Programs

PCMS Field Help References

Summary of Proposal

Provide an overview of the proposal to enable discussion to take place throughout the approval process.

The overview should include:

  • The major features of the program including but not limited to a discipline overview and the intended benefit to students, unique features of the program which differentiate it from similar programs offered by the University
  • The business benefit to introducing this new program or making this major change including an evidence-based rationale as to the new market that this program will capture or its importance in retaining existing market share
  • The financial impact and estimated demand of the program with reference to competitors. Information regarding competitor programs can be sourced via the national BI Hub, a Google search, or websites such as Course Seeker and The Good Universities Guide
  • If relevant – identify the rationale regarding the choice of partner or joint provider
  • List the courses utilised including the number of new and withdrawn courses as outlined in the Program Notification Statement (PNS)
  • The purpose/intent of the proposed program or amendment, for example “to meet an emerging market need for professionals with the skills to work in….”, “to address program improvement actions resulting from the program review process”, or “to update the program curriculum in accordance with industry changes”

Field Properties: Free Text, 8000 chars max, Required for approval – Displayed in PCMS approval documentation

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In this section, provide evidence of the market significance of the proposed area of study. This is clearly demonstrated by identifying the group targeted as potential students and indicating that the needs of this group are not currently being met elsewhere.

Consultation with industry about demand for graduates need not be included here, as there is a separate section for ‘Industry Demand/ Support evidence’.

In another section of the proposal you will be asked to undertake a detailed competitor analysis, which should expand on the claims that are made in this section about potential to capture market share. If the proposal involves online delivery, a case should be made that the proposal targets a particular cohort who are unable or unlikely to enrol in the program if it were offered on campus, or who would benefit from online delivery.

A substantial case for the projected intake needs to be made and evidence provided where available.  Program developers should consult with UniSA International staff (if applicable) when detailing the extent of demand for the proposed new program.

Field Properties: Free text, 10000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Provide a summary of the anticipated financial impact and financial result of the new program, based on the budget prepared for the Impact Statement.

Note:  Consultation with the Finance Unit is part of the formal approval process for new programs, and Schools are encouraged to consult the Finance Unit early in program development. Finance advice can be sought once the estimated demand and program schedule have been determined.

Field Properties: Free text, 6000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Clearly state the recommendation(s) and/or resolution(s) being sought from ASQC/Academic Board depending on the activities attached to the new program/program amendment.

For example:

  • "It is recommend that [program name] be approved for commencement in [year, study period]"
  • “It is recommended that the amendment to change the name of the program to [NAME] be approved for commencement in [year, study period]”

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Clearly state how the proposed program/program amendment aligns with both the local are priorities university strategic plan. Refer to the current strategic plans (for example Crossing the Horizon, Enterprise 25 and the Curriculum Innovation Process etc) where relevant to clearly tie in the proposal with current KPIs.

Outline the academic and other benefits to the University, including the relationship to other disciplines and research areas. Is the proposal is scalable? Are there are opportunities for future growth?

Note:  For Offshore programs consult with UniSA International.

Field Properties: Free text, 6000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Provide a summary of from the consultation undertaken with industry, including prospective employers of graduates of the program, professional organisations, offshore partners etc. to demonstrate the nature and the scale of the demand for trained staff in the industry in question, nationally and/or internationally.

Useful resources:

  • JobOutlook.gov.au: to identify potential career paths, the stability of the industry, and key skills required
  • The National, state and territory skill shortage information available at https://www.jobs.gov.au/national-state-and-territory-skill-shortage-information is useful to identify current skill demands
  • Utilise external advisory boards where they are established
  • Professional Accreditation bodies, where relevant

Field Properties: Free text, 8000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Program Configuration

Select whether students will be able to undertake the new program in 'Accelerated Mode'.

If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Accelerated Mode Comment' field will be displayed, and details of how the program can be undertaken in accelerated mode should be entered in this field.

Accelerated mode is a form a program delivery that allows students to undertake and complete the program in a shorter period of time than the standard program schedule allows for. Course progression, co-requisites, prerequisites and course availability must be taken into consideration when identifying a program as available in Accelerated mode.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Enter details of the campus(es) from which the new program will be administered.

 

Campus

Select the campus(es) the new program will be administered from, including regional campuses or collaborative partner location.

Field Properties: Search and Select field, required for approval –displayed on Program webpage and Medici

 

Default

If the selected campus is the default campus (“Home campus”) for the administration of the new program, select the Default checkbox.

Note:  Only the 'default' campus will be displayed in the Academic Program Table in the student administration application Medici.

Field Properties: Checkbox, required for default campus

Select whether specialisations will be available in the program.

If 'No' is selected, a N/A (Not Applicable) plan will automatically be created for the program.

If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Add New Specialisation(s)' table and the 'Can the Program be Completed without a Specialisation' field are both displayed.  For the page to save, a specialisation must be entered via the 'Add New Specialisation' table, and a response must be selected for the 'Can the Program be Completed Without a Specialisation' field.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Select whether the new program will be a co-badged program.

A ‘Co-badged’ program is when there is a collaborative arrangement between recognised education providers, resulting in a single award and may include the co-badging of a single parchment. The inclusion of another university’s details on University of South Australia parchments must be approved by Academic Board and University Council.

The decision to co-badge a program should be detailed in the Collaborative Arrangements tab.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Select the value that best represents the number of courses to be delivered in External Mode.

'External Mode' is distance education whereby students receive program materials and submit assignments by mail or online, and do not attend a campus.

Note:  For CRICOS registration, the online component or external component of a program must not exceed 25% of the total units of the program.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Select the value that best represents the number of courses to be delivered in Internal Mode.

'Internal Mode' is where students attend lectures and tutorials at one or more campuses.  This mode of delivery may be undertaken Onshore or Offshore.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Select the value that best represents the number of courses to be delivered in Mixed Mode.

'Mixed Mode' is a combination of Internal and External Modes of study, where at least one course is undertaken in Internal Mode, and at least one course is undertaken in External Mode.

Note:  For CRICOS registration, the online component or external component of a program must not exceed 25% of the total units of the program.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Select whether the new program will replace an existing program(s).

 If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Add New Replaced Program(s)' table is displayed, and the program(s) being replaced must be selected.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Select whether the new program is a Double Degree.If 'No' is selected, the 'Is this an Exit Award Only' field is displayed, and a response must be selected to enable the page to save.

If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Supplementary Field of Education (if required)' and 'Double Degree Type' fields are displayed.  A second Field of Education for the Program should only be selected when applicable; the Double Degree Type must be selected to enable the page to be saved.

Select the Double Degree Type from the drop down list:

  • Two prescribed degrees: two programs are identified on the Double Degrees tab,
  • One prescribed and one option: one program is identified on the Double Degrees tab, and a list of optional programs is to be added in the “Other Program” box.
  • Choose any combination of two programs: a list of all programs available will be added to the Double Degree tab in the “Other Program” box.

'Double Degrees' are programs where two contrasting and complementary programs at the same level have been specifically combined to complement each other, such that the core elements of the two awards are undertaken simultaneously, and the requirements of each award are fully met.

Double degree programs are permitted at Bachelor and Masters Degree level only.  At Masters level double degrees would normally only apply to 54 unit and 72 unit programs.  Double degree structures do not apply to Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma programs due to the structure and duration of such programs.

Joint degrees are collaborative arrangements between recognised educational providers which result in a single award.  Such awards may include joint badging of a single testamur.  The inclusion of another university's details on University of South Australia parchments must be approved by Academic Board and University Council.

The University of South Australia Act permits collaborative arrangements, such as double degrees with other institutions, in Australia or overseas.

Note:  This field is only displayed when 'No' is selected in response to 'Is this Part of a Nested Suite of Programs?', and a response must be selected to enable the page to be saved.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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This field is only displayed when 'Yes' is selected in response to 'Is this a Double Degree'.

Select the type of double degree program.

For example:

  • if the student is not offered a choice of programs and must complete two prescribed programs, select 'Two Prescribed Programs'
  • if the student is required to complete a prescribed program and has a choice of the second program to be completed, select 'One Prescribed Program and One Option'
  • if the student is required to complete any two programs from a prescribed list of programs, select 'Choose Any Combination of Two Programs'

The type of double degree selected will determine the number of program schedules to be completed as follows:

  • 'Two Prescribed Programs' may require one or multiple program schedules (depending on specialisations)
  • 'One Prescribed Program and One Option' will require multiple program schedules (one for each combination of programs)
  • 'Choose Any Combination of Two Programs' will require one program schedule only

Field properties: will be displayed in PCMS and the approval report.

Select the year that the program will be due for review (programs are normally due to be reviewed 5 years after the year of introduction).

Note:  When the year is selected, the Study Period field will display SP7 (Study Period 7), indicating the program will be reviewed during Study Period 7 of the selected year.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Select whether the new program will be available to be undertaken part-time. This is applicable to programs were the schedule allows students to study less than 1 EFTSL per year. Course progression, co-requisites, prerequisites and course availability must be taken into consideration when identifying a program as available part time.

If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Is this Program Part-Time Only?' field is displayed and must be used to record whether the new program can only be undertaken part-time.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation, displayed on Program webpage

Select whether the new program is only available to be undertaken part-time.

This field is only displayed when 'Yes' is selected in response to 'Is this Program Available Part-Time?'.

