The following terminology is used to describe the University's modular structure for taught programmes:
A specified structure of study which leads to a degree, certificate or diploma. The name of the programme indicates the main subject or subjects of study.
Units are the building blocks of programmes and are either mandatory or optional. Each unit must be capable of being separately assessed. Each curriculum year of a programme will be built up from one or more units. Units can also contain Elements which are a self-contained body of teaching (for instance, groups of lectures, tutorials, examples classes or laboratory studies) on a particular topic. Each unit consists of one or more elements. Elements may be either mandatory or optional within units.
The Student Systems and Information Office provide a very useful glossary of SITS terms (UoB sign in).
Please see our Online Approval Tool home page for information on the Online Approval Tool including guidance notes and training information.
Please see our Unit and Programme Approval Guidance page for information on revising and setting up new units and programmes. This page includes guidance for Faculty Education Directors.
All unit and programme information must now be edited through the new Online Approval Tool. The Tool will take you through the process whether you are updating a unit description or creating a whole new programme. The Tool replaces the old 'Unit Updating System' which was managed via the Unit Catalogue. Please see our Online Approval Tool home page for further information.
Please see our Unit and Programme Approval Guidance page for information on student consultations.
Please see our Unit and Programme Approval Guidance page for information on getting external comments.