Contact is the number of hours (usually per week) of attendance required at a lecture, tutorial or practical. In mySI-net, this is represented by a combination of letters and figures within brackets.

For example (2L1T3P)

  • 2L means you have 2 hours of lecture,
  • 1T a one hour tutorial and a
  • 3P 3 hour practical (laboratory) each week.

The symbols are used as a way of explaining variations in the way courses are taught and the kind of class contact. The first symbol denotes the kind of class contact, as outlined below:

C

General Contact, perhaps a group learning situation

E

Excursion

F

Fieldwork

I

IT (Computing) session, usually in a computer training room or studio.

L

Lecture, a presentation to a class, often in an auditorium or theatre, of core course matter.

N

Clinical Hours

P

Practical, consisting of laboratory or project work

S

Seminar, a presentation similar to a lecture, perhaps made by students, and possibly with opportunities for discussion and interaction.

T

Tutorial, a small class environment characterised by discussion and peer interaction, often supplementary to lectures.

W

Workshop, practical work with a creative emphasis.

A

Peer Assisted Study Sessions class (PASS)

B

Clinical Based Learning (CBL)

M

Placement

R

Problem Based Learning (PBL)

O

Clinical Coaching


See also

A-Z study terminology