University Of Aberdeen Academic Quality Handbook

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University Of Aberdeen Academic Quality  Handbook

University Of Aberdeen Academic Quality  Handbook, The University’s Academic Quality Handbook contains the University’s policies, procedures and regulations relating to all aspects of teaching and learning, including research degrees at the University of Aberdeen.

All queries relating to the Academic Quality Handbook should be directed to Academic Services, Registry (academicservices@abdn.ac.uk).

Section 1 – Teaching and Learning at the University of Aberdeen: An overview

Teaching and Learning at the University of Aberdeen: An overview
  • Appendix 1.1 – College and School Structures
  • Appendix 1.2 – Framework of Degrees

Section 2 – Quality Assurance in Higher Education: An overview

Quality Assurance in Higher Education: An overview

Section 3 – The Assurance and Enhancement of Academic Quality and Standards in Teaching and Learning

The Assurance and Enhancement of Academic Quality and Standards in Teaching and Learning
  • Appendix 3.1- Annual Course and Programme Review – Flowchart and Procedure
  • Appendix 3.2- Annual Course Review Report
  • Appendix 3.3- Annual Programme Review
  • Appendix 3.4- Students’ Progress Committees: Remit and Composition
  • Appendix 3.6 – Planning Cycle for Validation of Courses, Programmes of Study, and Changes to Regulations
  • Appendix 3.8- Internal Teaching Review: Information for those preparing for Internal Teaching Review
    • Annex A to 3.8- Internal Teaching Review: Self-Evaluation Document
    • Annex B to 3.8- Internal Teaching Review: Programme Review Report
    • Annex C to 3.8- Internal Teaching Review: Postgraduate Research Student Training and Supervision Report Form
    • Annex D to 3.8 – Internal Teaching Review: Staff Training and Educational Development Proforma
  • Appendix 3.9- Internal Teaching Review: Guidance Notes for Staff invited to meet Visiting Panels
  • Appendix 3.10- Internal Teaching Review: An Introduction for Students
  • Appendix 3.11- Internal Teaching Review: Information for Panel Members and Coordinating Reviewers
  • Appendix 3.12 – Institutional Strategy for the Identification and Dissemination of Good Practice in Learning and Teaching

Section 4 – Student Recruitment and Admissions

Student Recruitement and Admissions
  • Appendix 4.1- Admissions Policy
  • Appendix 4.2- Accreditation of Prior Learning
  • Appendix 4.3 – Readmissions Policy

Section 5 – Student Guidance and Learner Support

Student Guidance and Learner Support
  • Appendix 5.1 – Policy and Guidance on Religion and Belief for Students
  • Appendix 5.2- Code of Practice for Undergraduate Teaching
  • Appendix 5.3 – Code of Practice: Postgraduate Taught Students
  • Appendix 5.4 – Code of Practice: Postgraduate Research Students
  • Appendix 5.5 –
    Information for Disabled Students and those with Specific Learning Differences and Medical Conditions
  • Appendix 5.6- Policy on permitting disabled students to tape-record lectures
  • Appendix 5.7- Flow Chart on procedures for disabled students
  • Appendix 5.8- Procedures for Disabled Students
  • Appendix 5.9- Recommendations Concerning Students with Specific Learning Differences
  • Appendix 5.10- Information and Guidance to Students Who Become Pregnant or Adpot Children, and their Partners during their Studies
  • Appendix 5.15a – Code of Practice on Student Discipline (Academic)
  • Appendix 5.15b- Code of Practice on Student Discipline (Non-Academic)
  • Appendix 5.15c- Procedure for cases of alleged Academic Misconduct – FOR STAFF
  • Appendix 5.15d- Procedure for cases of alleged Academic Misconduct – for Students
  • Appendix 5.16- Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Plagiarism against Graduates of the University
  • Appendix 5.17a- Policy on Undergraduate Student Progress
  • Appendix 5.17b- Policy on Fitness to Practice
  • Appendix 5.17c –
    Guidance Notes for: Students whose studies as a candidate for the Degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB); Students whose studies for an intercalated degree within the Degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB); Students whose studies as a candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS); Students whose studies as a candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Physicians Associate Studies (PA); Graduates of the University with the Degrees of MBChB during their pre-registration period of training; who are being considered for suspension or termination on the grounds that they are not “Fit to Practise”.
  • Appendix 5.17d –
    Guidance Notes for Students whose studies as a candidate for the Degrees of Bachelor of Education (BEd), Master of Arts (Honours) in Education (MA) and Bachelor of Music (BMus) with Honours (Education), or the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) are being considered for suspension or termination on the grounds that they are not “Fit to Practise”.
  • Appendix 5.17e- Guidance Notes on Undergraduate Student Progress
  • Appendix 5.18a- Policy and Procedures on Student Appeals
  • Appendix 5.18c- Form for Appeals and Complaints
  • Appendix 5.19- Complaints Handling Procedure
  • Appendix 5.20 –
    Status of Students Pending the Outcome of Consideration of (a) an Academic Appeal or Complaint; (b) Undergraduate Student Progress, or Fitness to Practice.
  • Appendix 5.21 –
    The Payment of Expenses Incurred by a Successful Appellant or Complainant: Guidance Note
  • Appendix 5.22- Guidelines for Dealing with Unsatisfactory Student Progress: Postgraduate Research Students
  • Appendix 5.23- Guidelines for Dealing with Unsatisfactory Student Progress: Postgraduate Taught Students
  • Appendix 5.24- Code of Practice to Ensure Compliance with the 1994 Education Act
  • Appendix 5.25- Unacceptable Actions Policy
  • Appendix 5.26 – Policy on Drugs and Alcohol Misuse (Students)

