Curriculum Planning Principles and the CMA

Curriculum Change is the annual process of developing, approving and gathering data on the structure of the University's modules and programmes for the following academic year.

The Code of Practice on Programme Development, Approval and Modification sets out the principles underpinning the process of curriculum change.

Data on programmes and modules to be offered in the following academic year is input into the University Student Records System (SITS).  The quality of data held in SITS is critical as it drives a significant number of student records processes, including those presented directly to students. These include but are not limited to:

  • Module Registration and Selection
  • Timetabling
  • Examination scheduling
  • Marks Entry
  • Progression and award calculations
  • Assessment and Award processes
  • Panel and Board of Examiners reports.
  • External Returns, such as the Key Information Set (KIS) that may inform student choice

The data on programme, module and assessment structure gathered through the annual curriculum change round forms the basis for all of the above processes. The better the quality of the data captured at this point, the fewer requirements later in the year for checking and amendment in academic departments.

New requirements brought about by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) and the launch of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), as well as associated legislation mean that 'students must be given clear, accurate and easily understandable material information at the correct time’.

This removes much of our ability to make late changes to our programmes (and the modules within them).

This also means that student consultation and, in some circumstances, approval is required before changes can be implemented.

The CRA and CMA Guidance Document provides more information.

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