External Quality Assurance

Subject MGMT90117 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 16-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 23-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2016
Census Date 12-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 02-Sep-2016

September, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 26-Sep-2016 to 18-Nov-2016
Assessment Period End 25-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Oct-2016
Census Date 14-Oct-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 04-Nov-2016

Participation in discussion boards and webinars and final 2500 word assignment.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (including three two-hour webinars and online discussions moderated by academic staff)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours.


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management (GC-TEM), or Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance (GC-QA), or the Master of Tertiary Education Management (MC-TEM). This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

If you are interested in this subject but are not admitted in any of the above course, please email TL-tertiaryed@unimelb.edu.au

You must have taken the following subject prior to enrolling or you must take the subject concurrently.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Heather Davis


LH Martin Institute
Email: TL-tertiaryed@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9810 3252

Subject Overview:

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:

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.


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.
  • 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: http://www.lhmartininstitute.edu.au/postgraduate-award-programs/overview
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance
Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management
Master of Tertiary Education Management

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