External Quality Assurance

Subject MGMT90117 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Online discussions, virtual team work (first half year only) and webinars
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
April, Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

First half year 2014

An international overview of how different governments approach QA in tertiary education, including key concepts, the roles of QA agencies, the use of standards and measures and processes such as self-assessment and external review.

Second half year 2014

This subject provides an international overview of how different governments approach EQA in tertiary education, including key concepts and definitions, the role of EQA agencies and surrogates, the use of standards and criteria, the processes of self-assessment, internal quality assurance, and external review.

Learning Outcomes:

First half year 2014

To present to participants the various approaches to external quality assurance used internationally; illustrate these with case studies; consider strengths and weaknesses and highlight emerging challenges for national QA systems and QA agencies in a context of cross-border tertiary education and moves for greater mutual recognition of tertiary qualifications.

Second half year 2014

The overall objective is to impart a comparative view of the major modalities and approaches to quality assurance, both internal and external. Students will acquire at least a fundamental grasp of (1) the key definitions and vocabulary of EQA; (2) the practical effects of variations in EQA standards, criteria, and procedures; (3) EQA agencies as surrogates of government; (4) critical decisions by government and EQA agencies regarding agency autonomy, focus-level-scope, policies relating to quality control, self-management or improvement, as well as the policy dimension of standards and criteria; and, (5) agency networking in the context of emerging challenges for EQA agencies.


First half year 2014

• Active participation in weekly discussion board (4 x 250 word postings);

• Virtual team project report (3000 words) due mid-semester;

• Compulsory webinar attendance,

This is a pass/fail subject. Participants receive feedback for each task, and must pass all tasks.

Second half year 2014

Assessment for online delivery

  • Active written participation in six weekly discussion board exercises (6 x 420 word postings). Each will require a brief but thoughtful reflection on a common topic.
  • Participation in three Webinars
  • An individual final paper of 2500 words. The topic will be published on the UniMelb Learning Management System prior to the first Webinar.

Students will receive feedback and mentoring on each task and must pass all tasks.

This is a pass/fail subject. The discussion board postings and the final paper count equally toward the final grade.

Assessment for intensive subject delivery

There are two assessment tasks:

  • Four small group discussion and presentation tasks (5 x 500 word equivalent assessment tasks) (= 2000 words) due during residential school.
  • A 3000 word final individual essay due at end of semester.

This is a pass/fail subject. Participants receive feedback for each task, and must pass all tasks.

Prescribed Texts:

Selected readings and notes to be provided prior to commencement

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject participants will be able to distinguish between different approaches to external quality assurance and critically examine how well a given model fits a specific national context.

Links to further information: www.education.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance
Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management
Master of Tertiary Education Management

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