UNSW Glossary

This glossary provides a general definition of terms commonly used at UNSW and is intended as a guide only.

Academic Standing

An indication of a student’s current progress toward completion of a program. At the end of each semester an Academic Standing level is assigned. This is calculated according to the proportion of load passed (undergraduate students), or cumulative number of failures (postgraduate students). Academic Standing is calculated at the career level (i.e. undergraduate/postgraduate), not at the program level.

See also Exclusion.

Academic Statement

An unofficial record of a student's academic history. It includes details of the program, enrolled courses, results, summary assessment statistics, academic standing, advanced standing and awards obtained at UNSW.

Academic Transcript

An official record of a student's full enrolment history, results, awards and official prizes obtained at UNSW.

Accreditation

Accreditation is the process for approval by an accrediting authority of a program of learning using quality assurance standards. Accreditation may be for recognition of a program of learning as an AQF qualification or by professional bodies for the purpose of professional registration leading to practice in a particular field.

See also Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), AQF Qualification.

Action Items

See Service Indicators.

Admission

Entry into a program or course granted to an applicant following assessment of their application.

Advanced Disciplinary Courses

The masters-level courses that enable students to develop advanced disciplinary knowledge and meet masters-level learning outcomes.

Advanced Standing

A status that reflects that a student's progression through their program has been advanced as a result of the granting of credit for prior learning.The granting of credit results in the reduction of the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification. The prior learning for which credit is granted may be formal, non-formal or informal / workplace learning. The credit granted may be specified or unspecified.

See also Credit Transfer, Block Credit, Specified Credit, Unspecified Credit, Substitution, Articulation Arrangement.

Allocation Rule (Course)

Courses that meet a program's requirements are assigned an allocation rule according to academic type; i.e. CC core course, PE prescribed elective. A course can, in principle, be assigned to more than one course allocation rule.

AQF Qualification

An AQF qualification is the result of an accredited complete program of learning that leads to formal certification that a graduate has achieved learning outcomes as described in the AQF.

See also Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Articulated Programs

A defined sequence of programs in which the courses and requirements for completion of earlier programs in the sequence are a subset of subsequent programs in the sequence, and full credit is granted for courses completed in earlier programs in the sequence.

Articulation Arrangement

An approved agreement or structure which enables students to progress in a defined pathway from one qualification to another with credit. An articulation arrangement can be internal, through an articulated sequence of programs, or external.

Assessment

Assessment is the process whereby evaluative judgments are made in relation to the quality of students’ learning achievements against expected standards. Assessment serves a range of purposes including:

  • Supporting the development of student learning (formative assessment)
  • Measuring and certifying the level of student learning achievement (summative assessment)
  • Monitoring student learning as a measure of educational effectiveness (evaluative assessment).
Assumed Knowledge

The level of knowledge known to facilitate understanding of the study material, but which is not a requirement for entry.

ATAR Cut-Off

The minimum rank required for selection into a program for the majority of current Year 12 applicants.

Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS)

The AHEGS is provided by Australian higher education institutions to graduating students on completion of the requirements for a higher education award. Its purpose is to assist in both national and international recognition of Australian qualifications and to promote international mobility and professional recognition of graduates.

The AHEGS provides a description of the nature, level, context and status of studies that were pursued by the individual named. Combined with an academic transcript, the achievements outside formal study listed in the AHEGS provide a distinctive benefit to UNSW graduates by providing official recognition to those leadership activities promoted under the UNSW banner that are seen to enhance the development of graduate attributes.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

Australia’s national quality assured framework of qualifications in the school, vocational education and training and higher education sectors. It was developed in 1995 and revised in 2011-13. It is approved by all Australian governments. The AQF provides the standards for Australian qualifications.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

A measure of academic achievement in an Australian Senior Secondary Qualification that assists institutions with ranking applicants for selection to tertiary education programs. The ATAR is a rank, not a mark.

