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Academic Programs and Courses Policy

Policy overview

1 Purpose

To describe the University's standards that underpin the preparation, submission and approval of requests to establishment, modification, accreditation, reaccreditation, suspension or disestablishment of Academic Programs.

2 Scope

This policy applies to all Academic Programs including pathway Programs offered by the University.

3 Policy Statement

The University is committed to offering a quality institutional Academic Program Portfolio including Pathway Programs in line with the University's commitment to access and equity.

4 Principles

The University is dedicated to continually enhancing the quality and reputation of its Academic Programs by ensuring that its programs:

  • Are aligned with the University's strategic directions.
  • Satisfy the University's prevailing requirements for the relevant type of program, and the requirements of any applicable external regulator and professional accreditation body.
  • Have a specified structure demonstrably effective in enabling the achievement of the program's stated learning outcomes including any applicable graduate attributes or values.

And that its programs and Courses:

  • Uphold the academic standards of the University.
  • Encompass the principles of best practice in curriculum design and utilize learning technologies and teaching approaches to provide for the broadest range of delivery modes.
  • When offered, are viable enough to be adequately resourced.

The University considers robust program and Course review and analysis essential in the provision of quality Academic Programs.

All Academic Programs made available for Student Enrolment at the University must be accredited by the University before establishment and must be reviewed and re-accredited on a regular basis, at least once every five years. There will be established criteria for re-accreditation relating to academic quality, as well as delivery performance. Program review requires evidence of systematic and regular Course review and refresh.

The University will have in place mechanisms to ensure the continued quality and improvement of Academic Programs by establishing procedures for:

  1. planning
  2. approval and accreditation
  3. regular and rigorous review
  4. reaccreditation
  5. maintenance
  6. disestablishment.

If any change is made to an Academic Program, the University must ensure all Students enrolled in that program are informed of the change, and if relevant, any applicable transitional arrangements or options.

If an Academic Program is to be disestablished, any Students within that program must be supported to either complete the program within the designated 'teach-out' period, or transitioned to another program of a similar nature.

Award nomenclature will be standardised wherever possible.

5 References

Nil.

6 Schedules

This policy must be read in conjunction with its subordinate schedules as provided in the table below.

7 Policy Information

Subordinate Schedules

Accountable Officer

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Policy Type

Academic Quality Policy

Approved Date

10/5/2013

Effective Date

28/3/2014

Review Date

28/3/2017

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

Admissions Policy

Related Procedures

Admissions Procedure

Program Accreditation and Review Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Academic Program

An approved Higher Education Award of the University, consisting of a combination of Courses the successful completion of an offering of which, together with any credit transfers and Exemptions in accordance with the relevant requirements, will fulfil the prescribed requirements for that particular Award....moreAn approved Higher Education Award of the University, consisting of a combination of Courses the successful completion of an offering of which, together with any credit transfers and Exemptions in accordance with the relevant requirements, will fulfil the prescribed requirements for that particular Award.

Academic Program Portfolio

The collection of programs that may be offered by the University....moreThe collection of programs that may be offered by the University.

Award

The qualification conferred upon a Student following the successful completion of an Academic Program. The categories of Award include: Associate Degree, Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master Degree (both Coursework and research), Doctoral Degree (both Coursework and research) and Higher Doctorate....moreThe qualification conferred upon a Student following the successful completion of an Academic Program. The categories of Award include: Associate Degree, Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master Degree (both Coursework and research), Doctoral Degree (both Coursework and research) and Higher Doctorate.

Course

The basic unit of study and assessment for which a Student may be awarded a grade, and may accumulate credit units towards completion of a Program....moreThe basic unit of study and assessment for which a Student may be awarded a grade, and may accumulate credit units towards completion of a Program.

Enrolment

The process of admitting Students to one or more Courses for the current Academic Year....moreThe process of admitting Students to one or more Courses for the current Academic Year.

Pathway Program

Generally programs of study designed to provide access to higher education to Students who have not qualified through prior study for direct entry; they generally act as an entry point into an appropriate higher education degree for those who successfully complete the program. They normally focus on getting potential Students ready for higher education by helping them to build the skil...moreGenerally programs of study designed to provide access to higher education to Students who have not qualified through prior study for direct entry; they generally act as an entry point into an appropriate higher education degree for those who successfully complete the program. They normally focus on getting potential Students ready for higher education by helping them to build the skills they need for university such as literacy, numeracy and critical thinking. These are programs normally offered under the heading of Pathways to University and include Tertiary Preparation, Foundation Diplomas and English Language (preparation) programs.

Student

A person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program....moreA person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program.

University

The term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland....moreThe term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland.

Definitions that relate to this policy only

Keywords

Record No

13/614PL

Failure to comply with this Policy or Policy Instrument may be considered as misconduct and the provisions of the relevant Policy or Procedure applied.

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