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MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE AND EDUCATION

FACULTY BOARD

FACULTY ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 17 APRIL 2007


Present:                     Dr P Banister (Chair)                 Mr A Jones
                             Dr P Baker                            Mr B Mills
                             Mr R Baker                            Mr C McGoun
                             Mr I Barron                           Ms L Moore
                             Miss P Cooke                          Ms A Parker
                             Ms J Evans                            Ms H Patel
                             Mrs M Haldane                         Ms L Pell
                             Ms Y Harris                           Ms C Street
                             Mrs K Heathcote                       Mr A Thorley
                             Dr D Holmes                           Professor J Stansfield

In attendance:               Miss S Sharpe
                             Ms V Horne              (Secretary)
                             Mr S Ramsden            (Secretary)

25         Apologies

           The following members submitted apologies and reasons for absence:
           Ms J Canham, Dr L Jones, Mrs S Lewis, Mrs P Renwick and Ms P Sweasey.

26         Minutes of the Faculty Academic Development Committee [FADC/2007/2]

           AGREED            to approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 13
                             February 2007.

27         Matters Arising from the Minutes

           27.1    PAF/2 for BA (Hons) Health and Social Care and BA (Hons) Social and Community
                   Studies programmes (Review) [Minute 4.1]

                   The Chair reported that the Chair of the Faculty Programme Review Panel had
                   confirmed on 16 February 2007 that the Programme Team’s response to the
                   conditions of approval and recommendations was satisfactory. The Head of
                   Academic Standards Unit had recommended that the response to the conditions be
                   submitted to the next meeting of the Academic Quality and Standards Sub-
                   committee on 30 May 2007.

           27.2    External Examiners whose period of tenure ended during 2006 [Minute 4.3]

                   The Chair noted that replacements remained outstanding for the following external
                   examiners whose period of tenure had ended during 2006:

                   PGCE Primary Education
                   Mr C Rowling

                   BA (Hons) Primary Education
                   Mr P Christopher
                   Mr D Owen
                   Ms K Johnston
                   Mr N Easingwood

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             Professional Development Programme (IOE)
             Dr P Garland
             Prof D MacLeod

             The Head of Primary Programme Area and the Head of Multi Professional
             Education, Development and Practice Programme Area confirmed that nomination
             forms to replace the outstanding External Examiner posts would be submitted to the
             Dean’s Office by the end of the week. The Programme Team were continuing to
             search for a replacement for Prof MacLeod.

     27.3    Annual Monitoring Exercise 2006/07: Dean of Faculty Action Plan (AME/10) [Minute
             13]

             The Chair noted that the Dean of Faculty Action Plan had been amended as per
             FADC’s recommendations.

     27.4    Annual Monitoring Exercise 2006/07: Programme Log Audit (AME/4) [Minute 14]

             The Chair confirmed that a completed Programme Log Audit proforma had been
             received for the Professional Development Programme within the Institute of
             Education (see minute 44). Programme Log Audits proformas remained outstanding
             for the BSc (Hons) Psychology: Stage I (Part-time) Franchise Colleges and the CPS
             / PgCert Autonomous Practice in Emergency Care programme.

28   Report on Action taken by the Chair

     Chair’s Action had been taken on 30 March 2007 to recommend that the Dean of Faculty
     approve an amended PAF/2 for the PGCE/Cert Ed (Further, Adult and Higher Education)
     programmes for submission to Academic Standards Unit for further consideration. The
     PAF/2, which had originally been granted ‘Approval in Principle’ on 09 November 2006, had
     been amended to include Wirral Metropolitan College, who had requested to join the
     partnership from September 2007, thus replacing the current arrangement whereby the
     University validated Wirral College’s Certificate in Education programme.

     An APA/1 form for Wirral Metropolitan College had also been recommended to the Dean of
     Faculty’s for approval by Chair’s Action on the same date.

     AGREED            to endorse the action taken by the Chair.

29   Committee Business Plan and Evaluation Document for the for the Faculty Academic
     Development Committee (revised) [FADC/2007/02]

     The Principal Faculty Administrator updated members on progress made with the Committee
     Business Plan and Evaluation Document as follows:

      Quality of Learning Opportunities and Learning Support: the Planning Group
       responsible for the arranging the Faculty Learning and Teaching Conference, scheduled
       for 02 July 2007, had met on the morning of 17 April 2007 and a revised draft programme
       had been developed (see minute 43).