Award/Qualification

A degree, diploma or certificate conferred following completion of an award program. It provides official recognition of successful completion of that program and carries the official seal of the University.

Bachelor

The formal award received on successful completion of an undergraduate university degree program, ordinarily of three or more year’s duration. Bachelor degrees provide initial preparation for professional careers and postgraduate study.

Block Credit

Block credit is awarded as a unit of credit value on the basis of studies judged to be comparable to stage or component of a given program. Block credit is most often granted under articulation arrangements where an approved agreement exists, or where standardised block credit arrangements have been approved as part of the admission requirements for Master Coursework programs. Block credit can be specified or unspecified.

See also Advanced Standing, Credit Transfer, Specified Credit, Unspecified Credit, Substitution.

Breadth

A UNSW requirement of an undergraduate degree program. In single degree programs the breadth and maturity learning outcomes are generally attained through the general education and free elective components which complement discipline specific, or depth, learning requirements. Dual award program students meet breadth and maturity outcomes for one award through completion of their concurrent award.

Campus

The location where a program or course is administered from. UNSW has several campuses including the main campus at Kensington, the College of Fine Arts (COFA) campus in Paddington and UNSW Canberra in the ACT.

Capstone Course

A core course taken toward the end of a program which is designed to draw together the various education strands. It is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have achieved the specified learning goals. Typically, capstone activities will incorporate a research project or examination which encourages students to consider the broader context of their discipline.

See also Course.

Career

Refers to a student's academic level. UNSW has the following careers: Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Research and Non-award.

Census Date

The date on which a student's enrolment is taken to be finalised. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP debts are incurred on census dates. Students must make their up-front payments and submit their request/s for Commonwealth assistance by the census date.

Class

A teaching activity associated with a course available in a particular teaching period. Examples of classes include lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories. Students enrol in a course by selecting associated classes from the timetable.

Class Search

The Class Search service in myUNSW allows you to search for courses based on detailed class information such as meeting days, instructor, and class type (component).

Cognate Course

Refers to courses in the same or related discipline or specialisation.

Cognate Discipline

A cognate discipline is a closely allied or related discipline, or defined branch of study or learning. The disciplines, branches of study or learning that are considered ‘cognate’ are commonly defined at the program level for the purposes of assessing applicants for entry or for recognition of prior learning.

Co-Major

See Double Major.

Combined Degree Program

See Dual Award.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

A place at an approved provider that is subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only have to pay ‘student contribution' amounts for courses within a program of study.

Concurrent

See Dual Award.

Convenor (Course)

The course convenor is the academic staff member with overall responsibility for coordinating the teaching of a particular course. Often the convener will take a number of lectures and may also tutor.

Core Course

A compulsory course within a program that must be satisfactorily completed to meet the requirements of the program. Foundation and Capstone courses are examples of core courses.

See Course.

Co-requisite

A course that must be enrolled in concurrently with another course (unless it has already been completed), usually due to a relationship between the courses in the program curriculum.

See also Prerequisite, Exclusion (course requirements).

Course

A component of an academic program, normally of one semester in duration, with a specific credit value.

Course Authority

The School (or Faculty) responsible for the planning, resourcing and delivery of a course, including teaching resources and arrangements, and administrative arrangements including publication of course information, teaching delivery, including technology supported delivery, assessment and quality.

In practice the Course Authority may delegate some responsibilities to nominated staff, including teaching staff. In the absence of this role, authority is referred to the relevant Head of School.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

The knowledge, attitudes, skills and practices that students are expected to acquire and demonstrate in completing a specific course. CLOs are assessed through course assessment. CLOs articulate with PLOs.

Course Level

See Level.

Course Sharing

In principle a course may satisfy more than one of the rules associated with a single program, including its related streams. If a course is shared between rules it can count only once toward overall UOC requirements (in contrast to double-counting between concurrent programs). Not all rules may share courses; for example, a required course in a major cannot also fulfil free elective requirements for the program.

See also Double Counting.

