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University Glossary

Explanation of Terms

Not all of the terms we use may be familiar to you. These explanations might help you understand them better.

Module: A subject or a number of subjects that make up a single topic of study.

Module Code: The code number allocated to a specific module. The module code will generally be used as a short way of identifying the module.

Module Title: The full title of the module.

Credits: Each module carries a number of credits (on average 5) and you are expected to complete enough modules in a year to amount to 60 credits. This would mean taking 12 modules in a year or 6 per semester.

Core Modules:These are compulsory modules which you must complete.

Optional modules:u are often provided with a list of modules, from which you must choose a certain number along with the core modules to make up the required 60 credits in a year.

Discipline: A subject area you will be studying e.g. business/marketing/ computing/physics/law/biology/politics etc.

Interdisciplinary: Involving two or more disciplines that would usually be considered distinct from each other e.g. marketing and engineering or business and languages.

Elective: An optional academic course or subject.

Semester: There are two blocks of 15 weeks in a year (12 weeks of classes followed by 2 study weeks and a week of exams). These are called semesters and there are examinations at the end of each semester. Some modules only last for one semester (Semester 1 or Semester 2) and some modules last for the whole year (both Semesters).

Full-time and Part-time: Most courses are offered on a full-time basis. This means that you will usually attend classes during the day, from Monday to Friday. Some courses are offered on a part-time basis. This means that students usually attend classes in the evenings and at weekends. Part-time courses are more likely to be postgraduate.

Specialism: The concentration of your efforts on a particular field of study e.g. HR management; translation studies or intercultural studies; software engineering or information systems.

Intercultural: Developing your knowledge of different cultures e.g. France, Spain, Japan.

Undergraduate: A university student who has not yet received a first degree.

Graduate: A student who has received an academic degree or diploma.

Postgraduate: A student who continues studies after graduation