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Changes to policy and curriculum

TMA and iCMA Policy 2023

Summary of significant changes since last version

There are a few significant changes from the previous version of this policy (Version No. 1). These are:

a) New policy template has been used so the layout has slightly changed and wordings updated.

b) The wording in some sections has been reviewed and updated to make the information clearer.

c) Added text to the iCMA definition to include information that iCMAs are also used to submit quizzes and remote exams that are not interactive or computer marked.

d) Reworded the Academic Conduct section 2.2 using wording from the revised policy.

e) Some text in 3.1 was guidance than policy so has been removed. Also, some wordings regarding the use of OU brand has been added to the section.

f) eTMA system is now called the online TMA/EMA service so this has been updated.

g) The text in sections 3.1.3 and 3.1.4 has been reviewed and amended to make the information clearer.

h) Section 3.1.6 has been amended to change the layout to make the information clearer. Version number: 2.0 Approved by Delegate, Director Academic Services Effective from: December 2023 Date for review: August 2024 The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302). The Open University is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to its secondary activity of credit broking. Page 32 of 35

i) Section 3.1.6 has been divided into two sections to separate late submission and non-submission of TMAs into two different paragraphs.

j) Added text in section 3.1.6 to reiterate that students should contact their tutor as soon as possible if their TMA has been submitted late for further advice and support.

k) Sections 3.2.1 and 3.2.2 added to clearly reiterate the two-stage submission process for iCMAs and extension of an iCMA.

l) Added text in section 4.1.5 to make the information clearer about potential delay in receiving the marked TMA in case of agreed extension.

m) A link has been updated in section 4.1.6.

n) Glossary terms have been reviewed to ensure they are up to date and to make the terms simpler and easy to understand