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Unit Development and Review Policy

PURPOSE

This policy details the systematic development, monitoring, and review of units offered at Leaders Institute (LI).


SCOPE

All units


PRINCIPLES

In the development and review of units, LI ensures that:


  • units align to the vision, mission, values, and Strategic Plan of LI;

  • each unit is reviewed as part of LI's continuous cycle of review and improvement, including reaccreditation processes;

  • reviews reflect the course goals;

  • Academic Board has general oversight of processes.


Unit Development

New units must use the LI Unit Outline Template and include the following:


  • appropriate code and title;

  • brief unit description;

  • learning outcomes mapped to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and LI Graduate Attributes;

  • assessment mapped to AQF and LI Assessment Workload Calculator, ensuring rigorous academic integrity processes;

  • appropriate content;

  • appropriate delivery modes;

  • access to current recommended readings, with an emphasis on open access resources;

  • External Peer Review Report;

  • Unit Coordinator Response to External Peer Review.


Unit Review

At the end of each semester, every Unit Coordinator provides a Unit Coordinator Report to the Program Director with proposed improvements to the unit. This report includes:


  • Student Feedback Forms;

  • student engagement, attrition, and completion data;

  • effectiveness of support for underrepresented and disadvantaged subgroups;

  • student learning data;

  • formative and summative assessment results and grade distribution.


The implementation of any recommendations for improvement to a unit outline is overseen by the Program Director and reported to Development Committee.


PROCEDURES


DEVELOPING A NEW UNIT OUTLINE

Development Committee oversees the development of new unit outlines according to the following:


1. Initial draft unit outline

The Unit Coordinator drafts the unit outline according to the LI Unit Outline Template.


2. External peer review of unit outline

The Unit Coordinator commissions an external expert in the discipline field to complete the External Peer Review of Unit Outline Form.


3. Revise unit outline

The Unit Coordinator revises the unit outline in response to recommendations by the external expert and completes the Response to External Peer Review Form.


4. Submit unit outline to Development Committee

The Unit Coordinator submits to Development Committee the updated unit outline, along with the completed External Peer Review Form and Response to External Peer Review Form. If accepted, Development Committee commends the unit outline to Academic Board for approval.


4. Approval by Academic Board

If approved by Academic Board, the Program Director will notify the Unit Coordinator of the decision.


REVIEWING A UNIT OUTLINE

1. Unit Coordinator Report

At the end of each semester, the Unit Coordinator submits a Unit Coordinator Report to the Program Director which includes reviewing grade distribution, as well as feedback from students and other key stakeholders. The Unit Coordinator recommends improvements to delivery of the unit as required. The Program Director reviews these reports and initiates required revisions. The Program Director then submits the Unit Coordinator Reports and actions completed to Development Committee if required.


2. Minor Revisions to Unit Outline

Minor revisions to a unit outline include changes to:


  • assessment tasks and time;

  • content;

  • required and recommended reading, ensuring the Librarian is informed.


The Unit Coordinator may action recommended revisions with the approval of the Program Director. The Program Director will ensure that all stakeholders are informed in writing.


3. Major Revisions of Unit Outline

Major revisions to a unit outline include changes to:


  • prerequisites and corequisites;

  • unit code or title;

  • unit learning outcomes;

  • assessment weighting;

  • co-streaming or multi-streaming arrangements.


Major revisions to a unit outline require an External Peer Review and Unit Coordinator Response to External Peer Review. Documentation is tabled to Development Committee. If accepted, Development Committee commends the revisions to Academic Board for approval.


4. Approval by Academic Board

If approved by Academic Board, the Program Director will notify the Unit Coordinator of the decision. Units with professional accreditation may require additional professional accreditation review processes.


Feedback to Stakeholders

Program Directors put in place mechanisms and processes (including websites) to ensure all stakeholders, including students, are informed of the changes.


Assessment Workload Calculator

Development and review of the LI Assessment Workload Calculator is overseen by Development Committee. Amendments must be benchmarked and externally reviewed. The final LI Assessment Workload Calculator is approved by Academic Board.


Co-delivery

To apply for co-delivery of a unit with another unit that is not the same AQF level, a proposal is tabled to Development Committee which demonstrates:


  • unit content is related and suitable;

  • the different unit learning outcomes of both units will be met;

  • assessment readings and resources reflect the relevant AQF level;

  • separate tutorials are provided to students of the higher unit level;

  • the Lecturer holds a qualification one AQF level higher than the highest unit or meets the criteria for professional equivalence listed in the Academic Staff Register Policy;


If accepted, Development Committee commends the application to Academic Board for approval.




PURPOSE

This policy details the systematic development, monitoring, and review of units offered at Leaders Institute (LI).


