Subject Snapshots

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Subject specific resources for schools/colleges and post-16 students.

Take this opportunity to delve into some unique and interesting subject areas relevant to the post-16 school curriculum, provided to you by our very own academic departments.

Business

Students and Teacher Resources 

Business, Management and Leadership 

Organisational Structure 

ABS Lecture Series- Organisational Structure

ABS Lecture Series- Organisational Structure practice questions

 

Tannenbaum and Schmidt 

Tannenbaum and Schmidt Continuum presentation

Tannenbaum and Schmidt Continuum exercises

Choosing Strategic Direction 

Marketing Strategic Planning 

 ABS A Level Business Lecture Series - Marketing Strategic Planning- presentations

 ABS A Level Business Lecture Series - Marketing Strategic Planning exercises

New Product Introductions - Overview 

ABS A Level Business Lecture Series - New Production Introduction presentation

A tough new product decision exercises

New Product Introductions - Process 

ABS A Level Business Lecture Series - New Production Introduction presentation

A tough new product decision exercises

Porters Five Competitive Forces 

ABS Business Lecture Series- Porters 5 (1979) presentation

Five Forces Exercise

Finance - Decision Making 

Setting Financial Objectives  

ABS Business Lecture Series- Setting Financial Objectives Focus- Cash flow - presentation

ABS Lecture series Cash flow 45 minute activity question sheet

Sources of Finance 

ABS Business Lecture Series- Setting Financial Objectives Focus- Cash flow - presentation

Sources of finance activities

Marketing- Decision Making 

4Ps - Place 

ABS Level 3 Business Lecture - Place

ABS Level 3 Business Lecture Series- Place (Exercise)

4P's - Product 

ABS A Level Business Lecture Series- Product

ABS A Level Business Lecture Series- Product Exercises

4P's - Promotion  

ABS A Level Business Lecture Series- Promotion

ABS A Level Business Lecture Series- Promotion Exercises

4P's - Price

ABS A Level Business Lecture Series- Price

ABS A Level Business Lecture Series- Price Exercises

Brands and Branding 

ABS Level 3 Business Lecture Series - Brands and Branding

ABS Level 3 Business Lecture Series - Brands and Branding Exercise

Segment, Target, Position 

Segment, Target but mostly Position

Segment, Target but mostly Position- exercises

Operations - Decision Making 

Outsourcing 

An introduction to outsourcing - Professor Andrew Thomas

An introduction to outsourcing exercises

Workshops

Take the opportunity to delve into some interesting workshops on Choosing Strategic Direction, Decision Making: Finance, Decision Making: Marketing and Decision Making: Operations, all suitable for GCSE and A level students. These materials, along with full details of all the business school's resources for students and schools, can be found at:

https://users.aber.ac.uk/nar25/Business/homePage.html

Webinars

Aberystwyth Business School will be delivering a series of webinars. To join the webinars, simply register your details on the dedicated webpage. 

Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS)

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

IBERS can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include:

Biology Workshop 

Take a look at this comprehensive set of resources supplied by the biology department on ‘Parasites & Drug Resistance’:

Introduction

Workshop 1- Microscopes and Drug Screening

Workshop 2 - Down the DNA

Workshop 3 - Bioinformatics

Why not put what you’ve learnt above into practice. This is the perfect chance to gain experience in writing a research paper which will benefit your post 16 studies through to higher education studies:

Mini Research Paper

Example Paper

Microbiology Workshop

Take a look at the following workshop and workshop exercises based around Pathogens and microbial resistance:

Introduction - The Antibiotic Apocalypse

Workshop 1 - Pathogens workshop challenge and resource materials

Workshop 2 - Pathogens workshop challenge template

Why not take a look at the following PowerPoint on ‘microbiology and the antibiotic apocalypse’ which will cover antibiotics, antibacterial resistance (AMR), consequences of AMR and ‘what we can do?’:

Microbiology and the antibiotic apocalypse

TEDx Talks

Subject Area: Animal Behaviour & Zoology

Topic - Seeing colour through animal eyes

Subject Area: Marine Biology & Zoology

Topic – Making space for nature https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i2NQciqDu 

Subject Area: Zoology, Parasitology & Infectious Diseases

Topic - Water, sanitation and hygiene (a guided tour of parasites). 

Jo Hamilton's TEDx presentation

Videos 

1. Explore the microbiology of glaciers with Ice Alive! Meet Dr Arwyn Edwards, IBERS' glacial microbiologist and one of Microbiology graduates, Tom Davey.

Subject areas: Biology, Microbiology, Ecology.

ICE ALIVE from Proudfoot on Vimeo.

