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									                          ACADEMIC QUALITY ASSURANCE COMMITTEE

                                     ANNUAL REPORT 2007/2008


Section A: Committee Membership and Attendance

1.       Membership and attendance 2007-08

(a)      Name (attendance in brackets)

      Dr Frank McMahon, Director of Academic Affairs                                (4)
      Dr Neil Andrews, School of Hospitality Management & Tourism                   (3)
      Mr Paul Bourke, Head of Learning Development, Faculty of Science              (5)
      Mr Arthur Brown, School of Social Sciences & Legal Studies                    (2)
      Dr Robbie Burns, Head of Learning Development, Faculty of Business            (4)
      Ms Vickey Butler, Acting Faculty Administrator, Faculty of Engineering        (2)*
      Mr Pat Carroll, School of Civil and Building Services Engineering             (0)
      Ms Jan Cairns, Quality Assurance Officer                                      (5)
      Dr Alma Conway, Head of Learning Development, Faculty of Applied Arts         (1)**
      Dr Phillip Cohen, Head of Library Services                                    (5)
      Dr Alma Conway, Head of Learning Development, Faculty of Applied Arts         (1)
      Ms Anna Cruickshank, School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology                (2)
      Mr Martin Dunne, DITSU representative                                         (5)
      Mr Andy Doyle, DITSU representative                                           (4)
      Dr Thomas Duff, Academic Registrar                                            (4)
      Mr Michael Farrell, School of Control Systems & Electrical Engineering        (0)
      Ms Marian Fitzmaurice, Learning & Teaching Centre                             (3)
      Mr Bill Grimson, Academic Affairs                                             (4)
      Dr Nóirín Hayes, Head of Learning Development, Faculty of Applied Arts        (1)***
      Ms Maev Maguire, School of Mathematics                                        (0)
      Ms Mary Malone, Faculty Administrator, Faculty of Engineering                 (0)****
      Dr Mike Murphy, Director & Dean, Faculty of Engineering                       (1)
      Ms Roisin Murphy, School of Real Estate & Construction Economics              (0)
      Ms. Nicole O’Neill, Qualilty Assurance Officer                                (2)*****
      Mr Eddie O’Shea, Dublin School of Architecture                                (1)
      Mr Paul O’Sullivan, Director & Dean, Faculty of Business                      (3)
      Ms Mary Prendergast, School of Management                                     (2)
      Prof Marlene Proctor, Head of Learning Development,                           (4)
      Faculty of Tourism & Food
      Dr Barry Redmond, School of Electronic and Communications Engineering         (4)
      Dr Fergus Ryan, School of Social Science & Legal Studies                      (0)
      Ms Mary Scally, Director of Student & Academic Affairs                 (4)
      Mr Lloyd Scott, Head of Learning Development, Faculty of Engineering          (3)
      Mr Richard Tobin, Faculty of Engineering                                      (1)******
      Ms Kate Ui Ghallachoir, School of Marketing                                   (3)
      Dr Kate Younger, School of Biological Sciences                                (1)*******

      *Ms Butler attended one meeting as an Acting Faculty Administrator
      **Dr Conway became a new member
      ***Dr Hayes was replaced by Dr Conway
      ****Ms. Malone was unavailable to attend
      *****Ms. O’Neill was first invited to attend as Quality Assurance Officer on 3 March onwards
      ******Mr Tobin attended on behalf of a Faculty Administrator
      *******Dr Younger became a new member




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2.         Schedule of Meetings 2007/2008

      The Academic Quality Assurance Committee met on 5 occasions during the year:

          24 September 2007
          26 November 2007
          21 January 2008
          3 March 2008
          9 June 2008



SECTION B: BUSINESS TRANSACTED

     (1)     Appointment of Validation/Review Panels
             i     School Review – Dublin School of Architecture
                   External Members:
                   Mr. R. Bingham             Director, Murray O’Laoire Architects, Fumbally
                   DipArch BArchSc MRIAI      Lane, Dublin 8
                  Prof. C. Spiridonidis       Aristotle School of Architecture, Thessaloniki,
                                              Greece
                   Ms. V. Mulvin              Partner, McCullough Mulvin, Setanta Place, Dublin
                  Mr. J. U. Wolff             Dean Faculty of Technology, VIA University
                   BSc MPBL                   College, Denmark

                   Internal Members:
                   Dr S. Flanagan (Chair)      School of Hospitality Management & Tourism
                   Mr. D. O’Riordan            School of Retail & Services Management
                   Mr. K. Corcoran             School of Art, Design & Printing

             ii    HCert in Property Studies
                   External Members:
                   Mr. P. Jordan               Principal, Jordan Town and Country Estate Agents,
                   Dip FIAVI                   Newbridge, Co. Kildare
                   Ms. R. Whelan               Lecturer, Limerick Institute of Technology
                   MA HDipEd ASCS MRICS
                   FIAVI DipSCM

                   Internal Members:
                   Mr. P. Bourke (Chair)       Head of Learning Development, Faculty of Science
                   Mr P. O’Donnell             School of Retail & Services Management
                   Ms. B. Solon                Dublin School of Architecture

             iii   BTech in Engineering Laboratory Technology
                   External Members:
                   Mr. G. Keating             Senior Engineer, Homan O’Brien Associates,
                                              Blackrock, Co. Dublin
                   Dr M. Cranitch             Lecturer, School of Electronic an Electrical
                   BE BMus PhD                Engineering, Cork Institute of Technology

                   Internal Members:
                   Dr J. Cassidy (Chair)       School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
                   Mr. C. Delaney              School of Management
                   Dr P. McCormack             School of Civil and Building Services Engineering




