Policy Directory

GENERAL COURSE RULES

Date approved:

1 January 1991

Date Policy will take effect

1 January 1991

Date of Next Review

2017

Approved by:

University Council

Custodian title & e-mail address:

Director, Academic Quality and Standards

quality@uow.edu.au

Author:

Academic Quality and Policy Specialist

Academic Quality and Standards Unit

Responsible Faculty/Division & Unit:

Academic Quality and Standards

Supporting documents, procedures & forms of this policy:

Standard on Courses
Course and Subject Approval Procedures

Course
Forms
List of Key Dates
University Strategic Plan

References & Legislation:

University of Wollongong Act 1989
University of Wollongong By-Law 1991

Higher Education Support Act 2003
Examination Rules

Student Conduct Rules
Code of Practice –Research
Code of Practice – Honours

Code of Practice – Student Professional Experience

Code of Practice - Teaching and Assessment

Academic Grievance Policy (Coursework and Honours Students)

Academic Grievance Policy (Higher Degree Research Students)

Appeals
Against Higher Degree Research (HDR) Thesis Examination Outcomes Policy
Course Progress Policy

Delegations of Authority Policy

Graduate Qualities Policy

Higher Degree Research (HDR) Academic Grievance Policy

Higher Degree Research Supervision and Resources Policy

Information Literacy Integration Policy
IP Intellectual Property Policy

IP Student Assignment of Intellectual Property Policy

Research Misconduct Policy

Standards for the Finalisation of Student Results
Student Academic Consideration Policy

Supplementary Assessment Guidelines

Good Practice Assessment Guidelines

Guidelines for Offshore HDR Applications

Audience:

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      1 Preamble

        1. These rules apply to all University of Wollongong students enrolled in and proceeding towards and award of the University, subject to the provisions of section 10.4 of the Delegations of Authority Policy.

        2. Students and staff should note that the General Course Rules are under constant review. Changes to the General Course Rules may have an impact on a student’s enrolment. Students and staff should refer to the University’s online Policy Directory for the most recent version of the General Course Rules.

      2 Introduction

        1. The General Course Rules govern registration, enrolment, progression through, and qualification for courses offered by the University, and are to be read in conjunction with other rules, codes of practice and policies.

      3 Definitions

        1. In the interpretation and implementation of these Rules, Council will normally act on the recommendation of appropriate authorities within the University. In these Rules, unless the contrary intention appears:

    Term

    Definition

    000 level subject

    a subject at Foundation level.

    100 level subject

    a subject at undergraduate level.

    200 level subject

    a subject at undergraduate level.

    300 level subject

    a subject at undergraduate level.

    400 level subject

    a subject at undergraduate level.

    600 level subject

    a subject at graduate entry undergraduate level.

    800 and 900 level subjects

    subjects at postgraduate level.

    Academic Adviser

    a person approved to advise students on programs of study.

    Academic Course Coordinator

    a person responsible for the coordination of course content and structure.

    academic transcript

    an official record of all subjects attempted at this University and the corresponding grades, credit awarded and prizes awarded

    academic unit

    Faculty, School, Unit, Program or Discipline.

    approved or approval

    approval by Council or under authority delegated by Council as stated in the Delegations of Authority Policy.

    AQF

    Australian Qualifications Framework.

    AQF Award

    a course recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework and approved by the delegated authority as an award or degree or qualification offered at the University of Wollongong.

    articulation

    the process that enables students to progress from one completed qualification to another level qualification with credit in a defined credit transfer arrangement.

    assessment

    work which a student is required to complete to provide a basis for an official record of achievement or certification of competence in a subject. This may include summative and/or formative forms of assessment. Examples of assessments include, but are not limited to: examination, test, take-home examination, quiz, assignment, essay, laboratory report, thesis, demonstration, performance, tutorial presentation, class participation, practicum, clinical placement, and work experience.

    co-requisite subject

    a subject which must be passed previously or taken concurrently with the subject for which it is prescribed.

    Council

    the Council of the University of Wollongong.

    course

    a program of study consisting of a combination of subjects and other requirements, whether leading to a specific higher education award or not.

    course handbook

    documents containing information relating to all UOW courses.

    course requirements

    outcomes required before a candidate can be deemed to have completed a course.

    course structure

    refers to the specific program of subjects which a student undertakes to meet the requirements of a course as specified in the Course Handbook for the year the course was commenced.

    coursework

    work completed as part of a subject that may not contain original research.

    credit

    the number of credit points granted towards a course for work completed satisfactorily outside that course.

    credit point

    the value attached to a subject that indicates study load.

    credit transfer

    credit granted to a student on the basis of tertiary studies completed prior to their enrolment.

    cross-institutional study

    when a student is enrolled in a subject at another institution that is credited towards a University of Wollongong degree, or is formally enrolled at another institution and enrols in a subject at the University of Wollongong.

    deferred assessment

    an assessment taken by an eligible student as a result of a Student Academic Consideration application, as approved by the relevant Subject Coordinator. Deferred assessment includes in-session or end-of-session examinations and can be administered by the faculty or centrally.

    deferment

    the result of a request by an applicant that has met the conditions for entry to the University to postpone the commencement of study to a later session.

    delegated authority

    a person given authority to perform a function or task under the Delegations of Authority Policy.

    domestic student

    an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or New Zealand Citizen enrolled to study or registered for a course at UOW.

    double degree

    double degree is an approved course leading to the conferral of two degrees as separate awards upon a student who has complied with the course requirements for double degrees and the two individual course requirements inclusively.

    EFTSL

    Equivalent Full Time Study Load.

    examination

    a form of assessment which a student is required to complete to measure their knowledge, skills and/or application of knowledge and skills in a subject area. An examination may be administered orally, on paper, on a computer, or in a confined area that requires the student to physically perform a set of skills. Examples of examinations include but are not limited to standard written tests, multiple-choice tests, practical examinations, laboratory tests, quizzes, reviews, on-line examinations, oral examinations and take-home examinations. For the purpose of these Rules, an examination means both a University examination and a faculty examination. For the purposes of these Rules, the definition of examination does not apply to thesis examination.

    exclusion

    a course status where a student’s academic progress has been deemed unsatisfactory, resulting in the student being required to formally re-apply for admission to the University after the defined period of exclusion.

    exemption

    the waiving of the requirement that a subject prescribed for a course be completed satisfactorily.

    expulsion

    A penalty whereby a student’s enrolment is terminated permanently. An expelled student shall not be re-admitted except by permission of the University Council.

    full-time student

    a student enrolled in at least 75% of the standard load for a session.

    Higher Degree Research (HDR)

    a Research Masters Degree or a Doctoral degree.

    higher education award

    an award issued by a higher education institution acknowledging completion of a course recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework and approved by the delegated authority.

    honours

    a course of study at Undergraduate level meeting the requirements of a Level 8 AQF award and involving a thesis, creative or research project leading to an Honours award.

    host institution

    an institution which is not the student’s primary institution, but one where the student is completing studies that will contribute to a qualification awarded by the student’s primary institution.

    intervention strategy

    a systematic plan of action, adapted to assist students on a course status of referral or probation in meeting course progress requirements.

    lapsed

    a course status where a students enrolment in a course has been discontinued due to the student failing to re-enrol and not obtaining an approved leave of absence.

    leave of absence

    a period of approved leave from the University.

    major

    an approved combination of subjects offered by one or more academic units which have a minimum value of one third of the total degree requirements.

    A major in a Bachelor Degree is at least 48 credit points offered by one or more academic units. The title of the major shall appear on the testamur.

    minor

    an approved combination of subjects which have a minimum value of 24 credit points offered by one or more academic units, of which 12 credit points should be at least 200 level or higher.

    The minor shall be recorded on the official academic transcript. The cross-counting of subjects towards majors, minors and core degree requirements is limited to one subject, with approval from the delegated authority. Approved minor studies include those listed in Appendix 3 – Schedule of Minor Studies.

    non- award

    a course or unit of study that is not recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework but approved by the delegated authority as a non- award course or subject offered at the University of Wollongong.

    offshore student

    a student who is enrolled in a UOW accredited course at a location outside of Australia.

    overseas student

    a student who is not a domestic student. This includes but is not limited to students on temporary residence visas, bridging visas and student visas.

    part-time student

    a student who is enrolled in less thant 75% of the standard load for a session.

    postgraduate

    courses higher than a Bachelor Degree. This includes, but is not limited to, Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, Masters by Coursework degrees, Research Masters Degrees and Doctoral Degrees.

    pre-requisite subject

    a subject which must be completed satisfactorily before a specified other subject or subjects may be attempted.

    professional development course

    A non-award professional educational course that may comprise of UOW subjects along with other content, but that does not lead to an award or degree.

    program

    the combination of subjects in which a student is enrolled.

    Research Masters Degree

    a Masters qualification with a research component worth a minimum of 72 credit points.

    schedule

    refers to all subjects approved for inclusion in a course leading to an award.

    session

    a period in which subjects may be offered. Standard sessions are defined as Autumn and Spring.

    specified credit

    credit for a specific subject or subjects listed in a schedule and is granted on the basis of satisfactory completion of a substantially corresponding subject or subjects at an approved tertiary institution.

    standard load

    the number of credit points deemed to constitute one standard year of study, specified as 48 credit points (or pro rata as 24 Credit points per standard session). A standard load of 48 credit points is equivalent to an EFTSL of 1.

    student or candidate

    a person enrolled to study or registered for a course.

    study period

    period of not more than six months within a course in which a student must be enrolled unless the student has been granted a deferral or a leave of absence.

    subject

    a self-contained unit of study identified by a unique code.

    supervisor

    a person approved to supervise the research work of a student.

    supplementary assessment

    an assessment taken by an eligible student as approved by the relevant Faculty Assessment Committee, who has been granted an opportunity to take an additional assessment in accordance with the Supplementary Assessment Guidelines. Supplementary assessment includes in-session or end-of-session examinations and can be administered by the faculty or centrally.

    suspension

    a penalty whereby a student is prevented from enrolling for a defined period. The student may apply to be re-admitted at the conclusion of the period of suspension,

    StartSmart – Essential Academic Information Skills

    compulsory non-credit point subject for undergraduate students which provides foundation for independent learning.

    study load

    a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory, practicals, seminars and other face to face education, as well as assessments, and individual study.

    twinning agreement

    a form of agreement whereby UOW and another institution jointly define a study program involving study at both institutions and/or specified credit transfer, leading to a UOW qualification.

    undergraduate

    courses for Bachelor degrees, Bachelor degrees with honours, double/ combined/ Bachelor degrees and courses for such an award, and a Diploma qualification.

    unspecified credit

    credit granted on the basis of satisfactory completion of an approved formal or informal learning of a subject or equivalent of a subject not substantially corresponding to subjects listed in the appropriate schedule.

    weighted average mark / WAM

    an average mark determined using one of the methods specified in these Rules.

    year

    a period of 12 months.

      • 1. To qualify for admission to:
          • a. a Diploma, a person shall meet the entry requirements as specified in the Admissions and Advanced Standing Policy; or
          • b. a Bachelor degree, a person shall have successfully completed secondary education or equivalent as specified in the Admissions and Advanced Standing Policy; or
          • c. a Graduate Certificate, a Graduate Diploma or a Masters by Coursework degree, a person shall have qualified for an Australian Bachelor degree or for an equivalent qualification as specified in the Admissions and Advanced Standing Policy; or
          • d. a Research Masters Degree, a person shall have qualified for an Australian Bachelor degree in the same or appropriate discipline as the proposed degree, or for an equivalent qualification as specified in the Admissions and Advanced Standing Policy and shall comply with requirements for admission set out in Rules10.14-10.17 inclusive; or
          • e. a Doctoral Degree by research, a person shall comply with requirements for admission set out in Rules 10.14-10.17 inclusive, except that, in appropriate circumstances, an applicant who does not qualify for registration under these Rules may be permitted to register as a student for a postgraduate course provided that evidence is submitted of such tertiary academic and professional attainment as may be approved; or
          • f. a non-award course, a person shall meet the entry requirements as specified in the Admissions and Advanced Standing Policy.
      • 2. An application for admission as a student shall be made in the prescribed format and be lodged as directed in the Admissions and Advanced Standing Policy by the specified date. Application for admission may be required to be made to an external Tertiary Admissions Centre.
      • 3. Notwithstanding any provisions of these Rules, an applicant may be required to demonstrate fitness for candidature by carrying out such work and satisfactorily completing such examinations as may be prescribed.
      • 4. Council may refuse admission to a qualified applicant should there not be appropriate and sufficient personnel or resources to enable the student to undertake the course, or should there be a limitation imposed on the number of students to be registered for that course, or should other restrictions or limitations be applied to that course.
      • 5. A person admitted as a student shall register for the particular course for which admission was sought and shall be then subject to all relevant rules, policies and other requirements.
      • 6. Some courses may only be available on a full-time or part-time basis, as specified in the Course Handbook.
      • 7. Continuation of registration is contingent upon compliance with any approved conditions imposed at initial registration or thereafter.
      • 8. Except with approval a student shall not be registered concurrently for more than one course in this University or other tertiary institution.
      • 9. A person who, in the opinion of Council or its delegate, has an unsatisfactory academic record in, or who is suspended, excluded or expelled from, any tertiary institution shall not be permitted to register for any course.
      • 10. Except with approval in exceptional circumstances, a student is subject to the course time limits set out in Rules 6.26-6.30 inclusive
      • 11. Where false documentation is identified on application, the student shall not be admitted to the University.
      • 12. Where a student is found to have been admitted on the basis of false documentation, that student shall be dealt with under the Student Conduct Rules. If the Student Conduct Committee finds the allegation proven, they shall recommend to the Vice-Chancellor either that the student be expelled from the University or that the student be suspended for a limited period as stipulated in the Student Conduct Rules.
      • 13. Notwithstanding the rules outlined above, the delegated authority may refuse admission where evidence from the applicant’s history in the opinion of the delegated authority makes them unsuitable to study the course for which they have applied on academic or non-academic grounds, or to enrol at the University, provided that:
          • a. the applicant be supplied with written notification of the reasons for refusal by the delegated authority; and
          • b. the decision of the delegated authority be subject to the right of appeal
      • 1. Students seeking to transfer credit from previous studies to a course of study at UOW shall be bound by the requirements of the Admissions and Advanced Standing Policy. Applicants for credit transfer must provide evidence of their achievement, and have achieved any other requirements for entry into the desired program of study.
      • 2. Where a formal Credit Transfer/Articulation agreement between UOW and another provider exists, the applicant shall be entitled to the level of credit specified under the agreement.
      • 3. Where no formal Credit Transfer Agreement exists, students should apply for credit and supply the documentation outlined in the Admissions and Advanced Standing Policy to the relevant delegated authority. The level of credit awarded shall be decided at the discretion of the delegated authority.

