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Jo Richards
5 April 2016


2nd Year FdSc (level 5) students from a variety of land based courses, including animal management, agriculture, horticulture, arboriculture.  Approximately 65 in total located within a traditional lecture theatre space with a capacity of 120 students.  1 hour Personal research project lecture (seminar groups are held within section), recapping previous session that was covered by a colleague


FdSc Y2 all courses


Personal Research Project

Tutor: Jo Richards



Lesson Title:

Aims, Objectives, Hypotheses recap



Week No:


Group composition and any individual learning needs (consider differentiation, learning styles, initial assessment):

Up to 80 learners in total:

  • Mix of programmes including Animal Management, Equine, Hort, Agriculture and allied programmes


  • Mix of ages from 19 to mature learners of 40+


  • All have progressed to final year of programme so are capable of achieving but levels vary from 40-70%+ in proposal


  • Additional learning support for some students present for note taking


  • Some students use Dictaphone devices to record sessions


  • PP notes to be on Moodle before session (purposely not for this one due to nature of activities – but note added to assure this is intentional and will not detract from session)


  • Some AM students can become distracted and start relevant but separate conversations so need to use activities to ensure engagement


  • Some expected absences notified via PM

LP shared with LSA

General Aims (including reference to Learning Outcomes covered):

  • Recap plenary knowledge from previous set of sessions (as cover tutor last week due to HAU review)


  • Reinforce key aspects of aims, objectives, hypotheses added in as discrete session due to proposal feedback


Specific Learning Objectives - by the end of the session ALL learners will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of a lit review


  • Work in a group to define aims, objectives and hypotheses


  • Identify some core aspects to each of the above


  • Have information to enable them to improve their proposal a/o/h for main project


and by the end of the session SOME learners may be able to:

  • Complete an action plan to enable them to improve their proposal a/o/h for main project


  • Support peers in improving their plans


Skills for Life / Transferable Skills developed (including reference to Basic / Key Skills covered):

  • Discussion; Writing; Verbal Communication


  • ILT – use of technology to complete tasks


  • Reflection


  • Planning / timing of workload


/ Tutor Activity

Learning Activity



Take register

Address issues of student lateness / non-attendance



Introduce Lesson Plan/ Learning Objectives

Opportunity to seek clarification / organise thoughts / notes for tasks



Tweet activity

Students to work in groups to prepare a series of ‘tweets’ to recap their learning from the last set of sessions and particularly the last session that was covered by as guest tutor due to HAU review


Timer video


Smart phone / other internet accessible devices


Tutor led discussion

Tutor led but discussion on previous encounters with aims / objectives/ hypotheses and where we are in the process and the importance of getting this session correct and that it can be developed whilst data may be ongoing




Round robin

Group task to define and explain key factors relating to aims / objectives and hypotheses. Output to be photographed for upload to Moodle






Action plan

Depending on depth gone into with Round robin this may be started in class or set as development task for seminars / in own time. Students to take learning and apply to their own work. Extension students to peer review and assist each other.


Mind maps



Q&A / next week

Opportunity to ask any questions and understanding of next week’s session plan



Timing’s are approximate and subject to change depending on engagement / value each task is offering to overall plan.

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