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KEY INFORMATION SETS THE BASICS. Overview OVERVIEW Key Information Sets Information fields – External data – Institutional data: University level – Institutional.

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2 Overview

3 OVERVIEW Key Information Sets Information fields – External data – Institutional data: University level – Institutional data: course level Links and error checklist Further information: KIS webpage on QA/E website on staffcentralKIS webpage

4 Key Information Sets

5 WHAT THEY ARE Comparable sets of information Identified as useful by prospective students All UG courses have a course level KIS Exceptions: – Short courses (one year FTE equivalent or less) – PG courses – Closed courses – Courses delivered wholly overseas Information drawn from external and institutional sources

6 KIS DISPLAY Published externally on Unistats – Allows comparisons – Can search by information fields Displays on course finder pages as a widget – Rolling fields of information – Links to full list of information on Unistats – Course can be viewed in context Course finder pages also display the course programme specification

7 Widget Programme specification for current cohort (drawn from staffcentral)

8 Information fields in KIS

9 INFORMATION ITEMS 6 information tabs on Unistats page 1.Overview 2.Employment and accreditation 3.Student satisfaction 4.Cost and accommodation 5.Study information 6.Entry information


11 SOURCES OF INFORMATION University/ HE Institution – Institution level information – Course level information External – NSS – DLHE – UCAS – HESA

12 INFORMATION FIELDS InformationSourceLevelFor KIS 2014, relates to EMPLOYMENT AND ACCREDITATION INFORMATION Graduate destinationsDLHECourse levelDLHE 2011-12 and longitudinal results PSRBsUoBCourse levelPlanned for 2013-14 STUDENT SATISFACTION Student satisfactionNSSCourse levelNSS 2013 COSTS AND ACCOMMODATION AccommodationUoBInstitutional level2012-13 Financial supportUoBCourse levelPlanned for 2013-14 Fees (UK domiciled)UoBCourse levelPlanned for 2013-14 STUDY INFORMATION LTA (learning/ teaching activities and assessment methods) UoBCourse levelTypical module pathway 2012-13 Class of degree/ continuationHESACourse level ENTRY INFORMATION Entry qualifications/ UCAS tariff scoresHESACourse level

13 INFORMATION SOURCE AND YEAR KISLTANSSDHLE NEW COURSE INTRODUCED IN SEP 2013 KIS 2013 entryCourse stage estimatesSector/ subject aggregate KIS 2014 entryCourse stage estimatesSector/ subject aggregate KIS 2015 entryTypical pathway course stage 1 Estimates for course stages 2 and 3 Sector/ subject aggregate KIS 2016 entryTypical pathway course stages 1 and 2 Estimates for course stages 3 ActualSector/ subject aggregate KIS 2017 entryTypical pathway course stages 1, 2 and 3 Actual

14 External data

15 EXTERNAL DATA FIELDS DLHE – employment information NSS – student satisfaction HESA – study information ‒Class of degree (qualification obtained) ‒Continuation (retention) HESA – entry information ‒Entry qualifications ‒UCAS tariff score Publication thresholds

16 EXTERNAL DATA: PUBLICATION THRESHOLDS NSS and DLHE data at course level are only published when they reach certain thresholds – NSS: 50% of population and at least 23 students Where numbers are too small, Unistats will show data for – More than one year of the course – Subject level data drawn from several courses – Similar courses across the UK (DLHE)

17 Institutional data

18 INSTITUTION LEVEL INFORMATION Fees Financial support Accommodation costs

19 COURSE LEVEL INFORMATION Accreditation Study information – learning/ teaching and assessment information (LTA) – LT: how the course is taught measured as time spent in learning/ teaching activities – A: assessment methods measured as a percentage of total assessment

20 COURSE LEVEL INFO: ACCREDITATION Includes professional, statutory and regulatory bodies’ (PSRBs) recognition and endorsement of courses Drawn from a HESA list of recognised accrediting bodies – Can request that PSRBs be added to list Link to PSRB website which outlines terms of accreditation


