Approval of New Award Programs (Higher Education)

Approval of New Award Programs (Higher Education) Procedure

Policy Code: LT1252

Purpose

This procedure describes the processes used to approve the following for higher education programs and courses:

  • New award programs
  • Modifications to award programs
  • Discontinue award programs
  • New courses
  • Modification to courses

Scope

This procedure applies to the approval of all higher education award programs which are newly created, to be modified or discontinued. This procedure also applies to all higher education courses which are newly created or to be modified.

Legislative Context

Federation University Australia 2010

Statutes and Regulations:

Australian Qualifications Framework Second Edition January 2013

Definitions

TERM DEFINITION
AB Academic Board
CC Curriculum Committee
CLIPP Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice
CRICOS Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students
CUP Centre for University Partnerships
UPAC University Program Approval Committee
Program A program is a course of study/research leading to the granting of an official award or qualification of the University contained in Schedule 5.1 of the University's Legislation. A program contains subsidiary elements variously referred to as courses, competency units or modules
New Program A program not currently listed on Schedule 5.1 of the University's Legislation
Statute 5.1 The Schedule The Schedule, Statute 5.1, lists all sealed awards which can be awarded by the University. The Schedule is maintained by the Manager, Program Management and Compliance and includes all qualifications/courses included on the Scope

Actions

The program approval procedure for new program proposals consist of four actions. Each action should be completed before proceeding to the next. Actions are as follows:

Action 1 – Completing an Initial Program Proposal and Business Case Form for Submission to UPAC

Action 2 – Developing a Program Proposal for Submission to Curriculum Committee

Action 3 – Submitting for Consideration by Academic Board and Council

Action 4 – Creating a New or Modifying an Existing Course

Action 5 – Modifying an Existing Program

Action 6 – Discontinuing an Existing Program

1. Completing an Initial Program Proposal and Business Case Form for Submission to UPAC

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Developing Initial Program Proposal Executive Dean of Faculty
  1. Complete the Initial Program Proposal and Business Case Form (Refer Forms section below) and include:
  2. Title of program, year of introduction and locations of offering
  3. Brief description of the proposed program and its relationship to strategic priorities and partnerships
  4. Overview/Rationale for the program, including demand for graduates and competition
  5. Business case for the viability  of the program including demand, expected enrolments, staffing required, resources and special requirements

    NOTES:

    - Maximum length for the IPP is 5 page

    - Data and Reporting may assist with providing load and demand data  for inclusion in the program proposal

    - Financial Services may assist with development of financial data

  6. Obtain completed impact statements from service areas of the University
    • ITS
    • Library Services
    • CUP
    • CLIPP
    • Facilities Services
    • Faculties/Centres
    • Student Connect
    • Registrar's Directorate
B. Submitting the IPP for approval Executive Dean
  1. Approve the IPP
  2. Submit to UPAC for consideration
C. Approving the IPP UPAC
  1. Consider the IPP
  2. Approve or reject the IPP
  3. If approved request Faculty to develop a full Program Proposal for Curriculum Committee
  4. If the IPP is not approved, the Faculty will be advised accordingly including reasons

2. Developing a New Program Proposal for Submission to Curriculum Committee

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Developing a Program Proposal Faculty
  1. If the IPP is approved by UPAC, complete the Curriculum Approval Form: Higher Education and include:
    • Program aims, program learning outcomes, modes of offering, admission requirements, availability to international students, professional accreditation requirements, practicum/workplace learning
    • The academic rationale for the program and learning outcomes that meet the Australian Qualification Framework standards for the level of the program, and other academic standards as required (eg accreditation, discipline standards etc)
    • An outline of the proposed curriculum, including a list of both existing and new courses to be included with mapping of program learning outcomes to courses.
    • All course outlines are to be included in the submission (refer Course Outline Form)
  2. Document the learning styles and practices within the program (eg use of problem-based learning approaches, work-integrated learning opportunities etc):
    • Indicate where the Faculty has developed co-operative arrangements with other institutions in this field and whether articulation with their programs has been considered
    • Provide information on the relationship between the proposed program and any similar programs offered at the University
    • If another Faculty is to be involved in this program, indicate how this will occur and the level of agreement that has been reached between the Faculties
  3. Outline specific pathways and articulation arrangements
    • Employer and Professional Advice:
      • List employer groups or professional associations from whom advice has been sought
      • Provide information concerning any experts in the field who have acted as consultants and/or members of the program development
    • Professional Registration/Accreditation:
      • Indicate whether the program will, or is intended to, lead to professional recognition, accreditation and/or registration - a statement would be sufficient
      • Explain whether it is anticipated that the program meets the requirements of the appropriate professional bodies at state, national and international levels
      • Do these bodies also require separate accreditation/registration of the program?

NOTE: Individual course outlines need to be included in the submission to Curriculum Committee. Program learning outcomes developed in each course will need to be mapped to course learning outcomes which in turn are to be mapped to assessments in order to demonstrate constructive alignment. New courses in new programs require approval by Curriculum Committee.

