Each semester, you are invited to attend and observe a class from a selection of courses that are made 'open' to UQ staff.

  1. Search for courses using the filter below (e.g. type 'blended learning' in the bar). 
  2. Book your spot through the following links. Check our FAQs if you have any questions, or contact us.

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AGRC1041 – Cell & Tissue Biology for Agriculture & Veterinary Science

Dr Deanne Whitworth
School of Veterinary Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 1-hour lectures and 2-hour practicals
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large – approx. 150–170 students

AGRC1041 is a biomedical science course that integrates the structure of cells and tissues with their function.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: traditional lectures – digital microscopy for practicals

Virtual microscopy – tutorial videos – interactive Zoom discussions of lecture and practical material.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Deanne Whitworth had several years of small animal and equine practice before taking up a lectureship in biomedical sciences. Students remark that Dr Whitworth’s dissection of the histological material is very clear and easy to understand, making a daunting prospect seem much more user-friendly, and they find her passion for the beauty of tissues, if not infectious, at least amusing(!).

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 11am–1pm, Tue 12–2pm
  • 'Open' weeks: Monday: 8, 9; Tuesday: 1–7, 9
  • Location: Monday: Gatton 8117 Room 106, Tuesday: Gatton 8255 Room 105. Zoom link to be provided upon registration.
  • Note: this course is at the Gatton campus.

Practical

  • Days and times: Fri 8.30–10.30am, 10.30am–12.30pm
  • 'Open' weeks: TBA
  • Location: Gatton 8106 Room 213.
  • Note: this course is at the Gatton campus

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ARCS2070 – Bioarchaeology: Human Remains and Ancient Disease

Dr Glenys McGowan
School of Social Science

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture, 2-hour practical (all face-to-face)
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Size: Medium – approx. 50 students

This course teaches human osteology and palaeopathology to archaeology students, most of whom have an arts and humanities background.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: gamification of learning – group collaborative learning

To assist with learning a large amount of new terminology and complex content, the course practicals incorporate games/active quizzes. Students compete as teams in the weekly pub-quiz style activity.

Lecturer's short bio

Glenys McGowan is a teaching-focused academic who spends approximately 300 hours in the classroom each year. She teaches first and second-year Undergraduate courses and honours coursework in archaeology. In 2016, she received the HASS Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Glenys employs object-based learning and authentic learning scenarios, and maintains student interest through the use of humour and popular culture references.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Wed 2–4pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 4, 5, 7–9, 11, 12
  • Location or Zoom link: Social Science Building #24 Room S402. Zoom link to be provided upon registration.
  • Note: the lecture runs for two hours, with a break in the middle.

Practical

  • Days and times: Thu 10am–12pm or 1–3pm, Fri 2–4pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 
  • Location: Michie Building #9 Room 325 
  • Note: Room 325 is a designated laboratory space: visitors must wear closed-in shoes (shoes that cover the tops of the feet, toes and heels) and tie back long hair.

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COMU1120 – Media and Society

Dr Elliot Logan
School of Communication and Arts

Course overview

  • Delivery: Blended course with 2-hour seminar and edX modules
  • Level: Undergraduate first year
  • Size: Large – 400 students in seminar groups of 100

This course is designed to encourage the learner to examine and critically assess the relationship between media and society. They study how media and cultural industries shape our experience of the world.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: UQ2U – blended learning – collaborative seminars – online modules

The course uses a blended approach combining 2-hour collaborative seminars in groups of 100 with 3 co-facilitators. The seminars are a mix of lecture and group-based activities. The seminars are accompanied by modules on edX that include audio, video and animation content. The material on edX scaffolds the assessments.

Lecturer's short bio

Elliott Logan is Lecturer in Media and Communication in the School of Communication and Arts. His research focuses on film and television aesthetics, especially the criticism of screen performance and serial television drama. His teaching in media studies explores the impacts of online media platforms on culture and the creative industries. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: Tue and Wed 11am–1pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2, 4–8
  • Location: Tuesday: General Purpose South #78 Room 343; Wednesday: Steele Building #3 Room 329. Zoom link to be provided upon registration.

