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Introduction

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The Catalogue of Courses is a companion volume to the Aberdeen University Calendar. It contains details of all postgraduate courses taught in the University. These courses have been organised to fit a flexible, modular teaching structure which is arranged in half-sessions. Most courses are of one half-session's duration, involving twelve teaching weeks followed by an examination period, although some courses are shorter or longer. The Catalogue should be read in conjunction with the degree regulations and degree prescriptions which are published in the University Calendar.

Course Format:

In the Catalogue, all courses have been listed using a common format. Each course appears under the general heading of the department or subject group by which it is taught. The format used for each course is as follows:

Code – Course Title – Credit Points

Credit Point: the outcome of learning achieved by an average student through 10 notional hours of learning time.

Course co-ordinator: the member of staff responsible for organising the course.

Pre-requisite(s): for entry to the course.

Co-requisite(s): where appropriate.

Note: of particular circumstances or conditions attached to the course.

Course Description: an indication of the topics covered by the course.

Teaching Arrangements: the duration and nature of the teaching contact for the course.

Occasionally, times for some courses are given by Threads 1 and 11 or Slots A to F. These refer to the following divisions of the teaching week:

THREAD 1

Mon 9-1

Wed 11-1

SLOT A

Thu 9-1

Thu 4-6

SLOT E

Thu 2-4

Fri 9-1

SLOT F

THREAD 11

Mon 2-6

Wed 9-11

SLOT B

Tue 9-11

Tue 2-6

SLOT C

Tue 11-1

Fri 2-6

SLOT D

The fact that a course is shown as falling within a particular Thread or Slot does not necessarily mean that teaching for it will occupy all the hours within the period concerned. Further details on teaching arrangements and times may be obtained from the school/discipline concerned.

Method of Assessment: the arrangements for examinations and continuous or other assessment.

In this section information on the Degree Examination relating to the course is shown first, followed by details of any continuous assessment and/or other assessment methods which will be used in the formal assessment of student performance in the course. The weighting given to such methods in the overall assessment of the course is indicated in brackets e.g. 1 two hour examination (60%) and continuous assessment (40%). Some courses may be assessed wholly by formal examination or wholly by continuous assessment.

The University Year

The University Year (53 weeks) runs from July to July. A copy of the University Term Dates can be found below. Normally, first half-session courses begin in Week 12 (week commencing 29 September 2008). Second half-session courses begin in Week 30 (week commencing 2 February 2009). For students beginning a taught Master’s programme in September, the project/dissertation part of the degree programme will normally be undertaken during the summer.

Guidance on Course Codes:

Each course is allocated a code which consists of two letters, two numbers and two further characters (usually two further numbers, although sometimes letters are used).

The first two letters represent the discipline or subject group responsible for teaching the course.

The first numerical digit indicates the level at which a course is normally taught.

The second digit indicates the point in the session at which a course starts, according to the following list:

Courses beginning in Timetable week:

Code digit:

12

0

15

2

18

3

21

4

30

5

33

7

36

8

38

9

Students should note that the codes 0 and 5 (weeks 12 and 30) represent the beginning of the first and second half-session respectively.. Unless otherwise stated, courses will conclude by the end of the half-session in which they begin. Where a course has two codes this will normally indicate that the course can be offered in either half-session e.g DR 5050/Dr 5550,..

The final two characters are normally only used to differentiate courses and have no particular meaning.