      Student Voice: an alternative version of the University unit evaluation proforma for the
       Institute of Education had not been submitted to the Dean’s Office.

      The effectiveness of student partnership in quality management: a response had not
       been received from the Student Union following the reminder sent on 16 February 2007
       regarding the allocation of Student Representatives for membership of FADC.

     AGREED            i   that the Institute of Education would submit an alternative version of
                           the University unit evaluation proforma, redesigned to meet Ofsted
                           requirements, to the Dean’s Office by 08 May 2007 for inclusion in the
                           papers for the next FADC meeting.

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                         ii   that the Principal Faculty Administrator would contact the Student
                              Union again for a response regarding the allocation of Student
                              Representatives for membership of FADC.

30   PAF/2 for the Master of Research: Education and Society programme (Review)
     [FADC/07/03]

     The committee received a PAF/2, with accompanying PARM Consultation Forms, for the
     Review of the Master of Research: Education and Society programme. The Convenor of the
     sub-group reported that the Programme Leader had clarified a number of issues raised prior
     to the meeting and confirmed that the sub-group was supportive of the proposals. The sub-
     group had requested clarification on three points as follows:

     i)     the status of the PgDip
     ii)    the availability of the NVivo software
     iii)   the lack of automatic entry to the PhD programme folllowing successful completion of
            the MRes

     The Programme Leader had confirmed that the PgDip was a staged award. There was an
     ongoing debate about the availability of NVivo, and this was an issue that would be raised at
     the Review. There was no automatic right of entry to the PhD to ensure that the ‘quality
     threshold’ was maintained.

     AGREED              i    that the Dean of Faculty be recommended to approve the proposal for
                              submission to Academic Standards Unit for further consideration.

                         ii   that, following successful completion of the ‘approval in principle’
                              process, the Faculty would organise a Programme Review Panel
                              Event, in line with the University Quality Assurance processes.

31   Academic Partner Approval Form (APA/1) for the proposed FdA Urban Education
     [FADC/07/04]

     The Committee received an Academic Partner Approval Form (APA/1) for the proposed FdA
     Urban Education. This form would be appended to the original PAF/1 which had been
     granted ‘Approval in Principle’ on 20 December 2006.

     AGREED              that the Dean of Faculty be recommended to approve the Academic
                         Partner Approval Form (APA/1) for submission to Academic Standards
                         Unit for further consideration.

32   Minor Faculty Modification to the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme [FASC/2007/05]

     The Committee considered a proposal for a Minor Faculty Modification to the BSc (Hons)
     Physiotherapy programme as follows:

      reschedule the delivery of units in the first and second years of the programme
      increase the number of students per teaching group from 12-14 to 24-28 students
      reduce the delivery time of the Evidence Based Practice units in the third year from five to
       four weeks

     The sub-group Convenor commended the Programme Team for providing a very clear
     proposal which responded to student feedback, adding that the sub-group was supportive of
     the proposals. It was confirmed that the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and Health
     Professions Council had been notified of the proposed change to the programme, and a
     response was awaited from the HPC regarding the allocation of reviewers to consider the
     minor modification for approval by the Health Professions Council.

     AGREED              that Faculty Board be recommended to APPROVE with effect from
                         September 2007 the proposed Minor Faculty Modification.



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33   Minor Faculty Modification to the Dip HE/BSc (Hons) Health Studies programme
     [FADC/2007/06]

     The Committee considered a proposal for a Minor Faculty Modification to the DipHE / BSc
     (Hons) Health Studies programme as follows:

      Addition of new elective unit
       Negotiated Work-Related Professional Skills
       (20 credits at Levels II and III)

     The sub-group was supportive of the proposal in principle, but noted that there was little to
     distinguish between the unit proformas at Level II and Level III other than minor differences
     in the Indicative Student Learning Resources and a difference between the word count for
     the assessment. The sub-group Convenor suggested that the Programme Team address
     this by articulating the differences between the unit at each level.

