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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Games Design (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

MA Digital Games Theory and Design

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 


New students 

In line with the University’s approach, we will resume normal in-person teaching and learning activities. Depending on the needs of individual modules, some components might be delivered online (via pre-recorded materials or using live streaming platforms) to enhance and compliment your learning experience. For example, meetings with your personal and academic tutors may take place using online tools such as Discord, Zoom and Microsoft Teams, making use of digital platforms and implementing online social practices that are the heart of gaming. You will normally have two in-person classes per week, each generally structured as a mix of lectures and seminars. Here, you will also be instructed on your work – to be carried individually and sometimes in group – for each week, for example studying from the readings, writing essays and designing projects.

The MA in Digital Games Theory & Design has long adopted online learning tools as part of its  teaching. All your coursework will be submitted online via Wiseflow, and most of your study materials will be located on BlackBoard, a Virtual Learning Environment hosting readings, lecture recordings, additional videos and more. Our staff members are all equipped to deal with the current dynamic landscape of teaching and learning in higher education, allowing our programme to confidently navigate any challenge and making the MA in Digital Games Theory & Design ready to support the needs of students with both in-person teaching and online delivery. 

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 planned changes to the qualification that is being 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: CBASS-TPO-GASK@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