Introduction to Modularisation


These are just a few notes to explain the chief features of the modularised teaching system in the hope that they will remove any uncertainties in your own mind and help make them seem less daunting at first sight.

The main terms can be briefly defined as follows:

Module: a unit of study within a degree scheme withits own learning goal. Another name for a module is acourse.

Credit: each module earns a credit weighting related to its weight within a degree scheme. A module of 10 credits has about 100 hours of study associated with it.

Semester: half of the teaching year, normally consisting of 12 teaching weeks and a period of two or three weeks for examinations.

Full-time students will be required to register each year for modules worth a total of 120 credits. Single modules will have a weighting of 10 credits, double modules of 20 half modules of 5 credits and so on. To be eligible for a 3 year degree a student must have completed modules worth 360 credits, for a 4 year degree 480 and so on. Note that credits relate to your eligibility for your degree, not to your performance. Most modules will be taught and assessed over one semester. These are called thick modules. There is a small number of thin modules available in the first year, which are taught over two semesters and examined at the end of the session in June.

It follows that full-time students will normally take modules worth 60 credits per semester, although a minimum of 50 credits and a maximum of 70 credits per semester will be allowed with the approval of your degree scheme co-ordinator, providing 120 credits are taken over the year as a whole. You can access information on modules and study schemes as follows:

Study Schemes: