Welcome to the University of Suffolk Course Design Blueprint. The Blueprint is a toolkit which will provide you with all the guidance and support materials you need when designing and developing new courses, or preparing an existing course for reapproval.
We have designed the course design blueprint around eight themes, as depicted to the left, which are all components to be considered as part of the course design process. Each of these themes is explored in a section of this guide, and presents some of the questions to be asked and considerations to be made through the design process. These components interconnect and should be interwoven through your course. Where possible, we have sought to provide the following wherever relevant:
Course design for apprenticeships
There are specific criteria which must be included as part of the course design and delivery for apprenticeships. These are made explicit in this blueprint designated in blue as shown below.
Guidance and links to further materials presented in a box like this will explore how course design and delivery can be enhanced to improve accessibility for all students, better enabling them all students to succeed and progress within their studies.
Guidance and resources presented in boxes like this will focus on the integrated use of Brightspace in learning delivery. We will also showcase other tools and technologies which can be explored in your own delivery, through workshops or by visiting our Learning Innovation Hub (L107).
There are many ways in which the design and delivery of courses need be tailored to for apprenticeships and their learners for their future. We intersperse the Blueprint with guidance and examples of these throughout through boxes such as this one.
The blueprint also provides opportunity to consider your practice against the UKPSF for teaching and supporting learning in higher education. the aims of the UK Professional Standards Framework are to:
Throughout the Blueprint we provide self-assessment rubrics to help course teams to evaluate their designs and provision against a criteria setting out the University's expected student experience. These rubric are set out in four columns as illustrated below:
|Criteria setting out better than baseline provision that course teams might aspire to achieve, particularly in areas of provision that are of particular importance to the subject area, the nature of delivery, or the typical student cohorts, or those that are passions of the course team.||Criteria setting out the student experience that the University aspires to develop within all courses.||Meeting the criteria in this column would indicate a course has some significant pockets of good practice but these are not typical of the course as a whole.||Meeting the criteria in this box would indicate that the course has limited evidence of good practice being in place and that there is a need to develop the provision significantly.|