We are almost ready to run with the 2011/12 lecture series. All around me are heaps of course booklets and lecture notes.
I'm already fielding e-mails from keen students - but I appreciate for many that the first few weeks are pretty tough!
The way that my Dissertation module runs here at SHU means that the first few weeks give students time to firm up a project idea, doing some literature searching and getting some guidance from me before they get their supervision tutors. It makes it a pretty hectic first month for me - but it pays back dividends for students and supervisor staff over the 2 semesters and seems to work!
I'll be covering the general reseach skills and setting weekly targets to try and keep everyone to schedule for the proposal side of the work at least... and in my copious spare time (!) I will be continuing to work on the book.. more news here as it heads towards v0.1!
My aim for lectures this year (I try and improve something each time)
"I am going to try and be an extra 10% more inspirational this year than last year!"
Let me know if I suceeded :)