> However, if I try to place a module or load a module from the libraries in the module editor they aren't on the list???
In the module editor, you have to select to active library first. In
pcbnew they should appear, I'm not sure how I can help.
> Also, when putting modules on the board am a looking at the board from the top component side or the bottom trace side?
From the top, that is, the component side on a through-hole single-sided
board. So if you do the routing on the top layer, you'll have to mirror
the tracks if you etch your boards at home.