Type B changes require submission for approval by the Faculty AESC/QLIC (via the quality sub-group), and proposals should be presented by the Module Leader, Subject Coordinator or Programme Lead (as appropriate) on the Request for Changes template (T2.13). Note: the process for obtaining approval for variations from the Regulations is set out in the new awards and variations section of the handbook.
Type B changes may also require some internal or external consultation, as appropriate to the changes being proposed - this may include consultation with students, external examiners, accrediting bodies, or other interested parties. The Faculty link QAO can advise on the level of consultation which should take place. If required, consultation report/s should be provided, using template T2.14. If a consultation report is not required, the Module Leader, Subject Coordinator or Programme Lead (as appropriate) should provide a summary of any feedback they have had from students on the changes. This may take the form of a short account of the discussion at the Subject Committee or - where the change has come about as a result of student feedback - a statement to this effect.
Once the change has been agreed by the programme team at a Subject Committee, the Request for Changes form, together with the updated module description and (if necessary, programme specification), should be forwarded to the Faculty Quality Officer, who will arrange for the proposal to be considered by the Faculty QLIC/AESC quality sub-group.
The FQLIC/AESC quality sub-group must consider whether the documentation provides evidence that an appropriate consultation process has been undertaken, and that the rationale for the change is robust. Where new compulsory modules are being introduced, the panel must check that the modules contribute to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes and that the proposed curriculum change does not substantially alter the nature of the award.
A short report will be added to the Request for Changes form, by the Faculty Quality Officer, to summarise the key points raised by panel members and to indicate their decision. The form will then be submitted to the FQLIC/AESC for endorsement. Once Faculty approval has been granted, the form should be submitted to the APQO and SRCM, along with updated programme specifications, via the link QAO. Updated module descriptors should be submitted to SRCM via the link Curriculum & Student Information Manager.
Students must be notified by the Subject Coordinator/Programme Lead when changes affecting their programmes of study have been approved; and the relevant external examiner/s must be notified of any changes to module assessment strategies prior to the next assessment period for the amended module/s.