Choosing your modules
BY University of Reading 30 August 2017
- Full-time undergraduate students must ensure that they have a total of 120 credits.
- Full-time postgraduate students must ensure that they have a total of 180 credits.
- Part-time students should be aiming to take half the full-time number of credits in each year of study.
Do I need to select my modules by a certain date?The deadlines by which you need to select your modules for the year are as follows:
- Students in Part 1 - Midday on Friday of Welcome Week
- Students on PGT Programmes - Midday on Friday of Week 1
- Students moving into Part 2, 3 or 4 in the next academic year - April/May of the year before the modules will be taught e.g. if you are entering Part 2, 3 or 4 in September 2017 you will need to have selected your modules between 19th April and 5th May 2017
- Students on Part-Time Undergraduate Programmes - Midday on Friday of Week 3.
How do I select my modules?
- If you are a full-time Undergraduate student or a full-time or part-time Postgraduate Taught student you should use the RISIS Portal.
- If you are a part-time undergraduate student, you should attend the Module Surgery and then email email@example.com your compulsory and optional module choices, by 13 October 2017.
- If you want to study a language as one of your University Wide optional modules, select the language that you want to study from the on-line module selection list on the Student Portal. You will be asked some questions about your prior knowledge and linguistic background; depending on your answer you will be directed to take a placement test so that you can be enrolled in the most suitable class. If you missed the on-line module selection window, then visit your Support Centre before the end of week 3. If you want to study a language on a non-credit basis, click here to apply.
Can I change my modules after I have selected them?
You will be able to make requests to change your optional module(s) up until midday on the Friday of the third week of teaching in the Autumn term or at 12.30pm on the Friday of the second week of teaching in the Spring term. Any changes, however, are subject to approval; before we will give you permission to join a different optional module we will need to be sure that it does not create a clash in your timetable, that there are places on the module and that you have met any pre-requisite or co-requisite rules for the module.
If you would like to request a change of optional module, you will need to complete an optional module request form. You may either download and complete the word version or if you would prefer to print out and complete a form by hand you can use the pdf version.
Obtain the relevant signatures, and email your completed version to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I get help with changing my modules?
The University runs a Module Fair on Tuesday of Welcome Week where academic staff are on hand to provide information about the modules that they teach.
Support and advice for module issues
The Module Advice team can help you with module selection and operate drop in sessions in both the Autumn and Spring Term as follows:
Autumn TermThe team are based in the Palmer Building, room G.09 during the following times:
- Wednesday of Welcome Week through to Friday of Week 2 - 9am until 4.30pm every day except Friday of Welcome Week which is 9am - 12.30pm
- Week 3 - 9am until 12pm every day
Spring TermThe team are based in room G13 of the Carrington Building during the following times:
- Week 1 - 9am until 5pm every day
- Week 2 - 9am until 12.30pm every day
How many credits are my modules worth?
The majority of modules are worth 10 or 20 credits, although projects or dissertations may have a higher credit value. Each credit equates approximately to 10 hours of work (including all contact hours such as lectures or classes, as well as further reading and any assessments) for the average student.