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The University of Southampton 4.1 / 1264 reviews
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PHIL1002
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Loved the lecturer, Genia Schbäumsfeld, makes the effort not to just read off of the slides and gives a lot of insightful ways of interpreting the text and says points in intellectual ways which is good for the essays. The main text studied was Descartes Meditations which was great but would've preferred more texts covering the epistemological branch of philosophy but really enjoyed the meditations regardless. Form of Assessment of 3 1000 word essays was perfect and loved how there was no exam based assessment.

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ENGL1079
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The actual content on this course might have been quite interesting, but it was run by 3 lecturers and suffered from lack of overall cohesion. Instead there was a bizarre mash up of Classic Hollywood Film Studies, Shakespeare and simple Theatre Studies, with each topic pitched at a different level of understanding. Whilst some lectures were engaging, it was confusing as to what we were meant to learn and focus on outside of class, and therefore produce for assignments.

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SOES3031
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This module offers an interesting look at many modern molecular methods and techniques used for many processes. Many examples and context but online resources were very badly organised and available. The last exam was very underprepaired for and lack of revision aid recieved.

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GEOG1011
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Really diverse module which covers many aspects of both human and physical geography and the consecutiveness of such. Because of the large number of lectures it tailored to every students tastes and also gave an insight into lecturers interest which is useful for future module choice.

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SOES3021
Anonymous

Brilliant module!

It essentially is a week in Brittany, France, using a variety of geophysical equipment to measure geological formations and produce a lot of data to later process and interpret in a report. (Gravity, Seismics, Magnetics, Ground Penetrating Radar, Resistivity...)

It's very hard work - but so fun and one of the best fieldtrips I have ever been on!

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The course is extremely varied so far, and allows vast improvement in confidence and fluency within the two languages. The content modules are very interesting and informative, and the assignments are challenging but not in anyway too difficult. I am looking forward to starting linguistics modules next semester.

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I am a second year mechanical engineer student. I find my course quite hard, but on the other hand I enjoy it a lot so it's worth it. The degree is well structured and they have really tried to combine the knowelede you get from the different modules, so you can smoothly adjust to the needs of the course. Our teachers are exceptional with few exceptions, which is mainly due to their lack of the english language. In general though, they are very helpful and would be glad to meet them at their office anytime during the day to explain stuff. Lastly, the way we get assessed is a bit of a mix up between courseworks and exams, but with greater weight on the exams. I believe however they have some space for improvement, mainly choosing better deadlines for the different modules since many times two or three courseworks coincide on the same week.

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Personally, I love my course. It covers a wide range of material from Homer to Virginia Woolf in the first year and the second and third years allow you to specialise more and more in what you like whether that's elizabethan, 19th century or more modern stuff or anything in between. The course covers Literature, Prose, Poetry and Film and you have to option to take all of these further. The assignments are well thought out and clear and achievable. What is difficult is the time management so if you're not one for organising your own study this might not be the course for you as there are usually less than 10 contact hours a week. However, staff are always friendly and more than willing to help and the uni had a great support system.

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Course Content-The content is enjoyable. There's plenty of variety within the modules however it is also difficult to get a place on some of the popular modules. With the amount we spend on going to university it seems to me we should at least have a high chance of being able to study what we want to. For English the ballot system of choosing modules was completely un organised and ended with many students feeling very distressed by their options and the whole experience of completing the ballot.

Teaching Quality-The teaching is generally of a high quality, especially in the Spanish part of my degree where the staff seem to really care about your progress. In English the staff are very knowledgeable and teach well, but are less personable and less concerned with your individual progress. The different lecturers styles vary from more traditional (a PowerPoint and them lecturing you) to smaller lectures which have more of a seminar feel. Attendance to seminars negatively affects the quality of the seminar. When no one turns up it is difficult to have the discussion needed in the seminar. I would prefer if there was a mark for attendance.

Learning Resources-I prefer using the resources on Avenue Campus as it is less crowded. The Hartley Library would be very useful if it wasn't so overcrowded (especially around deadlines and exam periods) I think they need to expand the amount of study space available, especially since being allowed to let in a higher volume of students. The technology around campus is up to date which I appreciate. However for both my subjects I am expected to print a lot of material, which in turn costs me a lot of money. With the amount I already pay I shouldn't be expected to spend so much on printing and on textbooks which cost up to £50 each.

Assessments and Feedback-I think it would be better if all modules assessments didn't happen at the same time, if they coordinated it would make my life a lot easier. In terms of feedback, our feedback is often later than the 4 week policy my department has which can be frustrated. In the past I have been preparing for the next essay without any feedback from my previous work.

Academic Support-Their is plenty of support available, for example all students are allocated a PAT (personal academic tutor) however the way in which they allocate PATS has led me to have a Chinese tutor as my tutor, who openly admitted he wouldn't be able to help me with Spanish or English. He would only be able to help with more general queries. We have extra support available in the form of the royal Literary Fund Fellows which are available to help with essay writing in general which I used throughout second year.

Enjoyment Factor-Overall I have fully enjoyed my university experience so far. However there are a few issues such as the Students Union spending a fortune on rebranding, which was voted against. I hate to see our money going to waste.

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The university lectures are passionate about what they teach, each lecture you feel like you have gained something from attending the lectures. Wish there were a few more contact hours to full consolidated what is being learnt however the topics that we study are interesting, relevant and topical in the world at the moment. I have been able to pick up another language from scratch, which has been really useful. There is a lot of flexibility and a wide range of modules to choose from- something for everyone.

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