Frequently Asked Questions

Keele has always been committed to giving students the opportunity to gain a broad-based education which prepares them for the challenges of life after University.  Electives are the part of the Keele degree which YOU design to fit with your own ambitions, interests and intellectual curiosity.  Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions. 

I want to change my course, how do I do this?

Sometimes you may decide that one or both of your subjects are not what you really want to do or that you want to change your degree type (Dual Honours, Single Honours, Major/Minor).  This is referred to as a ‘course change’. 

Course changes can be requested up until the end of the third teaching week of each semester, However, they may not always be approved.

Firstly, you need to check on this website if the course you want to do study is actually available at Keele.  You then submit an electronic course change request from your eVision.

If you would like any advice about course changes, please feel free to speak to the Student Services Team who will be able to guide you through the process.

If I change my course, do I have to change my electives?

You may not need to change your elective modules as it depends upon the Principal subject/s you change to and the elective modules you originally chose.  

A member of the team at the Student Services Centre will be able to advise you on this, once your course change has been approved.

I am an International student and I've heard I'll need to take an English test when I get to Keele. Why is this? Keele

New International students whose first language is not English, as well as those who have been educated abroad (whether or not English is their first language), will be pre-allocated onto an English language module that will assist your studies.  This will count as one of your electives module choices. Do not change this selection when you register your electives choices online.

If you do not need to take an elective module for your degree because your principal subject/s compulsory modules total the required 120 credits you will still be allocated an English Language module as an additional module.

On arrival at Keele, as part of the Induction Week you will be given an introduction to the  Language Centre and take a brief language assessment.  The purpose of this assessment is to see if you would benefit from any English language support or English electives classes to help you succeed with your academic studies while you are at Keele. The assessment will NOT in any way affect your ability to proceed with your course of study.

Based on your needs and preferences and in consultation with English Language Unit staff, you may be moved into a different English language module that will help strengthen the language skills you will need to succeed in your academic studies, or you may be advised that you do not need to take an English Language module and you can replace it with another elective module.

English Language modules will also be available to students in their second and third year of study, should they have failed the module in their first year, or should they need additional tuition.

I am an international Student can I get help with my English even if I don't do an English language module?

Yes.  In addition to running modules, the  Language Centre  provides a range of services to international students to help them succeed and get the most of their academic experience at Keele.

I want more information about a particular module, for example, the assessment requirements – where do I look?

This website will give you a full summary of each of the modules you are able to study.  Please select your Level / year of study, the level of electives you require and the degree type you are studying from the Module Selection page. 

This will then list all of the elective modules you can take based on your degree and timetable.  You can access each module summary by then clicking onto the module code.  If you need any further information or guidance about the module, please feel free to email the module tutor.  Their email details are also shown on the module summary.

Students who have been allowed to proceed into their next year of study but have an outstanding elective that needs to be passed, can usually either take a re-assessment or choose an alternative elective in it's place.  If an alternaitve elective is to be taken, you can access information about all of these elective modules here.

How do I register for modules?

Most student will register for modules in eVision

More details can be found here

Can I register for modules after I arrive?

Yes, at the Helpdesk 

Places are limited and to ensure that you get a place on the elective modules you would like to study it is advisable to choose your electives before you arrive.

How do I find out which modules I am taking?

New Keele students will enrol on Saturday 22nd September 2018 (please see your Welcome Handbook).  The day before you enrol you will receive a ‘Module Allocation email' confirming the modules to which you have been allocated.

First Year International students will enrol on Thursday 20th September 2018.  The day before you enrol you will receive a ‘Module Allocation email' confirming the elective modules to which you have been allocated.

1st, 2nd and 3rd year students who are not required to enrol in person on either of the above two dates i.e. students who are not new to Keele in the Academic year 2017/18 will receive a ‘Module Allocation email' in their Keele email address by no later than Saturday 22nd September 2018.  This email will confirm the modules to which you have been allocated.

Your provisional on-line timetable for your lectures will be made available to you in the student portal from early August.  Tutorial groups and seminars will not be released onto your on-line timetable until mid-September.

You will also be able to see module details and your credit summary at any time from the student portal.  Once you have logged in click on the green 'The Office' tab which will take you to the eVision pages.  Your credit summary can be found at the bottom of the Course Information container within the Course/Module Details Page.

How do I find out where to go for my first class?

You will have access to a weekly timetable from the student portal, which will give you details of the day, time and location of each of your modules. 

Your provisional on-line timetable will be made available to you from early August.  Tutorial groups and seminars will not be released onto your timetable until mid-September.

From the start of the Academic year you should regularly check this timetable.  It is updated with any changes.  If you are still unsure about where and when to go you should contact either the Electives office or the School Office responsible for running the module.  Once you are enrolled on a module it will appear on your Keele Learning Environment (KLE) and you will find much of the information about classes there too.  

There is a problem with the electives I have been allocated or I want to change my mind

If there is a problem with the number or type of modules you have been allocated, then you should visit the Helpdesk.

This will allow you to discuss any questions or issues you might have and their possible solutions so that you can make an informed decision.  The Helpdesk will also provide you with a chance to change your modules choices should you wish to do so.

Once you have been allocated to the correct number and type of elective modules we strongly encourage you to stick with your choices.  However, if you do wish to change or withdraw from any elective module you must visit the Student Services Centre to see if this is possible.  Please note that this can only be done up to the end of the third week of semester 1 (i.e. until Friday 12th October 2018). 

