Manual of Policies and Procedures

C/4.5 Unit information

Contact Officer

Director, Curriculum Quality and Standards

Approval Date

25/05/2018

Approval Authority

University Academic Board

Date of Next Review

01/06/2021

4.5.1 Purpose
4.5.2 Application
4.5.3 Roles and responsibilities
4.5.4 Unit outlines
4.5.5 Publishing dates and additional information
4.5.6 Consultation with other disciplines
4.5.7 Definitions
Related Documents
Modification History

4.5.1 Purpose

Units are integral components of QUT’s approach to whole of course design.  This policy sets out the essential components of unit information which is communicated to students and other stakeholders and which meets relevant national regulatory requirements. 

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4.5.2 Application

This policy applies to all coursework units (including as part of a postgraduate research program) offered by QUT, and to all staff and students involved with unit information.

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4.5.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position
Responsibility

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)

  • ensures provision of training on and curriculum support for academic staff who design and implement units
  • approves procedures and guidelines on units made under this policy
  • ensures dissemination of policy and procedures
  • monitors unit completion data and advises University Academic Board as necessary

Chief Information Officer

  • ensures provision of unit information through information technology resources
Executive dean
  • oversees and assures unit information within a faculty as Chair, Faculty Academic Board
Course coordinator (or equivalent)
  • oversees unit design aligned to course level design
Subject area coordinator (or equivalent)
  • oversees unit design aligned to study area design
Unit coordinator (or equivalent)
  • develops and revises unit outlines aligned to course level designs and informed by evidence
  • provides additional information to students enrolled in the unit in the week prior to the commencement of the relevant teaching period
  • implements unit-level design consistent with the accredited unit outline
Unit staff (teaching and marking)
  • contributes to the implementation of unit-level design consistent with the accredited unit outline
Head of school
  • oversees and assures units within a school
  • ensures allocation of resources to support implementation of units within a school
Associate dean (learning and teaching)
  • consults with other discipline areas and faculties when new units or changes to units may have consequences for a range of courses beyond the immediate discipline, including the period of offer and/or to determine the area that is most appropriate to teach particular units
Student
  • engages with unit information
Faculty academic board or delegate
  • approves new or changed unit outlines (C/4.1)

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4.5.4 Unit outlines

All units must have an associated unit outline, approved by the relevant faculty academic board or delegated authority (C/3.1.3 and C/4.1), before the unit can be offered. A unit outline is prepared by the Unit Coordinator (B/3.5.6) and must conform to the requirements outlined in the Unit Outline Guide available from the Digital Workplace (QUT staff access only). The unit outline is considered within the context of the course or courses that it serves consistent with relevant course approval requirements.

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4.5.5 Publishing dates and additional information

Unit outlines must be available to students at the time of publication of the timetable for the corresponding academic period. Deadlines for publishing unit outlines are the same as those for the publication of timetable (E/5.1.4).

Changes to published unit outlines must be kept to a minimum to avoid any adverse impact on students. Permitted changes and consultation requirements are outlined in the unit information procedures and guidelines.

Additional information must be consistent with the unit outline and not alter intent or detail of the unit outline. The unit information procedures and guidelines provide further details relating to unit outlines and additional unit information.

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4.5.6 Consultation with other disciplines

Faculties consult with other discipline areas and faculties when:

  • reviewing, changing, discontinuing or establishing a new unit that may have consequences for a range of courses beyond the immediate discipline, including the period of offer
  • establishing a new or changed course will have consequences for units from other disciplines that were previously included in a course
  • establishing a new or changed course to determine which area is most appropriate to teach particular units. Units which provide a discipline base are most appropriately taught by whichever school or discipline area is recognised as most expert in the discipline. The professional application of a discipline, however, may be best taught by the school or discipline area responsible for the course.

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4.5.7 Definitions

A unit is a structured and coherent set of learning activities that normally work in concert with other units to contribute to one or more course learning outcomes. Each unit is assigned a unit code and a credit point value (C/3.1.4) and approved by faculty academic boards. The list of faculty/school codes and level indicators for units is available on the HiQ website (QUT staff and student access only).

A unit outline provides information to current and prospective students and other stakeholders, and is also used for approval of the unit.

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Related Documents

MOPP C/3.1 Courses and awards

MOPP C/4.1 Curriculum design, approval and accreditation

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

MOPP C/5.1 Assessment and feedback

MOPP C/5.2 QUT grading

MOPP C/5.3 Academic integrity

MOPP E/2.1 QUT Student Code of Conduct

MOPP E/5.1 Class timetabling

Unit information, procedures and guidelines (QUT staff access only)

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015

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Modification History

Date

Sections

Source

Details

09.01.19 All Director, Governance and Legal Services Policy revised to include approved position title chnage from assistant dean/s to associate dean/s
25.05.18 All University Academic Board Revised and simplified policy including unit viability and completion moved to individual reports - effective 01.01.19
27.03.15 All University Academic Board Revised policy
27.07.12 All University Academic Board Revised policy. Minor revisions and addition of policy outcomes section (C/4.5.2)
23.03.12 C/4.5.4 University Academic Board Inclusion of specific information on the use of content matching software and other minor changes

19.02.11

All

Vice-Chancellor

Policy revised to include approved name change for Office of Teaching Quality to Learning and Teaching Unit and position title for Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching Quality) to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)

14.11.08

All

University Academic Board

Revised and renumbered policy to C/4.5 - effective from 01.01.09 (includes former policies C/7.10 Unit outlines, C/7.1 Course and unit viability, and C/7.2 Responsibility for teaching units) (endorsed by University Teaching and Learning Committee 21.10.08)

24.03.06

All

University Academic Board

New policy (endorsed by Teaching and Learning Committee 07.03.06)

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