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iv     PgDip in Fashion Buying and Management
       External Members:
       Mr. D. McFetridge           Lecturer, School of Business, Retail and Financial
                                   Services, University of Ulster
       Ms. L. Egan                 Senior Design Advisor, Enterprise Ireland,
                                   Sandymount, Dublin

       Internal Members:
       Mr. B. Skelton (Chair)       School of Real Estate and Construction Economics
       Ms. D. Quinn                 School of Hospitality Management & Tourism
       Mr. R. Sherlock              School of Marketing

v      BA (Hons) Drama
       External Members:
       Mr J. Culleton               Artistic Director, Fishamble Theater Company
       Dr C. Leeney                 Lecturer, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD

       Internal Members:
       Mr W. Grimson (Chair)        Student Registration Records
       Ms M. Prendergast            School of Management
       Dr F. Ryan                   School of Social Sciences and Law

vi     BA Journalism with a Language
       External Members:
       Mr C. MacCoille BA         Senior Journalist, News and Current Affairs, RTÉ,
                                  Dublin
       Mr R. Ton                  Senior Lecturer, Fontys Hogeschool Journalisteik,
                                  Tilburg, Netherlands

       Internal Members:
       Mr M. Quinn (Chair)          Faculty of Business
       Mr N. Andrews                Faculty of Tourism and Food
       Dr S. Carruthers             Faculty of Applied Arts, School of Social Sciences
                                    and Law

vii    Conservatory of Music and Drama – School Review
       External Members:
       Mr S. Crimmins BMus, PG Executive Director, RTÉ Performing Groups, RTÉ,
       Cert.Mus.Ed.                Dublin
       Mr P. Donlan                Former Drama Officer, Arts Council
       Prof G. Gillen PhD          Emeritus Professor, NUIM
       Mr J. Willcocks MA, Hon.    Director of Junior Academy, Royal Academy of
       RAM                         Music, London

       Internal Members:
       Mr L. Scott (Chair)          Head of Learning Development, Faculty of the Built
                                    Environment
       Dr K. Lalor                  School of Social Sciences
       Dr A. Schwarzbacher          School of Electronic and Communications
                                    Engineering

viii   Bachelor of Law (LLB) Honours
       External Members:
       Dr M. Doherty LLB (Dub),   Lecturer in Law, School of Law and Government,
       LLM (Cantab), PhD (Dub), DCU
       BL.



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      Ms D. Murphy (BA, Dip.
      Eur. Law, LLM (Eur. Law)     Chief Parliamentary Counsel
      Barrister-at-Law

      Internal Members:
      Mr N. O’Brien                School of Accounting and Finance
      Ms E. Fallon                 School of Real Estate and Construction Economics
      Dr N. French                 School of Media

ix    MSc in Finance
      External Members:
      Prof D. McKillop PhD         Professor and Director of Finance Research
                                   Cluster, Queens University, Belfast.
      Mr R. Ryan                   Credit Analyst, ABN AMRO, London
      BSc MSc

      Internal Members:
      Ms M. Maguire (Chair)        School of Mathematical Sciences
      Mr C. Horan                  School of Marketing
      Mr A. Browne                 School of Social Sciences and Law

x     Higher Certificate in Retail Management and Marketing
      External Members:
      Prof B. Davies                 Dean of Research, University of Gloucestershire
                                     Business School
      Mr J. Bracken                  Director, GSI Ireland, Confederation House, Dublin

      Internal Members:
      Mr J. Lawlor (Chair)         School of Manufacturing and Design Engineering
      Mr P. Bourke                 Head of Learning Development, Faculty of Science
      Mr R. Sherlock               School of Marketing

xi    Higher Certificate in Design Studies
      External Members:
      N. Kelly Dip.Arch.            Tutor and Project Leader, Planning Practice Studio,
                                    UCD
      Mr R. Uhlemann                Art Director, Aer Lingus

      Internal Members:
      Ms M. O’Flynn (Chair)        School of Accounting and Finance
      Dr A. Conway                 Head of Learning Development, Faculty of Applied
                                   Arts
      Mr G. Keenaghan              School of Construction

xii   B.Arch/M.Arch Architecture
      External Members:
      Mr F. Doyle                  Director, O’Muire Smyth Architects, Columbia Mills,
      Dip.Arch.Tech.,              14/15 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2
      Dip.Proj.Man, RIAI
      (Arch.Tech) MCIAT
      Ms S. Foley B.Arch.Sc,       Director of Architecture, Mitchell & Associates,
      Dip. Project Management,     Dublin 8
      RIAI Conservation Accred.
      Prof P.O. Fjeld              Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway
      Ms M. Henry                  Head of Department of Architecture, Waterford
      B.Arch., MBA, MBAAI,         Institute of Technology.