Field properties: will be displayed in PCMS approval documentation.

Fees are determined through the University’s revenue generation process.

Is this a Commonwealth Supported Program?

Select whether the new program will be a Commonwealth Supported Program (CSP).

Domestic undergraduate places at UniSA are generally Commonwealth supported. Postgraduate coursework places can be offered on a full fee-paying basis or as Commonwealth supported places.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed on Program webpage and Medici

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Select whether the new program is a Double Degree.If 'No' is selected, the 'Is this an Exit Award Only' field is displayed, and a response must be selected to enable the page to save.

If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Supplementary Field of Education (if required)' and 'Double Degree Type' fields are displayed.  A second Field of Education for the Program should only be selected when applicable; the Double Degree Type must be selected to enable the page to be saved.

Select the Double Degree Type from the drop down list:

  • Two prescribed degrees: two programs are identified on the Double Degrees tab,
  • One prescribed and one option: one program is identified on the Double Degrees tab, and a list of optional programs is to be added in the “Other Program” box.
  • Choose any combination of two programs: a list of all programs available will be added to the Double Degree tab in the “Other Program” box.

'Double Degrees' are programs where two contrasting and complementary programs at the same level have been specifically combined to complement each other, such that the core elements of the two awards are undertaken simultaneously, and the requirements of each award are fully met.

Double degree programs are permitted at Bachelor and Masters Degree level only.  At Masters level double degrees would normally only apply to 54 unit and 72 unit programs.  Double degree structures do not apply to Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma programs due to the structure and duration of such programs.

Joint degrees are collaborative arrangements between recognised educational providers which result in a single award.  Such awards may include joint badging of a single testamur.  The inclusion of another university's details on University of South Australia parchments must be approved by Academic Board and University Council.

The University of South Australia Act permits collaborative arrangements, such as double degrees with other institutions, in Australia or overseas.

Note:  This field is only displayed when 'No' is selected in response to 'Is this Part of a Nested Suite of Programs?', and a response must be selected to enable the page to be saved.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Fees are determined through the University’s revenue generation process. Contact your division accountant to request the approved fees.

Select whether the new program will be a Fee Paying Postgraduate Program, also known as a non-Commonwealth supported place.

If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Year' and 'Value (AU$)' fields will be displayed and must be used to enter the indicative year the new program is expected to commence, and the yearly cost to students for the program.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed on Program webpage and Medici

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Select whether the new program will be an Employer Reserved Program.

This option is for a place in a program that is made available under an arrangement between the University and an employer or industry body. The arrangement limits or restricts enrolments, in some or all of the places in the program, to students sponsored by their employer or industry body.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Select whether the new program is an 'Exit Award Only' program.

Exit Award Only programs are not publicised or promoted, and do not have a webpage or a schedule.

Students cannot be admitted into an Exit Award Only program.  These programs are used for the purpose of graduating students from a higher degree program with a lesser award (e.g. a student commenced a Masters degree and wants to leave the program prior to completing their Masters - in this situation the student will be graduated from the Exit Award Only program).

Note:  This field is only displayed when 'No' is selected in response to 'Is this a Double Degree'; however, the field will not be displayed if 'Yes' is selected in response to 'Is this a Discrete Honours Program', or if 'Yes' is selected in response to 'Does this Program have a With Honours Option'. 

Field Properties: Radio button, required when the program is not part of a nested suite of programs, and is not a Double Degree, Discrete Honours, or With Honours program – displayed in approval documentation

Select whether the new program will be part of a nested suite of programs.

If 'No' is selected, the 'Is this a Double Degree', 'Is this a Discrete Honours Program', and 'Does this Program have a With Honours option' fields are displayed, and responses to each of these fields must be selected to enable the page to be saved.

If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Add New Program(s) to this Program Suite' table and the 'Is this an Exit Award Only' field are displayed and must be populated to enable to the page to be saved.

A 'Nested Program' is a suite of postgraduate programs, normally graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters (but may extend to professional doctorate) where each lower award is a complete sub-set of the next award.  Depending on the entry requirements, students may enter or exit the suite of awards at any level (e.g. a student may progress upwards from the Graduate Certificate, or may enter at the Masters level but exit with either a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma).

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Fees are determined through the University’s revenue generation process. Contact your division accountant to request the approved fees.

Select whether the new program will be available to International Students (a student who is studying in Australia on a temporary visa, or a non-Australian citizen who is studying overseas via online or distance education). Students enrolled in offshore programs are not considered to be international students.

If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Year', 'Value (AU$)', and 'Total Program Fee' fields will be displayed and must be used to enter the indicative year the new program is expected to commence, the yearly cost to the student, and then calculate the total program fee for International students. FPOS fees must be equal to or greater than the domestic fee for the same program.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Select the language that the new program will be delivered in from the drop-down list.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Type the full name of the Program (a program name must be entered to enable the page to be saved).

The program name must adhere to recognised naming conventions.

A program title should:

  • clearly represent the award gained;
  • be embedded within a broad discipline area;
  • be concise and meaningful in a broader context;
  • be robust; there should be some element of longevity in the title chosen rather than attempting to represent every transitory trend (ie. the "buzz" word titles);
  • acknowledge national/international and professional standards and usage; and
  • be responsive to demonstrable long-term market demand.

Field Properties: Free text, 150 chars max, required for approval – displayed on the Program webpage, learnonline and Medici

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Enter the Profile Intake EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Study Load) of the new Program.

Field Properties: Number, 3 digits maximum, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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From the information presented in this section, Student and Academic Services will determine the programs post nominals, the program code, level and whether the study career is postgraduate or undergraduate. SAS will liaise with UniSA International for programs available to international students to obtain a CRICOS code.

Select the duration of the new Program (in equivalent full-time years) from the drop- down list.

The program duration is calculated based on the number of courses required to complete the program in its entirety. One EFTSL is 36 units, equivalent to 1 full-time year; and is usually made up of 8 x 4.5 unit courses.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, required for approval – displayed on Program webpage and Medici

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Search for and select the primary Field of Education (FOE) of the Program.

For double degrees, two FOE codes should be identified (the second FOE field ‘Supplementary Program Field of Education’ will be displayed when 'Yes' is selected in response to the 'Is this a Double Degree' field in the Special Program Types section of the page).

Obtain the field in consultation with the Division Manager, or nominee, who is responsible for allocating FOE codes.

For an explanation of FOE classification refer to Fields of Education Information.

01

   Natural and Physical Sciences

02

   Information Technology

03

   Engineering and Related   Technologies

04

   Architecture and Building

05

   Agriculture, Environmental and   Related Studies

06

   Health Sciences

07

   Education

08

   Management and Commerce

09

   Society and Culture

10

   Creative Arts

11

   Food, Hospitality and Personal   Services

12

   Mixed Field Programs

Field Properties: Search and Select field, required for approval – displayed in Medici

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If the double degree program has a supplementary Field of Education (FOE), search for and select the second FOE for the program.  If there is no second FOE for the program, leave this field blank.

This field is only displayed when 'Yes' is selected in response to 'Is this a Double Degree'.

For an explanation of FOE classification refer to Fields of Education Information.

Field properties: will be displayed in PCMS approval documentation

If required, select the correct year that the program will be introduced. This would usually be at least one calendar year in the future due to approval processes and deadlines.

Note:  This field will display the year that was entered in the 'Year of Introduction' field in the Program Notification Statement (PNS); however, a different year of introduction can be selected from the drop-down list if required.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Consultation

Enter details of all external consultations associated with new program.

This information should provide a summary of the processes undertaken in the design of the curriculum, and should include discussion with academics, professional accreditation bodies, potential students, advisory committees, potential employers and other groups with particular interests.

Issues about which advice should be sought include:

  • current and future needs of professional groups and employers
  • nomenclature of the program
  • specific professional requirements (e.g. hours of practicum)
  • perceived advantages of current programs in a related area
  • perceived deficiencies in current programs in a related area.
  • the nature and the scale of the demand for trained staff in the industry, both nationally and/or internationally
  • the projected intake for the program (this will include the projected total intake (EFTSL).

For program amendments, existing consultation should be removed. Each new activity for the program saves the consultation so a historical record can be pulled together if necessary.

 

Describe the consultation process that was undertaken with the internal stakeholder and key issues/topics discussed. Describe the action(s) that the program developer(s) have taken based on issues identified by stakeholders in the consultation process.

Field Properties: displayed in PCMS and approval documentation

Enter details of all internal consultations associated with new program. There must be at least one entry in this section.

This information should provide evidence that the program's curriculum has undergone a rigorous consultation and information gathering process.  The consultation should indicate that there is wide support, ownership and commitment to the program and its curriculum and should include discussion with academics, professional accreditation bodies, potential students, advisory committees, potential employers and other groups with particular interest.

For new programs and major amendments:

WHO the discussions should involve:

  • Each of the units which provide Impact/Compliance Statements and the Communication and Marketing Unit (CMK), 
  • Local area staff impacted by the new program/program amendment, other schools/divisions impacted by the new program/program amendment, i.e. if the program schedule or electives list includes courses owned by another school; if the program involves service teaching arrangements; if enrolments in other programs or courses may be affected.

WHAT advice should be sought:

  • emerging trends in the discipline
  • nomenclature of the program
  • specific professional requirements (e.g. hours of practicum)
  • perceived advantages of current programs in a related area
  • perceived deficiencies in current programs in a related area.

