Reflecting on the content and delivery of teaching is an ongoing part of normal activity for academic staff within the University. Module Review provides a formal opportunity for staff to reflect on the most recent delivery of the module and consider how the module can be presented in the future. Module Review is a collective self-evaluation undertaken by the staff responsible for the module, supported by external examiners’ reports and student views, and, where appropriate, by colleagues within the School.
It is important to review the modules soon after they are delivered. Reviews normally take place at the end of the semester in which the module has been taught and, where possible, within six weeks of the end of the module.
Module Review Group
Staff responsible for the module should review the module. It may be more convenient for the Module Review Group to consider more than one module. Where possible, students should be included in the Module Review Group, drawn from the membership of a relevant SSCC, and any other interested groups.
It is essential to have written student feedback on the module – this could be in the form of student evaluation questionnaires. Questions to be included in the student evaluation of modules are contained in the University’s Student Evaluation of Teaching Policy.
In addition to written student feedback, the module reviewers should consider as wide a range of evidence as possible. They will be checking the module descriptors to ensure that the learning outcomes are appropriate and the teaching, learning and assessment methods are appropriate. Assessment results should be considered when reviewing the module. Comments from external examiners, members of staff, employers and accreditation bodies should be taken into account where appropriate and available.
Issues to Consider
The Module Review Group should reflect on what went well with the module and the reasons for this, and what may require improvement. The Module Review Group should also consider if there have been any changes in the wider subject environment or innovations in pedagogy which would impact on the module. The Module Review Group should consider if any proposed changes to the programme would impact on the module. Questions to consider include the following:
- Were the module learning outcomes appropriate/achieved/realistic?
- Was the module content relevant?
- How effective is feedback to students on their performance?
- How are students assessed and their progress evaluated?
- Has the quality of learning opportunities assisted the students in achieving the module outcomes?
- Do the modules link into the programme aims?
- Have actions been taken in light of earlier reviews?
- Have actions been taken in light of comments by external examiners?
- Are any changes proposed?
Brief minutes should be kept of the module review meeting. The Module Review Group should ensure that any changes to the module are approved by the appropriate committee/group within the School.
Where changes are made to the module, the Module Review Group should ensure that all electronic and printed information relating to the module is amended as appropriate.
The School should ensure that the relevant Programme Management procedures are followed when making changes to modules. All major changes to modules must be reported to the Courses and Regulations Group. A major change to a compulsory module is defined as a major change to a programme and requires the approval of the Courses and Regulations Group and notification to existing students and applicants under Competition and Markets Authority Guidance..