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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 AESC/QLICs, supported by APQO through the Faculty’s link Quality Assurance Officer. The approval process is managed by the Faculty AESC/QLIC (in some cases, via the quality sub-group) and the outcomes reported to University QLIC through the Faculty committee minutes.
3.5 The following documentation should be prepared for course approval:
3.6 The panel should also be provided electronically with relevant reference material, to provide context for the proposal (e.g. any PSRB standards that apply to the programme), plus guidance note G6.1, which sets out the approval criteria.
3.7 The documentation should be presented by the team for approval by the Faculty AESC/QLIC, or by a sub-group of the Faculty AESC/QLIC, as agreed between the course leader and the ADSE. 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/QLIC 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/QLIC or sub-group panel will require a demonstration of the VLE for the course and of the learning materials.