Providing effective course information
Having clear course information is critical to students engaging with their course.
Staff who teach on the course also need to have a good understanding of how it works. This will help them to support students effectively.
This guide focuses on the information that you provide to current students both at the module and programme level.
For information for prospective students see the links at the end of the page.
The importance of good course information
Effective course information helps students to:
- take ownership of their learning
- minimise stress and anxiety
- make the right decisions for module choice, other key decisions
- understand the “rules of the game”. What does the department expect of them regarding participation, assessment etc?
Effective course information helps teaching staff to
- understand the programme as a whole and how their “bit” fits into it
- support students by making references to other parts of the programme. This will help them to make connections across the programme
- manage student expectations
|What course information do students need?||
Explicit information about:
If you are planning changes to your programme which will affect existing students, check the guidance on Managing Academic Programme Changes and Withdrawals. You may well need to consult students and then provide them with information about the changes.
|How do I provide course information?||
When planning how to provide information, consider:
|How can I get students to engage with course information?||
Students often receive a lot of information at the start of the academic year. This can be overwhelming. Providing information at different stages during the academic year can help. You could also design tasks to help students familiarise themselves with the information.
|How can I make my information accessible?||
Blackboard Ally allows students to download information in a range of formats.
See the University’s guidance on Digital Accessibility in Learning and Teaching.
|Examples of good practice||
Interactive Programme Overview (Chemical & Biological Engineering)
Week by Week Breakdown of Tasks (PDF, 249KB) (Enterprise module)
Module Information on Blackboard (PDF, 1MB) (School of Languages and Cultures)
Overview of Assessment components and deadlines (Civil and Structural Engineering)
SoMaS student intranet (School of Mathematics and Statistics)
Feedback mapping (Medical School) The school provided details of the feedback students would receive across all modules. This document shows some examples.
|Links and downloads||