Coursework

A mode of study largely, or wholly, constituted of courses involving directed learning, including face-to-face class instruction, online learning, distance learning, or combinations of these. It is a term commonly used with regard to undergraduate and postgraduate study. The other mode of postgraduate study is research.

Credit

The value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content, volume of learning, and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/ or qualifications. This value may be expressed in terms of units of credit or prescribed courses.

Credit Outcomes

The results of a process of determining a student’s application for credit.

Credit Transfer

A process whereby a student who transfers from a program at another higher education provider, or from another program at UNSW, is granted credit for courses completed at that higher education provider or program.

See also Advanced Standing, Substitution, Cross-Institutional Study, Specified Credit, Unspecified Credit, Block Credit.

CRICOS Register

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). This is the Australian Government register that lists all Australian education providers and the programs of study that are offered by those providers to students studying in Australia on student visas. UNSW programs that have CRICOS registration are those that are available to international students studying in Australia. The CRICOS register is at: http://cricos.deewr.gov.au

See also International Students.

Cross-Career Program

Cross-career programs are university approved dual award programs that include a combination of awards from different careers. The Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Engineering is an example of an undergraduate/postgraduate cross-career program.

Cross-Faculty

Refers to courses a student may take in a different Faculty to the one in which their program is based. Program Authorities may limit the number or type of cross-Faculty courses a student may take.

Cross-Institutional Study

A student enrolled in a course outside of their awarding institution for credit towards their program of study at that awarding institution.

Deferment/Deferral

An official agreement which allows successful applicants to delay commencement of a tertiary program, usually for the period of one semester up to one year (depending on the program availability).

Degree

A formal award or qualification awarded on completion of a Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral program of study (e.g. Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Arts, or PhD).

See also Award.

Depth

The fundamental component of an undergraduate academic program. Discipline-specific learning, or depth, requirements are generally embedded in core courses, majors, associated disciplinary or contextual studies, and other essential learning experiences such as industrial training. These requirements are complemented by breadth and maturity learning requirements.

See also Breadth, Disciplinary Core.

Disciplinary Core

Specified courses in a specialised area of study that must be satisfactorily completed to meet the depth requirements of the program.

See also Breadth.

Discipline

Discipline refers to a defined branch of study or learning. Schools or Departments offer related courses which form part of the same study area. Many programs require students to specialise in a particular study area, for example, Accounting, Civil Engineering or English.

See also Specialisation.

Doctorate/Doctoral Program

A postgraduate research program where students independently research a specific topic under the guidance of a supervisor to produce a thesis. For a doctorate, considerably more original work is required than for a Masters by Research program. Students should note that in some Faculties, coursework may also be prescribed.

Domestic Student (Local Student)

A current student who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

Double Counting

Double counting primarily occurs in dual award programs where a course that forms part of the academic requirements for two separate programs can be counted towards both sets of rules and contribute fully to the overall UOC requirements of both programs. There is a limit on the number of UOC that can be double-counted.

See also Course Sharing.

Double Major

A major studied in conjunction with another major in a Program. The two majors can be from two Faculties, provided they are approved for the program. In dual award programs students typically undertake a major in each program.

Dual Award

The concurrent or sequential study of two (or more) awards under one integrated and coherent program leading to two (or more) awards and two (or more) testamurs (one for each award). Dual award programs can be within a career or cross-career.

Equivalent Full-Time Study Load (EFTSL)

A measure of study load for one year on a normal full-time basis. At UNSW 1 EFTSL is defined as 48 units of credit (UOC). A standard 6 unit of credit course would equate to 0.125 EFTSL. The amount of the student contribution is dependent on the EFTSL value of the course.

See also Student Contribution Bands, Student Contributions.

Elective

Coursework degree programs have three main categories of elective: General Education Elective Courses that are taken to satisfy the University’s General Education requirement for Bachelor degree programs; Free Electives are courses that can be selected from a large range of offerings but sometimes with restrictions such as courses offered by specified faculties, or in specified subject areas and; Prescribed Elective Courses where the program specifies that a student must select electives from a specified list of courses.

