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Academic governance

Academic Governance and Standards provide support and advice in relation to course approval and administration of the Curriculum Approval and Publications System (CAPS), academic related policies and University Rules. This also includes the provision of executive support and services to the Academic Board  and its sub-committees.


We provide support to the following committees and their Chairs:

  • Academic Board;
  • Education Committee; and
  • Research and Higher Degrees Committee.

We provide advice to staff across the University about:

  • academic governance requirements;
  • approval pathways; and
  • ensure that the business of the committees is professionally managed through to the relevant delegated approving authority - the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor or the Council;

We also provide support to sub-committees and working parties of the academic committees and other high level University committees.

Course approval and management

We manage the course approval process, including the quality and compliance review and approval processes for new and updated courses, units and unitsets.

Academic Governance and Standards plays a key role in the course approval process, providing quality and compliance into the development of new and revised courses, majors and specialisations. Our clients are academic staff, School staff, Associate Deans (Teaching & Learning) and the academic committees.

The staff ensure the course approval delegations are adhered to and advise colleagues  about course and unit structures, quality requirements, documentation requirements, approval and publication timelines, and other matters relating to the development, review and archiving of courses, units and  unitsets. We manage course approval timelines to ensure external reporting and publication dates are met.

The dates for the ECUonQ reviews of 2018 courses and units are:

Review Period Opening Date Closing Date
Mid-Year Unit Review 16 July 2018 15 October 2018
End of Year Unit Review 21 December 2018 01 April 2019
Course Review 18 February 2019 20 May 2019

The Academic Programs Adviser provides advice on academic programs and formulates and implements initiatives and support structures to deliver a dedicated support service to the School staff, to ensure the delivery of quality outcomes to students.

Academic Programs Adviser portfolios:

Drew Lefroy
Phone: 6304 6654

  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Education
  • Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Helen Cahill
Phone: 6304 5312

  • School of Business and Law
  • School of Medical and Health Sciences

Michelle Hignett
Phone: 6304 3439

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Science
  • School of Engineering

Other services

  • Management of the preliminary proposals process for new courses, majors and specialisations;
  • Approval and publication timelines;
  • Advice on timelines and exception processes for the withdrawal and archiving of courses, unitsets and units;
  • Information and advice on the range of academic polices and teaching and learning guidelines to assist course developers and reviewers;
  • Advice on University Rules relating to courses; and
  • Development and management of post-nominals.

Rules and policies

We provide advice on the implementation of compliance with academic policies and rules and contribute to the review of relevant policies and rules.

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