The module development procedure ensures that all proposals to develop new modules of study or to change previously approved modules are scrutinised thoroughly on academic grounds. This scrutiny ensures that each module of study offered by Queen Mary is designed to the highest possible academic standards and offers students the best possible teaching and learning experience. It also ensures that resource implications are identified and resolved at the earliest stage.
Detailed guidance relating to the procedures for the approval, amendment/update and withdrawal of modules, including flowcharts, is given in the Programme and Module Developer's Guidelines below.
Information and guidance regarding the design and revision of programmes is included in the section on Programme Development.
All programme / module developments will be considered and/or reported at Taught Programmes Board (TPB).
School / Institute Learning and Teaching Committees are responsible for approving / not approving most kinds of new modules (with some exceptions) and changes to existing modules, subject to the deadlines set by the Directorates of Governance and Legal Services and Registry Services. Further details about the procedure are given in the guidelines.
Information concerning the content, level, assessment methods and availability of a module to students can be found via the QM Module Directory. Guidance for Academic and Professional Services Staff regarding the source of this information, and how to update it, can be found in the document.
Module Forms and Guidance
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- Programme and Module Developer's Guide [PDF 1,210KB]
- Summary of Module Approval Process [PDF 356KB]
- Summary of Module Amendment Process [PDF 357KB]
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Internal sources to be used in module development include:
- QMUL Academic Regulations
- Queen Mary Academic Credit Framework Policy [PDF 207KB]
- Generic Level Descriptors [PDF 60KB]
External sources to be used in module development include:
- QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
- QAA Subject Benchmark Statements
- HECoS Codes
- SEEC Credit Level Descriptors 2021
JACS / HECoS Codes
A new subject coding system - the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) - has been developed to replace the JACS system.
JACS is used by HESA and UCAS to classify subjects of study; the implementation of HECoS provides an opportunity for a far broader range of stakeholders to use a common subject coding system in the future.
HECoS has been developed independently from JACS and therefore there is no direct mapping available between the coding frames. To assist providers in recoding courses from JACS to HECoS, HESA have produced two mapping documents to indicate suggested mappings that might be used. These are available here.
HECoS will be implemented for the academic year starting in the autumn of 2019. For UCAS this means that the first collection of HECoS data will be aligned to the collection of 2019 entry undergraduate course details, ahead of the launch of their search service.