General Education and Free electives in part satisfy the breadth requirement of programs. Prescribed electives typically form part of, or complement the depth requirement.

Prescribed electives are typically specified as lists of courses that students select from to complete the requirement. All categories of elective may be specified in terms of general rules (eg 24UoC; 12UoC at Level 2) rather than individual courses.

Note that any individual course may be specified as a core course in one program and as an elective in another.

See also Core Course, Course, Program, General Education.

Embedded Honours Program

A program where the honours components are studied as part of an integrated program along with the pass degree requirements.

See also Honours, Separate Year Honours Programs.

Enrolment Appointment

A specific time to enrol, within the enrolment period, allocated to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Enrolment Appointments are sometimes used to give prioritised enrolment access to particular groups, usually later year students.

Examiner

The person responsible to the Course Authority for determining a provisional mark for students enrolled in a course or courses. A Course Convenor is always an Examiner.

Exchange Student

An international student on campus studying at UNSW as a non-award full time student for one or two semesters whereby their home institution has an agreement with UNSW to reciprocate an exchange of students back and forth in lieu of paying UNSW tuition fees. Students receive credit and graduate from their home university.

Exclusion (Academic Standing)

Cancellation (either permanently or for a specified period) of the enrolment of a student, typically due to unsatisfactory academic performance or as a penalty for misconduct, and termination of all rights and privileges as a student of the University, including the right to re-enrol as a student and the right to enter or to be on University grounds. At the end of the exclusion period the student must re-apply for re-admission to UNSW under the relevant admissions process. There is no automatic right of re-admission.

See also Academic Standing.

Exclusion (Course Requirements)

Exclusions are courses students are excluded from taking, generally because they have content in common with courses for which the student has previously been granted credit.

See also Prerequisite, Co-requisite.

Exemption

The waiver of a requirement to complete a specified course. Students are not granted credit and are required to complete an alternative course of the same credit value.

See also Substitution, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

External Articulation

The process by which one higher education provider matches its courses or requirements to course work completed at another higher education provider for the purpose of granting students credit or exemptions.

Faculty

A group of schools or units of related disciplines constituted as a faculty by the University Council in accordance with UNSW By-laws, or a body having similar status and equivalent responsibilities.

Formal Learning

Learning that takes place through a structured program of study that is delivered by education or training providers, and which leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.

Foundation Course

A core course, usually taken in Stage 1 that must be satisfactorily completed in order to complete the requirements of the program. It lays the foundations for higher level courses.

See also Core Course.

Free Elective

See also Elective.

Full-Time

Students are considered to be full-time if their student load is equal to or greater than 0.75 EFTSL for an academic year or equal to or greater than 0.375 for a half year. The normal load for a full-time student is 1.0 EFTSL for a full academic year and 0.5 EFTSL for a half year.

See also EFTSL.

Gateway Course

A Gateway Course is the entry-level course for a major or program. It is a foundation course that introduces students to the scholarly conventions, concepts and skills/techniques of the discipline community/field of study that are necessary to complete the major or program.

General Education (Course Requirements)

Undergraduate students in single degree programs are required to complete some courses outside their study area from any Faculty other than the one in which their program is based. This contributes to the breadth of learning requirement in programs. The Handbook indicates which courses are available as General Education. In some cases, availability of some courses outside of the home Faculty is restricted by the Program Authority, usually because they are closely related to the study area of the student’s program.

See also Elective.

Grades

Students receive a final assessment grade for each course in their program. Examples include; High Distinction (HD), Pass (PS), Fail (FL) and result not finalised (WD). Some courses are graded on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis only.

See also Mark.

Graduand

A student who has completed all the requirements for his/her program, but has not yet had the degree formally conferred.

Graduate

A student who has completed all the requirements for his/her program, and has had the degree formally conferred.

See also Award/Qualification.