2. Arwyn explains more in Climate change: Unlocking the secrets of glacial microbes.

Subject areas: : Biology, Microbiology, Ecology,

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-47645323/climate-change-unlocking-the-secrets-of-glacial-microbes 

3. Understanding uniqueness, listen to Arywn talking about sequencing the human microbiome, demonstrating the uniqueness of identical twins.

Subject areas: Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Genetics and Biochemistry, Biomedical Science (Nutrition), Ecology.

Other Resources

Channel 4 programme:

Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers

You can also find out about the Secrets of the Sewers as some of our team undertake the very first Fatberg Autopsy (*some strong language used in video, but not by our team!*): https://www.channel4.com/programmes/fatberg-autopsy-secrets-of-the-sewers/on-demand/67354-001 

Bioinformatics Workshop 

We are also working on releasing new content over the coming days and weeks. These will include a variety of taster modules from our Academic Team to give you a flavour of our courses and University life. Areas under development at present are:

- Introduction to Microbiology

- Water sustainability

- Sport and Exercise Science

However other subject areas will be added in future also.

Computer Science

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

The Department of Computer Science can offer a variety of resources to aid students and teachers, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields.

Workshops

Take the chance to enhance your knowledge with the following workshops and games, delving into various aspects of computer science: 3D print/design, bioinformatics, encryption, decryption, robotics and programming for beginners, all suitable for GCSE and A level students. These materials, along with full details of all Computer Science’s resources for students and schools, can be found at:

https://users.aber.ac.uk/nar25/CompSci/homePage.html 

 

Robotics Week

We are celebrating UK Robotics Week with a range of online events and activities for all ages throughout the week from the 20-26th of June, 2020. 

DayEvent
Saturday Beach Lab
Sunday  
Monday Evening of Robotics
Tuesday  
Wednesday 3D design workshop
Thursday Electronics workshop
Friday Robots pub quiz 

For more information on the event and where to sign up click here.

 

For further information about possible Computer Science resources, please contact Natalie Roberts (Email nar25@aber.ac.uk)

Education and Childhood Studies

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

The School of Education can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields.

Available resources include:

Take a look at this video presented by Dr Andrew Davies on what various courses the School of Education can offer along with the generalised structure of the courses: 

 

Have a listen to our staff and students discussing our undergraduate course in BA education and BA Childhood studies: 

 

Take a look at the following series of videos presented by Dr Andrew Davies which are designed to provide an overview of some basic principles into conducting research:

  1. Introduction to conducting a research or enquiry project -

 2. Reviewing the literature and evidence - 

3. Methodologies and methods - 

 

4. Making sense of data and drawing conclusions -

 

 

Stay tuned as we are also working on releasing new content over the coming days and weeks.

English & Creative Writing

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

The Department of English & Creative Writing can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include:

Posters:

Workshop Sheets:

Reading Lists:

Presentations:

 

Academic Readings: 

 

Video Lectures: 

Reading Managa: Dr Alice Vernon 

 Welsh Writing in English: Professor Matt Jarvis 

 Creative Writing Skills: Ifs and buts - Jacqueline Yallop 

 We are also working on releasing new content over the coming days and weeks. These will include:

  • Frankenstein
  • The Victorian Novel
  • Climate Change: The (non) summer of 1816
  • Ian McEwan's Atonement as Crime Fiction
  • Creative Writing Skills
  • Reading Medieval Literature

Geography & Earth Sciences

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway. 

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include: 

Geological Guides 

Interested in learning more about the geological characteristics that surround us? Here are some geological guides donated by Dr Denis Bates about the local area: 

Volcanic Eruptions 

Aimed at students and teachers. Take a look at this video based on volcanic eruptions outside Europe and how they can have a profound effect on human health. Presented by Professor John Grattan aimed at students and teachers; 

https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/dges/outreach/volcanoes/  

Ice Alive 

Through Ice Alive, understand how melting of and nutrient release from the frozen parts of our planet are controlled by microorganisms. Meet Drs. Tris Irvine-Fynn and Andy Mitchell, glacial hydrologists and biogeochemists based in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.

ICE ALIVE from Proudfoot on Vimeo.

 

TEDx Talk 

Take a look at this TedX talk given by Dr Andy Hardy on the use of modern technology such as drones to track malaria: 

 

What is to come? 

