Phases 2 and 3 of Curriculum Transformation focus directly on supporting departments in the review and design of course proposals that meet the vision and opportunities identified in Phase 1. Opportunities for engagement and feedback from other stakeholders are built in throughout.
Outcomes and success criteria
The outcomes of Phases 2 and 3 activity have been agreed by Senate, and are designed to ensure course development activity works towards the aims of Curriculum Transformation as well as external guidance and requirements.
By the end of Phase 3:
A. The course is aligned with relevant University and sector regulations and guidelines.
The course is aligned with relevant sector guidelines (e.g. QAA Subject Benchmark Statements, FHEQ etc.).
The course complies with University regulations.
The course is designed to meet Professional Accrediting Body requirements, if applicable.
B. The course is aligned with the principles of Curriculum Transformation.
The course reflects the principles of Curriculum Transformation (Senate paper S17/18-165A).
Documentation likely to be used by current or future students is clearly articulated and accessible to its audience.
Summative assessments are designed using a course-level approach and allow students to demonstrate their progress against Learning Outcomes.
There is an appropriate assessment strategy which considers how assessment supports learning, and mitigates against the potential for bunching and over-assessment.
C. There is a clear plan for ongoing course enhancement.
An ongoing vision for the course is presented.
A plan which describes how implementation of the transformed course will be evaluated against the Curriculum Transformation principles is presented.
D. There is evidence of student and other key stakeholder engagement.
The course development team has engaged with students in Phases 2 and 3, and their feedback considered in the design and development of the course.
Relevant external stakeholders (including current external examiners for the course) have been consulted in Phases 2 and 3, and their feedback considered in the design and development of the transformed course.
E. There is evidence that planning for course organisation and delivery has taken place.
The Head of Department or equivalent signatory has indicated their endorsement of the transformed course, including that sufficient consideration of key organisational and planning issues (e.g. course delivery, staff roles, teaching teams) has taken place.
Key documentation and resources
Operational update December 2019
Operational Aspects for Curriculum Transformation provides additional clarification and guidance on a range of matters relating to course design.
The following templates are to aid course design and the development of draft course proposals. The templates can be used to share proposals at e.g D/F/SLTQC. Finalised course and unit information, as agreed by F/SLTQC, should be added to the CT App ahead of submission to CTC (speak to your respective FAR for relevant deadlines). See the Required Information page for all items required by the end of Phases 2 and 3.
Rationale for Course Design drafting template [revised version, 14/02/20]
See exemplar templates for displaying course structures visually (e.g. for D/F/SLTQC consideration)
Academic Framework and Regulations for transformed courses
Download the new Academic Framework, as agreed by Senate on 5th February 2020.
Download the accompanying Taught Postgraduate Assessment Regulations, as agreed by Senate on 5th February 2020.
See guidance on selecting the appropriate 'Course type' in the CT App.
Guidance for F/SLTQCs
Download prompts to support the evaluation of Phase 2-3 course proposals at F/SLTQC-level.
Download additional guidance for D/F/SLTQC members on the scrutiny of Course Intended Learning Outcomes, produced by the CLT.