Faculty of Health - 2013 Faculty Credit Guideline

Document Number000989
Date Approved11 July 2012
Date Last Amended20 March 2013
     

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.

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 [000967], credit will not be granted for courses awarded:

   i.        a terminating pass; or

  ii.        a conceded pass; or

 iii.        an equivalent pass; or

 iv.        a fail grade.

3.1.2.       Credit will only be granted on the basis of a completed Diploma or higher level studies.

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

  • Undergraduate Award and Program Schedule;
  • Postgraduate Coursework Award and Program Schedule; and
  • Bachelor of Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety Schedule - 000015

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 Health credit will be assessed and may only be granted for studies as listed below, exclusions may apply (see section 3.5):

   i.       Core courses will be limited to 5 years

  ii.       Compulsory or directed courses will be limited to 5 years (from the completion date of the course)

 iii.       Electives will be limited by the standard 2N + 2 model;

 iv.      For students who commenced enrolment in a program prior to 1 January 2011 – credit limit is 10 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 Award and Program Schedule;
  • Postgraduate Coursework Award and Program Schedule; and
  • Bachelor of Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety Schedule - 000015

3.4.     Use of Precedents

In accordance with Clause 6.2.8 of the Program Management Policy and Procedure Manual [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.

3.4.1.  Postgraduate

3.4.1.1.          Master of Mental Health Nursing

Faculty Board 28 April 2010 endorsed credit arrangements in the Master of Mental Health Nursing as follows:

Completion of Transition to Speciality Practice Mental Health Nursing (offered by Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health).  Credit is approved for:

10 units of unspecified credit applied to courses from Directed Course List B.

3.4.1.2.          Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice)

Faculty Board 18 August 2010 endorsed credit arrangements in the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) as follows:

Completion of the Medical Nursing in Acute Care Setting course (offered by Division of Medicine at John Hunter Hospital, Hunter New England Health Service).  Credit is approved for:

NURS6772 – Speciality Practice A and NURS6773 – Speciality Practice B

3.4.1.3.          Master of Midwifery Studies

Faculty Board 9 March, 2011 endorsed arrangements in the Master of Midwifery Studies for midwives without bachelor’s degrees (old hospital based trained):

RPL for credit for directed courses;

Registered midwives who have been promoted to Clinical Midwife Specialist (or above) and/or who have been granted Medicare Provider status can be granted up to 40 units of unspecified credit;

Midwives who are currently certified International Lactation Consultants can be granted 20 units of unspecified credit;

Midwives who have qualifications in and current practice in the field of childbirth education, child health nursing or women’s health nursing can be granted up to 40 units of credit.

Midwives who have the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery can be granted 60 units of credit towards directed courses.

3.4.1.4.          Postgraduate Occupational Health and Safety

That credit currency for the Graduate Certificate of Workplace Health and Safety (12275),  and the Master of Workplace Health and Safety (12273) is 8 years for appropriate courses, on the proviso that evidence for currency of content can be demonstrated for courses between 4 & 8 years old.

3.4.2.  Undergraduate

3.4.2.1.          Bachelor of Nursing

International Student Applications

For the purpose of awarding credit for international student applicants, the following applies:

Nurses ‘educated overseas’ refers to persons educated in another country and who aspire to register as nurses in Australia without completing all courses in the BN program.  Generally they will have:

  • Completed a nursing program of at least a post-secondary level and at least two years full-time or full-time equivalent duration;
  • Have been registered/licensed to practise as ‘first level’ or ‘professional’ nurse (however titled) by the relevant registration/licensing authority in the countries where the program was undertaken;
  • Completed their nursing program less than 8 years prior to enrolment in an Australian university;
  • Practised as a nurse (not necessarily first level) for at least 3 years in the eight year period prior to enrolment in an Australian university.

Students who meet the above criteria will be awarded 80 units of credit as follows:

  • NURS1101 – Foundations of Professional Practice 1A (20 units)
  • HUBS1406 – Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery (10 units)
  • NURS1201 - Foundations of Professional Practice 1B (20 units)
  • NURS1202 - Clinical Practice 1B (10 units)
  • HUBS1416 - Advanced Human Bioscience (10 units)
  • Elective x 1 (10 units)

Decisions regarding the awarding of credit and study patterns for overseas students will be conservative and take into account AHPRA’s (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) guidelines.

