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Courses Lifecycle - Higher Degrees by Research Annual Course Monitoring Procedure

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Section 1 - Summary

(1) This Procedure specifies key development, consultation, endorsement and approval steps and responsibilities involved in the annual monitoring of courses at Victoria University (VU).

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Section 2 - HESF/ASQA/ESOS Alignment

(2) HESF: 5.3 Monitoring, Review and Improvement; 5.4 Delivery with Other Parties; 6.3 Academic Governance

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Section 3 - Scope

(3) This Procedure applies to:

  1. Higher Degrees by Research award courses

(4) This Procedure does not apply to:

  1. Vocational Education and Training award courses
  2. Higher Education award courses
  3. Non-award courses that receive government funding
  4. Non-award courses that are offered to international on and off-shore students
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Section 4 - Definitions

(5) Nil.

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Section 5 - Policy/Regulation

(6) Courses Lifecycle Policy.

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Section 6 - Procedures

Part A - Summary of Roles and Responsibilities

Role Responsibility
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Schedules the HDR ACM process.
Dean, Graduate Research (or delegate) Initiates, and leads, the HDR ACM process within VU Research.
Academic Quality and Standards Collaborates, plans, and initiates the HDR ACM process with VU Research and relevant stakeholders.
Planning and Performance Provides appropriate and timely course data to support the HDR ACM process.
Infrastructure and Information Services Provides appropriate services and infrastructure to support the HDR ACM process.
Office for Researcher Training, Quality & Integrity Provides appropriate and timely course data to support the HDR ACM process.

Part B - Annual Course Monitoring Process

(7) The VU annual course monitoring process:

  1. Applies to all applicable courses offered by, or on behalf of, VU in all domestic and off-shore locations;
  2. Takes place approximately every 12 months but is not performed in the years the course undergoes a comprehensive course review or course re-accreditation process;
  3. Takes into account course quality as experienced by all significant cohorts of students undertaking the course;
  4. Takes place unless an extension or waiver is approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research;
  5. Produces a VU Research Annual Course Monitoring Report which is approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and proceeds to the Academic Board for noting; and,
  6. Triggers continual quality improvement strategies within the relevant College and/or a course change proposal, as required.

(8) The annual monitoring of courses by VU must comply with:

  1. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF);
  2. All external regulatory requirements including those of TEQSA and ESOS as appropriate;
  3. VU Learning and Teaching Quality Framework Policies;
  4. The VU Principles of Equivalence and associated procedures;
  5. VU strategic directions and curriculum requirements at the time;
  6. External requirements of relevant professional accrediting and disciplinary bodies;
  7. Approved quality assurance arrangements with external partners, and
  8. Endorsement and approval by senior management as detailed below.

(9) The VU annual course monitoring process does not take place:

  1. In the first year of delivery of a brand new course i.e. A course that has no delivery history or course data.
  2. For teach out courses that are not replaced and have less than 10 enrolments.
  3. Where an extension or waiver is approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research.

(10) There are five stages in the Higher Degree by Research Annual Course Monitoring (HDR ACM) process as outlined below:

Stage 1 – Planning and Implementation of the HDR ACM Process

Role Responsibility
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Schedules the HDR ACM process.
Dean, Graduate Research (or delegate) Initiates, and leads, the HDR ACM process within VU Research.
Academic Quality and Standards Collaborates, plans, and initiates the HDR ACM process with VU Research and relevant stakeholders (as noted below).
Planning and Performance Provides appropriate and timely course data to support the HDR ACM process.
Infrastructure and Information Services Provides appropriate services and infrastructure to support the HDR ACM process.
Office for Researcher Training, Quality & Integrity Provides appropriate and timely course data to support the HDR ACM process.

Stage 2 – Development of HDR ACM Reports and Actions

Role Responsibility
Academic Quality and Standards Provides advice, data support and analysis to VU Research and the Flagship Research Institutes on the key steps in the HDR ACM process.
Dean, Graduate Research (or delegate) Liaises with Deputy Directors, Flagship Research to develop HDR ACM forms and actions, and finalises the VU Research HDR ACM Report.
Deputy Directors, Flagship Research Institutes (or delegates) Lead the development of HDR ACM actions for the Flagship Research Institute; endorses HDR ACM Forms and Actions for the Flagship Research Institute; and prepares the Flagship Research Institute HDR ACM Report.

Stage 3 – Approval of HDR ACM Reports and Actions

Role Responsibility
Dean, Graduate Research (or delegate) Endorses the HDR ACM Flagship Research Institute Reports.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Approves VU Research HDR ACM Report.

Stage 4 – Implementation of HDR ACM Actions

Role Responsibility
Dean, Graduate Research (or delegate) Leads and manages the implementation of the HDR ACM actions in VU Research.
Deputy Director, Flagship Research Institute (or delegate) Manages the implementation of the HDR ACM in the Flagship Research Institutes.

Stage 5 – Governance of HDR ACM Outcomes

Role Responsibility
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Reports to the Research and Research Training Committee on the outcomes of the HDR ACM process.
Research and Research Training Committee Considers the outcomes of the ACM, refers to Academic Board for consideration and endorsement.
Academic Board Considers the VU Research HDR ACM Report and endorses as appropriate.