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||Posted - 16 Jun 2012 : 15:47:54
Hi, I would like to know in the first year, there's a 3-week placement. So, if we are away from Plymouth, do we have to live in the area where my placement is for the period? And, do we have to pay for the accommodation for those 3 weeks?
How many modules are full-year modules and half-year modules? How many exams do we roughly get for each semester for year 1?
Do you think it is a busy tough year in year 1? Modules seem quite difficult in years 2 and 3... Please tell me more about years 2 and 3 if you know anything, please.
Thanks a lot =]
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||Posted - 04 Jul 2012 : 14:58:23
thank you! Nah, it's ok I like a challenge :-D
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
||Posted - 04 Jul 2012 : 12:41:21
Fox SI. Human Physiology 11th edition 2008. McGraw-Hill, NY. This is designed as a text to accompany a one semester course in physiology which resembles this module (albeit all scrunched up).
Rhoades R & Pflanzer R. Human Physiology 4th edition 2003. Thomson Brooks/Cole Pacific Grove CA. This is a more detailed text which will be useful not just for this module but for later applied modules.
These are the two recommended in the module handbook, I've been using the later but from the library, its expensive!
don't worry too much about it,the lectures get easier! as you get used to them, just the first few blow your mind a little!! Didn't mean to scare you!! lol.
||Posted - 04 Jul 2012 : 11:54:17
Hi ec79 - any particular book you recommend for reading up on physiology? I have access to a hospital library for the summer and there are quite a few so I don't want to get one that is more complicated than I need! (i.e. scare myself silly :-))
||Posted - 25 Jun 2012 : 12:24:24
A lot of the books are available in the library so don't splash out on too many. I bought the recommended for sociology and psychology and never used them!
I would recommend reading up on physiology if anything, nothing can prepare you for the first lecture!!
||Posted - 24 Jun 2012 : 10:45:57
Thank a lot for your reply louwilko =]
||Posted - 22 Jun 2012 : 15:00:36
Karina - if this link works the guys who are already at Plymouth answered some questions like this a few months ago: http://www.dietetics.co.uk/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2516&whichpage=2
||Posted - 21 Jun 2012 : 00:51:56
Could anyone please tell me the recommended textbooks for year 1 Dietetics students (Plymouth University)?
Thanks a lot!! And also, thanks studentdan for your help too =]
||Posted - 18 Jun 2012 : 19:53:22
At Plymouth the allocation of placements are random and not by preference, this is to ensure fairness on all parts. You generally find out just either just before or just after christmas i believe.
||Posted - 18 Jun 2012 : 11:25:17
Thanks a lot for your detailed and clear replies. The information is extremely useful. I am still a bit concerned about the placement, and I hope you can help me with this if you know more.
My inquiry is about the location of placement:
1. How many preference of choices (location) do we have to make, ie 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, etc?
2. If a particular choice of location is very popular, how will the University be determined who will get the 1st choice/2nd choice, etc?
3. If the choice of location I choose is not very popular (eg less popular location by students), will I get a greater chance to spend time in that location? Or the choice will be allocated randomly?
4. For the 3-week placement (Year 1), when will we start applying for this (choice of location of placement)? And when will we get reply about our final decision on the location of placement?
5. Is the location where you spent during your placement your 1st choice/2nd choice, etc?
Finally, I would really say thank you to you for your great help.
Much appreciated! =]]
||Posted - 17 Jun 2012 : 23:36:08
Current 2nd year Plymouth student here.
"A" placement (the 3 week one in year 1) can be anywhere in the southwest from cornwall up to gloucestershire over to bournemouth, some people prefer to stay either in plymouth or at home and simply commute, others prefer to stay nearer the hospital - it all depends on where you are, what you'd prefer to do and whats the best choice for you personally. There is no obligation to stay near site during placement.
You will have to pay for accommodation during placement if you take that option yes, when you find out where you're going on placement you'll arrange placement via the NHS through the people you'll be working with, its usually fairly cheap because it tends to be nurses/temp staff accommodation near site. To give you an idea i'm currently on a 12 week placement and accomodation is costing me a little over £800 and that includes all bills, cleaners, internet etc. So thats about £66 a week, last years was similar.
If you also have student accommodation in Plymouth you'll most likely have to pay out for that at the same time as most student contracts tend to be 10-11 month contracts. Obviously this is very expensive but you are able to claim back the cheapest accommodation price via the NHS after placement is over if you qualify. You can also claim back travel expenses.
Theres a mix of one term and full year modules, i can't recall numbers at the moment, with regards to exams, i think we had one just after christmas and that was it until the summer where we had around 4, possibly 5.
As with most courses, Year one is the easiest year, you have a lot more time off and the material tends to be more general so that if you wish to change to another health professions course at the end of first year you can.
2nd year is a lot harder, time wise it starts off more intense and the content is harder as its more specific but its a lot more focused, you'll also be on a 12 week placement over summer.
From speaking to 3rd and graduate students, 3rd year isn't as hard as 2nd, most likely because you're used to a certain level of work and have had the 12 week placement under your belt to help you, another 12 week placement, a few more exams and dissertation follow.
Hope that answers your questions, theres a few plymouth students on here so just ask if you've got any more.
||Posted - 17 Jun 2012 : 20:18:40
Thanks to both of you! The information provided is very useful. I will have to contact my university and ask more about this issue because I understand that there might be some variations among universities.
||Posted - 17 Jun 2012 : 15:54:52
In Hertfordshire we were told that during placements we would have to pay for our own accommodation and to take into account that we could be paying for two sets of rents at the same time.(The one near the college and the one when we are on placement as placement is held during the college year)
The college said they would help us find accommodation for the 2/6/9 weeks placements if we must move, which we more than likely would have to do.
I'm sure you can find more info on the modules from the college website, they usually have a book of modules that you can browse.
I'm not sure about Plymouth but I hope that someone answers your question.
Best of Luck xx
||Posted - 16 Jun 2012 : 16:46:09
wrt your first point - it would depend where your pacement is. Obviously if it's in plymouth then you can stay where you are, but if it's further then moving may be an option. The NHS will pay your expenses to a placement provided that a) you are not due to contribute anything toward placement expenses and b) that the cost of travel to your placement is more than the cost of your travel to uni. Similar rules apply for moving accommodation etc. You could probably find accommodation on the hospital site, but you'll do well to find somewhere that isn't a hotel or bnb for just 3 weeks.
The other 2 points have probably been answered somewhere else on the forum, but hopefully someone from plymouth will help.