Tuesday, 7 May 2019


WP3 European Curriculum Design TOOLKIT

Pedagogy and T+L Strategies

Pedagogy – T+L Strategies – FIVE: How and Why Programmes are created?

Study Programmes are created when a Programme Team, a Head of Department, a Head of Faculty (or Chair), a University Manager or the University Rector or President identify a GAP in the university’s current offering of study programmes. Is there some subject, discipline or area of learning which your university is currently not teaching, some subject which you SHOULD be teaching or COULD be teaching?

Anyone proposing the creation of a new Study Programme must ask questions such as…
  • Is there a NEED for this new programme (will there be student applicants for the new programme)?
  • Does the HEI have the qualified STAFF and expertise required to deliver (or teach and assess) the new study programme?
  • Does the HEI have the resources required to deliver (teach and assess) the new study programme?
Resources can include access to classrooms, lecture theatres, studios, workshops and laboratories, IT and computer technology, specialised hardware and software, access to suitable books and learning materials in the HEI library, study spaces etc etc.

It is common practice to survey (or focus group) potential applicant groups and external stakeholders (industry and professionals in the field) to gather information on potential applicant demand and on whether a new study programme might meet the needs and requirements of industry or society.
When a new Study Programme is devised, the programme team and University management must decide what LEVEL the programme will be placed at (BA, BA(Hons), MA, PhD), how many YEARS the students will be expected to study in order to achieve the learning required (in order to achieve the Programme Learning Outcomes), The Study Programme lecturing team usually decide on HOW the Study Programme will be taught and learned. They will also decide on HOW the student learning will be assessed and how that assessment will be fed back to students in order to help them to improve their learning and their grades and they progress through the Study Programme.
When a new study programme is devised, the programme team prepare all of this study programme information in a series of documents which will then be presented for Peer Review.
From Page 37 of Tempus ALIGN Guidelines…

2.1         Does the study programme meet genuine education and training needs?
(a)  Does the HEI have evidence that the study programme meets the proposed target learners’ education and training needs?
(b)  Is the study programme as a process and the intended study programme learning outcomes adequately informed by the views of appropriate stakeholders such as learners, graduates, lecturers, employers, relevant advisory bodies, social and community representatives?
(c)  What research has been conducted for the provision of this study programme in the area in which it is to be provided?
(d)  Can the HEI demonstrate that the proposed study programme compares favourably with other programmes already in place?
(e)  Where the HEI is either part of the public service or its study programme is publicly funded, can it demonstrate that in developing the study programme it has given due regard to relevant public policy?

2.2         Is the study programme viable?
(a)    Does the HEI have a viable delivery/business-plan for study programme? (This is important for several reasons. For example if the study programme assumes a certain cohort size it may not function as planned if either insufficient or excessive numbers are recruited.)
(b)   Does the HEI have satisfactory contingency arrangements for adapting to changing circumstances or coping with failure of the study programme (having due regard for the interests of learners)?
(c)    Is the study programme consistent with the provider’s mission and strategy?

DESTIN - QQI 2016 Programmatic Review Guidelines

www.davidquin.ie/DESTIN - QQI 2016 Programmatic Review Guidelines.pdf

The first part of this document asks questions of the Programme team - specifically what has been learned about the Study Programme over the previous five years of operation - what does the data say about the performance of the study programme and what changes are to me made to the study programme for the future. 

These questions are being asked because too many study programme teams were not making any significant changes to their study programmes.

The second part of the document specifies who (in the Irish system) should be providing the answers to the Programmatic Review questions - the HEI, the Heads of Faculty, Heads of Department or the Study Programme Team.

2017 QQI Ireland template for new MA module descriptors

This is an especially instructive document, because it gives guidance on the information required to complete the template.

www.davidquin.ie/IADT - New Module_MA_QQI2017.pdf

NEXT: DESTIN TOOLKIT PEDAGOGIES SIX: https://quindpdp.blogspot.com/2019/05/destin-wp3-toolkit-pedagogy-and-tl.html

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