Teaching in the Department of Informatics includes lectures and lab classes together with small group tutorials. Lectures include innovative software demonstrations as well as more traditional presentations.
State-of-the-art web-based materials, automated feedback and marking systems, on-line tests and electronic coursework submission all provide an excellent modern learning environment. Apart from project work, which is assessed by coursework only, most modules are assessed partly by coursework and partly by exam.
You will be assigned your own personal tutor who can provide advice about not just academic matters but also welfare concerns and career development. You can see your personal tutor at any time by making an appointment or just dropping in.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Typical workload hours for Informatics courses in 2016/17:
Year 1: 29% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 348 hours
- Independent learning: 852 hours
Year 2: 25% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
- Independent learning: 900 hours
Year 3: 18% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
- Independent learning: 984 hours
Optional year abroad: If you're spending a year abroad, your contact will vary depending on the institution you're studying at.
Final year: 19% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
- Independent learning: 972 hours
While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.