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Description

Programme Specification for the 2021/2 academic year

GradDip Exeter International Graduate Diploma

1. Programme Details

Programme nameGradDip Exeter International Graduate Diploma Programme codeLDP1INTINT12
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2021/2
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

Our Graduate Diploma programme at INTO University of Exeter is designed to provide you with the English, study skills, and subject knowledge that you need to progress to a Master’s level programme at the University of Exeter.

The programme consists of:

  • A module in English and communication skills
  • Three compulsory academic modules
  • Three optional academic modules

You will explore the academic content modules through studying and applying core concepts and principles, whilst developing the requisite technical and communication skills.

You will be offered a favourable learning environment, designed to meet your specific needs, in which to develop English language competence, study skills and an understanding of academic subject content. Learning is appropriately paced and supported with a generous allocation of teaching time.

The programme will give you experience of being a university student, while at the same delivering benefits in the form of tuition and support.

Entry to a Master's degree at Exeter is dependent on your achieving the required academic standards.   

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To enable you to enhance your subject knowledge and study skills
2. To help you to improve your English to the levels required for entry onto postgraduate programmes in the UK, making sure that you can use written and spoken language appropriately within an academic context
3. To help you to develop the necessary study skills and approaches to learning required in Master's level study
4. To introduce you to the culture of academic study in a UK higher education institution
5. To provide you with the technical, communication and personal skills that you will need both in your further studies and throughout your professional career

This programme is designed specifically to enable you to enter a master’s degree programme at the University of Exeter. The aims of the Graduate Diploma programme are:

4. Programme Structure

The Graduate Diploma programme is a 9-month full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 and is a single stage programme. The programme consists of 120 credits at level 6. 

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the following website: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/into/current_students/moduledescriptions/

Stage 1


45 credits of compulsory modules, 75 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT2001 Graduate Academic English 30Yes
INT3617 Global Issues 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT3618 Applied Research Skills 15No
INT3619 Business in Society 15No
INT3614 Financial Accounting and Reports 15No
INT3615 Entrepreneurship 15No
INT3621 Financial Management 15No
INT3622 Management Concepts 15No
INT3623 Research Project 15No
INT3624 Fundamentals of Investments 15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate acquisition and systematic understanding of key subject knowledge and theoretical principles
2. Apply analysis and synthesis skills to research, concepts, data, and situations
3. Critically analyse a range of current global issues
4. Understand and contribute to research processes and methods
5. Operate in English effectively, including in the context of your discipline, and with the skills necessary for an academic context

ILOs 1- 5 are developed through:

  • Online lecture input
  • Face-to-face and online classes   (synchronous)
  • Online synchronous group discussion and online tasks (group and individual) followed by tutor feedback
  • Online asynchronous tasks (group and individual)
  • Online tutorials
  • Reading and reflection activities

ILOs 1- 5 are assessed through:

  • Written essays
  • Online tests
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Online exams

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Critically evaluate concepts, arguments, data and cases
7. Demonstrate appropriate academic literacy practices, using citation and providing bibliographies correctly
8. Communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences

ILOs 6-8 are developed through:

  • Online lecture input
  • small group /teamwork (face-to-face and/or online)
  • Group discussion and group tasks (face-to-face and/or online)
  • Individual online tasks followed by tutor feedback
  • Case study analysis
  • Reading and reflection

ILOs 6-8 are assessed through:

  • Written essays
  • Online tests
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Online exams

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Evaluate your performance against given points of reference
10. Learn independently and cooperatively using appropriate learning technologies
11. Demonstrate cultural awareness and a capacity for global citizenship

ILOs 9-11 are developed through:

  • Small group /teamwork
  • Group discussion and case study analysis
  • Role-play
  • Self-reflective exercises followed by tutor feedback
  • Online research and completion of online tasks
  • Reading and reflection

ILOs 9-11 are assessed through:

  • Written essays
  • CMAs
  • Exams
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Reflective writing
  • Online individual and group tasks

7. Programme Regulations

Progression

Admission (or ‘progression’) to a Masters Programme at the University of Exeter is dependent on your meeting the requirements given to you in your conditional offer from the University of Exeter. These conditions have been approved by the University of Exeter’s Admissions Policy Group (APG) and can be found for the current admissions cycle: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/into/progression/

 

Classification

The marking of modules and the classification of the Graduate Diploma qualification broadly corresponds to the following minimum percentage marks.

