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Course Policy
1. Purpose:
This Policy sets out the principles underpinning the design, development and delivery of courses at the University of Canberra (UC). It is structured to provide flexibility and opportunity to meet the University’s future needs and directions. The principles are broad, affording a range of learning experiences and encouraging innovation in the delivery of courses.
2. Scope:
  1. The principles in this policy align with the University’s Course Quality Framework (CQF).
  2. All courses of the University, award and non-award, and regardless of location or mode of delivery are covered by this Policy, with the exception of Higher Degrees by Research (HDR), which are covered in HDR Policies.
  3. This Policy does not include principles of learning and teaching elements of course delivery and curriculum such as assessment, learning environments and resources, academic skills and English language support.
3. Principles:
  1. Courses offered by the University of Canberra will be aligned with, or supportive of, the University’s strategic objectives.
  2. UC courses provide students with a transformative educational experience.
  3. UC courses have a focus on providing a high-quality student learning experience, which will:
    • be appropriately resourced and taught by qualified academic staff with expertise in the field;
    • be appropriately structured with sequential learning;
    • use innovative technologies for student engagement and assessment;
    • use student centred learning and teaching approaches.
  4. Courses must be developed to align with relevant national and international, if necessary, legislation and professional body requirements.
  5. UC courses meet or exceed the academic standards defined by the relevant disciplines, professional bodies, and national higher-education standards.
  6. Best practice in the design of accessible courses should incorporate the development of inherent requirements to allow students to make informed decisions about their chosen courses.
  7. Principles of ethics and academic integrity will be embedded within a course.
  8. Learning materials and assessment design must focus on the use of innovative assessment design, allowing for assessment both for learning, and for demonstration of knowledge.
  9. Completion of a UC course is defined in terms of learning outcomes.  Course level learning outcomes reflect the skills and knowledge all students must achieve in order to complete the course.  There are a number of ways that students’ can progress towards and/or achieve these learning outcomes, including:
    • assessing existing skills and knowledge, and recommending additional learning required to meet the learning outcomes of a course;
    • recording completion of shorter courses or individual units of study, which taken in aggregate, demonstrate the achievement of the required learning outcomes of a course.
  10. The learning outcomes of a UC course and the academic standards expected from students will be equivalent regardless of the place or mode of delivery, as will the quality of teaching and student support.
  11. Admission to a UC course must be based on academic potential.  Courses should be designed so as to ensure that admitted students  have a reasonable chance of achieving the learning outcomes and completing the course.
  12. UC courses are designed to maximise the ability for students to receive credit for prior knowledge and experience, whilst maintaining the integrity of the UC qualification through alignment to course learning outcomes.   
  13. Credit may be approved for entry from undergraduate study into postgraduate study and vice-versa, within the limits of the Courses and Awards of Study Rules.
  14. All courses are developed in consultation with internal and external stakeholders, including industry and professional bodies. 
  15. Courses reference current research and scholarship in the discipline and in the approach to learning and teaching. 
  16. UC courses offer flexible modes of learning for students to meet the learning expectations and needs of an increasingly diverse student body.
  17. UC courses provide students with curricula focused on professional preparation, producing graduates who are prepared for the current and future workplace. Courses include opportunities for work integrated learning including, where possible, cooperative education,  to provide real work experiences for students.
  18. The design of a UC course must explicitly demonstrate how the Graduate Attributes will be met by all students by the end of the course.
  19. UC courses are designed to acknowledge Indigenous perspectives and embed Indigenous content, ways of knowing and ways of learning in the curriculum, with a focussed approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.
  20. UC courses include international content and/or experiences where appropriate, including opportunities for study abroad and exchange. 
  21. Courses may be approved with a lower level award (exit award).  Learning outcomes must be provided for each exit award at the relevant Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level.
  22. UC courses may be approved with subsumable awards, which allow students to complete a course to receive entry to the next award, receiving full credit. Subsumable awards may be part of the course program.
  23. The quality and student experience of UC courses is monitored and enhanced through the processes stated by the University’s CQF.
  24. Courses will be approved, monitored, and reviewed by Academic Board.
  25. The processes whereby Academic Board is provided with advice and information on which to base its decisions about approval, monitoring and review of courses will be determined by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
  26. While considering course revisions, the University will protect the interests of students.
  27. When a UC course is closed or suspended all students currently enrolled must be given the opportunity to:
    • meet the course level learning outcomes of their original course and receive their original award; or
    • have a transition plan put in place for them, to ensure that they are not disadvantaged.
4. Legislation:
  1. Commonwealth and Territory governing framework and legislation
  2. University statutes and rules
5. Definitions:
Terms Definitions
Award An award means a degree, associate degree, diploma or certificate that may be awarded by the University under the University of Canberra (Courses and Awards) Statute 2010. An award is the public recognition by the University that a student has satisfactorily completed a course.
Course A course means a course of study and instruction, leading to an award, provided under Rule 5 of the University of Canberra Courses and Awards (Courses of Study) Rules 2013. Successful completion of all academic requirements of a course is the normal prerequisite for the granting of a University award.
Exit award An exit award is an early point of exit for students who cannot or choose not to complete the whole course in which they enrolled, which provides an opportunity for students to discontinue study but complete  a lower level award if  (the requirements have been met for that alternative award).
Subsumable award Where academic requirements for a lower level award form part of the requirements for a related higher level award, the lower award is said to be subsumable in the higher award.