      6 Enrolment and Variations

    General Enrolment Rules

      • 1. During prescribed periods in each year, a student shall enrol in a program in accordance with requirements of these Rules and pay any required charges.
      • 2. Unless otherwise authorised by the relevant delegated authority, students shall follow the prescribed course structure in which they are enrolled, as outlined in the Course Handbook for the year in which they commenced the course. Where a subject listed in that year’s course structure is no longer available, alternative arrangements must be discussed and approved by the delegated authority.
      • 3. A student may enrol in a subject provided that:
          • a. the conditions for enrolment specified for that subject are satisfied, save that a prerequisite or co-requisite requirement may be waived by the delegated authority
          • b. the student is not prevented from enrolling by any restriction that may be imposed on the number of students to be enrolled in that subject
          • c. the subject is available in the nominated session or sessions
          • d. the student is not suspended, excluded or expelled from any tertiary institution
          • e. there has been no determination by the delegated authority that there are inappropriate and insufficient personnel and resources to enable the student to undertake the subject and
          • f. enrolment is not restricted to students in a specific course, location (campus) or mode of delivery. This may be waived by the delegated authority.
      • 4. Except with the approval by the delegated authority, a student shall not be permitted to enrol in a program which exceeds more than one third above the standard full-time load for that session. This means no more than:
          • a. 32 credit points for a standard session
          • b. 64 credit points for an annual load or
          • c. the maximum load specified by the delegated authority for all other sessions.
      • 5. For the purposes of Rule 6.4 above, where a student is enrolled in multiple overlapping sessions, the load shall be distributed on a pro-rata basis.
      • 6. A student enrolled in a subject in contravention of the conditions for enrolment specified in the Course Handbook or subject requirements shall be withdrawn from that subject unless permitted by the delegated authority to remain enrolled.
      • 7. A student who, in a particular year, is not permitted to enrol in a subject pursuant to these Rules may apply for permission to enrol in the subject in a subsequent year.
      • 8. A student who is refused continuation of registration, through suspension, exclusion or expulsion may not enrol in any subject.

    Variation of Course

      • 9. After consultation with an Academic Adviser a student may apply to the delegated authority for permission to change registration from one course to another, change location (campus) or change mode of delivery within a course.
      • 10. The delegated authority must not grant permission to change registration from one course to another unless satisfied that the student will be able to attain the course learning outcomes for the course to which registration is changed upon completion of the course.
      • 11. Permission for a student to change registration is contingent upon:
          • a. any restriction that may be imposed on the number of students to be registered for a particular course, location or mode of delivery, and
          • b. satisfaction of any specific admission criteria for a particular course.
      • 12. Variation of enrolment associated with change of registration is contingent upon restrictions imposed by relevant provisions of Rules 6.1-6.8 inclusive and Rules 6.20-6.25 inclusive.
      • 13. Upon change of registration, a student becomes subject to rules relating to the course to which registration is changed and from the year in which the change occurs.
      • 14. A student for a higher research degree or for an honours Bachelor degree may apply to change candidature from full-time to part time or from part time to full-time prior to the census date for the current session of enrolment.
      • 15. Students for higher research degrees may vary their course registration in accordance with Rules 10.18-10.21 inclusive.
      • 16. Except with approval to the contrary from the delegated authority, restrictions imposed on enrolment or registration of a student prior to, or at the time of a change of registration, shall continue to apply after change of registration.
      • 17. Permission for a student to enrol in a subject is contingent upon restrictions imposed by relevant provisions of Rules 6.1- 6.8 inclusive and the deadlines for enrolment as specified below.
      • 18. A student must enrol in a subject through SOLS before:
      • 19. After the date stated in Rule 6.18 has passed, a student may enrol in a subject with academic approval from the delegated authority before:

    Withdrawal from Subjects

      • 20. Subject to Rule 8.16, a student may withdraw from a subject provided such withdrawal is made no later than the deadlines for withdrawal as specified below. A student who withdraws from all subjects in a session without obtaining an approved leave of absence, as per Rules 6.32- 6.38 inclusive, will have their enrolment lapsed. Once enrolment has lapsed, the student must re-apply for admission.
      • 21. Subject to Rule 8.16, a student enrolled in a coursework subject may withdraw from a subject without academic penalty and without the subject appearing on the official academic transcript if they withdraw:
          • a. before the end of the ninth week of session for subjects in a standard session or
          • b. before the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, as specified in the List of Key Dates (Non Standard Sessions) for subjects in a non-standard session.
      • 22. A candidate may not withdraw from a subject with or without penalty if it is a subject in respect of which they are being investigated for academic misconduct unless the investigation (and any subsequent appeal process) has been finalised and there is no finding of academic misconduct made against the student. Any purported variation to the candidate’s enrolment in these circumstances will be of no effect
      • 23. Subject to Rule 8.16, a student may apply to withdraw late without academic penalty from a subject after the date specified in Rule 6.22 above, but before the end of the last teaching week of the session, under exceptional circumstances. An application must be made for late withdrawal from a subject without academic penalty on the appropriate form with supporting documentation.
      • 24. If an application for late withdrawal from a subject without academic penalty is approved, the student will be deemed to have withdrawn from the subject without penalty for the purposes of Course Progress Policy and the subject shall be recorded as “Approved withdrawal” on the enrolment record and the subject will not appear on the academic transcript.
      • 25. If an application for late withdrawal from a subject without academic penalty is not approved, the enrolment will stand and a grade will be declared for that subject. The student may appeal the grade received in accordance with the Academic Grievance Policy (Coursework and Honours Students.

    Time Limits for Course Completion

      • 26. The minimum and maximum time limits for completion of courses, as listed below, apply except when approved by the delegated authority to the contrary in exceptional circumstances. Periods of approved leave of absence are not included as part of the total course duration for the purpose of Rules 6.27-6.30 inclusive. Overseas students on student visas have specific requirements as detailed in Rule 6.31.
      • 27. Students enrolled in Undergraduate courses and Postgraduate Coursework courses may be registered for a maximum period of three times the duration for completion of the course under a standard full time load, as outlined in the Undergraduate Student Handbook and Postgraduate Student Handbook.
      • 28. A student for a Research Masters Degree may be registered for that degree for:
          • a. no less than one year, and no more than two years as a full-time student or
          • b. no less than two years, and no more than four years as a part time student.
      • 29. Candidature may be extended beyond the maximum time period following a satisfactory review of progress.
      • 30. A student for a Doctoral Degree by thesis may be registered for that degree for:
          • a. no less than two years, and no more than four years as a full-time student or
          • b. no less than four years, and no more than eight years as a part time student; except that:
            • i. a student who, before registration, was engaged upon approved study may be exempted from not more than one year;
            • ii. in special circumstances, a student may be permitted to devote not more than one calendar year to study at another institution provided that the work shall be supervised in an approved manner;
            • iii. in exceptional cases, a student may apply to be exempted from not more than one year, as stipulated in Rules 6.30(a) and (b) inclusive above; and
            • iv. candidature may be extended beyond the maximum time period if approved by the delegated authority.

    Overseas Student Enrolment Requirements

      • 31. Overseas students on student visas are required to complete their course within the duration as registered for that course on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). The registered duration is determined on the basis of a minimum time to complete the course under a standard full-time study load.
          • a. Overseas students shall only exceed this duration as a result of:
            • i. compassionate or compelling circumstances as evidenced by the student and approved by the delegated authority; or
            • ii. participation in an approved intervention strategy as outlined in the Course Progress Policy; or
            • iii. an approved deferment, leave of absence or suspension of study.
          • b. The duration of course completion for individual overseas students may be shortened as a result of credit transfer granted for prior study.

    Leave of Absence

      • 32. A student enrolled in a Bachelor degree, Masters by Coursework degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate:
          • a. becomes eligible for leave of absence at the beginning of the second session of enrolment
          • b. may take leave of absence for up to one year provided that they provide written notification to the University before the last day to enrol with academic permission of the session for which leave is sought and
          • c. must gain approval of the delegated authority if seeking leave of absence beyond one year.
      • 33. A student enrolled in an end-on honours Bachelor degree as listed in Appendix 1 may be granted leave of absence for up to one year provided:
          • a. that the student has the written consent of his/her supervisor and
          • b. that written application is made to the delegated authority before the last day to enrol with academic permission of the first session for which leave is sought.
      • 34. A student enrolled in a higher degree research course becomes eligible for leave of absence at the beginning of the second session of enrolment. HDR students may be granted leave of absence for one year or, in exceptional circumstances, up to two years by the delegated authority provided that the student has the written consent of his/her supervisor.
      • 35. A written application must be made by the student to the Director of the Research Student Centre before the end of the fourth week of the first session for which leave is sought. Students should note that leave can only be taken as entire sessions. It is not possible for students to take leave for only a part of a session.
      • 36. Students who take leave of absence from their course for more than one year should note that the course rules and conditions under which they originally enrolled may change during their period on leave and that they may be subject to the rules and conditions as they apply at the time that they return to their course.
      • 37. In addition to Rules 6.32 to 6.36 overseas students on student visas shall only be granted leave of absence under the following specific circumstances:
          • a. compassionate or compelling grounds as evidenced by the student and approved by the delegated authority; or
          • b. administrative grounds for example where the University is unable to offer a pre-requisite unit; or
          • c. where a student is participating in an approved intervention strategy.
      • 38. Where an overseas student on a student visa is granted leave of absence as specified in Rule 6.37 and this leads to an extension to the duration of the student's course of study a new Confirmation of Enrolment must be provided to reflect the extended period.

    Refusal of Registration

      • 39. A student may be refused registration by reason of suspension, exclusion or expulsion from the University as a consequence of failing to comply with University Rules.

    Grounds for refusal of registration

      • 40. Where a student fails to meet the minimum rate of progress in a course they may be suspended or excluded from the University, as specified in the Course Progress Policy.
      • 41. Where a student fails to perform satisfactorily in a mandatory placement component of a course or for other specified reasons is deemed to be unlikely to perform satisfactorily in that placement and therefore has been assessed as unsuitable to continue in such professional practice by the delegated authority, or where the external agency has refused to permit that student access to their facilities, the student may be excluded from the course, as specified in course rule Rules 6.45- 6.47 inclusive.
      • 42. Students may be excluded from the University for either academic or non-academic misconduct as specified in the Student Conduct Rules.

    Period of refusal of registration

      • 43. The period of suspension will comprise one or more sessions and the remainder of the session in which the suspension is applied. At the end of the period of suspension, the student may be re-admitted to the course.
      • 44. The period of exclusion will comprise one or more years, and the remainder of the session in which the exclusion is applied. Students who are excluded must re-apply for admission directly to the University at the end of the exclusion period, and are required to declare this period of exclusion at the time of applying.

    Performance in a mandatory placement component

      • 45. The student may be excluded from the course:
          • a. where the student fails to perform satisfactorily in a mandatory placement component of the course or for other specified reasons is deemed to be unlikely to perform satisfactorily in that placement and therefore has been assessed as unsuitable to continue in such placement by the Academic Course Coordinator, or
          • b. where the external agency has refused to permit that student access to their facilities, the student may be excluded from the course.
      • 46. Where the Academic Course Coordinator has reason to believe it is necessary to assess a student's suitability to continue to participate in a mandatory placement component in a course, the Academic Course Coordinator should refer to the Faculty Executive Dean for a decision on the matter. The Executive Dean shall advise the student in writing of the decision within three business days of making it, and invite the student to show cause in writing within the next 20 days why the Rule should not be applied to them.
      • 47. If the student is unable to show cause, he/she will be excluded from the course.

