Modules and Courses

What is a Module?

A module represents a self-contained fraction of a student's workload for the year and carries a unique examination/assessment mark. The size of a module is indicated by its credit weighting. Under modularisation, each year of a degree programme is worth 60 credits. This is based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which provides common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies at institutions offering ECTS-based programmes. Credits are the value allocated to modules to describe the student workload required to complete them. The number of credits allocated to each module will vary depending on the fraction of programme workload it accounts for. An undergraduate module may equal 5, 10, 15 or 20 credits. Each module has a unique 6-character code, which contains information about the module. The first two characters EN in the module EN1001, for example, indicate the subject area of the module (in this case an English module), the third character indicates the year or level (in this case a First Year or Level One module), and the remaining three characters 001 identify the particular module within the subject area.

A standard 5 credit module offered in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences could, for example, consist of 24 lecture hours, plus associated tutorials, essays, and reading, although in certain subjects the lecture load may be greater than 24 hours.

As a broad rule of thumb, a visiting student studying at UCC for a full academic year with full assessment of courses taken may expect to take modules to the value of 60 UCC credits; this amount should be halved for semester programmes.

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