‘Failed module remediation’; Resits, Repeats, and Substitution in Semester 2


While you should not plan to fail modules it can happen. But don't worry; there are a range of remediation possibilities. These are most important for when you get your official results in on the 25 January 2017. You will still continue on in Stage 1 with the modules you are registered to though you may like to consider some adjustments depending on your workload and your interests.

Failed modules: Remediation opportunities

What happens if I fail a module?

We hope you do not fail any modules but we recognise that there will be times when it happens. To cope with this, there is a UCD policy that sets out what you need to do; this is involves taking resits, repeats or substituting modules.

What are my choices?

Each module has a set of remediation opportunities (our term for opportunities to turn the failure into a pass) associated with it. You will find this through your SISWeb registration or though ‘Course Search’. The information will tell you what opportunity is offered for each module.

Resit Offerings

What is a Resit?

A resit is an opportunity offered to pass each module during the semester immediately following the one in which you originally failed the module[1]. It does not involve re-attending lectures and tutorials for the module.

How are resits assessed?

You will be asked to complete some form of assessment, which may comprise an assignment or examination; each module has its own remediation process set by each module coordinator. If you pass that assessment, you will be judged to have done enough to meet the learning requirements for the module. However, it is designed just to show that you have done just enough and for that reason, the result will be simply returned as a Pass or a Fail. A pass is ‘capped’ at a Grade Point of 2.0, equivalent to a D-.

Are resits always offered?

Not all modules offer resits; see ‘What are my choices’ in the example above to find out if your failed module does. Some modules are run in both Semesters 1 and 2 and instead of resits you may be required to repeat the module. You are only entitled to take a resit if you attended (and failed) the module in the previous semester.

How much does a resit module cost?

Currently it costs €230 per resit module.

How many resits can I take?

Resits do not count to your credit load for the semester but you should still consider it as part of your work load. If you have more than 1 resit you should seek advice on managing your workload. ‌

Repeat Offerings

What is a Repeat?

A repeat of a module means that you re-attend the module. There are two reasons why you take a repeat instead of a resit:

  • If you do not avail of the opportunity to take a resit, or you fail a resit, then you must repeat the module at its next full offering.
  • If the full module is offered in the subsequent semester a resit may not be offered or you may prefer to repeat instead of resit it.

How are repeats assessed?

You complete all assessments for the module, including any examinations, just as if you were taking it for the first time. Your result will be simply returned as a normal grade. But regardless of the grade your grade point will be ‘capped’ at a Grade Point of 2.0, equivalent to a D-.

How much does a repeat modules cost?

Currently it costs €230 per repeat, the same fee as resit modules.

What do I do if a repeat clashes with another module I am registered to?

If a repeat module clashes with something on your Semester 2 timetable and you wish to take the repeat, please contact the programme office for a Time Conflict Override form. You should then bring it the module coordinator of the repeat module and if they give you permission not to attend, bring the completed form to the relevant School office for completion of repeat module registration.

How many repeats can I take?

Unlike resits, repeats do count toward your credit load. They are not additional credits, instead they replace the failed credits). Under University regulations you cannot attempt more than 40 credits in one semester. If adding a repeat would mean you exceed this 40 credit workload you should seek advice from the Programme Office.

Taking Resits and Repeats

Do I have to take resits or repeats

No, but if you don't take a resit/repeat you must have an academic plan to make sure your outstanding module credits in your programme of study are in place. Remember, for progression to Stage 2 with subject(s) for DN500[2] you want to continue…

  • you need at least 50 credits in order to progress. Ideally you should have the full 60 credits[3].
  • you must have at least 10 credits in a subject you want to continue to Stage 2
  • you must have any core modules associated with each subject (if the subject has cores) and/or pre-requisite modules. Check through Course Search for requirements.

CAUTION: Repeats are only available if the module is being offered fully; discontinued modules must be substituted and this will have a higher fee rate than resits/repeats.

How do I register to a repeat/resit in Semester 2 if it is being offered?

After 27th January when you log into your SISWeb Registration Process and go to the Repeats/Subs/Transf Tab (in Module Registration) Look for the module(s) you want to repeat/resit and click on ‘Select as Repeat’/’Select as Resit’ as appropriate.

What do I have to do?

If you are unsure about your resits/repeats seek advice from the School or Programme Office. If you are attempting a resit, it is vital that you contact the module co-ordinator to find out the nature of the resit assessment and the timetable for its submission. Do not expect the module co-ordinator or anyone else to contact you. It is your responsibility to find out what you must do in order to get a pass.

Can I change my mind about taking resits/repeats I have selected?

Yes, you can drop and resit prior to the due date for the required remediation work or the end of week 13 in the relevant semester (i.e. the end of the week prior to the start of the examination period for that semester).

Substituting Modules

If I don’t take a resit/repeat, can I substitute a failed module with another module?

You may substitute option modules or elective modules and there will be a fee involved. You may not substitute a CORE module without the approval of the School and the Programme Board in exceptional circumstances. For all practical purposes, this means that core modules must be passed so that you can progress to stage 2 with that subject.

How much does a substituted module cost?

The cost of a substitution is the full cost of the module; for information contact Student Desk.

How are Substitutions assessed?

Substitutions are treated as first attempts at a module and there are no restrictions on grades.

Getting Help

I am still not sure how to proceed

There are a range of supports available through your School, the Programme Office, Student Desk, and Student Advisers. If you need assistance just ask!

[1] A resit will not be available if the full module is offered in both semesters, instead you can repeat the module. See 'Repeats' for more information.

[2] Denominated programmes also require a minimum of 50 credits to progress to stage 2. Having one subject gives a more straight forward approach to Progression and Registration. Talk to your Programme Office. For specific subject requirements see Course Search

[3] Missing credits can be ‘carried’ to next stage but need to be achieved at some point in your remaining time remembering that you cannot have more than a 10 credit deficit to progress to subsequent stages. Also carrying credits will impact on your ability to concentrate on your Stage 2 and Stage 3 modules, which will contribute towards your degree GPA.