     AGREED            that, subject to satisfactory consideration by the Programme Team of the
                       above comments , Faculty Board be recommended to APPROVE with
                       effect from July 2007 the proposed Minor Faculty Modification.

34   Minor Faculty Modification to the Dip HE/BSc (Hons) Health Studies programme
     [FADC/2007/07]

     The Committee considered a proposal for a Minor Faculty Modification to the DipHE / BSc
     (Hons) Health Studies programme as follows:

      Inclusion, within the Programme Specific Regulations, of a ‘confidentiality’ statement

     The sub-group was supportive of the proposal in principle and considered the wording of the
     ‘confidentiality’ statement to be appropriate. However, concern was raised regarding the
     nature of any subsequent action that would be taken by the Programme Team. It was
     suggested that suspending / excluding those students that had transgressed was not
     necessarily the most appropriate way of dealing with a breach of confidentiality, particularly
     as the issue might be better addressed by the students’ employer. Additionally, the sub-
     group considered it unnecessary that all requests for access to client data be referred to the
     Local Research Ethics Committee.

     It was noted that the programmes were due for periodic review during the 2007/08 academic
     session, providing an opportunity to further discuss and address the issue of confidentiality.

     AGREED            i    that the proposal be referred back to the Programme Team for further
                            consideration and discussion with the Principal Lecturer for Quality.

                       ii   that, subject to a satisfactory response to the sub-group’s concerns,
                            the Chair be empowered to take action to recommend that Faculty
                            Board APPROVE with effect from April 2007 the proposed Minor
                            Faculty Modification.

35   Minor Faculty Modification to the Professional Development Programme within the Institute
     of Education [FADC/2007/08]

     The Committee considered a proposal for a Minor Faculty Modification to the Professional
     Development Programme within the Institute of Education as follows:

      to make two existing PDP M Level units, Birth to Three and Beyond and Practitioners as
       Change Agents, available at Level 3
      alterations to the Level M version of the unit Birth to Three and Beyond

     The sub-group was supportive of the proposals, but requested some minor amendments
     regarding clarification of the assessment status of the non-assessed portfolio and the length
     of the written assignment (4,000 words to be changed to 3,500 words) within the Birth to
     Three and Beyond units.
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     AGREED            that, subject to satisfactory completion of the amendments outlined above,
                       Faculty Board be recommended to APPROVE with effect from
                       September 2007 the proposed Minor Faculty Modification.

36   Minor Faculty Modification to the Childhood Studies Programme [FADC/2007/09]

     The Committee considered a proposal for a Minor Faculty Modification to the Childhood
     Studies programme as follows:

      the addition of linked option units at Levels 2 and 3 entitled Understanding Youth in
       Contemporary Britain 1 and 2, to address the needs of students opting for BA (Hons)
       Childhood Studies

      the addition of two option Units at Level 3, allowing all Childhood Studies students the
       opportunity to study the global context of childhood (unit entitled Childhood in a Global
       Context), and to acquire basic counselling and communication skills. This Unit would be
       entitled Communication and Counselling Skills.

     The Convenor of the sub-group reported that the Programme Team had clarified a number of
     issues raised prior to the meeting and confirmed that the sub-group was supportive of the
     proposals.

     The Convenor reported that in response to initial comments from the sub-group, the unit
     entitled Communication and Counselling Skills had been rewritten. The amended unit was
     tabled at the meeting, and the sub-group was satisfied that the rewritten unit had addressed
     the issues raised.

     AGREED            that Faculty Board be recommended to APPROVE with effect from
                       September 2007 the proposed Minor Faculty Modification.

37   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Dr C Beckett [FADC/2007/10]

     The Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Social and Community Studies submitted an
     application to approve Dr Clare Beckett as External Examiner. The sub-group was
     supportive of the proposal.

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

38   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Dr J Fowler [FADC/2007/11]

     The Programme Leader for the DipHE / BSc (Hons) Health Studies programmes submitted
     an application to approve Dr John Fowler as External Examiner. The sub-group was
     supportive of the proposal, but noted that the nominee would need to be supported by the
     Programme Team and External Examining Team due to a lack of prior experience in the role
     of External Examiner.

