A robust quality assurance system is integral to the maintenance of the quality of the University's courses. Unit and course quality is a continuous process, incorporating regular monitoring, review, benchmarking and improvement of the University's courses. The aims of this process are to:
- Improve course quality by enhancing the University's use of unit and course performance data;
- Assist the University in its academic reprofiling and teaching performance expectations;
- Ensure that the University has a process in place to meet Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) requirements by 31 December 2014;
- Assist with accreditation requirements;
- Monitor and review units, majors and courses to identify areas of risk; areas of strategic importance; concerns about performance as well as identification of good practice. A cyclic review becomes due only when there is explicit justification identified in the unit and course reports (see Reviews Policy [PDF 113KB]).
For further background information see UTAS Unit and Course Report Information [PDF 393KB].
Course/Major Evaluation Reports
A significant process that all courses must undertake before January 2015 is compliance with the revised AQF requirements. The AQF Second Edition January 2013 provides a complete set of AQF policies, objectives and information about the monitoring arrangements for AQF. All courses need to demonstrate:
- The learning outcomes for each AQF level and qualification type
- The specifications for accreditation and development of qualifications
- Student pathways
- Addition or removal of qualification types (See www.aqf.edu.au)
The Course/Major Evaluation Reports include a Statement of Curriculum Philosophy; mapping of course/major level outcomes; and student learning progression. Feedback from other sources is encouraged, including external advisory committees and accrediting bodies.
Other data for inclusion in the Course/Major Evaluation Reports is based on a set of performance data at the course level and linked to the Learning and Teaching Dashboard (still under development). The indicators currently available are:
- Demand & Load
- Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) data
Download the current draft Word version of the Course/Major Evaluation Report [MS Word 32KB]
Unit Evaluation Reports
Schools are responsible for ensuring the evaluation of units. The Unit Coordinator and teaching team are responsible for producing a Unit Evaluation Report. According to the draft Unit and Course Evaluation Procedure [PDF 275KB] there are three caveats:
- Heads of School are responsible for identifying a number of units to be evaluated
- When external moderation or national thematic assessments are introduced, units will need to be moderated externally
- Units flagged for review through eVALUate Unit survey results*
Unit Evaluation Reports will be due 2-3 months after the end of each semester:
|Study Period||Due Date|
|Sem 3 (Summer)||End of mid-Sem 1 break|
|Sem 1 + Sem4 (Winter)||End of mid-Sem 2 break|
|Sem 2 + Sem 5 (Spring)||Week prior to Orientation Week Sem 1|
*Units are flagged for review each Semester if they receive a response rate ≥ 40% and
- an overall percentage of agreement of <60% or
- <50% agreement for question 11 on the eVALUate Survey (Overall, I was satisfied with this unit).
For assistance with moderation, or questions about Unit Reporting, please contact SERRU.
Download the current draft Word version of the Unit Evaluation Report [MS Word 29KB]
Senior Executive Sponsorship
Senior Executive sponsorship of the unit and course/major reporting and review process rests with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Education).