For course choice and the Calendar these deadlines are for the academic session prior to the first year the course will be taught in. For the Prospectus these deadlines are for two academic sessions prior to the year of entry, for example proposals made in 2016/17 would be included in the hardcopy prospectus for entry in 2018/19.
Course proposers should read the School policy on programmes and courses and note the following:
- It is strongly recommended that the Teaching and Learning Centre is consulted at an early stage about new course proposals. TLC can advise on teaching approaches and assessment formats. Please contact the departmental adviser assigned to your department.
- New course proposals can also be discussed with the Learning Technology and Innovation team (LTI). LTI can advise on a wide range of technology opportunities that address various pedagogical challenges during the early stages of course creation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
- Course proposers are responsible for consulting with colleagues with related interests in other departments/institutes. You might find it useful to refer to the LSE Experts information or existing courses listed in the Calendar to identify who to consult with. The Sub-Committee Secretaries are also happy to provide individual advice on who to consult with. Consultation should be conducted with specific academic staff members, for example colleagues already offering existing courses in related areas, and not just via Heads of Department or Department Managers, although first contact may be made with these individuals in some instances. Consultation is often developmental and can greatly aid the design of new courses via peer review, as well as provide an opportunity to identify and design-out overlap with existing provision.
- The Department of Methodology is responsible for providing Research Methodology teaching for the School. If the content of this course includes teaching research methodology, please consult with the Methodology Department during the design stage by contacting the Department Manager, Gillian Urquhart for further guidance.
- It is essential to discuss the administration of the new course proposal with your Departmental Manager at an early stage to ensure the proposal is sent to relevant departmental/institute and SSLC meetings in plenty of time before it is submitted.
- A representative from the Library can attend departmental meetings at which the proposal is to be discussed, to offer a resource perspective on the proposal from their knowledge of the collections. See Liaison Librarian Service.
- A course cannot have a full-unit or half-unit course as a sub-component at the same value:
- A half-unit course cannot be a sub-component of another half-unit;
- A full-unit course cannot be a sub-component of another full-unit;
- Only a half-unit can be a sub-component of a full-unit.
- If the course is to be offered by a visiting academic, you will need to read this information on course proposals from non-permanent teaching staff:
New course proposals are normally restricted to permanent teaching staff. This ensures continuity at the programme level.
However, visiting academics can provide specialist optional courses that a department may otherwise not be able to offer. In these instances, the following guidelines should apply:
A new course proposal from the visiting academic is completed and submitted as normal;
The relevant Sub-Committee may only approve the course to run for the duration of the visiting academic's stay; and
Once the visiting academic has left the School, the course will be automatically withdrawn, unless the department can find a permanent member of teaching staff to be responsible for it.