Programme life cycle
Programme and module design, approval, modification, suspension and withdrawal: taught programmes
A major component of the quality framework is the design and approval of new programmes. Procedures are set out in the Code of practice for the design and approval of new programmes and periodic programme review. It is important to bear in mind that the completion of the programmes and module paperwork should be the culmination of the academic process in devising a new programme or module, not the starting point. Advice on curriculum design is provided by the Department of Higher Education. Procedures are also in place to ensure that programme modifications and suspensions and withdrawals are properly managed.
Annual programme review
Annual programme review provides a "health-check" that programmes are running as they should and uses a range of evidence such as self-evaluation, student feedback, student performance data and external examiner reports to do so. Reports are produced at the programme level which are then summarised at Faculty level before being scrutinised by ULTC. Procedures are set out in the Code of practice for annual programme review: taught programmes.
Periodic programme review
Periodic programme review is the process through which validated programmes are re-validated for a further period, normally five years. The process ensures that existing programmes of study continue to be relevant, current, meet their stated aims and objectives/learning outcomes and are adequately resourced and that the quality of the student experience is maintained. The process also identifies opportunities for enhancement. Details are set out in the Code of practice for the design and approval of new programmes and periodic programme review.
QAA Quality Code
- Chapter A1: UK and European reference points for academic standards
- Chapter A3: Securing academic standards and an outcomes-based approach to academic awards
- Chapter B1: Programme design, development and approval
- Chapter B4: Enabling student development and achievement
- Chapter B5: Student engagement
- Chapter B6: Assessment of students and the recognition of prior learning
- Chapter B8: Programme monitoring and review
- Chapter B11: Research degrees.