Glossary of Terminology

The terminology, acronyms and definitions used for purposes of course design are specific to UOW and are provided that there is consistency in application of the design principles. The terminologies are also defined in this glossary and in the context of their use of the design, approval and review procedures.

Glossary of Terminology

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Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

100 level subject

A subject at first year undergraduate level.

200 level subject

A subject at second year undergraduate level.

300 level subject

A subject at third year undergraduate level.

400 level subject

A subject at fourth year undergraduate level.

600 level subject

A subject at graduate entry undergraduate level.

800 and 900 level subjects

Subjects at postgraduate level.

 

A
Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

Assurance of learning

The quality assurance processes by which the University ensures that graduates of a course achieve stated educational outcomes.

Award course

A course recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework and approved by the Delegated Authority as an award or degree offered at the University of Wollongong. An award course leads to a higher education award as detailed in the General Course Rules.

AQF

The Australian Qualifications Framework.

AQF Levels

An indication of the relative complexity and/or depth of achievement and the autonomy required to demonstrate that achievement. AQF levels criteria describe the relative complexity and/or depth of achievement and the autonomy required to demonstrate that achievement for each AQF level.

 

C
Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

CAA

Commission for Academic Accreditation is the government-run institutional licensure and degree accreditation organization for private universities and their academic programmes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Capstone Experience

An experience through which students are given an opportunity to integrate existing knowledge, consolidate skills, apply existing knowledge and skills, reflect on and evaluate their actions and develop their graduate or professional identity in an authentic setting. It may involve coursework, work-experience, a research or creative project, work placement, internship or professional practice. A capstone experience may be a subject, part of a subject or designed across several subjects in a course. The associated assessments often assure the attainment of one or more Course Learning Outcomes.

Capstone Subject

A subject that is designed to offer a capstone experience.

Contextualisation

The adaptation of one or more elements of a subject to increase its relevance to the location and cultural context where the course is being delivered

Core Subject

A core subject is a compulsory subject that must be completed in order to meet the requirements of a course, major study or minor study.

Co-requisite Subject

A subject which must be completed successfully before or taken concurrently with the subject for which it is prescribed.

Customisation

The alignment of subject design and materials with its students’ profile to promote effective learning for that cohort of students.

Course

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

Credit

The value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/ or qualifications.

Credit points

Credit points are defined as the number value attached to a subject that indicates the study load.

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.

Curriculum design

The designing and sequencing of learning activities, learning support, resources and assessment tasks that enable a student to attain the specified Course Learning Outcomes.

 

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Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

Delegated Authority

A person or body granted decision-making authority as detailed in the Delegations of Authority Policy.

Delivery Mode

A description of the way teaching and learning activities are carried out to support and enable learning.

Double Badged Subject

A duplicate version of a subject originally designed for delivery as part of an AQF qualification type (typically a Bachelor Pass degree) that is created for delivery as part of a different, usually higher, AQF qualification type (typically a postgraduate qualification type).

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.

 

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Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

EFTSL

Equivalent Full Time Study Load.

Elective Subject

An elective subject is a subject the selection of which is optional for students meeting course, major study or minor study requirements.

Equivalent

Two courses or two areas of major study or specialisations are equivalent when the structure of the course, major study or specialisation includes the same core subjects, has course, major or minor learning outcomes that share the same intent, and are assessed as being at the same level of the Australian Qualifications Framework.     

F/G/H

Word/Term

Definition (with examples if required)

Flexible Delivery

A combination of online and face-to-face component where the face-to-face component is compulsory.

General Elective Schedule

The General Elective Schedule is a list of undergraduate subjects that are open for enrolment by any undergraduate student, often to make up the total number of credit points required for their degree.

Generic Learning Outcomes

Transferable, non-discipline specific skills a graduate may achieve through learning that have application in study, work and life contexts. The four broad categories in the AQF are:

  • fundamental skills;
  • people skills;
  • thinking skills and
  • personal skills. 

Higher Education Provider

A body that is established or recognised by a Commonwealth, state or territory government in Australia to issue qualifications at Level 7 of the AQF or above. A higher education provider may also be:

  • a Universities Australia recognised overseas institution; or
  • an institution assessed under the Australian Education International National Office of Overseas Skill Recognition skills assessment process as offering university standard qualifications.

Hybrid learning

Optimally combines web-based and face-to-face teacher-student, student-student, student-resources and student-world interactions to achieve the learning outcomes of the subject or course. It uses a range of different tools to develop a deep understanding of content and focuses on learning as a social, collaborative experience. It is different to web-enhanced learning, which primarily uses traditional face-to-face pedagogies while supplementing them with some resources or activities on a Moodle site. Hybrid learning and blended learning are often used interchangeably in the teaching and learning literature. UOW has chosen the term 'hybrid' learning to acknowledge the unique contributions different tools and processes make to learning, while recognising that effective combinations of different learning tools produce more than the sum of their parts.