DGES can offer a comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant lectures. These lectures are delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields and relate to a series of important global issues. The sessions generally run for one hour and often involve interactive work. The available sessions include: 

  • Global Energy Dilemmas 
  • Climate Change: Causes and Responses 
  • Ancient copper smelting in the desert, Petra, Indiana Jones and the first polluted rive 
  • Sustainability and the Future of the Planet 
  • International Migration – Politics and Ideology 
  • Wetlands in drylands: landscapes and ecosystems of global importance 
  • 10 Reasons Why Geomorphology is Important 
  • Smart Technology and Digital Surveillance 
  • Glacial Landforms and Processes 
  • The Water Cycle 
  • Resource Wars and Conflicts 
  • Rural Change and Development 
  • The Urban Planet 

In addition to these sessions, we may be able to develop bespoke content to address your particular teaching needs. So please do get in touch with us my emailing Professor Mark Whitehead msw@aber.c.uk 

 

 

History & Welsh History

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

The department of History & Welsh History can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include:

Presentations 

Suffragette Militancy and the Campaign for the Vote

 The Kitchen Front: Food and World War Two

Victorian Futures

Columbus and the Myth of 1492

Nazi Propaganda

Shot in the eye with an arrow? The death of Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings, 1066

The British Empire and Life at Home 

Pandemics 

The Opium Wars

 

Posters

Weimar Timeline

TEDx Talk

Have a look at this TEDx talk based on “How Victorians invented the future for us”, provided by Professor Iwan Morus.

 

We are also working on releasing new content over coming days and weeks. These will include a series of mini-lectures on the following:

The Opium Wars

Pandemics Compared: the Black Death and Covid-19?

What did People know about Empire? The British Empire and Life at Home, 1870-1914

The Hereford Mappa Mundi: Maps as Sources for Medieval History

Henry VII: The Unknown Tudor?

International Politics

Here in the Department of International Politics, we are dedicated to providing outreach programmes for schools and colleges across the UK.

Our staff are very happy to visit schools and colleges to give talks on studying politics, present sample lectures on aspects of the A Level curriculum, run one-day crisis games, and lead a range of interactive workshops on national and international political issues. We also attend UCAS and education fairs alongside the  University Schools Liaison Team.

The Department of International Politics have complemented what schools and colleges provide in the area of politics, government, and international relations and as a taster of Aberystwyth University.

If you would like more information then please get in touch with our Department's Admissions and Schools Liaison team, headed by Alistair Shepherd.

 

To access our resources, please visit our dedicated outreach pages. 

Law & Criminology

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway. 

The Department of Law and Criminology can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include: 

TEDX Talk 

This talk, given by Dr Catrin Fflur Huws takes us on a tour of what we may learn from an examination of laws, and their evolution when trying to understand the nature and limitations revolving Artificial Intelligence. This including robot lawyers and usefulness of fallible machines. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mW-gCFKTIU 

Stay tuned as we are also working on releasing new content over the coming days and weeks. 

Mathematics

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

The Department of Mathematics can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include:

Presentations:

Workshops:

Bubbles have fascinated children for centuries and continue to do so. They're also of interest to some adults! For example, their structure and geometry are of interest to researchers in the mathematical sciences, including some of us at Aberystwyth University. Take a look at this interactive webpage which delves into the geometry and shape of bubbles from a mathematical perspective:

https://users.aber.ac.uk/itd/MATHS-BUBBLES/

Take advantage of our outreach page which includes mathematical challenges, a mathematical playground, mathematic workshops and more. All aimed at post 16 students and designed to give you a more intuitive understanding of varying mathematical concepts: 

https://users.aber.ac.uk/nar25/Maths/homePage.html

We are also working on releasing new content over the coming days and weeks. These will include:

Posters:

  •  Why Study Mathematics

Modern Languages

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

The Department of Modern Languages can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include:

Booklets:

We are also working on releasing new content over the coming days and weeks. These will include:

Video Lectures:

 

 Posters:

  •  Why Study Modern Languages

Physics

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

The Department of Physics can offer a variety of resources to aid students and teachers, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include:

TEDx Talks

Aberystwyth University has a long tradition of research in space -related areas, and you can hear Maire Gorman giving a TEDx lecture on:

Physics, Space, Weather and Coronal Mass Ejection at:

Workshops

Take the chance to enhance your knowledge with the following workshops, delving into various aspects of astrophysics (Solar Physics, Our Solar System, Planetary Exploration, Beyond Our Solar System) and material physics (Carbon Constructs). These materials, along with full details of other physics based resources for students and schools, can be found at:

https://users.aber.ac.uk/nar25/Physics/homePage.html

 

Resources related to Robotics can be found at: https://aberrobotics.club/

For further information about possible Physics resources, please contact Natalie Roberts (Email: nar25@aber.ac.uk)

Psychology

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

The Department of Psychology can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include:

Video Lectures:

 

 Presentations:

 

We are also working on releasing new content over the coming days and weeks. These will include:

Posters:

  • Why Study Psychology

Sports and Exercise Science

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

The department of Sports and Exercise Science can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include:

PowerPoints

Take a look at the following PowerPoints based on the following topics:

A presentation on the health benefits of exercise

A presentation on blood pressure

Other resources

The following PDF’s show an example of the kind of practical tasks that take place at the university along with the dedicated results from this historical testing. In addition to this there is a very applicable read on the cardiovascular system:

Changes to the heart rate and blood pressure during exercise

Practical Data worksheet

The Cardiovascular system

Theatre, Film & Television Studies

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway.