For program amendments, existing consultation should be removed. Each new activity for the program saves the consultation so a historical record can be pulled together, if necessary.

HOW to undertake the consultation and how to record it in PCMS:

  • Enter the date that the internal stakeholder was consulted. Utilise the Calendar tool, or enter the date manually,
  • Describe the consultation process with the stakeholder and key issues/topics discussed. Describe the action(s) that the program developer(s) have taken based on issues identified by stakeholders in the consultation process.

 

Field Properties:  displayed in PCMS and approval documentation

Academic Design

Identify how the curriculum of the program has been developed to include Aboriginal content as a compulsory and assessable component of the award. Describe the consultation process undertaken with the Office of the PVC: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy in order to plan and implement partnership teaching arrangements for the delivery of Aboriginal content in undergraduate programs. Describe how the curriculum of the program has been developed to include Aboriginal content as a compulsory and assessable component of the award.

At UniSA all onshore undergraduate students should complete their program with an understanding of Aboriginal culture, history and contemporary experience as relevant to all students as educated citizens.  Furthermore, all onshore undergraduate professional education programs provided by the University should ensure that our graduates are well prepared for working with Aboriginal clients and communities.  This should be a distinguishing characteristic of the University.

To achieve this, it is a requirement that undergraduate programs must include Aboriginal content as a compulsory and assessable component of the award.  Program developers must comply with the guidelines for inclusion of Aboriginal content established by the office of the Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy.  Consultation must occur to plan and implement partnership teaching arrangements for the delivery of Aboriginal content in undergraduate programs Only those programs complying with the guidelines will be forwarded to the Academic Standards and Quality Committee (ASQC) for approval.

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Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for Onshore Undergraduate programs – displayed in approval documentation

Select the courses (3 maximum) in which practice based learning experiences are located, and describe how students will experience learning that is integrated with the world of work.

All undergraduate programs are required to provide learning experiences which are directly linked to work contexts.  All new programs must demonstrate that at least one course provides some opportunity for students to experience the workplace linked to their professional practice.  This facility already operates in many of UniSA's programs.  The aim is to ensure that students have some understanding of the professional environment which they will eventually enter.

There are many different types of learning experiences which can be used here, including:

  • Workplace learning (eg. placements/practicums, work experience, student projects in industry/professions)
  • Industry-based guest lecturers/experts/professionals contributing to classes/assessment
  • Simulations of work environments

Program developers need to briefly identify where and the type of practice-based learning opportunities which exist within the new program.

Select the course that provides students with one or more practice based learning opportunities.

Describe how students in the selected course will experience learning that is integrated with the world of work. 

Note:  Further information and assistance can be obtained from the Academic Development team in the Teaching Innovation Unit (TIU).  The UniSA Careers Services should be consulted in relation to new developments involving workplace learning.

Field Properties: 500 characters, field data will be displayed in PCMS approval documentation

Describe how students will experience learning that is integrated with the world of work. Identify a maximum of 3 courses within the program in which these learning experiences are located. Core courses listed within the program schedule can be selected from the dropdown box in the table. Elective courses can be described in the free text field.

Note: Complete the program schedule prior to completing this tab to enable the table to be populated.

All undergraduate programs are required to provide learning experiences which are directly linked to work contexts.  All new programs must demonstrate that at least one course provides some opportunity for students to experience the workplace linked to their professional practice.  This facility already operates in many of UniSA's programs.  The aim is to ensure that students have some understanding of the professional environment which they will eventually enter.

There are many different types of learning experiences which can be used here, including:

  • Workplace learning (e.g. placements/practicums, work experience, student projects in industry/professions)
  • Industry-based guest lecturers/experts/professionals contributing to classes/assessment
  • Simulations of work environments

Program developers need to briefly identify where and the type of practice-based learning opportunities which exist within the new program.

Note:  Further information and assistance can be obtained from the Teaching and Innovation Unit (TIU).  The UniSA Careers Services team (SEU) should be consulted in relation to new developments involving workplace learning.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Provide an educational rationale for the sequence, breadth, depth and balance provided by the courses and describe the major areas of study in the program. Provide an explanation of how the curriculum was developed and how the design scaffolds learning to achieve the stated program outcomes. Reference should be made to majors/minors if relevant.

Use the information below to tailor a succinct statement specific to the program in terms of knowledge and skills, which demonstrates that the outcomes of the program are at the appropriate Australian Quality Framework (AQF)level.

Knowledge

In its entirety, the program documentation must demonstrate that the program will develop knowledge to the level required by the AQF.

AQF Level 5 – Diploma

Graduates of the [insert qualification name] will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters.

AQF Level 6 - Advanced Diploma / Associate Degree

Graduates of the [insert qualification name] will have broad theoretical and technical knowledge with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in [name discipline/s].

AQF Level 7 - Bachelor Degree

Graduates of the [insert qualification name] will have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles & concepts in [name discipline/s] as a basis for independent lifelong learning.

AQF Level 8 - Bachelor Honours Degree / Graduate Certificate / Graduate Diploma

Graduates of the [insert qualification name] will have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in [name discipline/s] and knowledge of research principles and methods.

AQF Level 9 - Masters Degree (Coursework)

1) Graduates of the [insert qualification name] will have:1) a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in [name discipline/s] and/or area of [name professional practice], and

2) knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to [insert field of work and/or learning].

 

Skills

In its entirety, the program documentation must demonstrate that it develops skills of the type and to the level required by the AQF.

AQF Level 5 – Diploma

The [insert qualification name]will develop:

  • cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies
  • cognitive skills to analyse information to complete a range of activities
  • cognitive, analytical and communication skills to provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems
  • communication skills to transmit information and skills to others

AQF Level 6 - Advanced Diploma / Associate Degree

The [insert qualification name]will develop:

  • cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate information & concepts from a range of sources
  • cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in [insert discipline]
  • cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems
  • communication skills to make a clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence

AQF Level 7 - Bachelor Degree

The [insert qualification name]will develop:

  • cognitive skills to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
  • cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
  • cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas.

AQF Level 8 - Bachelor Honours Degree / Graduate Certificate / Graduate Diploma

The [insert qualification name]will develop:

  • cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  • cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
  • cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
  • technical skills to design and use research in a project
  • communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences

AQF Level 9 - Masters Degree (Coursework)

The [insert qualification name]will develop:

  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship

 

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Briefly describe how a flexible learning environment will be provided for this program. Flexible Learning Environments include:

  • Physical spaces and resources provided
  • Tools and software that comprise the online learning aspects of the course
  • Arrangements made by staff to foster, guide and structure learning.

The provision of a flexible learning environment is an important element of ensuring that we retain a unique offering in a competitive market.  It is also a means of securing further student engagement in learning activities.

The provision of a Flexible Learning Environment will also involve other elements including, for example:

  • Re-configured teaching spaces
  • Ability to negotiate learning outcomes
  • Choice of courses and offerings
  • Delivery mechanisms and timing of delivery, such as offerings out of hours
  • Online and off campus delivery

Note:  Further information and assistance can be obtained from the Academic Development team in the Teaching and Innovation Unit (TIU).

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Identify and list the kinds of occupations which graduates will enter and describe how the program prepares them for these careers. This builds on the information provided in the Summary of Proposal tab: Summary of Industry Support/Demand Evidence.

Graduate destinations are a key performance indicator at UniSA.  Clear career paths need to be identified for all programs so that graduates have a realistic chance of gaining employment as a result of their qualification.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

A professional competency is an attribute that enables the graduate to perform the duties of related roles, e.g. the ability to cultivate interpersonal relationships, negotiation and conflict resolution skills and so on.

Match each graduate quality to at least one professional competency relevant to the discipline and graduate destinations. This section may not apply to all programs but is particularly relevant to programs with professional accreditation requirements.

 

Related Links: Coursework Program Approval Manual (CPAM)

It is expected that all UniSA students will develop a profile of Graduate Qualities that will assist them to operate successfully both as professionals and citizens. The content, teaching strategies, and assessment of courses should be expressed in ways that embody the Graduate Qualities.

Over the duration of the program, students will be exposed to each of the graduate qualities in a substantial way and have opportunities to develop them to more advanced levels within the context of the discipline or field of study.

The program objectives embody a view of the kinds of graduates the program seeks to produce. Based on the generic indicators of each graduate quality, identify the program specific outcomes for each quality which are developed through the curriculum of the program.

The profile of graduate qualities will be a combination of what is developed in the various courses in the program. It is not expected that all courses will cover all graduate qualities or address them to the same, or even a significant, degree.  What is required is that over the duration of their program, students will be exposed to each of the graduate qualities in a substantial way and have opportunities to develop them to more advanced levels within the context of the discipline or field of study.

For joint programs with other providers (eg joint UniSA/TAFE programs), comment on how the course(s) from the other provider contribute(s) to the development of the graduate qualities.

Undergraduate programs: the seven graduate qualities must be developed to appropriate levels as determined by the University, including the advice of stakeholders in the program.

Postgraduate programs: it is recognised that graduates already bring a profile of abilities in relation to graduate qualities, so the program may seek to develop that profile in particular ways, and therefore not necessarily seek further development of the seven graduate qualities.

