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3.1 The approval process for credit-bearing short courses should enable the University to:
3.2 As with proposals for new programmes of study leading to a substantive University qualification, initial development approval must also be sought for new short courses from the Faculty Executive Group - or other Faculty group with appropriate authority - as it is important that such provision is carefully costed in order to set appropriate tuition fees. LPAG approval must be sought for short courses delivered in partnership with another organisation.
3.3 The format of submissions will vary according to Faculty (or LPAG) requirements, but they should include the following minimum information:
3.4 Responsibility for the approval of short courses (home provision) is devolved to Faculty AESCs, supported by APQO through the Faculty’s link Quality Assurance Officer. The approval process is managed by the Faculty Academic Enhancement & Standards Committee and the outcomes reported to University AESC through the FAESC minutes. Teams developing the course for approval should refer to the guidance in Chapter 2 of the Quality and Standards Handbook. Short courses delivered through collaborative arrangements are subject to the approval processes set out in Chapter 5 of the Quality & Standards Handbook.
3.5 The following documentation should be prepared for course approval:
3.6 The panel will also be provided electronically with the following documents, for reference:
3.7 The documentation should be presented by the team for approval by the Faculty AESC, or by a sub-group of the Faculty AESC, as agreed between the course leader and the FAESC Chair. Where a sub-group is convened, this must include the Chair and/or Faculty PL for Quality Assurance and Validation, the link QAO, and at least one academic representative from outside the proposing Department.
3.8 Where a cross-Faculty course or module is proposed, a “home” Faculty must be agreed to oversee the development, approval and ongoing management, monitoring and review processes. The meeting approving the proposal, be it the FAESC or a sub-group, must include appropriate panel representation from each Faculty involved in the proposal.
3.9 Where a course is delivered substantially or wholly by distance learning, the FAESC or sub-group panel will require a demonstration of the VLE for the course and of the learning materials.