The Department of Theatre Film and Television Studies can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include:

Videos

We have collated a series of films that have been created over the past three years, films on a variety of issues that show the sort of filming techniques you will develop as a student in the department. We also have some drama excerpts produced by the department, that once again emphasise the experiences that you can have while studying with us at Aberystwyth.

 

For the Birds 

Documentation of a Site Specific Performance by first year undergraduate Drama and Theatre students (2017). The stimulus for the piece was to research and pay attention to the spectacular starling murmuration that can be witnessed from Aberystwyth's promenade, during the autumn and winter months.

 Dwy Chwaer a Brawd (with subtitles) 

Taster Lectures 

Site Specific Performance - Dr Andrew Filmer - Senior Lecture in Theatre and Performance.

This taster lecture offers an insight into the work encountered by first year Drama and Theatre students on the module 'Site Specific Performance Project'. Students are introduced to key ideas in an initial two lecture, followed by weekly practical workshops with a project leader, who works closely with students to support the development of a site-specific performance.

https://aberystwyth.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=09b2359e-1ba7-4d5d-a427-abb80098f64b 

Dramaturgy - Dr Piotr Woyciki - Lecturer in Theatre and New Media

This taster lecture offers an insight in the work encountered by first year Drama and Theatre students on the module 'Studio Theatre Project'. Students are introduced to key ideas in an initial two lecture, followed by weekly practical workshops with a project leader, who works closely with students to support the development of a studio theatre project.

https://aberystwyth.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=726310c5-cc23-4f67-a1f4-abb50105598e 

Articles

Theatres are evolving to reconnect us to each other and the environment – Dr Andrew Filmer - senior lecturer in Drama and Theatre
https://theconversation.com/theatres-are-evolving-to-reconnect-us-to-each-other-and-the-environment-118735 

How public tv broadcasting was born – Dr Jamie Medhurst – Reader in Television and Media History
https://theconversation.com/how-public-tv-broadcasting-was-born-120315

Ally Pally – Why BBC television made ‘Peoples Place’ at Alexandra Palace its first home – Dr Jamie Medhurst – Reader in Television and Media History
https://www.bbc.com/historyofthebbc/100-voices/birth-of-tv/ally-pally 

The Nations – How the BBC brought broadcasting to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – Dr Jamie Medhurst – Reader in Television and Media History https://www.bbc.com/historyofthebbc/100-voices/people-nation-empire/the-nations 

History of the BBC in Wales – Dr Jamie Medhurst – Reader in Television and Media History
https://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/cymruwales/about/history 

Welsh & Celtic Studies

Online study support is needed more than ever in these strange times, and we are excited to announce that our comprehensive range of GCSE and A-Level relevant online educational activities and resources are well underway. 

The Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies can offer a variety of resources to aid students in their studies, all delivered by internationally recognised experts in their fields. Available resources include: 

Videos

Example of our students research - Rhodri Siôn

A film produced by Rhodri Siôn from Nebo, Llanrwst, who graduated in Professional Welsh in 2016. This is the result of his ambitious project for the undergraduate 'Bro a Bywyd' module. The work received great praise from the examiners, and was awarded a First Class mark. The film 'Cymru Dafydd ap Gwilym' provides a clear and concise introduction to the life and work of one of the great poets of Wales and Europe in the recent Middle Ages.

 

Example of our Lecturers Research - Dr Rhianedd Jewell

Dr Rhianedd Jewel is Lecturer in Professional Welsh in the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies. Her research focus is in translation, particularly literary translations from European languages into Welsh. This lecture is based on Rhianedd’s research into the Welsh translations of Samuel Beckett’s Samuel Beckett’s absurdist plays. These plays have only been tackled by two Welsh translators, both of whom were renowned Welsh poets, dramatists and authors in their own right: Gwyn Thomas and Saunders Lewis. A close analysis of their Beckettian translations shows how they adapted the French plays for a Welsh audience, making them both linguistically and culturally Welsh. One of these translators, however, was far less faithful to the original work than the other, and the resulting Welsh play was in fact significantly different from Beckett’s creation.

This lecture considers questions such as ‘to what extent should a translator choose to adapt a piece’ and ‘what do those choices teach us in turn about the translator?’