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  • QUALITY ASSURANCE

    HANDBOOK

    Policies, procedures and resources

    to guide undergraduate and graduate

    program development and improvement at UOIT

    UOIT Academic Council

    June 15, 2010, revised June 9, 2011

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    UOIT Quality Assurance Handbook

    QUALITY ASSURANCE HANDBOOK

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................i

    1. Quality Assurance at UOIT

    A. Quality assurance process............................................................................................................................................. 1

    B. Roles and responsibilities .............................................................................................................................................. 1

    2. Reporting requirements for program and curricular changes

    A. Curriculum approval process ........................................................................................................................................ 7

    B. Consultation ................................................................................................................................................................. 8

    C. Annual reports of Faculty Councils ............................................................................................................................... 8

    3. Changes to existing degree programs

    A. Policy ...................................................................................................................................................................... 9

    B. Procedures ................................................................................................................................................................... 9

    1. Minor curricular changes ...................................................................................................................................... 9

    2. Minor program adjustments ............................................................................................................................... 10

    3. Major program modifications ............................................................................................................................. 11

    C. Major program modifications – Proposal briefs ........................................................................................................ 12

    4. Review of existing degree programs

    A. Policy .................................................................................................................................................................... 15

    B. Procedures ................................................................................................................................................................. 16

    1. Self study briefs ................................................................................................................................................... 16

    2. External review and reporting ............................................................................................................................ 16

    3. Response to report ............................................................................................................................................. 17

    4. Approval process ................................................................................................................................................. 17

    5. Subsequent reporting on the implementation of recommendations ................................................................. 18

    C. Cyclical program reviews – Self study briefs ............................................................................................................... 18

    5. New degree programs

    A. Policy .................................................................................................................................................................... 21

    B. Procedures ................................................................................................................................................................. 21

    1. Proposal briefs .................................................................................................................................................... 21

    2. External review and report ................................................................................................................................. 22

    3. Response to report ............................................................................................................................................. 22

    4. Approval process ................................................................................................................................................. 22

    5. Submission to the Quality Council and the Ministry ........................................................................................... 22

    6. Subsequent review of academic programs ......................................................................................................... 22

    C. New degree programs – Proposal briefs ..................................................................................................................... 23

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    6. New non-degree programs

    A. Policy .................................................................................................................................................................... 25

    B. Procedures ................................................................................................................................................................. 25

    C. New non-degree programs – Proposal briefs ............................................................................................................. 25

    7. Appendices

    A. Quality assurance flow chart ....................................................................................................................................... 27

    B. Curriculum approval process chart ............................................................................................................................. 28

    C. Program quality review criteria................................................................................................................................... 29

    D. Degree level expectations ........................................................................................................................................... 31

    E. Program learning outcomes ....................................................................................................................................... 34

    F. Cycle of program reviews ............................................................................................................................................ 36

    G. List of UOIT programs ................................................................................................................................................. 37

    H. Joint programs approval and review guidelines ......................................................................................................... 41

    I. Self study guidelines ................................................................................................................................................... 42

    J. Arm’s length guidelines ............................................................................................................................................... 44

    K. Program review assessment/consultants’ report ....................................................................................................... 45

    8. Templates

    A. New course template

    B. Course change template

    C. Faculty Council annual reporting template

    D. Course outline template

    9. Supplementary guidelines

    A. Cooperative education framework

    B. Non-degree program framework (diplomas, certificates, etc)

    C. Course numbering guidelines

    D. Academic Council handbook

    (Templates and supplementary guidelines available on request)

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    UOIT Academic Council, June 2010 UOIT Quality Assurance Handbook

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    INTRODUCTION

    The UOIT Quality Assurance Handbook was developed to inform and guide undergraduate and graduate

    program development and improvement at the university. This document sets out the general academic

    governance structure that frames the university’s program offerings and brings together the various policies,

    procedures and protocols that facilitate and support their ongoing improvement. In this way, the university

    can ensure ongoing academic coherence and integrity in its curricula while remaining rigorous and consistent

    in the expansion and refinement of program offerings.

    On June 9, 201

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