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1 A Map to Prepare for Curriculum Review
Route Review A Map to Prepare for Curriculum Review PRESS ‘ESCAPE’ KEY TO EXIT NEXT

2 How to use the map The following map has been designed to lead you through the required processes for curriculum review. Although not exhaustive, this route map will allow you to guide yourself through the …… The map is easy to navigate. The main line takes you through the eight main stations to complete a review. The lines coming off these main stations give you more specific links to individual topics. Click on the station, or topic, you wish to find out about. Once you have read the information just click on the logo at the bottom of every page and it will return you to the main map. BACK NEXT

Employability Roles & Responsibilities Employer Engagement Programme Specification Form Student Engagement Digital Literacies Aim of Curriculum Review Student Input Quality Assurance Handbook Introduction Internationalisation Suggested Template for Review Document TOPICAL ISSUES MAKING A START QAA Codes of Practice Guidance Notes QUALITY ASSURANCE & ONGOING EVALUATION QMU GUIDANCE Regulations Personal Academic Tutoring PROGRAMME SUPPORT Teachability Student Demand Changes in MARKET & RATIONALE FOR PROGRAMME Good Practice in Learning and Teaching PROGRAMME STRUCTURE, CONTENT & DELIVERY PROGRAMME AIMS & OUTCOMES University Strategy QELTA PDP Requirements / Good Practice Professional & Statutory Body Requirements SCQF Levels & Descriptors Assessment Design & Good Practice Provision of Feedback Comparable Awards Graduate Attributes Sustainability How to Write Good Learning Outcomes Employer Expectations & Opportunities Constructive Alignment CURRICULUM REVIEW ROUTE MAP Subject Benchmark Outcomes BACK

4 MAKING A START The Making a Start line introduces you to the purpose of the route map and a of the aims and involvement within a curriculum review. Click on the above categories to start your journey on this line. The QMU logo will take you back to the Making A Start station and map. Introduction Aim of curriculum review Roles & responsibilities

5 QMU GUIDANCE The QMU Guidance line provides internal links to help develop your curriculum review. Click on the above categories to start your journey on this line. The QMU logo will take you back to the QMU Guidance station and map. Regulations Guidance notes Suggested template for review document Quality assurance handbook Programme specification form

The Market & Rationale for Programme line takes you through ….. Click on the above categories to start your journey on this line. The QMU logo will take you back to the Market & Rationale for Programme station and map. Changes in student demand QELTA University strategy Comparable awards Employer expectations & opportunities Professional & statutory body requirements Sustainability

The Programme Aims & Outcomes line summarises …… Click on the above categories to start your journey on this line. The QMU logo will take you back to the Programme Aims & Outcomes station and map. SCQF levels & descriptors Graduate attributes How to write good learning outcomes Subject benchmark statements

The Programme Structure, Content & Delivery line provides …. Click on the above categories to start your journey on this line. The QMU logo will take you back to the Programme Structure, Content & Delivery station and map. Good practice in learning & teaching PDP requirements/good practice Assessment design and good practice Provision of feedback Constructive alignment

9 PROGRAMME SUPPORT The Programme Support line provides you with links about: Click on the above categories to start your journey on this line. The QMU logo will take you back to the Programme Support station and map. Personal academic tutoring Teachability

The Quality Assurance & Ongoing Evaluation line provides a ….. Click on the above categories to start your journey on this line. The QMU logo will take you back to the Quality Assurance & On-going Evaluation station and map. Student input QAA codes of practice

11 TOPICAL ISSUES The Topical Issues line provides links to information on some of the current debates in higher education. Click on the above categories to start your journey on this line. The QMU logo will take you back to the Topical Issues station and map. Student engagement Internationalisation Digital Literacies Employer engagement Employability

12 How can this route map help me?
INTRODUCTION How can this route map help me? This route map has been produced to aid staff preparing for Curriculum Review at Queen Margaret University. It is a guide to the processes involved and provides links to internal and external reference points which will inform the work of the programme team. As you will readily see from the route map, there is an enormous amount of information directly relevant to the process of curriculum review, as well as considerable amounts of useful, indirectly related material. One of the ways you could use this route map is to assign a branch-line to each member of the team to research.

Aim of review Programmes are validated for a maximum period of five years, whereupon they are subject to review. This is an opportunity to reconsider the relevance and market for the programme, as well as to present for approval any major changes to the programme. These may be the result of changed environmental circumstances, feedback from students or other stakeholders or new institutional or government initiatives. In , you should use the review process to reflect on what has and hasn’t worked and to decide what changes (if any) you wish to make for the future.