B. Submitting the program proposal to Faculty Board for approval Executive Dean
  1. Submit Curriculum Approval Form: Higher Education electronically to Faculty Board for approval
  2. If the program proposal is approved, submit to Curriculum Committee for approval
  3. If the program proposal is not approved, the proposer will be advised of the reasons for rejection
C. Submitting the program proposal to Curriculum Committee for approval Faculty Board
  1. Submit the program proposal to Curriculum Committee:
    • The complete application and the Faculty Board Minutes electronically for approval to proceed to offer
    • A representative from the Faculty may be required to be present to speak to the program proposal
    • NOTE: this process must be completed and the program approved for offering by the end of March of the year prior to offering
  2. If not approved by Curriculum Committee, the Faculty will be advised of the reasons for rejection
  3. If the program proposal is approved for offering through the Curriculum Committee, inform marketing and communication to undertake marketing for the first offering of the program

3. Submitting for Consideration by Academic Board and Council

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Submitting the program proposal to Academic Board for approval Executive Officer, Curriculum Committee
  1. Upload the Program Proposal to the University’s approved records management folder for Academic Board
B. Considering the program proposal Academic Board
  1. If the program proposal is not approved by Academic Board, the Faculty will be advised of the reasons for rejection
  2. If the program proposal is approved by Academic Board, submit to Council for approval
C. Submitting the approved program proposal to Council for approval Academic Board
  1. Submit the program proposal to Council for approval
D. Considering the application University Council
  1. If the application is not approved by Council, the Faculty will be advised of the reasons for rejection
  2. If the program proposal is approved by Council, commence ratification and implementation
E. Ratifying the new program Manager, Program Management and Compliance
  1. Once final approval has been granted to the Faculty, the program will be added to Schedule 5.1 and the University approved student management system
F. Undertaking program implementation processes Executive Dean
  1. File the Curriculum Approval (HE) Form and other related documentation utilising the University’s approved records management process
  2. All superseded documentation should be retained in accordance with the University’s approved records management processes
  3. Update marketing material and the University’s website information
G. Delivering to international students CUP
  1. Advise Program Management and Compliance of CRICOS codes so they can be added to the University approved student management system before it can be delivered to international students onshore in Australia

4. Adding a New or Modifying an Existing Course

4.1 Adding a New Course

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A.

Completing the new course forms

 

Faculty
  1. Complete:
    • Course Outline HE Form (including Course Handbook Entry)
    • Refer - Guidelines for Course Outline (HE)Form
    • Refer - Supplementary Guidelines (Learning Outcomes and Assessment)
    • Refer – Course Handbook Entry instruction
  2. Obtain the signature of the Executive Dean
B. Submitting forms for consideration Executive Dean
  1. Submit the new course forms to Faculty Board
  2. If the application to add a new course is not approved by Faculty Board, the School/Program representative will be advised of the reasons for rejection
  3. If approved, Faculty is to submit the complete application and Faculty Board approval documentation to Curriculum Committee for approval
  4. If the application is not approved by the Curriculum Committee, the Faculty will be advised of the reasons for rejection
  5. If a series of new or modified courses over a period of 1 year in any way affects greater than 30% of the structure of any programs, a program modification form must also be completed and forwarded to curriculum committee for approval - Refer to Action 5 of this procedure.
  6. All new courses need to be approved by Curriculum Committee. For new courses not associated with a new program or program modification, a Context Statement must be provided, using the course modification form, explaining why the new course is needed. Course code and/or name changes that don’t change the course curriculum can be treated as course modifications as described in Action 4.2 of this procedure.
C. Adding or Amending the University approved student management system Manager, Program Management and Compliance
  1. Add/amend the University approved student management system using the approval documents submitted to Curriculum Committee

4.2 Modifying an Existing Course

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A.

Completing the course modification forms

 

Faculty
  1. Complete:
    • Course Modification Form
    • Course Outline HE Form (including Course Handbook Entry)
  2. Obtain the signature of the Executive Dean
B. Submitting forms for consideration Executive Dean
  1. Submit the course modification forms to Faculty Board
  2. If the application to modify an existing course is not approved by Faculty Board, the School/Program representative will be advised of the reasons for rejection
  3. If approved, Faculty is to submit the complete application and Faculty Board approval documentation to Curriculum Committee for noting.
  4. If a series of modified courses over a period of 1 year, in any way affects greater than 30% of the structure of any program, a program modification form must also be completed and forwarded to curriculum committee for approval - Refer to Action 5 of this procedure.
C. Adding or Amending the University approved student management system Manager, Program Management and Compliance
  1. Add/amend the University approved student management system using the approval documents submitted to Curriculum Committee