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

39   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Ms D Taylor [FADC/2007/12]

     The Programme Leader for the HCS Professional Development Programme submitted an
     application to approve Ms Dawn Taylor as External Examiner. The sub-group was
     supportive of the proposal.

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




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40   Application for Approval of Re-Allocation of Duties of an Approved External Examiner: Dr D
     Hayes [FADC/2007/13]

     The Programme Leader for the PGCE/Cert Ed (FAHE) Programmes submitted an application
     to reallocate external examining duties for Dr Dennis Hayes. The sub-group was supportive
     of the proposal.

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

41   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Prof D James [FADC/2007/25] (Tabled
     paper)

     The Programme Leader for the Doctor of Education (Ed Doc) programme submitted an
     application to approve Professor David James as External Examiner. The sub-group was
     supportive of the proposal.

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

42   Application for Approval of an External Examiner: Mr P Smith [FADC/2007/26] (Tabled
     paper)

     The Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Primary Education submitted an application to
     approve Mr Patrick Smith as External Examiner. The sub-group was supportive of the
     proposal but noted that the date in Section 5 should be changed to December 2011.

     AGREED            to approve the application for submission to Academic Standards Unit for
                       further consideration, subject to the amendment outlined above.

43   Faculty Learning and Teaching Conference, 02 July 2007: Progress update [FADC/2007/14]

     The Committee was informed that the draft programme for the Faculty Learning and
     Teaching Conference, scheduled for 02 July 2007, had been revised. Whilst the morning
     session would continue to focus on the Faculty Model of the Student Learner, it was
     anticipated that the afternoon would incorporate three workshops as follows:

      e-learning
      Informal Learning Channels (Clare Street)
      Staff as Learners (Kate Kirk)

     Mr David Dickinson, Education Manager for Fujitsu, would replace Professor David
     Seedhouse as the Key Note Speaker.

     It was confirmed that the date of the conference had been circulated to colleagues, but that
     further information would be publicised once the details had been confirmed.

     Dr Holmes and Mrs Haldane reported that discussion during the Faculty Learning and
     Teaching Conference would feed into further development of the Faculty Model of the
     Student Learner. It was intended that rather than producing a theoretical model, a process,
     following the Burgess Model, would be developed as a means of presenting a way to help
     colleagues identify who their students were and, subsequently, how to best facilitate
     learning.

     However, Dr Holmes and Mrs Haldane asked for the Committee’s views on whether a
     generic model should be developed for the entire Faculty, or if it would be more useful to
     draft more specific models to encapsulate the diversity of the students and programmes
     within the Institute of Education and the School of Health, Psychology and Social Care. It
     was felt that a generic model would be more appropriate, particularly as it might potentially
     be used to inform a University-wide Model of the Student Learner in the future.



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     AGREED           i    to approve the draft programme, including the above mentioned
                           amendments, for the Faculty Learning and Teaching Conference on
                           02 July 2007.

                      ii   that Dr Holmes and Mrs Haldane should develop one generic Faculty
                           Model of the Student Learner.

44   Annual Monitoring Exercise 2006/07: Audit of Programme Logs (AME/4) [FADC/2007/15]

     A completed Programme Log Audit proforma for the Professional Development Programme
     within the Institute of Education was submitted as part of the Annual Monitoring Exercise
     2006/07.

     AGREED           to approve the Programme Log Audit.

45   Faculty Programme Approval, Review and Modification (PARM) Programme Panel Status
     Report 2006/07 [FADC/2007/16]

     RECEIVED         the PARM Status Report 2006/07 for information.

46   Annual Monitoring Exercise 2006/07:
     Dean of Faculty Action Plan (AME/10) (Revised)
     FASC Overview Report (AME/9)
     Quality Improvement Plans (AME/8) [FADC/2007/17]

     RECEIVED         the Faculty Overview Annual Monitoring Exercise documentation for
                      information.

47   Standards Verification UK: Confirmation of Endorsement – PGCE/Cert Ed (FAHE)
     Monitoring Report [FADC/2007/18]

     RECEIVED         confirmation from Standards Verification UK that the PGCE/Cert Ed
                      (FAHE) had been endorsed until the end of the validation period.

