All modules, including those delivered via Distance Learning, should include a breakdown of contact hours, e.g. the number of hours in lectures, seminars etc. (hover over each type of contact on the module specification for a definition).
Note that each credit amounts to 1 hour of 'student effort', so a 20 credit module should have 200 hours total, the majority of which will be made up of 'guided independent study', i.e. work undertaken by students outside contact hours, such as revision, work towards an essay, research etc.
It is left to the module leader’s discretion as to what contact time is most appropriate for the subject. Some departments may have a standard number of contact hours across their modules to ensure consistency, e.g. 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars for a UG module, but there is freedom with this as long as the total amount of student effort adds up to the correct number of hours for the credit value.
For modules delivered via Distance Learning, the total student effort should be stated as usual and module leaders should put contact hours and some freetext commentary in the individual contact hours boxes to explain how the module will be delivered (note the hours can be indicative only), e.g.:
- Lecture: 'Approx. 10 hours of video lectures plus 19 hours of teaching material (1 hour per unit)'; '16 hours of content presented via Canvas, including video material'; '20 hours of online asynchronous lectures and online interactive activities'.
- Seminar: '4 hours of live seminar'; '8 online synchronous seminars with mandatory attendance'.
- Tutorial: '3 hours, via online contact'; '12 hours of tutor support through discussion'; 'Students must attend 2 online synchronous assessment 'clinics''.
- Project supervision: '8 hours supervision on dissertation project'.
The remaining hours would be included in guided independent study as usual.