Graduate Capabilities (Attributes)

Graduate capabilities (attributes) are the qualities, skills and understandings a university community agrees its students should develop during their time with the institution. These capabilities include, but go beyond, the disciplinary expertise or technical knowledge that has traditionally formed the core of most university courses.

See also Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs), Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs).

Handbook

The UNSW Handbook is a comprehensive guide for prospective and current students seeking information about studying at UNSW. It contains detailed information about all the programs (degrees), plans (disciplinary streams) and courses (subjects) offered at the University.

The Handbook offers the latest information on approved programs and courses and provides extensive details about program content, rules and structure, and course requirements and information. It also links to the Class Timetable.

Previous versions of the Handbook are also available online.

It can be viewed at http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/.

Home Faculty

The Faculty in which a student’s program is based. The Home Faculty is the Program Authority. In the case of inter Faculty dual award programs, one of the Faculties will be nominated as the Program Authority.

See also Program Authority.

Honours

The highest level of learning in an undergraduate program. It typically includes a research component. Honours is available in two modes: separate year honours; and embedded honours.

See also Separate Year Honours Programs, Embedded Honours Programs.

Informal/Workplace Learning

Learning that takes place through life and work experience. Unlike formal or non-formal learning, it is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support.

Institution

The University where students are enrolled - UNSW.

Instructor

Lecturer or tutor.

Inter-Faculty

See Cross-Faculty.

Internal Program Transfer (IPT)

The process by which a current UNSW student transfers from one award program to another via an internal transfer process.

International Student (Overseas Student)

A student who does not have Australian or New Zealand citizenship or full permanent resident status in Australia. It includes those who have student visas, provisional residency, temporary residency, bridging visas etc.

Learning Outcomes

See also Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs), Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs), Graduate Capabilities.

Level (Courses)

Undergraduate courses are usually classified by Level e.g. Level 1 courses are usually undertaken in the first stage of a program, Level 2 in the second stage etc. In many cases the first digit of the four-digit numeric suffix of the course code indicates the level of the course e.g. ECON1101 is a Level 1 course whereas MARK3054 is a Level 3 course, usually undertaken in stage 3.

Local Student

See Domestic Student.

Location

See Campus.

Major

A specified stream or sequence of study in a discipline or sub-discipline area within a program. Majors require students to take an approved set of courses at different levels and units of credit. The term is generally synonymous with “plan” or “specialisation”. More than one major may be completed in a program.

See also Program, Minor, Specialisation, Plan, Stream, Core, Elective.

Mark

Each course undertaken by a student at UNSW is assessed using a variety of methods, usually culminating in the award of a single final mark, or score, out of 100. The mark determines the associated final grade. However, some courses at UNSW are graded on an satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only (which means no mark or score is allocated).

See also Grades.

Masters

A postgraduate program that provides an advanced level of knowledge or mastery over an area of study or professional practice. UNSW offers Masters programs by coursework that may also include a research component and also Masters by Research

Masters (Extended) Programs

Masters (Extended) is an AQF qualification type. Currently there are only two Masters (Extended) programs at UNSW – the Juris Doctor (UNSW JD) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) programs. Refer to the Australian Qualifications Framework (www.aqf.edu.au) for a description of the Masters (Extended) qualification type. (Note that these programs are not the same as the UNSW Masters (Extension) programs. The term Masters (Extension) has been used at UNSW to describe programs of a longer duration that allow students to attain more disciplinary breadth, (explore a discipline in more depth or meet professional accreditation requirements).

Minor

A specified sequence of study within a discipline or sub-discipline, smaller in size and scope than a major. (In practice the requirements for a Minor are typically a sub-set of the requirements for a Major in the same academic area.)

See also Major, Plan, Stream.

Non-award study

Enrolments in courses or a sequence of courses which do not lead to or count towards a formal award program. The student completes all formal assessments related to the course/s and the assessment results are recorded on the UNSW Student System.

