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MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF HEALTH, PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIAL CARE

FACULTY BOARD

FACULTY ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 17 APRIL 2008


Present:                          Dr P Roberts (Chair)               Ms A Prowse
                                  Ms J Bahn                          Ms N Ho
                                  Miss P Cooke                       Mr T Neill
                                  Ms J Edgar                         Mrs C Street
                                  Ms J Hobbs                         Mrs J Wright
                                  Mrs J Hughes
                                  Mrs K Heathcote
                                  Mrs L Pell
                                  Ms A Parker
                                  Ms H Patel

In attendance:                    Ms J Edgar (Acting Secretary)

072        Apologies for Absence and Welcome to New Members

           The following members submitted apologies and reasons for absence: Mr R Baker, Dr P
           Banister, Ms J Canham, Mrs J Dunn, Ms A Parker, Mrs P Renwick, Ms E Shields, Prof J
           Stansfield, Miss E Wingate.

           The Acting Chair welcomed the following new members to the Faculty Academic
           Development Committee: Ms J Hobbs

073        Revised Committee Membership [FADC/07-08/064]

           The Acting Chair informed the Committee that Ms J Hobbs had been appointed to the
           Committee, as a student representative, and that Ms K Donnelly had been appointed to the
           Committee as the Library representative for meetings at the Elizabeth Gaskell Campus.

           RECEIVED               the Revised Committee Membership.

           AGREED                 i    that Ms J Hobbs be approved as a student representative
                                  ii   that Ms K Donnelly be approved as the Library representative
                                       for the Elizabeth Gaskell Campus

074        Minutes of the Faculty Academic Development Committee

           AGREED                 to approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on
                                  17 January 2008.

075        Matters Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Business [FADC/07-08/065]

           Reports were received on the following matters arising from the minutes of the previous
           meeting:

           075.1        Revised Committee Membership [Minute 053}




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        a) Ms J Hobbs was confirmed as a student representative

        b) Ms K Donnelly was confirmed as the Library representative for the
        Elizabeth Gaskell Campus.

        [Minute 073 refers]

075.2   The Student Voice [Minute 055.3]

        One student representative (Ms Jo Hobbs) has now been elected for the
        Faculty. Ms J Bahn will remain a committee member until a second
        representative can be secured.

075.3   External Examiners Replacements 2007/08 [Minute 055.5]

        Reminders were issued regarding the need to appoint the two remaining
        replacement External Examiners by September 2008. In order to meet this
        deadline, completed nomination forms must be submitted to FADC by 24 April
        at the latest. It was agreed that as the situation was becoming critical, the
        FADC secretary should write to the Head of Department concerned to ensure
        the nomination forms were submitted.

075.4   NHS North West Annual Review Meeting [Minute 055.6]

        The NHS North West Annual Review Meeting was held on 28 January 2008.
        The Principal Lecturer for Quality reported that an action plan had been
        received from NHS Northwest which would be disseminated to all those
        involved in the Review. The actions identified were issues which the Faculty
        was already addressing and the document did not contain anything
        ‘unexpected’. The Principal Lecturer for Quality would be in touch with
        Programme Leaders with regard to updating the action plan with progress
        made by the University on the issues identified.

075.5   Draft Student Success Strategy and Student Retention and Progression
        Action Plan [Minute 055.7]

        Further comments have now been received from Prof J Stansfield. These,
        along with those already received, will help inform the new Faculty Retention
        Strategy Group and the current Committee Business Plan and Evaluation
        Document.

075.6   Annual Monitoring Exercise 2007/08 [Minute 060]

        The Faculty Overview and Action Plan document was circulated to all FADC
        members for comment on 4 February. No problems/issues were reported and
        this has now been fully approved.

075.7   Minor Faculty Modification to Non-Medical Prescribing [Minute 062]

        The HPC has approved the minor modification of 1) an addition of a learning
        outcome and 2) amendment to the title of written assignment to the Non-
        Medical Prescribing unit. NMC approval is awaited, although it is not
        anticipated that there would be any difficulty with this as the modification was
        in response to NMC requirements.