Changing modules after teaching has started will mean that you will need to undertake additional private study to make up for the teaching you have missed.

What happens if any modules clash?

The University timetable should ensure that classes in each of your Principals and your electives are kept apart.  However, from time-to-time a last minute timetable change may occur.  You should check your timetable in Week 1.  If you have been allocated to a seminar group which meets at the same time as one of your elective modules you should ask at the school office to be allocated to another tutor group straight away.  If you are unable to switch tutor groups, or it is a compulsory lecture which clashes, you should visit the Helpdesk or the Student Services Centre to change modules.

What should I do if I need to change one of my electives?

If you are unhappy with any of the electives you have chosen, you can change your mind as long as it is within the first 3 weeks of teaching and subject to availability.  Changes after teaching week 3 of each semester are NOT permitted.

You should select a new elective module by looking on the modules webpages, taking care to ensure that it doesn't clash with any of the modules you are already taking.  Then visit us in the Student Services Centre and we'll change the electives for you.

Changing modules after teaching has started will mean that you will need to undertake additional private study to make up for the teaching you have missed.

What should I do if I want to change one of my Principal Subject modules?

You can only change option modules with good reason and only in exceptional circumstances after the end of week 3 of either semester.  This can only be done through the School delivering the module, so you will need to select the optional core module from your Principal Subject that you would like to take instead and discuss with the School to see if it is possible.

Who should I contact if I can't make the Introductory lecture?

If you miss the Introductory Lecture (and you should have a good reason for doing so) you will need to contact the School Office responsible for running the module to find what you missed (find out which Schools run which modules here).  They may put you in touch with the module tutor or point you towards the Keele Learning Environment which, once again, will contain important information about locations and times of lectures, seminars, labs etc, and lecture content and upcoming assessments.

What happens if I'm not taking enough modules?

You should be taking 120 credits in each academic year.  This will be made up of Compulsory and Option modules from your Principal programmes and you any elective modules you choose depending on your degree.  We will contact you if we think you haven't registered on enough modules to achieve your 120 credits.  However, it is your responsibility to come to the Student Services Centre and register on modules if you are short of credits.  If in doubt, then please do not hesitate to ask us.

What can I do if I struggle with a module?

The natural response to struggling with any academic module is to panic, to sulk a bit, and then to try and change to a different one. While all of these are natural, none of them are particularly useful, especially since changing a module may mean that you have a lot of catching up to do! The first thing to do is keep going to the classes on your current module. In addition, you need to talk to the module tutor. Ask her or him for a little time to talk over aspects of the course which are troubling you, and some guidance on how to do well in the assessments. If there's an exam, check the past papers in the library.

Who can I go to if I'm not happy with one of my modules?

If you have a problem with any module at Keele you should first talk to the module tutor.  If you're not comfortable with this, you can seek advice from the Student Services Centre Manager, the Head of the School, the Students' Union or the StAR for that subject.  StARs (Student Academic Representatives) represent the views of fellow students on University committees at Programme and Faculty levels.  StARs are trained and overseen by the Students' Union to ensure that the representation is completely independent and it may be that you are not the only one to have raised a particular issue.

I want to do more electives than are in my degree – Is there anything I can do and how much will it cost?

Yes.  You can take a modern language module in addition to your degree modules.  This will not be a part of your degree and you will not be able to swap a successful language module for a module you may have failed in your degree.

If your Principal subject already has 120 core credits and you would like to study abroad for a semester in your 2nd year, you can also register for ENL-10043 Intercultural Communication at the Study Abroad Fair in October.  This will be an extra module and is recommended for any students who wish to study abroad for a semester in their 2nd year.

Students who have no elective choices available to them (i.e. their programme is made up entirely of compulsory core and/or optional core modules) may take one of the above modules per year in addition to their degree without being charged.  Students who are able to take electives will be charged £250 for the 1st modern language module and £199 for the 2nd modern language module in 2018/9.

Are electives assessed? Do I have to pass the assessment?

All elective modules have some sort of assessment, although different modules will do different things.  Electives form a formal part of your degree programme so you do have to pass the assessment subject to the normal University Rules about pass marks and progression.

What happens if I fail an elective module?

1st and 2nd year students

If you fail an elective module at either Level 4 or Level 5 you will be given the opportunity to take a re-assessment.  You will need to get the details of the re-assessment from the School that runs the module.  If you take a re-assessment your mark is normally capped at a maximum of 40%.

Re-assessment for Autumn (semester 1) modules is usually in June and re-assessment for Spring (semester 2) modules is usually in August.

If after two attempts at an elective module you have still failed, your progression into the next year may be jeopardised.  You will receive an email in July, confirming your progression outcome.

 

3rd year students

Reassessment of failed Level 6 modules is not allowed unless you have extenuating circumstances that are agreed by the appropriate Sub-Committee.  Such failure is likely to affect your final degree outcome.

 

Clearly it is in your best interest to pass all of your modules every year.

I have failed some modules, what happens now?

1st and 2nd year students

Depending upon the number of modules you have failed, you will either need to take re-sits in June or August, or you may be required to repeat the year.  If you have already repeated a year of study, you may be required to withdraw from your course.  You will receive an email in July, confirming your progression outcome. 

 

3rd year students

Reassessment of failed Level 6 modules is not allowed unless you have extenuating circumstances that are agreed by the appropriate Sub-Committee.  Failure of Level 6 modules is likely to affect your final degree outcome.

 

Clearly it is in your best interest to pass all of your modules every year.

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