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The University of Portsmouth 4.0 / 239 reviews
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1st year course content was boring and not what I was interested in, too many lectures with marine biology and biology. Luckily 2nd year and 3rd year got more specific and I loved my course more each year! It's a really difficult course, but interesting and mostly well-taught. One lecturer a bit behind the times springs to mind - he refuses to upload anything to moodle which is a pain as online resources are the best help with revision. In 3rd year modules other than the one run by that professor all have loads of great extra resources on moodle provided by the course lecturers. It's helped my revision so much. The teaching is mostly good, though you'll get a few where you think "I pay for this why?" Personally I think some of our exams are too heavily weighted, 70% of the overall module and you only get one chance at coursework for the other 30%. That's only one module now though, the others have exams worth 60% and coursework takes up the rest, which is better, but I think 50-50 would be a better way to assess scientific subjects, especially as we are required to have hones practical skills later in our careers. That is something i feel is really lacking from this course - enough time in the lab doing practical work, which could be remedied by increasing the weight of coursework.

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The experience so far has been very enjoyable and rewarding. The lecturers are enthusiastic and more than willing to help with any queries or concerns students have. The course content is varied and challenging.

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1st Year

The communication between the two schools is often poor, with deadlines coinciding and one school believing that joint honours students are not busy at certain times as they do not know about the assessment of the other half of the course.

However, the course content is brilliant, covering a great range of topics. The reading is spread well across all modules, and the lecturers bring the course to life. Feedback is brilliant and really insightful, and lecturers are always happy to give students additional feedback, written or in person, if requested.

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The course I am studying is interesting in some aspects. The downside of the course is that there is not much in terms of flexibility on the units you study. Some of the units are mandatory which means that you can be studying topics you may not find interesting. You are given the opportunity to choose the forms of assessments in terms of exams or coursework which gives you a good chance if you are better at one or the other. The structure of the course is good, however, there is a small amount of contact time. But there is chance to increase it with one on one tutor sessions.

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My course is so much more than just the study of the USA, it includes Latin America and the Caribbean. It is so informative and has massively shaped the way I view the world. There is just as much a focus on current affairs as there is past history, and I think that is so important. I chose my degree because I feel that it is vital to understand the mindset of one of the world's leading superpowers. I love it.

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My course offers a wide range of literature units to cover. There is modern, contemporary, women's literature, holocaust lit, theory, Charles Dickens etc... There are also essay modules, exams or presentations so there are assessments to suit all types of learners. The lecturers are all experts in the field, many have won awards for their contributions to literature.

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The course is very vocational allowing us to gain good knowledge not only of the basic journalism practices but also how to apply these into a career . The skills that we learn such as shorthand and indesign help to set students part from other candidates when searching for jobs after uni. The course is well structured meaning that students can see the progress they are making. Practical assignments where we are encouraged to work on real life projects allow us to put these skills to test and build a portfolio.

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For the money that we have paid to study the course I don't feel the content and quality of teaching is enough. Third year consists of around 4 hours teaching a week. Half of the lecturers are caught up in their own projects outside of uni and often don't turn upto teach. The equipment we have available to use is industry quality which is great but access to it is extremely difficult with convoluted booking systems and all of the students filming their projects at the same time means we are constantly fighting for the booking time slots.

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The degree involves a vast range of units, from more theory based topics such as social issues and propaganda, to more practical units such as audio vision and production screen and shooting. I would certainly rate this degree in terms of its versatility and the fact that certain MA courses are relevant afterwards.

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The course is really interesting and even if you don't find yourself in hospitality industry you still get a chance to study what you could be interested. You get at the same time a broad and narrow view in hospitality and tourism. Broad by meaning that you study economics or environmental aspects and see how it effects this industry, narrow by meaning that you study how to manage your own hotel or restaurant, how to calculate all the sales, profits and so on..and how all the system works by taking a look at hospitality operations. You become like a business person but with personality because you get a lot of knowledge about customer service.

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