Related Links: UniSA Graduate Qualities

To view the correct field help content for your given scenario, please select the location of delivery of your new program:

Moderation involves ensuring that consistency of marking occurs within courses and across the program such that the same level of achievement is similarly rewarded.  Further, it should demonstrate that markers make the same judgement at different points in time in relation to the same level of performance.

 

Moderation (Onshore Programs)

For onshore programs, comment on the approach to moderation to be employed in the program.  This may include:

  • review of assessment tasks including examination questions in relation to course objectives
  • review of marking criteria
  • internal moderation processes such as meetings of markers, etc
  • student workload
  • blind marking of a cross-section of assignments and examinations.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

 

Moderation (Offshore Programs)

For offshore programs, comment on the approach to moderation to be employed in the program.  This may include:

  • review of assessment tasks including examination questions in relation to course objectives
  • review of marking criteria
  • internal moderation processes such as meetings of markers, etc
  • student workload
  • blind marking of a cross-section of assignments and examinations.

Moderation involves ensuring that consistency of marking occurs within courses and across the program such that the same level of achievement is similarly rewarded.  Further, it should demonstrate that markers make the same judgement at different points in time in relation to the same level of performance.

1) Where the Assessment is carried out by partner institution or local staff, specify the arrangements for moderation by UniSA staff.

2) Where English is not the language of teaching and assessment or it is a dual language program, comment on assessment validation and moderation processes.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Provide a statement about the online learning opportunities in the program. All courses should have web based information/communication/resources in addition to the material provided in other ways.  All written assignment submission must be online using the University’s assignment lodging system.

Comment on the resources/timelines required for this development of online elements. Explain how the online aspects fit within a good teaching and learning environment and identify any software required for the planned online delivery.Further information and assistance can be obtained from the Academic Development team in the Teaching and Innovation Unit (TIU).

A fully online program cannot be CRICOS registered. International students studying onshore under a student visa must study a CRICOS registered program as described by the ESOS (Education Services for Overseas Students) legislative framework.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Enter any additional comment on assessment (e.g. professional accreditation and /or recognition requirements, or assessment arrangements that apply but are not evident from the course statements).

Additional assessment requirements (or ‘Assessment hurdles’) are conditions for passing a course or assessment task other than an overall mark. They can include, but are not limited to, achieving a specified outcome in a particular aspect of the course, or specified participation requirements. Additional assessment can be linked to Professional Accreditation requirements of a program.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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A critical dimension to the academic judgement of student performance is the way in which the program supports the development of the Graduate Qualities. The Graduate Qualities assume specific meaning within the context of the discipline or field of study. The program should expose students to experiences that will develop and enable achievement of the full range of qualities in a manner which is both comprehensive and reflective of the way the qualities assume meaning within the context of the discipline.

The Program Graduate Qualities Profile is a summary of the Graduate Qualities of each course listed in the selected program schedule, and allows you to:

  • confirm all graduate qualities have been covered; and
  • judge the depth of the development of the Graduate Qualities across the program by the pattern within the profile grid

If the program has multiple schedules (specialisations), select a schedule to display the Program Graduate Qualities Profile. This is the only editable field. The table will automatically populate based on the courses listed in the program schedule. The Program Graduate Qualities Profile table will not be displayed until the program schedule is configured.

Field Properties: Search and Select field, optional – displayed in approval documentation

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To view the correct field help content for your given scenario, please select the location of delivery of your new program:

  • Onshore
  • Offshore

UniSA aims to provide education that is accessible to all groups of people.  Program developers must ensure that the proposed curriculum is inclusive for all enrolled students. Methodologies, techniques and support arrangements should be used to encourage participation and success for all students. This includes making special educational provisions for members of targeted equity groups.

The Teaching Innovation Unit can provide advice and information about the role of inclusivity and inclusive curricula in advancing the mission of the University and achieving the graduate qualities.  Program Developers should indicate that advice has been sought on issues of inclusivity, how that advice has been acted upon in the planning of the program, and which mechanisms will be adopted to evaluate the level of success of program components.

Special Requirements for Students with Disabilities (Onshore)

Identify how the curriculum of the program has been developed to accommodate students with disabilities and list any program components that students with particular disabilities cannot complete.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Special Requirements for Students with Disabilities (Offshore) 

Identify how the curriculum of the program has been developed to accommodate students with disabilities and list any program components that students with particular disabilities cannot complete.

Describe the partner organisation's responsibilities in this area.

Further information and assistance can be obtained from the Access and Inclusion Advisor in the Student Engagement Unit (SEU).

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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If the program has a significant research component (e.g. coursework professional doctorates, masters by coursework, and honours programs), describe the process for examination of the thesis/project. Describe the mechanisms that ensure research methodologies and practices are appropriate. State which components of the program are deemed to be research.  

Where the research component of the program has more than one module/course, state whether:

(A)

the modules are linked or on divergent issues

(B)

the modules will be presented individually or as a portfolio for examination

Note:  Coursework professional doctorates are those programs where the research component comprises at least one third but less than two thirds of the total EFTSL for the program.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

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Complete the program schedule prior to completing this tab to enable the table to be populated.

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.While not all undergraduate programs at UniSA will provide opportunities for such learning, for many programs it does provide an avenue for engaging students in learning. 

If opportunities do exist within the proposed program, program developers need to identify where and what types of opportunities are available.  Academic development staff in the Teaching Innovation Unit can provide further assistance and information.

Identify a maximum of 3 courses within the program in which these learning experiences are located. Core courses listed within the program schedule can be selected from the dropdown box in the table. Elective courses can be described in the free text field.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

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Complete the program schedule prior to completing this tab to enable the table to be populated.

Describe how students will experience learning that is integrated with research, and how senior University researchers will be involved in delivery of the program. Identify a maximum of 3 courses within the program in which these learning experiences are located. Core courses listed within the program schedule can be selected from the dropdown box in the table. Elective courses can be described in the free text field.

The Teaching - Research Nexus is defined as: 'The provision of learning experiences that foster connections between learning, teaching and research and strengthen student development of the Qualities of a University of South Australia Graduate'.

At is core is the concept of critical enquiry.

All undergraduate programs are required to demonstrate a connection with the research of the University.

There are many different types of learning environment which can be used here, including:

  • Capstone projects
  • Open-ended investigative projects
  • Projects in industry/professions
  • Projects in research centres and institutes
  • Problem-based activities

Program developers need to briefly identify where and the type of these opportunities that exist within the new program.  These should be related to the development of indicators or appropriate graduate qualities.

Note:  Further information and assistance can be obtained from the Teaching and Innovation Unit (TIU).

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

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Credit and Transition

If the program is to replace an existing program, provide:

  • a statement of the transition arrangements ensuring the following:
    • current students of the program being replaced will not be disadvantaged
    • international students can complete the new program arrangements within the duration of their existing student visa and will not be subject to an increase in program fees
    • students can complete the professional accreditation requirements where relevant
    • establishment of a phase-out process for the program being replaced
  • a full set of transition schedules, including course equivalence tables

Supporting documents can be attached using the 'Additional Attachments' link displayed below the 'Transition Comments' field.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required when a program is replacing an existing program – displayed in approval documentation

Describe any proposals for formal credit agreements including the consultation process. Identify whether the agreements are for block credit based on previous study, or course-based credit within UniSA or via other providers. 

Credit can be given for the successful completion of any TAFE qualification at Cert IV or above, whether in a field related or unrelated to the program, as the qualification provides generic outcomes which should be recognised as prior learning and achievement.

Attach a draft of any proposed credit transfer agreement using the 'Additional Attachments' link displayed below the 'Credit Rationale, Details & Comments' field.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

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Professional Accreditation and Recognition

Provide comments related to Professional Recognition for the program:

  • State the professional accreditation and/or professional recognition (in Australia and/or overseas) associated with this program,
  • Specify any limitations on the benefits to graduates. For example, the level of graduate qualification may determine entitlement to different levels of membership of the professional association (entry level, graduate, affiliate etc)
  • Any additional requirements for professional recognition stipulated by the accrediting body should be stated. For example:
    • certain courses must be completed before a graduate can qualify for membership of the professional association;
    • the completion of additional courses after graduation;
    • additional eligibility criteria.

Please ensure that requirements relating to the completion of a particular specialisation or elective course(s) within the award are clearly specified in the Rules section of the program schedule.

Field Properties: Free text, 6000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

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Select whether the new program will require a formal process of professional recognition.

If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Comments' field is displayed, and a response to this field must be entered for the page to save.

Field Properties: Radio button, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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Program Schedule

Enter any Additional Entry Requirements for the program, that are not part of either the SACE Entry Requirements or the Standard Entry Requirements.

Note: For further information and assistance please refer to Policy A-18: Selection and Entry to Programs.

 

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation and Program Webpage.

 

Related Links: Policy A-18: Selection and Entry to Programs

Enter a title for the Elective Group and/or comments that provide clear instructions of what the student is required to do in regard to the elective group, and then select the relevant elective course(s) via the 'Add New Elective Course’ table. An elective group must contain more than one course.

Note:  Academic Board resolution 2008/7/122 (4) requires that all Undergraduate Bachelor Degree programs include at least one elective that is freely chosen by the student.

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Group Number
The next number in the sequence of elective groups for the selected Program Schedule will automatically be assigned.