    Conferral of Awards

      • 48. A course award may be conferred upon a student who has complied with relevant parts of these Rules, is not indebted to the University, and has met the requirements for the course as specified in the Undergraduate Course Handbook or the Postgraduate Course Handbook.
      • 49. Applications to have an award conferred must be made on the appropriate form and by the due date for each session. It is the responsibility of the student to lodge an application to graduate in order to have their award formally conferred.
      • 50. In the event of the death of a student:
        • 50.1. if the student has completed the requirements of their course as specified in Rule 6.48, but has not yet had the award conferred, the Council may confer a posthumous award on the student or
        • 50.2. if the student has not completed the course requirements, but has completed a substantial proportion of the course requirements, Council may confer a posthumous award at its discretion.

    Twinning Agreements and Cross-Institutional Studies

      • 51. Students enrolled under a Twinning agreement between the University of Wollongong and another institution, or in any form of cross-institutional study, must follow the rules and policies with regard to their enrolment in that subject at the University of Wollongong or the other institution of study at which they are enrolled.
      • 1. In addition to requirements set out in the Course Rules, students must satisfy the relevant requirements listed below. Requirements for StartSmart – Essential Academic Information Skills (EAIS) are detailed on the University of Wollongong Library website.
      • 2. Undergraduate students must complete StartSmart –EAIS in their first session of study.
      • 3. Students who fail to complete StartSmart – EAIS will have their results withheld.

    Assessment Responsibilities of Students

    Assessment task requirements

      • 1. Unless permission is first obtained from the delegated authority, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students and HDR students undertaking coursework as part of their HDR degree must submit the prescribed assessment work in accordance with the requirements set out or referred to in the relevant Subject Outline, which must be developed and distributed to students in accordance with the Code of Practice – Teaching and Assessment. Failure to meet the requirements for an assessment task as set out in the Subject Outline may result in a reduction in marks or a fail grade for that assessment task.
      • 2. Unless permission is first obtained from the delegated authority, students completing an honours project must meet the assessment requirements set out in the Honours Guide which must be provided to students in accordance with the Code of Practice – Honours. Failure to meet these requirements may result in a reduction in marks or a fail grade for the honours project.
      • 3. Students completing higher degree research projects must also comply with the assessment requirements specified in the Higher Degree Research Supervision and Resources Policy and Rules 10.4210.47 below.
      • 4. All assessment tasks must be completed in English unless otherwise stated in the subject outline.
      • 5. All students should keep a copy of all work submitted for assessment and must submit a copy in physical and/ or electronic form if requested by the relevant academic staff member to do so.
      • 6. Students sitting an examination must comply with the Examination Rules.

    Minimum attendance requirements

      • 7. Coursework and Honours students must meet any mandatory minimum attendance requirements, for example, at lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, laboratories or other modes of instruction, as set out in the relevant Subject Outline and/or Honours Guide. Failure by a student to comply with mandatory minimum attendance requirements may constitute grounds for the award of a grade of Technical Fail (TF) in that subject.

    Declaration and release of final results

    Declaration of results

      • 8. A mark and an approved grade of performance is determined and declared for each subject in which a student is enrolled in accordance with the Standards for the Finalisation of Student Results and the Code of Practice – Teaching and Assessment. The roles of the Faculty Assessment Committee and the Academic Unit Assessment Committee in these processes are set out in their respective terms of reference.

    Release of results

      • 9. After final results are declared in each subject, the results will be released by the Academic Registrar in a form and at a time determined by the Academic Registrar. Students access their results via their enrolment record on Student OnLine Services (SOLS) on and from the day of release of results. No information concerning results will be given by telephone.

    Withheld results

      • 10. Students must not have a blank declaration of results. A withheld result must be given when a grade is not allocated. Withheld results may be granted as follows:
          • a. WH (withheld):
            • i. due to a Faculty-administered supplementary assessment or deferred assessment being offered.
            • ii. for investigative grounds; any formal investigation carried out by a person or committee authorised to conduct the investigation under University Rules or policy;
            • iii. due to unavoidable delays in assessing the material.
          • b. WS (withheld supplementary): due to a centrally-administered supplementary examination being offered.
          • c. WD (withheld deferred): due to a centrally-administered deferred examination being provided in response to a successful academic consideration application.
          • d. IPC (in progress coursework): where a subject spans session dates (for example any subject lasting two sessions or longer), or those which include completion of a practicum, clinical placement, internship or other professional experience which is not completed until after results have been declared.
          • e. WHE (withheld extension): when an extension for the non-declaration of results, including a reason has been approved by the delegated authority.
          • f. ND (not declared): is a grade that is generated by the student system when a grade has not been declared.
      • 11. Where a WH, WS, WD or ND result is given, these must be declared within ten weeks after the release of results date. If an extension after that ten week period is required, the Chair of the Faculty Assessment Committee of the owning faculty of the course being undertaken by a student must submit a request for a four week extension for the non-declaration of results including a reason, to the delegated authority. This extension must be submitted within ten weeks from the release of results. Failure to request an extension will automatically result in an automatic fail grade being given after the ten week period. If an extension has been granted failure to declare a result within four weeks from the extension date will result in an automatic fail grade being given.
      • 12. When a WH, WS, WD or ND result is given, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the relevant academic unit as soon as practical. Failure to do so will result in an automatic fail grade being determined after ten weeks from the release of results.

    Declaration of results for multi session subjects

      • 13. Where a subject is required to be undertaken over more than one session, a grade shall be declared at the end of each session prior to the final session as either:
          • a. IPC (in progress coursework) – for coursework subjects and student professional experience or
          • b. IPR (in progress research) – for research subjects.
      • 14. When the subject has been completed a grade of performance, as per Rules 8.17- 8.21 inclusive, shall be declared for the final session of enrolment. All previous session enrolments may be declared as CO (Complete) for the purpose of counting the total credit points for the subject.
      • 15. If a student is deemed to be making unsatisfactory progress during a multi session subject and is not permitted to continue their enrolment in the subject, a grade of U (Unsatisfactory) shall be applied to the current session of enrolment.
      • 16. If a student withdraws from a multi session subject a grade of either U (Unsatisfactory) or NC (Not Complete) may be declared as appropriate to indicate that the student has ceased the subject before completion.

    Grades of performance

    Undergraduate Subjects

    Supplementary Assessment

      • 17. Where a student gains a mark of 49 or less, or is awarded a grade of TF in an undergraduate coursework subject, a supplementary assessment may be offered to the student. The following provisions apply to supplementary assessment:
          • a. the decision to offer a supplementary assessment will be made by the delegated authority in accordance with the provisions of the Standards for the Finalisation of Student Results and the Supplementary Assessments Guidelines; and
          • b. a student who gains a mark in the range 48-49 must be considered for a supplementary assessment, whereas the Faculty Assessment Committee has discretion to offer a Supplementary Assessment to any student who gains a mark of 47 or below, or is awarded a grade of TF, in all cases having regard to the criteria specified in the Supplementary Assessment Guidelines;
      • 18. The following provisions apply to the mark and/or grade a student receives as a result of undertaking a supplementary assessment:
          • a. where a student achieves a composite mark of 50 or more for the subject, the student will receive a mark of 50 for the subject and a grade of Pass-Supplementary (PS);
          • b. where a student achieves a composite mark of less than 50 for the subject, the student will receive their original mark and a grade of Fail; and
          • c. Where a student gains a composite mark of 50 or more for the subject but does not meet a specified level in the supplementary assessment task required to pass the subject, the student will receive a Technical Fail and the provisions of Rule 8.27.a will apply

    Grades of performance for 100, 200, 300 and 400 level subjects

      • 19. The approved grades of performance and associated ranges of marks for 100, 200, 300, 400 level subjects (except for subjects constituting an Honours program applying Rule 8.27.a to determine the Honours grade), are as follows:

    Satisfactory completion

    High Distinction

    85% to100%

    Distinction

    75% to 84%

    Credit

    65% to 74%

    Pass

    50% to 64%

    Pass Supplementary

    50% maximum

    Unsatisfactory completion

    Fail

    0% to 49%

    Technical Fail (see Rule 8.23 - 8.24)

    Grades of performance for 600, 800 and 900 level subjects

      • 20. The approved grades of performance and associated ranges of marks for 600 level subjects (except for subjects from the Graduate School of Medicine), 800 and 900 level subjects (except for research subjects) are as follows:

    Satisfactory completion

    High Distinction

    85% to 100%

    Distinction

    75% to 84%

    Credit

    65% to 74%

    Pass

    50% to 64%

    Unsatisfactory completion

    Fail

    0% to 49%

    Determination of performance as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory

      • 21. For approved undergraduate and postgraduate coursework subjects, performance will be determined as:

    Satisfactory Completion

    Satisfactory

    Unsatisfactory Completion

    Unsatisfactory

    Graduate School of Medicine

      • 22. In addition to the determination of performance in Rule 8.31 below, subjects from the Graduate School of Medicine that are completed with a high standard of performance may be awarded the grade of Excellent instead of Satisfactory.

    Failure to attain minimum performance levels

      • 23. Where a student gains a mark of 50 or greater and does not meet a specified level in one or more assessment tasks required to pass the subject, a Technical Fail grade shall be used. Where a Technical Fail is given the following applies:
          • a. the student has failed the subject;
          • b. TF (Technical Fail) without a mark will be granted;
          • c. a TF will be presented on the student’s academic transcript; and
          • d. the allocated mark of 49 will be used as the weighted average mark calculation for subjects at all levels.
      • 24. Where a subject has a minimum performance level required for either the subject, and/or for specific assessment tasks or attendance that are part of the subject, this must be included in the Subject Outline with the statement that students who do not meet the minimum performance requirements as set out in the Subject Outline will be given a TF grade on their academic transcript.
      • 25. The following grades of Honours degrees may be awarded:

        Honours Class I

        Honours Class II, Division 1

        Honours Class II, Division 2

        Honours Class III

    Calculation of weighted average mark

      • 26. Honours grades will be determined using a weighted average mark calculated as follows:
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        m is the actual mark obtained in each attempt at each subject;

        c is the credit point value of the subject;

        l is the weight reflecting the level of the subject (see Rule 8.27 below).

    Summation in the numerator and denominator is over all subjects.

    Methods for determining Honours grade

      • 27. For each Honours degree, one of the following four methods must be adopted to determine the Honours grade. The method used for determining Honours Grades depends on the specific program a student has completed. The List of Courses for each Honours Method is detailed in Appendix 2 of these Rules.
          • a. Method 1:

          Weightings for different subject levels (i.e. the l factor set out in Rule 8.26):

          1 for 400 level subjects that constitute the Honours program

          0 for 300 level

          0 for 200 level

          0 for 100 level

          Ranges for grades of Honours:

          Class I 85% to 100%

          Class II, Division 1 75% to less than 85%

          Class II, Division 2 65% to less than 75%

          Class III (where awarded) 50% to less than 65%

          Honours not awarded 0% to less than 50%

          • b. Method 2:

          Weightings for different subject levels (i.e. the l factor set out in Rule 8.26):

          4 for 400 level

          3 for 300 level

          2 for 200 level

          1 for 100 level

          Ranges for grades of Honours:

          Class I 77.5% to 100%

          Class II, Division 1 72.5% to less than 77.5%

          Class II, Division 2 67.5% to less than 72.5%

          Class III (where awarded) 62.5% to less than 67.5%

          Honours not awarded 0% to less than 62.5%

          • c. Method 3:

          Weightings for different subject levels (i.e. the l factor set out in Rule 8.26):

          4 for 400 level

          1 for 300 level

          0 for 200 level

          0 for 100 level

          Ranges for grades of Honours:

          Class I 80% to 100%

          Class II, Division 1 72.5% to less than 80%

          Class II, Division 2 65% to less than 72.5%

          Honours not awarded 0 to less than 65%

          • d. Method 4 (known in SMP as WAM 7):

          Weightings for different subject levels (i.e. the l factor set out in Rule 8.26):

          1 for 400 level

          1 for 300 level

          1 for 200 level

          1 for 100 level

          Ranges for grades of Honours:

          Class I 75% to 100%

          Class II, Division 1 72.5% to less than 75%

          Class II, Division 2 70% to less than 72.5%

          Honours not awarded 0 to less than 70%

      • 28. Where a student has completed an honours program which applies Rules 8.27.b, 8.27.c, or 8.27.d but has not achieved a mark entitling the student to an award of Honours, the student will be eligible for a pass degree if they meet the requirements for that degree.
      • 29. Where the method for determining the grade of Honours applied for a particular Honours program is changed after a student has commenced that program, the faculty must ensure that the student is not disadvantaged by the change. This may require the application of a previous method of determining Honours grades to that student.
      • 30. Except as provided in Rule 8.31 below, every attempt at a subject in the course is to be included in the determination in Rule 8.26 above.
      • 31. Subjects which are graded Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) (under Rule 8.21 above) are not to be included in the determination in Rule 8.26 above.