Distinction:

A final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 69.50%, or a final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 68% (including English) and modules to the value of at least 50% with a module mark greater than or equal to 70%.

Merit:                                                                                                                                                            

A final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 59.50%, or a final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 58% (including English) and modules to the value of at least 50% with a module mark greater than or equal to 60%.

Pass:

A final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 40%.                                             

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Thought Programmes Handbook.

                                                                                      Additional information, including Generic marking criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

Programme-Specific Award Rules

You can be awarded a Graduate Diploma with specialist named variants of the standard GradDip in Exeter International Graduate Diploma. The specialist named variants are Exeter International Graduate Diploma (Finance and Accounting) and Exeter International Graduate Diploma (Business and Management).

 

Graduate Diploma in Exeter International Graduate Diploma (Finance and Accounting). For this pathway you must take the following modules:

Code

Title

Credits

Compulsory

Non-condonable

INT2001

Graduate Academic English

30

Yes

Yes

INT3617

Global Issues

15

Yes

No

INT3618

Applied Research Skills

15

Yes

No

INT3619

Business in Society

15

Yes

No

INT3624

Fundamentals of Investments

15

No

No

INT3614

Financial Accounting and Reporting

15

No

No

INT3621

Financial Management

15

No

No

 

Graduate Diploma in Exeter International Graduate Diploma (Business and Management). For this pathway you must take the following modules:

Code

Title

Credits

Compulsory

Non-condonable

INT2001

Graduate Academic English

30

Yes

Yes

INT3617

Global Issues

15

Yes

No

INT3618

Applied Research Skills

15

Yes

No

INT3619

Business in Society

15

Yes

No

INT3622

Management Concepts

15

No

No

INT3623

Research Project

15

No

No

INT3615

Entrepreneurship

15

No

No

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will be issued with a Programme Handbook which contains information on:

  • Programme staff
  • Programme dates
  • Programme structure and modules
  • Attendance
  • Assessment, including submission and marking
  • Sickness, absence and mitigation procedures
  • Other general, important information

 

The Programme Handbook can be found http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3454 and http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4355

 

Other resources for the programme are published on ELE http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/ where there are separate areas for each of the programme modules. Resources include:

  • Timetables
  • Course programmes / schedules
  • Coursework tasks, schedules and marking criteria
  • Past exam papers
  • Extra academic resources to support your studies
  • Links to useful web sites

 

Personal tutoring: The role of personal tutors at INTO is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. A University-wide statement personal tutoring is included in the University’s Personal Tutor Code of Practice at http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%206/6B(2010)Personal%20Tutor%20System%20CoP%20FINAL.pdf and is supported by resources for personal tutors at:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/staff/development/academic/supportforteachingandlearning/

All Graduate Diploma students will be allocated a personal tutor. You will have a formal meeting with your personal tutor on a regular basis (at least once per semester). Personal tutors liaise with the Programme Manager as a whole and provides a second line of support to students. In addition, tutors on the Graduate Diploma will hold regular meetings with their students to discuss academic matters and will be available on a one-to-one basis.

 

Learning Resources

In addition to the centrally provided services detailed below, INTO University of Exeter also provides

  • Its own computer suites, and printing facilities
  • Students with specific physical and learning needs will have a support package put in place. We also liaise with AccessAbility, who can provide further information and resources. However, for International Students there may be cost implications for some support elements.
  • One-to-one language tutorials to support subject assignments.
  • Dedicated support for applications for further study.
  • Dedicated online resources on ELE for each programme and module
  • Language counsellors who can communicate in the student's own native language and who may help to provide pastoral care

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

INTO University of Exeter ensures that students studying on the Graduate Diploma programme meet the standards required by the receiving Colleges for entry to Masters’ programmes through representation at Examination Boards and through joint College/INTO Boards of Studies. An INTO/University Academic Board oversees implementation of the University’s quality assurance mechanisms.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

INTO

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

GradDip Exeter International Graduate Diploma

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

60

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

24/03/2021

Date of last revision

27/08/2021