Field Properties: Field pre-populated by PCMS

 

Comments
Enter a title for the Elective Group and/or comments that provide clear instructions of what the student is required to do (e.g. "Marketing Electives:  select any 3 of the following 6 electives").

Field Properties: Free text, 200 chars max, optional (required where Elective Groups exist in the program) – displayed on the Program webpage

Enter details of all Language Admission Requirements for the new program. This section creates a table by adding one language requirement at a time. Select the Language Admission Requirement from the drop-down box and enter the Band/Level requirement. Click add, then repeat until all language requirements appear in the table.

Note:  Results from IELTS (International English Language Testing System), University of Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) examinations, and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are valid for two years.

 

Language Admission Requirement
Select the relevant Language Admission Requirement for the new program from the drop-down list by clicking the Add new Language Admission Requirement link.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, required where Language Admission Requirements exist for the program – displayed on the Program webpage

 

Band / Level
Enter the required minimum band or level for the selected Language Admission Requirement.

Select the type of program below to view the required Bands / Levels:

Field Properties: Free text, 50 chars max, required where Language Admission Requirements exist for a program – displayed on the Program webpage

Add all appropriate application method(s) for the new program.

Select the Add new Method of Application link to display the drop-down list. Only one application method can be selected at a time as this field creates a table. Select the method of application and click add. To add another type, select the Add new Method of Application link again and repeat.

 

Method of Application
Select the method of application for the new program from the drop-down list.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, required for approval – displayed on the Program webpage

To view the correct field help content for your given scenario, please refer to the correct heading as per the location of delivery of your new program:

  • Onshore
  • Offshore

 

Add New Non-Standard Entry Requirements (Onshore)

Non-Standard Entry Requirements are entry requirements that fall outside the University's Standard Entry Requirements as defined in Policy A-18: Selection and Entry to Programs.

For Onshore programs, enter details of all Non-Standard Entry Requirements for the new program, including an explanation and justification for each non-standard requirement.

Where selection portfolios/interviews are to be used, provide detail on:

  • criteria used to make judgements
  • staff who will be making the judgements, and the qualifications these staff have to make such judgements
  • how the process will contribute to the judgements about entry

Interviews are not usually used as a selection criterion for entry to undergraduate programs.  However, it is recognised that in some circumstances an interview process may be used, or may be required by a professional body, for example special entry into programs.

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Requirement Name
Enter the name of the Non-Standard Entry Requirement.

Field Properties: Free text, 150 chars max, optional (required where non-standard entry requirements exist for the program) – displayed on the Program webpage

 

Explanation and Justification

Enter an explanation and justification for the Non-Standard Entry Requirement.

Field Properties: Free text, 1000 chars max, optional (required where a non-standard entry requirement has been entered) – displayed in approval documentation

 

 

Add New Non-Standard Entry Requirements (Offshore)

For Offshore programs, enter details of all Entry Requirements for the new program, including an explanation and justification for each non-standard requirement.

Non-Standard Entry Requirements are entry requirements that fall outside the University's Standard Entry Requirements as defiined in Policy A-18: Selection and Entry to Programs.

Comment in particular on the following:

  • Academic entry requirements and how they equate to Australian entry requirements
  • the standard of English to be required of prospective students (if English is the medium of instruction or, in the case of bilingual LOTE (Language Other Than English) programs the language of summative assessment is English)
  • Where selection portfolios/interviews are to be used, provide detail on:
    • criteria used to make judgements
    • staff who will be making the judgements, and the qualifications these staff have to make such judgements
    • how the process will contribute to the judgements about entry
  •  Other special requirements:
    • Employment experience
    • Prerequisite/assumed knowledge

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Requirement Name

Enter the name of the Non-Standard Entry Requirement.

Field Properties: Free text, 150 chars max, optional (required where non-standard entry requirements exist for the program

 

Explanation and Justification
Enter a detailed justification for the Non-Standard Entry Requirement, identifying the necessity of the admission hurdle or the evidence that shows that applicants who meet these criteria can be successful.

Where selection portfolios/interviews/auditions are to be used, provide detail on:

  • criteria used to make judgements
  • staff who will be making the judgements, and the qualifications these staff have to make such judgements
  • how the process will contribute to the judgements about entry

For OFFSHORE programs

Comment on the following:

  • Academic entry requirements and how they equate to Australian entry requirements
  • the standard of English to be required of prospective students (if English is the medium of instruction or, in the case of bilingual LOTE (Language Other Than English) programs the language of summative assessment is English)
  •  Other special requirements:
    • Employment experience
    • Prerequisite/assumed knowledge
  • Portfolio/interview/audition details as outlined above

Example:

Bachelor of Music: All applicants must undertake a musical audition with staff of the James Morrison Academy of Music as a minimum standard of musical performance prior to commencement in the program. Applicants may attend a live audition or submit a recording to the Academy for assessment. Applicants who have completed the UniSA Diploma in Music and/or Associate Degree in Music may not be required to undertake an audition.

Field Properties: Free text, 1000 chars max, optional (required where a non-standard entry requirement has been entered) – displayed in approval documentation

The notes should include descriptive requirements, for example:

  • Clinical or field work/practice, industrial or practical experience requirements
  • Projects, vacation reports
  • Options or elective studies
  • Part-time or full-time basis
  • Other requirements such as First Aid Certificate, Driver’s licence, medical examination
  • Description of incidental fees which are in addition to tuition fees, e.g. cost of travel for optional study tour
  • Special requirements for external students (e.g. attendance at intensive schools)
  • Reference to majors, extended majors, sub-majors, and minors relevant to the program

The selection of electives and other options must be clearly articulated (with reference to course rows) and written for a student audience.

Ensure you save the page after entering notes, prior to commencing the schedule to ensure they can be added.

 

Number

The next number in the sequence of Notes for the selected Program Schedule will automatically be assigned to new notes.

Field Properties: Non-enterable, populated by PCMS, displayed on webpage

 

Note Description

Enter the description of the new Note.

Field Properties: Free text (1500 chars), mandatory, displayed on webpage

Select the required Note(s) to be added to the Language Admissions Requirements.

  

Note
Select the relevant Note/s from the drop-down list. This section creates a table, so multiple notes can be added.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, optional

The program schedule is a dynamic table built using either Placeholder text or Course codes. To add a new row, click the Add new Program Schedule Row link. Once the information has been entered, click OK. Repeat the process until all schedule information has been entered.

The row numbers are prepopulated but can be altered as required. To do so, select the row to be changed, and click edit. Update the row number, and all rows beneath this will automatically be undated to reflect the change once saved.

To start the table, select the Add new Program Schedule Row link. A box will appear prepopulating the row number and requesting the row type. More fields will appear depending on the type selected:

  1. COURSE: this row type requires the course code or course ID to be entered or use the search function to find by course name. If a new course is being created as part of the program documentation, ensure this is done prior to creating the program schedule – the new course can then be found using the search function.
  2. A placeholder row is for non-course specific entries – such as year, semester, elective.

 

Add a placeholder row to identify the year of study e.g. FIRST YEAR.

Add a placeholder row for the semester information e.g. Semester 1 (Study Period 1, 2 or 3).

Add a new row for each course to be included. When adding a course, additional information can be attached:

  • Identify if it is a core course – tick box
  • Select relevant notes – hold CTRL to select more than one from the list. Notes will only appear in this list after they have been saved.
  • Select relevant rules – hold CTRL to select more than one from the list. Rules will only appear in this list after they have been saved.

If the rules and notes have not be created prior to the schedule, they can be attached afterwards by editing the appropriate row/s.

Use placeholder rows to provide additional information within the program schedule, for example:

OR – to indicate one of two courses are to be completed;

Elective - If there are more than 2 courses to choose from, use the electives section to list and add a note to the Elective placeholder to refer students to the list.

It is expected that programs will be designed to ensure that the courses students undertake expose them to progressively more complex aspects of the major themes, and that the intellectual demands are sequenced developmentally.

Levels of course within a program are differentiated by their complexity in content, demands in the assessment and, in some cases, prerequisite requirements.  The program schedule, rules and notes should clearly represent this academic development. 

 

Row Number

This field will display the next number in the sequence of Row Numbers for the Program Schedule.

If required, over-type the default Row Number to enter the Row Number at which the Course or Placeholder is to be inserted into the Program Schedule.

Note:  If the default Row Number is over-typed, the new row will not be inserted at the entered Row Location until the page is saved.  When the 'Add New Program Schedule Row' table is closed, the new row will initially be displayed at the bottom of the Program Schedule, but will then be displayed at the entered row number when the page is saved.

Field Properties: Free text (3 chars), required, displayed on webpage

 

Select Row Type

Select whether a Course or a Placeholder is being added to the Program Schedule.

A Placeholder is a free text field that is generally used to enter details of electives and other program components that are not a specific course (eg. 'Year 1', 'First Half (Study Period 1, 2, or 3', 'Elective 1', etc).

Note:  If 'Course' is selected, the 'Course ID' and 'Core Course' fields are displayed (in addition to the 'Select Relevant Note(s)', and 'Select Relevant Rule(s)' fields).

 Note 2:  If 'Placeholder' is selected, the 'Placeholder Text' and 'Unit Value' fields are displayed (in addition to the 'Select Relevant Note(s)', and 'Select Relevant Rule(s)' fields).

Field Properties: Radio Button, required for approval, displayed on webpage

 

Course ID

Search for and select or enter the Course to be added to the Program Schedule.