Section 6 – Teaching and Learning Policies and Academic Administration

Teaching and Learning Policies and Academic Administration

 

Section 7 – Assessment and Examination Policies and Practices: Taught Courses and Programmes

Assessment and Examination Policies and Practices: Taught Courses and Programmes
  • Appendix 7.1 – Rules for the Conduct of Prescribed Assessments and Written Examinations for Degrees or Diplomas
  • Appendix 7.2- Notes of Guidance for Those with Responsibility for Making Examination Arrangements for Disabled Candidates
  • Appendix 7.3 – Common Assessment Scale (CAS)
  • Appendix 7.4 – Honours Classification (Grade Spectrum)
  • Appendix 7.5 – Policy and Procedure on Student Absence
  • Appendix 7.6- Guidance Note for Students who either Fail or who Fail to Attend, or Complete, an Element of Prescribed Degree Assessment
  • Appendix 7.7- Procedures for Determining Progression and Award in Modularised Postgraduate Taught Programmes of Study (Grade Spectrum)
  • Appendix 7.8- Institutional Framework for the Provision of Feedback on Assessment
  • Appendix 7.9- SCQF Levels Descriptors
  • Appendix 7.10- University of Aberdeen Common Grading Scale (CGS)
  • Appendix 7.11- Minimum Credit Requirements for Awards
  • Appendix 7.12- Undergraduate Degree Classification for Students entering Honours Programmes from September 2014.
  • Appendix 7.13 – Progression and Award in Postgraduate Taught Awards for students entering their PGT from September 2014 onwards
  • Appendix 7.14- Code of Practice on Assessment
  • Appendix 7.15- Nomination for External Examiners (Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught)
  • Appendix 7.16- External Examiners’ Annual Report.  Taught Programmes and Awards
  • Appendix 7.17- Moderation Policy

Section 8 – Research Students

Research Students
  • Appendix 8.1- Admissions Protocol for Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research Applications
  • Appendix 8.2 – Postgraduate Structured Management Framework (36 month full-time PhD Programme)
  • Appendix 8.3 – Postgraduate Structured Management Framework (60 month part-time PhD Programme)
  • Appendix 8.4 – Postgraduate Structured Management Framework (48 month full-time PhD Programme)
  • Appendix 8.5 – Postgraduate Structured Management Framework (42 month full time PhD Programme)
  • Appendix 8.6 – Postgraduate Structured Management Framework (24 month full-time MPhil Programme)
  • Appendix 8.7 – Postgraduate Structured Management Framework (42 month part-time MPhil Programme)
  • Appendix 8.8 – Postgraduate Structured Management Framework (12 month full-time Master’s Programme)
  • Appendix 8.9 – Postgraduate Structured Management Framework (24 month part-time Master’s Programme)
  • Appendix 8.10 – Examining Research Degrees

Section 9 – External Examining Taught Courses and Programmes

External Examining Taught Courses and Programmes
  • Appendix 9.1 – Nomination Form for External Examiners (Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught)
  • Appendix 9.2 – External Examiners’ Annual Report: Taught Programmes and Awards

Section 10 – Collaborative Provision

Collaborative Provision
  • Appendix 10.1 – Collaborative Provisions: Definitions
  • Appendix 10.2 – Checklist for those considering collaborations leading to an award (single, dual or joint) or credit of the University
  • Appendix 10.3 – Procedure for the approval of collaborations leading to an award (single, dual or joint) or credit of the University
  • Appendix 10.4- Flowchart: Procedure for the Approval of Collaborations Leading to an Award (Single, Dual or Joint) or Credit of the University
  • Appendix 10.5 – Collaborations leading to an award (single, dual or joint) or credit of the University: Proposal forms (Parts A, B, C and D)
  • Appendix 10.6 – Collaborations leading to an award (single, dual or joint) or credit of the University: Guidelines for completion of proposal forms
  • Appendix 10.7 – Information required for proposals for accreditations, validations and joint degrees
  • Appendix 10.8 – Documentation required from prospective partners for proposals for accreditations validations and joint degrees
  • Appendix 10.9 – Guidelines for members of panels appointed to scrutinise proposals for accreditations, validations and joint degrees
  • Appendix 10.10 – Collaborations leading to an award (single, dual or joint) or credit of the University: Content of agreement documents
  • Appendix 10.11 – Collaborations leading to an award (single, dual or joint) or credit of the University: Drafting, approval and signing of agreement documents
  • Appendix 10.12 – Collaborative provision: Shared modules
  • Appendix 10.13 – Collaborative provision: Flexible and distributed learning
  • Appendix 10.14 – Collaborations leading to an award (single, dual or joint) or credit of the University: Assessment requirements, external examining and the provision of certificates and transcripts

Section 11 – Academic Support Services And Resources