    Credit point requirements for Honours

      • 32. For four year prescribed courses, honours may be awarded only for those courses which contain 300 and 400 level subjects having a total value of at least 60 credit points, including:
          • a. at least 24 credit points at 400 level and at least 36 credit points at 300 level taken by the student at this University and
          • b. one or more 400 level thesis or project subject(s) with a total value of at least 12 credit points.
      • 33. A one year end on honours course shall consist of at least 48 credit points total which includes a 400 level thesis or project subject with a value of at least 12 credit points.to Contents

    Eligibility for award with distinction

    • 34. The following requirements must be met for a student to be eligible to receive an award “with Distinction”:

          a. A student must be enrolled in one of the following courses:

            i. a pass Bachelor degree or

            ii. a Masters by Coursework degree.

          b. An undergraduate student, including a student enrolled in a program delivered in conjunction with an approved partner institution, must have completed at least 50% of their degree in a University of Wollongong accredited course.

          c. A postgraduate student, including a student enrolled in a program delivered in conjunction with an approved partner institution, must have completed at least 75% of their degree in a University of Wollongong accredited course.

          d. Students enrolled in a double degree shall be assessed for eligibility for the award “with Distinction” for each degree separately

          e. A degree containing 50% or more of subjects that are graded at the level of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory will not be eligible for the award “with Distinction”.

    • 35. All subjects attempted by a student in a University of Wollongong accredited course shall be counted when assessing eligibility for the award “with Distinction”
    • 36. Only credit completed in a UOW accredited course and counted towards a student’s course requirements is counted when assessing eligibility for the award “with Distinction” and is included in the percentage of subjects completed at the University of Wollongong requirements specified in Rules 8.34.b and 8.34.c.

    Level of attainment required

      • 37. Subject to Rule 8.34.d above, all subjects completed by a student while registered for the course they are completing shall be taken into account in determining the granting of an award “with Distinction”.
      • 38. In order to achieve an award “with Distinction”, students must gain a weighted average mark of 75% or more in these subjects. In determining a student’s weighted average mark, subjects will be weighted for credit point value only.
      • 39. For determining eligibility for an award with distinction, the following method must be adopted:

        Sum of (subject credit mark)/sum of (subject credit), including subjects undertaken as part of another course at UOW are being counted towards the degree.

      • 40. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) who achieve a minimum of three out of the four subjects (MEDI601, MEDI602, MEDI603 and MEDI604) with a grade of Excellent and who have not failed any subjects during the course of their candidature, shall be awarded the degree “with Distinction”.

    Granting HDR awards with an "Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding Thesis"

      • 41. The following requirements must be met for a student to be eligible to receive a Higher Degree Research (HDR) award with an "Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding Thesis":
          • a. A student must be enrolled in one of the following courses:
            • i. A Research Masters Degree, or
            • ii. A Doctorate by Research, and
          • b. Both examiners must recommend a commendation because, in that specific discipline, the thesis meets all three (3) criteria listed below:
            • i. the thesis is a contribution to the field of study that is exceptionally innovative and original, and
            • ii. the thesis is suitable for publication in an esteemed book or in a refereed journal of high repute, and
            • iii. the thesis is among the best thesis presentations examined by each examiner.
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    Amendment of academic record

    Circumstances where academic record may be amended

      • 42. There are three circumstances where a student’s academic record may be amended, that is, where:
          • a. there has been an enrolment error (as determined under Rule 8.43 below)
          • b. a student has successfully applied under the Student Academic Grievance Policy (Coursework and Honours Students) to have a mark or grade altered or
          • c. a student has either applied for or requested academic consideration under the Student Academic Consideration Policy.

    Amendment of academic record due to enrolment error

      • 43. A student may apply to have their academic record amended where the student has either:
          • a. not attempted a subject for which they were formally enrolled as a result of an enrolment error; or
          • b. attempted a subject for which they were not formally enrolled as a result of an enrolment error and need to be enrolled to have a grade declared.
      • 44. Applications under Rule 8.45 below must be made on the appropriate form, which must:
          • a. be completed by the student,
          • b. include appropriate details to support the application, and
          • c. be lodged with the Academic Registrar’s Division no later than four weeks after the release of results.
      • 45. An academic record will be amended in special circumstances only. The application will be assessed and, if it is determined that the error was the fault of the student, the student must pay a fee set from time to time by the Academic Registrar before the academic record will be altered.
      • 46. Under the Higher Education Support Act, domestic students are not eligible for Commonwealth support or assistance for subjects enrolled after the census date if the reason for late enrolment is student error. In these cases Commonwealth supported students will only be able to enrol in subjects on a full fee paying basis. For courses where there are no full fee paying places offered, students will be required to enrol on a non-award basis and pay the non-award fees upfront. Non-Commonwealth supported (full fee paying) students will be required to pay the relevant tuition fees upfront.

    Time Limit on Amendments to Academic Record

      • 47. An academic record will not be amended if it has been over 12 months since the release of results for the subject for which the amendment is sought or after graduation, whichever is first.
      • 48. An undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student who is excluded from the University may appeal that decision in writing in accordance with the Course Progress Policy.
      • 49. Any HDR student who is excluded from the University may appeal that decision in accordance with the Academic Grievance Policy (Higher Degree Research Students).
      • 1. The University reserves the right to retain, at its discretion, the original or one copy of any work submitted for assessment in a course, competition or a subject (other than a research subject) offered or conducted by the University.
      • 2. Ownership of intellectual property vested in the work will be determined in accordance with the University’s Intellectual Property Policy and the University’s Student Assignment of Intellectual Property Policy.
      • 3. A student retains copyright over a thesis submitted for assessment in a subject or for an award, subject to the requirements prescribed in Rules 10.39 - 10.40 below..
    • 1. The following Rules apply to higher degree research students enrolled in a Research Masters Degree, Doctoral Degree, Doctoral Degree by Published Works, or Higher Doctoral Degree course listed in Appendix 1.

    Admission Requirements for a Higher Degree Research

      • 2. An applicant shall comply with the provisions of Rule 4 and the Admission and Advanced Standing Policy.
      • 3. An applicant for registration as a student for a Higher Degree Research, other than the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated), shall have qualified for a Bachelor degree with Honours Class II, Division 2 or higher of the University of Wollongong or possess an approved equivalent qualification from another institution.
      • 4. An applicant for registration as a student for a Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) should have a minimum of four years of study at degree level, either  a four-year Bachelor degree, or a Bachelor degree plus Masters by Coursework, with a minimum Credit average (65% or GPA 3.0 out of 4.0), or equivalent.
      • 5. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Rules, the Head shall recommend whether the applicant is fit to undertake study leading to the award of a Higher Degree Research and certify that the unit has the necessary resources to provide supervision in the discipline in which the applicant proposes to study.
      • 6. A student shall register as a full-time student for a Higher Degree Research(HDR) except that:
        • a. a member of the full-time staff of the University or
        • b. a person who is not a member of the full-time staff of the University, but who, in the opinion of Council, is engaged in an occupation which provides opportunity to pursue study in the relevant academic unit, may be accepted as a part time student for the degree, in which cases a minimum period for the duration of study shall be prescribed.

Rules Governing Admission of Offshore Doctoral Students

      • 7. The University will normally only consider applications for offshore Doctor of Philosophy students in exceptional circumstances. Those circumstances are:
          • a. applications from members of academic staff at University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), or
          • b. where the candidature is part of a larger strategic international alliance and where there is clear evidence of a suitable academic environment in the host institution.
      • 8. Offshore candidature normally only applies to domestic (Australian citizens or permanent residents) or overseas full-fee paying students who:
          • a. are applying for a research higher degree; and
          • b. are applying as individuals (rather than under a group or program initiative):and
          • c. are undertaking research which will require an overseas location with input from an overseas institution, which may include co-supervision, facilities, equipment, and library access: and
          • d. wish to pursue most or all of their research overseas.
      • 9. Unless specifically exempted by the Dean of Research, a co-supervisor must be appointed at the offshore location. It is the responsibility of the academic unit to ensure that the remote co-supervisor is informed of the University’s rules and policies governing Doctor of Philosophy candidature. A Memorandum of Understanding should be drawn up between the University and the co-supervisor.
      • 10. Domestic students who are studying or researching from a remote location, but where the academic work, including scoping of topic, writing and analysis are conducted at the Wollongong Campus with a Wollongong supervisor, are not considered to be offshore students.
      • 11. Students who are studying at one of the University of Wollongong’s Australian campuses, who need to be absent from the University in order to undertake research overseas, are not considered to be offshore students.
      • 12. All Offshore Higher Research Degree applications that the faculty Executive Dean has assessed and agreed to accept must be sent to the Dean of Research for approval, together with a copy of the Offshore contract (see Guidelines for Offshore HDR Applications). If approved by the Dean of Research, applications will then follow the normal admissions process and candidature will be governed by the same HDR Course Rules that apply to onshore HDR students.

    Course Requirements for the Doctoral Degree

      • 13. A student for a Doctoral Degree shall enrol in a research subject comprising a thesis and undertake an approved course of study which may include specified course and/or practical work and/or performance as recommended by the Executive Dean or his/her nominee.

    Registration Requirements for Higher Degree Research

      • 14. A student shall submit the title of their thesis through the delegated authority for approval no later than one session after registration.
      • 15. Doctoral and Research Masters Degree students (both full-time and part-time) shall undergo a formal Research Proposal Review as follows:
          • a. The Research Proposal Review should be finalised before 48 credit points (i.e. 1.0 EFSTL) of the degree are completed, except for the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) in which case the Review should be completed before 72 credit points (i.e. 1.5 EFTSL) of the degree are completed.
          • b. The Research Proposal Review shall be assessed by the student’s written research proposal (according to the discipline conventions of the degree undertaken) and an oral presentation by the student. The presentation must be made before a Research Proposal Review Committee which, at a minimum, consists of: the thesis supervisor(s); two appropriate members of academic staff; and a higher degree research student representative. Where relevant (e.g. in a cross-unit project), a person external to the academic or research unit may be nominated. A report by the Committee on this Review must be lodged with the Research Student Centre and placed on the student’s file.
          • c. If the Research Proposal Review Committee determines that the proposal is unacceptable, the student must re-present a research proposal within three months.
          • d. If, after the second presentation of the research proposal, the Research Proposal Review Committee determines that the proposal is unsatisfactory, they must make at least one of the following recommendations to the Executive Dean of the Faculty:
            • i. place the student on probation;
            • ii. terminate the student’s HDR candidature;
            • iii. downgrade the student’s candidature to a Research Masters degree;
            • iv. change the student’s supervisor; or
            • v. appoint a panel of supervisors, including members from outside the academic unit.
          • e. If the Executive Dean of the Faculty finds that a recommendation for probation or termination is most appropriate, the matter will be forwarded to the Dean of Research for a final decision. The Dean of Research will make a final decision after reviewing all documentation and will advise the student and the Faculty of the final decision. The Dean of Research may take action that may include:
            • i. continuing the student’s enrolment;
            • ii. terminating the student’s HDR candidature;
            • iii. placing the student on probation;
            • iv. downgrading the student’s candidature;
            • v. changing the student’s supervisor;
            • vi. appointing a panel supervisors including members from outside the academic unit;
            • vii. any other action deemed appropriate.
          • f. All recipients of information presented at the Research Proposal Review will be required to maintain confidentiality.
      • 16. Prior to acting on a recommendation to terminate the student’s candidature, the Dean of Research will advise the student of the impending termination, and allow the student 20 working days to provide the Dean of Research with any additional relevant information concerning the student’s candidature, supervision and progress.
      • 17. The student and their supervisors shall be informed of the Dean of Research’s recommendation. If the student disagrees with any of the outcomes, then they may appeal the decision to the HDR Appeals Committee in accordance with the Higher Degree Research (HDR) Academic Grievances Policy.

    Transferring Between Research Degrees

    Upgrading from Research Masters Degree or a Professional Doctorate to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

      • 18. To transfer from a Research Masters Degree or a Professional Doctorate to a Doctor of Philosophy in the same field of study, the candidate must:
          • a. have completed sufficient study in the Research Masters Degree or Professional Doctorate program at this University to allow an assessment of the capacity of the student to undertake independent research at a Doctoral Level. This would normally mean that candidates admitted to a program greater than 48 credit points would complete required coursework components of the degree and have completed approximately nine (9) months of equivalent full-time candidature of their thesis component1 prior to application to transfer to a Doctor of Philosophy;
          • b. prove their capacity to undertake independent research by presenting a seminar to report on their research topic to a group which must include:
            • i. the primary supervisor, and/or co-supervisors
            • ii. a member of the Faculty Research Committee (FRC) or the Head of Postgraduate Studies (HPS); and
            • iii. an independent academic staff member with appropriate disciplinary expertise to appraise the research and requested transfer.
      • 19. The primary supervisor will prepare a report on the candidate’s seminar which should be signed by the delegated authority. Once signed the final report will then be forwarded to the Research Student Centre for action.

