Information for Lecturers of Prelims or Part A 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 Prelims or Part A courses.

Course Webpage

Course material should be posted on the course webpage. Please ensure that problem sheets are posted online at least a week in advance and preferably sooner.

Problem Sheets

Prelims

Lecturers are required to provide weekly problem sheets in support of their course, typically at a rate of one per 2 lectures. Lecturers are also required to provide solutions to their problem sheets for the use of college tutors. These can be made available to tutors (but not students) via the restricted files section on the course material page for your courseProblem sheets must be submitted to the appropriate Prelims Co-ordinator (see Prelims Coordinators) in advance for approval.

Part A

Lecturers are required to provide weekly or fortnightly problem sheets in support of their course, typically at a rate of one per 4 lectures. Lecturers are also required to provide solutions to their problem sheets for the use of college tutors. These can be made available to tutors (but not students) via the restricted files section on the course material page for your course.

 

Lecture Capture

The department intends to capture the Prelims/Part A lectures and make them available to students via Weblearn for learning reinforcement. Further information is available. Lecturers may opt out of having their lectures captured and will be contacted about this by the academic admin team during the summer vacation.

 

Feedback

Students have two opportunities to provide written feedback on lecture courses. A short online questionnaire is circulated to students in week 2. If any responses are received for your lecture course, these will be sent to you at the start of week 4.
Towards the end of term, you will be sent a set of blank feedback forms. Lecturers typically ask students to fill these in during a lecture in the last two weeks of term. The lecturer collects in the completed forms and returns them to Academic Admin who will collate and record the feedback. A summary of the feedback will be sent to you and it is also reviewed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Faculty Teaching Advisor. The MURC student questionnaire rep will see the statistical summary from the report and will meet with the Faculty Teaching Advisor to discuss these. These feedback forms are largely as a help for you and to allow any problems with a course to be identified; a lecturer would be expected to respond to clear feedback that (say) sheets were too hard/easy or that particular topics were rushed or confusing.

Prelims Coordinators

The Prelims Coordinators until MT19 are:

Prof. Jim Oliver and Dr Neil Laws [Applied],

Dr Richard Earl and Prof. Charles Batty [Pure].

Subject to business, the Prelims Coordinators convene a meeting of all Prelims lecturers in week 0 Michaelmas Term, and in week 0 Hilary Term [in both cases at 12 noon on Wednesday] to discuss co-ordination of lectures and problem sheets. A meeting of all Prelims lecturers is also convened (again subject to business) in Trinity term at 12noon on Wednesday of week 5 to review the year's lectures. The minutes of these meetings are made available online.

Examinations

The papers for the first year preliminary examinations are set and marked by the moderators (Prelims examiners) but Prelims lecturers will be asked to review the draft questions and may give feedback to the examiners. 

The papers on the core Part A courses are set and marked by the Part A examiners but lecturers of these courses will be asked to review the draft questions and may give feedback to the examiners. 

Lecturers of the second year optional courses will be asked to be assessors for the Part A exams, setting and marking the exam questions for their option.  The examiners will send out detailed instructions at the start of Michaelmas term but in general lecturers of Michaelmas term optional courses will need to submit their draft papers to the examiners by week 7 of Michaelmas term, lecturers of Hilary term optional courses by week 0 of Hilary term and lecturers of Trinity term optional courses by week 4 of Hilary term.  The exams take place in weeks 8 and 9 of Trinity term and assessors will usually have one week to complete their marking.