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       MRIAI
       Ms N. Kelly Dip.Arch         Planning Practice Studio, University College Dublin

xiii   Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Automotive Management and
       Technology
       External Members:
       Mr P. Leddy                 Leasing Manager, Lombard Ltd, Ulster Bank Group,
       Adv.Cert.Automotive Eng.    George’s Quay, Dublin 2
       Mr E. Roe                   Head of School of Engineering, Dundalk Institute of
                                   Technology

       Internal Members:
       Dr B. Bowe                   School of Physics
       Mr R. O’Rourke               School of Electrical Systems Engineering
       Mr N. Fitzpatrick            Learning and Teaching Centre

xiv    BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Healthcare/BSc Pharmaceutical Technology
       External Members:
       Dr M. Carty                Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry,
       BSc PhD                    University College Galway
       Dr G. Murphy               Assoc. Director Quality Control
       BA (Mod) PhD               Wyeth BioTech, Grange Castle, Dublin 22

       Internal Members:
       Dr P. Prendergast            School of Spatial Planning
       Ms. M. Dillon                School of Hospitality Management & Tourism
       Dr A. O’ Dwyer               School of Electrical Engineering Systems

xv     Higher Certificate in Food Science and Management/BSc (Hons) in Food
       Innovations
       External Member:
       Ms F. Walsh                   Own Brand Development Manager, Musgrave
       BSc HDip                      Wholesale Service, Ballymun, Dublin 11
       Dr J.M.B. Baviera             Lecturer and Researcher, Polytechnic University of
       PhD                           Valencia, Spain

       Internal Members:
       Dr R. Burns (Chair)          Faculty of Business
       Dr R. Patrick                Faculty of Science
       Ms A. Cruikshank             Faculty of Tourism and Food

xvii   DT223 BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
       External Members:
       Prof. B. Livingstone       Professor of Nutrition, School of Biomedical
                                  Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine.
       Ms J. Thomas               Education Officer, British Dietetic Association,
                                  Birmingham, UK.

       Internal Members:
       Ms A. Cruikshank             Faculty of Tourism and Food
       Mr. E. O’Shea                Head of Department of Architecture and Urban
                                    Design

       TCD Members:
       Prof. J. Scattergood         Fellow Emeritus, English
       (Chair)



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             Dr. M. Smith                 Senior Lecturer, Clinical Speech and Language
                                          Studies

     xviii   School of Hospitality Management and Tourism – School Review
             External Members:
             Prof M. Bohlin              Professor and Head of Department of Human
             PhD                         Geography, Hogskolan Darlana, Sweden
             Prof J. F. Burke            Collins School of Hospitality Management,
             PhD                         California State Polytechnic University, USA
             Mr B. Curtis                CEO, Choice Hotels Ireland, Clarion Hotel, Dublin
             Mr G. Holahan               CEO Aura Holahan Group, Dublin
             Mr R. Taylor B.Comm,        CEO The Tourism Business Company
             Lausanne Mgt. Dip., Dip.    Johanasseburg, South Africa
             Marketing & Market
             Research
             Ms J. Wade MA               Principal Lecturer, Dept. International Business &
                                         Leisure Management, Sheffield Hallam University

             Internal Members:
             Dr N. Hayes (Chair)          School of Social Sciences and Law
             Mr M. Conlon                 School of Electrical Engineering Systems
             Mr L. Armstrong              School of Biological Sciences
             Dr N. Abu-Ghannam            School of Food Science and Environmental Health

     ixx     BArch/MArch - Architecture
             Internal Members:
             Dr M. Murphy (Chair)          Faculty of Engineering
             Mr F. Prendergast             School of Spatial Planning
             Mr K. Corcoran                School of Art, Design and Printing

     xx      BSc/MSc Architectural Technology
             Internal Members:
             Dr E. Coyle (Chair)          School of Control Systems and Electrical
                                          Engineering
             Mr C. Skehan                 School of Spatial Planning
             Mr D. Carroll                School of Computing


2.     Reports from Validation/Review Panels
     The following reports were adopted by the Committee:
     i      BSc (Hons) in Electrical Services and Energy Management
     ii     MA/PgDip in Professional Design Practice
     iii    Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Development
     iv     PgDip in Fashion Buying & Management
            BTech in Engineering Laboratory Technology
     v      Higher Certificate in Property Studies
     vi     Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Business Information Systems
     vii     MSc in Finance
     viii   Higher Certificate in Retail Management and Marketing
     ix     BSc (Hons) in Food Innovation / BSc (Ord) in Food Innovation
     x      Higher Certificate in Food Science and Management
     xi     BSc (Hons) in Food Innovation / BSc (Ord) in Food Innovation
     xii    BA (Hons) Drama (Performance)
     xiii   Higher Certificate in Food Science and Management
     xiv    BA (Hons) in Journalism/ BA Journalism with a Language
     xv     BEng Tech in Automotive Management and Technology and



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     xvi      BSc in Automotive Management and Technology
     xvii     BA (Hons) in Journalism/ BA Journalism with a Language
     xviii    Bachelor of Laws - LLB
     xix      Higher Certificate Design Studies
     xx       Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
     xxi      Master of Engineering in Signal Process Engineering
     xxii     Master of Engineering in Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems
     xxiii    Master of Engineering in Pharmaceutical Process Control and Automation


3.   School Review Reports
     The following School Review reports were adopted by the Committee:
     i     Dublin School of Architecture
     ii    School of Hospitality Management and Tourism
     iii   School of Spatial Planning
     iv    Conservatory of Music and Drama


4.   Faculty Review Report of the Faculty Tourism and Food
     The Committee adopted the Review Report of the Faculty of Tourism and Food and
     noted the draft Faculty response to the review. It was recommended that a more detailed
     version of the response is to be forwarded to Academic Council. It was agreed that the
     Academic Registrar is to provide assistance with the structuring of the Faculty response
     in order to meet the requirements of the NQAI.


