Mode of Teaching Delivery and Timetables - School of BEES

The School of BEES is committed to provide a high quality educational experience, offering our students as much face to face time as possible whilst keeping students and staff safe. To comply with government guidelines and to ensure the safety of both our students and staff, the majority of our degree programmes will be delivered in a blended fashion in 2020-2021. This means students are engaging in both online learning (live online events and pre-made online content) and some on-campus learning (in-person sessions at UCC; restrictions permitting).  How each programme is being delivered depends on a number of factors including the discipline being studied, the class size, external accreditation requirements and of course public health guidelines.

Incoming students (1st years)

CK404 Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences 1st year degree programme (CK404) will be delivered in a blended fashion in 2020/2021 with semester 1 being mainly on-line. All lectures and tutorials, as well as most analytical training, will be fully on-line using the University platforms such as CANVAS and TEAMS. It may be possible to attend some lectures/tutorials on campus but this will not be obligatory. Depending on NPHET guidelines, it is hoped that a small number of practical sessions will be offered on campus and physical attendance at those would be required. Some practical sessions will also be online. It is hoped that it will be possible to offer an increased amount of on-campus activity in semester 2. Further details will be provided in student timetables after registration and at student orientation following registration.

CK412 Agricultural Science (CK412)

We are preparing to start teaching the next academic year with some of the modules on-line, some face-to-face and some a mixture of both. With respect to the first year of the Agricultural Science degree, the plans are as follows (subject to change to account for the Covid-19 situation):
•Most lectures will probably be delivered online, but we are committed to providing as much face-to-face teaching for first-year students as possible.
•Where possible, we will aim to teach small classes in large rooms. This includes e.g. face-to-face practical demonstrations.
•We are planning for some smaller modules, including those specific to the Agricultural Science degree, to be taught entirely face-to-face on the UCC campus and at Teagasc (we will arrange transport from UCC to Teagasc).
•Specific Agricultural Science teaching (AG1001) will take place in Semester 2.

Returning students

Staff at the School of BEES have been working hard to establish how best to deliver teaching to our students this year, having regard for the national guidelines to which we must adhere.  In some cases lectures will be delivered online and, where possible, students will be permitted to come onto campus and avail of face-to-face teaching.  The exact on campus hours will very much depend on your programme of study and on the NPHET guidelines and may be subject to change during the semester in line with public health advice.  Full timetable and delivery information will be available once you register for your programme.  All on-campus learning sessions will be recorded and made available online through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, to be accessed by students on the days when they are not on campus and to facilitate students who cannot be physically present.  

It is important for students to note that regardless of where students choose to reside for the 2020/21 academic year, it is imperative that they have access to good quality broadband and appropriate IT equipment to allow them to participate in online classes.

Timetable and delivery information will be available once you register for your subjects/modules. You will need to complete the following steps:

•    Between 18 August - 15 September, you will receive an email invitation to register for the new academic year. Further details on when your programme will be open for Registration is contained on the ongoing students registration schedule
•    Registration must be completed in order to deliver your detailed timetable
•    You will be able to register for your programme and modules through MyStudentAdmin
•    Once registered, your overall timetable of core modules will be populated through Canvas
•    Your complete and personalised time table containing elective modules, tutorials and class groups will follow at a later stage once all students have registered and all class sizes and module selections have been finalised
•    Outline timetable information is available on the Web Timetables site, though your personal timetable will only be available through Canvas.


Semester 1 commences on 28th September.
Further timetabling queries should be directed to the programme directors and/or year coordinator. Taught postgraduate students should contact their programme director directly for timetable information.

Our Programmes

Programme Contact
Agricultural Science Prof. Astrid Wingler
Applied Plant Biology Prof. Astrid Wingler
Earth Science Dr Pat Meere
Ecology and Environmental Biology Dr Simon Harrison
Environmental Science Prof. Andy Wheeler
Geology Dr Pat Meere
International Field Geosciences Dr Pat Meere
Zoology Prof. Emer Rogan
Applied Environmental Geology Dr Pat Meere
Freshwater Quality Monitoring and Assessment

Lucia Hermida

Marine Biology Dr Rob McAllen


School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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