Note:  This field is only displayed when 'Course' is selected in response to 'Select Row Type'.

Field Properties: Search and select field, required when course is selected, displayed on webpage

 

Core Course

Select whether the course being added is a Core Course within the program.

A 'Core Course' is a compulsory course that must be successfully completed as part of an academic program.

Note:  This field is only displayed when 'Course' is selected in response to 'Select Row Type'.

Field Properties: Checkbox, optional (select when core course), displayed on webpage.

 

Placeholder Text

Enter the text to be displayed as the placeholder.

A Placeholder is a free text field that is generally used to enter details of electives and other program components that are not a specific course (eg. 'Year 1', 'First Half (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)', 'Elective 1', etc).

Note:  This field is only displayed when 'Placeholder' is selected in response to 'Select Row Type'.

Field Properties: Free text (50 chars), Required when placeholder is selected, displayed on webpage

 

Unit Value

Select the equivalent unit value for the Placeholder if applicable (eg. electives, professional options, Majors, etc).

Note:  This field is only displayed when 'Placeholder' is selected in response to 'Select Row Type'.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, optional, displayed on webpage

 

Select Relevant Note(s)

Select the Note(s) to be attached to the Course or Placeholder.

Note:  Notes must first be created via the 'Add New Note' table before they can be attached to a Course or Placeholder in the Program Schedule.

Note 2:  Multiple Notes can be selected by holding the Control (Ctrl) key when selecting the required Note(s).

Notes should include descriptive requirements, for example:

  • clinical or field work/practice, industrial or practical experience requirements
  • projects, vacation reports
  • options or elective studies
  • part-time or full-time basis
  • other requirements (eg. driver's licence, medical examination, First Aid Certificate)
  • special requirements for external students (eg. attendance at intensive schools)
  • groupings of courses into Minors, Majors, Sub-Majors, Extended Majors

Field Properties: Drop-down list, optional, displayed on webpage

 

Select Relevant Rule(s)

Select the Rule(s) to be attached to the Course or Placeholder.

Note:  Rules must first be created via the 'Add New Rule' table before they can be attached to a Course or Placeholder in the Program Schedule.

Note 2:  Multiple Notes can be selected by holding the Control (Ctrl) key when selecting the required Note(s).

Rules should include prescriptive requirements, for example:

  • rules for progress through the program (if different from normal)
  • credit
  • clinical/industrial codes of behaviour

Field Properties: Drop-down list, optional, displayed on webpage

Enter details of any other qualifications that meet the Language Admission Requirements for the new program.

Note:  The University, through UniSA International, maintains a list of countries where English is commonly used, and which would satisfy this criterion.  This may include particular educational institutions within a given non-English speaking country where English is the language of instruction.

 

Qualification

Enter details of the relevant qualification.

Select the type of program below to view the required other qualification(s):

Field Properties: Free text, 150 chars max, optional (required where Language Admission Requirement Qualifications exist for the program

Enter details of the new Rule.

Rules should include prescriptive requirements that assist students
to understand how they select courses to ensure they meet the requirements of
the program, for example:

  • rules for progress through the program (if different from normal)
  • credit
  • clinical/industrial codes of behaviour

Once the new Rule has been entered it must be saved before it can be referenced in one or more rows of the Program Schedule.

 

Number

The next number in the sequence of Rules for the selected Program Schedule will automatically be assigned to new Rules.

Field Properties: Non-enterable, populated by PCMS, displayed on webpage

 

Rule Description

Enter the description of the new Rule.

Field Properties: Free text (1500 chars), mandatory, displayed on webpage

Provide a succinct statement of the intention of the program in no more than a couple of sentences for students to read.  Some templates are provided below for application to programs at various AQF levels. These are not intended to be copied word for word but are examples that can be adapted to suit the program.

 

AQF Level 5 – Diploma

Graduates of the [insert qualification name] will have specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning in [insert discipline/specialisation area].  They will have technical and theoretical knowledge in a [insert discipline-specific] context or a broad field of work and learning.

AQF Level 6 - Advanced Diploma / Associate Degree

To provide students with the [insert qualification name] broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional / highly skilled work and/or further learning in [insert discipline/specialisation area].  They will apply underpinning technical and theoretical knowledge in a range of [insert discipline-specific] contexts to undertake paraprofessional work and as a pathway to further learning.

AQF Level 7, 8 and  9 - Bachelor, Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master

To provide students with [insert qualification name] broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work in [insert careers and/ or relevant job titles] and/or further learning in [insert discipline/specialisation area].  They will apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge in a range of [insert discipline-specific] contexts to undertake professional work and as a pathway for further learning.

Here is a published Bachelor degree example:

To provide students with the education and skills necessary to be accountants in public practice, commerce and industry, and the public sector. It also provides a sound qualification for careers in business and management.

Field Properties: Free text, 1000 chars max, required for approval – displayed on the internal Program webpage

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Where language requirements exist, enter a summarising statement to precede the specific language requirements of the new program.

Example: 

International students who   speak English as a foreign language must have obtained one of the following   standards within the last two years prior to admission.  Possession of   one or more of these qualifications, in addition to the academic entry   requirements, does not, in itself, guarantee a place at the University of South   Australia.  Applications are considered on an individual basis and   selection is competitive.  Where previous study/work experience was   conducted in English, the application must be accompanied by certified   documentation from the educational institution/employer certifying that the   language of instruction was English.

 

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional (required when language requirements exist for the program) – displayed on the Program webpage

This statement shall be written for the student audience, as:

  • Highlight major areas of study where these are not clear from courses within the schedule
  • Describe the program structure, and include designated unit requirements for Majors and Minors
  • State the total number of units required to complete the program

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed on the Program webpage

This field only appears if not all MSMs are available as part of the program schedule.

Use the lookup function to select existing Majors, Sub-Majors and Minors to list for the program schedule.

MSMs are updated/created via a separate activity type – if a new MSM is required, create the activity to enable it to be included in the list.

If the program will be offered at a regional campus, select the appropriate campus from the drop-down list. Each campus location will have a separate program schedule. Disregard this for programs offered on the metropolitan campuses.

Enter the SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) requirements for the new Undergraduate program (i.e. number of credits of subjects, required grades, etc).

Note: The 'SACE Requirements' field is only displayed for Undergraduate programs (Undergraduate Bachelor Degrees and Associate Degrees).

Example:

Applicants are required to meet   one of the following criteria with a competitive result, and demonstrate that   they fulfil any prerequisite requirements and essential requirements for   admission:

Recent secondary education: Meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent
AND

  • Qualify for the South   Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), and achieved a competitive   Selection Rank (ATAR), or
  • Complete secondary   qualifications equivalent to SACE, or
  • Complete the   International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points

Applicants who have not achieved the   Selection Rank required for automatic selection may be selected for any   remaining places based on the grades of their year 12 subjects.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars   max, required for approval – displayed on the Program webpage

There may be more than one program schedule required, depending on the program configuration. Each specialisation with a graduating title will require a program schedule. The list will be automatically populated once the program configuration section has been completed.

Each new schedule will require all information to be re-entered. This ensures accurate information is reflected for each specialisation and/or location.

Enter the Standard Entry Requirements for the new program, ensuring all possible entry pathways are included.

For Bachelor Degrees the university requires standardised wording, which can be found in the Selection and Entry Policy.

Information will vary depending on the level of the program, some broad examples are:

Undergraduate

  • SACE details including prerequisite and assumed knowledge requirements
  • Equivalent secondary education qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score requirement included
  • OUA
  • TAFE
  • Special Entry
  • University Foundation Studies program

Postgraduate

  • A completed bachelor degree
  • Prerequisite and assumed knowledge requirements
  • Work experience equivalencies as approved by the relevant Division
  • A lower level postgraduate qualification such as a Graduate Diploma in a relevant discipline to apply for a Masters program

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed on the Program webpage

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Staff Expertise

Program developers must identify the staff available to teach the program, including the Program Director and continuing teaching staff. The capacity and expertise of nominated staff to offer the program should be identified. If existing staff do not have the expertise and capacity to offer the program, arrangements for adequate staffing should be identified.

Provide the name of the Program Director(s) and a list of continuing staff who will teach the new program.

Indicate whether the existing staff have the necessary capacity and expertise to offer the new program.

This section will build a table of staff information as you enter the data.

 

Employee

Search for and select the UniSA employee to be associated with the new program.

Field Properties: Search and Select field, required for approval – displayed in Medici and on Program webpage

 

Program Director?
Select whether the selected staff member is a Program Director of the new program.

Note:  If 'Yes' is selected, the 'Primary?' field is displayed and must be used to specify whether the Program Director being added is the Primary Program Director for the program.

Field Properties: Radio Button selection, required for approval – displayed in Medici and on Program webpage

 

Primary?
Select whether the selected staff member is the Primary Program Director for the new program.

Note:  Only one Program Director can be flagged as the 'Primary' Program Director, and there must be a 'Primary' Program Director (PCMS will not allow the new program Status to be updated to 'Ready for Approval' without a Primary Program Director being entered).

Where more than one Program Director is entered for a specialisation, the Primary Program Director will be displayed at the top of list of Program Directors in the Program Webpage.

Note:  This field is only displayed when 'Yes' is selected in response to 'Program Director?'.

