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External Quality Assurance

23 July - 16 September 2018

Subject overview

This subject covers key elements of international approaches to Quality Assurance in tertiary education. These include:

  • Quality Assurance for higher education;
  • External Quality Assurance roles and responsibilities;
  • Networks of external Quality Assurance agencies;
  • Standards applied by external Quality Assurance agencies;
  • Emerging challenges for external Quality Assurance agencies.

Learning outcomes

On completion, participants should be able to understand:

  • National Quality Assurance systems and the role of agencies;
  • The generic functions of external Quality Assurance and the different ways in which agencies discharge their roles and responsibilities;
  • Significant international networks, national member networks and their role in finding solutions to problems posed by cross-border and distance education providers;
  • The meaning of 'minimum standards' in contrast with standards that change behaviours;
  • The many challenges that have emerged in tertiary education and the role of agencies in dealing with them.

Contact hours

The total number of contact hours over this period is 24. Includes 6 hours of webinars and 18 hours of online discussions (all taught and/or moderated by academic staff) over the duration of the subject.

Outside of these times students are expected to organise their own study schedule; the recommended total number of study hours for this subject is 170.

Delivery modes

This subject is delivered entirely online. Participants can choose to undertake either the non-assessed or assessed mode.

Non-assessed mode
Participants undertake and finish the compulsory components only, made up of four discussion board tasks and three webinars held at set times.

Assessed mode
Participants first undertake and finish the compulsory components, i.e. the four discussion board tasks and three webinars held at set times. They must then submit a 3000-word essay at the end of the subject.

Participants who successfully complete this mode gain 12.5 credit points, which will be credited towards one of our Masters or Graduate Certificate programs. Please contact us if you would like more information about how this articulation process works.

2018 fees

Assessed mode: A$4,180

Non-assessed mode: A$3,352

Fees include course materials, but does not include text books (if applicable).

Subject facilitator

Mr Tom Phillips, Fellow, LH Martin Institute.

Tom Phillips is Director of Soutenir Ltd, an international consulting and project services company. His experience in and around higher education spans 40 years in institutions, educational and professional organisations, and consultancy, dealing with diverse topics — student recruitment, admissions, and advising; research on student retention and performance; international student affairs and exchange; self-assessment, accreditation and quality management; and more recently, EU-funded capacity-building projects in quality assurance. Tom’s special interests relate to the comparability of quality assurance (QA) and accreditation systems; development of standards, evaluation criteria, and processes; quality assurance policy; the role of QA agencies as surrogates of government; and the behavioral context of accreditation. More about Tom.

How to apply

To find out more about studying a single subject from the Tertiary Education Management course or to start your application, please contact our dedicated Student Support team who will assist you through the process. 

The documents you will require to provide include:

  • Copies of testamurs and transcripts of all degrees listed in the application;
  • Your CV;
  • Documentation showing how you have met the English language proficiency standards if you have English as a second language or the language of instruction of previous degrees was other than English.

(Note: limit of 1.5 MB per document)

More information

Detailed information on the subject is available in the University of Melbourne handbook.

Find out more information about this subject or request an information pack by contacting Dina Uzhegova or call +61 3 8344 4605.

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