Framework for the assessment of internationally qualified nurses and midwives for registration is determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Consideration of prior learning is the responsibility of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and decisions about whether to award credit and how much are made by the Program Convenor in consultation with the Head or Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning).

Credit for other students who are not nurses but have been educated overseas will be assessed on an individual basis where 80% match of the content and learning objectives in a particular course is identified.

Enrolled Nurse Applicants

Enrolled Nurses or Endorsed Enrolled Nurses applying as prospective students must have completed an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level enrolled program (from a Registered Training Organisation) under the currently approved Health Training Package.

The prospective student must have completed their course less than eight years prior to enrolment in the B Nursing program and be eligible to register with AHPRA as an enrolled nurse in Australia meeting all requirements, including competence in English language. 

Students who meet these criteria and hold a relevant AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be awarded 80 units credit for the following courses:

  • NURS1101 – Foundations of Professional Practice 1A (20 units)
  • NURS1102 – Primary Health Care (10 units)
  • NURS1201 – Foundations of Professional Practice 1B (20 units)
  • NURS1202 – Clinical Practice 1B (10 units)
  • HUBS1406 – Human Bioscience for Nursing & Midwifery  (10 units)
  • Elective x 1 (10 units)

Students who meet these criteria and hold a relevant AQF Certificate IV will be awarded 30 units credit for the following courses:

  • HUBS1406 – Human Bioscience for Nursing & Midwifery (10 units)
  • Directed course x 1 (10 units)
  • Elective course x 1 (10 units)

3.4.3.  Approved Memorandum of Agreements

3.4.3.1.    IMU (International Medical University) – Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics

  • 160 units of specified core credit
  • Students complete the remainder of this program in 2 years.

3.4.3.2.    IMU (International Medical University) – Bachelor of Biomedical Science

  • 120 units of specified core, directed and elective credit
  • Students commence in Semester 1, (Year 2 of this program).

3.4.3.3.    Bachelor of Medicine – refer Table 3.5 Programs with Credit Limitation or Conditions

3.4.4.  Approved TAFE Articulation

Refer to the Approved Credit Transfer Agreements document for TAFE for Community Service & Health on the university website for further details:

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/approved-arrangements.html

3.4.4.1.   Approved articulation arrangements for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program for the completion of one of these TAFE qualifications:

  • 19417 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology in Chemical & Forensic Testing
  • 19419 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology Pathology Testing
  • 19420 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations
  • 17381 – Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Specialising in Chemical & Forensic Testing)
  • 17383 – Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Specialising in Pathology Testing)
  • 17384 – Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations

3.4.4.2.   Approved articulation arrangements for the Bachelor of Nursing program for the completion of one of these TAFE qualifications:

  • 19428 – Certificate IV Enrolled Nursing
  • 19429 – Diploma of Nursing
  • 17586 - Advanced Diploma of Nursing

3.4.4.3.   Approved articulation arrangements for the Bachelor of Oral Health program for the completion of one of these TAFE qualifications:

  • 18284 – Diploma of Dental Technology
  • Completion of any AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma

3.4.5.  Workers Education Association (WEA)

Refer to the Approved Credit Transfer Agreements document for Workers Educational Association (WEA) for Community Services & Health on the university website for further details:

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/approved-arrangements.html

In December 2008, the Vice Chancellor signed a Memorandum of Undertaking with the Director of the Workers Educational Association (Hunter).  This enabled a relationship to be formed which would lead to the establishment of articulated pathways with particular WEA Hunter programs for certain University programs.  The Faculty Board 18 August, 2010 endorsed the credit arrangement with WEA and approved the following arrangements:

  • B Biomedical Science

Completion of Anatomy and Physiology 1, Anatomy and Physiology 2 and Biochemistry undertaken in a completed appropriate qualification (e.g. Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice) credit is approved for:

  • HUBS1403 – Biomedical Science 1 (10 units)
  • HUBS1404 – Biomedical Science 2 (10 units)
  • B Nutrition & Dietetics

Completion of Anatomy and Physiology 1, Anatomy and Physiology 2 and Biochemistry undertaken in a completed appropriate qualification (e.g. Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice) credit is approved for:

  • HUBS1403 – Biomedical Science 1 (10 units)
  • HUBS1404 – Biomedical Science 2 (10 units)
  • B Physiotherapy

Completion of Anatomy and Physiology 1, Anatomy and Physiology 2 and Biochemistry undertaken in a completed appropriate qualification (e.g. Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice) credit is approved for:

  • HUBS1403 – Biomedical Science 1 (10 units)
  • HUBS1404 – Biomedical Science 2 (10 units)

3.5.     Programs with Credit Limitation or Conditions

Program

Currency / Time Limits

240 unit Undergraduate program

 

Bachelor of Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety

8 years

NB.

