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BBS


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Quality Team


August 2009

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ANNUAL COURSE MONITORING


Academic Year

2008
-
2009

Course

Foundation Degree
(
Arts
)

Broadcast Operations and Production

Faculty

Communication Media

Subject Leader

Mike Davidson



1.

Summary of the last academic year


A good year, with good final overall
grades achieved by the 2
nd

year students. With the introduction of ‘Celcat’ timetabling caused
much confusion with students compared with the previous year, but eventually was accepted, although the layout proved


as is
still proving
-

to be difficult to

understand


especially amongst students who suffer from Dyslexia.. Retention was again very good,
with only a few ‘drop outs’ after the first term


mostly due to personal circumstances. There were no curriculum issues highlighted
by the student Reps. Th
ere was a slight increase in student numbers (8%) compared to the previous year, but the course staff
accommodated them without any major problems. However, any increase in student numbers in future years could cause problems
in regard to room space and av
ailability of equipment.

As in previous years the course is still popular and over subscribed.



2.

Applications and admissions


Entrant Summary Table


2006
-
2007

2007
-
2008

2008
-
2009


n

%

n

%

n

%

Domicile







UK

80

98

69

97

76

100

Non UK EU

1

1







Overseas

1

1

2

3



Gender









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Male

52

63

52

73

64

84

Female

30

37

19

27

12

16

Ethnicity











White

60

73

62

87

60

79

Black/Minority Ethnic

22

27

8

11

12

16

O
ther







4

5

Not Known



1

1



Entry qualifications









A/AS Level

45

55

5
5

77

39

51

Access



1

1





BTEC

33

40

12

17

32

42

HND/HNC



1

1

1

1

FD Dip Art & Design

3

4









Other UK

1

1

1

1

4

5

Non
-
UK qualification



1

1

76

100

Unknown









Mature









Under 21

59

72

54

76

59

78

Over 21

23

28

17

24

17

22












Total

82


71



76




Subject Leader’s Evaluation


There was a surprising reduction in the number of female students


from 27% to 16% compared with the previous year, making
some small groups somewhat male dominant. Although there was an increase i
n the number of black/ethnic minorities, they still
accounted for just 20 percent of the intake. There was a substantial increase (17 to 42 percent) of students with BTC qualifi
cations,
with a corresponding reduction in the number of students with A/AS lev
el qualifications. Although slight, there was a continuing
reduction in the number of students aged over 21. I would hope this trend can be reversed, as ‘mature’ students help raise th
e
overall level of achievement.

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Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue
per line)

Description

Evidence

A popular over
-
subscribed course

Registry data



Summary table above






Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Course numbers

Possible lack of equipment

Registry d
ata

Limit student numbers

Subject Leader

April 2010

Reduction in
numbers of female
students

Female students could feel ‘left
out’

Registry data

Modify ‘Open Day’
presentations

Subject Leader

On
-
going








3.

Course aims, outcomes, structure and curriculu
m


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


The design of the course is intended to enable the students to meet the outcomes through a variety of modes of delivery and
assessment. The course outcomes are appropriate and relevant to current operational skills and prod
uction processes. This is
ensured by the use of a variety of sessional staff in delivering the studio and location teaching on the programme who are hi
ghly
experienced professionals in their field.


The course needs to keep pace with ever increasing improv
ements in technology. As mentioned in the last ACM, the purchase of a
dolly and tracks is seen as important for students to gain better skills in drama productions, but as previously, there has n
ot been
sufficient funds available. As noted by the external
examiner, the outcomes are appropriate to the Intermediate level in the
Framework for Higher Education Qualifications,
containing a balance of theory (technical and contextual) and its application to the
choice of appropriate solutions to solving problems
in creating studio and location
-
based programme content. Through project work
they will have developed their skills in exercising responsibility and making decisions and the new ‘Group Project’ has conti
nued to
help students improve their interdisciplinary

skills. The PPD unit has been much improved, due to the work undertaken by one of
our sessional tutors, who has motivated students in both levels 1 and 2 and their feedback has been extremely positive. All c
ourse
staff hope this will continue into the ne
w academic year.

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Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

Workplace simulation

Course Handbook.

Work Experience/ Placement opportunities

Employability Unit.

Opportunity to work with professionals in the industry

Sessional tu
tors frequently take students with them to
observe and help during their work.




Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Skills

Requirement of industry for multi
-
skilled operators


especially with
go
od IT skills

Communication
with professionals
within the industry

Form new industry links
with broadcasters (On
-
going)


Subject Leader

On
-
going

ppd

Greatly improved delivery of the
ppd unit

Student feedback

Continue delivery as
last academic year

Subject
Leader

October 2009


May 2010














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4.

