When a programme leading to an award is validated it has a set of modules, some of which are compulsory, some of which are acceptable. In addition, there may be other subject rules that may be more complicated. All these rules are input into the student record system, which in turn checks the students’ programmes against the specific subject rules.
Simple rules are easier to understand and to use. If the rules which are proposed are too complicated, then you may find that human checking does not quickly reveal any problems, whereas computer checking reveals problems that no one had expected would exist. When this occurs, it is completely unsatisfactory for the SEC chair simply to say that it doesn’t matter even with the support of their external examiner. Steps should be taken immediately to correct any rules which are leading to incorrect warnings or error statements on student records and every effort should be made to ensure that all students realise the importance of satisfying the requirements of their validated programmes.
Discuss problems of this sort with the Course and Student Administration Team in Student Central in the first instance. SEC Chairs must take action if warnings or errors on student programmes were not an expected result of validated changes.