The review is a team approach Those involved in a review include: Programme team Deans of School and Heads of Division Panels Quality Enhancement Unit Centre for Academic Practice Professional and Regulatory Bodies A detailed description of the roles and responsibilities of each of the above is provided in the following validation & review handbook: QMU: guidance notes for programme teams

15 REGULATIONS The regulations laid out in the linked document below contain all the detail required to ensure that new programme proposals and programme reviews fit with: The University’s quality processes External statutory and regulatory requirements The University’s strategic planning process, and development and review timetable. QMU Link: QMU: programme development, modification, monitoring and review

16 GUIDANCE NOTES The link below takes you to a booklet which is designed to accompany the formal regulations for programme review. This document provides you with a practical outline of the processes and procedures involved in the review. QMU Link: QMU: guidance notes for programme team

A guide for programme teams You may approach your review document any way you like as long as it does what it is intended to do: i.e. as long as it provides a clear and critical evaluation of the success of the programme since the last time it was reviewed, and provides a way of showing how decisions about the programme have been made. None the less, it is often useful to have a template to follow to help make sure you have covered all the necessary information. A suggested template can be found at the link below to provide a starting point for your document. QMU Link: QMU: putting together a programme review document

FOR PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT, MENTORING AND REVIEW This document brings together information on preparing for validation of your programme. QMU Link: QMU: programme planning handbook

This takes the form of a template with headings indicating all the main areas you need to cover when you submit documentation about your programme for validation or review. QMU Link: QMU: programme specification template

The document below will provide information which may help support the rationale for your programme, particularly with regard to the kind of students who might enrol and their potential employment destinations, and the ways in which you plan to deliver the programme. The document also provides a substantial list of references. External Link: Universities UK: changes in student choices and graduate employment

21 QELTA While the Student Experience Strategy (SES) sets the framework within which the University’s approach to learning and teaching, and all its other student-facing strategies operate, the strategy for Quality Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Assessment (QELTA) focuses on enhancing the quality of student learning. Review teams will look for clearly defined links between programmes and the objectives and activities outlined in this strategy. QMU Link: QMU: QELTA

22 UNIVERSITY STRATEGY Our work is built around our three academic flagship areas of health and rehabilitation, sustainable business, and culture and creativity. The plan centres on: delivering a sustainable course portfolio and enhancing the experience that we offer our students; focusing and maximising the impact of our research; building on our collaborations; and providing an appropriate infrastructure to support our work. Demonstration of close links to the aims and objectives of the plan will strengthen the rationale for your programme. QMU Link: QMU: strategic plan

23 COMPARABLE AWARDS The link below provides a quick way of searching for other programmes in your field, along with other relevant information, such as offering institution, fees charged, etc. This information may contribute to the market research and rationale sections of your validation and review documentation. External Link: WhatUni?: home page

Employability and more specifically, employer engagement are common themes running through QMU’s strategic planning documents. Hence it is important to demonstrate in programme documentation how we are working collaboratively with employers to ensure that our graduates develop the necessary skills to facilitate a successful transition into the world of work. Internal Links: External Links: QMU: Employer engagement QAA: Employer-responsive provision HEFCE: Employer engagement

This, of course, is an area which will be very specific to individual programmes. The report in the link below provides background information on the way in which higher education institutions and professional bodies interact, along with lists of professional and statutory bodies and other useful information. External Link: HEBRG: professional, statutory and regulatory bodies: an exploration of their engagement with higher education

26 SUSTAINABILITY The internal document below provides detailed guidance for programme teams on how they should demonstrate integration and embedding of sustainable development education within the curriculum. The UNESCO link gives an overview of all the aspects of sustainability that might be addressed – from climate change to gender equality and many more. Internal Link: External Links: QMU: sustainability document Higher Education Academy: New education for sustainable development guidance for universities and colleges Association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education: Resources on sustainability UNESCO: education for sustainable development

The link below takes you to the latest Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework documentation on all levels in the education system, key skills that students at those levels should develop, and how Scottish levels fit with other frameworks in Europe. External Link: SCQF: the framework

28 GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES Although the idea of graduate attributes has been around for some time, it received particular focus in Scotland from 2009 when the enhancement theme Graduate Attributes for the 21st Century was introduced. The links below take you to background documentation and also to Queen Margaret University’s own graduate attributes. QMU Link: External Link: QMU: graduate attributes QMU: future focus – what are your graduate attributes QAAHE: the foundation for graduate attributes: developing self regualtion through self and peer assessment Enhancement Themes: research-teaching linkages: enhancing graduate attributes

QMU Link: External Links: QMU: Designing good learning outcomes MacQuarie University Australia: Writing learning outcomes

The Higher Education Funding Council for England definition of benchmarking is: A process through which practices are analysed to provide a standard measurement (‘benchmark’) of effective performance within an organisation (such as a university). Benchmarks are also used to compare performance with other organisations and other sectors. External Link: JISC: definitions and discussion on benchmarking QAA: Subject benchmark statements

