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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Public Health and Health Promotion (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

MSc Public Health and Health Promotion

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 

Building on the success of the dual-delivery in the Autumn term, for both new and returning students, we will utilise dual delivery to deliver the programme, with students having the option to attend planned live drop-in sessions with module leads both in-person or on-line. The teaching for all modules will be delivered on campus, but with the option of simultaneous online attendance for those unable to attend. These sessions will also be recorded and uploaded online. In addition, there will be resources for learning, including pre-recorded video sessions related to content, available to students online.

  1. The following additional support will be provided:  
  2. Monthly weekly (1 hour per session) journal clubs (online): The journal clubs will be led by all lecturers (in turns). The journal papers will be based on topics covered in the modules running at the time, with each module lead suggesting two key papers.
  3. Webinar – bi-weekly seminar series (1 hour- online) on topical issues to be led by:
    1. policy makers (international and national policy makers)
    2. staff talking about their research
  4. Academic development workshops (weekly- 1 hour): To support the students in developing academic and transferable skills: e.g.
    1. Employability
    2. Academic writing
    3. Critical appraisal
    4. Ethics
    5. Dataset identification
    6. Literature review
  5. Peer support programmes to facilitate interactions among the cohort. We have already set up a Facebook, and a cohort specific WhatsApp group.
  6. Monthly online social activities i.e. karaoke, quiz
  7.  Personal tutoring sessions (both online and face to face) with personal tutors

Returning students 

Building on the success of the dual-delivery in the Autumn term, for both new and returning students, we will utilise dual delivery to deliver the programme, with students having the option to attend planned live drop-in sessions with module leads both in-person or on-line. The teaching for all modules will be delivered on campus, but with the option of simultaneous online attendance for those unable to attend. These sessions will also be recorded and uploaded online. In addition, there will be resources for learning, including pre-recorded video sessions related to content, available to students online.

  1. The following additional support will be provided:  
  2. Monthly weekly (1 hour per session) journal clubs (online): The journal clubs will be led by all lecturers (in turns). The journal papers will be based on topics covered in the modules running at the time, with each module lead suggesting two key papers.
  3. Webinar – bi-weekly seminar series (1 hour- online) on topical issues to be led by:
    1. policy makers (international and national policy makers)
    2. staff talking about their research
  4. Academic development workshops (weekly- 1 hour): To support the students in developing academic and transferable skills: e.g.
    1. Employability
    2. Academic writing
    3. Critical appraisal
    4. Ethics
    5. Dataset identification
    6. Literature review
  5. Peer support programmes to facilitate interactions among the cohort. We have already set up a Facebook, and a cohort specific WhatsApp group.
  6. Monthly online social activities i.e. karaoke, quiz
  7.  Personal tutoring sessions (both online and face to face) with personal tutors

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 out 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