5.5 Variations from standard approval process

  • Flying faculty

  • The approval panel meeting may be held at either Brookes or the partner’s premises, as agreed with the APQO (see 3.4 above).
    If the proposal is for existing provision (being delivered at Brookes) to be delivered by flying faculty, the external assessor role may be taken by the current external examiner.

    The programme specification and programme handbook must contain particularly clear information about:

    • programme structure and delivery patterns;
    • the provision of student support and guidance, including academic advice;
    • access to learning resources;
    • the submission of work for assessment, or arrangements for examinations.

    The submission document and operations manual must contain particularly clear information about:

    • programme delivery patterns and the provision of academic advice - how this will be managed by the Faculty;
    • responsibilities for advertising and marketing the programme;
    • the receipt of student applications and selection of students;
    • how relevant permissions (including visas for staff) will be obtained for the country of operation;
    • communication links (including the transfer of student data) between the University and the partner.
  • Articulation agreements

  • An articulation agreement is usually an element of a wider collaborative arrangement, i.e. it leads to entry onto a franchised Brookes programme to be delivered by the same partner. In this case, the approval of the articulation arrangement should be considered at the same time as the approval of the franchise arrangements, in line with the standard approval process set out in section 4. See ii below for the format for approval of standalone articulation agreements.
    For standalone articulation arrangements (which do not include the franchise of a Brookes programme as described in i above), an approval panel will be convened by the APQO, which must include a Chair and at least one member of the relevant Faculty AESC/QLIC, who is independent of the proposing team. The external panel member may be the external examiner for the programme to which students will gain entry with advanced standing.
    The approval panel should focus particularly on the equivalence of the learning outcomes of the partner programme with those of the comparable Brookes award at the appropriate level.

    see 4.4 above, plus:

    • the CPPF3 approved by LPAG (template T5.3)
    • the Programme Specification and module descriptors - or equivalent documents - for the partner’s programme;
    • a report on the review of samples of student assessed work (including assessment briefs, exam papers, assessment criteria, etc) which has been carried out by the appropriate academic. The report should include an analysis of the standards of student achievement on the partner programme, and of any external verification reports available (e.g. external examiners’ reports).
    • a mapping of the intended learning outcomes of the partner programme against those of the relevant stages of the Brookes award, to show how the partner programme equates to comparable levels of the University programme.

    For proposals involving a combination of articulation and franchise/validation, a single Operations Manual should include details of both elements of the arrangement; and for proposals consisting only of a standalone articulation arrangement, the Operations Manual should be shortened to cover only the relevant aspects of the partnership. Key information that should be covered includes:

    • the title of the partner programme leading to entry with credit to the Brookes programme, and the number of students permitted for each intake;
    • the Brookes programme to which the articulation is approved, and the entry point;
    • if the partner programme is not delivered and assessed in English, any additional arrangements for monitoring and reviewing the articulation, and how the English language competence of the students will be determined for entry onto the Brookes programme;
    • the arrangements for monitoring and review of the agreement, including the process to be followed when the partner’s programme is modified;
    • the role of the external examiner appointed to monitor the standards of the partner programme (this will usually involve the extension of the duties of the external examiner for the Brookes programme to which entry is granted);
    • it should provide for the University to revisit the agreement if the performance of students or any other evidence raises questions about academic standards on the partner programme.
  • Credit rating

  • This section applies to proposals involving awarding Brookes credit for a short course already provided by the partner organisation. A similar approval process as that described for articulation arrangements in 5.2 above should be followed. However, instead of considering a mapping against the learning outcomes of the earlier stages of a programme to which entry is granted, the approval panel must be provided with evidence to show how the learning outcomes of the partner’s programme equate to the level of the credit that will be awarded and to demonstrate that the learning equates to the volume of credit being awarded. A programme specification should also be produced, using the short course programme specification template (T6.2), to include details of any Brookes programmes towards which students may use the credit awarded through the credit rating arrangement. The approval panel should also be provided with a draft certificate, which has been agreed with the Academic Registrar.