5.   Approval of Awards
     i    Approval of the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Technology & Innovation
          Management
          The Committee formally approved the award of Postgraduate Diploma in
          Technology & Innovation Management. It was noted that the Panel’s report in
          respect of the Master of Science in Technology & Innovation Management, which
          was adopted by the Committee and by Council in June 2006, included a
          recommendation that a Postgraduate Diploma be provided as an exit award and
          that this recommendation was recently endorsed by the School of Management
          and the Faculty of Business.

     ii      Approval of the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Applied eLearning
             The Committee formally approved the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Applied
             E-Learning. It was noted that the Panel’s report in respect of the Master of
             Science in Applied eLearning, which was adopted by the Committee in March
             2007 and by Council in May 2007, included a recommendation that a
             Postgraduate Diploma be provided as an exit award and that this recommendation
             was recently endorsed by the Directorate of Academic Affairs.


6.   Proposals in relation to reviews
     i    Proposal in relation to review of programmes in the School of Chemical &
          Pharmaceutical Sciences
          The Committee adopted the proposal from the Faculty of Science that the
          quinquennial reviews of the BSc (Hons) in Forensic and Environmental Analysis
          and the BSc (Hons) in Chemical Sciences, which are due to be held within the
          2007/2008 academic year, should be included as part of the School Review which
          is scheduled for 2008/2009.




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7.   Off-Campus Model for PG Certificate in Learning & Teaching
     The Committee approved the proposal from the Executive of Academic Affairs that the
     Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching be delivered off-campus in Athlone IT
     and Carlow IT.

     It was clarified that the programme will be delivered and assessed by DIT staff in
     accordance with the approved programme document.


8.   New short course proposals
     The Committee noted the approval of the Faculties in respect of the following short
     course proposals:

     Faculty of Applied Arts
     Advocacy Practice Training for Information Providers (10 ECTS Credits)
     Facilitation of a Friendship Relationships, and Sexuality Educational Programme for men
     and women with an Intellectual Disability (10 ECTS Credits)
     Multi-element Behavioural Support: Competence, Application and Review (10 ECTS
     Credits)
     Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Higher Education (HE):
     policies, procedures, practices and pedagogies (5 ECTS Credits)
     Work-based Learning and its Relevance for Higher Education (5 ECTS Credits)

     Faculty of Engineering
     Engineering Maintenance (3 ECTS credits)
     Instrumentation in the Process Industry (3 ECTS credits)

     Faculty of Business
     Retail Management for the Irish Co-operative (5 ECTS credits)
     Diploma in Asian Business Skills Fundamentals (25 ECTS credits)
     Postgraduate Diploma in International Selling and Marketing (40 ECTS credits)

     Faculty of Science
     Statistical Analysis for Decision Making 1 (10 ECTS credits at framework level 7)
     Statistical Analysis for Decision Making 2 (10 ECTS credits at framework level 7)
     Workplace Noise Risk Assessment (3 ECTS credits)
     Programming and Algorithms (15 ECTS Credits)
     Introduction to Computer Technology (15 ECTS Credits)
     Introduction to Computing Fundamentals (15 ECTS Credits)
     Information Systems in Organisations (10 ECTS Credits)
     Information Storage and Management (5 ECTS Credits)
     Object Oriented Programming (10 ECTS Credits)
     Database Systems (10 ECTS Credits)
     Computer Communications (5 ECTS Credits)
     Computing Fundamentals (5 ECTS Credits)
     Information Systems Project Management (10 ECTS Credits)
     Computer Technology (10 ECTS Credits)
     Software Engineering (Introduction) (5 ECTS Credits)
     Network Fundamentals (5 ECTS Credits)
     Information Systems Research Practice (5 ECTS Credits)
     Professional and Legal Issues in IS/IT (10 ECTS Credits)
     Software Engineering (Intermediate) (10 ECTS Credits)
     Internet Development (5 ECTS Credits)
     Advanced Networks (10 ECTS Credits)
     Advanced Database Systems (10 ECTS Credits)
     Computer Systems Architecture and Administration (5 ECTS Credits)



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      Business Perspectives on Technology (5 ECTS Credits)
      Distributed Systems (10 ECTS Credits)
      Software Engineering (Advanced) (10 ECTS Credits)
      Computing Infrastructures (10 ECTS Credits)
      Graphics (5 ECTS Credits)
      Artificial Intelligence (5 ECTS Credits)
      Assistive Technology (5 ECTS Credits)
      Geographic Information Systems (5 ECTS Credits)
      Spatial Databases       (5 ECTS Credits)
      Advanced Internet Development        (5 ECTS Credits)
      Games Programming (5 ECTS Credits)
      Compilers and Language Design (5 ECTS Credits)
      Strategic Management (5 ECTS Credits)
      Business Systems Intelligence (5 ECTS Credits)
      Music Technology (5 ECTS Credits)
      Software Quality Management (5 ECTS Credits)
      Security and Cryptography (5 ECTS Credits)
      Foundations of Knowledge Management (5 ECTS Credits)
      Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (5 ECTS Credits)
      Knowledge Systems Analysis and Design (5 ECTS Credits)
      Advanced Database Applications for Knowledge Management (5 ECTS Credits)
      Enterprise Systems and Architectures (5 ECTS Credits)
      Problem Solving Communication and Innovation (5 ECTS Credits)
      Knowledge Based Project Management (5 ECTS Credits)
      Business Systems Intelligence (5 ECTS Credits)
      Geographical Information Systems (5 ECTS Credits)
      Machine Learning        (5 ECTS Credits)
      Security (5 ECTS Credits)
      Legal Issues in Knowledge Management (5 ECTS Credits)
      Internet Systems (5 ECTS Credits)
      Strategic Issues in IT (5 ECTS Credits)
      Systems Design and Methodologies (5 ECTS Credits)
      Programming and Patterns (5 ECTS Credits)
      Project and Change Management (5 ECTS Credits)


9.    Proposal in relation to BA in Visual Art agreement – Sherkin Island
      The Committee adopted the proposals from the Faculty of Applied Arts that participants
      in the pilot programme in Art & Culture which was delivered in Sherkin Island between
      2000 and 2003 be given the opportunity to progress to stages 3 and 4 of the BA (Hons)
      in Visual Art. It was noted that this will offer the participants in the Sherkin Island pilot
      programme the opportunity to receive an Institute award on successful completion of the
      programme.

