Learning and teaching assessment data: how it's calculated

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How we calculate the percentage of learning and teaching hours

The intention of showing learning and teaching and assessment data in this way is to provide potential students with an indication of the percentage of time they are likely to undertake in different activity types at each stage of their programme. It is an indicative representation based on:

  • The most popular module choices of students from the most recent academic year for existing programmes
  • Expected percentages based on course planning and choice patterns on similar courses for new programmes

With the availability of programme specific and interdisciplinary options on most of our programmes, this information should be used as a guide only and will not be an exact representation of individual student activity percentages.

The percentage of hours per programme year is worked out by first creating an average profile for each programme year, made up of 120 credits' worth of popular choice or representative modules per year.

One year of study is made up of 120 Credits of learning and teaching. Each credit is worth 10 notional hours of learning and teaching and each module is worth between 15 and 60 credits.  Each programme year = 1200 hours of learning and teaching, made up of the notional hours of each module based on their credit value.

Time learning and teaching on each module is taken up with different activities. Learning and teaching activities are categorised according to the following table, then the number of hours in each category per module is aggregated up to each programme year and displayed as a percentage.

Learning and teaching activity Learning and teaching category
Lecture            Scheduled
Seminar Scheduled
Tutorial Scheduled
Project supervision Scheduled
Demonstration Scheduled 
Practical classes and workshops  Scheduled 
Supervised time in studio/workshop Scheduled 
Fieldwork Scheduled 
External visits Scheduled 
Guided independent study  Independent 
Work-based learning Placement
Placement Placement 
Year abroad Placement


How we calculate the percentage of assessment methods

The percentage of assessment methods per programme year is worked out by first creating an average profile for each programme year, made up of 120 credits' worth of popular choice or representative modules per year.

Only modules that contain summative assessments have been included in the calculations. Summative assessment is an assessment that leads to the award of credit or is required for progression. Each summatively assessed module holds a credit value of 15 to 60 credits, and each programme year is made up of 120 credits.

Each module can contain a number of assessment types, and each are worth a percentage of the total credit value of the module. Assessment types are categorised according to the following table, and the value of each category in each module is aggregated up to each programme year and represented as a percentage.

Assessment Type Assessment category
Written exam Written exam
Written assignment, including essay Coursework
Report Coursework
Dissertation Coursework
Portfolio Coursework
Project output (other than dissertation) Coursework
Oral assessment and presentation Practical
Practical skills assessment Practical