CLASSIFICATION OF

MAJOR AND MINOR CHANGES TO EXISTING PROGRAMMES

AND CHANGES TO MARKS AND STANDARDS

 

 Major Changes to Existing Programmes

Academic Board retains authority for the approval of Major Changes ranging from (1) to (5) below.

Approval of Major Changes ranging from (6) to (14) is devolved to Colleges/ACE Academic Standards Board*.

 Major Changes may include changes to the following:

  1. a change in programme title or the addition of a minor award/exit route;

  2. addition of a new partner for programmes delivered in collaboration or addition of a partner to an existing UCC programme;

  3. a change to Undergraduate admissions requirements/CAO admission procedure;

  4. creation of a new subject area not previously taught in UCC;

  5. change in the overall credits for the programme;

  6. opening up an existing exit award for recruitment;

  7. A substantive change in programme structure and/or regulation(s);

  8. Substantial change in programme content and /or Programme Learning Outcomes;

  9. An appreciable change (e.g. 20%) in the number of students taking a programme;

  10. Creation/Withdrawal of Subject Areas/Pathways/Streams within a programme;

  11. Deletion/Withdrawal of a Programme from the UCC portfolio;

  12. Introduction of full-time or part-time option for existing programme;

  13. A change in the mode of the delivery or learning environment (e.g. blended learning of an existing programme);

  14. Entry Requirements for Taught Postgraduate Programmes - where a proposed change results in a departure from the entry requirements originally approved, this may be considered a major change e.g. if the proposal results in an exclusion of a cohort previously allowed apply for the programme, or makes the entry requirement harsher than those specified at original programme approval. 

     

Academic Board retains authority for the approval of Major Changes ranging from (1) to (5) above.

Approval of Major Changes ranging from (6) to (14) is devolved to Colleges/ACE Academic Standards Board*

 

 

Notes:

  1. *Occasionally, proposed changes to an existing programme may be so substantial that the proposal should be classified and processed as a new programme.  Colleges are asked to consult the Office for Academic Programmes and Regulations for guidance in such instances.  The Registrar will bring a recommendation to Academic Board for final decision on the classification of the proposal if necessary.

     

Colleges are required to confirm with the Office for Academic Programmes and Regulations that there are no adverse operational/implementation issues arising from any proposed major changes prior to final approval by Colleges.

Minor Changes to Existing Programmes

Minor Changes include any change in programme structure or module description that is not considered Major as defined above.  Minor Changes to an existing Programme description will affect programme details published in the University Calendar and may include changes to the following:

  1. Change in existing title and credit value of module(s)

  2. Replacement of module(s)

  3. Addition of new module(s)

  4. Discontinuation of Modules (Removal of Descriptor from the published Book of Modules, but remains archived on DMIS)

  5. Change in the ratio of core to elective modules

  6. Change in descriptive text informing students about module choices

  7. Entry Requirements for taught postgraduate programmes only - any change other than those outlined in 1(n) above

  8. Regulations governing quotas for pathways in programmes.

     

Minor Changes to module descriptions which are published in the University Book of Modules may include changes to the following:

    1. Change in title and description of an existing module under the following headings:

    • Module Code*

    • Module Title

    • Credit Weighting

    • Semester(s)

    • No. of Students

    • Pre-requisite(s)

    • Co-requisite(s)

    • Module Co-ordinator

    • Lecturer(s)

    • Module Objective

    • Module Content

    • Learning Outcomes

    • Assessment

    • Compulsory Elements

    • Penalties

    • Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module

    • Formal Written Examination Profile

    • Requirements for Supplemental Examination

       

      2. Creation of new modules arising as a result of minor changes to the programme description.

 

*Note: Colleges are requested to consider the impact of any minor changes on the overall integrity of the programme as originally approved, (especially where minor changes are introduced to a programme over a number of years consecutively).  Please contact the Office for Academic Programmes and Regulations for guidance as necessary.

 

Approval of Minor Changes is devolved to Colleges/ACE Academic Standards Board (in accordance with their own local procedures)

 

 Changes to Marks and Standards

Marks and Standards are the rules and regulations governing examinations and are used in the presentation of results to examination boards.  Changes to Marks and Standards may include the following:

  • Time of the formal Examination Boards

  • Total Marks for each year of the programme  

  • Pass (and progression) standard for the award

  • Calculation of honours for final award

  • Carrying forward of marks towards final award

  • Regulations governing approved exit awards for the programme

  • Exemptions

  • Rules governing examination in a Supplemental and/or Repeat year

     

Approval of Changes to Marks and Standards is devolved to Colleges/ACE Academic Standards Board (in accordance with their own local procedures)

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