The School’s ‘Strategy for managing academic standards and quality’ asks departments to produce annual monitoring reports about their programmes. The purpose of annual programme monitoring is to provide a ‘health check’ for programmes. It allows departments to look at the currency and validity of a programme in light of developments in the relevant discipline(s), and practice in its application. It also allows them to look at the effectiveness of the curriculum and of assessment in helping students to achieve the programme's intended learning outcomes. It is primarily a process whereby people appraise their own performance at the end of an academic year.
Departments can take corrective action where the evidence that underpins the exercise suggests that this is necessary. The exercise also allows departments to share best practice between its programmes, and the School to do so between departments.
To exercise requires departments to complete annually a template form for each of their programmes or programme clusters. To help them complete the template, TQARO provides a suite of data including student survey results and student performance information.
The completed form should: list actions taken in response to the previous year’s action plan; identify any key themes in the current year’s student feedback or performance data; give any further comments about the running of the programme; and set a new action plan for the year ahead. The annual programme monitoring template can be found here.
For undergraduate programmes, the annual monitoring process should normally be completed by the end of October. For taught postgraduate programmes, it should normally be completed before the School closes in December. For the 2012/13 exercise, however, both UG and PGT templates should be submitted by the end of February 2014. This exceptional deadline relates to problems we have had centrally in producing the requisite data sets for this exercise.