Teaching in the Department
Each module in your degree is worth a number of credits: you are expected to spend approximately 10 hours of effort for each credit (so for a typical module of 15 credits this means 150 hours of effort). These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, labs (if any), independent study based on lecture notes, tutorial preparation and extension, lab preparation and extension, coursework preparation and submission, examination revision, and examinations themselves.
Mathematics is a subject that can only be mastered by relating the theory to applications and examples. The Department of Mathematics attaches great importance to students in all years attending the tutorial classes and handing in weekly assignments as well as going to lectures.
In addition to the scheudled classes and learning elements detailed below there are also additional support tutorials for undergraduate students and study groups organised by the MathSoc student society.
The majority of your teaching will come through lectures. Lectures are expected to start at five minutes past the hour and finish at five minutes to the hour. Students and lecturers alike are encouraged to arrive in good time to make the most of the hour/s.
It is essential that you attend lectures, and taking your own notes in a lecture is very important. You then have the opportunity to interpret the material presented and make your own additions; you should also pay particular attention to points that are stressed by the lecturer.
After the lectures you should spend time reviewing your lecture notes, making sure you have understood the points, re-writing points if necessary. Lecturers will often ask you to fill in part of proofs or complete exercises as part of the notes. This should be done as soon as possible, and will require at least as much time as the lecture. If you have trouble understanding a particular point, seek help sooner rather than later.
You should ensure you are aware of the Faculty's code of conduct in lectures.
The department strongly encourages group work, as this is an effective way to share and increase knowledge, learn to express your mathematical ideas and build other transferable skills such as communication and interpersonal skills. However, it is very important that you are fully aware of how much you really understand of work carried out together with others and so it is equally strongly recommended that, after any group work, students produce their own write up of homework assignments, as only by writing out solutions on your own can you fully show (to yourself) that you understand a topic.
Further details about the types of group work that may take place in tutorials can be found in the tutorials section.
In addition to lectures, most modules also include a weekly or fortnightly tutorial. Tutorials vary from guided group work in the first year, to the problem classes more typical in the later years.
It is essential to have made a significant attempt at the problem set before the tutorial. Very little is gained by simply watching a tutor write answers on a board. Tutorials should also give you the chance to ask the tutor for help in areas you have found difficult. In most cases tutorials are smaller than lectures as they are designed to allow more interaction, helping you to consolidate your understanding.
During your tutorials there will also be a chance to improve your communication skills.
It is important to realise that completing problem sets for a module is an essential part of taking that module, even though the mark awarded for the module may be based on the written exam alone.
If you are having difficulty completing your problem sets on time, discuss the problem with your Personal Tutor or module lecturer who will try to find ways to help. You can also attend additional tutorials if you are an undergraduate student. Do not wait in the hope that the problem will go away of its own accord.
Feedback on your work and progress
For some modules the marks for coursework may contribute to the final mark for the module.
You will be informed by the lecturer about the assessment methods used for each module, including the percentage of marks obtained from coursework and exam, and the way coursework should be prepared and submitted.
The details and deadlines for any coursework are available in the relevant module area on KEATS.
More information can be found on the methods of assessment page of the handbook, including penalties for submitting assessed coursework after the deadline.
Whilst studying at King's you will be offered feedback on your work. Please see the attached file below for information as to the form this may take as you progress through your years of study.
All of our staff welcome your comments and ideas, so if you have suggestions for improvement feel free to raise them initially with the lecturer concerned or to discuss with your personal tutor.
23 August 2018