    Downgrading from Doctor of Philosophy to Research Masters Degree - Voluntary Downgrades

      • 20. Should a student wish to downgrade from a Doctor of Philosophy to a Research Masters Degree, the delegated authority should approve the transfer and send written advice to the Research Student Centre who will adjust the student’s enrolment accordingly.

    Downgrading from a Higher Degree Research to a Coursework Degree

  • 21. Subject to Rule 10.22 below, Students enrolled in HDR course may transfer between research degrees as detailed above, or cease HDR enrolment and apply for admission to a coursework program as a new course. Prior study may be granted as credit, as per the Admissions and Advanced Standing Policy.
  • 22. Where a Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) student does NOT meet the required level of performance for coursework subjects taken as part of their Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated), enrolment in the PhD(I) will be discontinued. The student may apply to enrol in a postgraduate Masters by Coursework degree course. If the coursework successfully completed under the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) satisfies some or all of the requirements of the Masters by Coursework degree course then credit may be granted as determined by the delegated authority. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 100% of course requirements for that course provided that the delegated authority is satisfied that the student has satisfied the course learning outcomes for the course.
      • 23. Students wishing to change candidature from full-time to part-time (or vice versa) may do so by providing written notification, counter-signed by the student supervisor(s), through the Head of Academic Unit to the Research Student Centre no later than the Census date for the relevant session.
      • 24. Student Visa regulations require that all overseas students are enrolled on a full-time basis.
      • 25. Students wishing to change their thesis title must first seek permission from their supervisor(s). Written notification, counter-signed by the student supervisor(s) should be forwarded through the Head of Academic Unit to the Research Student Centre.
      • 26. If for any reason a student needs to be transferred from one Academic Unit to another Academic Unit, approval for the transfer must be given by the Heads of both Academic Units. It is expected that there would be consultation with both the HDR student and the supervisor prior to the initiation of such a transfer. The Research Student Centre should to be notified in writing of any change to a student enrolment.

      Grades of Performance for Higher Degree Research Thesis (THES) subjects

      • 27. The approved grades of performance for Higher Degree Research Thesis (THES) subjects are as follows:
          • a. IPR (In Progress Research): Where a THES subject is required to be undertaken over more than one session, an IPR grade shall be declared at the end of each session until a student completes, or their candidature is withdrawn or discontinued.
          • b. CO (Complete): Thesis has been examined and satisfactorily completed
          • c. NC (Not Complete):
            • i. Declared where a student has voluntarily withdrawn or transferred
            • ii. HDR candidature terminated prior to thesis examination for disciplinary reasons (e.g. lack of progress, misconduct, plagiarism)
            • iii. Doctoral thesis has been examined and, based on the Examiners’ reports, the Thesis Examination Committee (TEC) has determined that the degree for which the student is enrolled will not be awarded, but that the work was of a sufficient standard for the award of a Research Masters Degree. In such cases a NC will be recorded for the Doctoral degree and the student’s enrolment will be transferred to a Research Masters Degree, where a CO will be recorded.
          • d. F (Fail): Thesis has been examined and based on the Examiners’ reports the TEC has determined that the degree for which student is enrolled will not be awarded.

      Progress during Candidature

      • 28. A student enrolled in a Higher Degree Research shall submit an annual report on progress of work to the delegated authority through the Executive Dean.
      • 29. If either a supervisor or a student notes unsatisfactory progress in an annual report then the Executive Dean or Head of Academic Unit, as appropriate, should consult with both parties independently no later than one month after lodgement of the unfavourable report. After such consultation, the Executive Dean or the Head of Academic Unit may decide that the matter has been resolved. If the matter is not resolved, the Executive Dean or Head of Academic Unit may recommend to the Dean of Research that the student be placed on probation. If there is a conflict of interest, the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee will substitute for the Dean of Research.
      • 30. Continuation of candidature is conditional on maintenance of satisfactory progress. A supervisor may at any time bring problems with the student’s progress to the attention of the Head of the Academic Unit. A supervisor is required to report any failure by a student to make satisfactory progress or to abide by other requirements in the regulations governing the degree to the head of the Academic Unit immediately. When a student is not making satisfactory progress or not maintaining adequate and regular contact, the student must be advised in writing of the requirements. Satisfactory academic progress is also a visa requirement for overseas students.
      • 31. Initial attempts to rectify unsatisfactory progress should take place within the Academic Unit. The Faculty’s Head of Postgraduate Studies (HPS) should be consulted if matters are not able to be resolved at Academic Unit level. If initial meetings between the supervisor(s) and the student fail to rectify problems, a meeting between the student, the supervisor(s), the relevant Head of Unit and the Executive Dean and/or the Faculty’s HPS should be convened (either independently or as a group), with the aim of developing specific strategies and recommendations for improving progress towards completion. If the student’s progress fails to improve the Executive Dean may make a recommendation to the Dean of Research to place the student on probation.
      • 32. The failure to complete an Annual Progress Report when required will result in the student’s candidature being discontinued.

      Probation

      • 33. The student shall be notified of the probation recommendation and will be given 20 working days after notification to submit a response to the Dean of Research. After this period, the Dean of Research shall make a final decision.
      • 34. If probation is to be imposed, the Dean of Research will appoint a senior academic to oversee the supervision process and research progress for a period of not less than three months and not more than one year. At the end of the probation period, or sooner if progress does not improve during the probation period, the senior academic will review the student’s progress and make written recommendations in a report to the Dean of Research.
      • 35. The Dean of Research will review the probationary report and all other documentation concerning that student’s candidature held by the Research Student Centre and/or Faculty before taking action. Final decision(s) may include:
          • a. continuation of enrolment;
          • b. termination of candidature;
          • c. transfer of award;
          • d. change of supervisor;
          • e. appointment of a panel of supervisors including members from outside the academic unit;
          • f. any other action deemed appropriate.
      • 36. If the student refuses to abide by any of the recommendations, then the Dean of Research can terminate the student’s candidature.
      • 37. Prior to acting on a recommendation of termination of candidature, the Dean of Research will advise the student of the impending termination, and allow the student 20 working days to provide the Dean of Research with any additional relevant information concerning their candidature, supervision and progress.
      • 38. Students and supervisors shall be informed of the Dean of Research’s recommendation. If the student disagrees with the outcomes, then they may appeal the decision to the HDR Appeals Committee in accordance with the Appeals Against Higher Degree Research (HDR) Thesis Examination Outcomes Policy.

    Preparation of Theses for Examination

      • 39. Depending on the examiner’s requirements, HDR students submitting a thesis for examination will be required to present to the Director, Research Student Centre the required number of hard bound and/or electronic copies of the thesis.
      • 40. The thesis and supporting work for submission to examiners are to be prepared in accordance with the specifications outlined in the Guidelines for Preparation and Submission of HDR Thesis, unless a variation has been approved after application to the Thesis Examination Committee (TEC).
      • 41. A thesis may be formatted in traditional monograph style or, if approved by the Supervisor, may include chapters written in a format that is consistent with journal article styles.

      Rules Governing the Submission of Theses

      • 42. On completion of a Higher Degree Research thesis subject, a student shall submit a thesis embodying the results of the work undertaken.
      • 43. Theses and other relevant work may be submitted for examination to the Director, Research Student Centre provided the student has completed the required minimum period of registration for the degree and is enrolled for the degree for which the theses or other work is being submitted.
      • 44. The thesis shall be presented in a form that complies with the requirements set out in Rules 10.39-10.41, and shall include a certificate indicating the extent to which the work has been performed by the student.
      • 45. A student may not submit as the major part of a thesis any work or material which has previously been submitted for a degree of the University or other similar award of another tertiary institution, except for the case of a thesis submitted for:
          • a. the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Wollongong and recommended by the examiners that it be submitted for the Research Masters Degree; or
          • b. a joint Doctoral degree under the conditions prescribed in the Joint Doctoral Agreement made in accordance with the University’s Joint Doctor of Philosophy Agreement Policy.
      • 46. A student submitting a thesis for a Doctoral degree must comply with the following additional requirements:
          • a. the majority of the work submitted shall have been completed subsequent to enrolment for the degree;
          • b. the work shall comprise an original and significant contribution to knowledge of the subject; and
          • c. in special cases, study carried out jointly with other persons may be accepted, provided Council is satisfied that the contribution by the student to the joint study is adequate.
      • 47. A supervisor of a student who has submitted a thesis shall provide a certificate indicating that, in the opinion of the supervisor, the thesis is prima facie worthy of examination.
      • 48. A delegate of the Research Student Centre shall appoint at least:
          • a. for a Doctoral degree, two examiners of the thesis, each of whom shall be external to the University and
          • b. for a Research Masters Degree, two examiners of the thesis, not more than one of whom shall be internal to the University.
      • 49. A supervisor of a student may not be an examiner of a thesis submitted by that student.
      • 50. The selection of examiners is of critical importance. In considering examiners, account should be taken of the examiner’s understanding of and position on the thesis topic and the methodology employed and their prestige and status in the field. Examiners should
          • a. normally be active in research/scholarship in the relevant area, thus ensuring that their knowledge of the field remains current,
          • b. have empathy with the theoretical framework used by student, and
          • c. have proven familiarity with the supervision/ examination of research theses.
      • 51. The choice of examiners is a process involving both the student and the supervisor. Together they should generate a list of at least four examiners, having regard to the known disciplinary bias of those suggested. The final choice will be made from this list by the supervisor Head of Postgraduate Studies, in accordance with the Nominations of HDR Thesis Examiners Guidelines.
      • 52. An examiner of a thesis for a Research Masters Degree shall be asked to report on:
          • a. whether the thesis demonstrates that the student has an adequate understanding of the field of research,
          • b. whether the thesis demonstrates that the student has designed, undertaken and reported on an investigation in the specified field of research to a satisfactory level,
          • c. whether the student has presented the thesis in a manner and level appropriate to the field of research, and
          • d. whether the literary standard of the thesis is adequate.
      • 53. An examiner of a thesis for a Doctoral degree by thesis shall be asked to report on:
          • a. whether the thesis provides evidence that the student conducted original research,
          • b. whether the thesis demonstrates that the student has made a significant contribution to the knowledge about the topic concerned,
          • c. whether the thesis reveals that the student has a broad understanding of the discipline within which the work was conducted,
          • d. whether the thesis contains material suitable for publication,
          • e. whether the student has presented the thesis in a manner and at a level appropriate to the field of research, and
          • f. whether the literary standard of the thesis is adequate.
      • 54. After examining a thesis, an examiner may recommend that:
          • a. the student be awarded the degree without further examination,
          • b. the student be awarded the degree subject to revisions or corrections to the thesis, to the satisfaction of the Thesis Examination Committee (or its delegate),
          • c. the student be required to resubmit the thesis in revised form for examination after a specified period of study and/or research,
          • d. the student be required to attend an oral examination,
          • e. in the case of a student for a Doctoral degree, the student be permitted to submit the thesis for a Research Masters Degree, or
          • f. the student not be awarded the degree.
      • 55. The reports from the examiners are considered by the Thesis Examination Committee, after receiving the comments of the Head of Postgraduate Studies on the reports. The Thesis Examination Committee determines the outcome of the examination.
      • 56. The names of the examiners and copies of the examiners reports are made available to the student after the Thesis Examination Committee has made its determination.
      • 57. The student must make any revisions requested by the examiner(s), per the final recommendation of the Thesis Examination Committee, and within twelve (12) months from the date of the Thesis Examination Committee resolution. The student and their supervisor may make a request to the Chair of the Thesis Examination Committee (or person with delegated authority) for an extension to this period under exceptional circumstances. If the revised thesis is not received by the Research Student Centre within twelve (12) months, the student will be awarded a fail.

    Preparation of Theses for Final Submission

      • 58. Once all Examiners’ recommendations and Thesis Examination Committee (TEC) resolutions have been satisfactorily completed by the HDR student and the final version of the thesis has been approved by the relevant person with delegated authority, the student shall submit a digital copy of the final thesis, according to the guidelines set out by the Research Student Centre.
      • 59. A digital copy of the thesis will be accessible, subject to approved access restrictions requested by the student or supervisor, through the University of Wollongong’s web site, a national database of Australian theses and through web search engines. Access restrictions are possible in accordance the Guidelines for Preparation and Submission of HDR Thesis.
      • 60. The degree will not be conferred until an appropriately approved final electronic copy is lodged with the Research Student Centre accompanied by a letter or email sent directly from the person with certifying that required corrections have been satisfactorily completed.

Examination of Work Submitted for Doctoral of Philosophy by Published Works

  • 61. To submit works for examination for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Published Works students must first meet criteria outlined in Rules 13.10-13.12 inclusive.
  • 62. Council or its delegate shall appoint at least three examiners of the award, all of whom shall be external to the University.
  • 63. A co-author of the works referred to in Rule 13.11.b may not be an examiner of the submitted work.
  • 64. Each examiner shall make an independent report on the submitted work. An examiner for a Doctoral degree by Published Works shall be asked to report on:
        • a. whether the submitted work provides evidence that the student conducted original research,
        • b. whether the submitted work demonstrates that the student has made a significant contribution to the knowledge of the topic concerned, and
        • c. whether the submitted work reveals that the student has a broad understanding of the discipline within which the work was conducted.
  • 65. At the conclusion of the examination, the examiners will submit to the Thesis Examination Committee a concise report on the merits of the published works and on the examination results. An examiner may recommend that:
        • a. the student be awarded the degree without further examination, or
        • b. the student be not awarded the degree, or
        • c. the published work is worthy of the degree, but the scholarly overview requires revision or expansion.
  • 66. Should the application for admission to the degree fail, the person may make only one additional application after a period of not less than three years from the date of the original application.

