Frequently asked questions about selecting your optional modules online.
Do I need to select my modules by a certain date?
For full-time UG students on Part 1 or Foundation programmes in 2020-21: the module browser to allow you to view optional modules on your programme will be open from 14 – 21 September 2020 . Online module selection runs from the 22 September, and closes on the 24 September at 23:25
For full-time PGT students in 2020-21: the module browser to allow you to view optional modules on your programme will be open from 14 – 21 September 2020 . Online module selection runs from the 22 September, and closes on the2 October 2020 at 17:00 hrs.
After these deadlines changes can only be made manually. Please see ‘How do I change the modules I selected online and when can I do this?’ for information on how to do this.
How can I tell if I have a timetable clash?
You can check any modules for clashes by logging in to the University's timetabling platform - CMISGo. For more information and a full CMISGo user guide, see the Your Timetable page.
Click the ‘Toggle timetable list’ icon in the top right hand corner of the screen (as above) and then click add, then click on the ‘Module’ tab and in the ‘Select Module’ field 3rd option in the list you can then add the module of your choice and click ‘OK’ button.
This will display your timetabled lectures, seminars and other sessions. If you have a clash you will be able to see the two events displayed as running at the same time.
If your timetable clashes with a seminar/tutorial group, you may be able to switch to another group to remove the clash (please contact the Module Selection team to make these changes).
If the clash is with a compulsory module, you will be asked to change the optional module it clashes with
If you have a clash over 2 weeks or less, this may be acceptable and we would advise you to contact the Module Convener to discuss this.
When you are selecting a new module, use the “Add Timetable” toggle, clicking on the Module tab, to add a new module. Do not request a new module if it clashes with a compulsory module on your programme.
Adding a module to this timetabling platform to check for any clashes does not mean that this has been added to your timetable. You need to contact the module selection team to request this, after checking for any clashes.
How do I change my module selection online, and how can I do this?
Once you have made your module selections and submitted these, these will be assigned to your RISIS record. If you were not successful in gaining a place on a module with limited spaces, you will receive an email from the Module Selection team asking you to select another module
If you would like to make changes to your selected modules you may request this, however please note that you do not have an automatic right to change your optional modules. Consideration will be given as to whether you have the necessary pre- and co-requisites, whether there are places available on the module and whether the deadline for changing optional modules has passed. Requests to change modules can be done during the following periods:
For Autumn term modules: During the first 3 weeks of teaching, closing on Thursday of Week 3 at 17:00 hrs
For Spring term modules: During the first 2 weeks of teaching, closing on Thursday of Week 2 at 17:00 hrs
You should continue to attend classes for the initial module selection that you made until:
You have received confirmation that the requested change has been approved and processed
You have checked that your requested change has been recorded on your RISIS profile
You have checked that there are no timetable clashes for this requested change in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
How do I select my modules?
If you are required to select optional modules for your course, you will receive email communications from the Module Selection team informing you that you need to do this and by which date.
Some modules have a limited number of places, so you are not guaranteed a place by submitting your module choices. If you are not successful in gaining a place, the Module Selection team will email you asking you to select an alternative module (see “What happens if I am unsuccessful in gaining a place on my preferred module”).
When you make your selections, please ensure that you save your choices and press submit. If you fail to press the submit button, your choices will not be submitted and you will not be considered for a place on your selected modules.
Some Schools send out alternative module selection information, but this is usually communicated to students ahead of their module selection period by Support Centres or Programme Directors.
How many credits are my modules worth?
The majority of modules are worth 10 or 20 credits, although projects or dissertations may have a higher credit value. Each credit equates approximately to 10 hours of work (including all contact hours such as lectures or classes, as well as further reading and any assessments and test/exam revision).
How many credits do I need for my programme of study?
You must ensure that you register for the right modules each academic year, including the correct compulsory modules for your programme and any pre/co-requisites for the modules you are taking, as well as the correct number of credits:
Full-time undergraduate students must ensure that they have a total of 120 credits
Full-time postgraduate students must ensure that they have a total of 180 credits
Part-time students should be aiming to take half the full-time number of credits in each year of study, although some programmes do not follow this rule.
If I have a clash for a seminar or tutorial groups can this be changed?
Yes, there are instances where you can change seminar groups to avoid a timetable clash. Please email email@example.com about this, or visit module selection in the Autumn or Spring term to do this.
What happens if I am unsuccessful in gaining a place on my preferred module?
Some modules have limited spaces. If these modules are oversubscribed (i.e. too many students have enrolled on them) we will need to remove students from these lists.
This is done randomly and we will contact you by email if you have been unsuccessful in gaining a place, asking you to select an alternative module. You will also be given the option to be added to a waiting list for the oversubscribed module.
Please respond to this email quickly to make sure you have a full quota of credits on your record. It it your responsibility to check your University email account regularly and reply to module change requests any as soon as possible.
Module selections are not made on a first come first served basis, therefore as long as you select your modules before the given deadline, you will have done everything you can to secure your place on your preferred modules.
What happens if I have a clash?
The timetable team makes every effort to set up a timetable free of clashes, however, there are times when these are unavoidable. If this happens, the Module Surgery team will contact you and will ask you to select another module which does not clash with your timetable:
If the clash is with a compulsory module, you will be asked to change the optional module it clashes with;
If the clash is with a seminar group, you may be able to move to another seminar group;
If you have a clash over 2 or so weeks, this may be acceptable and we would advise you to contact the Module Convener to discuss how this can be resolved.
What happens if I have missed teaching because of a change of modules?
If you have missed teaching due to a change in modules, you should contact the Module Convener to ask how you can catch up the lost work. Please note that this responsibility lies with you rather than the lecture!
Please note that if any assessment has been held during the first 3 weeks of term, you will need to ask the Module Convener to arrange for an alternative assessment for all summative assessments, if this is possible.
What is a University wide module?
A University Wide Module (UWM) is a module that is available to all students across the University. There are approximately 30 UWMs, including a number of language options.
You may select some of these modules as part of the modules on offer for your programme of study. It is likely that you will be limited in the number of credits you can select from this list of UWMs.
What's included in my module? Where can I see this?
The module descriptions can be found on the website and include the aims, assessable learning outcomes, contact hours, and a brief description of teaching and learning and assessment methods.
Modules are categorised into Schools, so you may need to know which school is delivering the module, and check which year/part this is for.