Quality Manual

Minimum expectations for levels of teaching and learning activity

This page provides guidance on different types of scheduled teaching and learning activities, including the minimum expectations for a typical programme of study. Its content is relevant to staff and students across all of the UK, China and Malaysia campuses.

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Overview

Students should expect to spend 10 hours learning on average to gain one academic credit, including scheduled teaching and directed learning activities and private study time. This guidance refers to scheduled teaching and directed learning activity which includes synchronous teaching and learning and directed asynchronous learning activities completed onsite or remotely.
 

Implementation

Includes: provision dates

The provisions which are outlined on this page were first introduced as follows and have been applied from these dates:

  • 2012/13 Students on the Foundation Stage and Qualifying Stage of Honours Degree and Integrated Masters programmes
  • 2013/14 Students on Part I of Honours Degree and Integrated Masters programmes
  • 2014/15 Students on Part II of Honours Degree and Integrated Masters programmes and students on Part III of Integrated Masters programmes.
  • 2021/22 Students on post graduate taught programmes
 

Defining teaching and learning activities

Scheduled teaching and directed learning activities include digital learning, delivered onsite or remotely and in person teaching. Activities may be synchronous or directed asynchronous and include for example:

  • Demonstrations
  • External visits
  • Fieldwork and placements
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes and workshops (including labs and clinical skills)
  • Project supervision
  • Seminars
  • Supervised time in studio/workshop
  • Tutorials
  • Work based learning
 

Minimum levels of scheduled teaching and directed learning activity

Includes: typical hours; School requirements; expectations for a full-time programme

The levels below relate to a student following a typical programme of study (based upon modules comprising 120 credits per year and there being 22 teaching weeks in the year) and provide the minimum number of scheduled learning hours per 10 credits:

  • 22 hours for students taking the Foundation Stage or Qualifying Stage of Honours Degree and Integrated Masters programmes
  • 18 hours for students taking Part I of Honours Degree or Integrated Masters programmes
  • 15 hours for students on Part II of Honours Degree or Integrated Masters programmes and for students taking Part III of Integrated Masters programmes.
  • For a student on a post graduate taught course (based on modules comprising 180 credits per year and there being 22 teaching weeks per year) the minimum number of teaching hours per 10 credits is 7 hours. 

Study hours on placement modules may be counted towards the above totals. 

These are typical pathways. Any Schools which do not provide a typical pathway are still expected to aim for these levels as far as possible. This will not be directly applicable to UoN apprenticeship programmes where work-based learners have non-standard timetabling through each year of study (please refer to specific programme provision).

 

 
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This content was last modified on 20 August 2021

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