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A course or part of a course in the context of a modular programme. A module may be taken singularly or combined with other modules offered.

UIS, ISCED 2011 (International Standard Classification of Education), 2012

A component of a larger qualification, which is certificated independently. (Sometimes, it means a component of learning and teaching within a programme, not independently certificated)

ILO, An Introductory Guide to National Qualifications Frameworks, 2007

(also called Subject)

A unit of education or training which can be completed on its own or as part of a course and which is considered as a component that makes up a Competency Development Framework for a given discipline or profession. Module is an aggregation of the awareness, knowledge, skills and attitude competencies which reflect what a competent person in a particular role should be able to perform. Modules may also result in the attainment of one or more units of competency. The modules should include guidance for assessors pertinent to the related standards. A module should describe:

  • Distinct work activity
  • Work outputs expected, not what is put into the work
  • Outputs that can be demonstrated and assessed at work
  • Precise criteria
  • Scope of the standard
  • Guidelines for assessors on how to assess against the standard (level)
(Similar definition used by Queensland government)

M. Wahba (TVET consultant), Glossary of Terms for TVET, Assessment and Verification, 2013

A self-contained block of learning which can be completed on its own or as part of a course and which may also result in the attainment of one or more units of competency.

NCVER (Australia), VOCEDplus: Glossary of VET, (accessed 12/2022)

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