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SEC Results 2008/09

The student evaluation of courses results for 2008-2009 are summarised below. A detailed breakdown of results has been made available to Heads of Departments and other managers. A report will go to the relevant School and Faculty Committees for consideration at the first meeting of the academic session. Recommendations will then be made to Academic Board.

The feedback given shows a high overall level of satisfaction with 80% of students satisfied with the quality of their course, and in general reflects well on the School’s teaching and student support.

Where we are doing well

The following highlights those areas that students were most happy with, by scoring 4 or 5 out of a maximum of 5 (mostly or definitely agreeing):

  • 86% said that lecture sessions were regular and punctual
  • 87% said that teachers were enthusiastic about what they were teaching
  • 86% said that teachers prepared their teaching thoroughly
  • 87% said that they attended seminar/tutorial sessions
  • 86% said that the teachers in their lectures were good at explaining things

Where we could do better

Those areas below scored less favourably, based on mostly or definitely agree:

  • 58% said that the library resources were sufficient (down 1% from 2007/08)
  • 52% said that they had received helpful feedback from teachers about the progress of their course (a fall of 2% from 2007/08)
  • 44% said they had received sufficient support and advice from the faculty office ( a rise of 10% from 2007/08)

Where we have got better

We are particularly pleased with the following improvements this year:

  • 78% said that online course materials were useful (up 6% from 2007/08) and now more in line with Paper based course materials which show 77% satisfaction
  • 67% said that they were always able to access general IT resources when required (up 9% from 2007/08)
  • 63% said that they were given enough to absorb what I had to learn (up 8% from 2007/08)
  • 75% of Language students said that was the right balance between the teaching of speaking, reading and writing skills (a rise of 9% from 2007/08)

School-wide responses to each question

QuestionAgree %+/- on 2007/08+/- on 2006/07
1. The teaching in my lectures   
Teachers were good at explaining things.8600
Teachers made the subject interesting.76-6-4
Teachers motivated me to work well.74+4+6
Teachers were enthusiastic about what they were teaching.88-2-1
Teachers made an effort to understand my difficulties.74+6+7
Teachers prepared their teaching thoroughly.86-3-3
Sessions were regular and punctual.86-3-5
2. The teaching in my tutorials   
Teachers were good at explaining things.810-10
Teachers made the subject interesting.76-2+1
Teachers motivated me to work well.73+3+5
Teachers were enthusiastic about what they were teaching.840+2
Teachers made an effort to understand my difficulties.74+3+4
Teachers prepared their teaching thoroughly.77-4-4
Sessions were regular and punctual.84-3-4
3. The assessment on my course   
The assessment methods were appropriate to the course78-20
The criteria to be used in marking were clear in advance.71+4+5
Course assessment arrangements and marking were fair.76+1+1
4. Knowledge and skills   
I feel confident that I acquired knowledge of the subject.76-4-3
The course was intellectually stimulating.83+1+2
My interest in the subject has increased.76-5-4
The course sharpened my analytical skills.75+5+6
5. Student's contribution to the course   
I attended lecture sessions regularly85-5-5
I was well prepared for lectures / seminars73+5+5
I attended seminar / tutorial sessions87-10
I contributed well to seminar discussions69+4+3
I submitted work on time830+1
6. Language students   
The grammatical explanations given in class were clear77+1-2
The textbook(s) used for the course was/were very suitable74+3+1
There was the right balance between the teaching of speaking, reading and writing skills75+9+9
The stronger students were not allowed to dominate classes73+10+11
Written work was always marked helpfully and returned promptly69-7-10
7. Course organisation and management   
The course was well-designed and ran smoothly.74-6-7
The course enabled me to pursue my academic interests.77+2+3
I found the overall workload was appropriate.65-3-4
I was given enough time to absorb what I had to learn.63+8+9
It was clear what I was required to attend, prepare, and do throughout the course.76-3-3
8. Support and advice   
I received helpful feedback from teachers about my progress on the course.52-2-2
I had sufficient contact with my teachers.70+3+4
I found other students helped me understand the course.67+5+9
I received sufficient support and advice from the faculty office.44+10+12
9. Learning resources   
Paper based course materials were useful.77-1-2
Online course materials were useful78+6+8
The library resources were sufficient.58-1+2
I was always able to access general IT resources when required.67+9+5
10. Overall   
Overall, I was satisfied with the quality of the course80-2-1