Learning and teaching


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


The learning and teaching outcomes are appropriate and relevant to current industry requirements. This is ensured by an ongoi
ng
programme of updating staff

through attending conferences, exhibitions and training events, although more could be undertaken.
As in previous years, tutors have not been able to attend important industry conferences due to financial considerations. The

college should allocate more f
unds for tutor training and professional ‘improvement’.


The use of e
-
learning through ‘Moodle’ continues and is proving popular with the students. However, ‘Moodle’ is still seen by
students


and staff alike


as ‘cumbersome’ in its layout. Much work has

been done during the 2009 summer vacation break to
improve its ‘usability’.



Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

Mapped to Skillset Sectoral Framework

Skillset Sectoral Framework Mapping Doc

Mapped to FHEQ Intermediate
Level Benchmark

FHEQ Intermediate Level Benchmark Mapping Doc

Well defined course aims and content

External Examiner Report



Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Staff research

Limited time availa
ble for staff to
attend industry conferences
during term time

HR records

Allow staff more time
for individual
development and
research into technical
advances within the
industry.

Subject Leader

March 2010




















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5.

Student support and guida
nce


Retention Summary Table


2006
-
2007

2007
-
2008

2008
-
2009


On Course

Withdrew

On Course

Withdrew

On Course

Withdrew


n

%

n

%

n

%

n

%

n

%

n

%

Level 1

76

93

6

7

63

89

8

11

72

95

4

5

Level 2

86

100



62

100





56

97

2

3

Total

162


6


125




8



128



6



Reasons for Withdrawal Summary

Academic















Financial













1

17

Personal







2

25



1

17

Transfer



4

67









2

33

Other



2

33



6

75



2

33

Total



6




8





6




Subject Leader’s Evaluation


There was a marked reducti
on in the numbers of level 1 students who withdrew compared with the previous year, although two
level 2 students withdrew compared with none the previous two years.


Student Welfare support as always helped those with learning difficulties and personal pr
oblems.

The tutorial system allowed the Course Leader to identify students who needed extra help and support.


Finding timetable slots for Review Tutorials for level 1 and 2 students has been less of a problem than in previous years. Al
though
a guaranteed
30 minute session per term for every student was not always possible every term, there were no complaints from the
students. It is felt that the use of sessional staff for Review Tutorials should not be encouraged


for continuity reasons


unless
that ses
sional staff member is employed on a very regular basis.

As always, an ‘open door’ policy was appreciated, and a small number of students with severe ‘personal’ problems were treated

with care and understanding with the help of the student support services
.

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Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

Tutorial system

Tutorial records

Student Support

Tutorial records





Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Review Tutorial
s

Limited time available for termly
Review Tutorials by full time staff

Timetables

Increased use of
sessionals to cover full
time staff

Subject Leader

On
-
going





















6.

External Examiner feedback


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


The external ex
aminer’s report was again very positive and comments included.”
I found the performance of students on the
programme to be positively comparable to those in equivalent UK institutions which clearly reflects the amount of effort that

staff put
into the plan
ning, teaching and delivery of the programme. The strong emphasis on technical learning and practice places students
on the pro
gramme in an enviable position.” He did note that the level 2 Contextual Studies essays were slightly “over marked” ,
with essay
s tending to be “descriptive” rather than “critical”.


Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

Standard of student achievement

External examiner’s report





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Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidenc
e

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Investment in future
technology

Urgent requirement for HD
cameras


both location and
studio

External
examiner’s report

Research into new
equipment

Subject Leader

On
-
going

BOP202 Contextual
Studies marking

Slight over marking

on the unit

External
examiner’s report

Revise marking
standards

Subject Leader
and Freddie
Gaffney

Dec 2009















7.

Assessment and achievement



Total finalists

Finalist passes

Finalist failure

Deferrals


n

%

%

%

2008
-
2009

56

89

11


2007
-
2008

62

97

3


2006
-
2007

83

91.5

8.5


2008
-
2009

Domicile





UK

54

48

6


Non
-
UK EU








Non
-
EU

2

2




Gender





Male

42

39

3


Female

14

11

3


Ethnicity





White

47

44

3


Black/Minority Ethnic

9

6

3


Other





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Not known





Entry qualifications





A/AS level

32

29

3


Access

1

1




BTEC

19

17

2


HND/HNC

1



1


FD Dip Art & Design





Other UK





Non
-
UK qualifications





Mature





Under 21





Over 21






Subject Leader’s Evaluation


There was a substantial increase in the number o
f finalist failures compared to 2007
-
2008, although nearer to the 2006
-
2007
figures. There does seem to be some correlation with the number of students withdrawing, which in 2008
-
2009 was much lower
than in previous years. The increase in students entering

with BETC qualifications does not appear to have had any bearing on the
above figures.


Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

Re
-
validation to improve the course

Quality







Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

D
escription

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Finalists results

Reputation of course

Registry statistics

Keep closer watch on
‘failing’ students

Subject Leader

On
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going













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8.