EDUC7212 – Educational Research Methods

A/Prof Ian Hardy
School of Education

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour contacts (Zoom and face-to-face synchronous)
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Size: Medium – approx. 130 students

This course is about doing education research in a socially responsive, critically conscious and ethically responsible way to help form education policy and practice.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – engagement during lectures – student-led workshops/tutorials

I actively encourage student participation/feedback during lectures. Zoom enables text responses, as well as face-to-face (synchronous). Online component varies between groups online and groups face-to-face.

Lecturer's short bio

Assoc. Prof. Ian Hardy researches and teaches educational policy and practice in the School of Education. Recent research has focused upon datafication processes in schools and schooling systems more broadly.

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Contact Lecture

  • Days and times: Wed 4–6pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–9, 10–12
  • Location or Zoom link: ModWest #11A Room 130 Collaborative Room. Zoom link to be provided upon registration.

ERTH2002 – Palaeobiology

Dr Gilbert Price
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 5-hour contact lectures per week and one half-day field trip
  • Level: Undergraduate, 2nd year
  • Size: Small – 40–50 students

The course explores the history of Earth's life, from the dawn of the planet to the present. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the application of the fossil record to contemporary problems in the Earth and Biological Sciences.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – flipped classroom – blended learning – practical approach

Pre-pandemic, the course was previously very hands-on, combining theory and prac with real physical objects for study in every class. During the pandemic, the course shifted to a blend of online and face-to-face sessions. The online sessions substitute physical specimens for digital 3D models. The course can be taught completely in External mode and has a two-hour face-to-face session each week for students who wish to come to the campus. The course utilises an external Wordpress-based website for learning, augmented reality, in-class interactive and live informal quizzes and surveys, and a semester-specific Facebook group. All online sessions are taught live via Zoom.

Lecturer's short bio

Gilbert Price is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Unlike most colleagues, he loves Zoom and his teaching has thrived during the pandemic. His enthusiasm is driven by the challenge of adapting to online learning (he loves it so much that he even recently started a new blog aimed at helping other lecturers: www.PandemicTeaching.com). The Palaeobiology course has maintained an average SECaT score of ~4.8 for the past several years including during the pandemic. He was also recently awarded a “Dean’s Commendation for Excellent Teaching” (a student-nominated award), attracting the equal highest nominations across the Science Faculty.

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Contact Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 9–10am (Zoom live), Tue 9–11am (Zoom live), Wed 9–11am (face-to-face and Zoom live)
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–2, 9–13
  • Location: Wednesdays: Steele Building #3 Room 229 and live-streamed on Zoom (link to be provided upon registration).

Contact Lecture

  • Days and times: Wed 9–11am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–2, 9, 10–13
  • Location: Steele Building #3 Room 219 and live-streamed on Zoom (link to be provided upon registration)

LAWS2000 – Real Estate Law

Dr Maria Dolhare
School of Law

Course overview

  • Delivery: Recorded lecture and 2-hour seminar (internal and external combined)
  • Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
  • Size: Medium – approx. 30 students

The course introduces non-law students to basic conceptual building blocks of real estate law in Australia, with particular emphasis in Queensland.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – blended learning – problem-based case-scenarios

Face-to-face students are encouraged to participate in the usual manner. Zoom students are encouraged to participate by using reactions, chat or orally. Small breakout rooms are used for student activities. PowerPoints provide a visual aid. Feedback on the seminar exercises is provided and discussed during the session. An interesting aspect here will be to balance the participation and engagement levels of both face-to-face and Zoom students. Zoom drop-in consultations are also available.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Dolhare is a qualified legal practitioner in Queensland teaching and researching mainly in the areas of property law, particularly real estate law or land law. As a teaching-focused academic, she is commited to adopting student-centred teaching practices, helping students develop their own agency and sense of ownership regarding their professional and personal growth as lifelong learners.

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Seminar

  • Days and times: Tue 10am–12pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–5, 7–9, 10–12
  • Location or Zoom link: Richards Building #05 Room 207 or email m.dolhare@law.uq.edu.au for the Zoom link.

LAWS3101 – Income Tax Law

Dr Thea Voogt
School of Law

Course overview

  • Delivery: Live Zoom: 2-hour lecture. Face-to-face: 1-hour tutorial
  • Level: Undergraduate, final year
  • Size: Large – approx. 250 students (and 30 per tutorial)

Tax law course, accredited by CA ANZ and CPA AU. Covers the basics of Income Tax, Fringe Benefits Tax, Goods and Services Tax. Takes commerce students outside their comfort zone to solve legal problems.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active self-directed learning – interactive – law in practice

Pastoral care approach. Supporting commerce students to 'think the law, not numbers'. Using data to track student progress and motivate them. Facilitating the human connections in the course.