48   Standards Verification UK: Cert Ed (Post Compulsory) Wirral Metropolitan College
     [FADC/2007/19]

     RECEIVED         Standards Verification UK Monitoring Report for the Cert Ed (Post
                      Compulsory) Wirral Metropolitan College for information.

49   The National Youth Agency: Annual Monitoring Report for 2004/05 [FADC/2007/20]

     RECEIVED         the Annual Monitoring Report of Youth and Community Work programmes
                      professional validated by The National Youth Agency for 2004/05 for
                      information.

50   Report from Academic Board: The University Student Agreement (‘The Student Compact’)
     [FADC/2007/21]

     The Academic Standards Unit Officer reported that a minor amendment had been made to
     the wording of the University Student Agreement and the final version, as agreed by the
     Student Union, would be circulated in due course. Programme Leaders were asked to
     include the final version of the University Student Agreement in Programme Handbooks so
     that every student enrolled with the University would receive a copy.

     RECEIVED         the report from Academic Board regarding the University Student
                      Agreement for information .

51   Report from Academic Board: MMU Associate Colleges [FADC/2007/22]

     RECEIVED         the report from Academic Board regarding MMU Associate Colleges for
                      information.

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52   Report from Academic Board: Final Report of the Burgess Group December 2006
     [FADC/2007/23]

     RECEIVED          the report from Academic Board regarding the Final Report of the Burgess
                       Group (December 2006) for information.

53   Consultation on Draft QAA Subject Benchmark Statements

     The Chair reported that responses from Programme Leaders in the Faculty following
     consultation on the draft QAA Subject Benchmark Statements had been submitted to the
     Dean’s Office. All comments would then be sent via Academic Standards Unit to the QAA. It
     was anticipated that further QAA Subject Benchmark Statements would be revised in the
     near future resulting in further consultation.

54   External Examiners’ Handbook

     The Chair reported that as part of the induction process and the general information provided
     for External Examiners, a handbook for External Examiners had been produced. The
     handbook was available from the External Examiners' web page as follows:

     http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/examiner.php

     The handbook would be updated on an annual basis to provide information on current
     procedures and Academic Standards Unit would welcome any comments on its format and
     content.

55   Vice Chancellor’s Retention Task Force

     The Chair reported that Robert Ready’s request for a response to the Vice Chancellor’s
     Retention Task Force (to investigate and report on current positive action to improve student
     retention) had been circulated to all FADC members.

56   Review of the University Regulations for Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate
     Programmes of Study

     The Faculty Registrar explained that he was co-ordinating a review of the University
     Regulations, adding that it had been agreed that consultation on proposed amendments to
     the regulations would take place via Faculty Academic Development Committees. The
     Faculty Registrar therefore suggested that two members should be identified to consult with
     appropriate colleagues across the Faculty and co-ordinate responses as soon as possible so
     that comments could be presented to a workshop event on 30 April 2007 and taken into
     account in the revisions that would be submitted to Academic Board in June 2007.

     The Faculty Registrar confirmed that he would forward a copy of the proposals, which clearly
     identified the elements that were for comment, to the identified FADC representatives. The
     Committee was reassured that PSRB requirements would continue to be accommodated
     either through the revised regulations or through approved exemption / variation as per
     current practice.

     AGREED            i    that Dr Banister and Mr Mills would consult with Heads of Division /
                            Programme Area and Programme Leaders within the School of
                            Health, Psychology and Social Care and the Institute of Education
                            respectively regarding the proposed amendments to the University
                            Regulations for Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes
                            of Study.

                       ii   that Dr Banister and Mr Mills would collate and forward colleagues’
                            comments to the Faculty Registrar by the beginning of the week
                            commencing 23 April 2007.



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57        Feedback from Academic Standards Unit on Committee Sub-group Model

          The Academic Standards Unit Officer reported that ASU had commended the Committee’s
          use of sub-groups to scrutinise proposals and manage committee business, adding that the
          model had been recommended to other Faculties. The Chair welcomed the positive
          feedback.

58        Date and Time of the next meeting

          It was noted that the next meeting of the Faculty Academic Development Committee had
          been arranged as follows:

          29 May 2007, Room OB305, Gaskell, 13.00.


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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