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									              PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION TEMPLATE
Following is a list of headings to be used on all new programme specifications and all
existing programme specifications when they come up for reapproval using either the
University‟s or a School‟s QA systems (eg a School Accreditation and Validation
Panel).

Under some of the headings, cross-references given in bold italics are made to
specific sections and pages of two related university curriculum development
handbooks entitled respectively:
 „Designing Programme Specifications‟
 „Designing Module Specifications‟.

1   AWARDING INSTITUTION
    Normally the University of Huddersfield

2   TEACHING INSTITUTION
    This will usually be the University of Huddersfield but may be a collaborating/
    franchise partner.

3   SCHOOL AND DEPARTMENT

4   COURSE ACCREDITED BY:
    Give details of any professional or statutory body which accredits the course.

5   MODE OF DELIVERY
    State whether the course is full-time, part-time or sandwich and the extent to
    which it is distance-learning, work-based, practice-based etc

6   FINAL AWARD
    FD, BA, BSc, MA, MSc, HND etc.

7   COURSE TITLE
    Provide the full title of the validated course.

8   UCAS CODE
    Provide the relevant Code (UCAS, NMAS etc).

9   SUBJECT BENCHMARK STATEMENT
    Provide the titles of relevant benchmark statements. For example whilst the
    „Chemistry‟ benchmark statement would be appropriate for BSc (Hons)
    Chemistry, the benchmarks statements for both Psychology and Sociology would
    be appropriate for BSc (Hons) Behavioural Sciences.

    For further information on subject benchmark statements, refer to:
     ‘Designing Programme specifications’ section 1.2.
     ‘Designing Module Specifications’ section 1.6.

10 DATE OF PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION APPROVAL
   Provide the date when the programme specification was validated.

11 EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF COURSE
   Provide brief educational aims. These focus more on the nature of the intended
   student experience (in contrast with the „Intended Learning Outcomes‟ which
   focus on the nature of student achievement). The vocabulary used to express the
   aims should reflect the level of the course in the National Qualifications
   Framework.

12 INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES
   Course learning outcomes should give an accurate „portrait‟ of a graduates
   knowledge abilities and skills after successful completion of the course.
   Remember that, in QAA Discipline Audit, you should be able to demonstrate how
   all the course outcomes are assessed.

   For information on writing learning outcomes, refer to:
        ‘Designing Programme specifications’ sections 2.1 and 2.2 (Stages 3 and 4).
        ‘Designing Module Specifications’ section 1.1 to 1.3.

   Learning outcomes in programme specifications may be categorised as follows:
    Knowledge and Understanding Outcomes including:
       Intellectual Abilities
    Ability Outcomes including:
       Professional/practical Skills
       Transferable/Key Skills

   For an example of how learning outcomes might be included in a programme
   specification, refer to ‘Designing Programme specifications’.

13 COURSE STRUCTURES AND REQUIREMENTS, LEVELS, MODULES,
   CREDITS AND AWARDS
   Include information on the above in an abbreviated and accessible format. Make
   clear the extent to which delivery of the course is flexible.

   For two contrasting examples of how this section might be represented, refer to
   Section 2.2 of ‘Designing Programme specifications’ (Stage 5).

14 TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT
   Teaching & Learning Strategies and Assessment Strategies for the course should
   be aligned to the course learning outcomes and should represent a distillation of
   the Teaching & Learning and Assessment Strategies used on the course‟s
   modules.

   For an example of how Teaching & Learning and Assessment Strategies might be
   aligned to Learning Outcomes in a programme specification, refer to Section 2.2 of
   ‘Designing Programme specifications’ (Stage 7).

15 SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND THEIR LEARNING
   Provide a brief statement of student support both at University level and at the
   level of the School and/or Course.
    University level: You might include references as follows:
        “The Library (library and computing facilities) provides induction and
           ongoing support for all students”.
        “A distributed network of learning support units is available to all
           students.”
        “Student Services provides specialist advice in the areas of careers
           advice, pastoral care and chaplaincy, day care nursery, counselling,
           accommodation and welfare, financial support, disability support, a shop
           for part-time work, sports facilities etc.”



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          “The International Office provides help and support for all overseas
           students.”
      School level: You might include school-based induction, learning support
       units, and personal tutor systems
      Course level: You might refer to Student Handbooks, Module Guides, year
       tutors and personal tutors.

