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Does semesterisation mean better time-management?

Universities are beginning to introduce semesterisation to some courses, in order to help students manage their time more effectively. Semesterisation, in its simplest form, is the organisation of one unit being condensed into one term.

Being a final year student myself, I have experienced semesterisation first hand, in one of my units. At first, I found it quite daunting because it was within the first term and the work load was already starting to get intense. In hindsight, I have realised that it was beneficial to me to have one of my units out of the way, as there is a lot else to concentrate on. With the extensive pressure of a dissertation and other demanding units to follow, another to deal with may have just been disastrous. I am certainly one of the guilty students that falls at the hurdle of good time-management, so semesterisation has been beneficial to me personally. but enough about me, I went out and about around the University too see what others thought.

First of all, I approached some of my fellow Communication and Media students and asked them if they thought semesterisation worked for them or not. Lucy Tyler, had some interesting points when I spoke to her : “I think at the time I didn’t really get the point. In uni all hours trying to meet the deadlines and not having time to think about the dissertation waiting for me, but then recently I’ve had deadlines haunting me left, right and centre. So, I have appreciated having the weight of one unit off my mind”. I agree with Lucy on this particular case, but to get a more balanced opinion I asked students on other courses to see if they felt the same way.

Deadlines, deadlines

When proposing to talk to some students about the subject, I found that many people didn’t have a clue what it was. However, when semesterisation was explained I received some simultaneous nods which gave me hope. Dionne Barr, a final year Advertising and Marketing student says she has recognised semesterisation creeping into her course year-by-year. In her first year, Dionne felt that her course eased her into the workload. But the following year saw things heating-up, meaning stress levels rising. “Obviously it goes without saying that each year in your university career you expect it to get harder and strained, but this year has been the most tense so far!”. When I made an enquiry to Dionne about how much semesterisation has affected her time, she also agreed that she is glad to have a couple of the units behind her, although it meant some very busy weeks at times. However, it by no means she will be relaxing anytime soon with her dissertation to think about.

All in all, I agree with the girls that semesterisation is an effective way to help students manage their work and time accordingly. At the end of the year is where it counts, especially for the apprehensive final years’. So, even if it means a couple of busy weeks at the beginning term it is worth not having to think about at the busier end of the year. I enjoyed gathering opinions on the matter of semesterisation, I felt I was confident in approaching people which be of use for my next assignment- the patch report.


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WHY Journalism? Some might ask…

Journalism. Defined as; the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news or of conducting any news organization as a business (Dictionary.com, 2011). The aspect I am most interested in is writing, which is why I have opted for the News and Journalism unit in the final year of my studies at Bournemouth University. Journalism is a career path that I would like to explore once I have graduated, therefore I will find this unit extremely valuable to me in the future.


In this unit I will gain adequate knowledge of the industry. For example; objectivity is an extremely important factor in the world of journalism and could be the difference of the company and yourself bein sued. Gaining insight into working in the newsroom environment will be beneficial.

I have a passion for writing, which I have developed from a young age and have decided to continue into not just my degree but my career. Ideally, I would like to enter the music or film journalism, but I would also like to keep my options open to explore other avenues as well.

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Comedy nation fascination

Only £3.50 a ticket!

There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying some light stand-up comedy on a Tuesday night in my opinion. Every month Bournemouth’s student night club the old firestation is home to an event where 3 to 4 hopeful comedians take to the stage to try their material on students and the general public. It never fails to be a night of entertainment at a very reasonable price!

Nathan Caton

This Tuesday (23/03/10) I proceeded to make way to the venue, excited for the acts that I knew would get me giggling like a girl. The first act Nathan Caton set the bar really high as he impressed the audience with jokes playing on stereotypes of his race. The self-confessed Lemar lookalike joked about his family, claiming his brother was at that difficult age of 14- the infamous ’stabbing age’. Telling us of his grandmaa’s hate for swearing, accompanied by a witty anecdote of how he outwardly swore at a driver without thinking, turned to her to apologise and was shocked when she agreed with him! Another funny get-up about his family was when his dad swore by him settling down with ‘a nice West Indian girl’ and Nathan replying: “Dad look, everyone loves chocolate but milk is good for you”. In which instance his father replied: “Not if you’re lactose intolerant”. I don’t think I speak for myself when praising Caton, his general stage presence was impressive and consequently he stole the audiences attention.

Carl Donnelly

Napoleon-Rogan appearance

I had presumptions about the headliner, as he would have to be pretty damn good to level Catons standard. But I had faith when he walked on stage looking quirky (he admitted himself) a little bit like Napoleon Dynamite! Carl Donnelly had a different style which was more improvised, which I liked- he did waffle, but I enjoyed his casual approach. Especially when he announced that he had been spitting on me the entire set, which was slightly embarrasing. His random anecdotes were hilarious, as you could imagine the compromising positions he described himself in. It seemed that Donnelly and his friends often get themselves into laughable situations, like when his friend emerged from the bushes at a party in the early hours with a fab ice lolly. Another situation that I personally related to was when he got into a strangers car and asked the driver where his friend was.

 After the headline act the night unfotunately came to a close and I had very much enjoyed my laid back evening of comedic amusement. Comedy Nation is on once a month and I would strongly recommend trying it out, I did and am now a regular. Be sure to check out the next one which is on 4th May, with headliner Rufus Hound- get your tickets at the SU shop!


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Q & A: I talk films with Sam

Catching him for a quick chat on Twitter, Sam Teckman shares his insights on film that proves he is in the right place doing a media-based degree at Bournemouth University. I ask him some Twitter-style interview questions, so he can share his ‘knowledge’ to the world!

Me: Let’s start basic Sam, what is your favourite film?

Sam: Ahh how can you pick there are so many great films and so many genres. But if I absolutely had to I would say Old Boy, which is a Korean film which I got really into, they have a raw and interesting edge to them. Another favourite has to be Momento, because of the unique post-modern nature it possess, I just think it’s so clever.

Me: Okay if this is the case, what would you say your favourite genre is?

Sam: Oh that’s a tough one too! I think it is the word favourite (laughs). The types of films I like are usually ones with a clever and unusual plot that I won’t guess in the first ten minutes. I hate films that are predictable, romcoms often are with their soppy endings! When I watch a film I want something out of it, not the expected.

Hit or miss? Sam spills

Me: Interesting…How do you watch films usually?

Sam: Well I love it when films are on TV- I am a skint student remember, but I do enjoy going to the cinema depending on the reviews and the hype over what is out. I absolutely hate watching films that are bad quality, it actually offends me! I just don’t see the point.

Me: What do you think of new releases, what was the last good film you saw in the cinema?

Sam: Both District 9 and Avatar were amazing. District 9 delivers a deep message and the casting for the movie was tactical, they didn’t put Hollywood actors with an accent as fake as my watch, which would have ruined the film completely. Avatar, on the other hand was a phenomenal film, because they introduced the idea of science fiction in a simple way where it would be intriguing but gripping at the same time.

Me: Do you idolise any director or film-maker? If so who?

Sam: Well, there are the classic ones like Tim Burton and James Cameron, but I also like Christopher Nolan. They all have a certain style that they work well with and they are prestigious in their art.  I dislike Micheal Bay, it seems as though he just likes to blow things up!

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