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Selecting modules

About modules and module selection

Modules are self-contained, credit/unit-rated blocks of learning that collectively make up your programme of study. Each module has a specific curriculum that sets out the subject matter it will cover and the learning objectives it aims to meet. At the start of the academic year, you select and confirm which modules you will study from those available within your programme.

Module selection is completed using Portico and by no later than Friday, 13 October 2017.


Programme diet (modules available to you)

Your programme has a set curriculum (also called a diet) which prescribes in what combinations modules can be taken, any restrictions on doing so, and how much credit can and must be taken. The programme information pages show which modules form part of each programme, with links to descriptions and module syllabus information. Modules within a programme can be core, optional, or elective, which reflects whether they must be taken or are optionally taken.

Core modules

Core modules are fundamental to your programme’s core curriculum and are mandatory. You will automatically be registered on your programme's core modules, so will not have to select them. You are guarenteed a place on modules that a core for your programme. There will be no timetable clashes between core modules within a programme.

Optional modules

Optional modules are usually closely related to the programme's core curriculum and you will be able to choose which to take; choices are usually made from within specific groups (for example, choose two optional modules from one group and three from another, etc.) You are not guarenteed a place on optional modules as space is strictly limited. We allocate places on a first come, first serve basis, with preference given to Computer Science students over those of other departments. Bare in mind that some modules have prerequisties that must be met in order to be elligible for a place (see the module syllabus for information.)

Elective modules

Elective modules are usually not specifically related to the programme's curriculum. There is no guarantee of being accepted onto an elective module; they are core and/ or optional on other programme diets, so students on those programmes will be given priority. As with optional modules, some electives have prerequisties that must be met.


Deciding which modules to select

The programme information pages show which modules form part of each programme, with links to detailed module syllabus information and reading lists. You may be able to virtually audit lectures for some modules to get a sense of how the module is delivered. You can look up the timetable for each module via the common timetable to get a sense of the timetable that would eventuate from your module choices, which is an important consideration when making your final choices; you should aim to achieve a timetable that is feasible and will not stretch you too thinly.

Bare in mind that places on optional and elective modules are not guarenteed, so you might not always be able to take all your first choices. In that case, it is a good idea to have a second preference in mind.

If you need guidance with choosing which modules to select then please contact your Programme Director or the Departmental Tutor.


Making your selections (on Portico)

As soon as you are advised to do so, you can access Portico and make your module selections. For more information on how to register for modules on Portico please refer to the Module Selection: Student User Guide.

If you need assistance with selecting your modules on Portico then please see your Programme Administrator.

The final deadline for you to confirm your module selections in Portico is Friday, 13 October 2017.


Sources of help and assistance

If you have any queries about your module selections, including information on content, you should contact the Programme Administrator in the first instance.