Information for Lecturers of Part B or Part C Courses

The main source of information about undergraduate teaching is the document 'Teaching the Undergraduate Mathematics Course'.  However, below is a summary of points particularly relevant to lecturers of Part B or Part C courses.

Intercollegiate Classes

The intercollegiate class scheme is run in support of the lecture courses given in Parts B and C, with each lecture course being accompanied by one or more sets of intercollegiate classes.  Lecturers are responsible for the intercollegiate classes for students taking their course and, in brief, this involves:

  • providing course problem sheets, and model solutions for the class tutors and teaching assistants (TAs); such solutions are important in helping a tutor or TA if stuck, or unsure what was expected of the question, or unsure how such material was treated in lectures, to resolve their uncertainty; this is an obligatory part of a Part B/C lecturer’s duties;  
  • coordinating the classes for their course:
    • liaising with the academic office to appoint class tutors.  (Lecturers are encouraged to give at least one set of classes themselves);
    • arranging a pre-term meeting with class tutors and TAs;
    • liaising with class tutors and TAs throughout the term;
    • inputting class information into the Minerva database and assisting in the up-keep of class membership lists on Minerva.

Further information about intercollegiate classes can be found in the class scheme guidance notes.  The Minerva database, which is used for the administration of classes, can be accessed at The list of graduate students willing to act as teaching assistants can be found here.

Consultation Sessions

During Trinity term consultation sessions are run to support students as they revise for their examinations.  Those who have given intercollegiate classes are asked to provide a set of consultation sessions (usually a set consists of four one-hour sessions).  For each lecture course there should be at least one consultation session given over to the discussion of past examination questions.

Course webpage

Each lecture course has a webpage on the Mathematical Institute's website (listed here) where the problem sheets and lecture notes can be posted for students to access. 



Part B and C lecturers will be assessors for the undergraduate examinations, setting and marking the examination paper for their course.  The examiners will send out detailed instructions at the start of Michaelmas term but generally Michaelmas term lecturers will need to submit a checked draft of their paper by week 0 of Hilary term and Hilary term lecturers by week 8 of Hilary term.  The exams usually take place during weeks 6-8  of Trinity term and assessors will have one week to complete their marking. 

MSc Examinations

Some courses (B5.2, B5.6, B6.1, C6.1 and C6.2) are also core MSc courses and the lecturers will be assessors for the MSc examinations, setting and marking the questions on their course. The MSc examiners will send out detailed instructions to all assessors.  Examinations on Michaelmas term courses take place in week 0 of Hilary term and those for Hilary term courses are in week 0 of Trinity term.

A number of Part B and C courses are open to students on the MSc in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science (MFoCS), the MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing (MMSC) and the MSc in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics (MTP) as optional courses assessed by mini-project/special topic.  The course lecturer will usually be asked to be one of the assessors for the submitted work and may also be approached by the student for guidance on selecting a topic.  Again the MSc examiners will send out detailed instructions about the assessment process.  The list of courses open to MSc students can be found here for MMSC and in the course handbook for MFoCS.

Graduate Training

All research students (starting after Michaelmas term 2011) must undertake broadening courses for 100 hours during their DPhil studies.  This can include attending a Part C lecture course.  Students off ering a Part C course must submit a short mini-project (or equivalent if appropriate, for example a documented computer program), along the lines of those for the MSc courses . The topic should be chosen by the student in consultation with the lecturer and the fi nal write-up should normally be between 5 and 10 pages long. The lecturer will be asked to assess the write-up and should provide a summative outcome (pass/fail), and other formative feedback if appropriate. Lecturers are also asked to complete a PDF icon form confirming that the student has successfully completed the course.