This depends on what year you are in. In first year you can expect to have around 25-30 hours per week on your timetable, in lectures, tutorial, practical laboratory classes, etc. However, we recommend that students think of their working week as with any other work place i.e. at least 40 hours. In the remaining time, students are expected to engage in private study, say in the library or at home, working to read up on information not covered in face to face teaching, preparing coursework, internet based literature searches, reading over lecture information and related handouts, making own notes, etc.
Through second and third year the number of timetabled contact hours gradually reduces as students become more independent and self–directed, although lecturer expertise is always accessible. This depends on the course and the modules chosen (for Human Biology). Students are expected to be engaged more in self-directed and independent study and in time spent accomplishing their final year project, which may include a significant amount of time in a lab, meetings with their project supervisor, etc.
Where the laboratory activity poses no additional risk with regard to COVID 19 and the space and timetable permit reduced class sizes and replication of those classes, face-to-face practicals are likely to go ahead. Personal protective equipment will be supplied for students and staff in order to make this as safe as possible and social distancing will be adhered to. Where face-to-face is not possible due to the risk of spreading COVID 19, learning will be facilitated via live streamed classes, pre-recorded videos and engagement with all the same materials as in the face-to-face class just without the physical measurements in person.