16 CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
    Briefly state the University‟s (and where appropriate the professional/statutory
     body‟s) requirements for admissions governing the course. You will find these
     in Section D2 of the University‟s „Regulations for Awards‟.
    Give a brief account of additional admission requirements such as interviews.
    State any opportunities for mature students to apply for admission with credit
     (see Section D3 of the University‟s „Regulations for Awards‟) and, where
     relevant outline any opportunities for the accreditation of prior and experiential
     learning.

17 METHODS FOR EVALUATING AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND
   STANDARDS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
   Using accessible language and avoiding University jargon (including acronyms),
   briefly refer to the processes for quality enhancement at both University and
   School level:
    University level: Include references to:
        Outcomes of periodic reviews
        The University‟s effective external examiner system.
        Mechanisms for student feedback (including independent student
            satisfaction survey).
    School level: You might mention course evaluation questionnaires, Student
       Panels, student representation on committees etc.

18 REGULATION OF ASSESSMENT
   Using accessible language and avoiding University jargon (including acronyms),
   briefly outline those assessment regulations applying to the course which would
   be of interest to prospective students – for example:
    An overview of assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and
       a full assessment brief provided within module guides.
    The minimum pass mark is 40% for each module.
    Normally full-time students must achieve 120 credits in each stage in order to
       progress. Exceptionally, in the light of good overall performance elsewhere,
       students may be allowed to trail one 20-credit module into the following year.
    To qualify for the award of honours degree, students must complete all
       course requirements.
    In calculating the numerical average for the Bachelor‟s degree with honours,
       all „Honours‟ level credits in the course will carry a weighting of two and all
       graded „Intermediate‟ level credits carry a weighting of one.

19. INDICATORS OF QUALITY AND STANDARDS
    Using accessible language and avoiding University jargon (including acronyms),
    provide brief details of (a) the outcomes of recent QAA Subject Reviews and/or
    Discipline Audits and (b) recent professional body reviews.




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OTHER REQUIRED OR RECOMMENDED INFORMATION

Required information relating to Personal Development Planning
All higher educations institutions are required to have in place by September 2005
arrangements for Higher Education Progress Files (HEPF). An HEPF must include,
in addition to an academic transcript, “a fully operational and auditable Personal
Development Planning (PDP) process”. PDP is described as “a structured and
supported process undertaken by students to reflect upon their learning, performance
and/or achievement and to plan for their personal, educational and career
development.” PDP must feature in all student‟s courses at every stage and this
must be reflected in the Programme specification.

There is no separate heading on the programme specification for PDP, but designers
of specifications should ensure that the students‟ opportunities for PDP (whether as
part of course delivery and/or assessment or as part of the personal tutor
arrangements) are described in appropriate detail under relevant headings of the
specification. Recommended headings for inclusion of PDP opportunities are:
  Heading 14: „Teaching, Learning and Assessment‟.
  Heading 15: „Support for Students and their Learning‟.

Recommended information relating to the Special Educational Needs and
Disabilities Act (SENDA) 2001

The terms of SENDA are based on the principle that disabled students should
receive full access to education and should have the same opportunities as non-
disabled people to benefit from whatever provision is available. The legislation
requires that „reasonable adjustments‟ should be applied to prevent disabled
students being placed at a substantial disadvantage in comparison to students who
are not disabled.

Precept 8 of the QAA Code of Practice for Students with Disabilities recommends
that “Programme specifications should include no unnecessary barriers to access by
disabled people. Institutions should consider establishing procedures which ensure
that programme specifications give sufficient information to enable students with
disabilities and staff to make informed decisions about their ability to complete the
course.”

There is no separate heading on the programme specification for SENDA
requirements, but designers of specifications are recommended to ensure that the
extent to which the design, delivery and assessment of the course SENDA-compliant
are described in appropriate detail under relevant headings of the specification.
Recommended headings for inclusion of SENDA compliance are:
  Heading 13: Course Structures And Requirements, Levels, Modules, Credits
                  and Awards (in relation to flexibility of attendance requirements).
  Heading 14: „Teaching, Learning and Assessment‟.
  Heading 15: „Support for Students and their Learning‟.

For further information on SENDA and its implications for curriculum design, refer to :
 ‘Designing Programme specifications’ section 2.2 (Stage 7).
 ‘Designing Module Specifications’ section 2.4 and section 3.




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