Quality assurance and enhancement (QAE) at the module level are designed to ensure continuous improvement to it and to ensure that the steps taken to continuously improve it lead to positive effects on students’ learning and performance in it, and the achievement of its intended learning outcomes. This Framework for Quality Assurance and Enhancement at the Module Level (hereafter abbreviated to the ‘Framework’) is designed to ensure coverage of key elements of a module, to ensure that these are evaluated, that evaluation leads to subsequent intervention, and that the subsequent intervention leads to improvement in the programme and students’ performance. Coupled with this is the recognition that judgements and evaluation should be evidence-based and evidence-informed.
This document provides a framework for addressing QAE for each module at the University. The Framework comprises seven sections:
- Scope of QAE at the module level
- Module documentation
- Alignment of the module
- Module elements
- Module monitoring and review
- Module enhancement and development
- Quality assurance and enhancement
Each of these areas of focus is addressed in this document.
Each of the seven section considers:
- what arrangements there are for quality assurance and enhancement;
- how effectively these are operating;
- how these are monitored, reviewed and evaluated;
- what evidence is gathered for quality assurance and enhancement on the module;
- how the evidence is used for monitoring, review, evaluation and development of the module;
- what criteria and evidence are used for judging the quality of the module;
- what action is taken on the module, and by whom, as a consequence of the monitoring, review and evaluation of its quality assurance of the module;
- what impact the quality assurance is having on module improvements and student achievement and performance, and how the module assures itself of this (i.e. based on what evidence).
This document is designed to ensure that the module: (a) is of international quality; (b) meets external benchmarks, the demands of the society of Macao and beyond, the needs of students and stakeholders; (c) conform to the laws and requirements of the Macao SAR and its offices; and (d) are continually being reviewed, developed and improved.