For the first time, in the academic year 1997/98, most undergraduate and some postgraduate teaching at the University of Bath will be organised in modular, semester-based units. Those of you who read this note as the introduction to a Programme/Unit Catalogue describing your programme of study will be seeing some of the first stages of important developments, which are described briefly below. You will then find more detail in the Explanatory notes.

After much careful debate, the University has chosen to make three changes. From 1997/98, a Faculty structure will provide a new way to enhance co-ordination and collaboration between Departments/Schools in the University. At the same time, most of the components (Units) within Programmes of study will be offered in a modular framework for the first time. In addition, the academic year will be divided into two semesters, in order to provide an appropriate period over which to offer each unit.

This is not a system which will permit you to choose units in a haphazard way from across the University, but one in which greater transparency will help you to see how your programme fits together and the choices you can make. The description of each unit will help you to know its objectives more clearly, and the assessment within each unit should help you to see what you have achieved. Describing the structure of a programme, and detailing the units which are or may be relevant, will help Directors of Studies to identify units in other parts of the University which may be of benefit to you individually, or to subsequent students through the development of new programmes.

The availability of individual units to you in particular, or in general, will depend on all the normal constraints such as staff availability, timetabling restrictions, and minimum and maximum group sizes. Your programme of study, and your progress through it, will also constrain your choices. In all these areas, you will, therefore, be guided by your Director of Studies. The construction of a coherent programme of study, both by design in the first place, and by your own choices where these can be made, is something to which the University attaches much importance.

We are providing the information in this Catalogue in this way for the first time. If you find this helpful, or have suggestions for improvements, we would be glad to hear from you. Please send any comments you may wish to make to:
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Explanatory Notes

Programme / Unit Catalogue 1997/98

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