075.8   Retention and Student Success Project [Minute 070.1]




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                     The Principal Lecturer for Quality reported that she had attended a meeting of
                     the University’s Retention Strategy Group. She had also Chaired a meeting
                     of academic representatives in the Faculty recently on the theme of retention.
                     This had been very useful and significant progress had been made on
                     identifying the issues and finding a way forward. However, the terms of
                     reference for the new Faculty Retention Strategy Groups required a wider
                     membership than this present group, and the Principal Lecturer for Quality
                     had to relinquish her involvement in the Group due to her secondment to work
                     on the Institutional Audit.

      AGREED         To ask the Dean of Faculty to appoint a Chair for the Faculty Retention
                     Group.

076   Report on Action taken by the Chair [FADC/07-08/066]

      i)      Action was taken by the Acting Chair of the FADC meeting on 17 January 2008 to
              recommend that the Dean of Faculty approve the revised PAF/1 for MSc Emergency
              Medicine for submission to the Centre for Academic Standards and Quality
              Enhancement for further consideration.

              [Minute 055.8 (17 January 2008) refers]

      ii)     Action was taken by the Acting Chair of the FADC meeting on 17 January 2008 to
              recommend that the Dean of Faculty approve the revised PAF/2 for the Foundation
              Degree Framework for submission to the Centre for Academic Standards and
              Quality Enhancement for further consideration.

              [Minute 061 (17 January 2008) refers]

      iii)    Action was taken by the Acting Chair of the FADC meeting on 17 January 2008 to
              recommend that Faculty Board approve minor modifications to the DipHE and BSc
              (Hons) Health Studies programmes as follows:

             a) Amendments to existing Level 5 unit “The Application of a Cognitive Behavioural
                Approach within Professional Practice”;

             b) Addition of above unit at Level 6.

              [Minute 063 (17 January 2008) refers]


      AGREED                  to endorse the action taken by the Chair.

077   Student Business

      The student representatives did not raise any items of student business.

078   Committee Business Plan and Evaluation Document for the Faculty Academic
      Development Committee 2007/08 [FADC/07-08/067]




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      Lead Members for individual tasks / issues provided updates on progress as follows:

      Student Life Cycle
      The Principal Lecturer for Quality had provided an update on the Faculty’s work with
      retention earlier in the meeting [Minute 075.5]. There was nothing further to report under
      this item of the business plan.

      Learning Support
      The Learning and Teaching Conference would take place on 15 May 2008 with the theme
      Assessment for Learning. Progress with the Conference was reported later in the meeting
      [Minute 079].

      Widening Participation
      There was nothing further to report under this item.


      Quality of Learning Opportunities and Learning Support
      The Principal Lecturer for Learning and Teaching reported that the IPL unit would no longer
      be approved as part of the forthcoming Education Studies Review, and therefore
      programmes that wanted to include the unit would be required to submit it for approval as a
      minor modification. The Committee noted that the work that had taken place in developing
      the unit had brought benefits across a range of programmes, and that although not an
      accredited unit the content was evident in programmes in other ways.

      The Committee was pleased to hear the report from the Principal Lecturer for Learning and
      Teaching that the Faculty’s approach to IPL had been identified as good practice by the
      University’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment sub-committee following its review of the
      Annual Monitoring and Evaluation documentation. The sub-committee had requested
      further information from the Faculty on this good practice and the Principal Lecturer for
      Learning and Teaching agreed to work with Programme Leaders to produce a report for the
      sub-committee.

      In relation to e-learning, Programme Teams were being encouraged to consider how the
      use of technology could be expanded, for instance by the increased use of interactive
      whiteboards. There needed to be a clear identification of which issues were ‘site-
      specific/technical’ and which related to faculty developments. The ICT Services
      representative said that communication was good between the sites regarding technical
      issues and communication to either ICT site manager would reach the right person.

      Student Voice
      The student voice had been represented through the AME exercise and was included in the
      Self Evaluation Document for programme reviews. The CASQE representative was not
      present to update members on the progress with establishing a University Student Voice
      Review Group, but the Students’ Union representative thought that progress was being
      made with the Group.


