Modules will be approved by the Curriculum team if they are in line with the requirements for Module Specifications, otherwise they will be referred for consideration on behalf of the Quality & Standards Committee.
General Guidance on Creating New Modules
New modules should be drafted in accordance with the requirements for a module specification in the Quality Manual. New modules should be approved first internally at the relevant School committee before being referred for University approval.
A template is available on the Forms and Guides page.
Schools should liaise with their local Student Services programmes team regarding deadlines and submission of new module specification documentation for upload into Campus Solutions. Student Services will submit new module specifications to Curriculum for approval and will liaise with Schools should amendments be required.
The Module Approval Process: One-in-one-out
The University operates a one-in-one-out policy on modules, meaning that each academic year Schools/Departments should be offering to students either the same number of modules or fewer than in the previous academic year. Consequently, when Schools are introducing new modules one or more of the following must apply:
- they are modules associated with new programmes
- the additional modules are dissertation/project based and have little or no associated timetabling and no examination timetabling
- they are new modules which are replacing existing modules that are being withdrawn
- the modules are running concurrently with an existing module.
Where these criteria are not met the School may be required to submit a case to the Quality and Standards Committee citing the significant institutional interests served by the module. The Curriculum team will notify any Schools which fall into this category. Please note that this policy on restricting the number of new modules does not apply to the Asia Campuses.