Course and Unit Viability Annual Review Terms of Reference

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

This review will apply to all undergraduate and postgraduate courses and units offered by the faculty.

The Panel would report to the Faculty Education Committee (FEC). It would meet each year in April, prior to the HESA deadlines, once actual commencing figures are available for the year.

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 3 year honeymoon period for new courses)

Unit Viability

The initial criteria for unit viability are 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

The procedures for the Course and Unit Viability Annual Review Panel are outlined below.
1. Confirm course entry in VTAC Guide (noting courses with less than 10 EFTSL are not published in VTAC). Courses under 5 EFTSL to be recommended for disestablishment.
2. Courses between 5 and 10 EFTSL to be considered for retention or disestablishment. Submissions for the educational and business case for continuing/disestablishing of the course or, in the case of double degrees, retention of the management of the double degree, are to be considered by panel, in accordance with the Terms of Reference (refer to the Course & unit Viability policy and procedures).
3. Consideration of the number of years that the course has been on offer.
4. Review of 3 year enrolment report
5. Consider units identified as needing, ‘critical attention' in unit evaluations
6. Heads of School/Department are required to show cause as to why the unit offering or course should be retained.
7. The Panel makes a determination on retention or disestablishment ofcourses.
8. The Panel proposes a recommendation to the Faculty Education Committee regarding the retention or disestablishment of units.

A report is submitted to the Faculty Education Committee and from there to the Faculty Board.

Related Documents
Course and Unit Viability Annual Review Policy
Course and Unit Viability Annual Review Procedure