6. Monitoring and review

  • 6.1 Teams will need to consider processes and arrangements for the continuing monitoring and review of courses, and information about these should be included on part 1 of the approval report template (T6.1).

    6.2 Feedback from students

    Arrangements must be in place for delivery teams to collect and respond to feedback from students as part of the continuous improvement of courses.

    6.3 Subject Committees

    Short courses must be overseen by an appropriate Subject Committee, normally as part of a group of cognate programmes.

    6.4 Annual Review

    Short courses are subject to the normal annual review process as described in Chapter 3 of the Quality & Standards Handbook, and where possible should be reviewed as part of a group of cognate programmes.

    6.5 Internal moderation

    Arrangements should be in place for internal moderation, in line with the Faculty policy, and should be described in the student handbook.

    6.6 Examination Committees

    Short courses must be considered at an appropriate examination committee, normally as part of a group of cognate programmes.

    6.7 External examining

    Credit bearing short courses are subject to external moderation and should have an external examiner assigned, in order to assure the University of the standards of the award of credit being made. It would be normal for an external examiner to cover a number of short courses, or for the duties of an existing programme external examiner to be extended to include a new short course, as appropriate.

    6.8 Modifications

    Modifications to short course provision subsequent to approval should be processed through the normal procedures described in Chapter 2 of the Quality & Standards Handbook. Modifications will normally be considered using the minor change process.

    6.9 Periodic review

    Short courses are subject to the normal periodic review process described in Chapter 4 of the Quality & Standards Handbook, and should, where possible, be reviewed alongside a group of cognate programmes within the Department. The documentation required for periodic review is:

    • a section in the evaluative statement for the provision under review on the operation and quality of the short course programme/s, drawing on evidence such as external examiner reports, student feedback, recruitment and achievement data, etc, and outlining any plans for changes to enhance the provision;
    • programme and/or module specifications.