Case studies by discipline – Sciences


Sciences

This page presents a selection of case studies from colleagues at York along with a range of links to case studies, teaching resource repositories and networks external to the University that offer further inspiration for learning and teaching development.

Biology

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Pure & Applied Microbiology
(James Moir)
Self-assessment activities and video sequences for lab training

Welcome Site
(Set Chong)
An induction for student transition from FE to HE. Provides resources for new students including study skills advice and a blog where students can get to know each other virtually before coming on-campus.

Technical and Entrepreneurial Refreshers
(Hilary Jones)
Provides an overview of the latest technologies in biosciences. Includes self-study formative quizzes, RSS feeds to the latest news, an audio glossary where students can hear correct pronunciations of technical terms, 360 degree Quick Time views of the laboratories, a personal blog space and a discussion board to share advice and hints and tips on careers information.

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Chemistry

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Welcome to the Chemistry Department
(Katrina Sayer)
Contains pictures of, and key information about Chemistry staff. This also includes reading lists and HE study skills information.

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Computer Science

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Plagiarism Awareness
(Steve King)
Self-paced interactive course focusing on identifying plagiarism, referencing and citations with opportunities to self-test. This module has since been rolled out across the University, providing essential academic skills self-study and information.

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Electronics

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Analogue Electronics, Circuits, Opamps and Transistors
(Peter Kirkland)
Includes seminar-related online self-test quizzes, links to lesson materials and answers to tutorial questions that become available as the course progresses.

Electronics Foundation Year Maths
(Andy Pomfret)
The online part of the course consists of a number of self-assessment tests covering all the mathematical topics in the first term. It provides a way of consolidating learning, and discovering where gaps lie in student’s knowledge. As the term progresses the number of links available on the menu grows, helping to limit student confusion and anxiety.

Environmental Engineering
(Andy Hunt)
This site includes video clips and links to related web-based resources with group-based blogs used to discuss key issues.

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Health Sciences

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Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Online
(Ros Brownlow)
This is a purely distance course designed to develop the core skills for clinical practice via the internet. It includes the use of videos, articles to read, audio files and links to web-based resources. All students on the course have the support of personal tutors, who comment on each student’s Personal Journal. The Personal Journal in the course is a blog used as a reflective, personal, online diary. Discussions with other students take place via Discussion Boards. Using these communicative tools helps prevent the distance learner feeling isolated and unsupported.

Core Knowledge, Values & Engagement Skills
(Rod Fletcher)
A mental health module promoting critical research synthesis in group wikis and experience sharing while on placement using personal blogs.

Accessing Sources of Evidence for Practice
(Ian Cole)
This module provides students with an awareness of resources and applied information retrieval skills necessary to independently address clinical uncertainty and support study. The assessment strategy is designed to facilitate the development of skills in accessing sources of information relevant to practice, through formative quizzes and tasks. RSS feeds are used in the site to import the latest news into the VLE.

Core Care Skills
(Gillian Punton)
This module makes extensive use of video to demonstrate communication skills within the health profession. Alongside core course documents, there are a set of self-test quizzes to aid students with self assessment of their learning progress.

Bringing Professional Expertise into the Virtual Classroom
(John Blase)
This module made use of webinars (synchronous online seminars) to encourage and facilitate interaction both between students and between students and instructors on a distance learning course. Webinar functionality was provided via Collaborate Ultra, directly linked to a VLE site.

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Mathematics

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Medicine

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Physics

Psychology

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Introduction to Neuroimaging
(Tim Andrews)
This site is very much structured around the face-to-face structure of lectures and seminars, providing accompanying materials, information and a mock exam.

Data Analysis 2
(Rob Stone)
This site provides Quick Time movies showing students how to perform statistical analysis operations in SPSS, alongside datafiles and documents relating to the weekly practicals.

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