Undergraduate study

Key Information Set (KIS)

KIS is a set of data about the courses offered by all Universities and Colleges across England and Wales. It brings together items of information that students have said they would find most useful when making choices about which course to study and at which university. KIS allows you to compare various aspects of courses, including student satisfaction, learning and teaching information and employability.

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Key Information Set (KIS)

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We have provided data about how we expect to deliver and assess courses in 2017/18 to inform the KIS for our institution. The information is based on a typical student pathway through the courses. We have also provided information about fees, financial support and accommodation.

The information about student satisfaction is taken from the National Student Survey (NSS). Students are surveyed in the final year of their study and the NSS data represents their responses. Where there were insufficient responses or the course did not run in 2015/16 then the data provided is from other similar courses in the subject area.

The information about employability is taken from a survey of leavers from the course. Again, where the response rate is insufficient or the course did not run in 2014/15 then this data is aggregated from other similar courses in the subject area.

Most of the information is self-explanatory, but here is more detail about the meaning of data on learning and teaching and assessment.

Learning and Teaching

For the purposes of KIS Learning & Teaching activity is shown as the proportion of time spent in scheduled teaching, guided independent study and/or on placement.

Scheduled teaching

This covers the proportion of time that you might expect to spend in timetabled activity such as lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, and tutorials as well as supervised times in laboratories and/or studios.

Scheduled teaching time can also include time spent attending demonstrations (e.g. demonstration of laboratory skills, performance or art work), supervised time in studios or workshops as well as time spent on fieldwork, external visits or work based learning.

Scheduled teaching will vary from course to course and individual course pages on our website will provide more information about this.

Guided independent study

Independent Study (which may be guided) typically features alongside lectures, seminars and similar. This might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, revision, etc. The relative amounts of time that you are expected to spend engaged in scheduled activities and guided independent study varies between courses.

Placement

This covers the time you will spend on placement, and refers to any planned period of experience that takes place outside of the university (for example, in a workplace) to help develop particular skills, knowledge or understanding as part of the course. Placement can be through a sandwich year or on some vocational courses you will find placement activity is integrated into the programme.

Assessment

In the KIS course assessment is broken down into the proportion that is either written exams, coursework or practical exams.

Written

This refers to the % of assessment on the course where you will be assessed by a written examination. Written exams usually occur at the end of a period of learning to assess if students have achieved the intended learning goals and usually (but not always) take place under timed conditions.

Coursework

This refers to the % of the assessment which will be assessed by coursework. Coursework may include: written assignments, essays, reports, dissertations, portfolios, group tasks, presentations, projects, or other similar activities that count towards your qualification or progression.

Practical

This refers to the % of the assessment that will be assessed by practical examination. This may include: presentations, assessment of clinical skills or laboratory techniques, critique of or commentary on artwork, language translation, or other similar activities.