CSM student and staff handbook

9.2 CSM code of good teaching practice

All teaching disciplines in the University are required to produce a Code of Good Teaching Practice and to make this known to their students. This is intended to provide a formal statement of each discipline’s overall policy towards teaching and of the mechanisms employed to ensure the maintenance of good teaching practice. The CSM Code is reproduced below in full. Your attention is drawn to the fact that this code places responsibilities upon students well as upon CSM and its teaching staff.


Management of the teaching programmes in CSM

Aims of the programmes: a statement of the aims of all CSM programmes and a synopsis of these programme is available to all prospective teachers and students in this handbook (see Section 2).

Framework of a programme: a statement of the pre-requisites and of core and optional module components should be available to all prospective students (see 9.4 and individual module specifications via links on module ELE pages). Specific details on the nature of module-specific assignments and how they will be assessed and how feedback should be provided should be made available to all prospective students at the start of each module (in accordance with Section 1.8 and Appendix II). CSM’s degree programmes should be intellectually progressive (and linearly so) in character to present a continuing challenge to students. The research expertise of CSM staff should feed directly into all teaching.

Teaching of a programme: teaching methods should be chosen to ensure that desirable educational objectives are reached, and a variety of methods (both staff-driven and student-driven) should be involved in the programme.

Monitoring of a programme: a Student-Staff Liaison Committee should exist in the Discipline, one of its responsibilities being to review modules and teaching matters.

New Programmes and Programme Withdrawals: requires approval by CSM’s Education Strategy Group according to the processes described below and then forwarded for approval by the College Education Strategy Group, as described in the University TQA manual. The Director of Education will only approve changes after confirming that that they will not invalidate the accreditation status of any programmes.

Modification to Programmes: Refer to the University TQA manual.

Modification to Modules: Refer to the University TQA manual.

Major Modifications to Modules: New modules and major modifications to existing modules require approval by both the Director of Education and the Penryn CEMPS Education Strategy Group. These include changes to the following aspects of module descriptors:

  • Module title (this will require a new module code),
  • Credit value (this will require a new module code),
  • Duration of module (term),
  • Study time,
  • Aims where changes affect any aspect of a Programme Specification,
  • Intended learning outcomes where changes affect any aspect of a Programme Specification,
  • Assignments/assessment.

Minor Modifications to Modules: Minor modifications, i.e. any change that is not defined as 'major' above requires only approval by the Director of Education.


Procedures for amendments

1. Any amendments should be submitted to the Director of Education and CES in good time for the Education Committee Strategy Group meeting at which they are to be considered.

2. The following documentation should be provided: document outlining the rationale for change, the relevant programme specification and module descriptor with track changes indicated clearly and, if required, confirmation of approval from the current external examiner. All changes to assessment patterns must conform to the current CSM assessment norms

3. The submission will be considered at the meeting. The Committee will decide which of the following decisions to make: a) approve, b) approve subject to amendments, c) not approve. The decision will be minuted and CES will communicate this decision to the proposer of the amendment.

4. If the Committee approves the proposal subject to amendments, the documents should be revised and then reconsidered by the responsible Director of Education for final approval. Confirmation of final approval will be provided by CES and will be recorded as Chair's Action in the minutes of the Penryn CEMPS Education Strategy Group.

5. The CES and CSM Handbook Editor will be jointly responsible for maintaining an auditable record of the approval process to include: a chronological record of all significant changes and their rationale e.g. publication of the final approved version(s) of the programme specifications, and/or module descriptors in their permanent locations online on both CEMPS webpages and within the digital version of the CSM Handbook, and record of the approval in the minutes of the Penryn CEMPS Education Strategy Group.

6. Where changes are made to the assessment requirements of a module that affect the formal University examination of the module (e.g. a change in duration or removal of a written examination), these changes will be notified to the University's Examinations Office via CES.

7. CES are responsible for checking that the final programme specification and module templates have been published on the web, and that the CEMPS Programme & Module Approval Group is notified.

Modules: Note that approval of / changes to CSM Module Coordinators and Lecturers is not a matter for the Penryn CEMPS Education Strategy Group.

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