Field Properties: Radio Button selection, required for approval – displayed in Medici and on Program webpage

 

Specialisations

Select the Specialisation(s) that the selected staff member is responsible for/coordinates.  The Program Director's name will only be displayed on the Program Webpage(s) for the selected Specialisation(s).

Note:  This field will only list the Specialisations attached to the new program.

Field Properties: Checkbox selection, required for approval – displayed in Medici and on Program webpage

 

Comments
Indicate whether the selected staff member has the necessary capacity and expertise to offer the new program. If no, identify the development plan to staff the program adequately.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

Provide a statement about the availability of current staff to teach the new program, including:

  • Appropriate background in the discipline area
  • FT vs Sessional staff
  • Professional Development needs

Program developers must identify the staff available to teach the program, including the program director and continuing teaching staff.  If existing staff do not have the expertise and capacity to offer the program, arrangements for adequate staffing should be identified.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Competitor Analysis

Where available, provide quantifiable data on local, national and international (if applicable) applicant demand in similar or related programs at other institutions.

Sources of data for the demonstration of applicant demand may include:

  • Admissions data from related programs
  • Good Universities Guide
  • Google search
  • Websites such as Course Seeker

 

Institution
Enter the name of the external institution that offers a program similar or related to the proposed new program.

Field Properties: Free text, 100 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

 

Program
Enter the name of the competitor's program that is similar or related to the proposed new program. 

Field Properties: Free text, 500 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

 

Rationale and Analysis Comments
Clearly explain the rationale and analysis behind the proposed new program in relation to the competitor institution/program. The competitors referenced in the Summary of Proposal (National trends/ International trends) should be covered in this section to provide additional information.

Explain the strengths and/or unique aspects of the new/amended program that differentiate it and give it a competitive advantage.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Applicant Demand

Enter details of applicant demand in similar or related programs at UniSA for the last three years. This aims to demonstrate that the projected intakes for the proposed program or specialisation are realistic by citing, as supporting evidence, the intake numbers in to programs that are similar or related.

Note:  For non-SATAC Programs, provide total application data only. 

 

Similar UniSA Program
Search for and select the UniSA program that is similar or related to the proposed new program.

Field Properties: Search and Select field, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

 

Year
In the 'Year' field of the 'First Year' section, select the year that is 3 years prior to the current year (e.g. if the current year is 2019, select 2016). 

Note:  The only 'Year' field that is updatable is the field in the 'First Year' section.  Once the relevant year has been selected in the 'First Year' section, the 'Year' fields in the 'Second Year' and 'Third Year' sections will automatically be populated with the relevant subsequent years.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

 

1st Prefs (SATAC Progs)
If the selected program is a SATAC program, enter the number of first preferences received for the selected program in the relevant year.

If the selected program is not a SATAC program, enter '0' (zero).

This information can be found in the BI Hub

Note:  The number of first preferences for the selected SATAC program must be entered for all three years

Field Properties: Free text (numeric), no max chars, mandatory – displayed in approval documentation

 

Total Prefs (SATAC Progs)
If the selected program is a SATAC program, enter the number of total preferences received for the selected program in the relevant year.

If the selected program is not a SATAC program, enter '0' (zero).

This information can be found in the BI Hub

Note:  The number of total preferences for the selected SATAC program must be entered for all three years

Field Properties: Free text (numeric), no max chars, mandatory – displayed in approval documentation

 

Total Apps (Non SATAC Progs)

If the selected program is not a SATAC program, enter the total number of applications received for the selected program in the relevant year.

If the selected program is a SATAC program, enter '0' (zero).

Note:  The number of applications for the selected non-SATAC program must be entered for all three years

Field Properties: Free text (numeric), no max chars, mandatory – displayed in approval documentation

 

Intake Numbers

Enter the total number of students admitted into the selected program in the relevant year.

This information can be found in the BI Hub

Note:  The number of total admissions for the selected program must be entered for all three years

Field Properties: Free text (numeric), no max chars, mandatory – displayed in approval documentation

Projected Intake and Viability

  • On the basis of the analysis detailed in the Competitor Analysis and Applicant Demand sections, enter the intake details by basis of admission in EFTSL (Equivalent Full-Time Study Load).

    Note: PCMS will not allow the user to save data on this page until this section has been completed.

    Related Links:

     

    Intake Year
    Enter the intake year for which the admissions data is being entered.

    Field Properties: Free text, 4 digits max (YYYY), required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

     

    Yr 12
    Enter the projected intake of students that have Year 12 as their highest level of education.

    Field Properties: Free text (numeric), required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

     

    TAFE
    Enter the projected intake of students that have a TAFE qualification as their highest level of education.

    Field Properties: Free text (numeric), required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

     

    International
    Enter the projected intake of International students.

    Field Properties: Free text (numeric), required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

     

    STAT
    Enter the projected intake of students where the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is their highest level of education.

    Field Properties: Free text (numeric), required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

     

    Other
    Enter the projected intake of students where their highest level of education is not Year 12, TAFE, International, or STAT.

    Field Properties: Free text (numeric), required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

On the basis of the analysis detailed in the Competitor Analysis and Applicant Demand sections, enter the intake details by funding source in EFTSL (Equivalent Full-Time Study Load).

Note: PCMS will not allow the user to save data on this page until this section has been completed.

Related Links:

 

Intake Year

Enter the intake year for which the funding source data is being entered.

Field Properties: Free text, 4 digits max (YYYY), required for approval – displayed in approval documentation and BI Hub

 

CSP
Enter the projected intake for Commonwealth Supported Places.

Note:  The CSP field is only displayed when the program offers Commonwealth Supported Places.

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a higher education place for which the Commonwealth makes a financial contribution.  All domestic Undergraduate places at UniSA are Commonwealth supported.  Postgraduate coursework places may be offered on a full fee-paying basis or as Commonwealth Supported Places.

Field Properties: Free text (numeric), required for approval (where the program offers Commonwealth Supported places) – displayed in approval documentation and BI Hub

 

FPPS
Enter the projected intake of Fee Paying Postgraduate Students.

Note:  The FPPS field is only displayed when the program is available to Fee Paying Postgraduate Students.

Field Properties: Free text (numeric), required for approval (where the program is available to Fee Paying Postgraduate students) – displayed in approval documentation and BI Hub

 

FPOS
Enter the projected intake of Fee Paying Overseas Students.

Note:  The FPOS field is only displayed when the program is offered to Fee Paying Overseas Students.

A Fee Paying Overseas Student (FPOS) is an overseas student who pays a fee to the University which covers the full cost of teaching, administration and other services and facilities.

Field Properties: Free text (numeric), required for approval (where the program is available to Fee Paying Overseas students) – displayed in approval documentation and BI Hub

 

Employer Reserved
Enter the projected intake of Employer Reserved students.

Note:  The Employer Reserved field is only displayed for Employer Reserved programs.

Field Properties: Free text (numeric), required for approval (where the program is Employer Reserved) – displayed in approval documentation and BI Hub

 

Transnational
Enter the projected intake of offshore students.

Note:  The Transnational field is only displayed for Transnational programs.

Field Properties: Free text (numeric), required for approval (where the program is Transnational) – displayed in approval documentation and BI Hub

Indicate the minimum student intake (EFTSL) that will be acceptable for this program to be offered. Referring to the budget can be useful as it should indicate the number of EFTSL required to break-even, and the point at which the program may become profitable.

Note:  Please note that if an offer has been made to an Onshore International student then the University is obliged to deliver the program irrespective of the stated minimum intake.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

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On the basis of the analysis detailed in the Competitor Analysis and Applicant Demand sections, provide details such as the cost-effectiveness of the program (e.g. use of existing courses, sharing of courses with other programs), it’s positioning in the marketplace etc.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Collaborative Arrangements

Comment on any intellectual property issues associated with providing teaching resources.

Note:  This field is only displayed when one or more partner institutions have been associated with the program via the 'Program Configuration: Deliveries' page.

 

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

Note:  All comments entered in 'Collaborative Arrangements: Partner Evaluation and Due Diligence' should be written in consultation with the Division Business Development Manager.

Note 2:  For collaborative arrangements with other Australian Universities, Open Universities Australia (OUA), and other government based providers, due diligence is not required.

If the partner institution is a private provider, provide evidence of the legal position of the organisation.

Note:  This field is only displayed when one or more partner institutions have been associated with the program via the 'Program Configuration: Deliveries' page.

 

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

The Partner Evaluation and Due Diligence tab reflects part of the Transnational Program Agreement and/or UniSA International compliance statement. Attach the Transnational Program Agreement and Agreement Schedules to the new program documentation.

This section requires you to outline the arrangements with any partners involved in the delivery of the program. Provide full details of any agents, partners, licensees and sub-licensees.

Note:  All comments entered in 'Collaborative Arrangements: Partner Evaluation and Due Diligence' should be written in consultation with the Division Business Development Manager.

Note 2:  For collaborative arrangements with other Australian Universities, Open Universities Australia (OUA), and other government based providers, due diligence is not required.

Provide evidence that any documents or other arrangements have been scrutinised by the University's lawyers.

Preparation of contract management approach which includes key milestones, reporting requirements, regular and ad hoc audits of third party provider obligations

Note:  This field is only displayed when one or more partner institutions have been associated with the program via the 'Program Configuration: Deliveries' page.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

Note:  All comments entered in 'Collaborative Arrangements: Partner Evaluation and Due Diligence' should be written in consultation with the Division Business Development Manager.