22 COURSE LEVEL INFO: LTA Presented by year of study (course stage) Reflects aggregate LTA of module choices of students enrolled in a previous year (typical pathway) Prescribed LTA categories Learning/ teaching categories: 1.scheduled timetabled activities (e.g. lectures, field trips) 2.independent but guided study (e.g. reading, exam preparation) 3.placement learning Assessment categories: 1.written (written exams) 2.coursework (written assignments e.g. essay, dissertation, portfolio, report, project etc.) 3.practical (presentations and practical skills assessments)

23 COURSE LEVEL INFO: LTA (2) KIS category Assessment method WrittenWritten exam CourseworkWritten assignment/ essay CourseworkReport CourseworkDissertation CourseworkPortfolio CourseworkProject output PracticalOral assessment/ presentation PracticalPractical skills assessment KIS categoryActivity type ScheduledLecture ScheduledSeminar ScheduledTutorial ScheduledProject supervision ScheduledDemonstration ScheduledPractical class/ workshop ScheduledSupervised time in studio/ workshop ScheduledFieldwork ScheduledExternal visits IndependentGuided independent study PlacementWork-based learning Placement Year abroad Assessment methodsLearning/ teaching activities Subject to amendment and revision by HESA. Correct as of 2013 for KIS 2014 entry.

24 Learning/ teaching Assessment

25 COURSE LEVEL INFO: LTA (3) Based on the typical student pathway Typical pathway = most popular module diet (based on enrolled students’ module selections in a previous year) Calculated using an algorithm which – aggregates module LTA data at each course stage/ year of study – is credit-weighted May include modules taken on other courses/ in other schools Drawn from CAMS module records Typical pathway for new/ periodically reviewed courses is estimated at course stage level

26 COURSE LEVEL INFO: LTA (4) XX101 XX102 XX105 XX103 XX104 XX106 YY110 20 credits 10 credits 40 credits 20 credits 12 students 7 students 9 students 12 students 5 students 8 students √ √ √ √ √ √ x Note inclusion of optional module from different school 120 credits at course stage 1 (year 1) e.g. of calculation of typical pathway from module records for year 1


28 COURSE LEVEL INFO: LTA (5) Reflects students’ module choices from a previous year Selection of module year is automatic Module maintenance in CAMS without reference to effects on KIS KIS 2014 entryKIS 2015 entryKIS 2016 entryKIS 2017 entry SubmissionAugust 2013August 2014August 2015August 2016 KIS cycle2013-142014-152015-162016-17 Typical pathway module data 2012201320142015

29 Learning/ teaching activities in hours Assessment methods (%) 2012 module record used in typical pathway for KIS 2014 entry (i.e. August 2013 submission)

30 Links and error checklist

31 USEFUL WEBSITES Comparisons of HE course data (Unistats) University guidelines (staffcentral) Guidance on KIS policy and process (HEFCE) Guidance on compiling KIS data sets (HESA)

32 ERROR CHECKLIST PROBLEMSOLUTION The NSS/ DLHE data looks wrong.Consult guidance on KIS webpage on staffcentral for info on external data publication.KIS webpage The typical pathway is not what I expected. Review module learning/ teaching and assessment data. Review modules included in typical pathway. The LTA does not reflect what students will experience on the course this year. LTA reflects the learning/ teaching and assessment experiences of past students. If the course has been periodically reviewed, submit ASC02 to Registry ( The LTA does not reflect the course structure. LTA reflects past students’ module choices rather than the formal structure of the course. My course has no exams. Why doesn’t it show 100% coursework? There are two categories for non-exam assessment (written coursework and practical assessments). What about zero credit assessment tasks? A statement below the Assessment graph informs students there are additional assessments they must pass. Submit KIS course information amendments form to Registry ( if your course includes non credit-bearing

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