University of Exeter Handbook (Physics) Questions/Comments Department (Physics)

Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning


This Code of Practice outlines the procedures agreed between staff and students to inform, sustain and enhance the teaching and learning process within the Department. It embodies the undertakings made by the Department to support the learning process and the expectations that students should have of the efforts needed by them to complete their studies successfully.

Structure of Degrees

All students will receive at the beginning of their programme a written statement of the degree structure operated by the Department indicating the flexibility for transfer between degree programmes and the mechanisms and deadlines for doing so.

Degree Programme

Each degree programme will have a written statement of:


At the start of each module all enrolled students will be provided with a written statement of:

Laboratory Classes

Students will receive a written statement of:

All students will be given an indication of their progress in laboratory classes at the start of Term T2 with recommendations for any necessary improvement.

Projects and Dissertations

Each student will receive:


These are described in the document Tutorials

Problems Classes

A schedule of problems classes for level 1 and 2 physics modules will be drawn up at the start of the year indicating date, time and topic. Problem papers will be:

Other problem papers may be circulated 'unseen' in the class, and attempted in the same class.

At levels three and M each lecture module will:


Where students complete individual assignments assessed by differing staff members the Department will operate structures to moderate these assessments equitably.

Results of Assessments and Formative Feedback

In accordance with University Guidelines the Department arranges for students to receive transcripts of marks for summative assessments via their University Portal. Coursework with a formative element should normally be marked and returned within two teaching weeks. Students who have not had work returned after three teaching weeks should report the matter to the Senior Administrator for investigation. Each module descriptor has a 'Formative Mechanisms' section describing how students will obtain feedback about their progress within the module.

Module Evaluation

The Department uses the University's web-based MACE system to issue and analyse confidential questionnaires covering each module for completion by students. The analysed results are published on the WWW:

They are considered and evaluated as part of the Department's Annual Monitoring procedures. Questionnaires designed to provide rapid feedback for individual lecturers may be during modules.

Students are encouraged to take this exercise seriously by participating, giving considered answers to the structured questions and making constructive responses in the free-format sections.

Student/Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

This is described in the document Student Representation.

Pastoral Care

This is described in the document Advice and Assistance.

Student Guidelines

The guidelines below are provided for all students' information. They should be strictly adhered to, as some are University regulations. Students, however, should have no hesitation in approaching any member of the Physics or Radiography staff for help and advice should they run into difficulties at any time during their degree programme.

Students should:

They should also expect to:

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