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Module Choices

When does module registration open and how do I access it?

Module registration for Sociology usually opens just before the start of the Autumn Term. It remains open for the first three weeks of term before closing to students. The system then re-opens for the start of the Spring Term – in case any students wish to change their Spring Term modules. You register your modules on the Student Records Online Portal (e-vision). We do not operate a ‘pre-registration’ system for modules in Sociology. We aim to accommodate all students who wish to take a module, however, in the event that a module is oversubscribed, places will be allocated in the following priority order:

· Students enrolled on the BA Sociology and BA Sociology and Quantitative Methods Degree Programmes

· Joint Honours Students (with Sociology as one of their subjects)

· Centre for Lifelong Learning 2+2 Students

· Any other students not in any of the above categories

How do I know which modules are core and how many optional modules I can take?

You can view your course structure on the Course Information and Structures page on the undergraduate portal website.

Your course structure details which modules you have to take (i.e. which modules are core) and how many optional CATS you have each year and each term. You must be registered for 120 CATS per academic year and you must spread these CATS out evenly across the Autumn & Spring terms (i.e. 60 CATS in Autumn, 60 CATS in Spring).

Can I take modules from outside of the Sociology Department?

Yes. We call these ‘outside option’ modules. In their first year, students studying BA Sociology or BA Sociology and Quantitative Methods can take up to 30 CATS of outside optional modules if they wish to. Over their second and third year combined, students studying BA Sociology or BA Sociology and Quantitative Methods can take up to 30 CATS of outside option modules only. You are only permitted to register for 15 or 30 CAT outside option modules, you cannot register for modules worth 6 or 12 CATS (or any other CAT value other than 15 or 30).

If you wish to take an outside option module you must ensure that you speak to the department running the module and confirm that there are places available on that module for you. Some modules are only open to the department’s own students and they may not accept students from outside the department. Some module numbers are ‘capped’ meaning there may not be enough space for you on the module. It is very important that you obtain the relevant department’s permission before registering for an outside option. If you register for an outside option module without checking and several weeks into the term you are asked to de-register from that module you will be left with very little choice in terms of a replacement module and you will also have missed several weeks of teaching on whichever module you move on to. It is your responsibility to check with the relevant department before registering for an outside option module and also to check for timetable clashes if you are considering registering for an outside option module. Q-Step modules (i.e. any module code preceded with ‘QS’) and LA217 are not classed as outside options.

How do I select my assessment method for my chosen modules?

Some modules have a choice of assessment method. The module assessment method can be found on the module information page, accessible from the Modules page (click on the individual module/modules you are interested in to access the module information page). In addition to selecting your module choices you will also need to ensure you have selected your assessment method (if the module offers a choice). This includes core modules. The system will pre-register you for core modules but will not select your assessment method for you. You select your assessment method on the same system you select your modules on – the Student Records Online Portal (e-vision). The department will be unable to confirm your module choices until such time as you have selected your assessment preferences.

Once I have registered for my chosen modules, how do I sign up for classes e.g. lectures/seminars?

Lectures usually occur one a week and are at a fixed time, meaning you cannot choose what day/time to attend. There is usually a choice of seminars to attend (and you select one). Seminar sign up takes place on Tabula and in Sociology is usually ‘self-sign up’. This means that you log onto Tabula and select your seminars from a range of times and days which are offered. However, we do have some modules which offer a two hour workshop per week as their method of teaching (rather than a lecture and a seminar) which means you would not have a choice of seminars to choose from. Also, on particularly small modules we may only offer one seminar choice.

How do I access my timetable?

Once you have registered for your modules on the Student Records Online Portal (e-vision) and selected your seminars on Tabula (if applicable) your timetable will automatically populate and you can find it on Tabula.

Once all my modules are registered, how do I access module materials such as readings and assessment information?

Every module will have a Moodle page which will contain all the essential information you need such as module convenor information, a list of topics, a reading list and assessment information. You will be automatically added to the Moodle pages for any modules you are formally registered for on the Student Records Online portal.

What is a specialism and how can I find out more information about it?

During their degree, single honours BA Sociology students are able to choose from an elective specialism and this elective can be added to their final degree title. The electives can be chosen to concentrate on an area of particular interest or with a view to preparing for postgraduate study or entry to a particular field of employment. Alternatively, students can select from the wide range of optional modules in the second and third years and retain the general degree title BA Sociology. You can find out more information about Specialisms on the Specialismspage. All single honours Sociology finalists will be given the opportunity to claim a specialism by filling out a Specialism Form. From 2018/19 on, finalists will need 75 CATS in the specialist area including the dissertation.