Natural Sciences

Semester of Science Studies Abroad (2020/1)

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Module TitleSemester of Science Studies Abroad Credit Value60
Module CodeNSC3004 Module ConvenorProfessor Geoff Nash
Duration: Term 1 2 3
No. of weeks 11
Number students taking module (anticipated) 6
Module description

This module provides a full semester of studies in Natural Sciences at an agreed partner University in a foreign country, normally where the language of instruction is English; this may be in Europe, North America, Australia or elsewhere. It provides the opportunity to gain knowledge of material that is not covered at Exeter, or that is studied from a new perspective. In addition it allows you to experience how other cultures learn, perceive and use the sciences. Study at other agreed partner Universities where the language of instruction is not English may be approved subject to the requirement that the student can prove fluency in that language to A level equivalence. The module is open to MSci students only and you must have achieved an average of 60% in each of your first and second years to be considered.

Module aims

This module aims to provide you with a unique opportunity to study Natural Sciences abroad for a full semester. You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of material that is not covered at Exeter, or that is studied from a new perspective. If offers you the chance to experience the exciting challenge of settling in a new environment both socially and academically. It also gives you chance to discover different teaching methods, strengthening your own academic skills. On a personal level, it will teach you how to independently overcome the difficulties of settling in a different country with different habits, rules and culture. This alone is a highly valuable gain of the module.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • 1. Describe in detail science material that is not covered at Exeter, or that is studied from a new perspective
  • 2. Discuss how other cultures learn, perceive and use natural sciences

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • 3. Account for different approaches to teaching and learning, and log and summarise these experiences in a report

Personal and Key Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge:

  • 4. Work independently over an extended timescale
  • 5. Reflect on your own personal and cultural background by comparison and contrast to living and working in a different country and culture

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

This is specific to the host University concerned. The semester abroad will be taken in the first semester of the third year only. The programme of modules studied overseas will be chosen to be roughly equivalent to the workload of 60 Exeter credits.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
00600
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Placement/study abroad600As required by the host University
ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
A transcript of marks will be provided by the host university (following the guidelines of the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) where appropriate). These marks will be translated into Exeter equivalents where necessary and will contribute 100% towards module assessment. 100
0
0
0
0
0
DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
TranscriptSemester of Science Studies Abroad reportAllAugust referral/deferral
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If you fail the Semester of Science Studies Abroad (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%), you will be required to submit a Semester of Science Studies Abroad report of 3000 words. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will count for 100% of the final mark and will be capped at 40%.

If you fail re-assessments taken as a result of referral (i.e. following initial failure in the module), you will be failed in the module and as a consequence you will be failed in the programme and your registration as a student of the University will be terminated.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Reading list for this module:

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Web based and electronic resources
Other resources

 

CREDIT VALUE 60 ECTS VALUE

30

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES

None

CO-REQUISITE MODULES

None

NQF LEVEL (FHEQ)

6

AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING?

No

ORIGIN DATE

11/02/2013

LAST REVISION DATE

08/01/2019

KEY WORDS SEARCH

Study abroad