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					                                                                                            CONFIRMED


                                                    APU

        ACADEMIC STANDARDS, QUALITY AND ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE

                               Creative Arts Regional Faculty Board

                           School of Arts & Letters, Graphic Arts Field1

                 2.30 pm, 18 May 2004, Room 431 Coslett, APU Cambridge



Franchise Approval

Awards approved:                    HNC, HND Graphic Design
                                    Multi-mode
                                    Classroom and studio-based delivery
                                    Isle College (Wisbech campus)

Date of commencement:               1 September 2004

Size of cohort:                     10 min.; max.

Length of approval:                 Indefinite approval

Date of Periodic Review:            2005/61

Intakes:                            One per year

Modules approved:                   Level 1      30 credits       Graphic Communication
                                    Level 2      30 credits       Final Major Project

Non Standard Pathway:               No

Edexcel award:                      No

Professional Body:                  No




File Number: 3.2.6

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    The current Graphic Arts Field will merge with the Study of Art Field to create the Field of Art & Design
    with effect from 1 September 2004
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Panel Chair:                       Don Jenkins, Dean of Students (Essex)

Panel Members:                     John Baldwin, Director of Faculty J, Stamford
                                   College
                                   Cajiten D’Silva, Regional     Curriculum     Projects
                                   Manager, Regional Office
                                   Ed Esche, Associate Dean – Regional and External
                                   Development, School of Arts & Letters [by
                                   correspondence]
                                   Robin Franklin, Senior Lecturer, Colchester Art
                                   School, Colchester Institute
                                   John Morris, Academic Registrar, Havering College
                                   Philip Taylor, Curriculum & Quality Manager for HE
                                   & Access, Cambridge Regional College
                                   Simon Turner, Director of Operations, Isle College

External Member(s):                Simon Davies, Department of Art, Design &
                                   Textiles, Bradford College

Executive Officer:                 Claire Moorey, Quality Assurance Division [QAD]

Student Data Systems Officer:      Sue Sings, Student Data Systems [SDS]

Proposal Team Membership:          Will Hill, Graphic Arts Field Leader and Acting Head
                                   of Department of Art & Design
                                   David Hughes, Isle College
                                   Jim Marks, Lecturer – Art & Design, Isle College
                                   Michael Penn, Lecturer – Art & Design, Isle College
                                   Jayne Walpole, Head of Visual Arts, Isle College


Section A

SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL AND PROCESS

1.   Proposal

     1.1    The Panel was asked to consider the approval of the awards and modules
            as detailed above.

            It was noted that Isle College had delivered the HNC and HND in Graphic
            Design since the pathway’s review and revalidation in 2001/2. This current
            Field Review drew all existing pathway approval periods together into the
            Periodic Field Review cycle.


2.   Process

     2.1    Discussions took place between members of a Panel, convened on behalf
            of the Creative Arts Regional Faculty Board (RFB), and staff from the
            School of Arts & Letters and Isle College and students from Isle College.


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     2.2    The report records in Section B the Panel’s conclusions, conditions and
            recommendations, highlighting where appropriate major issues and
            concerns.

     2.3    The report is a summary of the discussions, but the Executive Officer has
            retained detailed hand-written notes on the proceedings should matters of
            accuracy and fact require further clarification.

     2.4    Evaluation forms were received. The Panel felt that it was useful to have a
            member of College management team on the Panel but than an initial
            overview meeting with the Field Leader would have been advantage in
            aiding the Panel in their understanding of relationships between individual
            provision within the overall structure for the region. Issues of PSF
            consistency hampered the Panel in their deliberations.

Section B

SUMMARY OF CONCLUSIONS, CONDITIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

3.   CONCLUSIONS

     3.1    The Chair thanked the Proposal Team for the documentation and their
            participation in the detailed and informative discussions.

     3.2    The Panel was pleased to recommend to the Creative Arts RFB that the
            HNC and HND Graphic Design at Isle College be given conditional
            franchise approval for delivery from September 2004 for an indefinite
            period. However, this pathway is not approved for delivery until the
            conditions outlined in paragraph 4 are met. Continuing approval will be
            dependent upon those conditions in paragraph 4 being met by the due
            dates indicated. The pathway will be subject to periodic review within the
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            Art & Design Field Review in the academic year 2005/6, i.e. prior to the
            third intake.