 

University Calendar of Dates

Week 1

14 July – 18 July 2008

 

Week 2

21 July – 25 July 2008

 

Week 3

28 July – 1 August 2008

4yr Medical Registration

Week 4

4 August – 8 August 2008

 

Week 5

11 August – 15 August 2008

August Resits

Week 6

18 August – 22 August 2008

August Resits

Week 7

25 August – 29 August 2008

 

Week 8

1 September – 5 September 2008

5yr Medical Registration/PGDE Registration

Week 9

08 September – 12 September 2008

 

Week 10

15 September – 19 September 2008

3yr Medical Registration

Week 11

22 September – 26 September 2008

Advising Week

Week 12

29 September – 3 October 2008

Commencement of Teaching 1ST HALF SESS

Week 13

6 October – 10 October 2008

 

Week 14

13 October – 17 October 2008

 

Week 15

20 October – 24 October 2008

 

Week 16

27 October – 31October 2008

 

Week 17

3 November – 07 November 2008

 

Week 18

10 November – 14 November 2008

 

Week 19

17 November – 21 November 2008

 

Week 20

24 November – 28 November 2008

 

Week 21

1 December – 5 December 2008

 

Week 22

8 December – 12 December 2008

 

Week 23

15 December – 19 December 2008

 

Week 24

22 December – 26 December 2008

Christmas Vacation

Week 25

29 December – 2 January 2009

Christmas Vacation

Week 26

5 January – 09 January 2009

Christmas Vacation

Week 27

12 January – 16 January 2009

Revision Week

Week 28

19 January – 23 January 2009

Exam Week

Week 29

26 January – 30 January 2009

Exam Week

Week 30

2 February – 06 February 2009

Commencement of Teaching 2ND HALF SESS

Week 31

9 February – 13 February 2009

 

Week 32

16 February – 20 February 2009

 

Week 33

23 February – 27 February2009

 

Week 34

2 March – 6 March 2009

 

Week 35

9 March – 13 March 2009

 

Week 36

16 March – 20 March 2009

 

Week 37

23 March – 27 March 2009

 

Week 38

30 March – 3 April 2009

Easter Vacation

Week 39

6 April – 10 April 2009

Easter Vacation

Week 40

13 April – 17 April 2009

Easter Vacation

Week 41

20 April – 24 April 2009

 

Week 42

27April – 1 May 2009

 

Week 43

4 May – 08 May 2009

 

Week 44

11 May – 15 May 2009

 

Week 45

18 May – 22 May 2009

Revision Week

Week 46

25 May – 29 May 2009

Exam Week

Week 47

1 June – 5 June 2009

Exam Week

Week 48

08 June – 12 June 2009

Exam Week / End of Session

Week 49

15 June – 19 June 2009

 

Week 50

22 June –26 June 2009

 

Week 51

29 June – 3 July 2009

 

Week 52

06 July – 10 July 2009

Graduation Week

Degree Structure

The University Calendar contains the regulations for all degrees and other awards and the schedule of prescribed courses that must be taken for each programme. In addition to studying these courses, students must also comply with the overall credit requirement for each programme.

A Postgraduate Certificate requires the accumulation of 60 credit points, including at least 40 at level 5; a Postgraduate Diploma requires the accumulation of 120 credit points, including at least 90 at level 5; a Master’s degree requires the accumulation of 180 credit points, including at least 150 at level 5.

Entry to a Course:

For entry to a course, students must possess the pre-requisite and satisfy the co-requisite (if any) as they are stated in the Catalogue of Courses. In some cases, students who do not satisfy the pre-requisite and/or co-requisite may be admitted to courses at the discretion of the Head of the School concerned.

Students who may wish to enter a course for which they do not have the stated pre-requisite (or for which they will not satisfy the co-requisite) are advised to seek the permission of the appropriate Head of School at the earliest opportunity and certainly before the commencement of teaching for that course.

Students will not be admitted to any course after 25% of teaching for that course has been completed, although some Schools may set earlier limits where in their academic judgement this is desirable.

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS):

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit weighting of courses is half the number of Aberdeen University Credit Points stated in the Catalogue.

 

Contact Details:

Any comments on the format and/or content of this Catalogue will be welcomed and may be directed to
Registry
University Office
King's College
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX
Email: postgraduate@abdn.ac.uk

Further information on taught postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen can be found in the Code of Practice for Postgraduate Taught Students, which is available on the University’s website at the following address:

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/quality/appendix5x3.pdf

Taught Postgraduate Students should also consult their School/Discipline website.