Coursework Curriculum Design Policy

Policy overview

1 Purpose

To provide a transparent framework for Coursework curriculum design.

2 Scope

This policy applies to all programs, Courses, and Study Components offered by the University, excluding Higher Degrees by Research.

3 Policy Statement

The University is committed to providing a high quality and well-designed curriculum that meets the needs of its Students and the community.

4 Principles

The University's curriculum must comply with the Higher Education Standards Framework and the Australian Qualification Framework, and meet the University's requirements for accreditation or approval as identified in the Program Accreditation Procedure.

4.1 Curriculum design

Curriculum design:

  1. is informed by the University's strategic goals and values;
  2. may be influenced by specific priority areas and initiatives within the University;
  3. engages with learners' needs, current knowledge and scholarship in relevant academic disciplines and, where applicable, advances in practice;
  4. articulates a clear set of Learning Outcomes and describes how the planned learning activities support the Student to achieve those Learning Outcomes;
  5. intentionally transitions Students in and out of the curriculum, particularly at the program level; and
  6. establishes a “point of difference” at the program level which differentiates graduates from the University's programs from graduates from other educational institutions.

4.2 Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes are informed by:

  1. the University's Graduate Attributes (refer to the Graduate Attributes Policy);
  2. the Higher Education Standards Framework which includes Australian Qualification Framework requirements;
  3. Threshold Learning Outcomes determined by Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) discipline groups (when applicable); and
  4. professional accreditation requirements (where applicable).

Program Learning Outcomes in turn inform the development of Study Component and Course Learning Outcomes.

Programs of study are designed to enable achievement of expected Learning Outcomes regardless of a Student's place of study or mode of delivery.

4.3 Constructive alignment of Learning Outcomes

Program level Learning Outcomes are identified firstly in the design process. Assessment, learning and teaching activities, and learning resources are then systematically aligned with the Learning Outcomes for the curriculum at all levels. Program or Study Component curriculum focuses on developing desired Student knowledge, skills and application across Courses by increasing the level of challenge, complexity and independence over time.

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

Accountable Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Responsible Officer

Executive Deans (BELA/HES)

Policy Type

Academic Quality Policy

Policy Suite

Coursework Curriculum Design and Structure Procedure

Coursework Curriculum Design and Structure Schedule

Subordinate Schedules

Approved Date

27/7/2021

Effective Date

27/7/2021

Review Date

27/7/2024

Relevant Legislation

Australian Qualifications Framework

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015

Related Policies

Academic Programs and Courses Policy

Related Procedures

Program Accreditation Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

Accreditation Case Schedule

Accreditation of Programs Offered by Other Institutions Schedule

Course Naming and Numbering Schedule

English Language Proficiency Requirements Schedule

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma Standard Schedule

Professional Accreditation Schedule

Program Development Team Schedule

Program Nomenclature Schedule

Protocol for Jointly Badged Awards Schedule

Standard Admissions Statements Schedule

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are the expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of completing a Course....moreCourse Learning Outcomes are the expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of completing a Course.

Course

A discrete element of a program, normally undertaken over a single Teaching Period, in which the Student enrols, and on completion of which the Student is awarded a grade....moreA discrete element of a program, normally undertaken over a single Teaching Period, in which the Student enrols, and on completion of which the Student is awarded a grade.

Coursework

A method of teaching and learning that leads to the acquisition of skills and knowledge and does not include a major research component....moreA method of teaching and learning that leads to the acquisition of skills and knowledge and does not include a major research component.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR)

A Research Doctorate or Research Masters program for which at least two-thirds of the Student load for the program is required as research work....moreA Research Doctorate or Research Masters program for which at least two-thirds of the Student load for the program is required as research work.

Learning Outcomes

The expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning....moreThe expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes are the expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of completing a Program....moreProgram Learning Outcomes are the expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of completing a Program.

Student

A person who is admitted to an Award Program or Non-Award Program offered by the University and is: currently enrolled in one or more Courses or study units; or not currently enrolled but is on an approved Leave of Absence or whose admission has not been cancelled....moreA person who is admitted to an Award Program or Non-Award Program offered by the University and is: currently enrolled in one or more Courses or study units; or not currently enrolled but is on an approved Leave of Absence or whose admission has not been cancelled.

Study Component Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes are the expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of completing a Study Component (only at the Major and Extended Major levels)....moreLearning Outcomes are the expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of completing a Study Component (only at the Major and Extended Major levels).

Study Component

A coherent set of Courses that develop a particular academic theme. This includes Majors, Extended Majors, Minors and Specialisations....moreA coherent set of Courses that develop a particular academic theme. This includes Majors, Extended Majors, Minors and Specialisations.

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

Curriculum design, program accreditation, learning and teaching, Study Components, Learning Outcomes

Record No

21/130PL

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