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Learning and Teaching Handbook

3.3.2: Criteria for the Approval of New Programmes

Initial proposal

1. Permission to develop a Stage 1 proposal will be given where the Initial proposal demonstrates that:

a. the proposed programme will support achievement of the strategic objectives of the proposing department(s), faculty and the University;

b. there is sufficient prima facie evidence that there will be an appropriate level of student demand for the programme, in order to justify market research to substantiate whether this demand exists.

Stage 1

2. Permission to develop a full academic proposal and business case will be given where the Stage 1 proposal demonstrates that:

a. the proposed new programme is consistent with, and supports the achievement of, the University's Strategy, and departmental and faculty plans and strategies;

b. there is clear evidence of demand for the programme, and there is an appropriate plan in place that will support achievement of the anticipated recruitment.

c. the proposed programme is viable;

d. adequate resources are available to support the proposed programme.

Stage 2

3.  New programme proposers must demonstrate that the proposed programme:

a. meets the standards of the University as defined by its qualification descriptors, level descriptors and assessment criteria;

b. has intended learning outcomes that are appropriate to the subject benchmarks;

c. has a curriculum design appropriate to the intended learning outcomes, and to the target student body;

d. will employ modes of learning, teaching and assessment which will enable the learning outcomes to be achieved by the typical students and that achievement to be measured;

e. has appropriately addressed the University's Principles for the development of the taught curriculum;

f. will have appropriate arrangements for student support, including students with disabilities;

g. will be subject to appropriate quality management procedures;

h. has the support of relevant external bodies and advisers;

i. will be appropriately resourced.