Course Review and Course Approval

In August 2007, the COLAB determined to create a new sub-committee with the role of considering new course proposals and evaluating existing courses. The Course Review Panel (CRP) is convened on an ad hoc basis and formally reviews existing courses every three years to ensure that they are effectively meeting their objectives. The Course Approval Panel (CAP) makes recommendations to the COLAB on new course proposals and major changes to existing courses.

Main accountabilities

The CAP and CRP functions are:

  • consideration of new course proposals to ensure that they comply with accreditation rules (the TEQSA Threshold Standards);
  • consideration of changes to existing courses to ensure that course aims, learning outcomes and assessment remain in alignment and that the integrity of the original course accreditation is not impaired;
  • periodic review of existing courses to ensure that requisite standards are being met and that improvement targets are set and achieved.

In the pursuit of these, the panels will seek to ensure:

  • a high standard of teaching and learning in all programs by reference to outcome and evaluation data;
  • outcome and evaluation data is used to inform developments and improvements in curriculum and delivery;
  • that the requirements and recommendations of external accreditors, regulators and auditors are reflected in all College programs.

Terms of Reference

  • to accredit, amend and review courses in compliance with the TEQSA Threshold Standards;
  • to accredit, amend and review courses in contemplation of the Principles in Research and Scholarship;
  • to accredit, amend and review courses in contemplation of the Principles in Teaching and Learning;
  • to accredit, amend and review courses in contemplation of the Principles of Engagement with the Profession and Community.

The panels do not have any final authority with respect to internal accreditation but provide a report with recommendations to COLAB. COLAB endorses (or not) that report (and recommendations) before passing it on to the Board of Governors for a final determination.

Membership of each CRP or CAP is determined on an ad hoc basis and always includes the General Manager, Education (or his delegate), a College lecturer not associated with the course being approved or reviewed, the Director, Academic Policy and Quality (as secretary) and at least one external academic and one external industry representative.

 

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