      RECEIVED                the Faculty Academic Development Committee Business Plan and
                              Evaluation Document 2007/08.

      AGREED                  i) that lead members be requested to update the Business Plan
                              before the circulation of FADC papers.

                              ii) that the Principal Lecturer for Learning and Teaching produce a
                              report on IPL for the University Learning, Teaching and
                              Assessment sub-committee.

079   Learning and Teaching Conference 2007/08 [Tabled Paper - FADC/07-08/082]




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      The Chair asked the Committee for comments on the updated Draft Programme for the
      conference. Members felt that both the theme of the conference – Assessment for
      Learning and Engaging with Student Voices – and the content of the workshops were
      relevant and interesting. The connection with the University’s Challenging Assessment
      Initiative was welcomed and it was noted that the conference was publicised in the
      programme of events for the Initiative. The Acting Principal Officer said she would arrange
      for a link to be made from the Centre for Learning and Teaching’s web page to the
      Faculty’s so people could view the programme and register for the Conference. The
      engagement of the student voice in the conference would be through video clips of
      students giving their views on assessment, and the Planning Group was grateful for the
      help of the Students’ Union representative in bringing this about.

      The Chair reported that the Faculty Executive Group had discussed introducing a
      programme of key events that all staff would be expected to attend, and that one of these
      events was likely to be the Learning and Teaching Conference. Members were asked to
      reflect on this, and give consideration to the events which should be included in such a
      programme.


      RECEIVED                the updated Programme for the Learning and Teaching Conference
                              2007/08

      AGREED                  i) that the Programme be approved;

                              ii) that FADC members promote the Conference and encourage
                              staff to register;

                              iii) that FADC members give consideration to identifying events
                              which staff should be expected to attend.

080   Minor Faculty Modification to BSc (Hons) Psychology [FADC/07-08/069]

      The Committee received a proposal to modify the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme as
      follows:

      To combine two 10 credit units (Personality, Self and Identity and Clinical and Abnormal
      Psychology) into a single 20 credit unit (Personality and Abnormal Psychology) on the BSc
      (Hons) Psychology Degree programme and a 10 credit unit on the Combined Hons and
      Psychology and Speech Pathology routes through the Programme.

      Summary of recommendations and action required by the committee:

      Rational for changes are clear and appropriate – this was agreed.

      This unit is to be offered as a 20 credit unit for Single Honours and 10 credit for Combined
      Honours, both at level 2. The learning outcomes, curriculum content and assessment
      criteria are the same for both units and it would have seemed appropriate to have
      additional learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the 20 credit unit. It was
      recommended that this is reviewed.

      Assessment strategies take into account the difference in credit rating – this was agreed.

      AGREED                  that, subject to satisfactory consideration by the Programme Team
                              of the above comments, Faculty Board be recommended to
                              APPROVE with effect from September 2008 the proposed Minor
                              Faculty Modification.

081   Minor Faculty Modification to MSc Psychology [FADC/07-08/070]




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      The Committee received a proposal to modify the MSc Psychology programme as follows:

      Addition of a new “Critical Theory” elective unit [20 credits at Level 7]

      Summary of recommendations and action required by the committee:

      A useful addition to the CP3D Framework. The Sub-group recommended approval of the
      minor modification without conditions.

      AGREED                   that Faculty Board be recommended to APPROVE with effect
                               from September 2008 the proposed Minor Faculty Modification.

082   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Dr Catherine Willis [FADC/07-08/071]

      The Committee received an application to approve Dr Catherine Willis as External
      Examiner for the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme. The sub-group was supportive of
      the proposal, subject to confirmation that adequate support will in place from the
      programme team, as Dr Willis has no previous external examining experience.

      AGREED                   that, subject to satisfactory consideration by the Programme
                               Team of the above comments, the application should be
                               submitted to the Academic Standards Unit for further consideration.

