The course utilises a wide range of teaching and learning methods that will enable you to be actively engaged throughout the course. Teaching and learning will focus on developing academic skills and utilising research informed teaching strategies. Teaching and learning methods are carefully crafted to suit the content and the learning outcomes of the module – typically using lectures in the early parts of modules to ensure that you have the key knowledge relating to the module. Through a variety of group- and individual-based seminars and practical laboratory sessions, you are then given the opportunity to develop more individual interests to develop personal and key skills.
A range of assessment methods will be used to enable you to demonstrate the acquisition of your knowledge and skills. These include (but are not limited to): practical competency, written coursework, oral presentations, in-class tests, MCQs, examinations, laboratory reports and poster presentations. The assessment regime for each module has been designed to provide formative opportunities that allow you to practise and to receive 'feed forward' appraisals of your performance in preparation for the summative assessment.
The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30-credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (ie time spent with academic staff) and independent learning hours (eg time spent in the studio, library, or workshop with or without technical support).
At Kingston University there is a very strong focus on students gaining a hands-on experience of their discipline and will use their independent study time to strengthen their skills base in these areas.
Full details of modules and credit weighting can be found in the programme specification.
Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.
We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.
Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.
Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has an Academic Success Centre that will provide one-to-one advice including generic skills such as:
In addition, the Academic Success Centre will support students with discipline-specific skills such as:
We also run developmental opportunities for students around personal branding, confidence building and networking.
Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence.
Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.
When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.
Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.