Reform Module Selection and Allocation Process

Reform Module Selection and Allocation Process

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Katherine Kerr started this petition to UCL History Department

We propose that the UCL History Department reform the module selection and allocation process. Many undergraduate history students at UCL are disappointed with their module allocations, receiving lower preferences or having to switch out of higher preference modules after allocation due to timetable clashes. We demand that the UCL History department modernise and simplify this process in the following ways so that students can securely chose modules that they will enjoy and engage in:

1. Increase capacity for modules with higher popularity

2. Minimise risk of clashes and late switches:

  • Timetables for modules should be available prior and during module selection,
  • Timetables should be taken into consideration when allocating modules

3. Listing more than 3 preferences for a given module category should not be compulsory, though optional additional choices should be available at the student's discretion

We, the authors of this petition, will gladly participate on a review panel to identify further how the process can be improved.

Having modules that interest you are vital to enjoyment and success throughout the academic year, however many history students at UCL are allocated modules low on their preference list which are of lower interest to them. Even students who are allocated higher preferences can end up with modules they are less interested in due to timetable clashes that only become apparent after allocation. Many history students chose UCL as their first option for university selections based on the course options available, and the assurance that you will be able to choose and take the courses that interest you.

This is a prevalent and pressing issue affecting many students' module selections throughout the course of their History degrees. This has a negative impact on students' wellbeing and ability to achieve their highest potential. A simple reformation of the module selection and allocation system as outlined above will allow for increased student satisfaction and engagement.

 

Katherine Kerr, Zsofia Lazar, Ilona Lines

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