Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Read examples of how teaching teams have acted on eVALUate results and suggestions for improvement in units.

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SLE103 Ecology and the Environment

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Excellent online support via the discussion board
  • Having content split into two separate modules
  • Wide variety of online resources to support learning, including online quizzes
  • Guides for assessment tasks and clearly identifying key concepts in class.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Further developed of seminar activities to reinforce key concepts and enhance student learning outcomes
  • Formatted the first assessment task as a poster presentation, where students interact with each other and develop their communication skills in a relaxed informal setting
  • Introduced a custom-made textbook for the unit.

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SLE133 Chemistry in Our World

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The discussion forum and consultation hours
  • The seminars helped to clear up any misunderstandings and answer students’ questions.
  • Completing the tutorial questions during the seminars
  • The weekly quizzes
  • The practicals consolidated knowledge and assisted in creating a deeper understanding of the topics.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Optimised the timing of practical classes so content is covered prior to taking the class
  • Introduced a goal setting and reflection task for the seminars to encourage self-directed learning
  • Trialled a new online learning tool, ‘Mastering Chemistry,’ to improve feedback on student learning. This tool uses adaptive learning to provide more detailed feedback on text book questions.

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SLE206 Cell Biology

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The lecturer, the practical classes, online materials, PASS sessions
  • The intensive format of the unit
  • Active discussion board with quick responses from the Unit Chair
  • Format of the unit site was easy to follow and enabled quick access to important information
  • The wonderful team of demonstrators for the practical classes
  • Revision lectures at the end of each week to reinforce important concepts and provide clarity on more challenging topics.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Made the practical notes and assessment task instructions clearer
  • Allocated more time in the timetable for topic review and test revision
  • Practicals are more related to the class content
  • Altered the unit timetable and assessment dates have been altered to minimize clashes with another unit.

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SLE320 Resource Efficiency and Waste Management

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The learning resources provided
  • The 1-week intensive, learning about practical ways to assist businesses to manage waste
  • The pictures/graphics in lecture notes helped students understand issues better.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Included more video resources
  • Included additional guidance on the case study, learning about what can or cannot be recycled.

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SLE350 Marine Wildlife

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The excursions and practical classes.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Reminded students of the "Group work charter" that they can enter into to better handle the group work aspects of the practical activities.

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SRM181 Project Management 1

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Seminar discussions
  • The video that explained the assessments
  • The assessments.

The teaching team has reviewed the Unit and this is what we have done to improve students’ learning experience:

  • Reduced the number of assessment tasks was reduced from 4 to 3 to make for a more manageable workload and to enable students to devote more time to their major individual assessment.

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SRM777 Construction Management Practice

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Great team work
  • Simulation of a company well supported
  • Practical outcome.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Continuously improved resources, especially in construction employment opportunities.

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SRQ762 Cost Planning

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Good explanations in lectures
  • Useful information posted on the discussion board
  • The practical contents of the unit
  • The good teaching methods
  • The unit being well-organised with clear learning outcomes.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Further clarified assessment requirements
  • Increased feedback on assessment tasks.

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SRR782 Research Methodology

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Preparation to assist in identifying a research topic, and how to approach the work required and refine it to this topic
  • The help from the teaching staff in answering discussion questions
  • Insightful, beneficial and relevant assignments, presented in a format that worked really well.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Improved the activities in several seminar sessions to enable students to learn and experience an understanding of the lesson first-hand
  • Provided more learning resources, examples and practice questions (particularly for the examination).

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SRV499 Built Environment Integrated Research

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The seminars and classes
  • Great site visits
  • Consistency of feedback and weekly updates
  • The quality of teaching
  • The content of the unit.
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