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Insessionals: Frequently Asked Questions

Are the modules credit bearing or study only?
The modules fall into two categories: credit-bearing and non credit-bearing study only modules. The only credit bearing modules are the ones offered for Associate students, which are ELS4001 Engaging Critically with Writing and ELS4002 Exploring Spoken English. All other modules are study only. Nevertheless, all modules do appear on transcripts.

Who are the Insessional modules for?

All QMUL and Barts students are eligible to take these modules. The writing, proofreading, presenting, reading, and listening modules are suitable for both British and International students.  The Grammar in Context and English in Social  Settings modules are designed for International students, whose first language is not English. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students attend and benefit from Insessional modules.

Are the Insessional modules required?

Not usually. Some students may be required to take them by their academic advisor or tutors, to improve their performance, or as part of their conditions of offer.. 

What is the module attendance policy?
Attendance is not mandatory on most Insessional modules as these are study-only. However, students are encouraged to attend regularly and arrive punctually for all classes in order to gain maximum benefit.

How are the modules taught?
The classes will be workshop-based and the emphasis is on interaction both between the tutor and members of the class and between the class members themselves. You will have two class hours per week for each module you book. In addition, you may be expected to complete assignments and carry out independent study in your own time on a weekly basis.

How is the module assessed?
There is no formal assessment on the Insessional modules as these are study-only modules. 

What feedback will be given?
You will receive feedback on all work that is submitted. You are expected to read the feedback carefully and to ask the tutor for further clarification if anything is unclear. Understanding and acting on feedback will lead to improvements over the course of the semester. Students on all Insessional modules, who attend at least 50% of the classes will receive formal written feedback from their teachers.  This will be available after the end of the term via MySIS.

How do I register/enrol for these modules?

Registration is exclusively online, via MySIS.  An announcement is sent out to all students when registration opens.  From your MySIS home screen, click on Insessional Course Bookings. Then follow the links through to get information on each module and details of times/days offered. Choose the classes that suit you and your timetable.  Only available classes will show. If you want advice on the best types of courses to follow, or wish to have an informal discussion of the suitability of courses available, you can email Dr. Saima Sherazi, Insessional Programme Convenor, or come to Language Centre Reception in Bancroft Building, room 1.24. 

What do I do if I want to cancel my booking?

If, for whatever reason, you decide you no longer wish to attend the Insessional module(s) you booked, just go back into the Insessional Course Booking task in MySIS and follow instructions there. That will leave your place open for another student who would like to take the class.

I wanted to attend a module at a particular time, but it's no longer showing on MySIS.  Can I attend even though I haven't booked?

No. There are only a certain number of places in each class. Once the class is fully booked, it is no longer visible in the course booking task in MySIS. If it's not there, it's full.  If someone cancels their booking, the class will reappear on the list.

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