The Centre for Academic Practice at QMU provides workshops, resources, support and guidance to staff at QMU on all aspects of learning, teaching and assessment. You may also find the Institutional Good Practice Guide helpful. This provides an insight into issues that students have raised through the National Student Survey. QMU Link: External Link: QMU: Institutional Good Practice Guide QMU: The Centre for Academic Practice website QAA: Improving Higher Education Learn Higher: Teaching and Learning resources

Personal development planning is an integral part of our student experience and the broader curriculum. The links below provide information which will help you to make the required links with PDP in your programme documentation. QMU Link: External Link: QMU: PDP at QMU mapping current activity and sharing good practice QMU: future focus – PDP & employability QMU: good practice case studies Palgrave study skills: About PDP QAA: Recognising achievement beyond the curriculum

QMU Link: External Link: QMU: assessment procedures QMU: guidelines for staff: assessment specifications and feedback QMU: good practice case studies Enhancement Themes: assessment Enhancement Themes: integrative assessment

QMU: guidelines for staff: assessment specifications and feedback QMU: QMU student guide to feedback on coursework & learning QMU: good practice case studies THEA: enhancing student engagement with feedback – best practice guidelines (Sheffield Hallam University)

Constructive alignment has been defined as coherence between assessment, teaching strategies and intended learning outcomes in an educational programme. There is some debate as to the order in which one should design each facet of the curriculum so that this coherence is achieved. You can read more about the idea in the link below. External Link: University College Dublin: Using Bigg’s model of constructive alignment

36 TEACHABILITY Teachability refers to ensuring that programmes are accessible for students with disabilities. The Teachability Project was funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) between 1999 and 2006 and resulted in publications which assist academic staff in evaluating the accessibility of their course provision. External Link: Strathclyde University: teachability

The PAT system is an important part of Queen Margaret University’s unique provision for students. It is regularly reviewed and refreshed – most recently in 2013/14. The links below take you to the current documentation for staff and students. QMU Link: QMU: university policy: personal academic tutoring system QMU: being a personal tutor at queen margaret university QMU: your personal academic tutor

38 QAA CODES OF PRACTICE External Link: QAA: the quality code

39 STUDENT INPUT The internal link below provides a snapshot of the ways in which students have been involved in providing input for validation and review of programmes at Queen Margaret. The external link is to a QAA publication which discusses student engagement in the quality assurance of course provision. QMU link: External Link: QMU: use of students in validation and review QAA: information and guidance

40 STUDENT ENGAGEMENT The article below moves beyond the idea of student engagement simply in the quality agenda to discussing the broader construct of the perceptions, expectations and overall experience of being a student. External Link: Newcastle University: Clarifying the concept of student engagement

Internationalisation can be viewed from two perspectives: The need for students to have a global perspective The need for institutions work within a global and international economy. The external link below to the Enhancement Themes websites provides discussion and further links on both of these perspectives. Queen Margaret’s work in this area is carried forward through the Collaborative Operations Group and the International Student Forum. QMU Link: External Link: QMU: COG intranet site QMU: International student forum intranet site Enhancement Themes: Globalisation and internationalisation

42 DIGITAL LITERACIES Digital literacy relates to how people use a broad range of digital devices (such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs) in a networking capacity to summarise, evaluate, create and communicate information. Linked pages to: SOCIAL MEDIA DIGITAL LITERACY

43 SOCIAL MEDIA QMU Link: External Link:
QMU: Social media guidance for students New Media Consortium: 2014 report on emerging technologies affecting higher education JISC: Employment and social media Educational technology and mobile learning: Using twitter as professional development

44 DIGITAL LITERACY QMU Link: External Link:
QMU: Digital literacy modules for staff offered by the QMU liaison services team JISC: Curriculum design for the 21st Century Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development: Developing our digital literacies UK Parliament website: Digital skills committee publications

45 EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT In 2006, the Leitch report recommended strengthening the UK’s potential for economic prosperity through shared responsibility between educators and employers; better integration of employment and skills; and increased employer engagement and investment. The links below provide a snapshot of the QMU position on employer engagement, as well as an update on the recommendations in the Leitch report. QMU Link: External Link: & QMU: Report on employer engagement Learn Direct: The Leitch Review seven years on JISC: Literature review – employer engagement

46 EMPLOYABILITY Employability relates to the set of skills, understandings and personal attributes that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations. Going beyond simply preparing students to do a job, employability skills allow students to recognise not only the specific needs of their chosen career, but also how their skills can be transferable in the wider employment market. Building employability skills into programmes is an integral part of QMU’s learning and teaching strategy. The external link below takes you to reports from the QAA enhancement theme in 2004 – 2006 which dealt with all aspects of employability. External Link: Enhancement Themes: Employability

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