Lecturer's short bio

Thea Voogt has won three UQ teaching awards. She teaches income tax law in large Undergraduate groups, and corporate governance law intensively in small post-graduate groups. Thea is an inspiring, engaged teacher in LAWS3101. She brings complex Australian-specific legal content to life, proving that tax is never dull.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Thu 4–6pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–6; 8–13
  • Location: Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Tutorial

  • Days and times: Mon 11am–12pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–6, 8, 9, 11–13
  • Location or Zoom link: Priestley Building #67, Room 343. Week 3 will be online (Zoom link provided upon registration).

MATH1040 – Basic Mathematics

Mr Michael Jennings
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 1-hour lecture, 2-hour workshop
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Medium – approx. 250

An introductory course that covers fundamental mathematical concepts, useful to students in a wide range of discipline areas. It is the University's equivalent of Queensland high school Mathematical Methods.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – daily recaps – build on current knowledge

Maths is learnt by doing. In this course, we use UniDoodle, an audience response system that lets students write equations and sketch graphs. This instantaneous feedback allows us to tailor the course appropriately.

Lecturer's short bio

Michael Jennings is an inspirational and dedicated teacher of mathematics at UQ. He teaches large first-year courses and uses his experiences in both secondary and tertiary systems to engage and inspire students. Michael has won five UQ teaching awards as well as two national awards. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the UQ College of Peer Observers.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 3–4pm, Thu 1–2pm, Fri 11am–12pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–9; 10–13
  • Location: Physiology Lecture Theatre #63 Room 358. Zoom link to be provided upon registration.

MATH1051 – Calculus & Linear Algebra 1

Dr Poh Hillock
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 1-hour lecture, 2-hour tutorial and 1-hour computer practical
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large – approx. 1000 students

MATH1051 covers university-level mathematical concepts useful to students in a range of discipline areas, including mathematics, business, health sciences, science, applied science and engineering.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning (UQ2U) – face-to-face workshops – interactive lectures

The course has a large collection of online learning resources and many face-to-face initiatives run during the semester. These include extra help sessions, support tutorials, exam revision classes, pre-semester workshops.

Lecturer's short bio

Poh received her PhD from The University of Adelaide in the area of Convex Sets with Lattice Point Constraints. More recently, her interests have switched to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in mathematics. Poh is always on the lookout for practical ideas to help her first-year students learn mathematics. Poh has won three UQ teaching awards and a national teaching award.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Wed 10–11am, Thu 10–11am, Fri 8–9am
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–9, 10–13
  • Location: Hawken Engineering Building #50 Room T203. For online learning weeks: Zoom link to be provided upon registration.
  • Note: lectures are live-streamed through Echo360. 

MGTS3301 – Business Policy and Strategy

Dr Stuart Middleton
School of Business

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 2-hour workshop
  • Level: Undergraduate 3rd year
  • Size: Large – 100 students in each seminar

MGTS3301 is the capstone unit in the International Business major of the Bachelor of Business (Management). Students learn to apply strategic management frameworks by participating in teams to make decisions as though they are members of the Executive of an organisation.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: flipped classroom – team-based learning

You'll see our flipped classroom approach where students make strategic decisions as though they are members of the Executive of an organisation.

Lecturer's short bio

Stuart uses a range of teaching approaches and techniques to create an interactive learning environment for his students, and also one which provides support and camaraderie for everyone who enters, including his extremely valuable teaching team.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Wed 10am–12pm (online); Thu 12–2pm (online); Fri 10am–12pm (face-to-face)
  • 'Open' weeks: 5, 6, and 7
  • Location or Zoom link: ModWest #11a Room 120, Zoom link to be provided upon registration.

MGTS7301 – Tools and Techniques for Business Analysis

Dr Stuart Middleton
School of Business

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2 x 2-hour workshop
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Size: Large – 100 students in each seminar

MHTS7301 is a core unit in the Master of Business Administration. Students learn key frameworks to apply in their future careers.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: flipped classroom – team-based learning

You'll see our flipped classroom approach where students make strategic decisions as though they are members of the Executive of an organisation.