Offering

A particular course that will be available for enrolment in a particular teaching period.

Non-Formal Learning

Learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.

Overseas Student

See International Student.

Part-Time

Students are considered to be part-time if their student load is less than 0.75 EFTSL for an academic year or less than 0.375 for a half year.

Pending Course

A course that you have not yet submitted for enrolment in myUNSW. You are not enrolled in Pending course.

PhD

See Doctorate/Doctoral Program.

Plan

Refers to the identification of a sequence of study (Stream) within a program in University’s student administration system. Plans include majors, minors, and some postgraduate coursework ‘specialisations’. Plans are identified by a five-digit alphabetical prefix and a five-digit numeric suffix eg SENGA13648 refers to the full-time Software Engineering plan.

See also Stream, Major, Minor.

Postgraduate Coursework

Postgraduate coursework programs are intended for graduates and practising professionals who wish to develop advanced knowledge and competency in their area of expertise or to gain advanced knowledge in a new area. Completion of a postgraduate coursework program requires students to undertake a sequence of courses, rather than research (although a research component may also be involved).

Postgraduate Program

A program of study that leads to the award of a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or doctorate.

Postgraduate Research

Completion of a postgraduate research program requires students to undertake supervised individual research rather than postgraduate coursework, although in some circumstances a coursework component may be involved.

Potential Graduand

A student who is close to fulfilling the minimum units of credit required to complete their program and whose eligibility to graduate is under review by their Program Authority. A student’s eligibility to graduate is dependent on the outcome of final results and the satisfaction of all program requirements.

Prerequisite

A course that must have been successfully completed prior to a student undertaking another course, usually due to the need for a student to have particular knowledge in order to successfully engage with the curriculum in the latter course.

Prescribed

Designated study requirement.

Prescribed Course

See also Core Course.

Prescribed Elective

See Elective.

Prior Stage

Refers to the student’s previous enrolment stage within a Program.

See also Program, Stage.

Prizes

Prizes are presented to students for meritorious academic achievement. Prizes are usually in the form of medals, books, book vouchers, cash amounts and certificates and are awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of School. Official University prizes appear on a student’s academic transcript and AHEGS.

See also AHEGS.

Program

An approved set of requirements, courses and/or supervised research into which a student is admitted. In some cases, this will lead to an award of UNSW.

See also Dual Award, Combined Degree Program, Course, Major, Minor.

Program Authority

The program authority is responsible for the planning, resourcing and delivery of a program, including teaching resources and arrangements, and administrative arrangements including publication of program information, marketing and recruitment, teaching delivery, including technology enabled learning and teaching, assessment and quality. The program authority is responsible for all matters that affect students in an award program – including admission, enrolment, progression, and graduation.

For Dual Award Programs one of the contributing Faculties is identified as the Program Authority (when the program is proposed). For these programs the Program Authority has responsibility for matters such as enrolment and leave from the program, although both Faculties are separately responsible for certifying that students have satisfied requirements for their particular degree.

See also Program, Course Authority.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

The knowledge, attitudes, skills and practices that students are expected to acquire and demonstrate in completing a program of study.

Program Rules

The formally approved program requirements that students must follow in order to successfully progress through and graduate from a program.

Program Structure

Specifies the academic rules and requirements for a program. The Program Structure may be revised periodically. Students are required to complete the requirements that applied at the time the student commenced the program, unless a specific transition program is approved for the student.

See also Program, Core Courses, Electives, Prescribed Electives, Free Electives, Prerequisites.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The process of assessing an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, non-formal learning and informal / workplace learning) for equivalence to:

  • the learning outcomes of the qualification specified as a requirement for admission to the program, or
  • courses in the program to which a student has been admitted to determine the credit value to be granted as advanced standing or exemptions.

See also Advanced Standing, Credit Transfer, Block Credit, Specified Credit, Unspecified Credit, Substitution.

Referee

The person nominated by the Course Authority to be available to answer any questions during an examination. The Referee is normally the Course Convenor.

