Manual of Policies and Procedures

C/4.6 Course quality assurance

Contact Officer

Director, Curriculum Quality and Standards

Approval Date

20/09/2019

Approval Authority

University Academic Board

Date of Next Review

01/10/2022

4.6.1 Purpose
4.6.2 Application
4.6.3 Roles and responsibilities
4.6.4 Principles
4.6.5 Course quality assurance framework
Related Documents
Modification History

4.6.1 Purpose

This policy outlines the course quality assurance framework to ensure QUT’s courses are relevant, current and provide students with a high quality learning experience and meet the relevant Standards of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.

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4.6.2 Application

This policy applies to all courses offered by QUT (C/3.1), including courses offered through third-party arrangements.

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4.6.3 Roles and responsibilities

Role
Responsibility

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)

  • approves procedures and guidelines on course quality assurance made under this policy

University committees and officers

  • specific responsibilities are provided in the Course quality assurance protocols

Executive Deans and equivalents

  • ensure compliance with the relevant higher education standards within their organisational area

Heads of school

  • implement continuous improvement and compliance with the relevant higher education standards within the school as described in QUT Quality and Standards Framework (A/2.4)

Associate deans (Learning & Teaching)

  • lead within the faculty the development, implementation and monitoring of faculty quality assurance and improvement strategies for course performance and improvement

Course coordinators (or equivalent)

  • develop and monitor efforts to improve the course continually, and report through faculty governance processes (eg. faculty academic board) on course improvement projects, key performance indicators and other evaluation data relevant to the course performance

Subject area coordinators (or equivalent)

  • initiate and implement study area or program improvements with advice from the course coordinator

Unit coordinators (or equivalent)

  • initiate and implement unit improvements to enhance learning and teaching quality, with advice from the study area coordinator, program coordinator and course coordinator

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4.6.4 Principles

QUT’s course quality assurance is guided by the following principles:

  • informs strategic planning and performance evaluation and is part of the University's Quality and Standards Framework (A/2.4)
  • is evidenced-based and is both strategic and operational in focus
  • informs the development, improvement and reaccreditation of courses (C/4.1) and monitors curriculum changes
  • is a continuous process which closes the loop on previously identified issues and actions.

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4.6.5 Course quality assurance framework

Course quality assurance at QUT is comprised of the following components:

  • Course Analytic Profile and Individual Unit Reports – to facilitate annual review, monitoring and improvement of courses and units
  • Consolidated Courses Performance Report – to aggregate and consolidate QUT-wide course performance data
  • Course Transformation and Re/accreditation Plan – to provide faculties and divisions with an opportunity to consider the level of investment over a specific period for the design or the redesign of courses; and
  • Mid-cycle course review – conducted in preparation for a course reaccreditation (C/4.1).

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Related Documents

MOPP A/2.4 QUT Quality and Standards Framework

MOPP C/3.1 Courses and awards

MOPP C/4.1 Curriculum design, approval and accreditation

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015

Course quality assurance protocols (QUT staff access only)

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
20.09.19 All University Academic Board Revised and simplified policy, procedural elements removed
25.05.18 C/4.6.3 University Academic Board Section revised and content incorporated from C/4.5.7 on individual unit reports
03.10.14 C/4.6.3 and C/4.6.5 Dean of Studies, Learning and Teaching Unit Revised policy to reflect terminology changes - Individual Course Report replaced with the Course Analytic Profile and Comprehensive Course Review replaced with Mid-cycle Review
20.09.13 C/4.6.3 University Academic Board Revised policy to reflect replacement of the Strategic Faculty Courses Update with the Course Transformation and Re/accreditation Plan
23.11.12 All University Academic Board Revised policy - effective from 01.07.13. Revised to reflect revisions in curriculum development, approval and accreditation process, and inclusion of Individual Unit Reports and Comprehensive Course Reports as part of the Course Quality Cycle

18.11.11

All

University Academic Board

Revised policy to reflect new terminology ("at risk" replaced by "underperforming"); removal of C/4.6.4

20.04.11

All

Council

Policy revised to reflect committee name change from University Teaching and Learning Committee to University Learning and Teaching Committee

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 policy, effective from 01.01.09; renumbered to C/4.6 (formerly C/4.10; also incorporates former C/7.1) (endorsed by Teaching and Learning Committee 19.08.08)
17.11.06 C/4.10.3, C/4.10.5 of former policy University Academic Board Revised policy to reflect new terminology ("offshore" replaced by "transnational"); quality assurance process for transnational courses (formerly C/4.10.5) relocated to C/4.8.6 (endorsed by Teaching and Learning Committee 31.10.06)
14.12.05 C/4.10.4 of former policy Council Revised policy to include role of Council (endorsed by University Academic Board 01.12.05)
08.08.03 C/4.10.3, C/4.10.5 of former policy University Academic Board Revised policy
20.06.03 C/4.10.3, C/4.10.4 of former policy University Academic Board Revised policy
05.08.02 All Chairperson, University Academic Board (endorsed by University Academic Board 31.07.02) Revised policy

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