International Terms 2020 after commencement FAQs

Are the assessment tasks for each subject the same as if the course was being delivered on campus?

Yes. Assessment tasks for each subject remain the same, although the delivery platform will be different. Subjects with exams will also be delivered online.

How are practical classes being delivered?

Practical classes will be delivered via online platforms. Generally, the theory component of each class will become a pre-recorded lecture and demonstrations will also be pre-recorded. You’ll be provided an instruction manual and tasks to complete around these recordings (format will vary by class). These will then be supported by video conferenced workshops where students and academic staff will work through the discussion points and feedback from those tasks.

What support is available to me while studying online?

You have access to all the study resources online that were available on-campus. This includes:

  • most tutorials, lectures and workshops will be either pre-recorded or delivered via Zoom or Microsoft Teams
  • the same amount of face-to-face teaching remains the same via digital platforms
  • virtual drop-in sessions by academic staff
  • course coordinators will continue to have office hour and are available for appointments via Zoom.
  • learning Hubs are now available virtually. Learning Hubs provide specialist and peer support for Academic English, Writing, Study SkillsMaths, Chemistry, Library Skills and Digital Literacy.

How are drop-in sessions, classes and group assignments going to be managed across multiple time zones?

Drop-in sessions are run on a demand basis and can be adjusted to meet the needs of each cohort for each subject. Exams are being scheduled at a time suitable across multiple time zones. For groupwork academic staff will be allocating students into groups based on their time zone.

For software-based subjects (e.g. programming), how do I obtain access to the required software?

In most instances the software is available to you to download onto your personal computer, with instructions provided during the first class for the subject. In any other circumstances, subjects have been adjusted to work with free-ware available for anyone to download from the internet. In such cases, you’ll be provided information on exactly which free-ware will be required, and how to download this to their computer. If you experience any issues, you can seek the assistance of your academic staff during workshops.