Course information

The way studies work at university depends on what you study. On certain courses within a programme you will have a large number of timetabled hours, while on others you will study more in your own time. The forms of study are many and varied. You may have everything from lectures in large groups to individual tuition.

Lectures

The classical form of teaching at colleges and universities is the lecture. This occurs in a large group, and during the lecture the teacher takes up important aspects of the required reading.

Lessons

The lesson is a variant of the lecture. Lessons are conducted in smaller groups and provide a greater opportunity for discussion and consideration of the required reading in detail with the lecturer.

Laboratory sessions

Those of you who are going to read subjects in natural science and technology will certainly encounter laboratory sessions as a form of teaching. In the laboratory session you carry out practical experiments, in a group or individually, on the basis of what you have learned during lectures or lessons. The laboratory sessions are often reported in writing and, as a rule, they are compulsory.

Seminars

Seminars are a form of teaching based to a greater extent on the active participation of those present. At undergraduate level this is a common form for reporting on work and essays of different kinds.

Group projects

Group projects are a form of work which is becoming much more common. During a group project the group works independently on its task in writing and/or a task which has been allocated to it. The group then reports on its task in writing and/or orally.

Supervision

As a student you will also come across supervision, primarily when you are going to write your thesis. Supervision usually occurs individually, but it is also conducted in a small group. It might be a matter of preparing for an oral presentation, planning or designing the thesis.

Published: Mon 13 Jun 2011. Modified: Thu 17 Sep 2015