Faculty of Science and Information Technology - 2012 Faculty Credit Guideline

Document Number000981
Date Approved21 May 2012
   

1.      Context/Overview

This Guideline supports the Faculty’s commitment to complying with the Credit provisions listed in the Rules Governing Awards and Programs 000958 and the Program Management Policy and Procedure Manual - Coursework 000967. This Guideline will be reviewed annually to ensure it is consistent with the Program Management Policy and Procedure Manual - Coursework.

In the event of an inconsistency between lower level policy documents and a Rule(s) or Schedule to the Rule(s), the Rule(s) made by Council prevails to the extent of the inconsistency.

In the event of an inconsistency between an Academic Senate policy document and a Faculty policy, procedure or guideline, the policy document of Academic Senate prevails to the extent of the inconsistency.

2.      Definitions

In the context of this document:

Final year courses, in the context of undergraduate programs, means the final 80 units of highest level courses in a program according to the requirements for completion set out in the program information;

Credit means the formal acceptance of a student's prior learning or previous studies as being, in whole or in part, either identical to or the equivalent of studies contributing to a University of Newcastle award;

Specified credit means credit granted for the successful completion of a specific course or courses where there is substantial overlap of content, as determined by the Faculty, and where the level is deemed to be equivalent to a University of Newcastle course or courses.

Unspecified credit means credit granted for the successful completion of courses deemed to be at an appropriate level and in an appropriate field of study.

3.      Guidelines

3.1.     General Provisions

3.1.1.     In accordance with Clause 6.2.7 of the Program Management Policy and Procedure Manual - Coursework 000967, credit will not be granted for courses awarded:

  1. a terminating pass; or
  2. a conceded pass; or
  3. an equivalent pass; or
  4. a fail grade.

3.1.2.     Credit will only be granted for studies undertaken at the Diploma level or above.

3.1.3.     The maximum credit is listed in the relevant Schedules to the Rules Governing Awards and Programs 000958, including the:

  • Undergraduate Awards and Programs Schedule;
  • Postgraduate Coursework Awards and Programs Schedule; and
  • Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Psychological Science Schedule

3.1.4.     In accordance with Clause 12.4.3 of the Rules Governing Awards and Programs 000958 the Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Faculty is authorised, in accordance with the policies and procedures approved by Academic Senate, to grant credit, exceeding the maximum credit listed in the relevant Award and Program Schedule, at his or her discretion for studies undertaken at the University of Newcastle not already counted towards a completed Award.

3.1.5.     In accordance with the Maximum Time for Completion of Programs Schedule 000962, the period refers to elapsed calendar years from admission, inclusive of periods of leave of absence, exclusion or academic suspension.

3.1.6.     A student will not be permitted to gain credit for any course that is substantially equivalent to one that the student has previously counted towards the same award.

3.1.7.     The completion of core courses, allow a student to demonstrate that they have acquired the learning outcomes required by the program. Credit for core courses will be assessed and will only be granted where it is deemed that the student has met the learning outcomes and at least 80% of the content was the same.

3.1.8.     All students who are awarded credit must complete more than 50% of their final year courses at the University.

3.2.     Currency of Courses

3.2.1.     In accordance with Clause 12.4.2 of the Rules Governing Awards and Programs 000958, Pro Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) of the Faculty is authorised, in accordance with the policies and procedures approved by Academic Senate, to determine the currency of courses for which a student is seeking credit.

3.2.2.     Within the Faculty of Science and Information Technology, credit may only be granted for studies completed in the designated number of years depending on the length of the program. Some exceptions apply at a program level see Clause 3.5. For studies completed outside of the below listed years, some credit may be granted on the recommendation of the Head of School. In making credit determinations, the currency of course content will be considered and evidence of relevant work experience may also be taken into account.

  1. 80 unit undergraduate programs – 4 years
  2. 240 unit undergraduate programs – 8 years
  3. 320 units undergraduate programs –10 years
  4. 400 unit undergraduate programs – 12 years
  5. 80 unit end-on honours programs – no credit
  6. 40 unit postgraduate programs – 3 years
  7. 80 unit postgraduate programs – 4 years
  8. 120 unit postgraduate programs – 5 years
  9. 160 unit postgraduate programs – 6 years
  10. 240 unit postgraduate programs – 8 years

3.3.     Maximum Credit

The maximum amount of credit available for programs is listed in the relevant Schedule to the Rules Governing Awards and Programs 000958, including the:

  • Undergraduate Awards and Programs Schedule;
  • Postgraduate Coursework Awards and Programs Schedule; and

3.4.     Use of Precedents

In accordance with Clause 6.2.8 of the Program Management Policy and Procedure Manual - Coursework 000967, where specified credit has been approved, such approval may be used as a precedent for the awarding of that credit in matching circumstances for three years, subject to any guidelines approved by the relevant Pro Vice-Chancellor.

3.5.     Programs with Credit Limitation or Conditions

Program

Currency / Time Limits

NIL

NIL

 

3.6.     Exclusions

No credit is available within the following programs:

NIL

3.7.     Cross Institutional Credit

Students must apply and receive formal written permission from the University prior to enrolling at another institution.

Credit may be awarded for cross-institutional enrolment subject to the requirements set out in Clause 6.3 of the Program Management Policy and Procedure Manual - Coursework 000967. 

A total maximum of 40 units will be approved as cross-institutional study.

3.8.     Authority to Approve the Awarding of Individual Credit

In accordance with the Academic Governance and Support Delegation Schedule A7.4 the Pro-Vice Chancellor (or nominee) is authorised to grant credit.

The decision to grant credit to an individual applicant will be approved as follows:

3.8.1.  Specified Credit

  1. The awarding of specified credit will be approved by the Program Convenor in consultation with the relevant Course Coordinator.
  2. Where specified credit has been approved, such approval may be used as a precedent for the awarding of that credit in matching circumstances for a period of three years.
  3. Credit precedents will be stored in the Credit Application Tracking System for the term of their currency and may be applied by the relevant Program Officer.

3.8.2.  Unspecified Credit

  1. The awarding of unspecified credit will be approved by the Program Convenor.

3.8.3.  Articulation and Block Credit Agreements

  1. The awarding of specified and unspecified credit as part of articulation and block credit arrangements will be approved by the Pro-Vice Chancellor on the recommendation of the Program Convenor.

4.      Essential Supporting Documents

Rules Governing Awards and Programs 000958

Undergraduate Awards and Programs Schedule 000960

Postgraduate Coursework Awards and Programs Schedule 000961

Program Management Policy - Coursework 000964

Program Management Policy and Procedure Manual - Coursework 000967

Credit and Articulation Procedure 000862

Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Psychological Science Schedule 000979

5.      Related Documents

Maximum Time for Completion of Programs Schedule 000962

 

Approval AuthorityFaculty Board, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Date Approved21 May 2012
Date for Review21 May 2013
Policy SponsorPresident of Academic Senate
Policy OwnerPro Vice-Chancellor (Science & IT)
Policy ContactAssistant Academic Registrar, Faculty of Science and Information Technology