Course Requirements for Doctoral Degree by Published Works

  • 67. A student for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Published Works shall enrol in a research subject comprising a thesis in accordance with the provisions of Rules 10.14- 10.17 inclusive.

Examination Requirements for Doctoral Degree by Published Works

  • 68. The TEC may determine whether the aggregated work is examinable or may appoint a discipline-specific committee to make this determination.
  • 69. Should the TEC be satisfied that the submitted work is of sufficiently high quality to be prima facie worthy of examination for the degree, Council shall appoint examiners as prescribed in Rules 10.48 - 10.51 above.

    Higher Doctoral Degrees

Assessment of Suitability for Examination and Assessment Criteria for Higher Doctoral Degrees

  • 70. Before evidence submitted for examination for a Higher Doctoral degree is sent to examiners, the Thesis Examination Committee (TEC), acting on behalf of Council, should be satisfied that the submitted evidence is of sufficiently high quality to be prima facie worthy of examination for the degree. The TEC will seek advice from the relevant Faculty Research Committee (FRC).
  • 71. The relevant FRC will assess if the submitted evidence is prima facie worthy of examination and will advise the Thesis Examination Committee of its assessment. The Thesis Examination Committee may use other advice, in confidence, to support this assessment as it sees fit.
  • 72. The evidence submitted for examination must meet the following criteria:
        • a. The candidate is an internationally recognised leader in their field.
        • b. The candidate has made a significant and sustained contribution to the field usually over at least a 20 year period. As appropriate for the discipline, the candidate should have produced an outstanding body of published work in highly-esteemed journals. There must be evidence that the candidate’s publications have been highly influential (e.g. highly cited).
        • c. The work is innovative and at the leading edge of a discipline, perhaps using leading-edge technology or methodology.
        • d. As a leader, the candidate is able to show a significant contribution to mentoring of other researchers in their field, such as through collaborative grants, successful PhD completions, examinations of PhD theses or as a member of international and national committees of note.
  • 73. If, after receiving the advice of the relevant FRC, the TEC is satisfied that the evidence is worthy of examination for the degree then two examiners shall be appointed, both of whom must be external to the University. Examiners selected must be at least at Professorial level or equivalent, and pre-eminent in the field.
  • 74. A list of approximately five examiners will be compiled by the TEC, on advice of the relevant FRC, and shown to the candidate. The candidate may raise an objection to a potential examiner based on fair reasons. The TEC shall consider any objection in making their selection of final examiners.

Rules for Examiners of Applications for Higher Doctoral Degrees

  • 75. Each examiner shall make an independent report on the submitted evidence.
  • 76. Should the examiners not agree in their recommendations or should, for any other reason, further opinion on the merit of the submitted evidence be needed, TEC may appoint an additional examiner or examiners to make an independent report on the submitted evidence.
  • 77. At the conclusion of the examination, the examiners will submit to the TEC a concise report on the merits of the submitted evidence and on the examination results and the TEC shall determine whether or not the applicant may be admitted to the degree.
  • 78. The TEC will then submit this report to Council for final determination. Council shall determine whether or not the applicant may be admitted to the degree.
  • 79. An applicant for admission to the degree shall not be present at deliberations.

    Award of the Higher Doctoral Degree

  • 80. Pending Council’s determination, the higher degree will be conferred by Council in the normal manner, either at a meeting or at a Graduation ceremony.

    Appeals

  • 81. The only grounds permitted for an appeal against a decision not to award a Higher Doctoral Degree are:
        • a. procedural irregularities during the assessment or examination process; or
        • b. documented evidence of prejudice or of bias during the assessment or examination process.
  • 82. Appeals must:
        • a. be lodged, in writing, with the Dean of Research within 20 working days of receiving written notification of the decision;
        • b. state fully the reasons for the appeal; and
        • c. include all relevant documentary evidence to support the appeal.

    Resubmission

  • 83. Should the application for admission to the degree fail, the person may make one only additional application after a period of not less than three years from the date of the original application.
  • 1. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein contained, Council may dispense with or suspend any requirement of, or prescription by, these Rules.

    Application for Amending Rules

  • 2. Should an amendment be made to either or both these Rules or the attachments following these Rules, the amendment shall apply from the date of implementation, but not retrospectively, to all students, unless determined otherwise by Council.

    Appeal

  • 3. Where a student has a grievance regarding a decision made under these Rules which comes within the definition of ‘academic grievance’ in the Academic Grievance Policy (Coursework and Honours Students) or the Higher Degree Research (HDR) Academic Grievance Policy, the student may pursue the grievance in accordance with the procedures set out in that policy.
  • 4. Where a student has a grievance regarding a decision under these Rules that does not come within the definition of academic grievance in the Academic Grievance Policy (Coursework and Honours Students) or Higher Degree Research (HDR) Academic Grievance Policy, the student may appeal against that decision within 14 days of notification of the decision. The appeal must be in writing and provide sufficient detail to enable due consideration of the matter.
  • 1. The UOW schedule of qualifications, comprising approval of new courses, curriculum review and amendments to existing courses, is administered through the University’s course management activities.
  • 2. All UOW qualifications will comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework from January 2015.

    13 Awards and Degrees of the University

    Diplomas

  • 1. The General Course Rules apply to undergraduate courses leading to the award of Diploma qualifications listed in Appendix 1 (below).

    Bachelor Degree

    Course Requirements for a Bachelor Degree

  • 2. To qualify for award of a Bachelor degree (listed in Appendix 1 below), a student shall:
        • a. for a three year degree, accrue an aggregate of at least 144 credit points by the satisfactory completion of subjects prescribed for the course in the undergraduate handbook
        • b. for a four year degree, accrue an aggregate of at least 192 credit points by the satisfactory completion of subjects prescribed for the course in the undergraduate handbook
        • c. for a double degree, accrue an aggregate of at least 216 credit points by the satisfactory completion of subjects prescribed for the course in the undergraduate handbook.

    Course Requirements for an Honours Bachelor Degree

  • 3. To qualify for award of a Bachelor degree with honours, a student who completes satisfactorily the subjects prescribed course in the undergraduate handbook at the standard of achievement prescribed for the course in Rule 8.27 shall receive the corresponding honours degree with the class of honours as specified in those rules.

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    Graduate Certificate

    Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate

  • 4. To qualify for award of a Graduate Certificate (listed in Appendix 1 below), a student shall accrue an aggregate of at least 24 credit points by the satisfactory completion of subjects prescribed for the course in the postgraduate handbook.

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    Graduate Diploma

    Course Requirements for the Graduate Diploma

  • 5. To qualify for award of a Graduate Diploma (listed in Appendix 1 below) a student shall accrue an aggregate of at least 48 credit points by the satisfactory completion of subjects prescribed for the course in the postgraduate handbook.

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    Masters by Coursework

    Course Requirements for a Masters by Coursework degree

  • 6. To qualify for award of a Masters degree (listed in Appendix 1 below), a student shall accrue the required number of credit points by satisfactory completion of subjects prescribed for the course in the postgraduate handbook.

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    Research Masters Degree

    Requirements for the award of a Research Masters Degree

  • 7. To qualify for award of a Research Masters Degree listed in Appendix 1 below), a student shall accrue the required number of credit points by satisfactory completion of subjects specified in the postgraduate handbook and such examinations and other work as may be prescribed.
  • 8. A Research Masters Degree course program shall comprise subjects having a value of 72 credit points at 900 level including:
        • a. a research thesis subject having a value of 48 credit points and
        • b. other coursework subjects (or credit) having a value of 24 credit points at 900 level.

    Doctoral Degree by Thesis

    Doctoral Degree

  • 9. These Rules apply to doctoral courses leading to the award of Doctoral Degree qualifications listed in Appendix 1 (below), and are to be read in conjunction with relevant provisions of the General Course Rules.

    Doctoral Degree by Published Works

    Requirements for award of Doctor of Philosophy by Published Works

  • 10. A person may apply for admission as a student for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Published Works provided that person:
        • a.
          • i. is a graduate of this University or of the University of New South Wales at the Wollongong University College and
          • ii. has standing of not less than eight years after admission to the first degree for which the student has qualified or
        • b. is not a graduate of this University but is a member of the full-time academic staff for a minimum period of five years, with standing of not less than eight years after admission to a first degree of another University, or
        • c. is deemed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (or nominee) to have a significant and sustained research connection with the University.
  • 11. An application shall be made in writing to the Thesis Examination Committee (TEC) and shall include:
        • a. supporting documentation from the appropriate Faculty Research Committee Chair, including the identification of a sponsoring unit for the candidature and
        • b. a list of published works on which the claim for admission to the degree is based, these works to be have been published in peer reviewed academic publications and offering original contributions to the area of investigation, noting that works submitted for the degree have been originally published, and normally, a significant proportion of these works have been published no earlier than ten years prior to this application.
  • 12. The work submitted for examination (hereafter referred to as the submitted work) shall consist of:
        • a. five copies of the works listed in Rule 13.11.b, all works, apart from quotations, to be presented in, or translated into, English, unless otherwise approved
        • b. a scholarly and critical overview of the collected publications, normally not less than 5,000 words, providing a cohesive context for the works and describing how they make an original and significant contribution to knowledge and
        • c. a further statement setting out:
        • d. details of sources from which the works were derived
        • e. details of the extent to which work of others has been used
        • f. details of the extent to which the applicant was responsible for the initiation, conduct and direction of any joint works submitted as part of the application
        • g. a statement from at least one co-author per publication, confirming the extent of the applicants contribution to the work, where appropriate
        • h. evidence that the publications have standing as significant contributions to knowledge and
        • i. a declaration identifying any of the works referred to in Rule 13.11.b which have been submitted for any qualification of any tertiary institution.

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    Higher Doctoral Degree Rules

    Requirements for the award of Higher Doctoral Degrees

  • 13. A person may apply for the degree of Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Letters or Doctor of Science provided that person:
        • a. holds a Doctoral level qualification; and
        • b. is a graduate of this University or of the University of New South Wales at the Wollongong University College with standing of not less than twenty years after admission to their Doctoral qualification; or
        • c. not a graduate of this University but is a member of the full-time academic staff with standing of not less than ten years after admission to their Doctoral qualification.
  • 14. An application shall be made in writing to the Executive Dean of the relevant Faculty and shall include:
        • a. identification of the academic unit with which the contribution to scholarly knowledge is considered to be most closely associated;
        • b. a list of published and/or unpublished works on which the claim for admission to the degree is based;
        • c. all works, apart from quotations, to be presented in, or translated into, English, unless otherwise approved; and
        • d. a statement, which shall be an overview of normally not less than 5,000 words, setting out ways in which the collective works provide an original and significant contribution to knowledge. this statement should include:
          • i. details of sources from which the works were derived;
          • ii. details of the extent to which work of others has been included or used;
          • iii. the level of contribution of the applicant to the body of published works;
          • iv. evidence that the criteria set out in Rules 10.72.a-d above are satisfied; and
          • v. a declaration identifying any of the works referred to in Rule 10.72.b that have been submitted for any other qualification.

14 Version Control and Change History

Version Control

Date Effective

Approved By

Amendment

1

1 January 1991

University Council

First Version – known as the Course Regulations in 1991 and renamed the Course Rules in 1992.

2

13 December 1991

University Council

Changes to grades of performance to introduce “satisfactory” and “unsatisfactory”.

Changes to abbreviation of “Science” to “Sc”.

3

9 October 1992

University Council

New enrolment requirements

4

6 August 1993

University Council

Amendments to process for determining honours in 4 year prescribed courses.

New provisions for awarding of Graduate Certificates.

New provisions relating to requirements to attend classes.

5

9 August 1996

University Council

Minor amendments to Rules.

6

4 October 1996

University Council

Minor amendments to reword provisions relating to surrender of testamurs.

7

10 October 1997

University Council

Changes to honours awards.

18

12 December 1997

University Council

Amendments to provisions relating to leave of absence.

9

11 December 1998

University Council

Elimination of the Pass Terminating Grade and introduce the Pass Restricted Grade for 100 and 200 level subjects from Autumn Session 1999.

10

1 January 2000

University Council

Deletion of rule 014(1)(a)

11

18 August 2000

University Council

Changes to double fail rule and minimum rate of progress rule.

12

18 October 2000

Academic Senate (under delegation from Council)

Insertion of an unsatisfactory progress provision in the Doctoral Degree Course Rules.

Amend Rule 005(5).

13

7 March 2001

Academic Senate (under delegation from Council)

Amendments to Part 5 to create a new Research Masters Degree Course Structure Model.

Insertion of a new provision dealing with amendments to theses recommended by examiners.