SCOPE

All units


PRINCIPLES

In the development and review of units, LI ensures that:


  • units align to the vision, mission, values, and Strategic Plan of LI;

  • each unit is reviewed as part of LI's continuous cycle of review and improvement, including reaccreditation processes;

  • reviews reflect the course goals;

  • Academic Board has general oversight of processes.


Unit Development

New units must use the LI Unit Outline Template and include the following:


  • appropriate code and title;

  • brief unit description;

  • learning outcomes mapped to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and LI Graduate Attributes;

  • assessment mapped to AQF and LI Assessment Workload Calculator, ensuring rigorous academic integrity processes;

  • appropriate content;

  • appropriate delivery modes;

  • access to current recommended readings, with an emphasis on open access resources;

  • External Peer Review Report;

  • Unit Coordinator Response to External Peer Review.


Unit Review

At the end of each semester, every Unit Coordinator provides a Unit Coordinator Report to the Program Director with proposed improvements to the unit. This report includes:


  • Student Feedback Forms;

  • student engagement, attrition, and completion data;

  • effectiveness of support for underrepresented and disadvantaged subgroups;

  • student learning data;

  • formative and summative assessment results and grade distribution.


The implementation of any recommendations for improvement to a unit outline is overseen by the Program Director and reported to Development Committee.


PROCEDURES


DEVELOPING A NEW UNIT OUTLINE

Development Committee oversees the development of new unit outlines according to the following:


1. Initial draft unit outline

The Unit Coordinator drafts the unit outline according to the LI Unit Outline Template.


2. External peer review of unit outline

The Unit Coordinator commissions an external expert in the discipline field to complete the External Peer Review of Unit Outline Form.


3. Revise unit outline

The Unit Coordinator revises the unit outline in response to recommendations by the external expert and completes the Response to External Peer Review Form.


4. Submit unit outline to Development Committee

The Unit Coordinator submits to Development Committee the updated unit outline, along with the completed External Peer Review Form and Response to External Peer Review Form. If accepted, Development Committee commends the unit outline to Academic Board for approval.


4. Approval by Academic Board

If approved by Academic Board, the Program Director will notify the Unit Coordinator of the decision.


REVIEWING A UNIT OUTLINE

1. Unit Coordinator Report

At the end of each semester, the Unit Coordinator submits a Unit Coordinator Report to the Program Director which includes reviewing grade distribution, as well as feedback from students and other key stakeholders. The Unit Coordinator recommends improvements to delivery of the unit as required. The Program Director reviews these reports and initiates required revisions. The Program Director then submits the Unit Coordinator Reports and actions completed to Development Committee if required.


2. Minor Revisions to Unit Outline

Minor revisions to a unit outline include changes to:


  • assessment tasks and time;

  • content;

  • required and recommended reading, ensuring the Librarian is informed.


The Unit Coordinator may action recommended revisions with the approval of the Program Director. The Program Director will ensure that all stakeholders are informed in writing.


3. Major Revisions of Unit Outline

Major revisions to a unit outline include changes to:


  • prerequisites and corequisites;

  • unit code or title;

  • unit learning outcomes;

  • assessment weighting;

  • co-streaming or multi-streaming arrangements.


Major revisions to a unit outline require an External Peer Review and Unit Coordinator Response to External Peer Review. Documentation is tabled to Development Committee. If accepted, Development Committee commends the revisions to Academic Board for approval.


4. Approval by Academic Board

If approved by Academic Board, the Program Director will notify the Unit Coordinator of the decision. Units with professional accreditation may require additional professional accreditation review processes.


Feedback to Stakeholders

Program Directors put in place mechanisms and processes (including websites) to ensure all stakeholders, including students, are informed of the changes.


Assessment Workload Calculator

Development and review of the LI Assessment Workload Calculator is overseen by Development Committee. Amendments must be benchmarked and externally reviewed. The final LI Assessment Workload Calculator is approved by Academic Board.


Co-delivery

To apply for co-delivery of a unit with another unit that is not the same AQF level, a proposal is tabled to Development Committee which demonstrates:


  • unit content is related and suitable;

  • the different unit learning outcomes of both units will be met;

  • assessment readings and resources reflect the relevant AQF level;

  • separate tutorials are provided to students of the higher unit level;

  • the Lecturer holds a qualification one AQF level higher than the highest unit or meets the criteria for professional equivalence listed in the Academic Staff Register Policy;


If accepted, Development Committee commends the application to Academic Board for approval.




Policy Owner

Chair, Development Committee

Approval Date

24 March 2022

Approving Body

Academic Board

Review Date

24 March 2027

Endorsing Body

Academic Board

Version

1.0

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