Student feedback


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


Overall, students wer
e happy with the course and felt that the content was relevant and appropriate. Most students felt that the staff
were enthusiastic and good at explaining things. Feedback to students has been much improved, although students felt that the

assessment crite
ria used in marking was not made clear enough in advance.


There is a termly Staff Student Liaison session when Student Reps can give feedback from their peers.

In addition to an annual Course feedback form for each level, students are asked for feedback o
n specific units.


Student Reps are encouraged not to wait for official SSL dates if they have a particularly important issue, but to bring it t
o the
attention of the course leader as soon as possible.


Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Desc
ription

Evidence

Good quality of teaching and enthusiastic staff

Student Feedback







Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Assessment Cr
i
teria

Understanding

Student Feedback

Improve Project Bri
efs

Subject Leader

Dec 2009




















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9.

Course quality and management


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


The course is reliant on employing sessional staff who not only are practising professionals in their field, but who have pro
ved
excellent in t
eaching at HE level. Sessional staff are encouraged to attend staff training whenever possible and are peer observed
by full
-
time staff members. The external examiner noted “
I am impressed positively by the program as it is structured and delivered
by the
teaching team.

Teaching and learning methods and learning outcomes are clearly presented. The training and project work
carried out here reflects the realities of the real world especially in relation to the importance of teamwork, communication

and
profes
sional practice”.

Good engineers are still very difficult to find for sessional teaching.




Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

Good teaching and learning methods

External examiner’s report







Issues/Risks:
(One is
sue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Sessionals

Limited sessionals staff for the
technical units

HR records

Further advertising for
sessionals

Course Leader

On
-
going








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10.

Course development and planning for improve
ment


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


The course has developed and improved by introducing more projects that require interdisciplinary working. Of particular note

are
documentary and drama productions produced by the third year BA ‘Top up’ students and ‘ser
viced’ by the Location Elective
students, as well as all students ‘servicing’ the level 1 students from theContent Creation course who produce a studio drama
.
Students continue to work on projects for external companies and organisations. The Tag Ruby Trus
t took another group of
students to Uganda.



Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

External commercial links

Project work







Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

External links

Providing sufficient industry work
for projects

Number of projects

Increase contacts and
improved liaison with
Rave Media

Subject Leader

On
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going




















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11.

Graduate employment and alumni contact


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


As in previous years feedback from alumni has been affirmative of the course content. Many students are offered jobs before t
he
end of their course and recommend Ravensbourne to others. Feedback from industry is generally positive.


Strengths/Opportunities
:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

Work placements help students gain employment

HEFCE stats







Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Employability

High competition for job places in
the industry.

Alumni feedback

Increased links with
potential employers
(on
-
going) Also greater
emphasis on IT and
technical knowledge
during course.

Subject Leader

On
-
going




















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12.

Staffing/staff development


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


There is an on
-
going staff development programme. Staff are encouraged to attend relevant conferences. Peer observation is seen
as crucial to maintaining and improving teaching standards and the student learning experience.


Strengths/Opportunities:
(One i
ssue per line)

Description

Evidence

Staff are kept abreast of developments in HE

Training in use of Moodle and peer observation







Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Sessionals

Lack of good

qualified
engineering tutors

HR records

Further advertising and
contacts within the
industry

Subject Leader

On
-
going




















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13.

Learning Resources


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


Learning resources are generally good, both in terms of kit, lec
ture notes on Moodle and LRC resources. Two new Sony DSR2000
digital VTR machines were purchased and research has continued into the best HD cameras to buy in preparation for the move to

Greenwich. In addition, new tripods, lighting kits and matt boxes hav
e been purchased to update old or broken equipment.


Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

High end broadcast equipment regularly updated

Stores inventory







Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evid
ence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Equipment

Ability to keep pace with new
technical developments

Continued changes
in systems used
worldwide

Continued research
within industry

Sujects
Leaders BOP
& BMT

On
-
going




















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14.

Enhancement and Innov
ation


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


The new project in the Camera Lighting and Sound unit, which was introduced last year and reflected more closely industry
-
working
practice, continued to be popular with students and industry professionals alike. The exte
rnal examiner also commented on this
practical exercise.


Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

Industry working practices.

Industry feedback







Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s
)

Lead

Target Date

Sessional

input

Cost

Course budget
returns

Find ways of reducing
Sessional teaching

Subject Leader

May 2010




















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15.

Reviews (If applicable)


Subject Leader’s Evaluation


Minor adjustments
, which

were made to
group peer

assessment
weightings in some units,
helped to give a better overall balance of
grades for individual students. Computer availability was seen as a potential problem by some students



Strengths/Opportunities:
(One issue per line)

Description

Evidence

A

course with a good overall balance of practical / theory.

Student feedback







Issues/Risks:
(One issue per line)

Summary

Description

Evidence

Action(s)

Lead

Target Date

Computer availability

Lack of college computers

Student feedback