Manual of Policies and Procedures

C/3.4 Graduate and professional education

Contact Officer

Provost

Approval Date

18/02/2017

Approval Authority

Vice-Chancellor and President

Date of Next Review

01/02/2019

3.4.1 Purpose
3.4.2 Application
3.4.3 Roles and resonsibilities
3.4.4 Types of graduate and professional education
3.4.5 Criteria for graduate and professional education
3.4.6 Approval of graduate and professional education
3.4.7 Definitions
3.4.8 Delegations
Related Documents
Modification History

3.4.1 Purpose

QUT aims to achieve a diverse and sustainable portfolio of Graduate and Professional Education (GPE) activities that provides the University with an important source of commercial income.

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • define QUT’s integrated institutional approach to the selection and development of graduate and professional education courses and programs
  • define approval, quality assurance, design, operational and support roles and responsibilities relating to graduate and professional education
  • promote the provision of high quality, well-designed and demand-driven graduate and professional education courses and programs
  • foster whole-of-portfolio consideration of graduate and professional education activities across QUT and collaboration between faculties and institutes.

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3.4.2 Application

This policy applies to all types of graduate and professional education at QUT as set out in types of graduate and professional education (C/3.4.4).

Additional policy requirements apply where it is intended that education is delivered offshore (face-to-face or blended) (C/3.5 Transnational education).

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3.4.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position
Responsibility

Provost

  • approves protocols on graduate professional education curriculum design and procedures for the approval of graduate and professional education activities
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)
  • approves guidelines on graduate and professional education curriculum design
Programs Executive Committee (PEX)
  • provides overall governance of graduate and professional education, including monitoring strategic alignment, financial performance and risk for all graduate and professional education courses and programs
  • endorses proposals to accredit/reaccredit postgraduate award courses (C/4.1)
  • endorses proposals to convert an existing award (or Study Area A) to fully online delivery
  • approves the business case and investment in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and Small Private Online Courses (SPOC), transnational programs (C/3.5) and any other new business developments
QUT Business School (QBS)
  • leads corporate education for the University, providing client account management and a range of operational functions supporting corporate programs and, by agreement with Executive Deans, corporate award courses
  • approves the business case and investment for corporate programs, except:
    (i) where Programs Executive Committee approval is required for a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) or Small Private Online Courses (SPOC), or
    (ii) where faculty-level approval is sufficient due to the small scale of the proposal
Executive Deans
  • oversees graduate and professional education activities in their faculty
  • manages public programs, normally using established governance structures or separate governance groups specified as part of the approval or accreditation of the course or program
  • endorses proposals for graduate professional education courses and approves the business case and investment for programs, prior to significant investment in curriculum design or additional endorsements through QUT Business School and/or Programs Executive Committee (may be delegated).
  • approves the business case and investment for small-scale corporate programs
University Academic Board
  • approves the academic quality of proposals for university wide programs
Faculty Academic Boards
  • approves the academic quality of proposals for programs (may be delegated except for credit-bearing programs)
  • approves small-scale corporate programs

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3.4.4 Types of graduate and professional education

Graduate and professional education may be offered as a postgraduate award course (C/3.1.3(a)) or program (C/3.3), and includes Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and Small Private Online Courses (SPOC). 

Research or consultancy projects which include an incidental learning and teaching component will generally not be defined as graduate professional education, for the purposes of this policy and will be governed in accordance with their respective policies.

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3.4.5 Criteria for graduate and professional education

Graduate and professional education courses and programs aim to provide learners with transdisciplinary and highly applied distinctive QUT learning experiences.  Graduate professional education courses and programs must satisfy the following key criteria:

  • strategic alignment with the QUT brand and priorities
  • high quality and distinctive QUT learning experiences
  • building upon and responding to market needs, including multiple markets, where possible
  • providing a return on investment for the University and measurable outcomes for organisations and individuals.

Graduate professional education programs are to be designed according to the Graduate and Professional Education procedures established for graduate and professional education.

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3.4.6 Approval of graduate and professional education

Graduate and professional education courses and programs may be offered to the general public or to an external organisation (corporate).

All award courses whether publicly available or corporate are subject to QUT policies including for curriculum design, design, approval and accreditation (C/4.1), quality assurance (C/4.6) and evaluation (C/4.7).

Where there is a market need, streamlined approval processes for proposals for graduate and professional education courses and programs are permitted according to the Graduate and Professional Education procedures established for graduate and professional education.

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3.4.7 Definitions

Graduate and Professional Education comprises publicly available (public) and corporate postgraduate award courses and programs.

Corporate refers to courses and programs that are not open to general admission but are offered to employees of, or students provided by, an external organisation with whom a contract is in place.

Program means a defined sequence of non-award study or non-formal learning (C/3.3 Programs and non-award study).

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3.4.8 Delegations

Refer to Appendix 3 Schedule of Authorities and Delegations (C097, VC195, VC197, VC198, VC199, VC200)

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Related Documents

C/2.3 Programs Executive Committee

C/3.1 Courses and awards

C/3.3 Programs and non-award study

C/3.5 Transnational education

C/4.1 Curriculum design, approval and accreditation

C/4.6 Course quality assurance

C/4.7 Evaluation of courses, units, teaching and student experience

D/3.1 Intellectual property

A/1.6 Management of contracts, deeds and memoranda of understanding

G/8.1 User Charging policy

Graduate and Professional Education procedures and information (QUT staff access only)

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
18.02.17 All Vice-Chancellor New policy

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