Before you submit your request...
How can I change a module?
To give yourself the most effective module change experience, please complete the following checks.
Module change applications with errors may be declined.
Are you requesting a module that you're already enrolled on, or dropping one that you're not enrolled on?
Check your programme specification and original module selections before making a change.
Since you initially selected your modules, the timetable has been built around those selections to avoid as many clashes as possible. When a module change is requested thereafter, it may create a clash between lectures.
To check whether your module change will create a significant timetable clash, you can access the module timetables here. You can then compare this against your own timetable to see if the new module is compatible.
If you have a minor clash (1-3 sessions per term) then it may still be feasible to take the module if you use recap and online materials to catch up with the missed content. Please be aware that using recap will be marked as non-attendance.
If you have a more severe clash then you will be notified by your department who will recommend an appropriate course of action. This could be a module change, a change of tutor groups, an alternative module with similar content, or something else.
If you choose to proceed on a module with any type of timetable clash then this is at your own risk. Your non-attendance/missed content will not constitute grounds for appeal or mitigation.
Does the module have space for you?
There are many factors that limit space on a module. Primarily, modules will be capped at the size of the lecture theatre allocated (or aggregate room size for split sessions), which is based on online module selections made in March. However, modules may also be capped for logistical or pedagogical reasons.
If the module you want to take is full, you will be added to a waiting list. However, you should continue to attend the classes on your timetable until your module change has been confirmed.
Are you happy with the method of assessment?
Modules are assessed in many different ways; coursework, exams, presentations, group work, quizzes, and many more. You can check the methods of assessment for your chosen module by looking at the module descriptor.
You can find module descriptors here. The module descriptor contains all key information about the module; which term it runs in, credit value, who is leading it, the learning outcomes, assessment, and re-assessment.
Scroll to the 'summative assessment' section of the module descriptor to see how the module is assessed, and how heavily each assessment is weighted.
Do you have pre-requisites and does the module fit with your programme structure?
Some modules require advanced knowledge of the subject, called a 'pre-requisite'. This will be a module that you must have taken in the past. There are also modules that must be taken together (co-requisites) and those that can't be taken together because their content is too similar (non-requisites).
Details of pre, co and non-requisites can be found on the module descriptor. You can find module descriptors here, or by searching for the module code. The module descriptor contains all key information about the module; which term it runs in, credit value, who is leading it, the learning outcomes, assessment, and re-assessment.
Pre, co or non-requisities will be on the module descriptor if there are any. If you cannot find this information, then the module is available to all students (as long as it fulfils your programme rules).
Do you have a balanced workload across term 1 and 2?
There is a lot to consider when choosing and changing your modules. It is also important to make sure your workload is balanced so that you can consistently perform to your full potential.
A year of undergraduate study consists of 120 credits, and postgraduate study consists of 180 credits. Normally, it is recommended that you split this equally across terms 1 and 2. Be sure to check that your credit balance is suitable, and if you are unsure, discuss this with your personal tutor.
Module change forms: which hub owns the module you want to TAKE?
You should log your request with the hub that owns the module (see table below). Once the module provider has approved your enrolment, they will contact your home hub for confirmation. You will receive an email notification when your new module has been added.
|Discipline||Module code prefix||Hub|
Penryn Disciplines (Cornwall campus)
ENE, GEO, CSM, TRU,
Streatham/St. Luke's disciplines (Exeter campus)
|Arabic and Islamic Studies||ARA|
|Art History and Visual Culture||AHV|
|Foreign/Modern Languages||FL, ML|
|Law (Law students ONLY)||LAW|
|Sports and Health Science||ESS|