Course Rules

The following is a guide to preparing course rules for publication in the University’s web pages.

It has two main purposes:

  • to provide the approved standard wording for common sentences and paragraphs which must, or usually, appear;
  • to provide a guide to other material which could or should appear in each section of the entry.

General rules are provided for Course Aims and Learning Outcomes, and for the structure of the program of study. In the latter case, it is not possible to account for all possibilities; it is best to be guided by the entries for other degrees with a similar structure.

The Student Systems and Enrolment Office can also provide assistance.

This guide has two sections - one for undergraduate courses and one for postgraduate coursework programs.


Undergraduate courses

The Course Entry is set out in the following order (headings in italics are optional):

Introduction

Admission requirements

Course aims

Learning outcomes

Credit

Program of study

Honours

Combined degrees 

A Credit section is only included where there is a specific credit arrangement relevant to that degree.

An Honours degree section is included when honours requires an additional program of study or an alteration to the normal program of study for the degree. It is not required, but can be included, where honours is simply awarded for outstanding achievement in the degree.

Where a course can be taken either as a first degree or through graduate-entry, separate headings for Program of study - first degree and Program of study - graduate-entry should be included if separate programs exist.

Separate headings also may be included for other specific programs and/or requirements; for example Specialisations. Specialisations might also have a link to their own web page, where that is appropriate.

 

Introduction

‘Introduction’ refers to the opening paragraphs on the page. The heading ‘Introduction’ does not appear. The standard first paragraph is as follows (words in italic as required):

The Bachelor of XXXX requires X years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours degree an additional year (or the equivalent part time). The course is administered by the Faculty of XXX.

Where the course is graduate-entry only, the first section is amended to read:

The Bachelor of XXXX is a graduate-entry program which requires X  …

Where the course can be taken either as a first degree or through graduate-entry, the following applies:

The Bachelor of XXXX may be taken as a first degree in X years full-time (or the equivalent part-time) or as a graduate entry program in X years (or the equivalent part-time. An honours degree requires an additional year (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of XXX.

Additional information about the course structure can be included to give guidance to prospective students, in particular:

  • where students can select from a number of optional streams and/or make choices about the structure of their program;
  • to highlight the degree's structure (for example, twin majors).

The entry also should state:

  • where a course is not available part-time or where part-time study is restricted;
  • where a course also/only can be taken in external mode.

Where the degree is a combined degree, the following paragraph should appear:

Students who commence but subsequently do not wish to complete the combined degrees program may be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of XXX program and to receive credit for some or all of the topics already completed.

 

Admission Requirements 

The following is standard for all first degree courses:

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Graduate-entry courses should state specific requirements.

The following is standard for Combined degrees:

For admission to the program, students first must apply for admission to the Bachelor of XXX. If successful, they will be given the option of taking up the combined degrees program at the time of their first enrolment (subject to meeting course pre-requisites where applicable).

 

Course Aims

Advice on the preparation of Course (and topic) Aims and Learning Outcomes is available from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, with support provided on their web pages. Aims and Outcomes must be expressed in a manner consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification type descriptor for the proposed Level for the degree (e.g. Bachelor degrees are Level 7).

The standard paragraph is as follows:

The Bachelor of XXX aims to:

  • xxxx
  • xxxx

 

Learning Outcomes

The standard paragraph is normally a variant of the following simple sentence:

On completion of this course students will:

  • xxxx
  • xxxx

 

Credit

Specific credit arrangements which exceed those provided for under the Policy on Credit Transfer should be included where appropriate. Otherwise this section should be omitted.

 

Program of Study 

All entries should begin with the following sentence:

To qualify for the Bachelor of XXX, a student must complete XXX units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.  Not all topics necessarily are available in a given year.

However, where the degree structure is more flexible the following example may be more appropriate. Requirements normally should be set out in dot points:

To qualify for the Bachelor of XXX, a student must complete XXX units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic. This must include:

  • one major sequence of x units from the list below
  • one minor sequence of x units (different from the major) from the list below
  • x units of elective topics

Not all topics necessarily are available in a given year.

Where honours is awarded on the basis of performance in the degree with no alteration to the program, the following sentence should appear (words in italics optional):

The degree may be awarded with honours for outstanding performance in the course, particularly in the later years.

