Curriculum Committee

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Katherine Williams, Executive Officer.

Constitution of the Curriculum Committee.

This committee operates in accordance with the UWA Principles for the Operation of Committee and UWA Rules for the operation of committees. Members must act in accordance with the University Committee Members' Code of Conduct.


Position of the committee within The University of Western Australia

1. The Curriculum Committee is a standing committee of the Education Committee .


2. The role of the Committee is to–

(a) consider and make recommendations to the Academic Council on proposals submitted through the appropriate process for the introduction of new curriculum offerings;

(b) approve changes to curriculum;

(c) advise and make recommendations to the Education Committee on policy and strategic matters relating to the academic structure and framework of coursework courses;

(d) provide coursework curriculum development advice to faculties, other University bodies or officers as appropriate;

(e) review, as directed by the Chair of the Education Committee, any aspect of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework;

(f) formulate and review appropriate schemes, funded from (but not limited to) the Education Committee's annual budget, to support the University's education portfolio.

(g) approve the establishment of new prizes and amendments to and rescission of existing undergraduate prizes for pass and honours degree courses.


3.(1) The committee comprises:

(a) the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), as Chair;

(b) the Chair of Academic Board, or nominee;

(c) the Dean of Postgraduate Coursework Studies, or nominee;

(d) the Dean of Graduate Research School, or nominee;

(e) the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of each faculty, or nominee;

(f) nominee of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education)

(g) the Academic Secretary;

(h) the Director, Future Students (Recruitment), or nominee;

(i) the Associate Director, Admissions or nominee;

(j) the Associate Director, Student Services or nominee

(k) the Academic Coordinator for the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours);

(l) the President of the UWA Student Guild, or nominee;

(m) the President of the Postgraduate Students' Association, or nominee;

(n) two co-opted members, if required for balance or specific expertise.

(2) The Chair may appoint a Deputy Chair and an Associate Chair from among the members to perform essential duties under delegated authority.

(3) The Chair may invite one or more persons to attend meetings to provide advice on specific areas or agenda items.

(4) Co-opted members are appointed for two years and may be reappointed for a second term only.

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Members' absence and nominees

4.(1) In the event that a member is unable to attend a meeting, that member may nominate a person to attend that meeting in their stead.

(2) Nominations must be in writing and received by the Executive Officer prior to the relevant meeting.

Skills and/or qualifications of members and nominees

5. It is required that members and nominees have a leadership role within the education portfolio in their respective functional area, or other leadership role related to teaching and learning, and this important role is to be taken into account when nominees are appointed.


6. The quorum for the Committee is half the current membership plus one.


7.(1) Each member has a vote.

(2) The Chair has an ordinary vote and a casting vote.

(3) Decisions are made by a majority of the members present and voting.

Frequency of meetings

8. The Committee normally meets up to 10 times each year in the months of February to November but may meet more frequently if required.


9.(1) Where new curriculum proposals comply with approved policy, the Chair, Deputy Chair or Associate Chair have delegated authority to steer such proposals direct to the Academic Council for consideration.

(2) The Committee delegates to the Chair or to the Executive Officer, as appropriate, the responsibility to consider and approve minor curriculum changes or administrative changes as part of the annual curriculum change process or the fast-track change process.

(3) The Committee delegates to the Chair the responsibility to consider and determine academic results that are not routine in nature, e.g. the award of joint-honours classifications.

(4) The Committee delegates to the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) Selection Group oversight of the selection process for admission to the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree course and to make and action decisions that are within the parameters of established Terms of Reference.

Decision-making and communication maps

Local decision-making map

A decision-making map illustrating where the committee's business comes from and where its recommendations or decisions go is available at the following link: Curriculum Committee Local Decision-making Map

Local communications map

A communications map illustrating where information comes to the committee from and which committees or groups need to be informed of the committee's decisions is available at the following link: Curriculum Committee Local Communication Map

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