083   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Dr Pamela Qualter [FADC/07-08/072]

      The Committee received an application to approve Dr Pamela Qualter as External
      Examiner for the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme. The sub-group was supportive of
      the proposal.

      AGREED                   to approve the application for submission to Academic Standards
                               Unit for further consideration.

084   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Mrs Kay Norman [FADC/07-08/073]

      The Committee received an application to approve Mrs Kay Norman as External Examiner
      for the CP3D Framework. The sub-group was supportive of the proposal, subject to
      confirmation that adequate support will in place from the programme team, as Mrs Norman
      has no previous external examining experience.

      AGREED                   that, subject to satisfactory consideration by the Programme
                               Team of the above comments, the application should be
                               submitted to the Academic Standards Unit for further consideration.

085   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Mrs Jane Greaves [FADC/07-08/074]

      The Committee received an application to approve Mrs Jane Greaves as External
      Examiner for the CP3D Framework. The sub-group was supportive of the proposal, subject
      to confirmation that adequate support will in place from the programme team, as Mrs
      Greaves has no previous external examining experience.

      AGREED                   that, subject to satisfactory consideration by the Programme
                               Team of the above comments, the application should be
                               submitted to the Academic Standards Unit for further consideration

086   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Mrs Doris Corkin [FADC/07-08/075]

      The Committee received an application to approve Mrs Doris Corkin as External Examiner
      for the CP3D Framework. The sub-group was supportive of the proposal, subject to
      confirmation that adequate support will in place from the programme team, as Mrs Corkin
      has no previous external examining experience.



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      AGREED                 that, subject to satisfactory consideration by the Programme
                             Team of the above comments, the application should be
                             submitted to the Academic Standards Unit for further consideration.

087   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Ms Jane Leaver [FADC/07-08/076]

      The Committee received an application to approve Ms Jane Leaver as External Examiner
      for the new CPS Burns Care programme. The sub-group was supportive of the proposal,
      but it was noted that the signature of the Head of Department was also outstanding.

      AGREED                 that, subject to the signature of the Head of Department, the
                             application should be submitted to the Academic Standards Unit for
                             further consideration.

088   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Dr Lee Farrington-Flint [FADC/07-08/077]

      The Committee received an application to approve Dr Lee Farrington-Flint as External
      Examiner for the BSc (Hons) Psychology and Speech Pathology and BSc (Hons) Speech
      Pathology and Therapy programmes. The sub-group was supportive of the proposal. The
      Acting Principal Officer confirmed that the EE1 form had been signed by the Head of
      Department.

      AGREED                 to approve the application for submission to Academic Standards
                             Unit for further consideration.

089   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Mr Malcolm Cowburn [FADC/07-08/078]

      The Committee received an application to approve Mr Malcolm Cowburn as External
      Examiner for the Social Work programmes. The sub-group was supportive of the proposal
      subject to confirmation that adequate support will in place from the programme team, as Mr
      Cowburn has no previous external examining experience. The Acting Principal Officer
      confirmed that the EE1 form had been signed by the Head of Department.

      AGREED                 that, subject to satisfactory consideration by the Programme
                             Team of the above comments, the application should be
                             submitted to the Academic Standards Unit for further consideration.

090   Recommendations for the operation of Exceptional Circumstances Boards – Summer 2008
      [FADC/07-08/079]




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      The Assessment Board Review and Development Project Group had provided
      recommendations for the operation of Exceptional Factors Boards for Summer 2008. The
      recommendations are aimed at moving towards greater operational consistency across the
      University in the consideration of exceptional factors.

      In addition to the Project Group’s recommendations, the Academic Board’s Guidance Note
      on the Criteria for Consideration of Exceptional Factors Affecting Student Performance had
      been included in the FADC papers for reference.

      The report will be distributed to Programme Leaders with a request for their comments on
      how far they are able to adopt the procedures outlined. The comments will be collated and
      forwarded to CASQE.