14

21 April 2001

University Council

Introduction of Masters Degree By Research Rules to replace Honours Masters Rules.

15

9 September 2001

Academic Senate (under delegation from Council)

Amendments relating to the use of foreign language dictionaries in exams.

Amendments to the terms “specialisation” and “major”.

16

7 November 2001

Academic Senate (under delegation from Council)

Changes to the Bachelor Course Rules relating to the Bachelor of Psychology.

Changes to Postgraduate Research Degree completion time limits.

17

24 July 2002

Academic Senate (under delegation from Council)

Revised Withdrawal from a Subject and Deletion of Fail Grades Course Rules

18

4 September 2002

Academic Senate (under delegation from Council)

Changes to the General Course Rules section 10.3 (7) ‘Procedures Governing the Preparation and Submission of Theses’

19

23 April 2003

Academic Senate (under delegation from Council)

Changes regarding digitisation of theses,

Changes regarding PhD by Publication.

20

3 September 2003

Academic Senate (under delegation from Council)

Double degrees with Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies.

Changes to Minimum Rate of Progress (commencing in 2004)

21

28 July 2004

Academic Senate (under delegation from Council)

Changes to the HDR Course Rules.

22

27 July 2005

Academic Senate (under delegation from Council)

Deletion of 10.11.3(ii) from HDR Course Rules.

23

23 June 2006

University Council

Amendments consequent on the establishment of the Graduate School of Medicine.

24

18 August 2006

University Council

Changes to Section 10: Higher Degree Research.

25

26 November 2006

University Council

General revision of the General Course Rules.

26

Autumn Session 2007

University Council

Changes to 8.4.3 Withheld Results and 8.5.5 Failure to attain minimum performance levels.

27

6 July 2007

University Council

Grades of Performance revisions and revisions necessary to comply with the ESOS National Code 2007.

28

12 October 2007

University Council

Changes to course progress requirements necessary to comply with the ESOS National Code 2007

29

8 August 2008

University Council

Amendments to various typographical errors to numbering.

30

28 November 2008

University Council

Amendments to provisions for Doctoral Degree by Publication, new provisions for examiner’s commendation and changes to Rule 8.50 relating to amendment of academic record due to enrolment error.

31

17 April 2009

University Council

Migrated to UOW Policy Template as per Policy Directory Refresh.

ILIP Provisions (Section 7) updated

References to Special Consideration Policy changed to refer to Student Academic Consideration Policy.

Reference in Rule 12.31(b) to Appendix 2 removed.

32

4 December 2009

University Council

Amendments to Rule 8 in line with changes to the Course Progress Policy including:

Amendments to Rule 8.57 to make it consistent with Course Progress requirements

Amendments to Rule 8.60 to note the inclusion of the Graduate School of Medicine within the Course Progress Policy regime

Deletion of Rules 8.69-8.72 to remove inconsistency between General Course Rules and Course Progress Policy regarding appeals.

33

16 April 2010

University Council

Amendments to vary review date (effective immediately), introduce minor studies schedule (effective immediately), update references to the information literacies program (effective immediately) and to provide for the abolition of grades of Pass Restricted and Pass Conceded (effective from Autumn Session 2011)

34

11 June 2010

University Council

Amendments to Rule 12 consequent upon the approval of the Standard on Courses – updated awards listing and reinstatement of diploma provisions.

35

3 December 2010

University Council

Amendments to Rule 10 regarding digital submission of theses.

36

11 March 2011

Snr Mgr, Policy & Governance

Links amended, updated to reflect title changes and revised policy name changes.

37

10 June 2011

University Council

Minor amendments to Section 6.47, 8 (HDR) and, 10.44 to accommodate introduction of Joint Doctor of Philosophy Agreement Policy.

Section 5.19 to include Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)

Appendix 1: List of Courses for Each Honours Method to include the course Bachelor of Early Childhood Education under Method 1.

39

14 October 2011

University Council

Minor amendments to Section 10 re Transferring Between Research Degrees and Procedures for Examination of Work Submitted for Higher Doctoral Degrees, and Section 12, clause 37.

40

2 December 2011

University Council

Amendment to Section 6 – Withdrawal from Subjects – to reinforce that a student must not withdraw from a subject if they are under investigation of academic misconduct, and if they were to before the investigation is finalised, that any variation to their enrolment will be of no effect.

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1 January 2012

University Council

Section 8 – Assessment - Inclusion of additional results of WS and WD and to expand the definition of the existing result of WH; Update to Section 12 – Awards and Degrees of the University; Update to Appendix 1 – List of Courses for each Honours Method; update to Appendix 3 – Schedule of Minor Studies.

42

7 December 2012

University Council

Update to Section 12 – Awards and Degrees of the University; Update to Appendix 1 – List of Courses for each Honours Method; update to Appendix 3 – Schedule of Minor Studies.

43

30 August 2013

University Council

Updated to reflect title change from Dean to Executive Dean

44

11 April 2014

University Council

Amendments resulting from a major review. Removal of rules relating to advanced standing/credit transfer, student academic consideration, academic integrity and plagiarism, examinations, course progress, thesis examination, Higher Degree Research Plagiarism and appeals against thesis outcomes. Removal of Awards of the University to an appendix. Extension of rules for awards ‘with Distinction’ to offshore UOW courses. Reordering of HDR rules.

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Appendix 1: Award Titles and Abbreviations

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Diploma in Languages

    DipinLang

Three Year Pass Bachelor Degrees:

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Faculty of Business

     

    Bachelor of Accounting & Financial Services

    BAccy&FinSer

    Bachelor of Banking & Financial Services

    BBank&FinSer

    Bachelor of Business

    BBus

    Bachelor of Commerce

    BCom

    Bachelor of Commerce (Dean’s Scholar)

    BCom(Schol)

    Bachelor of Commerce (Event Management)

    BCom(E Mgmt)

    Bachelor of Commerce (Hospitality Management)

    BCom(Hosp Mgmt)

    Bachelor of Commerce (Tourism Management)

    BCom(Tour Mgmt)

    Bachelor of Economics & Finance

    BEconFin

       

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

     

    Bachelor of Business Information Systems

    BBIS

    Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Dean’s Scholar)

    BBIS(Schol)

    Bachelor of Computer Science

    BCompSc

    Bachelor of Computer Science (Dean’s Scholar)

    BCompSc(Schol)

    Bachelor of Information Technology

    BIT

    Bachelor of Information Technology (Dean’s Scholar)

    BIT(Schol)

    Bachelor of Mathematics

    BMath

    Bachelor of Mathematics Advanced

    BMathAdv

    Bachelor of Medical & Radiation Physics

    BMedRadPhys

    Bachelor of Medical Mathematics

    BMedMath

    Bachelor of Medical Mathematics (Dean’s Scholar)

    BMedMath(Schol)

    Bachelor of Science

    BSc

    Bachelor of Science (Materials)

    BSc(Mat)

       

    Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

     

    Bachelor of Arts

    BA

    Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholar)

    BA(Schol)

    Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies

    BCMS

    Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies (Dean’s Scholar)

    BCMS(Schol)

    Bachelor of Creative Arts

    BCA

    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dean's Scholar)

    BCA(Schol)

Four Year Bachelor Degrees, which may be awarded as Honours or Pass degrees:

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

     

    Bachelor of Engineering

    BE

    Bachelor of Engineering (Dean’s Scholar)

    BE(Schol)

    Bachelor of Mathematics & Finance

    BMathFin

       

    Bachelor of Mathematics & Finance (Dean’s Scholar)

    BMathFin(Schol)

    Bachelor of Medical & Radiation Physics Advanced

    BMedRadPhysAdv

    Bachelor of Science Advanced (Physics)

    BScAdv(Phy)

       

    Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

     

    Bachelor of Laws*

    LLB

    Bachelor of Laws Honours

    LLB(Hons)

    *The degree title when awarded with Honours is either Bachelor of Laws Honours or Bachelor of Laws Honours by Research

     
       

    Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

     

    Bachelor of Conservation Biology

    BConvBio

    Bachelor of Conservation Biology Advanced

    BConvBioAdv

    Bachelor of Environmental Science

    BEnvSc

    Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced

    BEnvScAdv

    Bachelor of Exercise Science & Rehabilitation

    BExScRehab

    Bachelor of Marine Science Advanced

    BMarScAdv

    Bachelor of Medical & Health Science Advanced Honours

    BMedHlthScAdv(Hons)

    Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology

    BMedBiotech

    Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology Advanced

    BMedBiotechAdv

    Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry

    BMedChem

    Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Advanced

    BMedChemAdv

    Bachelor of Nanotechnology

    BNanotech

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

     

    Bachelor of Engineering

    BE

    Bachelor of Engineering (Dean’s Scholar)

    BE(Schol)

    Bachelor of Mathematics & Finance

    BMathFin

Double Bachelor Degrees:

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

     

    Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Mathematics

    BCompSc-BMath

    Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Science

    BCompSc-BSc

    Bachelor of Engineering – Bachelor of Arts

    BE-BA

    Bachelor of Engineering – Bachelor of Commerce

    BE-BCom

    Bachelor of Engineering – Bachelor of Computer Science

    BE-BCompSc

    Bachelor of Engineering – Bachelor of Mathematics

    BE-BMath

    Bachelor of Engineering – Bachelor of Science

    BE-BSc

    Bachelor of Science – Bachelor of Arts

    BSc-BA

    Bachelor of Science – Bachelor of Arts

    BSc-BA

    Bachelor of Science – Bachelor of Mathematics

    BSc-BMath

     

     

    Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

     

    Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Commerce

    BA-BCom

    Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies

    BA-BCMS

    Bachelor of Arts - - Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies (Dean's Scholar)

    BA-BCMS(Schol)

    Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of International Studies

    BA-BIntlSt

    Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of International Studies (Dean's Scholar)

    BA-BIntlSt(Schol)

    Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws

    BA-LLB

    Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Economics & Finance

    BA-BEcon&Fin

    Bachelor of Business Information Systems – Bachelor of Laws

    BBusInfoSys-LLB

    Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws

    BCom-LLB

    Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies – Bachelor of Commerce

    BComm-BCMS

    Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies – Bachelor of International Studies

    BCMS-BIntlSt

    Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies – Bachelor of International Studies (Dean’s Scholar)

    BCMS-BIntlSt(Schol)

    Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies – Bachelor of Laws

    BCM,LLB

    Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies – Bachelor of Science

    BCMS-BSc

    Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies – Bachelor of Economics & Finance

    BCMS-BEcon&Fin

    Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws

    BCompSc-LLB

    Bachelor of Creative Arts – Bachelor of Arts

    BCA-BA

    Bachelor of Creative Arts – Bachelor of Commerce

    BCA-BCom

    Bachelor of Creative Arts – Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies

    BCA-BCMS

    Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Computer Science

    BCA-BCom

    Bachelor of Creative Arts – Bachelor of International Studies

    BCA-BIntlSt

    Bachelor of Creative Arts – Bachelor of Journalism

    BCA-BJour

    Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws

    BCA-LLB

    Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Science

    BCA-BSc

    Bachelor of Economics & Finance - Bachelor of Laws

    BEcon&Fin-LLB

    Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws

    BE,LLB

    Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws

    BIT-LLB

    Bachelor of International Studies – Bachelor of Commerce

    BIntlSt-BCom

    Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Economics & Finance

    BIntSt-BEcon&Fin

    Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws

    BIntlSt-LLB

    Bachelor of Journalism – Bachelor of Arts

    BJour-BA

    Bachelor of Journalism – Bachelor of Commerce

    BJour-BCom

    Bachelor of Journalism – Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies

    BJour-BCMS

    Bachelor of Journalism – Bachelor of Engineering

    BJour-BEng

    Bachelor of Journalism – Bachelor of International Studies

    BJour-BIntSt

    Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws

    BJour-LLB

    Bachelor of Journalism – Bachelor of Science

    BJour-BSc

    Bachelor of Mathematics – Bachelor of Laws

    BMath-LLB

    Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws

    BSc-LLB

     

     

    Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

     

    Bachelor of Science – Bachelor of Arts

    BSc-BA

    Bachelor of Science – Bachelor of Commerce

    BSc-BCom

     

     

    Faculty of Social Sciences

     

    Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Commerce

    BA-BCom

    Bachelor of Psychology - Bachelor of Commerce

    BPsyc-BCom

    Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Commerce

    BSc-BCom

One Year Honours Bachelor:

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Faculty of Business

     

    Bachelor of Commerce Honours

    BCom(Hons)

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

     

    Bachelor of Business Information Systems Honours

    BBIS(Hons)

    Bachelor of Computer Science Honours

    BCompSc(Hons)

    Bachelor of Information Technology Honours

    BIT(Hons)

    Bachelor of Mathematics Advanced Honours

    BMathAdv(Hon)

    Bachelor of Mathematics Honours

    BMath(Hons)

    Bachelor of Medical Mathematics Honours

    BMedMath(Hons)

    Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics)

    BSc(Hons)(Phy)

       

    Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

     

    Bachelor of Arts Honours

    BA(Hons)

    Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies Honours

    BCMS(Hons)

    Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours

    BCA(Hons)

    Bachelor of International Studies Honours

    BIntlSt(Hons)

