Following the release of the Vice-Chancellor’s vision discussion paper in April and after a great deal of feedback from staff in workshops and meetings, UC Transformed will now be embedded into the developing Education Plan (2018- 2022) and will be known as Curriculum Review.
Curriculum Review will include, among a range of projects, a review and update of our undergraduate and post-graduate curriculum and experiential learning models, delivering excellent student experiences and career-ready professionals, and seamless integration of horizontal and vertical degree combinations. Some of our faculties are already advanced in their review of course offerings, so Curriculum Review will be implemented in a phased approach with BGL and FAD aiming to deliver their new degrees from Semester 1, 2019.
Update: May 2017
Thank you to all staff who have contacted the DVC-A Program Office with thoughts, feedback and questions about Curriculum Review. Your engagement with this Program is highly valued, and we welcome all feedback.
For specific queries regarding the Curriculum Review projects, please contact the Project leads:
Update: June 2017
The DVC-A would like to thank again all faculty staff who provided feedback to the UG Course Structure paper during the recent consultation period. A common structure for three-year non-accredited degrees has been announced this week and work begins now on the specifics of how this integrates with vertical and horizontal degrees, but this structure affords the articulations we require. Courses being reviewed for delivery in Semester 1, 2019 will be the first to adopt the new structure.
Ongoing feedback will be provided as part of the consultation process.
The common structures are as below:
First Semester Entry
|Core 1||Core 2||Spec 3||WIL***1||WIL 2||EPP*** (Capstone)|
|Core 3||Core 4 or Spec 4||Spec 5||Spec 4 or Core 4||Spec 7||Spec 8|
|FPP*||Spec 2||Breadth 1||Spec 6||Breadth 5||Breadth 6|
|Spec 1||Breadth 2||Breadth 3||Breadth 4||Breadth 7||Breadth 8|
*Foundations for Professional Practice or equivalent
**Evidence of Professional Practice (Capstone) or equivalent
|FPP||Core 1||Spec 4 or Core 4||WIL 1||WIL 2||EPP (Capstone)|
|Core 4 or Spec 4||Core 3||Spec 6||Spec 3||Spec 8||Spec 7|
|Core 2||Spec 1||Breadth 2||Spec 5||Breadth 6||Breadth 5|
|Spec 2||Breadth 1||Breadth 4||Breadth 3||Breadth 8||Breadth 7|
The DVC-A Professor Nick Klomp provided a Curriculum Review update to all professional staff in a lecture on Wednesday 21 June. Approximately 90 staff attended to hear the DVC-A provide an update on the latest achievements in the Course Design, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE2017), Teaching Excellence and Student Transition Projects. There was also some discussion about Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and research-led teaching.
Update: July 2017
Curriculum Review calls for a common undergraduate course structure which carefully balances coherency and flexibility for all UC students. A draft Undergraduate Course Structure Paper (v1.0) was available for consultation with academic staff on Thursday 27 April. Extensive feedback was received via written submissions emailed to the DVC-A Program Office, verbal feedback supplied at Course Design Workshops, and at subsequent meetings with faculty managers. The consultation period closed at the end of June.
As a result of this consultation, UC has reached agreement on a model which takes into account the different levels of foundational knowledge required across disciplines. Further work is required on the specifics of how this integrates with vertical and horizontal degrees, but this structure affords the articulations we require.
To access the final paper, Undergraduate Program Blueprint, and for further responses to the consultation phase, please see here (MyUC Staff login required).
Update: August 2017
New Programs and Courses
Congratulations to all staff involved in Curriculum Review in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law. Academic Board accredited the faculty’s new programs and courses at its meeting held on Monday 24 July. Congratulations also go to the staff in the Faculty of Arts and Design, whose new post-graduate courses and an additional Bachelor of Arts program course were accredited by Academic Board at the same meeting. A detailed list of these courses can be found here.
Award applications for the Teaching Excellence Awards in 2017 are due no later than Friday 22 September. Thereafter, a selection committee chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) will short-list this year’s winners for announcement in late October. New to the University’s recognition strategy is an award for Educator of the Year. The Award will confirm the winner’s exceptional and sustained record of advancing student learning, and will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor at the end of year celebration on Thursday 7 December.
As we look beyond 2017, the nationally significant Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) will be managed through Universities Australia. This change of administration provides UC with an opportunity to reconfigure its own Awards Program and take advantage of contemporary changes to the tertiary teaching landscape in coming years. As developments occur, we will keep you updated. For a more tailored response to questions about the Teaching Excellence and/or the University Award program, please contact Tim Grace via UC Teaching Awards.
The Student Transition Project has commenced, which aims to provide students with a positive and seamless transition experience. Planning is underway in collaboration with all faculties and relevant business units. If you have any questions about student transition, please contact the Project Lead, Kirsten Zinner via the DVCA Program Office.
Curriculum Review Staff Drop-In Sessions
If you have any questions about Curriculum Review or would like to discuss any aspect of the Program with the Program Sponsor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Nick Klomp, and/or any of the project leads, please drop-in to Meeting Room 1C34 (Teaching and Learning) at the following times. A light lunch will be provided.
- Tuesday 15 August 12:00pm-12:30pm
- Thursday 14 September 11:30am-12:00pm
- Wednesday 18 October 1:30pm-2:00pm
- Monday 13 November 12:30pm-1:00pm
Indigenisation of the Curriculum Action Plan
Curriculum Review expands on the UC Courses Policy which sets out a number of elements of UC courses, including that courses are designed to acknowledge Indigenous perspectives and embed Indigenous content, ways of knowing, and ways of learning in the curriculum. To enable this, the Indigenisation of the Curriculum Action Plan has been developed by a working party with consultation across the institution. It can be found on the MyUC Curriculum Review page and the MyUC Course Design page.
Professor Nick Klomp would like to express his sincere thanks to all those involved in this working party, and those who took the time to read and comment on this plan. If you have any questions about Curriculum Review or the implementation of this Action Plan, please speak with your Dean or Associate Dean, Education.