      The Committee was asked to consider how the Project Group’s recommendations should
      be implemented in the Faculty in 2007/2008 and in the longer term. The view of members
      was that whilst there was support for the principle of introducing greater consistency in the
      consideration of exceptional factors there was concern about the practicalities of
      aggregating Exceptional Circumstances Boards, particularly where Boards of Examiners
      occurred frequently and/or outside of the summer assessment period. However, it was felt
      that some form of cross membership could be achieved in the 2008/0 session. It was
      noted that for 2007/2008 the proposals were related to examination performance only and
      that only the Speech and Language Therapy programmes and Psychology programmes
      had unseen examinations. It was agreed to approach the Programme Leaders for these
      programmes to see if some form of cross membership could be achieved this year.


      RECEIVED                the Recommendations for the operation of Exceptional
                              Circumstances Boards – Summer 2008

      AGREED                  i) to distribute the papers to Programme Leaders for comment

                              ii) to approach the Programme Leaders for BSc (Hons) Psychology
                              and Speech and Language Therapy to see if cross membership of
                              Exceptional Factors Boards could be achieved this year.

091   Committee Structure Review 2008 [FADC/07-08/080]




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      At the end of the 2006/07 Academic Year, Academic Board agreed that a comprehensive
      evaluation of the new University committee structure should take place in 2007/2008. A
      Working Group has been established to oversee this exercise, and, following wide
      consultation, an evaluation report will be presented to Academic Board in the 2008 autumn
      term.

      Following the preliminary evaluation questionnaire, which was circulated to members and
      secretaries at the beginning of the spring term, the Working Group is seeking the view of
      each committee on a number of issues highlighted in the questionnaire responses.

      The Committee was asked to consider a number of questions, which were discussed in the
      meeting.

             What should be the role/purpose of this committee?
             Are the terms of reference for this committee appropriate? If not, what changes
              should be made to them.
              The Committee felt that the terms of reference and role of the Committee were
              clear, and that the programme approval, review and modification business of the
              Committee worked effectively. However, there was a concern that other quality
              assurance, academic development and learning and teaching issues did not
              receive sufficient consideration and debate and that the committee could be more
              effective in this regard.
             How could the business of this committee be better generated, managed or
              enlivened?
             What structural or membership changes would improve this committee’s work?
              Following discussion, it was proposed that the themes of the Business Plan eg
              student life cycle, learning support, student voice etc, would be better served by
              being agenda items; it was felt that this would initiate discussion. It was also
              suggested that other matters for consideration and resolution by the Committee
              should be coloured coded in the papers to indicate where an item required pre-
              reading and comment by members. The formation of sub-groups for each of the
              terms of reference (to be brought together where appropriate) to consider items of
              business relating to the identified terms of reference was felt to be a way forward
              and it was agreed that this would be implemented for the start of the 2008/09
              academic session. Each sub-group would have a convenor and would operate in a
              similar manner to the sub-groups relating to the FADC PARM consideration
              process.
             How should student involvement in the work of the committee be encouraged?
              The student representatives said that they felt that it was difficult to contribute to
              the business of the committee due to the concentration on Programme Approval,
              Review and Modification. It was felt that the student voice was only raised in a
              significant way through the Committee’s consideration of AME, and that the student
              issues documented in programme QAPs did not always feed through to the
              Committee’s consideration of the Faculty’s Overview. The student representatives
              recommended that the University also consider a more systematic way of reporting
              issues raised through student feedback at Programme Committee as at present
              there was no central forum for these comments to be collated and considered.


      RECEIVED                information on the Committee Structure Review 2008

      AGREED                  to collate the Committee’s response and send it to CASQE

092   Programme Approval, Review and Modification (PARM) Status Report [FADC/07-08/081]

      RECEIVED                the PARM Status Report for information.

093   Any Other Business

      There was no further business to consider.


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094       Date and Time of Next Meeting

          The next meeting of the Faculty Academic Development Committee was confirmed as:
          22 May 2008 at 1pm in OB107, Elizabeth Gaskell Campus.


These minutes have been approved as a correct record, subject to any corrections recorded in the
minutes of the subsequent meeting.

Signed:                                                                         (Committee Chair)


Date:




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