Designing programmes and modules

These guidance notes were developed by Educational Development to help academic staff design modules and programmes which are well-structured and intellectually stimulating for students. The appendices include key documents such as the Module Record (MR) template and the Module Evaluation template. 

Quality Assurance Handbook page contains all the templates, specifications and forms for use when developing modules and programmes.

Curriculum Design:  Curriculum design guidelines updated September 2017  

Module Leaders are responsible for all aspects of leading and delivery of the design, teaching, assessment, quality, updating, enhancement and student experience of the module. The Faculty of Business has produced a Module Leaders Handbook for guidance

Programme and module information on the Digital Learning Environment |(DLE):

September 2018 agreed guidance for the minimum requirements on the DLE for each module. 

TLQC 16 November 2015 agreed guidance for the minimum requirements on the DLE for each programme.

Programme Leads Handbook: Example from the Faculty of Business - ( log in required) 

SEEC Credit Level Descriptors and other information can be found at:

SEEC - recognising learning through credit

Plymouth University holds a licence as a Tier 4 Sponsor to be able to recruit, enrol and teach International Students, particularly students on Tier 4 visas. In order to maintain our licence we are expected to have the highest levels of compliance with the Home Office (UKVI) policy guidance for Tier 4 sponsors. Programmes .  The programme development checklist describes the key areas to consider when developing a programme, if the intention is to recruit International students to that programme.    

Designing Learning and Assessmen tin a Digital Age  - A JISC Guide