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Lectures
Teaching Assignments
  • In the School of Mathematics, the Heads of Departments (Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, and Statistics) are responsible for assigning lecturers for modules.  This usually happens sometime in March/April for the following academic year.
  • As a rule of thumb, regular lecturers can expect to teach a particular module for three successive years. (There are many exceptions.)
Finding Information
  • When teaching a module for the first time, the best source of information is the previous lecturer.
  • When planning your teaching, you will have to take into account the published syllabus,  prerequisites, methods of teaching, methods of assessment, and reading lists. You can find this information in the Module Booklets, and in the University Module Catalogue. Once you have taught a module, you can submit suggestions for changes to the module description.
  • A typical module will consist of two to three weekly scheduled lectures, tutorials and workshops.
Module Codes

The first digit of the module number indicates the level , the second digit (usually) indicates which department is responsible for the teaching of this module: (For example, MATH2015 is a level 2 module taught in Pure Maths.)
  • 0,1,2        for Pure Maths
  • 3,4,5,6     for Applied Maths,
  • 7,8          for Stats
  • 9             for all Departments.
Lectures
  • All teaching activities usually start 5 minutes past the hour and end 5 minutes before the hour.
  • Lecturers are expected to clean backboards and white boards before leaving. Check the lecture theatre about any extra equipment you might need.
  • Some advice on giving lectures:
    • Write and speak clearly.
    • Organize your notes.
    • Pace your lectures so students can write down notes.
    • Give plenty of examples.
    • Talk to the class, not to the board.

Tutorials and Workshops

  • Depending on the size of the class, during tutorials and workshops the tutor discusses problems, or the students work by themselves or in groups with the help of the tutor.
  • Tutorials and Workshops should not be used to cover new material.
Coursework - Homework
  • Most level 0, 1 and 2 modules have an assessed coursework component through weekly or bi-weekly problem sheets.
  • Level 3 and 5 modules do not have assessed coursework (except for Statistics practicals, essay based modules and project modules), but homework is assigned for students and feedback should be provided. Marking support is provided depending on student numbers.
Module Webpages
  • Every module has a space allocated in Minerva, the University's Virtual Learning Environment.You can post materials and information for your students. Here are some Remarks and Hints for its use.
  • School of Maths' Policy on Minimum Requirements for Module Wegpages.
  • Material on module webpages should supplement your lectures, not replace them. For example, posting lecture notes which are read out aloud during the lecture will result in students not attending lectures, or being very unengaged listeners.