BDIC student-teacher forum

March 3rd 2014

BDIC students started the new term full of energy. Leading academic staff from the Schools of Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Education and from UCD are responsible for delivering this semester’s curriculum. According to the agreement signed by both universities, UCD is responsible for the delivery of 55% of the total curriculum, including all stage 2 modules (with the exception of Physical Education). This semester, UCD academic staff will deliver the following modules: 

  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Digital Circuits
  • Introduction to Circuits and Systems
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Principles of Computer Organisation
  • Introduction to Internet of Things Engineering
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Principles of Management & Marketing
  • Introduction to Analysis
  • Business Live
  • Irish Culture 

In order to assess student progress, collect feedback, encourage student-teacher interaction, evolve teaching methodology and provide service to students, UCD invited some students from each class as well as representatives from the student-teacher association and academic staff to attend a meeting on March 3 to discuss the classroom instruction and teaching environment. 

The meeting featured a questionnaire, followed by open discussion. The Head of the English teaching programme began by handing out a questionnaire which asked a number of questions, covering issues including teaching methodology, resources and the mock International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Following the completion of the questionnaire, student representatives discussed earnestly with teachers such issues as practising IELTS test-taking skills, the extent to which missed English classes could be made-up and how to adjust to classes with foreign teachers, 

Student representatives then provided feedback on courses other than English, including Advanced Mathematics, University Physics and UCD-delivered modules. Feedback was mainly focused on teaching skills, level of difficulty, classroom atmosphere and the speed of delivery of lecturers. BDIC diligently collected student feedback and communicated with relevant academic staff, satisfying reasonable requests of students, as well as improving teaching management research and the level of instruction.

Students gave strong support to the efforts of UCD academic staff and brainstormed ideas on teaching quality and classroom management, giving everyone a sense of ownership of BDIC’s development.