Abstract from Guy Couper-Marsh

The Biology department begins teaching the CIE International A-level qualification from September 2013 and consequently staff will be developing a number of new teaching resources and methodologies for lesson delivery. In order to inform the planning process and identify key areas for resources provision an audit was conducted of the resources and teaching methods currently in use. This involved surveying the current year 12 and 13 Biology students and finding their opinions of current resources and teaching methods, and asking them for suggestions for improvement. The results were analysed and used as the basis for departmental discussion. The outcome is that the department has taken on board a number of the recommendations, such as the provision of extension classes, reorganisation of the departmental intranet site, improvements to the resources that we provide and improvements to departmental notice boards.

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