The process for the approval of new or amended study-units is similar to that for new programmes of study, in that it requires the completion of an approval form which must be submitted to Senate, through the Programme Validation Committee (PVC), via APQRU.
The study-unit approval form should be used in all cases when a proposal to introduce a new study-unit, or modify an existing one, is being put forward. This only applies in the case of major amendments to a study-unit.
A major amendment to a study-unit is one that involves a change in:
Section A - General
A1. Study-unit code: Recommend to the Office of the Registrar a unique code comprising 3 letters indicating the department, division or programme and 4 digits. New codes for departments, divisions or programmes are assigned by the Office of the Registrar on the recommendation of the Faculty, Institute or Centre concerned. The first digit indicates the level at which the study-unit concerned is offered. The second, third and fourth digits are the numbers assigned to each study-unit by the department/division/programme board offering the study-unit. For a detailed explanation of how to assign digits click here
A3. Level: Indicate at which level the study-unit is being offered, and whether it contributes towards an undergraduate or a postgraduate award. Click here to refer to schedule 1 of the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards which contains full details of the levels of study-units
A4. ECTS credits: The number of credits allocated to a particular study-unit is related to the student workload required to complete it. In allocating credit value, revision of earlier work that is already credited should not be taken into account. For study-units delivered in the traditional lecturing mode, 1 ECTS credit is equivalent to 25 hours of learning, of which between 5 and 7 hours should be direct contact. Click here for a detailed explanation of the allocation of credit value, available in Schedule 2 of the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards
A5. Study-unit type: Indicate what type of study-unit is being proposed e.g. lecture, clinical, etc. Click here to refer to the list of types of study-units. Study-units which are indicated as blended or online need to be sanctioned by the DEC/PVC sub-committee and must be accompanied by Appendix B or Appendix C of the Distance and E-learning Policy as appropriate.
A6. Period of study: Indicate when the proposed study-unit would be delivered i.e. semester 1, semester 2, year, or summer period / semester 3
A7. Number of occurrences in same semester: If this study-unit will be delivered to more than one group of students concurrently, please indicate the number of occurrences in the same semester
A8. Department offering unit: Insert here the name of the Department which will be in charge of delivering this study-unit
A9. Faculty responsible: Insert here the name of the Faculty which has overall responsibility for the study-unit
A10. Availability to visiting students: Indicate whether this study-unit can be made available to students visiting for a specified period of time. Year study-units cannot be taken by students who are only visiting for one semester
Section B - Rationale
B1. Rationale for new unit: Briefly explain the reasons for introducing this study-unit
B2. From which academic year will this unit become available? Indicate the academic year in which the new or modified study-unit will be offered for the first time
B3. Withdrawals: If the study-unit is being proposed as a replacement for an existing study-unit, please indicate which study-unit is being replaced
B4. By which Departmental or Faculty Committee has this study-unit been approved? Reference should be made to the dates of respective meetings
Section C - Study-unit details
C1. Name and status of Coordinating Lecturer: Provide the name and status (i.e. senior lecturer, lecturer etc.) of the coordinating lecturer who is responsible for this study-unit. The coordinating lecturer will normally be a permanent member of staff, who is accessible to students and to whom all queries concerning the study-unit can be addressed. If lecturing is to be delivered by an occasional lecturer (those without a Council appointment), a curriculum vitae for the individual will need to be forwarded.
Co-lecturers (if any) and status: If more than one lecturer will contribute to the delivery of this study-unit, provide the names and status of each contributing lecturer
C3. Pre-requisite qualifications (if any): In the case of study-units taken by students in the first semester of the first year of a course, entry requirements are assumed to be those for entry to the course and need not be given. For other study-units any requirements additional to entry or normal progressin should be stated. The requirements should be consistent with the aims and level of the study-unit
C4. Pre-requisite study-units (if any): List any study-units for which students are required to have obtained credit or followed prior to registering for the proposed study-unit
C5. Co-requisite study-units (if any): Indicate whether students are required to follow any study-units during the same semester as the proposed unit
C7. Study-unit aims: Provide a brief, but clear, overall impression of the educational purposes of the unit, ensuring that they are consistent with, and contribute to, the aims of the programme(s) of which the unit is a part
C8. Learning Outcomes: These are statements that specify what learners will know or be able to do as a result of following the study-unit. In this section, the skills and knowledge which students will acquire or develop during the study-unit should be listed briefly, ensuring that these learning outcomes contribute to the learning outcomes of the overall programme(s) of which the unit forms part.
C9. Teaching and learning methods: Give details of the teaching and learning methods that will be used for the delivery of this study-unit, which could include the number of sessions which will make use of each method, as well as the duration of each. If the delivery of the study-unit involves blended or online modalities the study-unit will need to be sanctioned by the DEC/PVC sub-committee. In such instances, Appendix B or Appendix C (as appropriate) of the Distance and E-learning Policy must be submitted together with the study-unit approval form
C10. Method of assessment: Indicate which method of assessment will be used for the study-unit. If the assessment consists of two or more components (e.g. essay and exam) the percentage weighting for each component is to be clearly indicated. If the assessment consists of an examination, the duration of this examination should be indicated. Click here for further guidance and information on assessment at the University of Malta
C11. Main text/s and any supplementary readings: Provide a list of the main text and any supplementary readings for this study-unit, indicating against each entry whether these items are available at the library, and distinguishing clearly between required readings and supplementary readings