At University the term 'contact hours' is used very broadly to refer to the amount of time that you spend learning in contact with teaching or associated staff, when studying for a particular course. Contact time can take a wide variety of forms depending on your subject, as well as where and how you are studying. Some of the most common examples of contact time are lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, but contact time can also include project supervision or external visits, for example.
Students taking Arts and Humanities courses, such as politics or social sciences, can normally expect a lighter formal timetable than students in Engineering, Science and Health, who may have laboratory and workshop time scheduled as well as lectures and seminars, but Arts and Humanities students may also be expected to carry out more additional reading and research.
The Unistats information below gives you a breakdown of Aston’s courses for 2018 entry by stages (normally equivalent to a year of study) and indicates how much scheduled/contact time you can expect and how much time will be spent in independent study. It also sets out how the assessment is broken down between examinations, practicals and coursework.
Where there is a choice of optional modules, this data is based on the typical learning, teaching and assessment patterns followed by students in the previous year.
For more information about how Aston courses are structured and assessed do follow the links on the individual course pages.