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The University of Reading 4.0 / 188 reviews
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The content for the first year was basic, and the compulsory modules included aspects of genre, context and referencing. As the years continued, these modules did provide an excellent basis of knowledge for an english literature degree, but some information was also contradictory to what we were later told, such as how to properly reference. In Years 2 & 3, students are allowed to pick their own modules. In the course information, this was advertised as a complete freedom where you do the modules you want. Due to administration, I ended up doing some modules I did not originally pick, but the quality of teaching and content made them enjoyable anyway. I ended up studying modules, such as Old English Literature, that I would never have picked, but which were extremely interesting. The assessment for most modules was 50% assessed essay and 50% exam, meaning that it was equally weighted throughout the year. The support from tutors for both essay feedback and exam techniques was excellent. Any queries I had were answered quickly, and the standard of lectures appeared higher than the lectures that other subjects seemed to offer. In third year, there are no lectures, only seminars. This is helpful to encourage more individual thought and to push you to engage with assertiveness and confidence. This method of teaching has refined both my public speaking skills (there are several presentations throughout the years) and encouraged my social skills. With regards to the dissertation, my tutor was helpful but did not babysit me. He allowed me to develop my ideas, with sometimes encouragement in the right direction. The choice of modules in the second and third year, and books studied, allowed me to develop an opinion to know assertively the subject I wanted to base my dissertation upon. Overall, my experience in the English department will be one I will miss.

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The degree is certainly challenging as expected. Yr 1 does not count towards your final year and the modules are fairly easy; Contract, Tort, Constitutional, Criminal, Research and Writing project and a very easy Legal Skills module.

YR 2 is hellish, it is by far the worst year and encompasses technically difficult modules of Land, EU and Equity and Trusts Law which are all very heavy modules and to some extent boring. The teaching of these modules could do with a revamp to spark a further interest in the subjects.

Public Law is another modules which is a 3 day exam but it is fine.

There is also a another research and writing assignment which is on a certin topic, large breadth of topics are available.

A Property Law project is also taught, which is coursework based and no exam. It ties in with principles of land law, but the marking is extremely subjective.

YR 3 far better, more enjoyable despite more pressure. Dissertation highly recommended!

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Very interesting, you learn all about bacteria that harms us, you are given some specimens you have to identify by the end of labs very interesting

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Exploiters and Exploited at my university is a compulsory first year, first term module. The module covers animals, plants and organisms that are either exploited by a other life or the environment or exploit it. These topics included sugar and honey bees. The content of the module, in my opinion, is very positive. However, occasionally the topics were not explained in the easiest way and the final exam at the end of the year was remarkable more difficult than the other modules I took, as it was one of the few essay-style exams that year.

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It's a good opportunity to see what we could do with our degree and expand our experiences, but they lacked support in finding placements for us and they mark us on assignments which we weren't given clear instructions on how to answer.

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Incredibly complex content with no great explanation. The three hour seminars which are meant to be interactive were not, he talked solidly for three hits every week and did not really explain anything

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Anonymous

The IT Service Managment module introduces the concept of aligning both enterprise architecture and ITIL service standards in order to complete a framework that an ideal IT service providing organisation should practice. The module provides exploration of personally creating a LAMP server and reporting back on the challenges faced, alongside the visual representation of an Archimate blueprint model. Further to this two more assignments highlight how appropriate improvements and maintenance can be achieved through ITIL standards a good practice enterprise architecture management. Although very insightful and educating, be aware that this module can prove to be difficult at times!

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I very much enjoyed the content but the lecturer was dull and uninterested in the subject. She marked our assessments using presentations which we very subjective.

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An informative, interesting course full of opportunities to explore political, economical, military and social aspects of the cold war. With topics ranging from british rock culture to the space race, the teaching of the content is brilliant - lecturer obviously loves the subject, and is incredibly knowledgable about all aspects.

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The module was centred on Victorian Literature, from Tennyson to H.G Wells in the 1890's. It was a well-thought out module that incorporated novels from traditional poetry to the radical themes of vivisection. I enjoyed the books immensely, and it encouraged me to take a further module based in Victorian Literature this year. I feel a huge difference in the module is made in the way it is taught. The enthusiasm and approach to each text made it almost impossible to sit in a seminar and not want to read the next book, and enjoy the current. A particular favourite was H. G. Wells' 'The Island of Doctor Moreau'. Not only was it an excellent book, but it produced the most interesting lecture on degeneration that I have ever attended. The module extends it's scope beyond focusing on the books alone to encounter issues of the Victorian era, such as identity and change. It was extremely interesting, there was not an excessive amount of reading and the assessed essay questions were great to interact with to encourage you to produce educated and interesting answers. The only issue is, that some of the novelists are less well known, and it was difficult to find information in the library when researching them.

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