Information for Lecturers of Prelims or Part A Courses

The main source of information about undergraduate teaching is the document 'Teaching the Undergraduate Mathematics Course'.  However, below is a summary of points particularly relevant to lecturers of Prelims or Part A courses.

Course Webpage

Each lecture course has a webpage on the Mathematical Institute's website (listed here) where the problem sheets and lecture notes can be posted for students to access. 

Problem Sheets

Prelims

Lecturers are required to provide weekly problem sheets in support of their course, typically at a rate of one per 2 lectures. Lecturers are also required to provide solutions to their problem sheets for the use of college tutors. These can be made available to tutors (but not students) via the restricted files section on the course material page for your courseProblem sheets must be submitted to the appropriate Prelims Co-ordinator (see Prelims Coordinators) in advance for approval.

Part A

Lecturers should provide problem sheets (typically 1 sheet per 4 lectures) in support of their lectures. Lecturers are also expected to provide solutions to their problem sheets. These can be made available to tutors (but not students) via the restricted files section on the course material page for your course. 

Prelims Coordinators

The Prelims Coordinators for 2016–17 are:

Prof. Jim Oliver and Dr Neil Laws [Applied],

Dr Richard Earl and Prof. Charles Batty [Pure].

The Prelims Coordinators convene a meeting of all Prelims lecturers in week 0 Michaelmas Term, and (subject to business) all Prelims lecturers in week 0 Hilary Term [in both cases at 12 noon on Wednesday] to discuss co-ordination of lectures and problem sheets.  A meeting of all Prelims lecturers is also convened in Trinity term at 12noon on Wednesday of week 5 to review the year's lectures. The minutes of these meetings are made available online.

Collections

Lecturers of Prelims and Part A courses will be asked to provide the department with questions for college collections held at the beginning of Hilary and Trinity term.  There are no formal guidelines for the setting of collection questions except that they should be suitable for use in a college examination following the completion of the lecture course. In particular, it is desirable but not strictly necessary that they change substantially from one year to the next.  The collections papers are made available via the restricted access section of the website.

Examinations

The papers for the first year preliminary examinations are set and marked by the moderators (Prelims examiners) but Prelims lecturers will be asked to review the draft questions and may give feedback to the examiners. 

The papers on the core Part A courses are set and marked by the Part A examiners but lecturers of these courses will be asked to review the draft questions and may give feedback to the examiners. 

Lecturers of the second year optional courses will be asked to be assessors for the Part A exams, setting and marking the exam questions for their option.  The examiners will send out detailed instructions at the start of Michaelmas term but in general lecturers of Michaelmas term optional courses will need to submit their draft papers to the examiners by week 7 of Michaelmas term, lecturers of Hilary term optional courses by week 0 of Hilary term and lecturers of Trinity term optional courses by week 4 of Hilary term.  The exams take place in weeks 8 and 9 of Trinity term and assessors will usually have one week to complete their marking.