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Course Design Blueprint

University Policies and Guidance


Policies and Procedures are collated on the University's Website on a dedicated page which is available for both internal and public view. 

The Quality and Validations team also maintain the University's Quality Manual which is also available to the public.  This collects together guidance materials and document templates associated with a range of activities including course approval processes, working with External examiners, managing the University's partnerships, and student representation and feedback.

The online Student Handbook provides guidance and support information for all students including presentations exploring key assessment regulations and processes and on how the students are able to best engage with key processes such as applying for extensions and extenuating circumstances, and submitting appeals and complaints.

Key policies for course design

The University has many policies that apply to learning, teaching and assessment practice, and to the provision of academic courses.  In the list below we highlight those of particular pertinence to those preparing course designs:

  • Framework and Regulations: there is a Framework and Regulations document for each award that the University offers.  These set out expectations for credit and course structures for each award, and provide the assessment regulations applicable to the awards.  These frameworks documents are available on the Our policies and procedures page under Academic services.
  • Work-based and Placement learning framework:  As explored eslewhere in this blueprint, course teams will need to adhere to this policy when managing work-based and placement learning opportunities for students.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy: Course teams may need to consider whether there could be direct entry points within the programme in respect to particular programmes of study that applicants willl have completed at HE level (such as HNDs, Certificates of HE, ...) and the RPL policy would need to be applied to enable students to enter with advance standing.
  • Assessment of group work policy: all courses are expected to include opportunities for students to be assessed through group work and this policy sets out expectations and processes that enable this to occur in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Research Ethics Framework: all courses and theur students  will need to follow this framework for all aspects of research activity.
  • Student Support Framework: defines how the University and its staff seek to support students, including exploration of each of the University's student support teams and the roles that staff, including course team members, take.