Lecturer's short bio

Stuart uses a range of teaching approaches and techniques to create an interactive learning environment for his students, and also one which provides support and camaraderie for everyone who enters, including his extremely valuable teaching team.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Tue 2–4 pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 4, 5, and 6
  • Location: Zoom link to be provided upon registration.

MICR2000 – Microbiology & Immunology

A/Prof Jack Wang
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Course overview

  • Delivery: 1-hour lecture and a 3-hour practical
  • Level: Undergraduate 2nd year
  • Size: Large – approx. 400 students

This course covers foundational concepts in the study of microorganisms. The course content services several majors in the biological sciences.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: science communication – laboratory videos – blended learning – case studies

The workshops in this course are very interactive and feature case-based learning in large classes. The practical sessions are accompanied by a series of laboratory videos to allow students to prepare ahead of time, as the hands-on laboratory skill set is vital for the safe handling of potentially deadly microorganisms that microbiologists work with on a daily basis.

Lecturer's short bio

Jack is a teaching-focused academic in microbiology and has received a number of UQ teaching awards at the school, faculty, and institutional level as well as the 2020 Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year. His work focuses on large-scale undergraduate research as well as technology-enabled learning. He has created a number of original videos and animations for biological sciences education and leverages these resources to enable science communication to the general public.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Wed 9–10am
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–9, 10–13
  • Location: Modwest #11A Room 110/111

POLS3102 – Governance & Australian Public Policy

Dr Alastair Stark
School of Political Science and International Studies

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour workshop and 1-hour tutorial
  • Level: Undergraduate 2nd year
  • Size: Medium – approx. 90 students

POLS3102 is now a mandatory second-year course for second-year politics, philosophy and economics students. Dr Stark teaches it as series of mini-lectures and workshop tasks built around the classics and cutting edge of policy.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: interactive – flipped classroom – student-centred – constructivist

This course includes a mix of lectures and workshop activities in class, then assessed via tutorial activities.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Stark is a senior lecturer in public policy. He has no teaching award, just a passion for teaching!

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Mon 3–5pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–9, 10–12
  • Location: Modwest #11A Room 130

POLS7306 – International Crisis Management

Dr Alastair Stark
School of Political Science and International Studies

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3-hour reading groups and mini-lecture
  • Level: Postgraduate
  • Size: Small – 20-30 students

An interdisciplinary course on disaster management taught to a range of disciplines (policy, international relations, development, peace and conflict, economics).

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: reading groups – student-led – minimal lecture

In this course, students teach other students via reading groups and facilitate informally via tea, coffee, biscuits and some knowledge of disaster management.

Lecturer's short bio

Dr Stark is a senior lecturer in public policy. He has no teaching award, just a passion for teaching!

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Thu 5–8pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–9, 10–12
  • Location: Therapies Annexe #84A Room 304

PSYC3020 – Measurement in Psychology

Prof Mark Horswill
School of Psychology

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture workshop and 2-hour tutorial
  • Level: Undergraduate 3rd year
  • Size: Large – 500 students

PSYC3020 is a UQ2U course, which is the capstone course for psychology majors. It is a mandatory core course, covering measurement theory and practice in psychology.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning – Activelearn – question-focussed – participation points – weekly quizzes – interactive demonstrations

Prof Horswill's approach includes a number of innovations designed to both reduce fail rates to zero and increase student performance and employability. It has resulted in higher grades, high SECaTS, near-capacity attendance, as well as excellent student engagement. In 2020, he introduced a number of new strategies due to the move to online teaching and assessment.

Lecturer's short bio

Professor Mark Horswill won the Australian University Teacher of the Year Award 2019 and the international Edx MOOC of the Year 2018 for the UQx course, Crime101x (both awards with Blake McKimmie and Barbara Masser). This course also won the Reimagine Education Star Awards 2018 (Bronze, Social Sciences) and the 2016 Merlot Classics Award. Professor Horswill was voted 3rd and 5th in the UQ lecturer of the year contest run by Unijobs.com.au in 2009 and 2008. He has won the UQ award for teaching excellence (individual 2009; group 2016). He is a HEA fellow.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Mon 2–4pm
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–9, 10–12
  • Location: Zoom link to be provided upon registration.
  • Note: you can email the lecturer your UQ username so they can add you as a guest to the Blackboard site.