    Bachelor of Laws Honours by Research

    LLB(JntHonsRes)

Graduate Entry Bachelor Degrees:

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

    Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)

    Graduate School of Medicine

    Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery

    LLB

    MBBS

Graduate Certificates

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Faculty of Business

     

    Graduate Certificate in Business

    GCertBus

    Graduate Certificate in Business Coaching

    GCertBusCoach

    Graduate Certificate in Business Wellbeing

    GCertBusWellBeing

    Graduate Certificate in Commerce

    GCertCom

    Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting

    GCertForAccy

    Graduate Certificate in Health Services Research & Development

    GCertHlthServR&D

    Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    GCertInno&Entrep

    Graduate Certificate in Management

    GCertMgmt

    Graduate Certificate in Public Relations

    GCertPubRel

    Graduate Certificate in Survey & Market Research Methods

    GCertSurvMResMethods

       

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

     

    Graduate Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering

    GCertElecPowEng

    Graduate Certificate in Engineering

    GCertEng

    Graduate Certificate in Engineering Asset Management

    GCertEngAssetMgmt

    Graduate Certificate in Rolling Stock Engineering

    GCertRSE

       

    Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

     

    Graduate Certificate in Law (Criminal Practice)

    GCertLaw(Crim Pros)

    Graduate Certificate in Maritime Studies

    GCertMaritimeStud

       

    Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

     
       

    Graduate Certificate in Advanced Dietetics Practice

    GCertAdvDietPrac

    Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care

    GCertDementiaCare

    Graduate Certificate in Gerontology & Rehabilitation Studies

    GCertG&RS

    Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership & Management

    GCertHLM

    Graduate Certificate in Health Practice Development & Facilitation

    GCertHlthPracDevFac

    Graduate Certificate in Health Research

    GCertHlthRes

    Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health

    GCertIndHealth

    Graduate Certificate in Medical Education

    GCertMedEd

    Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

    GCertMntlHlthNurs

    Graduate Certificate in Nursing

    GCertNurs

    Graduate Certificate in Practice Nursing

    GCertPracNurs

    Graduate Certificate in Spatial Science

    GradCertSpatialSc

    Faculty of Social Sciences

     

    Graduate Certificate in Adult Education

    GCertAdEd

    Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education

    GCertEarlyYearsEd

    Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership

    GCertEdLead

    Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education

    GCertGiftedEd

    Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion

    GCertHlthProm

    Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

    GCertHighEd

    Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education

    GCertInterDisStEd

    Graduate Certificate in Literacy Leadership

    GCertLitLeader

    Graduate Certificate in Outdoor Education

    GCertOutdoorEd

    Graduate Certificate in Physical & Health Education

    GCertPE&Health

    Graduate Certificate in Public Health

    GCertPubHlth

Graduate Diplomas

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Faculty of Business

     

    Graduate Diploma in Business Coaching

    GDipBusCoach

       

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

     

    Graduate Diploma in Computer Science

    GDipCompSc

    Graduate Diploma in Electrical Engineering

    GDipElecEng

    Graduate Diploma in Engineering

    GDipEng

    Graduate Diploma in Medical Radiation Physics

    GDipMRP

    Graduate Diploma in Science

    GDipSc

       

    Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

     

    Graduate Diploma in Arts

    GDipArts

    Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

    GDipLegPrac

       

    Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

     

    Graduate Diploma in Science

    GDipSc(Sci)

    Faculty of Social Sciences

    Graduate Diploma in Adult Education

    Graduate Diploma in Education Conversion Primary

    Graduate Diploma in Education Conversion Secondary

    Graduate Diploma in Education Primary

    Graduate Diploma in Education Secondary

    Graduate Diploma in Higher Education

    Graduate Diploma in Professional Psychology

    Graduate Diploma in TESOL

    Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education & Training

    GDipAdultEd

    GDipEdConvPrim

    GDipEdConvSec

    GDipEd

    GDipEd

    GDipHEd

    GradDip Prof Psyc

    GDipTESOL

    GDipVET

Masters by Coursework Degrees

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Faculty of Business

     

    Master of Accountancy

    MAccy

    Master of Applied Finance

    MAppFin

    Master of Business Administration

    MBA

    Master of Business Administration Advanced

    MBAAdv

    Master of Business Administration (Executive)

    EMBA

    Master of Business Coaching

    MBusCoach

    Master of Commerce

    MCom

    Master of Commerce - Master of Applied Finance

    MCom-MAppFin

    Master of Commerce - Master of Professional Accounting

    MCom-MProfAccy

    Master of Commerce - Master of Strategic Human Resource Management

    MCom-MStratHRM

    Master of Commerce - Master of Strategic Management & Marketing

    MCom-MStratMgmt&Mark

    Master of Commerce - Master of Strategic Marketing

    MCom-MStratMark

    Master of Forensic Accounting

    MForAccy

    Master of International Business

    MIB

    Master of Management

    MMgmt

    Master of Professional Accounting

    MProfAccy

    Master of Science

    MSc

    Master of Strategic Human Resource Management

    MStratHRM

    Master of Strategic Management & Marketing

    MStratMgmtMark

    Master of Strategic Marketing

    MStratMark

       

    Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

     

    Master of Computer Science

    MCompSc

    Master of Computer Science Advanced

    MCompScAdv

    Master of Computer Studies

    MComStud

    Master of Electrical Power Engineering

    MElecPowEng

    Master of Engineering

    MEng

    Master of Engineering Asset Management

    MEngAssetMgmt

    Master of Engineering (Electrical Traction Networks)

    MEng(ElecTracNet)

    Master of Engineering Management

    MEngMgmt

    Master of Engineering Practice

    MEngPrac

    Master of Engineering Studies

    MEngStud

    Master of Financial Mathematics

    MFinMath

    Master of Health Informatics

    MHlthInfo

    Master of Information & Communication Technology

    MICT

    Master of Information & Communication Technology Advanced

    MICTAdv

    Master of Information Technology Management

    MITM

    Master of Information Technology Studies

    MITS

    Master of Information Technology Studies Advanced

    MITSAdv

    Master of Mathematical Studies

    MMathStud

    Master of Mathematics

    MMath

    Master of Medical Radiation Physics

    MMedRadPhys

    Master of Professional Engineering

    MProfEng

    Master of Rolling Stock Engineering

    MRSE

    Master of Science (Medical Radiation Physics)

    MSc(MedRadPhys)

    Master of Statistics

    MStat

    Master of Technology Engineering

    MTechEng

       

    Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

     

    Master of Fisheries Policy

    MFishPol

    Master of International Studies

    MIntlSt

    Master of International Studies Advanced

    MIntlStAdv

    Master of Laws (Criminal Practice)

    MLaws(CrimPros)

    Master of Maritime Policy

    MMaritimePol

    Master of Maritime Studies

    MMaritimeStud

       

    Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

     

    Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology

    MClinExPhys

    Master of Environmental Science

    MEnvSc

    Master of Environmental Science Advanced

    MEnvScAdv

    Master of Health Leadership & Management

    MHlthLeadMgmt

    Master of Indigenous Health

    MIndHealth

    Master of Nursing

    MNurs

    Master of Nursing (Mental Health)

    MNurs(MntlHlth)

    Master of Nutrition & Dietetics

    MNutr&Diet

    Master of Science

    MSc

    Master of Science (Dementia Care)

    MSc(DemC)

    Master of Science (Gerontology & Rehabilitation Studies)

    MSc(GernRehabStud)

    Master of Science (Nutrition/Dietetics & Exercise Rehabilitation)

    MSc(Nutr,Diet,&ExeRe)

    Master of Science & Management

    MScMgmt

       

    Faculty of Social Sciences

     

    Master of Education

    MEd

    Master of Physical & Health Education

    MPHEd

    Master of Psychology (Clinical)

    MPsyc(Clin)

    Master of Public Health

    MPH

    Master of Public Health Advanced

    MPHAdv

    Master of Science

    MSc

    Master of Science (Occupational Health & Safety)

    Master of Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice)

    Master of Science & Management

    Master of Special Education

    MSc(OHS)

    MSc(OHP)

    MSc&Mgmt

    MSpecEd

Higher Degree Research

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Doctor of Philosophy

    PhD

     

    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)

    PhD(Int)

    *The Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) degrees are available in all faculties.

     

    Faculty of Business

     

    Doctor of Business Administration

    DBA

    Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

     

    Doctor of Creative Arts

    DCA

    Faculty of Social Sciences

     

    Doctor of Education

    EdD

    Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

    DPsyc(Clin)

    Doctor of Public Health

    DPubHlth

    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

    PhD(ClinPsy)

Doctoral Degree by Published Works

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Doctor of Philosophy

    PhD

Higher Doctoral Degree

    Degree

    Abbreviation

    Doctor of Laws

    LLD

    Doctor of Letters

    DLitt

    Doctor of Science

    DSc

Appendix 2: List of Courses for each Honours Method

The following methods (as specified in General Course Rule 8.27 ) for determining Honours grades apply to each Honours degree, as approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

Method 1 has been approved for Honours degrees for:

          • Bachelor of Arts Honours

          • Bachelor of Business Information Systems Honours

          • Bachelor of Commerce Honours

          • Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies Honours

          • Bachelor of Computer Science Honours

          • Bachelor of Creative Arts Honours

          • Bachelor of Education – The Early Years

          • Bachelor of Education - The Early Years Honours

          • Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Dean’s Scholar)

          • Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Dean’s Scholar) Honours

          • Bachelor of Information Technology Honours

          • Bachelor of International Studies Honours

          • Bachelor of Laws Honours

          • Bachelor of Laws Joint Honours

          • Bachelor of Marine Science Advanced

          • Bachelor of Marine Science Honours

          • Bachelor of Mathematics Honours

          • Bachelor of Mathematics Advanced Honours

          • Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences Honours

          • Bachelor of Medical and Health Science Advanced Honours

          • Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology

          • Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology Advanced

          • Bachelor of Medical Mathematics Honours

          • Bachelor of Nursing Honours

          • Bachelor of Primary Education

          • Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean’s Scholar)

          • Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours)

          • Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean’s Scholar) Honours

          • Bachelor of Psychology

          • Bachelor of Public Health Honours

          • Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition Honours

          • Bachelor of Science Honours

          • Bachelor of Science Honours (Physics)

          • Bachelor of Science Advanced

          • International Bachelor of Science

Method 2 has been approved for Honours degrees for:

          • Bachelor or Engineering

          • Bachelor of Marine Science Advanced

          • Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance

          • Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours)

          • Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Dean’s Scholar) Honours

Method 3 has been approved for Honours degrees for:

          • Bachelor of Biotechnology

          • Bachelor of Biotechnology Advanced

          • Bachelor of Environmental Science

          • Bachelor of Environmental Science Advanced

          • Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry

          • Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Advanced

          • Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics Advanced

          • Bachelor of Nanotechnology

          • Bachelor of Nanotechnology Advanced

          • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics

          • Bachelor of Physical and Health Education

          • Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Dean’s Scholar)

Method 4 has been approved for Honours degrees for:

Appendix 3: Schedule of Minor Studies

      The following minor studies are available to all Bachelor degree students at UOW. Minor studies consist of at least 24cp and are available in a range of areas. To have a minor study recorded, you must apply using the “Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor” form available from Student Central.

      Students should check that there is room within their degree structure to accommodate a minor study and still meet their degree requirements. If in doubt, students should seek academic advice before undertaking a minor study.

      Students should also note that some subjects listed for minor studies may require other subjects as pre/co-requisites and that due to demand or space limitations, some subjects may have quotas. Students are advised to check for specific subject information in the online subject database before selecting subjects.

      UOW Minor

      International Studies

      Minor studies available:

      Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

      Aboriginal Studies

      Asia-Pacific Studies

      Australian Studies

      Creative Arts

      Creative Production

      Design

      Dramaturgy

      English Literatures

      European Studies

      French

      Gender Studies

      History

      Information Studies

      Italian

      Japanese

      Media Arts

      Media and Cultural Studies

      Music

      Philosophy

      Photography

      Politics

      Postcolonial Studies

      Science and Technology Studies

      Sociology

      Spanish

      Technical Theatre

      Visual Arts

      War and Society

      Faculty of Business

      Accountancy

      Business Information Systems

      Business Innovation

      Business Law

      Economics

      Electronic Commerce

      Finance

      International Business

      Human Resource Management

      Management

      Marketing

      Public Relations

      Supply Chain Management

      Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

      Indigenous Health Studies

      Introduction to Public Health

      Psychology

      Course Specific Minor Studies

      Where a minor study is only to be used in a particular course(s), this minor is not listed in the Schedule and will only be listed under the course requirements in the Course Handbook (e.g. the minors under the International Bachelor of Science).

      Administration

      Students will be required to declare their minor studies, as per the current process for courses that have minor studies. The existing form “Application to Declare or Change Intended Major / Minor” already covers this option.”

1 Candidates enrolled in a Master of Clinical Psychology degree would complete at least one year of equivalent full-time required coursework for the degree, with a Distinction average, prior to application to transfer to the PHD (Clinical Psychology) or Doctor of Psychology degrees.

Last reviewed: 11 July, 2014

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