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Assesments and Dissertations

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by Adam

 

As my time at Kingston University is fast approaching an end I thought I would recap the last couple of busy months I've had and share my experiences of how we get assessed at University. I am trying to get everything done, with only two final exams to go, although the last few months I have been so busy finishing off essays, reports, in class tests, other exams and yes the dreaded Dissertation. The dissertation alone took me a whole year to do and it was an enormous EIGHTY SEVEN pages! Don't worry, each year builds you up, to ensure you are ready for the mighty challenge of the manic final year!

I thought I would explain how we get assessed here at Kingston University. It will depend on what course you choose to study, but not just that, also the modules you get to choose will generally be assessed differently. So when applying for universities make sure you see what the modules consist of and how they are taught/assessed. These are the types of assessments we have:

  • Coursework (deadline extensions can be given for mitigating circumstances otherwise work gets capped at 40%)
  • Practicals (generally for science, engineering and performing subjects)
  • In class tests/Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ's)
  • Exams at the end of the academic year (Extra time is given to those with learning difficulties/disabilities)

Finally you may have to do a dissertation at the end of the third year which is an independent final piece that you get to choose. It's an aspect of your course of which focuses on a certain area you have an interest in. It's a whole year project and it's an independent piece although you have regular meetings with a designated supervisor to help you along the way. You utilize the skills that you have acquired during the course too. I currently just finished my dissertation on 'Human Personalisation Interaction.' My project aims to help vulnerable lonely elderly people that have little to no human interaction in a given day. I proposed and created a companion system that interacts with them e.g. if they came home at 6pm a sensor would be triggered and it would say "Good-evening John. How are you today?"

Adam's dissertation

All together it was over 22,000 words and 87 pages long (usually it's a minimum of 10,000 words). Even though I had a whole year to do it I submitted it on the exact minute of the deadline with 20 seconds to spare! I never learnt about leaving things late, or not been a perfectionist, but to be on the safe side, if you submit work even a few seconds after a deadline your work gets capped at 40% (even if it was an A grade 70% quality) and you get a big fat 0 if it is a week after the deadline. At university it's just about becoming more independent and learning how to manage your time, which is probably two of the biggest skills I've gained here.

I will have a video up shortly showing how my dissertation practically works, via the use of sensors and the power of computers to interact with humans with video examples.

 

Hi! I'm currently in my final year studying Information Systems with Statistics, welcome to my KU Day in the Life!

8.30am - Cycling from Wimbledon to Uni

Adam day in the life - 8am

A great way to save some money if you have to commute. I save on average £80 a month by not taking the bus or train.

I usually get there quicker and can rely on my legs much better than the traffic and train delays. Keeps you healthy, just be safe, cycle in bike lanes and wear a helmet!

9.30am - Late for my lecture!

Adam day in the life - 9.30am

It's always hard to get up on time for a 9am 2 hour lecture, especially on Monday! Got stuck in traffic and woke too late. I arrived 20 minutes after it started, very awkward and embarrassing walking in front of over 200 people, everyone looking at you as you come in and make noises...gulp...

12.00pm - Getting liquid refreshment while working on my dissertation

Adam day in the life - 12pm

After a rushed morning and a late night, needing the Red Bull to energize me and help me get through doing some work on my 60 page dissertation. A proper student survival tool! If only it really gave me wings...

1.00pm - A quick break by the River Thames

Adam day in the life - 1pm

Sunny day so thought I would pop outside and get some fresh air.

There's no place better to go than the River Thames on a sunny day, just a 3 minute walk from our main campus Penryhn Road. I'll get back to my work and dissertation tonight once the sun has set.

2.00pm - Working with the Employability team in a roleplay

Adam day in the life - 2pm

At Kingston University one area where a lot of effort is placed is into employability. Here I am at an employability skills session on customer service.

I decided to volunteer myself for the role of a difficult and challenging girl with her parents, whilst getting helped with special customer service.