     

J/K/L

Word/Term

Definition (with examples if required)

Joint or Dual Awards

A Joint Award involves the awarding of a single qualification which is jointly conferred by UOW and one or more higher education providers. Joint Awards typically involve close cooperation in curriculum development, design, organisation, course delivery, and assessment of learning outcomes as well as requirements necessary for awarding the qualification. (TEQSA 2013)

A Dual Award involves UOW and another entity offering a course of study which results in two separate qualifications being conferred by the two institutions. A dual award may involve one AQF level, or two sequential AQF levels - for example, two Masters degrees or a Bachelor and Diploma award. Dual awards may provide students with the opportunity to complete two awards in a shorter timeframe than if completed separately. (TEQSA 2013)

Learning outcomes

The expression of the set of knowledge skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning.

     

M/N/P

Word/Term

Definition (with examples if required)

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. Approved minor studies include those listed in Appendix 3 – Schedule of Minor Studies.

Nested qualification

A qualification that includes articulation arrangements from a lower level qualification and/or into a higher level qualification to enable multiple entry and/or exit points.

Non-award course

Any course offered by the University that does not lead to an AQF award at the University.

On campus delivery mode

Involves formal, recurring and compulsory face to face delivery (such as weekly lectures and/or tutorials and or/labs), and may be combined with the use of online mediums.

Pre-requisite subject

A subject which must be completed satisfactorily before the subject for which it is prescribed may be taken.

Principles of Equivalence

Two courses or two areas of major study or specialisations are equivalent when the course, major study or specialisation is designed and delivered in conformity with the Principles of Equivalence as set out in Appendix 17.

Program

A combination of two or more courses, for example a Double Degree Program.

     

Q/S

Word/Term

Definition (with examples if required)

Qualification Type Descriptors

The set of statements that describes the learning outcomes of each of the AQF qualification types in terms of knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills.

Session

A period in which subjects may be offered. For purposes of course design, sessions include the standard sessions, being Autumn Session and Spring Session, as well as Summer Session and Trimesters 1, 2 and 3.

Schedule

All subjects approved for inclusion in a course leading to an award, representing the approved course structure.

Specialist Degree

An award course that is designed to provide learning focussed on a specific field of study or discipline.

Standard load

One year of full-time study, equivalent to 48 credit points is a standard load.

Student

A person registered for a course.

Subject

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

000 level subject

A subject at Foundation level.

100 level subject

A subject at first year undergraduate level.

200 level subject

A subject at second year undergraduate level.

300 level subject

A subject at third year undergraduate level.

400 level subject

A subject at fourth year undergraduate level.

600 level subject

A subject at graduate entry undergraduate level.

800 and 900 level subjects

Subjects at postgraduate level.

             

U/V/W/Y

Word/Term

Definition (with examples if required)

UOW

University of Wollongong.

UOWD

University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Volume of Learning

The notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the learning outcomes specified for an AQF qualification type, expressed in equivalent full time years.

Year

A calendar year period of 12 months.

Acronyms

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Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

AQF

The Australian Qualifications Framework.

AQS

Academic Quality and Standars Unit

AD(E)

Associate Dean (Education)

ATAR

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

 

C
Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

CRICOS

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students

CP

Credit Point(s)

Course Type (HEIMS)

Course type sorted as per Higher Education Information Management System

CHESSN

Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Numbers

CSP

Commonwealth Support Places

CLO

Course Learning Outcome(s)

CAMG

Course Approval Management Group (now see the SCDC)

CSO

Comparative Student Outcomes

 

D
Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

DVC(A)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

DVC(GS)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy)

DVC(R)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

VC

Vice-Chancellor

DET

Department of Education and Training

DE

Department of Employment

DSS

Department of Social Security

DoS

Dean of Students (now the Student Ombudsman)

   

E/F
Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

ECAC

External Curriculum Appraisal Committee

ESOS

Education Services for Overseas Students

ELP

English Language Proficiency

EFTSL

Equivalent Full Time Study Load

FEC

Faculty Education Committee

FExC

Faculty Executive Committee

FOSC

Field of Study Code

   

G/H
Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

HEIMS

Higher Education Information Management System. HEIMS provides functionality to administer the allocation of Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Numbers for commencing, continuing and returning students. Additionally, the system may be used to find and then view a student's entitlement balance, and also to notify the Department of potential duplicate allocations.

HSC

High School Certificate

       

J/K/L
Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

KSA

Knowledge, Skills and Application of Knowledge and Skills

LTC

Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

       

M/N/P
Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

PG

Postgraduate

       

Q/S/T
Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

QARG

Quality Assurance Review Group

SISP

Student Income Support Payments

SCDC

Strategic Course Development Committee

TAFE

Technical and Further Education (Institute or provider of VET)

SLO

Subject Learning Outcome(s)

TNEA

Transnational Education and Alliances

TEQSA

Tertiary Education Quality Standards

           

U/V/W/Y
Word/Term Definition (with examples if required)

UAC

Universities Admissions Centre

UG

Undergraduate

UOW

University of Wollongong.

UOWD

University of Wollongong in Dubai.

UOWC

University of Wollongong College

VOL

Volume of Learning

VET

Vocational Education and Training

 

Last reviewed: 22 January, 2016