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1 US/UK Credit Mapping What are we doing, and why? Understanding Credit and US/UK credit awarding systems How does this affect me? Dr M. Clare Loughlin-Chow Dean of Academic Affairs and Accreditation Fall 2012

2 What are we doing, and why? Exciting new project to make our degree and course offerings more readily understood Richmond Academics have been working to describe more clearly our US degrees in UK terms This has meant –a recoding of our courses so that their UK levels are more apparent –a rearticulation of the existing structures of our degrees.

3 What are we doing, and why? Richmond offers 4-year US liberal arts degrees validated in the US by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Richmonds undergraduate degrees are validated in the UK by the Open University as BA (Hons.) in Subject X with combined studies.

4 What are we doing, and why? We must now also describe our degrees in terms of UK Regulatory Frameworks: FHEQ: The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (QAA, 2008) Key Issue for Richmond? Accommodation of the key differences between the US and UK HE systems.

5 Understanding Credit

6 US Credit Fundamental Basis in Classroom Contact Hours. 3 hours of class per week across a 15-week semester forms basis of the traditional 3-credit course. Although additional expected study is factored into US credit definitions, the NUMBER of credits awarded for a typical course and for an academic year remains based on classroom hours. 1 Academic Year = 30 US credits

7 European and UK Credit European/UK credits are based on Classroom Contact Hours AND Notional Hours of Learning: the number of hours which it is expected that a learner (at a particular level) will spend, on average, to achieve the specified learning outcomes at that level.

8 European and UK Credit Classroom contact hours + Notional Hours of Learning = number of EU/UK credits THEREFORE European HE institutions award a larger NUMBER of credits for a module equivalent to a US university course, and for the entire academic year. 1 Academic Year = 120 UK (CATS) Credits

9 Summary of Credit Comparisons US CreditsUK CATS* Credits Unit of Credit14 Credits per Richmond Course312 Credits per Academic Year30120

10 Structure of a Richmond US BA Degree Duration4 years Levels 2 years Lower-division (60 US credits) 2 years Upper-division (60 US credits) Note: Year 1 of a US degree is considered sub-HE level in the UK system. Typical Courseload 3 US credits per course 15 US credits per semester 30 US credits per year 120 US credits in a degree Composition Major course of study plus liberal arts Core Curriculum requirements and optional additional minors certificates Double-majors Additional Features Transfer Credit at various years, including Level 3 credit equivalent to Year 1 of the lower-division.

11 Structure of a Typical UK Honours Degree Duration3 years Levels (FHEQ) 1 st year FHEQ Level 4 (Richmond Year 2) 2 nd year FHEQ Level 5 (Richmond Year 3) 3 rd year FHEQ Level 6 (Richmond Year 4) Typical Courseload A variable number of credits per module, but overall: 60 UK credits per semester 120 UK credits per year 360 UK credits in a degree (with a minimum of 120 at Level 6) Composition Major-focused with little or no work outside of the primary course of study. Additional Features Transfer Credit is called APL/APEL (Accreditation of Prior [Experiential] Learning) and tends to involve courses at Levels 4 or 5 only.

12 What are we doing? The Details

13 Mapping of US degree onto the relevant levels of the FHEQ Changing our course codes to reflect these levels Translating US credit into UK terms Accommodating the core curriculum (including double- dipping) and features of the US degree such as minors. Production of a UK Diploma Supplement

14 Course Coding Courses were formerly coded with three letters followed by three numbers (eg PLT 150) From January 2013, courses are coded as follows: Eg: the new course code for PLT 150 is PLT Year of StudyFHEQ LevelCourse Code 1 st Year3XXX nd Year4XXX rd Year5XXX th Year6XXX

15 What are we doing? The Details All of this re-thinking has resulted in some changes to existing degree programmes. Some departments have taken the opportunity to make changes so that pathways and concentrations are more clearly defined. Any such changes will be reflected in new degree planners that will apply from January 2013 onwards. These degree planners will be available on the website and the portal from Monday 1 October.

16 How Does This Affect ME?

17 Students who enrolled before Fall 2012 You will continue to follow the degree planner that was in place when you entered the university. Any courses whose codes have changed will substitute for the original course. So if you needed to complete INR 328 (Security Studies), you will complete INR 5205 (Security Studies). Likewise, if you failed INR 328, a passing grade in INR 5205 will replace that F. Likewise, old course codes will be recognized as prerequisites for new courses. Weve been able to arrange this by cross-referencing old versions and new versions in PowerCAMPUS. Please alert us to any problems asap!

18 Students who enrolled before Fall 2012 A small number of courses will have been replaced by a different course. In such cases, authorized substitutions will be made plain for you by the department chairs, and you will be advised into those courses. The classic example of this is the revision of the SSC 304/SSC 410 sequence. Students will continue to have these courses on their degree planners, but will substitute the new DEV/HST/INR/PLT 6296/6297 sequence instead.

19 Students who Enrolled in Fall 2012 The vast majority of students will be transferred onto new degree planners. There will be a minimum of disruption involved in the shift for students who have only completed one semester, or who have transfer credits. Students with a larger amount of transfer credit may feel that they wish to remain on the original FA12 degree planner. All such cases will be considered on an individual basis. If you are not specifically contacted by the Academic Registry, you will be on the new degree planner.

20 How will I know what to take??? Master Spreadsheet of Course Changes. This has been created and distributed to all faculty for comment. It will be posted on the faculty and student pages of the portal so that you and your advisor will easily be able to find the new course code based on the old. affairs/course-codes-credit-mapping.aspx affairs/course-codes-credit-mapping.aspx Catalogue. The new catalogue will list out all courses with both course codes attached.

21 What About the Core Curriculum? The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum continues to be an important element of the Richmond degree, and great care has been taken to ensure that students will be able to complete it. The recoding of courses has resulted in some changes to the Core Curriculum for students admitted in Fall The revised Core Curriculum list will be posted on the website and on the portal by Monday 1 October. programs/richmond-core-curriculum.aspx programs/richmond-core-curriculum.aspx

22 Questions? Changes to degree structure? Advisor and Chair of Department Course substitutions in major? Chair of Department Course substitutions in the core curriculum? Academic Registrar Course Coding and Credit? Consult the relevant section of the website and portal FIRST. Then direct any further questions to the Academic Registrar.


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