      It was also noted that procedures in relation to progression, quality enhancement, and
      costing arrangements have been agreed within the Faculty.


10.   Partnerships with external organisations
      (a)   Proposed partnership arrangement – appointment of Accreditation
            Committee – Institute of Finance Management Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
            It was noted that the Institute of Finance Management has submitted a request to
            the Faculty of Science to franchise the BSc in Computer Science.

             The following Accreditation Panel was appointed in accord with the Academic
             Council’s partnership arrangements.



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             Prof. B. Goldsmith, (Chair) former President DIT.
             Dr. R. Burns, Faculty of Business
             Dr. F. Mtenzi, Faculty of Science
             Dr. T. Duff, Academic Registrar
             (alternate Mr. P. Carroll, Faculty of Engineering)

             Accreditation visit to Institute of Finance Management Dar es Salaam,
             Tanzania.
             At its meeting in June 2008 the Committee was informed that the report of the
             successful accreditation visit to the Institute of Finance Management, Tanzania
             was distributed directly to Academic Council and that the resulting Memorandum
             of Understanding has now been signed.

      (b)    Proposed Joint MSc in Computing with Harbin Institute of Technology
             The Committee noted the proposal that the current programme MSc in
             Computing (Information Technology) DT 230 be offered as a joint provision with
             HIT in Harbin, China. It is proposed that DTI staff attending Examination Boards
             (for the BSc programme at HIT will constitute the validation panel for the MSc
             programme) and that a report be brought forward in this respect.


11.   Schedule of planned School, Research and Faculty Reviews
      The Committee noted the Schedule of planned School, Research and Faculty Reviews.


12.   Minor amendments to programmes
      Faculty of Applied Arts
      MA in Law
      The Committee noted and approved the proposal to increase the maximum completion
      time for the above programme from 5 months to 7 months.

      PgDip in Law
      The Committee noted and approved the minor amendment in relation to the scheduling
      of tutorials for the above programme for the 2007/08 academic year.

      MA in Criminology/MA in Child, Family and Community Studies/MA in Law
      The Committee noted and approved the minor amendment in relation to the introduction
      of a shared Research Methodologies module to be offered on a Faculty wide basis.

      It was noted that in each of these programmes a separate seminar will be offered to
      address research issues specific to the respective knowledge domain.

      BA (Hons) in Design (Interior & Furniture)
      The Committee noted and approved the minor amendment in relation to the
      amalgamation of the two Computer Aided Design modules on Stage 1 of the above
      programme into a single module which will be examined at the end of semester 2.

      BA (Hons) in International Business & Languages
      The Committee noted and approved the minor amendment in relation to the
      semesterisation of the languages modules for years 1 and 2 of the above programme.
      The minor amendments in relation to assessment arrangements for individual modules
      were also noted and approved.

      BA (Hons) in Photography
      The Committee noted and approved the proposal to set aside the Institute’s formula for



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calculating final awards as outlined in the General Assessment Regulations for 3rd year
students of the above programme to allow current 3rd year students to continue to carry
15% of 3rd year assessment over to the 4th year of the programme.

The minor amendments in relation to credit realignment for modules were also noted and
approved.

A number of minor amendments in relation to modules on years 2, 3, and 4 of the
programme were also approved.

BA (Hons) in Media Arts
The Committee noted and approved the minor amendments in relation to the Socrates
exchange period and also that the title of the module Time, Modernity and Irish Film be
changed to Philosophies of Time and Film.

A number of minor amendments in relation to modules on years 2, 3, and 4 of the
programme were also approved.

MA in Public Affairs and Political Communications
The Committee noted and approved the minor amendment that the Political Marketing
module on the above programme be assessed by project rather than by examination.

MA in Journalism
The Committee noted and approved the minor amendments in relation to the length
assessment in respect of the History and issues of Irish Journalism and Broadcast
Journalism modules.

MMus
The Committee noted and approved the minor amendments in relation to the Research
methods module and also the inclusion of a two year delivery option for the programme.

MA in Digital Media Technologies
The Committee noted and approved the minor amendment in relation to the assessment
arrangements of the above programme.

Master of Music (Performance)
The Committee noted and approved the revision of the programme to incorporate a Jazz
strand in addition to the existing strands in Classical and Irish Traditional Music.
BA Drama (Performance) (DT529)
The Committee noted and approved the minor amendment in relation to transfer to and
from other programmes and to module assessment.