Research

Postgraduate programs of study which involve a student independently researching a specific topic under the guidance of a supervisor and producing a thesis or report. Some research programs do involve a coursework component.

Restricted Elective

See Elective.

Satisfactory Academic Performance

Refers to the standard of academic performance of a student in a course or a program in which they are enrolled . The Program Authority must be satisfied in the student’s ability to progress to the next stage of their program.

See also Academic Standing.

Semester

The administrative time period in which Teaching Periods are defined, students enrol and for which students are charged fees or student contributions. UNSW has two main semesters per year, as well as the eight-week Summer Term in December/January. The two main semesters are structured around 12 weeks of classes in 13 weeks. Each semester also includes a one week mid-semester break. Semester 1 is, approximately from February to June and Semester 2 is, approximately from July to November. Exceptions to this pattern are the Faculty of Medicine and the Australian Graduate School of Management whose academic years are divided into multiple teaching periods within the semester structure.

See also Teaching Period.

Separate Year Honours Programs

An Award with Honours program is an additional, distinct year of study that follows the completion of an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline, whether at UNSW or elsewhere. All components of the Honours program contribute to the Honours level qualification. These Honours programs require completion of 48 UoC of study typically undertaken over one calendar year (or part-time equivalent).

See also Honours, Embedded Honours Programs.

Sequence of Study

See Stream, Major, Minor.

Service Indicators

Also known as Action Items.

There are two types of service indicators:

  • A Negative Service Indicator prevents you from accessing a range of online student services, such as maintaining your enrolment and viewing your academic statement. Negative indicators are used for overdue fees etc., and must be cleared with the University before your access to these online functions can be restored.
  • A Neutral Service Indicator will not restrict or limit access to any online services; however, the University does expect you to action any neutral indicators that appear on your account, e.g. review your address details.
School

An academic area or organisational unit which is responsible for teaching in disciplines or subject areas and which forms part of a Faculty.

Skills

The range of discipline-relevant abilities that a student acquires as part of their studies. They can include cognitive skills, technical skills, communication skills, creative skills, interpersonal skills and generic skills. They may be related to how a student uses or discovers the discipline knowledge acquired in their study, or they may be related to the professional practice of those who work in the discipline.

Specialisation

A focused area of academic study in a postgraduate program.

See also Major, Stream.

Specified Credit

Credit granted when an exact or near exact equivalence to one or more courses studied either at UNSW or at another higher education provider, or through non-formal or informal / workplace prior learning, can be demonstrated. Once agreed, this recognition becomes a precedent for other students.

See also Unspecified Credit, Block Credit, Advanced Standing, Substitution, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Credit Transfer.

Stage

Programs are generally structured in a number of ‘Stages’ of study, requiring students to complete a specified number of units of credit and/or a particular sequence of courses at each stage. Generally, students are identified with a particular program stage, depending on how far they have progressed. For a full-time student, stages correspond with their year of enrolment (e.g. Stage 1 is the first year of study, Stage 2 is the second year, etc).

Stream

Stream is a sequence of study. This is the umbrella term for majors, minors and postgraduate program specialisations. At UNSW, streams are identified by a six-digit code that consists of a four-character subject area, a single alphabetical character strand code, and a single character stream type code. For example, SENGA1 refers to the full-time Software Engineering stream.

See also Plan, Major, Minor, Specialisation.

Student

A person who has accepted an offer to a program of UNSW (award or non-award), has enrolled in at least one course in that program and retains an active status in that program.

Student Contribution Band

The commonwealth government groups different areas of study into one of four bands. Student contribution bands are used to determine the maximum student contribution amount per EFSTL.

See also EFTSL, Student Contribution Charge, Student Contributions.

Student Contribution Charge

(Previously known as HECS liability). The financial amount a University sets that a Commonwealth supported student pays for courses (units of study) in that university for a given year.

Student Contributions

Contributions that Commonwealth supported students make towards the cost of their education.

