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Attendance and Workload

Students studying a full course load (four full-year units or the equivalent) are expected to spend about 40 hours per week studying (including time spent in lectures, seminars and classes, private reading and writing essays).

You are expected to attend all classes, seminars and lectures offered in connection with each course you are taking. Note that attendance does not mean your mere physical presence. It means doing the required reading and thinking for all the topics being considered, so that you can take an active part in any discussion. Learning through interaction with one’s peers is a key life skill that will remain important throughout your career.

It is important to realise that your reading should not be restricted to topics on which you are writing an essay. You should spend the equivalent of a full working day on preparing for a particular class. How many pages of reading this represents has defied quantification, so the number of hours rather than the number of pages is cited as a guideline. By being prepared to contribute to any topic being addressed in class, you will also better equip yourself to deal with the range of questions in the examination.

Please note that, in compliance with UCL regulations, the History Department requires that students attend all classes and seminars for their courses. The minimum level of attendance at classes and seminars is 70 per cent. Attendance will be monitored and any absences must be justified by a valid, documented cause. Students whose work or levels of attendance are deemed unsatisfactory on a particular course unit are liable to be deregistered from it by the History Departmental Tutor. In this case, they would not be permitted to take the examination for the course and would receive no credit for any work that might have been done.

Most courses are not taught during Reading Weeks, although some may be. Reading Weeks are not vacations, but part of terms and should be used to complete essays, undertake reading and prepare for the second half of term.

If you are taking any course outside the UCL History Department, you should make sure that you meet the attendance requirements and follow the assessment procedures of the department in which the course is taught.

Page last modified on 29 jan 14 10:52 by Emma J Patten