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Programme Management and APRC

Following approval by Academic Council, the modification or creation of courses is maintained by the Programme Management Office of the Academic Registry.

The Academic Programme Review Committee (APRC) meets approximately nine times per year to review proposals for the creation of new programmes or alterations to existing ones. New programme or programme changes cannot be implemented without the approval of APRC and Academic Council. It is therefore extremely important to have proposals approved in advance of the semester in which they take effect. 

If you would like to create a new course or make an amendment to an existing course, it is recommended that you first consult with the Academic Registry Programme Management team before making a submission. See the SITS risk analysis template

The process for creating or amending a course is as follows:

  1. Proposal is discussed with the Academic Registry Programme Management team. 
  2. Proposal is presented at Departmental level.
  3. If approved at Departmental level, proposal is presented at Faculty level.
  4. If approved at Faculty level, the proposal is then presented to the Executive Committee.
  5. Following approval by the Executive Committee, the proposal is then submitted to the Academic Programme Review Committee (APRC) for consideration.
  6. If APRC is satisfied with your proposal, it will recommend to Academic Council that the modification/creation be approved.
    **If APRC decides that the course needs further refinement, the application should be reassessed at college level and another application made to APRC at a later date.

For criteria that determines whether an application is "Major" or "Minor", please contact the Office of the President.

For changes such as examinations, class scheduling, student registration etc. applications must be presented in the semester preceding the semester in which the changes are to take effect. The general guidelines are as follows;

  • The final APRC where changes affecting the Autumn semester can be approved is the preceding February APRC.
  • The final APRC where changes affecting the Spring semester can be approved is the preceding May APRC.

All APRC application forms, guidelines and deadlines are available from the office of the Vice President Academic Affairs & Student Engagement.