Chapter 2 - Procedures and Requirements for Approving New Modules and Non-award Programmes

  1. Procedures and Requirements for Approving New Modules and Non-award Programmes
    1. New Modules
      1. A new module will be considered as part of the full Programme Approval Process under the following scenarios:
        1. The module sits within a brand new programme.
        2. The module sits within an existing programme that is being re-approved owing to significant amendments, as defined in the table in section 5.3.1.
      2. In both scenarios the programme in hand should undergo the full Programme Approval Process. At the point of Business Approval it is not anticipated that full Module Descriptors will have been prepared. Completed Module Descriptors for both new and existing compulsory modules are required, however, during the subsequent phases of Academic Approval.
      3. Where a new module is solely destined to contribute to an existing programme or programmes, it will be approved by the appropriate Faculty in accordance with its documented procedures and without intervention from the Quality and Standards team. To enable a decision by the Faculty Education and Student Experience Committee (or its nominated body) the following must be made available:
        1. A rationale.
        2. A completed Module Descriptor.
      4. Records must be taken, confirming all decisions made by the Faculty Education and Student Experience Committee (or its nominated body). These must be retained in Faculty for future reference, along with the rationale and a copy of the approved Module Descriptor.
      5. Following approval of new modules by the Faculty Education and Student Experience Committee (or its nominated body), the Quality and Standards Team mustinform the following parties:
        1. The Student Records Team, who will generate a new module code on receipt of a completed Module Code Request Form
        2. The Faculty Marketing Manager, so that the new module can be promoted.
      6. Faculty may wish to deliver a given module both on a conventional face-to-face basis and via distance/blended learning. In such cases separate module codes and module descriptors are required, on account of the different learning and teaching activities and assessment methods that are likely to be involved. 
    2. Non-award Programmes
      1. Given the potential resources required to deliver non-award programmes, the Programme Director/Developer should arrange for the completion of Business Approval (see Chapter 3). It is anticipated that Faculties will devise bespoke strategies to market non-award programmes. In such cases, in agreement with the Quality and Standards team, the deadlines (section 3.3) for submission of documents may be disregarded.
      2. On receipt of the required documents the Quality and Standards team will liaise with the Programme Director/Developer to identify which professional services should be alerted (e.g. Strategic Planning, Finance Services, Admissions and Student Records). The appropriate action will vary depending on factors such as the credit status and fee level attached to the proposal.
      3. After considering the proposal, the Quality and Standards Team will recommend that the Dean for Taught Students and/or Associate Dean for Taught Students takes one of the following actions:
        1. Approve.
        2. Approve subject to revisions/clarification to the satisfaction of the Dean for Taught Students and/or Associate Dean for Taught Students.
        3. Reject.
      4. Once the Dean for Taught Students and/or Associate Dean for Taught Students has granted approval the Quality and Standards team will notify the lead Faculty, as well as the appropriate professional services. At this point approval is complete.

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