Proposing a new course

The initial idea for a new programme can come from a number of sources: sometimes initiated within a department following a review of existing curricula, or the arrival of a new subject specialist; sometimes devised as a partnership across departments; other times determined at a College or University level for strategic purposes.

New programme plans are built into the rolling College Plans, which will dictate the broad timescale for delivery.

What do I need to do now?

At this stage you will need to:

  • Assess your course and think about the benefits of the new or redesigned programme, for example it could help to boost student retention, or there may be CPD opportunities for staff.
  • Discuss your programme idea with your Head of Department and any partner departments with related or similar programmes to develop an outline course proposal. You will also need to inform your College Programme Development Group.
  • To encourage staff involvement you could use ‘champions’ – people who have recently been through the curriculum design process and are able to provide supportive case studies.

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