All coursework, labs, tests and assignments are assessed and contribute to the final year grade, which is very helpful as exams contribute to only part of the final grade. The structure of the course is very clear and well organised with a lot of contact hours. It is very easy to contact lecturers or your personal tutor with any problems you may have as the University has an open door policy.
Job prospects due to studying at Cardiff university are high, course take can be disorganised at times, but staff are willing to take criticism and develop course appropiatley
The passion of the lecturers really comes through during lectures. However, some lecturers are teaching topics which they're not passionate about and that is also easy to see. The School is really eager to get feedback and improve the course and increase the enjoyment for the students. The student representatives meet monthly and are really approachable. After each meeting, we all receive an email detailing what has changed and what steps they're going to take. The school is very small and therefore, by the end of the year we get to know everyone in the year and people in other years too. The OpSoc is very active and has a lot of socials!
Overall good structure of the course. First year was a common year across all bioscience degress however this has now changed. We had the option of taking a professional training year as part of the degree and luckily I had the chance to conduct mine in Australia. This opened my eyes to the research world and has made me want to pursue a career in the research industry
As one of the first cohorts of the newly founded C21 curriculum, there were many apparent differences, both positive and negative, that could be observed. Where the C21 offers more interactivity through case study seminars and small group sessions, the traditional teaching style provides a more structured delivery technique of lectures. I found small groups benefits from giving each student more chance to get involved and develop, ask questions and challenge their colleagues ideas. However, since a lot of the learning in these techniques is self driven, there is less structure to the required content, often preventing students from being confident in their bredth, and depth, of knowledge. C21 does, however, offer some assisting lectures to help guide students, which is beneficial.C21 projects its beauty as a spiralling curriculum. That is, that it recaps all the topics seen throughout the course over all the forthcoming years aswell, so your knowledge should progress and develop, rather than having to recall from y1, by y5, having never retouched on the matter. However, this can be largely overwhelming in the early years, when a huge amount of 'new' information is piled on.
Good course content, subjects relevant to engineering and interesting for first 2 years. Placement year is extremely useful, good opportunity to earn and gain experience.However 3rd year project (dissertation) very hit and miss with subject and tutor. For example my tutor was utterly useless where as friends had very engaging tutors.3rd also has some questionable lectures who are lazy in their provision of help.
I thought that the common first year which makes every student in the bioscience scene is a poor idea as it makes you learn about things you are not at all interested in. A biochemist doesn't want to learn about ecology no more than an ecologist wants to learn about biochemistry. The teaching on the whole is good and most leactutes make the topic interesting and offer support if needed.
The case based approach utilised by the university is very helpful in understanding medical concepts. Information learnt previously is revisited in order to reinforce understanding. there are many support networks available for students if they require any personal, financial or other help. in order to improve further they could maybe invest in new student societies and host balls and other events in collaboration with other universities to increase diversity.
I've really enjoyed my degree thus far. Every module has been interesting and the options on offer varied- from ethnomusicology (taught by the ex-keyboardist to Boy George) to the history of pop to composition. There are many ensembles open to students, several led by top professionals and one can even try your hand at West African drumming. The lecturers are passionate and assessment and expectations reasonable. The music library is well stocked and the mac lab and practice rooms important facilities. The department as a whole is exceptionally friendly, and the admin staff beyond helpful. As a small department, everyone knows everyone and any complaints or suggestions are always listened to with representatives in each year and regular meetings. Contact hours in lectures are probably less than some other departments but this is to allow for vital time for independent instrument practice and ensembles. As a BA student I also have the opportunity to do a number of credits in modules offered by other departments, something I hugely value in keeping my study diverse and interesting. I definitely recommend my course.
My course started with a common first year, with all the other bioscience courses having the same lectures. This was good in some ways, as it allowed flexibility. For me, this was a good thing as I wasn't certain what I wanted to do. However, it also meant studying and taking exams for subjects that were nothing to do with my course, such as microbiology and anatomy. It would have been better to allow some selection of modules.
Second year was a little better, as there was only one compulsory module. However, this module was not enjoyable or useful, and it was my worst mark. This was irritating.
Third year has been brilliant. I was able to pick all my modules from a good selection of choices, and put preferences for my dissertation.
The course has suffered from some organisation problems. There have been countless times a lecture has been moved or cancelled at the last minute, and work is often handed back late. On the other hand, most of the course content was delivered well by the staff, and there is always someone to go to for help if struggling.