Course and Unit Viability Annual Review Policy

Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for review of courses and units in terms of sustainability and viability in line with University policy.

Scope
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate courses and units offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Policy Statement
The Deputy Dean (Education) will convene a review panel each year consisting of:
* Deputy Dean (Education) (Chair)
* Assoc Dean (Teaching & Learning)
* Deputy Dean (MBBS)
* Director, Academic Programs
* Faculty Director.

Course Viability
Course offerings with a commencing load of less than 10 EFTSL will be reviewed, in conjunction with returning EFTSL and Total Load EFTSL data, or are, in some other way, no longer relevant. A report summarizing the last 3 years of course enrolments will be considered in the review process.

Each such course should then be examined with a view to determine if it should be disestablished or allowed to continue. The case for determination should include:
* Educational considerations
* Financial considerations
* Strategic importance to the Faculty
* Role in double degrees or other combinations
* Period of time course been offered (with a three year honeymoon period for new courses)

Unit Viability

The initial criteria for unit viability is a minimum enrolment of 10 students irrespective of offering option type, for example domestic full fee or commonwealth supported enrolments. The Panel will review unit viability with regard to the number of times the unit is offered, campus of offering and mode of offering. The unit review will apply to all coursework unit offerings. A report summarizing the last 3 years of unit enrolments will be considered in the review process.

Each such unit should then be examined with a view to determine if it should be disestablished or allowed to continue.

The case for determination should include:
* Educational considerations
* Financial considerations
* Strategic importance of the unit
* The number of times the unit is offered
* Campus of offering
* Mode of offering
* Performance in SETU

Procedures Title
Course and Unit Viability Annual Review procedures

Responsibility for implementation
Dean
Deputy Dean, Education
Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning)
Director, Academic Programs
Heads of School/Department
Course Convenors
Faculty Director

Policy status
New

Key Stakeholders
Dean
Deputy Dean, Education
Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning)
Director, Academic Programs
Heads of School/Department
Course Convenors
Faculty Director
Faculty Secretariat

Approval Body
Faculty Board

Endorsement Body
Meeting number:

Meeting date:

Agenda item:

Definitions

EFTSL: Equivalent Full-Time Student Load: a measure of the study load, for a year, of a student undertaking a course of study on a full time basis.

VTAC: Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

Course: The accumulation of units, according to a set of rules, that leads to the award of a qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Public Health).

Unit: A Unit of study is a standalone component of an award course that must be completed successfully to satisfy course completion requirements.

Related Documents
Course and Unit Viability Annual Review Procedure
Course and Unit Viability Annual Review
Terms of Reference

Date Effective
19th January 2012

Policy Owner
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Policy Author
Catherine Barnett

Contact
Faculty Secretariat
Email: med-fec@monash.edu