Victoria University offers types of courses as outlined in the Courses Lifecycle - Award Course Design (HE) procedure (requires log in to view). VU courses are comprised of units which are structured within a modular approach:

  • general degrees: broad-access qualifications for non-traditional and less academically-prepared students
  • professional degrees: provide clear professional outcomes and are more linear than general degrees
  • sub-degrees: diploma and associate degree courses which provide potential pathways to degree courses
  • double degrees: combinations of general and/or professional degrees
  • double qualifications: combination of qualifications at different AQF levels, undergraduate to postgraduate, that are studied sequentially.

The accreditation of a new course requires a 3 step development of:

  • a concept proposal
  • a business case
  • a curriculum document.

Process

Concept proposal

  1. The College prepares a Concept Proposal
  2. The Concept Proposal is submitted to the Dean for endorsement
  3. The Dean submits the Concept Proposal to AQS@vu.edu.au to manage the approval process
  4. The Concept Proposal is submitted to the Evaluation Panel for approval to proceed
  5. Following approval, the documents are recorded in CAMS and processed to Business Case stage of development

Business case

  1. The College prepares a Business Case
  2. The Business Case is submitted to the Dean for endorsement
  3. The Dean submits Business Case to AQS@vu.edu.au to manage the approval process
  4. The Business Case is submitted to the Senior Executive Group (SEG) for approval to proceed
  5. Following approval, the documents are recorded in CAMS and processed to curriculum development

Course curriculum proposal

  1. The Course Chair/Course team develops the proposed course curriculum document
  2. The Curriculum Document is submitted to the College Peer Review Committee
  3. The Committee recommends the Course Curriculum document to the Dean
  4. The Dean recommends the Course Curriculum document to Courses Committee
  5. Courses Committee endorses Course Curriculum document and submits to Academic Board
  6. The Academic Board recommends the Course Curriculum document to the Vice Chancellor or Vice Chancellor delegate
  7. The Vice Chancellor or Vice Chancellor delegate approves the Course Curriculum document

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