Programme Specification for the 2016/7 academic year

PGCert Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice PCAP

1. Programme Details

Programme namePGCert Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice PCAP Programme codePCT2EDUEDU05
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2016/7
Campus(es)Split Site
Programme start date

09/2015

NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice programme is designed to support the development of your existing skills and knowledge to become more effective academics and professionals in your departments, in the University and within national and international contexts. The programme addresses issues associated with teaching, research, academic citizenship/leadership and administration. It provides political, social and theoretical frameworks through which to understand these issues better, but is firmly grounded in the demands and practicalities faced by academic practitioners engaged in teaching or supporting learning, and/or undertaking scholarship or research at the University of Exeter.

The Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice programme leads to recognition as both a University of Exeter ASPIRE Fellow and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which is important for academic career development, and our individual and organisational reputation as perceived by students and the higher education community. It is run on behalf of the University, for its staff, by academic colleagues in the Graduate School of Education, in conjunction with key colleagues from the wider university. The programme is mandatory for Lecturers (Education and Research) and strongly recommended for Lecturers (Education and Scholarship). It may also be advised for other staff.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice programme:

  • enables you to analyse your contribution to the University of Exeter, within a context of higher education that is changing rapidly and in controversial and contested ways;
  • draws on theoretical and empirical evidence about effective academic practice;
  • provides assessment tasks tailored to your professional interests and developmental needs; and
  • encourages you to engage in dialogue with colleagues both within your discipline and College, but also across the University, in order to develop areas of practice particularly relevant to your role(s).

 

Full details of the programme are provided below.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. to support your development as autonomous professionals able to thrive in a research-intensive university;
2. to enable you to engage critically with the areas of activity, knowledge and values detailed in the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education;
3. to provide an inclusive group ethos, through peer dialogue and analysis of literature, which promotes analytical reflection on and enhancement of your academic practice;
4. to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to analyse policy and theoretical literature applicable to your academic practice;
5. to enable you to develop conceptual understanding and analyse data relating to academic practice;
6. to enable you to develop the organisational and transferable skills and confidence central to professional autonomy; and
7. to support your ability to define and evaluate complex issues, drawing on national and international perspectives, through appropriate literatures.

The aims of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice programme are:

4. Programme Structure

Credits and awards

The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice is a 60-credit programme which is accredited at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). Completion of the following modules leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice: (1) The Contemporary Academic in Context (EFPM900) (30 credits) and (2) Creating Effective Learning in Higher Education (EFPM902) (30 credits).

Programme Organisation and Requirements

The Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice is a part-time course, typically undertaken in one academic year, but can be spread over a maximum of three years. If required, you are entitled to interrupt your programme for up to two years, so long as this is requested formally in writing. The programme is modular and you are required to complete both modules. Both modules are delivered through taught sessions on the university campuses and through independent study.

Through the Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning process, participants completing the University of Exeter’s Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme (30 credits) or a comparable qualification at another university, will usually only need to complete The Contemporary Academic in Context (EFPM900) (30 credits) to obtain the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

The following table describes the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Normally, you must complete both modules to gain the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice award.

 

MODULE CODE

MODULE TITLE

CREDITS

EFPM900

The Contemporary Academic in Context

30

EFPM902

Creating Effective Learning in Higher Education

30

If you complete the Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice programme and wish to undertake further modules in the Graduate School of Education, you can automatically progress to a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Master of Arts in Education (MA in Education) via the Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning procedure without having to complete the usual application process or incur the usual costs. This exempts you from completing 60 credits of either programme.

Stage 1


Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM900 The Contemporary Academic in Context 30Yes
EFPM902 Creating Effective Learning in Higher Education 30Yes
Total Credits for Stage 1

30

Stage 2


Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM900 The Contemporary Academic in Context 30Yes
EFPM902 Creating Effective Learning in Higher Education 30Yes
Total Credits for Stage 2

30


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Identify and evaluate concepts and issues related to your practice as a contemporary academic or professional staff member and to engage in critical debate about current issues in higher education, drawing on evidence from theory, research and practice

Lectures, seminar, group activities, tutorials and directed activities in professional contexts. Use of readings and on-line learning resources. Each module is supported by guided study and resources accessed through the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE), available to all participants on the programme..

Formative assignments (e.g. preparation and presentation of posters; group presentations) and summative assessment through written assignments.

 

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Deploy a range of personal and professional skills and values relevant to the workplace, with explicit reference to the UK Professional Standards Framework, and identify and justify solutions to educational problems relevant to your areas of study

Lectures, seminars, group activities, tutorials and directed activities in professional contexts. Use of readings and online resources.

Formative activities (e.g. group presentations) and summative assessment through written assignments (e.g. based on formative activities), showing interaction between theory, critical analysis and practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Analyse the relationships between policy, theory and practice in a range of higher educational contexts and contribute to policy, practice and their development in the workplace.

Lectures, seminar, group activities, workshop tutorials and directed activities in professional contexts. Use of readings and on-line resources.

Formative activities and summative assessment through written assignments (showing interaction between theory, critical analysis and practice).

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Progression

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

71

18. Final Award

PGCert Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice PCAP

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

60

ECTS credits

30

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

17/06/2016