Minimum Class Size Policy

Status


Approved

To set out minimum class sizes for each mode of delivery.

Public
visibility
Approved on: 10 Apr 2017
Review cycle: 1 Year
Owned by

Learning, Teaching and Research Committee

Approved by

Academic Board

Policy Contact: 
Learning, Teaching and Research Committee Minute Secretary
Purpose: 

To set out minimum class sizes for each mode of delivery.

Scope: 

This policy applies to the Dean of Faculty and those College staff involved in deciding the mode of delivery for a particular study unit.

Where accreditation requirements include a minimum face-to-face time the requirements of this policy may be waived.
 

Statement: 

Where occasional or sessional lecturers are employed to teach College units the following numbers are the enrolment minimums at which a shift in the mode of delivery must occur. If enrolments are less than these minimums the lecturer must utilise a mode of delivery that employs less face to face hours of contact to ensure the college does not waste resources by offering the unit in a mode appropriate to a higher volume of enrolments.

More face to face contact

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No face to face contact hours

Mode of Delivery Minimum Class Sizes
Weekly Semester Unit 9
Three 'Saturday Plus' mode 8
Biweekly Mixed Mode 6
Online mode, directed study or semi-regular seminar program <6

These threshold figures also serve as guidelines for the Dean of Faculty and the Unit Co-ordinators in the deliberation with permanent faculty of the College in the process of planning the mode of delivery of any particular unit.