Course Planning

The purpose of the course planning process is to ensure that there is an in-principle case for inclusion of a course in the University's academic portfolio, and time is not wasted developing courses that do not meet the University's strategic needs.

This process is overseen for the University by the Academic Strategy Committee (ASC), while oversight of the detailed activity of course planning is delegated to faculties.

The document 'Course Approval Process' (see downloads) outlines the full process.  Steps 1 - 3 relate specifically to how the initial planning stage is approved.

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Planning Proposal Part 1 (PPP1)

If Market research is undertaken by the Marketing Manager, please append as an annex to PPP1.

Sections 1 - 16 of PPP1 will form the first part of the Course Specification.

The final Course Specification will be published online.


The planning stage requires the approval of key areas of the proposed course, such as:

  • A business case and market rationale and intelligence
  • The course aims and learning outcomes that the students will work towards
  • The module detail such as a delivery schedule, credit value, academic direction hours and assessment methods
  • Student numbers and a financial summary

This list is an indication of the areas you will need to consider when designing or modifying your course. We encourage you to work collaboratively with colleagues such as your Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching and the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit.

Faculty In-Principle Approval:

Faculty Portfolio Planning Executive (FPPE)

Once approved by the FPPE, then submitted to:

Institutional In-Principle approval:

Academic Strategy Committee (ASC)

ASC may then take one of the following decisions:

  1. Grant in-principle approval to proceed to PPP2.
  2. Grant in-principle approval to proceed to PPP2 subject to further work undertaken.
  3. Not approve the proposal and require further work prior to a resubmission.
Planning Proposal Part 2 (PPP2)

Required Annexes:
Student Number Annex
Financial Annex
Prospectus Entry

Sections 17 – 30 will form the second part of the ‘Course Specification’.

The final Course Specification will be published online.

This stage of course planning requires the approval of the following areas:

  • The module detail such as a delivery schedule, credit value, academic direction hours and assessment methods
  • Student numbers and a financial summary
  • If applicable, the combined honours model
  • The prospectus entry
  • Resource requirements

Faculty Approval:

Faculty Portfolio Planning Executive (FPPE)

 

 

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