4.00pm - Enjoying a picnic in Richmond Park

Adam day in the life - 4pm

A really pleasant day for this time of year, I decided to go Richmond Park and have a bit of a picnic. Even my shadow wants to eat the food! Within minutes my picnic is over and all that is left are the wrappers. Of course I won't litter!

Still enjoying my bike ride in the park. Richmond Park is a great place to take your bike for rides, the nature is absolutely beautiful, there are deers and it feels like you're in the country. A great way to escape stress and the noisy city!

6.00pm - Catching the Uni bus back into Kingston

Adam day in the life - 6pm

Back to Kingston Town. No lights for my bike so I hop on the free University bus that takes students all around the Kingston area, between campuses and the halls of residence for FREE!

10.00pm - Dinner with friends at Jamie Oliver's restaurant

Adam day in the life - 10pm

After a busy day me and a couple of my friends decide to go somewhere more classy and try something new. We choose to try Jamie Oliver's restaurant in Kingston.

It was really expensive but the quality was amazing. I got Prawn Linguine and a Plank of meat, cheese and Salad.

We may all hate him for changing our unhealthy school meals to healthy ones, but his restaurant sure is top class!

12.00am - Late night studying at the Penrhyn Road library

Adam Day in the life - 12am

After a day mainly spent outside enjoying the sun and not doing any work I've got to make up for it with doing some reading for my dissertation at 1am! One of the great things about our library is that it's open all night during the weekdays.

It's been a long day and I got a bit tired reading, so I dozed off. The librarians usually poke you if you fall asleep, luckily I woke up before they did! ZZZZZZZZ...

3.00am - Home sweet home for a midnight snack

Adam day in the life - 3am

After a long busy day, I need a midnight snack. An egg is the solution. Learning how to cook is essential skill you need to learn as a student.

Did you know you can eat boiled eggs without putting them in water? It tastes great, or maybe that's just me...Try with your own caution!

See more of the KU student's Day in the Life here.

 

 

The summer is still stretching out ahead of me and it sometimes gets a little harder to find things to do. I've also been quite poorly this week, but I've tried not to let it stop me!

Monday

Who's up for a game of Hungry Dino's?! People of our age group will remember it as Hungry Hippos. I got to babysit one of my little cousins today and we played some good old games that I'm used to! Sometimes playing with the little ones makes me feel old!

Tuesday

My summer isn't all fun and games. I'm really looking forward to getting back to uni in September and have some reading to do before I get back. My sister snapped this picture of me while I was reading through some material. I can't wait to get back to my classes in September.

You're never too old for a traditional game!Preparing with some reading

Wednesday

I finally got to see my gorgeous Goddaughter and play in the local outdoor pool. Here she is while we were playing together and she was pretending to have sleepy times on the floor. I've been friends with her Mum since we were at school and she is now studying Law at another uni. It just goes to show that nothing can stop you going to uni.

Playing with my Goddaughter!

Thursday

Many more travels as my job as a Student Ambassador. Today I attended a Moving On day at Farnborough Sixth Form College. I gave a student life talk, had a stand at the Higher Education Fair, as well as getting to talk to loads of enthusiastic younger students about studying at Kingston!

Friday

A happy 4th of July to all American students! One of my best friends is from the USA, my drummer Rhys. Seeing as he was in the UK we had our own 4th of July BBQ, even though it was a little damper than Rhys is used to, we still had a lot of fun.

Working as a Student AmbassadorHappy 4th July!

Saturday

The countdown begins! It has been a long time coming but my band will be playing one of the biggest free festivals in the country next weekend! We have stickers ready, the single is almost ready to be released and I'm so excited!

Sunday

Today has been very quiet so I wanted to use it to show you one of my favourite things to come out of Kingston. This T-Shirt has been signed by all of the members of the band You Me At Six, they even complimented my shirt! I got this signed after watching an exclusive and intimate gig in Kingston, this is a regular thing in Kingston so keep your eyes peeled!

The countdown begins for our gig at the Basigstoke FestivalOne of my most favourite possessions

 

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