Module Guides and Descriptors

At the commencement of each occurrence of the module, students should be given (either in paper form or electronically) a Module Guide which expands on the information in the Module Descriptor. Typically, this will include:

  • a teaching plan/schedule of activities;
  • names and contact details of staff involved in module delivery;
  • details of coursework assignments (e.g. one 2,000 word essay
  • plus one group report) and assessment criteria;
  • course work deadlines, class test dates etc.
  • methods and opportunities for reassessment;
  • methods of communication (e.g. which notice board – electronic or otherwise – the students are expected to consult regularly).

The Module Information Directory (MID) is an on-line computer-based information system which enables students to access descriptions of any module from across the University. Module Leaders are responsible for ensuring that the Module Descriptor is accurate and up-to-date. The Module Leader should also ensure that the intended learning outcomes of the module are stated clearly, that the learning and teaching methods will enable students to achieve the intended learning outcomes, and that the methods of assessment will enable the student to demonstrate achievement of those outcomes. Amendments to Module Descriptors require approval by the Board of Study (BoS) (Chair’s Action is sufficient for minor changes). For further information consult your Faculty/School Registrar.

New Module Leaders should check with the Faculty/School Registrar as to whether there have been any approved changes which have not yet been incorporated into the module descriptor.

Moodle is the University’s virtual learning environment and as Module Leader you will be responsible for maintaining a module web for your module(s) which must include the minimum content as follows:

  • name of module leader – office number – availability;
  • names of other module tutors;
  • e-mail addresses for all tutors on module;
  • response time protocol if on-line surgeries are held;
  • teaching timetable for year – with rooms and activities;
  • assessment titles and requirements;
  • assessment weightings and deadlines for coursework (add to calendar);
  • details of exams, length and time of year;
  • marks for coursework;
  • Module Guide;
  • teaching materials – see lecture note guide;
  • where possible previous exam papers.

For further information on Moodle, including help guides, please go to:

For further information on Module guides go to:

Programme Specifications

At Coventry we have a “course based” focus. All courses have “Course Directors” who are responsible for the effective running and development of their course. Faculty Registry teams are assigned to departments and support the courses for both Academic staff and students. Courses have a “Programme Specification” which tells everyone involved all about the course including:

  • Educational aims of the programme
  • Intended learning outcomes
  • Programme structure and requirements
  • Support for students and their learning
  • Criteria for admission
  • Methods for evaluation and enhancing the quality and standards of teaching and learning
  • Regulation of assessment
  • Indicators of quality and standards
  • List of mandatory and option modules
  • Capabilities (skills) map

All programme specifications can be accessed online at:

The programme specification is the starting point for discovering about the course and Academic language and terminology!

University Structure

University Leadership Team


Teaching in the University is divided up into 4 separate areas:

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
    • School of Art and Design
    • School of Humanities
    • School of Media and Performing Arts
  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
    • School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health
    • School of Life Sciences
    • School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing
    • School of Computing, Electronics and Maths
    • School of Energy, Construction and Environment
    • School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering
  • Faculty of Business and Law
    • School of Strategy and Leadership
    • School of Economics, Finance and Accounting
    • School of Marketing and Management
    • School of Law

As a member of the Academic staff you will normally be working for one of these areas. The management and structure of the Faculties/School is broadly similar however will vary on the size and complexity of the Faculty/School

Each Faculty is then broken down into Schools which are supported by Faculty Registry. The structure of your faculty can be found on the staff portal,, under the Faculty/School name.

Each Faculty/School has a Faculty Registrar who leads the departmental teams within Registry who support the students in their studies and the Academic staff in the department. These teams are “course focussed” in their structure and approach and you will need to find out your course support contact in your department:

The Registrars are:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities – Gill Child

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences – Michelle Brooker

Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing – Rosella Brennan

Faculty of Business and Law – Kevin Noble