     3.3    The Panel met with a group of students. They noted that the College was
            very helpful, particularly to mature students. Information provided was
            clear. However, students intending to progress on the BA (Hons) at APU
            Cambridge were unsure how to pursue this, confused about where they
            would be taught and when this would happen.

            The students confirmed that most teaching was received in the studio as
            they continued with their work. Tutors circulated within the studio offering
            regular feedback. Essay-based modules, however, were taught in a
            lecture-based format. Students confirmed that they mostly had a clear idea
            of the details of their assessment but deadlines were often altered. The
            Panel was informed that feedback on one module had been delayed
            without an explanation to the students. Students confirmed that they
            complete module evaluation forms.

            The students explained that they have priority times for access to
            equipment and facilities, which are shared with BTEC National students.
            This had caused students difficulty at the end of semesters when pressure
            increased to complete work. More printers and software upgrades would
            be welcomed by the students. Both colour inkjet printers were now working
            but it had taken four months to get one repaired.



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           Students were aware of student support services available for those
           require learning support. Access to tutors was felt by the students to be
           good. Tutors were found to be very approachable and friendly. More
           contact with APU would be appreciated. The franchise students and BA
           (Hons) students, although enrolled upon the same pathway (and at
           Cambridge Regional College taught together) have separate final shows
           and this caused confusion amongst the students. An invitation to the Hons
           degree students’ final show in London would be appreciated. The Panel
           put the idea of a Regional University Partnership final show to the students.
           While the students could see the benefit of such a venture the logistical
           arrangements were thought to be too great to be successful.

           The students explained that they would like greater contact with industry.
           Assessment was College-based and without industrial interaction made
           applying for a job at the end of the course particularly daunting. Some live
           briefs, particularly a project for Great Ormond Street Hospital had been
           provided but the students would have welcomed further development.

           Greater opportunity for one-to-one tuition on IT would have been welcomed
           by mature students to update their knowledge and skills. Due to LSC and
           HEFCE funding regimes additional classes were found to be prohibitively
           expensive.

     3.4   The Panel considered the extent to which the relevant QAA subject
           benchmark statement was used in drafting the proposal and the extent to
           which the proposal satisfied the general expectation about academic
           standards contained in the relevant benchmark statement. The Panel
           concluded that the Art & Design QAA subject benchmark statement had
           been used within the drafting of the proposal and that the proposal satisfied
           the general expectation about academic standards (c.f. Report of Graphic
           Arts Field Review of 20 May 2004 – File Number: 3.2.1).

     3.5   The Panel considered the extent to which the aims and intended learning
           outcomes of the pathway and its constituent modules satisfied and were
           consistent with the requirements of the appropriate QAA qualification
           descriptor and APU generic learning outcomes for an award. The Panel
           concluded that the aims and intended learning outcomes of the pathway
           and its constituent modules satisfied and were consistent with the
           requirements of the honours level QAA qualification descriptor and APU’s
           generic learning outcomes for an honours degree award (c.f. Report of
           Graphic Arts Field Review of 20 May 2004 – File Number: 3.2.1).

     3.6   The Panel considered the intended learning outcomes for individual
           modules and the extent to which they collectively contributed to
           achievement of the intended learning outcomes for the pathway as a
           whole. The Panel concluded that the intended learning outcomes for
           individual modules contributed collectively to the achievement of the
           intended learning outcomes for the pathway (c.f. Report of Graphic Arts
           Field Review of 20 May 2004 – File Number: 3.2.1).

     3.7   The Panel considered whether the intended learning outcomes for
           individual modules were consistent with the appropriate APU level
           descriptor. The Panel concluded that the intended learning outcomes for
           individual modules were consistent with the APU level descriptor for an
           honours degree award (c.f. Report of Graphic Arts Field Review of 20 May
           2004 – File Number: 3.2.1).


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     3.8   The Panel considered for approval the proposed pathway specification
           form, and approved it subject to amendments as noted in the Conditions
           below (c.f. Report of Graphic Arts Field Review of 20 May 2004 – File
           Number: 3.2.1).

     3.9   The Proposal Team confirmed that they intended to APL their current
           Edexcel HND students onto Level 2 of the APU BA (Hons) Graphic Design.
           The College’s current students had been invited to a meeting with the
           Proposal Team where the BA (Hons) proposal had been presented to
           them. The Panel encouraged the Team to make contact with APU’s
           University Centre for Accreditation and Negotiated Awards (UCANA) as
           soon as possible to ensure that mapping was completed prior to the
           students’ transfer of registration in September 2005.

