Validation, Quality Assurance, Registration
When a School is asked to design and develop ePPSME units, the School must arrange for the units to be validated in accordance with the University's quality assurance processes. These are outlined below.
Any queries should be raised with the School Quality Officer or the Chair of the relevant School Quality Committee.
ePPSME units are intended to meet identified business needs, usually as a result of market research carried out by the University. Consequently, the units need to be designed and validated relatively quickly and a validation process for these, and other smaller awards, has been developed, this is referred to as the FLOW process (Flexible Learning Opportunities at Wolverhampton). Information on this process is available on the ASQ website: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/qasd and click the link to "Continuing Professional Development".
Once a school has agreed to proceed with the development of a unit/module they will need to undertake the validation of the units/modules AND the learning materials (see Flexible and Distance Learning Guidelines).
Purpose of validation:
- To assure quality and standards
- To confirm University of Wolverhampton / School requirements
- To set up the units/module on the system
ePPSME units and 20 credit modules
Any ePPSME units (notional five credits) designed will need to be validated as part of a 20 credit module.
At the validation stage THREE ePPSME units and ONE twenty-credit module will need to be put forward. This is shown diagrammatically here. (A larger image can be viewed by clicking here).
Learners who successfully complete an ePPSME unit will be receive a Study Award.
Where a learner completes all THREE ePPSME units, associated with a specific module, they can register for that module, at which point they become a University of Wolverhampton student. They will need to complete an additional 5 credits of study and pass the summative assessment to be awarded 20 HE credits.
NOTE: Learners must PASS all three ePPSME units to be eligible to register for the 20-credit module.
An outline of the validation process for five-credit units is shown here. (A larger image can be viewed by clicking here).
Process 1 is the market research stage which informs the Performance Needs Analysis (PNA).
Process 2 is where the School undertakes a Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) to identify the units/module that will meet the need.
Once the School has agreed to proceed with the unit/module design, development and delivery it will:
- Validate the units AND module
- Design the learning materials (using the guidelines)
- SQEC is responsible for validation of the units, modules AND learning materials.
- Registry can only create records within SITS AFTER the units/modules have been validated.
Once the units and module have been validated Registry will need to complete the following tasks:
- Student Records Unit: set up course codes
- Programmes Unit: set up unit/module codes; enter unit information; set up occurrences
- Systems Unit: set up unit in short course blling system; test; notify MaC to make unit available for on-line registration
Learners can register on-line once the unit/module have been validated and these registry processes have been completed.
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