A course handbook must be published annually for every undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate course.
- Required content of handbooks
- Accessibility of handbooks
- Acknowledgement of funding (Expert Skills courses)
- Information on the structure and content of each year of the course in terms of mandatory and optional modules with their ECTS credit weightings. An explanatory statement on the ECTS should also be provided. Modules should be identified in all course documentation by code, title and credit weighting.
- A statement of the course requirements for each year of the course, including parameters of student choice, attendance, and (where relevant) arrangements for practice/clinical placements;
- Details of the in-course assessment and examination arrangements, including marking conventions and grade descriptors and guidelines on presentation and submission of work for assessment purposes (including details of penalties applying for late submission),such as to allow the full processes of assessment and examination to be understood;
- The full statement of College's policy on plagiarism (see Calendar (Part 1), General Regulations and Information).
Directors of Teaching and Learning (Undergraduate) and, where appropriate, course directors, must ensure the accuracy of course handbook information. In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between the General Regulations published in the University Calendar and information contained in course handbooks, the provisions of the General Regulations will prevail. A statement to this effect must be included in all handbooks.
- A complete copy of course handbooks in Word format should be located in a prominent place on the relevant course/discipline/school website.
- A paper copy of the handbook should be provided to all students registered for the course.
- A paper copy in large print format should also be available from the course/school/discipline office on request.
- Course handbooks should be produced in accordance with the ‘clear print’ guidelines developed under the Accessible Information Policy approved by Board in July 2009.
Please also refer to the guidelines produced by the Inclusive Curriculum Project http://www.tcd.ie/CAPSL/TIC/
In the case of courses wholly or partially funded through the Expert Skills Initiative, course handbooks (and other course materials) must carry the logos of the sponsoring agencies, eg. Department of Education and Science, Higher Education Authority, European Social Fund, National Development Plan 2009-14. Please refer to Vice-Provost’s Office for details.