Lectures and Seminars


The lecture is generally the most common method of teaching large groups of students. They are used to impart information, concepts and theories, provide an introductory overview of the subject, arouse student interest in a subject, draw together the main ideas about a subject, and to review recent research on it. Do not attempt to write the lecture down verbatim. Instead concentrate on what is being said and make a few notes in an orderly fashion following the structure of the lecture.

Lectures are timetabled in slots of 50 minutes. They are scheduled to start on the hour and finish at ten to the hour to allow for travel time between classes.

Encore lecture capture facilities
Encore is the University’s lecture capture system. The system records the display and audio from suitable teaching sessions, and makes these available to you via your module’s courses on Blackboard (MOLE). You can then access these recordings to help you with your studies, for example, revisiting parts of lectures that you have missed or did not understand, to help with revision or for writing more detailed notes. Research has also shown that lecture recordings can be useful for students with certain disabilities, or with English as a second language.

The recordings are not a replacement for attending lectures, and it is important to remember that attendance at live lectures is a critical part of your course and is the best way to engage with the content, the lecturer and other students. The recordings are there to enhance and supplement your learning and teaching experience, and there are resources on the 301 webpages to help you use lecture recordings most effectively to support your learning.

It is important to note that not all lectures/classes are appropriate for recording, for example small group interactive sessions, lectures where the whiteboard/chalkboard is used extensively and lectures with sensitive content. Lectures which take place in small teaching rooms which do not have Encore equipment will also not be recorded.

Tutorials and Seminars

Learning is not a one-way process and the tutorial (a one-to-one session with your tutor) and the seminar (a group discussion session) is a way of helping you to contribute and participate in the learning process. Seminars provide you with an opportunity to exchange ideas with your fellow students. They are also used to clear up difficulties with topic areas in a module by raising questions with the lecturer. Seminars can be immensely rewarding. However, you must have done some reading in advance and come to the sessions prepared to participate. There is no need to feel intimidated or uneasy about speaking up; your tutor will happily encourage those who are willing to ‘have a go’. However, contributions which are racist or sexist will not be tolerated. And if you are giving a seminar presentation and have failed to do any work, you cannot expect much sympathy from either your module organizer or your fellow students.

Language classes

Language classes are broken down into individual skills covering grammar, writing, speaking and other skills. Our language courses aim to develop all of your language skills from the very first year of study. You will have plenty of opportunities to talk and write in your chosen language, but also to translate, and summarise materials, or watch and discuss films and television programmes. Specialist skills such as interpreting are also taught on some courses.