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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

MSc Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics

1. Content of the course 

There are no changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

There is no change to the length of the course.

If a new lock down occurs in term 2 and prevents the continuation of the dissertations in the laboratory, students may be offered the possibility of undertaking a desk-based dissertation or extend the study period to complete a lab-based project.

3. How your course will be delivered 

New students 

Welcome week activities will be on campus and some key talks on campus that will be also offered “on line live” via BBL to allow all the students to obtain the information about the programme.

Teaching for the MSc DMT will be delivered via in-person teaching on campus.  Sessions will be Panopto recorded for students who cannot attend.

Practical skills will be taught in-person and on campus throughout term 1 and term 2. In the case of another lockdown, we may repeat the practical sessions towards the end of term 2 and term 3 to ensure all students have the opportunity to attend them. We will offer catch-up sessions if practical sessions are severely disrupted.

Support for learning: student will have all the lecture material on BBL, with Panopto recoding, link to studying material, seminars links.

Tutoring: The Biomedical Sciences team has devised a comprehensive plan to deliver academic and personal tutoring to all our students. The sessions will be offered either in person if the students are on campus or on line if students prefer this option. The tutoring framework provides academic and pastoral support to students and gives them a point of contact with an academic member of staff throughout their degree.

Town Hall meetings: Fortnightly ‘Town Hall’ style meetings will remain on line to maximise the opportunity for students to attend.

The format and online submission of coursework assessments, such as essays, journal articles, case reports and reflections will remain unchanged. The schedule of these will be communicated to students at the start of the academic year and lecturers will provide guidance on how they will work in their sessions. All exams will be taken on WISEflow or Blackboard, our digital assessment platforms. The synoptic examination will remain as “at home exam”.

Assessments involving face-to-face presentations, (e.g. oral abstract-style or poster presentations individually or in groups) will take place in-person, on campus. These assessments will be scheduled.

Returning students 

Welcome week activities will be on campus and some key talks on campus that will be also live via BBL  to allow all the students to obtain the information about the programme.

Teaching for the MSc DMT will be delivered via in-person teaching on campus.  Sessions will be Panopto recorded for students who cannot attend.

Practical skills will be taught in-person and on campus throughout term 1 and term 2. In the case of another lockdown, we may repeat the practical sessions towards the end of term 2 and term 3 to ensure all students have the opportunity to attend them. We will offer catch-up sessions if practical sessions are severely disrupted.

Support for learning: student will have all the lecture material on BBL, with Panopto recoding, link to studying material, seminars links.

Tutoring: The Biomedical Sciences team has devised a comprehensive plan to deliver academic and personal tutoring to all our students. The sessions will be offered either in person if the students are on campus or on line if students prefer this option. The tutoring framework provides academic and pastoral support to students and gives them a point of contact with an academic member of staff throughout their degree.

Town Hall meetings: Fortnightly ‘Town Hall’ style meetings will remain on line to maximise the opportunity for students to attend.

Support for learning: student will have all the lecture material on BBL, with Panopto recoding, link to studying material, seminars links.

Tutoring: The Biomedical Sciences team has devised a comprehensive plan to deliver academic and personal tutoring to all our students. The sessions will be offered either in person if the students are on campus or on line if students prefer this option. The tutoring framework provides academic and pastoral support to students and gives them a point of contact with an academic member of staff throughout their degree.

Town Hall meetings: Fortnightly ‘Town Hall’ style meetings will remain on line to maximise the opportunity for students to attend. 

The format and online submission of coursework assessments, such as essays, journal articles, case reports and reflections will remain unchanged. The schedule of these will be communicated to students at the start of the academic year and lecturers will provide guidance on how they will work in their sessions. All exams will be taken on WISEflow or Blackboard, our digital assessment platforms. The synoptic examination will remain as “at home exam”.

Assessments involving face-to-face presentations, (e.g. oral abstract-style or poster presentations individually or in groups) will take place in-person, on campus. These assessments will be scheduled.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no changes to the qualifications awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. 

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can join our student societies, we have one for each subject area including Politics, History, Sociology, and Anthropology. You can join these societies through the Union of Brunel Students or contact your Course Rep to find out more. We have Facebook groups for these societies too.

Our department also has a Postgraduate Research society, if you would like to join this please contact your PGR Director.

You can join our social media groups to keep in touch with your peers and exchange knowledge.  Find out how to do this by contacting your course rep.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CHMLS-TPO-biosciences@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21