The University of Sheffield
Geography Undergraduate Student Handbook

Attendance & workloads

You are expected to be present in the University on weekdays during semester, including during any reading weeks and the assessment periods at the end of each semester. The University expects you to work for about 36 - 40 hours per week (classes, assignments, and private study) shared between the modules you are taking.

You must attend all practicals, tutorials, seminars, and term-time fieldtrips except in event of illness or for other good reasons notified in advance to the tutor/lecturer concerned. Persistent absence is recorded in students’ files and may be reported to Faculty. Submission of coursework for assessment is also compulsory (see section on Assessment), and attendance at examinations is compulsory – failure to attend could result in disciplinary action as laid out in University regulations. You are strongly advised to go to all lectures since they set out the conceptual and/or technical framework for the rest of your work on the module concerned. If you cannot attend a lecture be sure to borrow a friend's notes and access any related material on MOLE2.

To help ensure that you make full use of the learning opportunities that are available, the department will be monitoring the attendance of students at a number of points throughout the year. The monitoring will be carried out using systems that have been developed by the University specifically to help departments identify and support students who are having difficulty with their study programme.

Non-attendance and non-submission of assessed work, whether in Geography or elsewhere, could lead to a module being deemed NC – Not Completed, and so regulations for completion of a year not to be satisfied.

Residential field courses are an integral part of some modules and attendance is compulsory except for medical or other good reason; students who do not turn up are liable to pay the full cost.

Overall, the department provides a range of learning opportunities. What you achieve is however very much in your own hands, as your personal input, outside formal contact times, is a critical part of your workload.