It is understood that courses of study are dynamic and are subject to modifications from time to time, often as an outcome of the annual course and module review process. Some changes are regarded as minor and may or may not require formal notification to the validating university, whereas others are more major in character. In essence, minor changes do not alter the substantial character of the course, whilst major changes are those which fundamentally alter the character of the course.
The decision as to whether a proposed modification to an approved course constitutes a minor or a major change is made by the Academic Director of Partnerships. Advice on proceeding with changes can be sought from Academic Partnerships. The Course Modification Proposal form must be used to request notifiable changes to validated provision.
The documentation should detail the name of the award undergoing change, the nature and rationale behind the proposed change, the expected date of implementation and any delivery or resource implications. The documentation should be signed by relevant senior member(s) of staff at the institution concerned, and where appropriate evidence of consultation with the external examiner should be provided.
The Academic Director of Partnerships signs the document to formally record approval of the change, and this is formally reported at the next meeting.
Where revalidation is not required, changes are notified to UEA through the relevant Joint Board of Study. Where relevant, changes may also require approval from professional or awarding bodies.