Course and Programme Design and Approval

Course and Programme Design and Approval

PLEASE READ THIS PAGE BEFORE PROCEEDING – IT CONTAINS INFORMATION ON CHANGES BEING IMPLEMENTED FROM SESSION 2016-17 ONWARDS (UPDATED AUGUST 2016)

The University’s processes to guide the approval of courses and programmes have changed.

In June 2015, Council of Senate endorsed the recommendations of the Review of the Programme and Course Approval Process.

The Review resulted in changes to:

The following changes will take effect from the start of the 2016-17 academic year:

  • College Boards of Studies will have the authority to approve new programmes on a pilot basis. College Boards of Studies will also approve amendments to programmes (minor or major) and the withdrawal of programmes. This process will be monitored by the Academic Standards Committee (ASC). ASC’s Programme Approval Groups (PAGs) will be dissolved, other than that ASC will maintain a PAG to consider proposed new/amended programmes that are co-owned by more than one College and to advise ASC on cases where a College Board of Studies has concerns whether the proposal conforms to University policy.
  • Schools and Research Institutes will have the authority to approve all new courses, amendments to existing courses and the withdrawal of courses on a pilot basis. This will be monitored by ASC and College Boards of Studies.
  • College Boards of Studies will audit annually and report to ASC on course approval activity by the corresponding Schools/ RIs. Further guidance will be given on this point.
  • College Boards of Studies (or equivalent) will change their composition to include two members from other College(s) who are past or present members of ASC, ideally with PAG experience.
  • School/Research Institute Learning & Teaching Committees (or the equivalent) will change their composition to include two members of the relevant College Board of Studies from outwith the School/RI concerned.
  • Fast-track approval will no longer operate. Colleges and Schools will be required to have all of their new/amend proposals in PIP by 30 April, and approved by 31 July.

 

Definition of Course and Programme

A course is defined as a self-contained unit of study on a particular topic, with defined level, credit value, aims, intended learning outcomes, mode(s) of delivery, scheme of assessment, and possibly also pre- and co-requisites.

A programme is defined as a set of compulsory and elective courses leading to a defined award, with defined aims, intended learning outcomes, mode(s) of delivery, and scheme of assessment.

Our approval processes are required to and comply with the QAA Quality Code Chapter B1 as well as the University Academic Quality Framework