(a)   The 80 units of unspecified credit granted as part of the admission process may be granted on the basis of qualifications older than 8 years.

(b)   Based on precedence, the currency of credit for completion of the Safety Officers Training Course (as part of an approved credit articulation arrangement for the program is extended to 15 years.

400 unit Undergraduate program

 

Bachelor of Medicine

There will be no credit awarded outside of the approved credit articulation arrangements as follows:

(a)   International Medical University Students:

Students to receive 160 units of unspecified credit (80 units at 1000 level and 80 at 2000 level)

(b)   Maxillofacial Entrants:

Entrants are given 160 units of unspecified credit (80 units at 1000 level and 80 at 2000 level)

(c)   Compassionate Transfers - Approved by the Dean–JMP (following consultation with the Dean of Medicine at the school the student is currently attending):

Credit awarded is unspecified and the amount is determined by the Dean –JMP in consultation with the Program Convenor

80 unit Masters program

 

Master of Workplace Injury Management &Occupational Rehabilitation

Credit will not exceed 20 units

 

 

3.6.     Exclusions

No credit is available within the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Medicine (outside approved credit articulation arrangements - refer Table 3.5 Programs with Credit Limitation or Conditions)

3.7.     Cross Institutional Credit

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 [000967]:

  1. An overall maximum of 40 units and no more than 50% of the final year of studies.

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.  Within the Faculty of Health the Pro-Vice Chancellor endorses the Program Convenor is the nominee.

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

3.8.1.  Specified Credit

  i.       The awarding of specified credit will be approved by the Program Convenor, in consultation with the relevant Course Coordinator.

 ii.       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.

iii.        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.

 iv.      Where credit is being sought for a core course that is identified as delivering particular graduate attribute/s, consideration must also be given to whether the course (on the basis of what credit is being sought) adequately addresses that graduate attribute.  The basis for this is that 80% or higher of the course that credit is being sought for, must meet the University of Newcastle graduate attributes for that course.

3.8.2.  Unspecified Credit

 i.       The awarding of unspecified credit will be approved by the Program Convenor in consultation (where appropriate), with the relevant Course Co-ordinator.

ii.        Unspecified credit of 10 units will normally be granted only on the basis of a completed diploma or higher level studies.

3.8.3.  Articulation and Block Credit Agreements

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

3.8.4.  Authority of Program Officers

Program Officers under the authority of the Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Health can:

  i.       Approve the credit for specified courses that have an existing precedence in the Credit Application Tracking System (CATS) of not more than 3 years;

 ii.        Approve credit for elective courses on the basis of study undertaken at the University of Newcastle;

iii.        Approve  units of credit for elective courses on the basis of a completed program of study undertaken externally at Diploma level or above;

iv.       Approve credit for identical courses undertaken at the University of Newcastle; and

 v.       Reject credit applications that plainly fall outside the eligibility criteria.

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

5.      Related Documents

Approved Credit Transfer Arrangements for TAFE and Workers Educational Association (WEA): http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/approved-arrangements.html

 

Approval AuthorityFaculty Board, Faculty of Health
Date Approved11 July 2012
Date Last Amended20 March 2013
Date for Review11 July 2013
Policy SponsorPresident of Academic Senate
Policy OwnerPro Vice-Chancellor (Health)
Policy ContactAssistant Academic Registrar, Faculty of Health
Amendment History

The 2013 Faculty Credit Guideline was approved by theFaculty of Health, Faculty Board meeting on 20 March 2013 (Doc FHTLC12:210a)

The 2012 Faculty Credit Guideline was approved by the Faculty of Health, Faculty Board meeting on 11 July 2012 (Doc FBFH12:024).