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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Environmental Sciences (undergraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

BSc Environmental Sciences

1. Content of the course 

There are no changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

There are no changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 


New students 

Each term one module (approximately 24 hours of teaching time, delivered one day per week) will be taught exclusively online. The online modules will include both asynchronous (pre-recorded) materials to view and read before class and live online Team-Based Learning sessions, seminars and lectures. The rest of the curriculum will be taught on-campus (approximately 9 hours per week, typically over three days). On-campus teaching may include lectures, seminars and workshops and will also include (on average) a two-hour laboratory-based session per week. Where teaching takes place on-campus, asynchronous viewing and/or reading materials will also be provided. Some lectures may be broadcast live online, but most classroom and laboratory-based teaching will not be replicated directly online. If permitted, a residential field course will take place towards the end of Term 2 and a local equivalent will be offered to any students who do not wish to travel. The residential field course may be in the UK or abroad.

Assessment will take place online, with all coursework and exams being submitted digitally. Exams will be open-book (not invigilated) and can be taken from home, or at a computer on campus if you prefer. The one exception to this will be the field course notebook and journal that will be submitted as a hard-copy. In some weeks of term, assessment will be the sole focus of student time, allowing students to focus on their assessment without having teaching concurrently.

Student support will take place on-campus and online. Academic staff leading your modules and your Personal Tutor will be available for 1:1 and group meetings either on-campus or online.

Where possible, all learning resources will be provided digitally but some textbooks may be available in hard-copy only via the Brunel University Library.

Returning students 

At Level 5, each term one module (approximately 24 hours of teaching time, delivered one day per week) will be taught exclusively online. The online modules will include both asynchronous (pre-recorded) materials to view and read before class and live online Team-Based Learning sessions, seminars and lectures. The rest of the curriculum will be taught on-campus (typically over three days per week). On-campus teaching may include lectures, seminars and workshops and will also include (on average) a two-hour laboratory-based session per week. Where teaching takes place on-campus, asynchronous viewing and/or reading materials will also be provided. Some lectures may be broadcast live online, but most classroom and laboratory-based teaching will not be replicated directly online. If permitted, a residential field course will take place towards the end of Term 2 and a local equivalent will be offered to any students who do not wish to travel. The residential field course may be in the UK or abroad. Students choosing optional modules taught outside the Department of Life Sciences (such as those offered by the Department of Engineering) may receive a different balance of online and on-campus teaching (though this is only 20 out of 120 credits).

At Level 6, in Term 1 two modules (approximately 48 hours of teaching time) will be delivered mostly online, with optional weekly on-campus discussion sessions with the module leader. The rest of the curriculum will be taught on-campus (typically over two days per week). On-campus teaching may include lectures, seminars, and workshops. At Level 6, there will not be laboratory practical sessions, unless these are part of your Final Year Project. The Final Year Project runs throughout Term 1 and Term 2. Data collection may take place on-campus or off-campus, depending on the chosen project. Supervisory meetings will take place either on-campus, online, or both, depending upon the nature of the project being undertaken. In Term 2, all module-based teaching will take place on-campus. Students choosing optional modules taught outside the Department of Life Sciences (such as those offered by the Department of Engineering) may receive a different balance of online and on-campus teaching (though this is only 30 out of 120 credits).

For all students at Level 5 and Level 6, assessment will take place online, with all coursework and exams being submitted digitally. Exams will be open-book (not invigilated) and can be taken from home, or at a computer on campus if you prefer. The one exception to this will be the field course notebook and journal that will be submitted as a hard-copy. In some weeks of term assessment will be the sole focus of student time, allowing students to focus on their assessment without having teaching concurrently.

Student support will take place on-campus and online. Academic staff leading your modules and your Personal Tutor will be available for 1:1 and group meetings either on-campus or online.

Where possible, all learning resources will be provided digitally but some textbooks may be available in hard-copy only via the Brunel University Library.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the course fees.

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

We host a series of online and on-campus events where you can network with your peers and members of academic staff including seminars, museum visits, sporting events, career fairs, bowling, and other exciting co-curricular trips. These events will be advertised on Blackboard Learn and on our Student Intranet, we will send email reminders too.

You will be able to meet and learn from older students as part of our Peer-Assisted Learning programme. Second year students who have been successful in their first year exams and coursework will be available to help you with your learning and answer any questions you have about university life.

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