Programme Quality Assurance

Student Admission
The Quality Assurance procedures for student admission are established to:

  • Monitor the overall student recruitment process so as to admit students in line with the College admission requirements and to ensure the fairness and transparency of the recruitment process and selection criteria
  • Ensure that applicants are considered solely on their academic excellence, abilities and potential regardless of gender, national origin and disability etc.

 

Student Admission Process
Student recruitment involves collection of application forms from candidates, basic check for meeting the minimum entrance requirement for the applied programme by the College General Office, arrangement of interviews, collection of application recommendations from the academic departments, final approval from the Registrar and announcement of application results.

 

Programme Quality Assurance
The Programme Quality Assurance systems is established to

  • Maintain and enhance the academic standard and quality of the programmes through periodic review and regular monitoring, with appropriate reference to local and international benchmarking standards.
  • Evaluate whether the programmes align with the College mission and vision

 

Programme Committee
The Programme Committee in an academic department is established to develop, manage, monitor and review the running of the programme by incorporating input from academic staff, students and external assessors such as external examiners, academic advisors or industrial advisors.

 

Programme Review
In order to maintain and enhance the quality of the programmes offered by the College, programme review always plays a critical role in the quality assurance systems.  Programme review covers an overview of the present form and the latest condition of the programme, its academic validity of meeting the programme aims and objectives, and other factors concerning the programme.

 

It is important that while programme monitoring is undertaken on the basis of the internal resources available to the Programme Committee, programme review requires external expertise be brought in to look into the different aspects of the programme. The expertise may be the academic staff within the College, members of related professions and senior academics from other universities. In some cases, professional bodies will be a major source of external scrutiny of the programmes.

 

Offering New Degree Programmes
All the programmes offered to students must have at first undergone a process of programme development and a procedure of academic approval. This mechanism aims to ensure that the all the programmes in the College are well established, and their academic standards are at internationally comparable standards. The programme development procedures involves three stages: (1) Planning and Initial Evaluation Stage (2) Approval Stage, and (2) Implementation and Resource Allocation Stage.

This system of programme design and proposal is proven successful in the past years via successful programme validation and re-validation exercises by HKCAAVQ. Besides, the line of decision-making in different layers is explicit, and all the relevant issues listed above are properly considered and scrutinized in the whole process of programme development. The College has full confidence and absolute capability to accept all forms of challenges from the operation of learning programmes in the programme areas.  

 

Making Changes to Existing Degree Programmes
As the impact of changes on an accredited academic programme may vary from one situation to another, the associated approval process therefore depends on the degree of academic and strategic implications. 
For changes with little impact, the approval authority is delegated to the Programme Committee (PC) of the Department. All major changes to programmes require a recommendation from the programme team in order to seek approval from the Faculty Board and the Academic Board and subject to the financial considerations by the College Council (CC). The College Council is the ultimate authority to approve any changes of programmes due to financial constraints and budgeting requirements as stipulated by the Board of Governors.

 

Outcome Based Teaching and Learning

The College is committed to employ the Outcome Based Teaching and Learning approach (OBTL) to ensure the quality of the programmes. All the College degree programmes are pitched against the relevant QF levels’ General Level Descriptors (GLDs) according to the guidelines from the HKCAAVQ and EDB for entering the Quality Register. The following areas are guidelines for departmental reference in designing new programmes, and modifying existing programmes.

  • The proper alignment of Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) to GLDs should be observed.
  • The proper alignment of PILOs to College Mission and Vision/Graduate Attributes should be observed.
  • The proper alignment of Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) to PILOs should be carefully conceived and executed.
  • The proper mapping from CILOs to PILOs to College Mission and Vision and to GLD should be carefully conceived and executed.
  • The proper mapping of College course levels to the relevant GLDs should be followed

 

Review of PILOs, CILOs and the OBTL mappings

Whenever a new programme is developed or an existing programme undergoes changes, the Programme Committee should conduct review on PILOs, CILOs and the OBTL mappings (mapping between PILOs and CILOs, mapping between PILOs and College Mission, Vision and Graduates' Attributes and mapping between CILOs and GLD).