Program Beacon: it’s time to implement our 2020 curriculum design


Take a walk around our campus and it won’t take much to see that Macquarie University is evolving. Across the University, a range of transformative projects are in full swing, including our ambitious and exciting curriculum transformation program of work – ‘MQ2020’.

The first stage of our curriculum transformation was the development of our new curriculum architecture and a refresh of our course offering for students. Colleagues from across the University worked tirelessly to ensure that all 2020 courses were submitted and approved by Senate last year, ready for the next stage – curriculum implementation. This was a significant achievement and we are now in the market with a selection of our double degrees, as well as the new course structures for our 2020 students.

View 2020 course offerings by visiting and selecting ‘Starting 2020’ on the top right of the page. >>

In parallel to the curriculum work last year, we also commenced an upgrade of two major student systems ­– the Curriculum Management System (CMS) and Student Management System (SMS). This year, both streams of work have been bundled together, along with the detailed work of transitioning courses and students, under Program Beacon to make sure we are working in the most efficient and aligned way to deliver our 2020 vision.

While we’ve come a long way on our journey, there’s still a great deal of work to be done to implement our new courses and support the transfer of our current students to the new offerings.

“Foremost in our thoughts must be the migration and transition of our students to their new courses of study. In this endeavour, it is important to [remember] … the Vice-Chancellor’s message to our current students at the end of last year, where he provided reassurance that that no current student will be disadvantaged by the curriculum changes. This remains our touchstone as we embark on the implementation phase.”
– Gail White, Executive Director Student Engagement and Registrar

While many staff may be familiar with the benefits of our new 2020 curriculum will deliver for students, fewer may know about the systems transformation work going on, and how it supports the successful implementation of our curriculum.

Gail adds:
The new systems will make governance oversight of our curriculum more streamlined and make it easier for our students to interact with us – easier to enrol, easier to navigate courses, easier to access information etc. Most importantly, both new systems will reduce the inefficiencies and complexities currently experienced by academic and professional staff. This will allow them to focus on work that really matters, rather than on manual processes and administration.”

In coming weeks, Program Beacon will continue to support and engage with faculties and operational teams, build tools for implementation and provide a regular update on activities through This Week, Teche and other Macquarie communication channels.

If you want to know more about Program Beacon, email or log a OneHelp ticket (via curriculum architecture and implementation). If students have questions before we commence our direct communication with them mid-year, you can direct them to AskMQ.

Team, implementation awaits!





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