A1.2.6 Aims and learning outcomes

    1. A learning outcome is a statement of what a learner is expected to have achieved in order to be awarded the academic credit associated with a module or programme.  Learning outcomes must be consistent with the expectations of the sector - as articulated in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, and by the relevant professional bodies - in respect of the academic and professional standards of the award to which the programme leads.
    2. Programme aims must be consistent with the University’s general educational aims which include the CNAA principle that programmes of study ‘must stimulate an enquiring, analytical and creative approach, encouraging independent judgement and critical self-awareness’.  Programme aims and objectives must also be consistent with the principles set out in the Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience and other relevant University academic policies and strategies. 
    3. Each target award has a set of aims and learning outcomes which can be achieved through successfully studying a series of modules, which may be prescribed, or selected by the student, according to the programme or award scheme requirements.  The curriculum structure and content must be consistent with the expectations of the discipline and with relevant professional bodies and industries; and with the University’s principles for curriculum design as set out in the Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience.  The learning outcomes of undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes must reflect the University’s Graduate or Postgraduate Attributes.
    4. The process and criteria for programme approval are articulated in the University’s Quality & Standards Handbook.