     3.10 The Proposal Team explained that Graphic Design was one of the
          strongest FE courses at the College, providing the HNs with an internal
          feeder group. Fenland was a nationally-renowned HE-participation cold
          spot. The Team confirmed that Graphic Design will continue to be
          supported by the College. The Team was perplexed by the students’
          comments regarding industrial interaction. They confirmed that the focus
          of the course is intended to be industry. A representative from Great
          Ormond Street Hospital was a member of the panel at the students’
          critique. It was agreed that there was a restricted number of work
          placements available in the locality but opportunities were made available
          to 1st year students at IMAP. Employability rates among graduates were
          good and the Course Leader also actively encourages progression to BA
          (Hons). The Team continued to explain that they had had difficulties
          previously in securing visiting lecturers and were investigating the
          possibilities of seeking greater input from local employers in guest
          teaching. The Team was keen to follow new technology.

     3.11 The Team confirmed that student questionnaires feed back into the
          College’s quality management and are included within the Annual
          Monitoring Reports published for APU. Students are invited to provide a
          representative on both the mid- and end-of-year course reviews. Student
          focus groups had been convened in the past but these had not been held
          recently. The Team agreed that processes for providing feedback from
          these to students could be strengthened.

     3.12 The Team acknowledged that priority for resources had caused students
          difficulties during certain periods and especially the issue with printers.
          The Team confirmed that the G4s were being upgraded but that most of
          the facilities were not accessed on Fridays. It was suggested that
          additional learning support might not have been well-understood as it was
          not an issue for these students. The Team confirmed that any member of
          College teaching staff could refer a student for additional support,
          whereupon specialists are consulted. Drop-in sessions are also available
          should a student wish to access them. Disability grants would be made
          known to students and it was acknowledged that a previous student had
          been awarded a grant.

     3.13 The Panel and the Proposal Team discussed the possibility of developing a
          Field-wide Student Handbook. It was agreed that an index of essential
          contents should be circulated to all franchising colleges delivering
          pathways within the Field.



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     3.14 For Periodic Review events only. In accordance with paragraph 8.4.5 of
          the Senate Code of Practice the Panel has identified the following
          examples of good practice in learning, teaching and assessment for
          dissemination within APU and the Regional Partner Colleges:

       Item of good practice       Contact person from           Contact details (Tel
                                          team                   no./email address)
     Supportive induction for Jayne Walpole                   jayne.walpole@isle.ac.uk
     mature students.


4.   CONDITIONS

     4.1       CONDITIONS TO BE MET PRIOR TO PATHWAY DELIVERY

     The conditions below must be met prior to delivery of the pathway(s) and as
     specified by the due dates as detailed below. All responses should be referred to
     the Executive Officer (Claire Moorey), or the SDS Officer (Sue Sings) if
     specifically stated, in the first instance.

     NB Electronic copies of the MDFs and Pathway Specification Forms (amended
     as agreed) to be submitted to SDS Officer [see Appendices 1-2].

       No.                   Condition                     Due Date          To be
                                                                         considered by
                                                                          (list relevant Panel
                                                                           names, e.g. Chair
                                                                                   only)

      4.1.1 Provide three copies of definitive             31 July       Chair
            documentation, including:                      2004
             Approved PSFs;
             Approved MDFs of modules within
               the franchise;
             Student Handbook.

     (Note: for Foundation Degree core framework approval events, it will be a requirement
     that the Proposal Team produce a definitive core framework document after the event, ie
     so it can be used by any Team wishing to offer the FD)


     4.2     CONDITIONS TO BE MET BY THE DATES INDICATED

     The conditions below must be met as specified by the due dates as detailed
     below. All responses should be referred to the Executive Officer (Claire Moorey),
     or the SDS Officer (Sue Sings) if specifically stated, in the first instance.

       No.                   Condition                     Due Date          To be
                                                                         considered by
                                                                          (list relevant Panel
                                                                           names, e.g. Chair
                                                                                   only)

      4.2.1 Provide a rolling plan for resource            30 Sept.      Chair
            renewal.                                       2004



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      4.2.2 The Franchise Proposal Team is              31 Dec.       Chair
            encouraged to make strenuous efforts        2004
            to advertise course reports to students.


