Mentoring, Modules and society meetings are offered in separate teaching terms:
There are three 13-week terms per year:
- Summer (May – August)
- Autumn (September – December)
- Spring (January – April)
Week One – Introduction and Advising
During the first week of the Summer Term students will be introduced to the academic processes of the Institute. In the context of the opening ceremony of the academic year, they receive instruction on how to communicate, manage workloads and complete coursework. Advising sessions will allow us to pinpoint the students’ areas of interest, in order to assign them a mentor and advise them on what modules to choose. In subsequent terms, the first week is dedicated to advising students on their modules.
Week Two – Module Introduction Lectures – Shopping
The second week of each term is dedicated to ‘shopping lectures’. During this week each module leader has the opportunity to inspire students to take up their module. Shopping lectures are 20 minutes long, with 10 additional minutes allocated for questions. The aim of the lectures is to instil passion in the students about the module, and show them why it provides a particularly beautiful and interesting perspective on the world, or a great tool for understanding its underlying mechanisms. As modules only start if at least 6 students sign up, module leaders truly have to ‘sell’ their module to convince students to choose it.
Week Three – Advising and Module Choice
Another set of advising sessions in week three is aimed at helping students make their final module choice. In the Summer Term, this is done by an experienced member of the core staff, while in subsequent terms the students’ mentors conduct the advising sessions. The module choice takes place at the end of the week via an online form. The choices made are considered final. Modules that have not attracted sufficient interest are cancelled. Modules that are ready to run, but whose enrolment does not reach the maximum of 12 students are offered as extra credit options.
When choosing modules, students should consider the following:
- Does the module fit my broader plans and interests?
- Do I have the necessary prerequisite knowledge for this module?
- Does the module fit my other engagements and schedule?
Weeks Four to Eight – Module Teaching
Weeks four to eight are dedicated to module teaching and mentoring sessions. Students are expected to attend modules and prepare for each session in line with the syllabus, by doing the required reading or tasks and completing any other coursework, as set by the module leader.
Week Nine – Reading Week
Week nine is a reading week, during which there is no module teaching and students get a chance to catch up with their coursework, for example by doing research for their end-of-term essays or preparing for tests.
Weeks Ten to Twelve – Module Teaching
During the second half of term teaching continues with increased emphasis on making progress with assignments and coursework.
Week Thirteen – Final Deadlines and Assessment
During the last week of term, final consultations take place regarding coursework and tests, as the end of this week is also the final deadline for all written work.
Grading – Maximum 10 days after the end of term
Grades and feedback should be handed out no later than ten days after the end of term.
Expected Work Load
Mentoring: mentoring generally takes place every other week, with 30 to 60 minutes of contact time. Mentors will typically set tasks that require up 4 hours of preparation.
Modules: each module usually requires 4 hours of preparation per week.