5. Modifying an Existing Program

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Completing the Program Modification form Faculty
  1. If the Program Modification includes the introduction of new courses, all new courses must be approved as outlined in Action 4.1 of this procedure
  2. Complete:
    • The Program Modification Form
    • Refer to the Program Modification Checklist
B. Considering the application to Modify Program/s Executive Dean
  1. The application must be approved by Faculty Board before proceeding to Curriculum Committee for approval
C. Submitting the completed application to Curriculum Committee for approval Faculty Board
  1. Modifications to deliver a program on-line for the first time will need to demonstrate that learning tasks and assessments are suited to this mode of delivery and be accompanied by all course outlines demonstrating this
  2. A representative from the Faculty may be required to attend the Curriculum Committee meeting to speak to the proposal
  3. If the application is not approved by the Curriculum Committee, the Faculty will be advised of the reasons for rejection
D. Submitting the approved application to Academic Board for approval Curriculum Committee
  1. Following approval by Curriculum Committee, submit the complete application to Academic Board for noting
E. Submitting the approved application to University Council Academic Board
  1. Following consideration by Academic Board, submit the complete application to University Council for noting
F. Updating The Schedule 5.1 – Current Programs and/or The Schedule 5.1.1 – Non-Current Programs Manager, Program Management and Compliance
  1. Following approval by Curriculum Committee, if the Program Modification changed the program code or program title, the new program details are to be added to The Schedule 5.1 – Current Programs and the old program details moved to The Schedule 5.1.1 – Non-Current Programs.
  2. Update the University approved student management system

6. Discontinuing an Existing Program

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Completing the Program Discontinuation form Faculty
  1. Complete the Program Discontinuation Form
B. Considering the application to Modify or Discontinue Program/s Faculty Board
  1. The application must be approved by Faculty before proceeding to Curriculum Committee for approval
C. Submitting the completed application to Curriculum Committee for approval Faculty Board
  1. A representative from the Faculty may be required to attend the meeting to speak to the proposal
  2. If the application is not approved by the Curriculum Committee, the Faculty will be advised of the reasons for rejection
D. Submitting the approved application to Academic Board for approval Curriculum Committee
  1. Following approval by Curriculum Committee, submit the complete application to Academic Board for approval
E. Considering the application by Academic Board Academic Board
  1. Following consideration by Academic Board, if the application is not approved, the Faculty will be advised of the reasons for rejection
  2. If approved, the complete application will be submitted to Council for approval.
F. Updating The Schedule 5.1 – Current Programs and/or The Schedule 5.1.1 – Non-Current Programs Manager, Program Management and Compliance
  1. All discontinued programs are to be moved from The Schedule 5.1 – Current Programs to The Schedule 5.1.1 – Non-Current Programs

Responsibilities

Academic Board is responsible for monitoring the implementation, outcomes and scheduled review of this procedure

Chair, Academic Board is responsible for maintaining the content of this procedure as delegated by Academic Board

Academic Secretariat is responsible for the administration support for the maintenance of this procedure as directed by the Chair, Academic Board

Forms

Implementation

The Approval of New Award Programs (Higher Education) Procedure is to be implemented throughout the University via:

  • Information Sessions; and/or
  • Training Sessions

Promulgation

The Approval of New Award Programs (Higher Education) Procedure is to be communicated throughout the University via:

  • An Announcement Notice under 'FedNews' website and through the University Policy - 'Recently Approved Documents' webpage to alert the University-wide community of the approved Procedure;
  • Inclusion on the University Policy, Procedure and Forms website; and/or
  • Distribution of emails to appropriate staff

Records Management

Title Location Responsible Officer Minimum Retention Period

Master Set of Curriculum Approval records submitted for approval or accreditation including:

  • Initial Program Proposal
  • Business Case Form
  • Program Proposal Approval
  • Impact Statements
  • Curriculum Approval Form: Higher Education
  • Adding a New or Amending an Existing Course
  • Course Outline
  • Guidelines for Course Outline form
  • Course Description (HE)
  • Course Modification Form
  • Adding a New or Amending an Existing Program
  • Program Modification Form
  • Discontinuation of Program Form
  • Supporting Documentation
The University’s approved records management system Executive Dean Permanent

Unapproved curriculum records, draft and working papers including:

  • Program Proposal and Business Case Form
  • Program Proposal
  • Impact Statements (8)
  • Curriculum Approval Form: Higher Education
  • Course Outline form
  • Course Modification Form
  • Adding a New or Amending an Existing Course Form
  • Program Modification For
  • Program Discontinuation Form
  • Supporting Documentation
The University’s approved records management system Executive Dean Destroy 3 years from date of last action
Faculty Board Agenda and Minutes – Master Copy The University’s approved records management system Faculty Board Executive Officer Permanent
Curriculum Committee Agenda and Minutes – Master Copy The University’s approved records management system Curriculum Committee Executive Officer Permanent
Academic Board Agenda and Minutes – Master Copy The University’s approved records management system Academic Board Executive Officer Permanent
University Council Agenda and Minutes – Master Copy The University’s approved records management system University Council Executive Officer Permanent