Programme Design

Development

This area provides information and links to resources on programme design, both the pedagogic considerations and the process of validation.

A curriculum outlines the sequence of learning experiences that a student will undertake. It is important to design this as a whole to give a coherent student journey and ensure it results in the learning expected. The learning is planned into a series of activities, including attendance at formal learning sessions, private study and preparing for assessment.

Curriculum must be designed to be inclusive and accessible, so students from all backgrounds and student with disabilities can access the learning and have an equal chance of success.

Support available

Programme Development Day
AQD can provide input into Programme Development Days to help you in your planning. Academic Developers/Learning Technologists and Validation officers will be on hand. Email aqd@cumbria.ac.uk for the next dates available.

Resources

Designing a Programme  – handy ‘how to’ guide to be used in programme planning meetings

Course Developers Presentation Day 1

Course developers Presentations Day 2 Design

Course developers presentations Day 3 Enhancing the student experience

Writing a Module

Academic Regulations

External resources

Course Planning Cards, Manchester Metropolitan University.

These planning cards can be used in a number of ways by individuals developing a specific module or by programme teams.

Further reading

Barnett, R & Coate, K (2005) Engaging the Curriculum in Higher Education, SHRE
Three Dimensions of Curriculum: Knowing, Acting, Being
Form part of a dynamic curriculum with different emphasis falling on each of the dimensions according to discipline. ‘Being’ is the most challenging with students taking more and more responsibility for their learning.

Fraser, S. & Bosanquet, A. (2006)The Curriculum? That’s just a unit outline, isn’t it? Studies in Higher Education. 31 (3) pp 269-284
Study on academics’ understanding of curriculum. Fell into 4 categories:
A: The structure and content of a unit
B: The structure and content of a programme of study
C: The students’ experience of learning
D: A dynamic and interactive process of teaching and learning

Validation

All programmes must be validated to secure the academic standards of the University’s provision and ensure the quality of learning opportunities for students. Full details of the process can be found on StaffNet.

Support available

Programme Development Day
AQD can provide input into Programme Development Days to help you in your planning. Academic Developers/Learning Technologists and Validation officers will be on hand. Email aqd@cumbria.ac.uk for the next dates available.

Validation Planning Days
These are general meetings that all proposers are invited to. These are normally scheduled in April and May and have input from a range of colleagues, including the QA team, the employability manager, the equality and diversity manage, LiSS and learning technologists. These meetings provide an overview of the timelines and process of validation and provide input from professional services into the development process.

Validation Officer
A validation officer from the QA team will be assigned to your validation. They can offer examples of best practice and offer advice on all aspects of the validation process.

Standing Validation Panel

Responsible to Academic Board, the Standing Validation Panel (SVP) has authority vested in it to approve programmes presented for validation.

Documentation to support the SVP can be found on Staffnet.

SVP members ensure validation documents are fit for purpose, highlight area of best and good practice and look at areas of enhancement. Being part of the SVP is an ideal opportunity for you to get a broader overview of programmes and L&T practice being offered across the UoC and its partners. It also gives you opportunity to have influence and impact on others peoples practice, essential for SFHEA application.

To find out more or to express an interest in becoming part of the SVP please contact Nicky Meer for details.

Resources