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Glossary

Academic award
Also known as a course means a qualification gained by a student following the successful completion of all the requirements specified in the program of study for that award. An academic award is generally classified by level, viz: undergraduate: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor Degree; postgraduate: Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master or Doctoral degree.

Academic staff
All teaching and research staff.

Academic year
Begins in late February or early March and ends in November

Associated majors
Associated majors are used to help identify topics that can be counted towards a particular major sequence.

Assumed knowledge
Normally refers to knowledge acquired prior to commencing a degree eg a particular SACE subject, or a language.

Award
[see Academic award]

Bachelor degree
The basic (first) undergraduate degree.

Class contact
The formal period of time spent at lectures, tutorials, laboratory work etc. Normally 50 minutes commencing on the hour unless stated otherwise.

Combined degrees program
Combined degrees program means a program of study that provides for the concurrent enrolment of a student in two separate stand-alone degrees, with a resultant reduction in the overall number of units required for completion of the degrees. Applicants apply for entry to one of the component degrees and on enrolment are given the option of taking up a combined degrees program, subject to their meeting also the cut-off score and entry requirements for the other degree.

Core topics
Compulsory subjects which form the basis of a study program.

Corequisite
A topic that must be taken at the same time as the topic being described.

Course
[see Academic award]

Credit
Credit is sometimes given for relevant topics previously studied or for which a student is given an exemption.

Diploma
A formal qualification usually requiring the equivalent of two years of full-time study.

Double degree program
Double degree program means a program of study that provides for the concurrent enrolment of a student in two degrees, one or both of which are not available as stand alone degrees. Applicants must apply for entry to the double degree.

Elective topics
Topics which can be chosen to support core topics often called optional topics in Science degrees.

Faculty
Part of the University's organisational structure. Each school or department is part of one of four Faculties.

Graduate
A person who has received his or her degree.

Honours degree
Awarded to students who choose to complete an additional year of study or, in some cases, perform particularly well during their degree course.

Major sequence
A sequence of topics which must be taken in all three years of an undergraduate degree.

Minor sequence
A small number of topics in one area of study.

Postgraduate degree [masters/graduate certificate/graduate diploma]
A course taken after completing an undergraduate degree.

Prerequisite
A topic which must be completed before a higher level topic can be studied.

Program of study
Program of study means a structured sequence of topics, that students are required to successfully complete in order to gain an academic award. An academic award may include 'specialisations', 'streams' or 'majors'. These are clusters of topics that relate to particular professional orientations, disciplinary content or entry pathways.

Semester
The academic year is divided into two semesters - usually late February to mid June and late July to November.

Sub topic
A prescribed component of a topic in the graduate-entry medical course.

Topic
A prescribed amount of academic work for which a final grade is recorded.

Undergraduate degree/diploma
A first degree or diploma.

Unit
The measure of weighting given to a topic as specified in the syllabus for that topic. A normal year's work by a full-time student is valued at 36 units.



Nov 08