Note 2:  For collaborative arrangements with other Australian Universities, Open Universities Australia (OUA), and other government based providers, due diligence is not required.

Provide evidence of the relevant partner institution(s) having the necessary government approval and/or accreditation required to offer the program. Identify any legislative requirements and/or restrictions which might exist in obtaining in-country approval for the program.

Note:  This field is only displayed when one or more partner institutions have been associated with the program via the 'Program Configuration: Deliveries' page.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

All comments entered in 'Collaborative Arrangements: Partner Evaluation and Due Diligence' should be written in consultation with the Division Business Development Manager.

For collaborative arrangements with other Australian Universities, Open Universities Australia (OUA), and other government based providers, due diligence is not required.

Provide evidence that the relevant partner institution(s) is financially sound, as a minimum a credit reference check or verification that appropriate due diligence has occurred, with supporting documentation attached.

Supporting documentation should be attached via the 'Attachments' link displayed at the bottom of the PCMS page "any restrictions on currency of credit check?"

Note:  This field is only displayed when one or more partner institutions have been associated with the program via the 'Program Configuration: Deliveries' page.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

Note:  All comments entered in 'Collaborative Arrangements: Partner Evaluation and Due Diligence' should be written in consultation with the Division Business Development Manager.

Note 2:  For collaborative arrangements with other Australian Universities, Open Universities Australia (OUA), and other government based providers, due diligence is not required.

Provide evidence that the partner institution is robust enough in respect to both academic and quality assurance matters to ensure satisfactory outcomes.

- Establishment of the Academic Committee

- Establishment of the Management Committee

- Identification of relevant UniSA and third party provider policies and procedures and gaps in policies and procedures (eg student welfare and safety policy, third party provider student recruitment policy, staff recruitment policy)

- Preparation of a policies and procedures framework (incorporating relevant UniSA and third party provider policies and procedures)

- Approval of policies and procedures framework by Academic Committee

- Clear protocols for reporting incidents which may impact on the safety of students

Note:  This field is only displayed when one or more partner institutions have been associated with the program via the 'Program Configuration: Deliveries' page.

 

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

Note:  All comments entered in 'Collaborative Arrangements: Partner Evaluation and Due Diligence' should be written in consultation with the Division Business Development Manager.

Note 2:  For collaborative arrangements with other Australian Universities, Open Universities Australia (OUA), and other government based providers, due diligence is not required.

Provide evidence of how the partner institution maintains the professional and ethical standards of academic life as required by the University.

-          Induction of third party provider staff

-          Authorisation and clearance checks

-          Preparation of student handbook by third party provider

-          Preparation of other student information by third party provider

Note:  This field is only displayed when one or more partner institutions have been associated with the program via the 'Program Configuration: Deliveries' page.

 

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

Provide evidence that the relevant partner institution(s) is financially sound.

- Implement the contract management approach

- Annual reporting to academic committee or chair of academic committee on performance of the contractor against the contract

- Six months before the end of the term of the contract, undertake a review of the contract and the third party provider’s performance

Attach the draft contract and/or Memorandum of Understanding via the 'Attachments' link displayed at the bottom of the PCMS page, and comment on the extent to which the proposed arrangement is consistent with the University's standard agreements, highlighting any arrangements which are outside the standard agreement.

Note:  This field is only displayed when one or more partner institutions have been associated with the program via the 'Program Configuration: Deliveries' page.

 

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

Marketing Arrangements & Costs

This section should be completed in collaboration with the Division Marketing team for onshore programs only. Marketing arrangements and costs for offshore programs form part of the Offshore Programs Agreement.

This section should include the following key components:

Unique Features and Benefits

Describe the proposed marketing strategy in regards to unique features and benefits of the proposed new program (eg. TAFE credit, work placements, scholarships, benefits, graduate starting salaries, employment rates, certification/accreditation by relevant industry bodies, innovative teaching and learning arrangements, specialist laboratories, etc).

Market Segments
Provide details on the targeted audience for the proposed new program or major amendment, both national and internationally. Consider funding, skills shortage, professionals looking to further career opportunities etc.

 Promotional Plan
Describe the promotional strategies that have been proposed for the new program or major amendment (eg. publications, website, advertising, events, media).

Offshore Marketing Considerations
If the new or amended program will be marketed to Offshore students, describe the proposed marketing strategy in-regards-to marketing offshore, any in-country laws or rules on information, publicity, public relations and promotion.

UniSA Branding Considerations
Outline the agreement on the use of the University brand and any associated limitations and protocols.

Field Properties: Free text, 6000 chars max, required for Onshore programs for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Add New Marketing Record

All new programs and specialisations require an Academic Publication record to be created and approved in PCMS for promotion (program webpage).

The program title will automatically populate in the schedule field. If there is more than one specialisation, an academic publication record needs to be created for each using the drop down box.

The publication year should match the implementation year of the new program / major amendment being proposed.

The effective date will automatically populate to today’s date.

Schedule

Select the program schedule (specialisation) that the new Marketing Record is being created for.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, required - displayed on Program Webpage

Year

Select the relevant Display Year for the Marketing Record being created.

Field Properties: 4 digits, required - field data determines when the Program Webpage is displayed. 

Effective Date

Enter the date from which the Marketing Record is to be effective.

Note:  You can use the Calendar tool to select the date, or manually enter the date.

Field Properties: Date (select via Calendar tool), required - field data determines which version of the Marketing Record is displayed and when the Program Webpage is displayed.

Resourcing and Budget

Identify the space, facilities and other resources required, and provide confirmation that these resources are available.

In particular, comment on access to library facilities, web facilities and internet connectivity, and responsibility for their provision (ie. partner or student).

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

The Executive Dean or delegate is responsible for approving the budget associated with the proposal. The budget should be developed in consultation with the Manager: Operational Finance following the standard program budget methodology developed by the Finance Unit.

A budget proforma, including an example and guidance notes can be found on the Finance Unit Website.

Download and complete the budget associated with the Program, and then attach the budget via the 'Attachments' link displayed below the 'Resourcing & Budget General Comments' field.

In the 'Resourcing & Budget General Comments' field, provide a statement outlining the financial implications of:

  • staff resources and expertise
  • the use of specialist, part-time lecturers and sessional staff
  • service teaching
  • professional development needs

Related Links:

Field properties: will be displayed in PCMS approval documentation.

Risk Assessment

If there are any other risks not addressed in the 'Program Risks' or 'Collaborative Arrangements Risks' sections or associated agreements, please detail the nature of the risk, its potential impact and likelihood, and any mitigation or contingency plans.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

The procedures for the approval of coursework programs are designed to address a number of standard risks that arise in the development and delivery of programs.

The purpose of this table is to consider some of the risk issues that are not covered in other areas of the Program & Course Management System (PCMS), and to provide for reporting on contingency plans.

 

Programs Risk Category
Select the relevant Risk Category from the drop-down list.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

 

Rating
Select the relevant Risk Rating for the selected Risk Category from the drop-down list.

Field Properties: Drop-down list, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

 

Impact
Enter meaningful comments that detail the likely impact(s) of the selected Risk Category. This can include: revenue cost or liability; people; reputation; political; project performance; etc.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

 

Strategy
Enter meaningful comments that detail the proposed strategy to avoid or reduce the likelihood of the selected Risk Category.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Impact and Compliance Statements

The Finance Unit impact statement must cover the commercial risks associated with the proposal including a review of the program budget and assessment of any taxation implications to the University.

Schools are encouraged to consult the Finance Unit early in program development.

For approval of Offshore programs, the Finance Unit impact statement must cover the areas mentioned above as well as financial due diligence of the partner and commercial review of the contract.

Field Properties: Free text, 6000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

If required, use the General Comments field to enter general but meaningful comments related to impact and compliance.

Field Properties: Free text, 6000 chars max, optional – displayed in approval documentation

The Library impact statement will outline the resources required for the proposal, associated costs, and will give an indication of whether extra funding is required.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Schools should consult with the Program Approval team in Student & Academic Services (SAS) early in program development.

SAS will consider the following issues as part of its impact and compliance statement:

  • compliance with academic policies
  • compliance with legislation
  • adherence to program approval and legislative timelines for introduction of programs
  • arrangements for program transition
  • the financial implications of the proposal for SAS resources (eg. graduations)

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Statements obtained from the Student Engagement Unit (SEU) should detail the services they will need to provide in the areas of academic development, online education and student support services.

Program developers should consult the SEU early in program development.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Statements obtained from the Teaching Innovation Unit (TIU) should detail the services they will need to provide in the areas of academic development, online education and student support services.

Program developers should consult the TIU and SEU early in program development.

Field Properties: Free text, 4000 chars max, required for approval – displayed in approval documentation

Impact and compliance statements are a mechanism for assessing how the proposals under consideration might impact the wider University community as well as legislative and policy requirements, and resources.

Note: Impact and/or compliance statements are to be sought after the program approval documentation has been reviewed by Academic Officers: Program Development, but before Academic Unit Board approval is sought. Please allow central units at least 2 weeks for review.

Statements from each central unit are usually attached via the Additional Attachments link or icon, and the program developer(s) use the text box provided to explain how they have addressed the comments from the impact/compliance statements.

Related Links: Coursework Program      Approval Manual (CPAM)