until the end of week 1.
Good study habits
It is recommended that students follow up every lecture with at least a further hour of study. Large assessments often have a long lead time. When not working on assessments, do background study. Aim to work at least 8 hours per week for each 15 credit module.
Attendance at supervisions, project group meetings, seminar, terminal, laboratory and other practical classes is compulsory under the general regulations for students. Attendance at compulsory classes is monitored and recorded on the Student Data System. Students are also required to pursue diligently the programme of study selected from the list of modules as laid down in this handbook.
This includes appropriate lecture modules and attendance at lectures may be monitored. In some cases, assessments will be carried out during class time, and the marks obtained here may be used as part of the coursework mark for the relevant module. Students should note that examination questions may relate to material covered in lectures but not necessarily covered in notes handed out or displayed on the Web.
Do not assume the existence of a question on a particular topic in an earlier year’s paper means a similar question will or will not appear again this year. Consult the lecturer if in doubt about what is examinable. Attendance at Computing lectures will be monitored in order to enable the School to remind students of the importance of attending lectures in support of their learning.
Academic Advisers and directors of study will be informed of absences in order to identify where there may be cause for concern in the case of repeated or prolonged absence, for instance, unreported illness. School follow up as a result of repeated absence will primarily be with the intention of promoting and recovering student progress, however, repeated absence may be taken as a possible indicator of lack of appropriate diligence when considering disciplinary processes.
Student progress is regularly monitored and failure to fulfil these obligations could, in extreme cases, result in you being required to withdraw from the university (see Paragraph 7.2 of the Regulations for Taught Programmes of Study). A register of attendance is maintained at all seminars and classes, and individual student attendance recorded.
The sections about attendance to lectures do not apply to research students.
Submission of work
All coursework is compulsory and students are required to submit all work set by the deadline prescribed. Module Convenors will determine the deadlines for submission of coursework, extended essays and dissertations, and will inform you of these via the Student Data System. Please note that late submission of coursework which is not subject to any concessionary plea will be awarded a mark of zero.
For further details see the credit framework. If you are unable to submit required coursework because of illness or other reasonable cause, you must report the reason without delay to your Academic Adviser and the person who set the assessment. For computing modules it is up to the person who set the assessment, in consultation with your Academic Adviser, to decide whether or not to grant an extension. An extension, once granted, cannot be further extended for the same reason that it was originally granted.
For all computing modules, one week of each of the Autumn and Spring Terms will be designated as a Project Week. For Autumn Term modules this will normally be week 6 and for Spring Term modules this will normally be week 21. During a Project Week no scheduled computing teaching activity takes place; there are no coursework deadlines within a Project Week. Instead, activities in line with your studies are offered. Further information for Project Week will be made available during the year.
Retention of coursework
Where coursework is returned via the Reception, you will be notified when your assessment has been marked and your work is available for collection. Work that has been marked often contains valuable feedback that will help you improve your understanding of the concepts that have been assessed by an assignment. It is important therefore, that you collect marked work as soon as it is available. Any coursework that has not been collected by the end of the academic year will be destroyed.
Because coursework marks contribute to final module marks you should keep copies of all your work. In certain cases external examiners may wish to consult an individual student’s coursework; it is therefore advisable for you to keep a folder for each module containing your assessed work. Examiners may ask to see your coursework at particular stages. If you are required to submit your folder of work you will be notified by the Chair of the Board of Examiners concerned during the Summer Term.
Academic integrity (plagairism)
Academic integrity is important to the School and all students are expected to uphold it. For more information see academic integrity.