NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 (Version 4)

4. Criteria for approval of programmes for institutions under section 249 of the Act

  1. The following are the criteria for approval of programmes for institutions:
Criterion 1Qualification to which the programme leads

The programme meets the definition published on the NZQA website of the applicable qualification type listed in the second column of the Table in the Appendix to the NZQF Listing and Operational Rules.

Criterion 2Title, aims, learning outcomes and coherence
  The title, aims, stated learning outcomes, and coherence of the whole programme are adequate and appropriate and clearly meet the graduate profile and specification for the qualification as listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.
Criterion 3Delivery methods  
  The delivery methods are adequate and appropriate, given the stated learning outcomes for the programme.  Where specific resources are necessary for the programme to be provided, those resources are clearly outlined.
Criterion 4Acceptability of the programme and consultation

There is a written summary of the consultation undertaken, the views expressed, and consideration of the views. The consultation and summary must articulate the need for and acceptability of the programme to the relevant communities (including, whānau, hapū, iwi and where appropriate, hāpori Māori) and other key stakeholders (including the qualification developer and any relevant academic, employer, industry, professional and other bodies).

Criterion 5Regulations
  There are clear, relevant, and appropriate regulations that specify requirements for:
  • admission
  • credit recognition and transfer
  • recognition of prior learning
  • programme length and structure
  • integration of practical and work-based components
  • assessment procedures, including authenticity of student work
  • normal progression within the programme.
Criterion 6Assessment and moderation
  Assessment methodology is fair, valid, consistent and appropriate given the stated learning outcomes.

There is an effective system for moderation of assessment materials and decisions.
Criterion 7Assessment and review
  The institution:
  • assesses the currency and content of the programme
  • has adequate and effective processes for the ongoing review of the programme, taking account of the results of any review of the qualification
  • has adequate and effective processes for monitoring the quality of outcomes for learners and other stakeholders, and for reviewing programme regulations and content
  • updates the programme accordingly.
Criterion 8Research required for degrees and post-graduate qualifications
  The links between research and the curriculum are clear, adequate, and effective.
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