1. Definitions

The following words and expressions have the following meanings in this document:

Advanced in relation to units: units coded at 200-level or higher.

Assignment: any written, oral, online or other assessment task (other than a central or School examination) required in a unit, and defined as an assignment or assessment task in the Unit Outline.

Audit: where a student is permitted to attend a unit on payment of the prescribed fee but does not complete assessment requirements.

Census date: a date within each study period specified within the academic calendar, on which a student’s enrolment in a unit of study is deemed final for that study period.

The student’s official enrolment status at the census date determines issues such as financial liability and use of Student Learning Entitlement.

Collusion: occurs where a student works with others, without permission, or beyond the scope of permission granted, intending to produce work which is then presented by individual students, himself or herself included, as their separate assignments and/or where the work is almost identical or mostly the work of one of them. Collusion can be a form of plagiarism.

Community engagement: any program or unit requirement involving a community engagement or similar experience; community engagement units do not normally have a credit point value.

Core in relation to units or other program requirements: requirements which are compulsory for course completion.

Co-requisite: a requirement that must be met by enrolling in an associated unit in order to be able to enrol in the stipulated unit.

Course: study leading to an accredited higher education award of the University.

Credit points: numerical value attached to each unit or component of a program.

Cross-institutional: relates to a student undertaking study at one institution as part of the program of study for an award of another institution, where both institutions formally recognise the study for purposes of credit.

Elective in relation to units or other requirements: requirements which may be met by selection from nominated options.

Enrolment on a non-award basis: the student has approval to undertake an individual unit or units offered within a program, even though the student has not been admitted to that program.

Examination: a central or School examination, defined as such in the Unit Outline. A central examination will be conducted within the formal examination period; a School examination may be conducted outside class time, and may be conducted in the formal examination period or at some other time during the relevant study period.

Exclusion: prohibition from participating in any unit or program or any University activity or entering any site at which the University conducts its activities; “exclude” has a corresponding meaning.

Fee: any tuition fee, late fee or other charge or fine for which the student is liable.

Full-time: enrolled for 75% or more of a standard full-time workload for that year of the program.

Note: A full-time annual workload is normally 80 credit points.

Graduate entry: an undergraduate course for which prior completion of another undergraduate degree is the normal entry requirement.

Higher degree by research: a course in which the thesis component constitutes no less than two-thirds of the degree requirements.

Incompatible in relation to units: units the content of which is such that credit can be allowed for only one of them.

Introductory in relation to units: units coded at 100-level.

Member of the University: any student or member of staff of the University or member of the Senate or any of its committees.

Non-award course: study leading to an award of this University, other than an accredited higher education award.

Non-standard study period: a period of study outside the formal semester 1 and semester 2 study periods; it includes Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter terms.

Plagiarism: occurs when a student intentionally presents as their own work the thoughts, ideas, findings or work which they know to be the work of another person or persons, without acknowledgement, of the kind commonly required in academic practice, of the source.

Postgraduate: a course for which prior completion of an undergraduate degree is the normal entry requirement.

Prerequisite: a requirement that must be met by a student before enrolment in the stipulated unit.

Professional experience or professional experience placement: any clinical, counselling, teaching or field practicum or other assessable professional or practical experience unit.

Program: includes any accredited higher education course and/or any non-award course of this University.

Recycling: the submission for assessment of one’s own work, or of work which is substantially the same, where –

  1. the work is being submitted, or has previously been counted towards the completion of another unit of study undertaken for credit towards any qualification; and
  2. the Lecturer in Charge has not granted prior written consent for the student to reuse the work.

Show cause: relates to a student being asked by the University to demonstrate in writing why their enrolment in a program should not be terminated.

Standard study period: semester 1 and semester 2.

Student: a person who is enrolled at the University as a candidate for any program or to pursue any unit of study or research offered at or by the University. It includes a student of another university or other education provider who is granted temporary or ongoing rights of access to a campus or site of the University for study purposes. It does not include a person who:

  1. has qualified for the award or completed the unit, as the case may be;
  2. has been excluded from the University or had their enrolment terminated pursuant to the statutes, regulations, rules or policies of the University;
  3. has not for the period January to June or July to December enrolled or re-enrolled by the date for enrolment or re-enrolment specified by the University; or
  4. subject to Academic Regulation 6.3, does not have a final grade (excluding withdrawals) awarded in at least one credit bearing unit in the academic year of commencement; or
  5. has given written notice of withdrawal from the program or unit.

Study period: the period over which an individual unit of study is offered. It is inclusive of approved study breaks and assessment/examination times and may take the form of a standard or non-standard study period.

Undergraduate: an accredited post-secondary course at the level of Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma and includes Honours and a graduate entry Bachelor Degree.

Unit: a coherent set of learning activities assigned a unit code.

A Course Coordinator may undertake roles under these Regulations in accordance with delegations from the Head of School in respect of a particular program.

Note: Where documentation is referred to in these Regulations, it can be in either hard copy or electronic format.

Page last updated: 28 Jun 2017

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