Partnered delivery of coursework awards policy

Intent

To describe the teaching models that apply to the delivery of RMIT University coursework award programs delivered through partnerships

Objectives

The objectives of this policy are to:

  • Describe the teaching models that apply to the delivery of RMIT University coursework award programs delivered through partnerships
  • Ensure consistency and quality in these programs
  • Describe the minimum level of administrative and support services students will receive

Scope

All RMIT coursework award programs delivered through partnerships

Exclusions

Research degrees

Policy provisions

Overarching policy principles for delivery of RMIT programs via partners

1. Graduate capabilities or competencies and learning outcomes of partner award programs will be the same as those of the program delivered at an RMIT University campus, as students are given an identical award on completion irrespective of the delivery location.

2. RMIT programs will be delivered and assessed in English unless explicitly approved otherwise.

3. Award programs offered through partners will normally also be offered at an RMIT university campus. Where it is necessary to deliver a program solely via a partner that is not also offered on a campus, this must be clearly justified via normal program approval, amendment and quality assurance processes.

4. A more limited range of elective courses may be available in partner programs than in the same program delivered at an RMIT campus.

5. Decisions on credit transfer and recognition of prior learning for students in partner programs will comply with the requirements of the Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer policy. In particular, the same amount of credit will be granted for the same previous learning, towards the same RMIT award, regardless of location.

6. The University’s academic policies apply to the same type of program irrespective of location; where necessary, operational guidelines will be developed to ensure effective policy implementation at different locations and with different partners.

7. Minimum standards for support services for RMIT students studying though a partner are specified by RMIT University.

8. The standards of the programs and of their governance and management will be assured by compliance with the relevant University academic policies.

Partnered delivery teaching models

All RMIT programs will fit one of three approved models for partnered delivery. The approval of the Vice Chancellor is required for the adoption of a particular model and the usual academic approval processes will also be required:

  • RMIT delivered (Model 1);
  • Jointly delivered (Model 2); and
  • Licensed and Quality Assured (Model 3)

Where necessary, transition to the approved models will be implemented when existing contracts are renewed or new contracts are negotiated for partnered delivery.

Model 1 – RMIT delivered

Model 1 is the preferred model where the partner does not have an excellent track record of relevant program delivery capability or local academic staff of the required calibre are not readily available.

Under Model 1 RMIT academic / teaching staff will:

  • Develop all teaching, learning and assessment materials;
  • Undertake all teaching, tutoring and assessment; and
  • Undertake all supervision of projects

Model 2 - Jointly delivered

Model 2 is preferred where the partner has demonstrated academic/industry training capacity. The partner will be responsible for some teaching, tutoring and/or assessment.

Under Model 2:

  • The requirement is for a specified minimum of every program to be taught by an RMIT staff. This will be 25% for awards up to bachelors degree level and 50% for postgraduate awards;
  • RMIT may deliver its component of the program either through visits to the partner or through online delivery with relevant synchronous or asynchronous contact, video conferencing or a mixture of these modes; and
  • RMIT staff members will work closely with the respective partner teaching staff and professional staff to ensure that the impact on student learning of any transition between RMIT staff and the partner staff is minimised

Under Model 2 RMIT academic / teaching staff will:

  • Develop core teaching, learning and assessment materials;
  • Determine entry criteria including advanced standing;
  • Teach at least 25% (or 50% for postgraduate) of the program as delivered at the partnership depending on the agreed delivery model;
  • Exercise final approval of staff selected to teach in the program; and
  • Moderate all assessment and approve all final results

Partner staff may:

  • Undertake teaching, tutoring and assessment; and
  • Undertake project supervision

Model 3 - Licensed and quality assured

Model 3 is available:

a. Where RMIT University decides to partner with a degree granting institution whose international standing for teaching and research in the discipline concerned can be demonstrated to be the same or better than that of RMIT; or

b. For the delivery of all Nationally Accredited Awards; or

c. For RMIT accredited awards (including Foundation Studies) up to and including AQF Level 5 (ie Diploma level qualifications).

Under Model 3 RMIT academic / teaching staff will:

  • Develop core teaching, learning and assessment materials;
  • Determine entry criteria including advanced standing;
  • Teach from 0% to an agreed proportion of the program as delivered at the partnership depending on the approved delivery model;
  • Exercise final approval of staff selected to teach or tutor in the program, and
  • Moderate all assessment and approve all final results

Partner staff may:

  • Undertake teaching, tutoring and assessment; and
  • Undertake supervision of projects

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