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How we ensure comparable output standards

How we ensure comparable output standards

Setting standards for university-based courses and employee learning

Rob Best


Overview

Overview

  • Qualification routes to CEng

  • Setting university standards

    • Approval of programmes

    • Review processes

  • Work-based qualification routes

  • Discussion points

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Qualification routes to ceng

Qualification routes to CEng

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Setting university standards

Setting university standards

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University qualifications

University qualifications

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Quality review cycles

Quality review cycles

Initial concept

QAA Audit(5 years)

University validation cycle (4-6 years)

Review of concept

Professional accreditation(3-5 years)

Programme withdrawn

Annual review

Detail design

Teaching

Programme approval

Typically 1-2 years

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Quality review cycles1

Quality review cycles

Initial concept

QAA Audit(5 years)

University validation cycle (4-6 years)

Review of concept

Professional accreditation(3-5 years)

Programme withdrawn

Annual review

Detail design

Teaching

Programme approval

Typically 1-2 years

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Programme approval

Approval event (typically ½ to 1-day)

Panel of experts from outside and inside university

External references:

ECUK UK-SPEC

QAA Subject benchmarks

QAA FHEQ

Professional institution guidelines and standards

Programme approval

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Annual review

Annual review

Independent internal scrutiny of:

  • Student evaluations

  • External examiner reports

  • Progression and award statistics

  • Evaluative reports

    Annual action plan

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Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation

  • (3 to) 5-yearly, 2-day event

  • Independent panel of 3-5 industrialists and academics

  • Audit with reference to

    • UKSPEC

    • Specialist subject standards

    • Educational standards

  • In-depth review of

    • Assessments, Student work, External examiner reports, etc

  • Approval of educational requirements, wholly or partially, for IEng or CEng

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Setting university standards summary

Setting university standardsSummary

  • University standards are maintained by a well-established, thorough and extensive process:

    • Programme approval and review (initial, then 4-6 yearly)

    • Annual review

    • Professional accreditation 3-5 yearly

      (NB: Professional institutions have 5-yearly audit by ECUK)

    • QAA audit 5-yearly

  • Standards are externally referenced

  • Quality is assured

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Work based qualifications

Work-based qualifications

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Work based qualification routes

Work-based qualification routes

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Work based further learning to masters level wbflml

Work-based further learning to Masters level (WBFLML)

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Wbflml

WBFLML

As pioneered by IChemE:

  • Candidates demonstrate MSc-level ‘Further Learning’ through work experience.

  • Based on an Industrial Project Report

    • on a project or group of linked projects from work

    • showing development of breadth and depth of skills equivalent to that of an accredited degree at Masters level (i.e an MSc or the M-level part of an MEng).

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Icheme wbflml requirements

IChemE WBFLML requirements

  • Candidate must show how their work matches academic accreditation requirements for MSc

    • Depth, Breadth, Additional Project Work, Industry and Applications

  • Report must include

    • New knowledge not part of their undergraduate degree

    • A significant technical project

    • Broad-based team work

  • Typically candidate will have been employed for a period of 18 months

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Icheme wbflml process

IChemE WBFLML process

  • Synopsis stage

    • proposed project report from candidate.

    • reviewed by one academic and one industrialist (both CEng).

    • Feedback given and advice on whether ready for full report.

  • Full report stage

    • industrial project report (5000 words).

    • reviewed by two CEng (as above) and feedback given.

  • Interview by two CEng.

  • Certificate and written confirmation of completion of requirements

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Professional masters

Professional Masters

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Professional masters1

Professional Masters

  • DIUS/ECUK “Gateways to the Profession” initiative

  • Operating at

    • Kingston (pioneered it), Hertfordshire, Staffordshire, Northumbria Universities …

  • Increasing numbers of PEIs involved

    • IET, IMechE, CIBSE, IChemE etc

  • See http://www.engineeringgateways.co.uk/

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Professional masters continued

Professional Masters (continued)

  • Referenced to

    • QAA-FHEQ and

    • UK-SPEC

  • Customised learning contract based on Professional Development Audit (PDA)

  • Qualification obtained through project reports and viva examination

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Other work based routes

Other work-based routes

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Ecuk specially authorised routes

ECUK specially authorised routes

  • Particular to the armed forces and a small number of PEIs (IET, RAeS, IMarEST)

  • Highly-structured training & development

    • Linked to promotion structures

    • Mapped to UK-SPEC learning outcomes

  • Potentially extendable to other highly structured work-based programmes – but are there any others on this scale???

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Work based career appraisal

Work-based career appraisal

  • Operated by most CEng-licensed PEIs

  • Route to CEng based purely on work experience - no university involvement

  • Based on a report and interview

  • Candidate must demonstrate how s/he has acquired through work the knowledge and understanding equivalent to an accredited degree

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Work based career appraisal continued

Work-based career appraisal (continued)

  • Highly individual, no common structure but referenced to UK-SPEC and PEI guidelines

  • Assessed by CEng engineers

  • Increasing numbers of candidates

  • But, the challenge remains, as the title of this talk!

    “How do we ensure comparable output standards?”

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Summary of qualification routes to ceng

Summary of qualification routes to CEng

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Discussion points

Discussion points

  • University educational standards are assured through a mature system of educational and professional review.

    • Documented curricula and written assessment records allow comparisons with other programmes and professional standards

  • How do we link work-based programmes into a comparable system to assure professional standards?

    • Flexibility means that comparisons are difficult

  • (How) Can or should HE quality processes be applied to employee learning in the workplace?

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