International Business and Language
LANGUAGE 1001
LANGUAGE 1002
LANGUAGE 1003
LANGUAGE 1004
LANGUAGE 1207 / 2015
LANGUAGE 1208 / 2027

Department of Social Sciences
The Committee noted and approved the following minor/major amendments in relation to
the following programmes in the Department of Social Sciences:

BA (Ord) in Social Care Practice (in-service) (DT561)
Amendment to allocation of contact hours



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MA in Criminology, DT 550 & DT 568
Criminal Law
BA (Hons.) in Social Care (DT571)
Practice Placement
Law
Options
Portfolio & Critical Reflection
Principles of professional practice
Amended advanced entry criteria to Years 2 and 3
MA in Child, Family and Community Studies
Transitions across the lifespan
Interventions and Mental Health
Research Methods
Dissertation
Placement (Years 1, 2 and 3)

School of Media
The Committee noted and approved the following minor/major amendments in relation to
the following programmes in the School of Media:

BA Media Arts
Telling Tales through Video
TV Production
Documentary Video I
Introduction to World Cinema
Media Policy in the Information Age.
Media Policy
Psychology of Storytelling
Introduction to World Cinema At present Drama

BA Photography
Photographic Practice 5: The City
Digital Imaging I
Photographic Practice 6
Digital Imaging II

MA Digital Media Technologies
Dynamic Web Development
Major Project

School of Art, Design and Printing
The Committee noted and approved the following minor/major amendments in relation to
the programme, MA in Professional Design Practice in the School of Art, Design and
Printing in relation to the alternative route thought the taught element of the programme
for Skillnets participants:

DT548 MA Professional Design Practice
The following new modules/amendments to existing modules were approved:
Leadership and Management
Marketing & the Customer
Team Development, Coaching and Communication Skills
HR and Finance (Non HR/Finance Managers/Owner Managers)

Department of Law
The Committee noted and approved the following minor/major amendments in relation to



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the following modules in the Department of Law
Core Legal Skills
Advanced Legal Skill Modules.

Faculty of Business
Master of Business Studies in Retail Management (DT355/DT388)
The Committee noted and approved the introduction of an optional module worth 5
ECTS credits entitled, Retail Decision Support Systems from September 2008.

School of Accounting and Finance
The Committee noted and approved the following minor/major amendments in relation to
the following modules in the School of Accounting and Finance:

DT370 BSc (Business and Legal Studies)
Group Project
Information Technology Law

School of Retail and Services Management
The Committee noted and approved the following minor amendments in relation to the
following modules in the School of Retail and Services Management:

Diploma in Management Studies Aviation
Project Management
Operations Management

School of Marketing
The Committee noted and approved the following minor amendments in relation to the
following modules in the School of Marketing

Global Business Leadership

Faculty of Engineering
BE Electrical Electronic Engineering (DT021)
The Committee noted and approved the proposal for a Bridging Module Mathematics,
Signals and Systems, for Advanced Entry to DT021, stage 3.
Thresholds on all programmes
The Committee noted and approved that thresholds be removed from all elements of
less than 20% of the total marks on all modules.
Control and Automation Systems (DT009)
The Committee noted and approved the proposal for proposed change in assessment
mode for the above module to be 100% continuously assessed.

DT009 Electrical and Control Systems
The Committee noted that the minor changes in the programme DT009 Electrical and
Control Systems, previously approved on 21 January 2008 are being implemented in the
current semester, a written agreement from the students concerned having been
submitted.

DT010 Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Services Engineering – Major
amendment
The Committee noted and approved the proposal to change the programme award title
of DT010 Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Services Engineering to Bachelor of
Engineering Technology in Electrical Services Engineering.




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Faculty of Science
BSc (Hons) in Forensic & Environmental Analysis
The Committee noted and approved the proposal in relation to the rearrangement of
Module content in the 4th year of the above programme for the current academic year
only.

BSc in Physical and Life Sciences
The Committee noted and approved the arrangements for students who registered on
the above programme to transfer to the recently validated BSc in Biosciences, BSc in
Industrial and Environmental Physics and the BSc in Medicinal Chemistry and
Pharmaceutical Science, as appropriate.

It was noted that all changes and consequences of the changes have been explained
to all of the students involved and all of the students have signed a consent form.

PgDip/MSc in Pharmaceutical validation Technology (DT276)
Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Validation Technology be awarded as an
exit award to any student who has completed any 6 modules from 12 taught modules
that comprise the taught component of the existing PgDip and MSc in Pharmaceutical
Validation Technology.

BSc Computer Science (DT288) School of Computing
The Committee noted and approved the minor amendment in relation to an existing
optional module entitled “Mobile Software Development l” (SPEC4180) be moved from
stage 4 of the degree to Semester 2 of stage 3.
MSc Computing Knowledge Management
(DT217/DT209) School of Computing
The Committee noted and approved the minor amendment in relation to the introduction
of an additional (existing) optional Module in Semester II of year 2 entitled “Strategic
Issues in Information Technology” (INTC9221) – to be offered in common with the MSc
in Computing (DT230/DT210)
DT211 School of Computing
The Committee noted and approved the minor amendment in relation to the introduction
of eight (existing) optional Modules in stage 4 of BSc Computing (DT211)

Postgraduate Diploma/ MSc Pharmaceutical Process Technology (DT275)
The Committee noted and approved the proposed amendment to convert six modules
worth 10 ECTS credits each to twelve modules worth 5 ECTS credits each on the basis
that this involves no change to academic content.
The Committee also noted and approved the proposed amendments to increase the
spread of Laboratory Work from across one semester to across two semesters and to
add an examination component to the assessment of the Taught Module.

BSc in Computer Sciences (DT228)
The Committee noted and approved the proposed amendment to change the continuous
assessment/examination contributions to Mobile Robotics module from 70% Continuous
Assessment and 30% Examination to 50% Continuous Assessment and 50%
Examination.
Council also noted and approved the proposal to increase the laboratory session time
from 1 hour to 2 hours for each of the modules Artificial Intelligence 1 and Artificial
Intelligence 2.

BSc Chemical Sciences
The Committee approved the proposed change in title of the above programme to BSc
Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry.
Council noted and approved the proposal to replace the modules Organic Chemistry



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4107 and Organic Chemistry 4108 with a module in Medicinal Chemistry and a module
that consolidates existing Organic Chemistry components.

