Higher Ed Accreditation

At Charles Darwin University higher education courses are approved by the Academic Board through the Course Accreditation/Reaccreditation Process (CARP) which operates on an annual cycle and is used for:

  • accrediting new higher education courses,
  • reaccrediting existing higher education courses according to scheduled course review dates, and
  • for making major changes to existing higher education courses in accreditation.

This process follows a Resource and Planning stage followed by a Quality Accreditation stage. Both stages depend on effective review being carried out at faculty and central University level.

Stage EHSE LTC Date LEBA LTC Date Submissions received by ART LTC Meeting Date VCAG Meeting Date
Stage 1 Resource and Planning   20/09/2013      
RP Submission 1     30/09/2013 8/10/2013 16/10/2013
RP Submission 2 30/09/2013   14/10/2013 12/11/2013 30/10/2013
RP Submission 3     28/10/2013 12/11/2013 13/11/2013
RP Submission 4 28/10/2013   11/11/2013 10/12/2013 27/11/2013
Stage 2 Quality Assurance – Course and Units          
QA Submission 1     3/02/2014 11/02/2014
QA Submission 2     3/03/2014 11/03/2014
QA Submission 3     31/03/2014 8/04/2014
Emergency and all resubmission not already received     28/04/2014 13/05/2014

Higher Education Course and Unit Accreditation Timeline (.docx 33kb)

Please note:

  • Faculty’s are advised to submit their Faculty approved Resource and Planning documents by 28/10/2013 at the latest (to allow time for any LTC required amendments).
  • Resource and Planning documents received by 11th November will have limited time to make alterations and/or resubmissions.
  • Faculty’s will still be expected to meet the Quality Assurance dates regardless of the date the R&P is submitted.

The purpose of the Expression of Interest is to make a preliminary case for the development of a new Higher Education course.

The EOI should be a brief summary seeking Faculty approval for the development of the new course.

Schools and Faculties can use this form if they choose to gather information about courses that are being developed for 2015.

Note: Support for the EOI does not constitute approval to offer a course, but provides clearance to proceed to the next stage – completion of the R&P proforma.

Expression of Interest for New Higher Education Courses (.doc)

Resource and Planning proposals are developed in consultation with the Office of Learning & Teaching (OLT) and Library and Information Access (LIA) and are reviewed by the relevant Faculty/Institute Executive.

For existing HE courses approval for the proposal to proceed to the Quality Accreditation stage of the process is made by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Academic in consultation with the relevant Pro-Vice Chancellor. New HE course proposals are reviewed by the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group (VCAG) who advises the Vice Chancellor to either (i) approve the proposal to proceed to the Quality Accreditation stage of the process or (ii) reject the proposal.

The Resource and Planning course form and guide are provided below. This form should be used for new courses and reaccrediting courses. Please note: For reaccrediting courses, additional information will be provided after the 31st August and is to be included in the final submission. This includes the SATAC course information, and enrolment and retention data. The timing of the release of this information should not prevent schools from commencing the R&P process as additional sections can be copied into the form when they become available.

Forms and documents

Details of course structures, specific award requirements, transition arrangements and study plans are required to be finalised at this stage.

Course developers collaborate with Course Advisory Groups, OLT and LIA to develop aspects of the curriculum at course and unit level.

Quality Accreditation proposals must initially be reviewed and approved by the relevant Faculty/Institute Learning and Teaching Committee.

Faculty-approved proposals are submitted to the CDU Learning and Teaching Committee for final quality review. The role of the Learning and Teaching Committee is to recommend to Academic Board the accreditation, review, re-accreditation, suspension and discontinuation of higher education courses.

Forms and documents

Course Quality Accreditation proformas will be provided by Accreditation & Registration (OLT) subsequent to approval of courses at Stage 1.

Please be aware that due to the introduction of TEQSA and the new AQF there are a number of changes to these forms from previous year. It is recommended that each school works closely with their appointed Education & Training Development team member. For more information please visit http://www.cdu.edu.au/olt/etd.html.

Course documents

Unit documents

All of the information included in the accreditation documentation is required for a variety of reasons including legislative requirements, quality assurance and operational planning.  However, changes to some variables are more significant than others for a variety of reasons.  As such changes to units are deemed to be either minor or major.  

The definition of minor and major changes has been determined based on the following principles:

  • TEQSA requirements
  • HESA requirements
  • Potential impact on students
  • Potential impact across courses/cross disciplinary considerations.

Minor changes are deemed to include:

  • Assessment (weight change only)
  • Adding offerings (e.g. add the unit to an additional semester or study period)
  • Learning method (online, online reliant, print based etc.)
  • Teaching responsibility (who the unit is reported to)
  • Unit description (grammar, format, additional student information)
  • Assumed knowledge
  • Refining current Learning outcomes (to make them clearer).

Major changes are deemed to include:

  • Unit code
  • Unit title
  • Unit description (content change)
  • Field of education
  • Pre-requisite(s)
  • Learning outcomes (adding or removing)
  • Assessment (other than weight change)
  • Removing offerings
  • New unit mode (a unit mode such as internal/external/intensive that has never been offered for this unit).

Is it recommended that staff read the Minor and Major Unit Changes Procedure located on the Governance document site http://www.cdu.edu.au/governance/lt.html

Forms and documents

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Samantha Thompson - Team Leader, Accreditation & Registration
Email: samantha.thompson@cdu.edu.au
Phone: (08) 8946 7775