This Policy specifies the Australian Catholic University (ACU) requirements for the granting of credit to students for their prior learning, including the types of learning that may be recognised, the procedures for recognition and the types of credit that may be granted.
Terms used in this policy and associated procedures are consistent with the ACU Glossary of Terms. The following specific definitions also apply:
Formal Learning:. The learning that takes place through a structured program of learning undertaken at an accredited education provider that leads to the full or partial achievement of an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification, or other officially accredited qualification recognised by ACU.
Informal Learning:The learning gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences. Unlike formal and non-formal learning, informal learning is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support.
Learning or competency outcomes:A learning or competency outcome that a learner should know and/or be able to do as a result of being involved in a learning process. The learning should indicate a conceptual as well as a practical grasp of the knowledge or competency required and should be applicable outside the environment in which it was acquired.
Non-Formal learning: The learning that takes place though a structured program of learning but which does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.
4.1 ACU supports an approach which values all learning through an open and transparent approach to the assessment of that learning. It acknowledges that learning may be achieved through formal, non-formal or informal pathways, and that provision should exist for recognition of these. Accordingly, this policy provides for:
opportunities for formal, non-formal and informal learning to be recognised for purposes of entry to a course or obtaining credit towards an undergraduate or postgraduate award;
recognition of diverse and inclusive pathways to lifelong learning;
assuring the quality, integrity and standing of ACU qualifications.
gaining entry to an academic program at ACU; and/or
gaining credit for units in a course.
6.2 The authority for approving recognition of prior learning for coursework students are subject to the Delegations of Authority Policy and Register. Faculties will appoint member(s) of academic staff, such as a Course Coordinator to be the RPL Advisor(s) to provide applicants with advice on RPL processes and the formulation of their application and the assessment and approval of applications for credit, consistent with the Procedures for Recognition of Prior Learning.
6.3 Principles for assessing applications for RPL
6.3.1 Assessing for RPL will:
be evidence and outcome-based;
be equitable, transparent and accountable; and
be subject to quality assurance comparable to the relevant assessment practices and standards at ACU.
6.3.2 The processes for assessing RPL are designed to:
match an applicant's skills, knowledge and experiences to specific admissions requirements, professional requirements and/or unit or course learning and competency outcomes; and
assess an applicant's attainments against those requirements and outcomes.
6.4 The criteria employed when assessing prior non-formal or informal learning will ensure that:
consistent standards are maintained within courses across ACU; and
discipline requirements are maintained, including the requirements of accreditation/registration bodies.