5.   RECOMMENDATIONS

     In accordance with para 6.4.4 of the Senate Code of Practice the Team’s
     response to the following recommendations (which may include a timetable for
     further discussion of a particular issue) must be submitted within two months
     of the publication of the report to the Executive Officer (Claire Moorey), or the
     SDS Officer (Sue Sings) if specifically stated, in the first instance, who will
     forward the response to the appropriate RFB to consider and note.

       No.              Recommendation                   Due Date         To be
                                                                      considered by
      5.1     Guidelines on the content of Student      Within 2      The Creative
              Handbook should be circulated to all      months of     Arts RFB
              RPCs delivering the pathway.              the date of
                                                        this report
      5.2     All RPCs delivering the pathway should    Within 2      The Creative
              participate in the proposed e-mail        months of     Arts RFB
              network, Regional Discipline Group and    the date of
              staff development activities provided.    this report
      5.3     The suggestion of teaching exchange       Within 2      The Creative
              across RPCs should be encouraged.         months of     Arts RFB
                                                        the date of
                                                        this report
      5.4     The Franchise Proposal Team should        Within 2      The Creative
              familiarise themselves with APU           months of     Arts RFB
              regulations.                              the date of
                                                        this report



Claire Moorey
Quality Assurance Division, Academic Office
1 June 2004




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                                                                                                                             [Appendix 1]

                                                                    APU

                                                           Student Data Systems

                                                              Technical Report

Pathway Title(s):     HNC Graphic Design
                      HND Graphic Design

1) Modules: Please note – MDFs should be submitted electronically to June Lumley in Student Data Systems by 30th June 2004
New or         Module              Module Title                       Required Amendments
Existing       Code
N              GAB3***        A    Graphic Communication              Box 6 should be UMS
                                                                      Box 15 – Number of Periods and Start delivery Period needs
                                                                      completion
                                                                      Box 16 – Module Mark Scheme should be Fine Graded. Length of
                                                                      course work, Los tested etc. need to be included.
                                                                      Rational for not blind marking required please.
N              GAD3***        A    Final Major Project                Box 6 should be UMS
                                                                      Box 15 – Number of Periods and Start delivery Period needs
                                                                      completion
                                                                      Box 16 – Module Mark Scheme should be Fine Graded. Length of
                                                                      course work, Los tested etc. need to be included.
                                                                      Rational for not blind marking required please.

2) Pathway Specification Form(s) –PSFs should also be submitted to June Lumley in Student Data Systems by 30th June 2004
Award          Pathway Title                      Required Amendment(s)
HNC            Graphic Design                     Please amend the PSF to include the two new 30 credit modules approved (Graphic
                                                  Communication and Final Major Project) if they are to be used in this pathway.
HND            Graphic Design                     Please amend the PSF to include the two new 30 credit modules approved (Graphic
                                                  Communication and Final Major Project)..

Sue Sings
Deputy Director: Student Data Systems



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                                                                                                                                   [Appendix 2]


                                                                    APU

                                                           Student Data Systems

                                                              Technical Report
Pathway Title(s):     HNC Graphic Design (Isle)
                      HND Graphic Design (Isle)

1) Pathway Specification Form(s) –PSFs should also be submitted to June Lumley in Student Data Systems by 30th June 2004

Award          Pathway Title                      Required Amendment(s)
HNC            Graphic Design                     This is not the correct version of the currently approved pathway specification form. It may
                                                  well reflect what has been delivered to date, but the Team need to be able to demonstrate
                                                  that they know the new curriculum and have the resources and expertise to deliver it all.
                                                  The definitive documentation should include a diagram of the delivery pattern of the new
                                                  curriculum.
                                                  The document proposes changes to the structure of the programme not reflected by any
                                                  other Regional College nor proposed by APU.
HND            Graphic Design                     This is not the correct version of the currently approved pathway specification form. It may
                                                  well reflect what has been delivered to date, but the Team need to be able to demonstrate
                                                  that they know the new curriculum and have the resources and expertise to deliver it all.
                                                  The definitive documentation should include a diagram of the delivery pattern of the new
                                                  curriculum.




Sue Sings
Deputy Director: Student Data Systems




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