PSYC4191 – Improving Human Performance

Prof Mark Horswill
School of Psychology

Course overview

  • Delivery: 4-hour workshop (for 10 weeks)
  • Level: Undergraduate 4th year/honours
  • Size: Medium – 62 students

PSYC4191 is a 4th year elective in psychology, covering strategies for improving human performance both via training/education and via system design.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: blended learning – Activelearn – question-focussed – participation points – weekly quizzes – interactive demonstrations

Prof Horswill's approach includes a number of innovations designed to both reduce fail rates to zero and increase student performance and employability. It has resulted in higher grades, high SECaTS, near-capacity attendance, as well as excellent student engagement. In 2020, he introduced a number of new strategies due to the move to online teaching and assessment.

Lecturer's short bio

Professor Mark Horswill won the Australian University Teacher of the Year Award 2019 and the international Edx MOOC of the Year 2018 for the UQx course, Crime101x (both awards with Blake McKimmie and Barbara Masser). This course also won the Reimagine Education Star Awards 2018 (Bronze, Social Sciences) and the 2016 Merlot Classics Award. Professor Horswill was voted 3rd and 5th in the UQ lecturer of the year contest run by Unijobs.com.au in 2009 and 2008. He has won the UQ award for teaching excellence (individual 2009; group 2016). He is a HEA fellow.

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Workshop

  • Days and times: Friday 10am–2pm,
  • 'Open' weeks: 1–8, 11,12
  • Location: Zoom link to be provided upon registration.
  • Note: you can email the lecturer your UQ username so they can add you as a guest to the Blackboard site.

PUBH1103 – Health Systems and Policy

A/Prof Allyson Mutch
School of Public Health

Course overview

  • Delivery: 2-hour lecture (live and Zoom) and 2-hour tutorial
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large – 350 students (approx 70 external)

PUBH1103 provides a critical look at the Australian Health system and associated policy using a health equity lens. Current policy debates and complex, multidimensional 'wicked problems' are examined and critically discussed.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: interactive lectures – collaborative learning tutorials

Lectures engage students in discussion and debate and where possible feature community members who discuss what is happening on the ground. Tutorials emphasise the co-construction of learning, with group debate and discussion the key focus of all activities.

Lecturer's short bio

Allyson is a teaching and research-focused academic in the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the social determinants of health and population groups experiencing disadvantage. This work carries over to her teaching where she focuses on the social determinants of health as a threshold concept and engages with student partners to help students navigate the uncertainty and discomfort that often arises when engaging with a social view of health.

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Lectorial

  • Days and times: Tue 8–10am
  • 'Open' weeks: 2–9, 10–12
  • Location: contact Allyson for the Zoom link.

SCIE1000 – Theory & Practice in Science

Professor Gwen Lawrie | Dr Ava Greenwood | Dr Margaret Wegener
School of Mathematics and Physics

Course overview

  • Delivery: 3 x 1-hour lectures and 2-hour workshops
  • Level: Undergraduate 1st year
  • Size: Large – approx. 300 students

SCIE1000 introduces students to the broad range of mathematical, analytical, conceptual and computational tools employed by scientists to develop, analyse and interpret models of scientific processes.

Teaching tools and techniques

  • Keywords: active learning – interactive lectures – co-teaching

SCIE1000 is simultaneously taught by two academic staff members, one with strengths in mathematics and the other with strengths in science. This allows interaction and promotes discussions between the two staff members and the students.

Lecturers' short bios

Professor Gwen Lawrie is a teaching-focused academic in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences. Her teaching aims to engage students in building understanding and awareness of their thinking through formative feedback.

Dr Ava Greenwood is a teaching-focussed academic in the School of Mathematics and Physics who has a particular interest in approaches to teaching that help facilitate a positive learning experience for first-year students.

Dr Margaret Wegener is also a teaching-focused academic in the School of Mathematics and Physics and an award-winning teacher. Her interests include the educational problems of contextualising physics and student transition between school and university.

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Lecture

  • Days and times: Monday 3–4pm, Wednesday 1–2pm, Thursday 12–1pm
  • 'Open' weeks: Weeks 2–5, 8–13
  • Location: Steele Building #3, Room 206. Zoom link to be provided upon registration.