Modules and classes

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No matter what your subject, your classes will be taught in seminar groups - there won’t be large lectures, or halls full of people you don’t know.

At the Department for Lifelong Learning we feel it is much more productive to engage in conversation and draw on your experiences, rather than tell you how the world should be.

One of the pleasures of our classes is the great diversity of learners and what they bring to the classroom environment. There is as much to be learnt from each other, as there is from the lecturer. Our classes tend to have small numbers of students, most are held on a weekly basis during the semester and are sometimes taught in the evenings, so you can continue being a parent, worker, carer, and do all the other things adults do while studying.

In terms of physical locations, our classes are spread throughout the University. Detailed information on where each class is held can be found on the DLL Virtual Office in MOLE2, so if you have any questions, please have a look there.

Modules

Image of lectureModules are chosen before the start of the academic year. If you are just beginning your studies, it will form part of your registration process, or if you’re a continuing student, we'll contact you in May with timetables and information of the coming year's modules for you to make your choices.

It is sometimes possible to take modules in the full-time departments, dependent on the programme you are studying and subject to availability on the courses. If you'd like to do take these type of modules, please talk to your programme director to get more details.

There is a three-week period at the start of each semester when you are able to change your module selection, through the Add/Drop process. If you would like to change your choice of courses, please speak to your course tutor and/or programme director. It is possible to add and drop modules beyond these three weeks, however, there may well be financial penalties and/or qualification implications.

It is also worth remembering that for some types of funding, you need to be taking a minimum of 60 credits per year to retain your funding.

Module evaluation

Image of laptopAll our modules are evaluated through a standard module evaluation form on MOLE. We do this every year because we want to improve our provision, and our students give us the most valuable source of feedback about our teaching and courses.

The information on the forms is collated and our programme directors respond to the collated feedback. These responses, including details of actions taken, are made available to students via our Learning and Teaching Committee and on uSpace.

If you think something isn’t going well in your module during the semester, please get in touch with the programme director, so we can try to put it right before the end of the course.