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Questions in science

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: S111
  • Level: 1

Student reviews

S111 is an interesting and gentle introductory module to science covering a broad spectrum of topics.
I found the course suitable for newcomers to science while at the same time offering more advanced content for people who have studied a scientific discipline before. The mathematics used is basic and is taught as the module progresses.

Each and every unit presented was well written, stimulating and informative with plenty of hooks embedded so as to tempt students to continue their studies at a higher level later on.

For me the major drawbacks were the lack of an examination and the wholly online presentation. This meant trawling through hundreds of web pages making it very difficult to find and cross reference content essential for revision and coherent learning.

Course starting: October 2017

Review posted: September 2018

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Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the October 2016 presentation of S111. The survey was carried out in 2017.

227 students (a response rate of 22%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.

% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 88.5 201
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 87.1 196
The module provided good value for money 66.1 148
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 93.3 209
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 79.5 178
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 93.3 210
I would recommend this module to other students 85.5 194
The module met my expectations 83.6 188
I enjoyed studying this module 85.9 195
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 87.2 197
Faculty comment: "The module team is pleased with the high levels of satisfaction with both the quality and overall study experience of respondents on the first intake of this highly innovative introductory science module. Despite some initial concerns at the start of the module, many of you really appreciated the richness online delivery offers. Respondents received the videos, interactive activities and practical activities extremely well. We've taken your comments seriously and have addressed your concerns where we can. We've now corrected errata identified by the first intake and more material is now available at the start of the module."
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