MSc in Computing (Knowledge Management) DT217/DT209
Spec9220 Case Study in Knowledge Management
SENG 9110 Foundations of Knowledge Management
SPEC9120 Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
SENG9130 Knowledge Systems Analysis and Design
SENG9140 Advanced Database Applications for Knowledge Management
TECH9150 Enterprise Systems Architectures
SPEC9160 Problem Solving, Communications and Innovation
SENG9110 Foundation of Knowledge Management

BSc (Hons) Optometry DT224
OPTO2804 Contact Lens Practice 1
OPTO2805 Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
OPTO1801 Visual Science
OPTO 18 Learning Skills and Development
Supervised Optometric Practice

BSc (Hons) in Clinical Measurements Science DT229
PHYS2811 Medical Instrumentation 1
PHYS2812 Medical Instrumentation 2
PHYS2813 Medical Instrumentation 3
PHYS 2814 Imaging

Collaborative virtual module:
PHNT3802 Techniques for Nanoscience

BSc in Forensic & Environmental Analysis (DT203)
CHEM 1301 Introductory Chemistry Module
CHEM4310 Environmental Management & Legislation             Laboratory work at Stage 4

BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences (DT204)
BSc (Hons) in Clinical Measurement Science (DT229)
BSc (Hons) in Physics
BSc (Hons) Medical Physics
BSc (Hons) Bioengineering (DT235)
BSc (Hons) BSc Honours degree in Optometry

Introductory Chemistry CHEM1912 and
Introductory Chemistry CHEM1924
Introductory Chemistry CHEM1923
Introductory Chemistry CHEM1914
Chemistry A and B CHEM1923

 Faculty of Tourism & Food
 School of Food Science and Environmental Health
 The Committee noted and approved the minor amendments in relation to the examination
 duration of the Safety Aspects of Food Processing module and also the number of ECTS
 credits on the Integrated Case Study module.

 BA in Tourism (DT406) – Major amendment
 The Committee noted and approved the proposal for the provision of an exit award of
 Higher Certificate in Tourism at the end of Stage 2 of the BA in Tourism with
 classifications of: Distinction; Merit Upper Division; Merit Lower Division, & Pass; at



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level 6 in the National Framework of Qualifications.

School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology
The Committee noted and approved the following amendments in relation to the
following programme in the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology:

Major amendment
BSc in Food and Beverage Culinary Management
The above programme title is to be changed to BSc in Culinary Entrepreneurship

Minor amendments
TFCS 021 Introduction to Culinary Science
TNFT 0021 Introductory Nutrition
TFCS 1022 Culinary Science: Food Safety 1
TFBK 3027 Bakery: Functional Foods and Allergens
TFOS 4021 Occupational Health and Safety
TNFT 4022 Sports and Exercise Nutrition
TNFT 2023 Diet Health and Disease
TNFT 4023 Lifestyle Nutrition and Bioactive Dietary    Components
TNFT 9021 Sports and Exercise Nutrition
TFIN 3022 Industry Placement
TFBS 4021 Advanced Wine Studies
TFIT 1022 Information Technology
TFCA 4023 Major Pastry 2

Programmes DT 416 and DT 407
All modules in Faculty of Tourism and Food to be made available as optional modules,
subject to demand.

School of Food Science and Environmental Health
The Committee noted and approved the following minor/major amendments in relation
to programmes in the School of Food Science and Environmental Health:

DT480 & DT481
TFMT1002 Mathematics for scientists
TFBC2003 Biochemistry III
TFBC2002 Biochemistry II: Metabolic pathways and regulation
TFCH3002 Pharmaceutical Chemistry II
TFCH3005 Medicinal Chemistry
Prerequisites and co-requisites from specified modules to be removed.

DT420
TFBC2005 Nutritional Biochemistry I
TFBC2001 Introductory Biochemistry I/Biochemistry I:
TFBC2006 Nutritional Biochemistry II
TFBC2002 Biochemistry II/Biochemistry II: Metabolic pathways and regulation
Prerequisites and co-requisites from specified modules to be removed.

Pre-requisites, co-requisites and module specified elements to be removed as specified.

Programmes DT425, DT480, DT481 and DT491


TFCH1001       Foundation Chemistry I
TFCH1003       Foundation Organic Chemistry
TFMB1001       Basic Microbiology



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       TFMB1001      Basic Microbiology
       TFMB1001      Basic Microbiology
       TFCH1002      Foundation Chemistry II
       TFCH2001      Organic Chemistry I
       TFCH2002      Organic Chemistry II
       TFCH2002      Organic Chemistry II
       TFCH2004       Food & Pharmaceutical Instrumentation ITFCH2004
       Food & Pharmaceutical Instrumentation ITFCH2005
       Food & Pharmaceutical Instrumentation II / Instrumental Analysis
       TFCH2005      Food & Pharmaceutical Instrumentation TFMB2001
        Basic Food Microbiology I
       TFMB2002       Basic Pharmaceutical Microbiology
       ITFCH3015      Food Analysis and Environmental Management
       TFME3003       Pharmaceutical Legislation & Environmental Management
       TFMB3004      Pharmaceutical Microbiology II
       TFPG3001      Pharmacology and Toxicology II
       TFQM3481      Quality Management, Environ Man
       TFBC3011      Food Chemistry I
       TFBC3011      Food Chemistry I
       TFBC3012      Food chemistry II
       TFBC3012      Food chemistry II
       TFES2001       Environmental Science
       TFBE3004       Housing for Environmental Health
       TFMH3001      Environmental Health Management ITFHS3491
       Environmental Health II
       TFBE4001       Synthesis of Built Env & Cost Control for EH
       TFBC2002       Biochemistry II / ‘Biochemistry II: Metabolic pathways and regulation’
       TFBC3011      Food Chemistry I
       TFBC3012      Food Chemistry II
       TFCH3010 / TFCH3025 Shelf life management and packing
       TFCH1001      Foundation Chemistry 1
       TFCH1002      Foundation Chemistry II
       TFCH1003      Foundation Organic Chemistry
       TFPG1001      Pharmacy Practice I
       TFCH2006       Pharmaceutical Formulation Pharmacy Technician
       TFPG2002      Pharmacy Practice II

