Staff Handbook: 1 Introduction

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Contents

1. Purpose
2. Organization of the School
   2.1 The School and the University
   2.2 Management Structures
   2.3 Officers and Committees
   2.4 Management of Teaching and Learning
   2.5 Policy and Procedures for Sabbaticals
   2.6 Health and Safety
3. Teaching and Learning
   3.1 Introduction to Teaching and Learning
   3.2 Curriculum Design, Content and Organization
      3.2.1 Programme Quality Assurance Procedures
      3.2.2 Module Quality Assurance Procedures
      3.2.3 Annual Review
   3.3 Teaching, Learning and Assessment
      3.3.1 Assessment Procedures
      3.3.2 Project Assessment
      3.3.3 Tutoring and Demonstrating
      3.3.4 Teaching by Research Staff
   3.4 Monitoring Student Progression and Achievement
   3.5 Student Support and Guidance
   3.6 Learning Resources
   3.7 Quality Assurance and Enhancement
4. Research
5. Index

1. Purpose

The Staff Handbook is intended to provide a concise and practical overview of what staff need to know, mainly in relation to teaching and learning. In particular it sets out School policies, as well as giving pointers to other authoritative references.

An outline of the contents of the rest of the handbook follows.

2. Organization of the School

2.1 The School and the University
Explains the relationship between the School and the University.
2.2 Management Structures
Defines the committees and officers of the School and their duties. Use to find out "what" people do.
2.3 Officers and Committees
Lists the names of all Officers of the School and the members of all Committees. Use to find out "who" does what.
2.4 Management of Teaching and Learning
Summarizes the management structure as it applies to teaching and learning.
2.5 Policy and Procedures for Sabbaticals
Sets out the School's policy on sabbaticals and procedures followed to approve them.
2.6 Health and Safety
Sets out the School's Health and Safety Policy and lists relevant officers.

3. Teaching and Learning

3.1 Introduction to Teaching and Learning
Gives an over-view of teaching and learning within the School.

3.2 Curriculum Design, Content and Organization

3.2.1 Programme Quality Assurance Procedures
Describes programme quality assurance procedures, e.g. how a new programme gains approval and how a programmes are documented and reviewed.
3.2.2 Module Quality Assurance Procedures
Describes module quality assurance procedures, including all the documentation a module provider must create or maintain, together with all the actions required each academic year.

See also:

3.3 Teaching, Learning and Assessment

3.3.1 Assessment Procedures
Describes the examination process, from setting papers to the conduct of Examination Boards. It also describes the procedures for setting and marking continuous assessment (excluding projects).
3.3.2 Project Assessment
Describes the School's procedures for assessing undergraduate and MSc projects.
3.3.3 Tutoring and Demonstrating
Describes the duties of student tutors and demonstrators.
3.3.4 Teaching by Research Staff
Describes the School's policy regarding teaching by research staff.
3.4 Monitoring Student Progression and Achievement
Describes the School's procedures for monitoring the progress and achievement of students, including the role of the Academic Advisor.
3.5 Student Support and Guidance
Gives an over-view of the School's student support system and of the role of the Welfare Team.
3.6 Learning Resources
Gives a brief over-view of learning resources available to lecturers, provided either centrally or by the School.
3.7 Quality Assurance and Enhancement
Very briefly summarizes the structures and procedures within the School which contribute to quality assurance and enhancement.

4. Research

Sections 1-3 of the Staff Handbook only cover research as regards to the organization and management of the School.

For internal information on the organization of research (travel grants, journal rewards, sabbaticals, etc.), see the Research Committee Information web page.

For internal information on research students (attendance and absence, progression and monitoring, writing up etc.), see the Research Students Handbook web page.

An external presentation of the School's research activities is available via the 'Research' link on the School's home page (http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/).