Core course information

Core course information provides your students with the key supporting documents and additional information which underpins all aspects of the delivery. This should be reviewed as part of the preparation for each delivery and each new cohort of students.

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Module information

Include any additional information you can provide the students about the module e.g. the student handbook, field trip information, important calendar dates, specific support sites, links to tools you think will be useful. Try to keep this section clean and uncluttered, there can be a temptation to fill it with everything you think the student will need. Remember there are other places in the VLE for much of the information students require so try to be discerning about what you put in the ‘module information’ section.

Depending whether you are delivering units or modules you can either use the SQA unit descriptor or the CUR03 module descriptor. Providing this to your learners allows them to see clearly what is expected of them in order to successfully complete them course.

Provide your students with an up to date reading list. Ensure that you have communicated your module requirements to your subject network librarian who will check availability and inform you of any new additions.

Your reading list should include:

  • essential reading – these are core to the subject and students must read these to be fully across the course.
  • recommended reading – these tend to expand on the essential reading and students should read these to broaden their knowledge.
  • further reading – these provide useful background information and students may read these if they have time or interest.

The reading list should be laid out in a clear and logical format with publications grouped by type i.e. book, ejournals, websites.

Find your module reading list

All current module core and recommended reading lists are available via Talislist.

The module plan outlines how the module will be delivered. It should include detail relating to what is to be achieved (objectives/outcomes), how it will be achieved (activities), how it will be evidenced (assignment/assessment) and when it should be achieved by. In addition, a list of the resources required should be included.
This should be provided to students at the start of their module and should include assessment guidelines for completion, submission process and deadlines and feedback/feedforward return date. Assignment cover and return sheets should be up-to-date. It may be important to include information on second marking if appropriate.
Studying effectively requires a range of skills. The essential student skills website provides an excellent suite of resources including note-taking, preparing for assessment and exams, referencing, effective reading and time management. The SQA also provide an excellent resource on creating a study plan and one on coping with stress.
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