Guidance for Writing Programme Specifications and Module Descriptors

Each programme and module must be governed by a completed Programme Specification or Module Descriptor that is readily available to students and other stakeholders. Provision of information in this form is expected by the Quality Assurance Agency. These documents also serve a host of functions, which are important both within and beyond the University.

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Programme Specification Guidance

Guidance to assist you in completing the Programme Specification Template. 

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Module Descriptor Guidance

Guidance to assist you in completing the Module Descriptor Template.

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Links

Links to all current Programme Specifications and Module Descriptors.

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Useful University of Exeter Information

Useful information to consider when designing and developing a programme or module.

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Useful External Information

Useful information to consider when designing and developing a programme or module.

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Academic Practice Resources

Resources developed by the Academic Development team. 

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E-Learning

Forms from and contact details for the E-Learning Team to assist you in setting up a new module.

Programme Specifications and Module Descriptors form the basis of the legal contract between the University and its students; they provide academic and professional colleagues with a more accessible record of programme/module details, as compared with a full programme/module handbook; they feed marketing materials; and they serve as a repository for the Unistats Record (previously the KIS - Key Information Sets).

The latter are data on teaching and assessment methods that the University is obliged to return to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), who in turn use it to populate the Unistats course comparison website.

In addition, details about programmes, which may be gleaned from Programme Specifications and Module Descriptors, can be used by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to determine the University’s funding allocation.