       MSc Hospitality Management and MSc Tourism Management
       TFDS9001 – Dissertation (Post Graduate).

       School of Hospitality Management and Tourism
       The Committee also noted and approved an amendment in relation to the following
       module in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism:

       TFCL2001 Community Learning Programme – Foundation

       Learning and Teaching Centre
       The Committee noted and approved a minor amendment in relation to the following
       programme in the Learning and Teaching Centre:

       Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching
       Academic Writing & Information Literacy


13.   Module Descriptor in Relation to Extracurricular Activities
      The Committee approved the above module descriptor, noting that it is to be



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      amended so as to include a description of target students for whom this module is
      designed.


14.   Change of programme title
      The Committee noted and approved the proposal in relation to the following
      programme
      title change:

      From:             BSc (Hons) in Clinical Measurement
      To:               BSc (Hons) in Clinical Measurement Science

      From:             MSc in Assistive Technology
      To:               MSc in Accessible Computing


15.   Accreditation Committee Report in Relation to Extracurricular Activities
      The Committee noted the report of the Accreditation Committee arising from its
      investigation of a formal mechanism for academic accreditation for participation in
      extra-curricular activities. The committee also considered and approved the related
      draft Module Descriptor.

      It was agreed that the new module will be incorporated on a pilot basis into two
      programmes within the Faculties of the Built Environment and Tourism and Food,
      pending approval at the relevant Faculty Board.


      (a)     Updating programme documents to include amendments
              The Committee noted the document entitled Updating programme documents
              to include amendments.

              The following principles for addressing amendments to programme
              documents were broadly agreed:

                    Programme documents and Student Handbooks will be maintained
                     and updated in electronic form with version control rather than hard
                     copy.

                    There is a final agreed date annually (end of May) when proposals by
                     Schools to amend programmes and programme documents are
                     approved by Faculty Boards for implementation from the
                     commencement (normally September) of the succeeding academic
                     year.

                    The Academic Quality Assurance Committee will at its final meeting of
                     each academic year (June) receive from Faculty Boards their lists of
                     proposed programme amendments.

                    When approved by the Academic Quality Assurance Committee the
                     lists of programme amendments will be brought forward for approval
                     by the Academic Council (end June).

                    Responsibility for ensuring the maintenance of valid and up-to-date
                     programme documents and student handbooks in electronic form and
                     with version control resides with the Faculty Board.



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                    Responsibility for ensuring that the current version of programme
                     documents and student handbooks is available to staff and students
                     resides with the Programme Committee chair reporting to the Head of
                     School.

             It was noted that the above arrangements will likely impact on the timing in
             relation to the Annual Monitoring process and the Quality Action Plan and that
             this will have to be addressed.

             It was agreed that the Committee should further consider these principles at
             its next meeting before bringing forward proposals to Academic Council.

             Following on from the above discussion the Committee endorsed the current
             and long-established practice in the Institute that where a validation/review
             panel gives conditional approval to a programme/award the conditions are
             binding on the faculty/school concerned.

      (b)    Working group set up to address the updating of             programme
             documents to include amendments
             The Committee agreed to convey the view to the working group set up to
             address this matter that a record of amendments to programme documents
             should be maintained and made available to students.


16.   Review of Guidelines in relation to Student Academic Excellence Awards
      The Committee noted a document outlining the current Student Academic Excellence
      Awards criteria.

      The request that the Committee review the guidelines for making Student Academic
      Excellence awards with a view to bringing forward revised guidelines to the next
      meeting of Council was noted. It was agreed that a Working Group, comprising a
      representative from each Faculty and from DITSU, should meet to address this
      matter.


17.   Note on discussion re public access to programme documents and student
      handbooks.
      The Committee discussed public access to programme documents and concerns
      regarding protection of same, in terms of competition and other HEIs. The option to
      control access to library databases which could be accessed by members of DIT staff
      and students was discussed. It was agreed that the part A of programme documents
      are confidential, should have restricted access and should not be in the repository of
      documents on the web. However, with regard to the curricular and syllabi there
      should be public access via the Institute’s web site.


18.   Three years honours degrees
      The Committee was informed that inquiries have arisen from one faculty regarding
      the Institute’s policy in relation to three year honours degrees. In the discussion
      reference was made to the previous decision of Academic Council to pilot the three
      year honours degree in Accounting & Finance. Two further such degrees in Social
      Care and Early Childhood Education were subsequently piloted. It was reported that
      the Accounting & Finance programme has been an outstanding success.

      In order to inform future policy in this matter it was agreed that reports be sought
      from the Directors of the Faculties of Business and Applied Arts respectively in


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relation to the pilot 3 Years honours degrees, within their faculties: whether they feel
they should be continued and extended to other areas. It was also considered their
views be sought regarding 3 year honours degrees and any implications that arise in
relation to the Bologna framework.




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