Unit of Study (UoS) preparation

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Unit of study (UoS) outline template

Your unit of study outline is uploaded to your eLearning site before each semester. There are deadlines for the site to go ‘live’, and ICT will send an email before teaching begins letting you know these deadlines.

The minimum standard required for unit of study outlines are listed in the Academic Board Resolutions on the Management and Evaluation of Coursework Teaching.

These include:

Preparing the UoS outline
  • a concise statement of the main aims of the unit expressed in terms of what students are expected to know by the end of it
  • a list of unit objectives expressed in terms of how that knowledge will be assessed
  • a concise statement of the links between these objectives and the University’s generic attributes for its graduates
  • a brief description of how this unit contributes to the different programs of study in which its students may be enrolled
  • advice on the attendance and class requirements, the methods of assessment to be used and the weighting of that assessment
  • basic factual information regarding names and contact details of teaching and administrative staff.

Check to see if your faculty or department has a UoS outline template that provides further guidelines on what to include. If not, the Business School's UoS outline guide may help when compiling yours.

Producing a detailed UoS outline

A more detailed unit of study outline often makes the unit more meaningful for students. Here are some exemplars of very detailed UoS outlines, which may help you consider components to include:

Useful information for students you should include in the outline:

  1. Explain students’ responsibilities for completing their unit of study. This can include not only assessment dates and assessment requirements, but also a clear indication of your expectations regarding their attendance, participation, preparation, conduct and so on. Make sure to also let students know what they can expect of you.
  2. Try to incorporate information on student services in relevant places throughout your outline, rather than just as an afterthought at the end. For example:
    (a) link to the Financial Assistance Office in sections referring students to textbooks and other materials they need to purchase.
    (b) link to the Learning Centre website in sections related to assessment tasks. Try to link directly to the precise information students will find most helpful, e.g. ‘Practicing for MCQ exams’, etc.
  3. Include your consultation and office hours, and your email so that students know how and when to contact you. In the first lecture let students know that they are welcome to come to see you in small groups if they would like to. Students new to tertiary study are often quite uncomfortable about coming to see an academic in their office; do whatever you can to make them feel less intimidated.
  4. If you are teaching very large classes (700+) the more information you include in your unit of study the easier you will make the task of managing a large cohort of students. In such situations your unit of study outline also needs to make clear to the students that the first person for them to contact in case of difficulties is their tutor. See Providing support to large cohorts in our Teaching large classes section.