Study Abroad Student

An international student studying on campus at UNSW for one or two semesters as a non-award full-time student who is paying tuition fees or is sponsored by their home government to study at UNSW and receives credit at their home university from which they will graduate.

Study Load

The total number of units of credit (UoC) taken in a semester. A full-time load at UNSW is 18 or more UoC per semester (a standard full-time load is 24).

Subject

See Course.

Substitution

A type of exemption from a core course or other requirement. Students are still required to complete an equivalent, or near equivalent, course to the same unit of credit value.

See also Credit Transfer, Exemption, Advanced Standing, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Unspecified Credit, Block Credit.

Substitution Rule

Each Program may define rules that allow individual students to substitute core or elective courses with other courses that meet their special abilities or needs. Often such substitution must have prior approval of the Program Authority.

See also Credit Transfer.

Supplementary Transcript

Supplementary Transcripts were issued to eligible UNSW students who graduated prior to Semester 1, 2010 for approved activities and awards from Semester 1 2007. From S1 2010, all UNSW students completing program requirements receive an AHEGS on graduation.

Combined with an academic transcript, the Supplementary Transcript recognised student achievement outside formal study, such as volunteer contributions, international exchange and scholarships and provided official recognition to those leadership activities promoted under the UNSW banner that could be seen to enhance the development of graduate attributes.

See also AHEGS.

Teaching Period

Each Semester is composed of several Teaching Periods, for example Teaching Period 1A (T1A) and Teaching Period 1B (T1B) in Semester 1. A course in Semester 1 or 2 may run over 13 weeks, or in one of 2 shorter 6 week periods. Summer Term is composed of three Teaching Periods, Teaching Period U1 (8 weeks over December and January), U1B (4 weeks from early January) and U1C (6 weeks over late December and January).

See also Semester.

Testamur

A testamur is the official certification of a student's completion of a degree, diploma or certificate obtained at the University of New South Wales. It contains the signatures of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Registrar, and bears the official seal of the University. It also contains the name of the graduate, award title and date of award conferral.

Undeclared Major

Refers to a commencing student who hasn’t yet selected a major for their program. Students are required to declare a Major by the start of Stage 2 of their program.

See also Major.

Undergraduate

A program of study that leads to the award of a diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree or a bachelor degree (pass or honours).

UniPass

Please see http://www.it.unsw.edu.au/students/unipass/.

Unit of credit (UOC)

A value attached to UNSW courses and programs which indicates the study load relative to a standard full-time load of 48 UOC. Each UOC has a normal workload expectation of approximately 25 hours per semester, including class contact hours, other learning activities, preparation and time spent on all assessable work.

Unspecified Credit

Credit granted when an exact or near exact course equivalence cannot be demonstrated.

Upper Level Course

Refers to courses offered at Levels 2 - 6 that are usually taken in later years of the degree and sometimes require completion of lower Level courses as pre-requisites. In practice, each course is associated with a specific level.

See also Course.

Volume of Learning

The notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the learning outcomes specified for a program, expressed in units of credit.

Weighted Average Mark (WAM)

It is calculated by multiplying the mark obtained for each relevant result by the units of credit of the particular course, adding up the products and dividing by the total number of units of credit for the relevant courses. Only results that produce a mark are considered to be relevant, apart from DF prior to Session 1, 2002 and AF from Session 1, 2003, which are equivalent to a mark of zero. A 'Term WAM' is calculated for relevant results in a semester, and a separate cumulative WAM is calculated for relevant results over the student's entire program.

Workload Expectation

Normal workload expectations for each program are a minimum of 25 hours per semester per unit of credit, including class contact hours, preparation and time spent on all assessable work. For a full-time enrolled student, the average workload across the 16 weeks of teaching, study, and exam periods equates to approximately 37.5 hours per week. Workload is also sometimes referred to as ‘Assessable Hours’.

zPass

Please see http://www.it.unsw.edu.au/students/zpass/.