Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

USW Policies and Principles

CELT’s work is guided by, connects to, and supports a variety of USW strategies, policies and process around learning, teaching and assessment (as well as wider policies). This page sets out how we interact with each of policies as well as providing links to the policies themselves.

Course and module leader indicative responsibilities

The Course Leader Indicative Responsibilities are intended to give academic staff who have course  leadership as part of their role an indication as to the type and level of associated responsibilities.

The Module Leader Indicative Responsibilities are intended to give academic staff who have module leadership as part of their role an indication as to the type and level of associated responsibilities.


Course leader handbook

A handbook has been created as a resource for course leaders. The handbook is a template and faculties are empowered to amend/add to it as suits local circumstances.



Course Handbook 

All courses must provide students with a course handbook to give students and overview of their expected learning. This handbook should be placed in the Course Organisation on Blackboard. 

The Course Handbook template can now be found on Faculty Quality Sharepoint sites.

Please note: A Welsh language handbook needs to be available to all students who have requested correspondence in Welsh (the list is available on Quercus) and all students studying in Welsh. Students can also request for a copy of the handbook in Welsh or English regardless of the above. Any additional text produced by the faculties will need to be translated accordingly.  


Academic Blueprint

The academic blueprint for undergraduate courses is an important tool to ensure consistency in our approach to developing and implementing our teaching and learning. CELT can support academics to implement the plan and design modules that enable academic staff to focus course developments on innovation in pedagogy.

Academic Blueprint v3.0 — English Version

Assessment Life Cycle

All information pertaining to assessment can now be found on our new Assessment Life Cycle Hub website (USW staff only).

If you are not a member of staff at USW, you can email [email protected] for more information about our Assessment Life Cycle.

Virtual Learning Environment Course & Module Baseline Expectations

Visit our EAL SharePoint site for more information.


Module and Course Evaluation

LOOP enables students to provide feedback at both module and course level in one application. Tools are being developed to permit staff (depending on their role) to run reports at module, course, school and faculty level.


Mobile Devices in Classrooms

The University encourages students to make use of laptops and mobile devices in their learning, teaching and assessment. The following guidelines, approved by Academic Board, are provided so that staff and students can make effective use of such devices in a formal learning and teaching environment.

Mobile Devices in the Classroom Guidance.