.Representation

Module choices (1516P21)

Status: Active | Zone: Education

Passed: 02/08/2016 | Lapses: 01/07/2018

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • 1.       That each year, many students are required to select optional modules
    2.       That in the 2015/16 academic year, the open period for the online option choice was extended by an additional week, in order to allow students ample opportunity to speak with module convenors and make informed decisions about what modules to study in the future
    3.       That some departments use a first-come, first-served (FCFS) system for selecting optional modules
    4.       That the system for selecting optional modules via SUSSED crashed at numerous points on the first day of the open period for the online option choice (Monday 18th April), causing many students considerable frustration and confusion
     
    5.       That the open period for selecting optional modules opened on the first day of the Summer Term
  • 1.       The fact that students could begin choosing their optional modules on the first day of the Summer Term could have been communicated to students more clearly
    2.       That opening the system for selecting optional modules on the first day of term is not sensible and that a mid-week opening would be more suitable moving forwards
    3.       That a FCFS system for allocating optional modules is fundamentally unfair to students as it puts on them under undue pressure and does not allow students sufficient time to properly consult with a range of individuals (e.g. module convenors, personal academic tutors, students who have previously studied certain modules), which may prevent them from making informed decisions
    4.       That it is important to have a system that does not crash and is able to cope with the volume of traffic that exists during the period in which students can choose their optional modules
    5.       That students should be given at least 5 working days of notice before the system for selecting optional modules opens
     
    6.       That the system for selecting optional modules may be different across departments and it is important to ensure that these issues are fully understood before determining which system will work best in each department
  • 1.       To actively campaign for a fair and functioning system that students can use when attempting to select optional modules
     
    2.       To ensure that student consultation is carried out to gain the fullest possible understanding of the issues that students have experienced in each department
  • 1.       The Education Zone Committee to develop a timeline and action plan in the Autumn Term of the 2016-17 academic year for fulfilling this policy
    2.       The Education Zone Committee to ensure that this policy is implemented in the 2016-17 academic year and beyond
     
    3.       The Vice-President Education to work with Faculty Officers (who will in turn liaise with Academic Presidents and Course Representatives) to learn about the issues in each department