Glossary for Non Modular Programmes

  • Below you will find a list of commonly used terms and their explanation.

  • Consists of the modules taken by a student over one or more semesters
    Is a period, normally one year in length spent in a location in which experience appropriate for (a) particular subject(s) may be gained.  It cannot be counted towards the module credits required for an award unless it has a number of modules credits specified in the module description.
    Please seek Academic Advice if you wish to change the Award that you are registered for.
    Credit Accumulation and Transfer. 
    Please seek Academic Advice if you wish to change the course that you are registered for.
    Students may be granted an exemption from a module when learning equivalent to that shown by passing the module has been achieved.  Such a module does not have to be taken to satisfy the requirements of an award.  If a formal exemption grade is awarded such a module does not count towards any award requirements. Exemptions should be approved by your Academic Advisor.
    Extensions to study may be allowed within the maximum duration for your course. 
    • Single Module: is a discrete, self-contained unit of study with its own learning outcomes, prerequisites (if any), syllabus and scheme of assessment. A single module cannot be divided. Each module is set at a particular level of study appropriate to its learning outcomes and is assessed against appropriate criteria.
    • Double Module: is one for which the academic content is twice that of a single module and for which twice the credit is given.  The credit rating of other sized modules are defined in relation to single modules. Double or larger sized modules cannot be divided into single modules and must be taken and assessed as a whole.
    • An Acceptable Module: is a module that has been specified (listed) as part of a subject in addition to compulsory level modules.  The learning outcomes achieved will be appropriate for the aims of the subject or award.  A minimum number of acceptable modules must be passed to meet the requirements for an award other than a Certificate.  
    • Compulsory Module: is one that must be passed.
    • Prerequisite Module: is one in which must be passed before taking a subsequent specified module
    • A Co-requisite module: is one, which must be taken no later than at the same time as another specified module. 
    • Practice-Based Module: in health and related subjects is one in which much of the student's time is spent working with clients or in client care areas, and building competence required for professional practice. 
    • Project/Dissertation: is a detailed study of a topic of particular interest to the student, usually carried out over two semesters and assessed in their last semester.  A project will usually involve some original research either in the laboratory or in the field whilst a dissertation will usually involve library based research.  
    Changes to mode of study (Full Time / Part Time) may be allowed and required approval. 
    Addition/deletion of modules into your programme of study.
    • A Resit: (see grades RC, RE, RB) Students who, on their first registration for a module, are awarded between 30% and 49% inclusive, are allowed a re-sit opportunity.  Should the student not achieve a pass mark at the re-sit they will be allowed to re-take the module.
    • A Resit through mitigation: (see grades DC, DE, DB) is offered where an assessment is deemed to have been affected adversely by mitigating circumstances.  The resit may be offered when a pass has already been achieved.  The resit involves only the resubmission of the affected coursework and/or resitting the affected examination.  All marks achieved at a resit of an assessment offered arising from mitigating circumstances will be treated as if awarded at the original sitting.  If the module is capped because of performance on other assessments, the cap will stand.  A pass at resit counts as if the module is taken only once and does not in itself lead to the student being deemed to have entered another semester.  A module not passed at resit or not taken is deemed a fail.
    • A Retake can be taken when a student re-registers for a module after having previously been given a Fail grade or not passed the resit.  Students may only re-take a module once (i.e. any module may only be attempted twice) The student is expected to attend all classes and to take all of the assessments involved as any other student of the module. Students who pass a module are not allowed to retake it.

      A Retake: authorised by the Examination Committee: arising from the award of a DR grade will require the student to re-register the module.  Students will normally attend all classes and take all of the assessments involved as any other student of the module and all the marks achieved will be awarded.  The higher of the 2 marks achieved over the 2 registrations will count towards the requirements of the award and the lower will be disregarded and will not count.
    Subject Change request may be possible in your programme of study and it will require Academic Approval.
    Include passing any compulsory modules and completing satisfactorily any field trips or placement or work experience or other specialist activity.  Overall, the specific subject requirements for a stage of the course for an individual student are those in force when s/he commenced the programme. 
    A student will be deemed to have taken a module if he or she has registered for it and not officially withdrawn by the end of Week 4 of the semester in which the assessment takes place. 
    If you are feeling unwell or are experiencing personal difficulties and feel that a period of 'time out' or 'temporary withdrawal' from your course will help, you can request a break from your course.
    If you wish to permanently withdraw from the course, please seek Academic Advice.