Where honours is offered in the form of an alteration to the standard program, the following format should be used (words in italic amended as appropriate):

Eligible students can complete an honours degree by completing an alternative program in [Fourth] Year. Enrolment is subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

Electives

Where the program of study includes electives (as opposed to a choice between options) the following must be included:

Elective topics may be selected from any offered by the University, provided entry and course requirements are met.

Restrictions / conditions

Restrictions and conditions to enrolment or progress are included at this point. Where the following restriction is required it is expressed as follows:

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's policy on Student Progress.

Exit award

Where an exit award is available, the standard wording would be included here as follows:

Students who have successfully completed the first X years of the program (XX units) may exit with a Bachelor of XXX.

Topic Listing

The listing of topic requirements follows. 

It may be appropriate for Specialisations and Streams to have their own web pages. Where that is so the names of the Specialisations are listed under the following heading, with links to the relevant page, for example:

Specialisations:

  • Bachelor of XXX (XXX)
  • Bachelor of XXX (YYY)

Where the program of study does not require a new web page, the program of study (list of topics) follows.

Do NOT use tables for setting out programs of study as they are not readily translated to web pages.

Three terms for describing groups of topics are authorised for use. 

  • Core refers to those topics which are required.
  • Option refers to a group of topics from which topics may be selected.
  • Elective refers to a maximum number of units for which students may select any topic for which they meet the prerequisites.

Topics are grouped using the following headings.

Please refer to existing course rules for examples of use:

  • Core - Year 1 topics
  • Core - Year 2 topics
  • Core - Year 3 topics
  • Core - Year 4 topics
  • Option - Year 1 topics
  • Option - Year 2 topics
  • Option - Year 3 topics
  • Elective - Year 1 topics
  • Elective - Year 2 topics
  • Elective - Year 3 topics

Where additional sub-groups are required:

  • Core - Year 1 topics & alternates
  • Option - Group A topics
  • Option - Year 2 - Group A (Health Sciences)
  • Option - Year 2 - Group B (Medical Science)

Additional descriptions for majors, minors, specialisations and streams:

  • Major - American Studies
  • Major - Mathematics - Option Group A
  • Major - English - Year 2 & Year 3 topics
  • Major - English - Year 1 topics
  • Major - Life Science - core topics
  • Major - Life Science - Year 2 elective topics
  • Major - Life Science - Year 3 specialisation topics
  • Minor - American Studies
  • Minor - Mathematics - Option Group A
  • Minor - English - Year 2 & Year 3 topics
  • Minor - English - Year 1 topics
  • Minor - Life Science - core topics
  • Minor - Life Science - Year 2 elective topics
  • Minor - Life Science - Year 3 specialisation topics
  • Specialisation - Behaviour
  • Stream - Festival & Event Design & Management
  • Recommended Electives
  • Elective Topics – Years 2 and 3
  • Stream A - name
  • Stream B - name

Standard statements are used for example:

  • 36 units comprising:
  • plus 9 units of topics from the following list:
  • plus a 36 unit major selected from the following:
  • plus one of the following Major Sequences:
  • plus 9 units of Elective topics:
  • plus one of:
  • plus 13.5 units chosen from the following topics, of which at least 4.5 units must be chosen from x (e.g. Group A or B).

Note that ‘plus x units form the following’ is preferred to ‘select x units from the following’.

Refer to existing course rules for acceptable alternatives.

Topics are listed in the following format: 

TOPC1000 Topic Name 1  (4.5 units)
TOPC2000 Topic Name  2 (4.5 units)

 

Honours

Where honours can be taken as an additional year of study the following paragraph is normally included:

Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.

An Honours program is normally listed on a separate webpage. The link is provided at this point, with the following wording:

Refer to: Bachelor of XXX (Honours)

 

Combined Degrees

The standard paragraph for combined degrees is as follows:

The Bachelor of XXX also may be studied in a Combined Degrees program with a:

  • Bachelor of XXX
  • Bachelor of XXX

Postgraduate coursework programs


The Course Entry is set out in the following order (words in italics are optional):

Introduction

Admission requirements

Course aims

Learning outcomes

Credit

Program of study

 

Introduction

‘Introduction’ refers to the opening paragraphs on the page. The heading ‘Introduction’ does not appear. The standard first paragraph is as follows (words in italic are optional):

The Degree of XXX is a XX unit program offered by the Faculty of XXX on a full fee-paying basis. It normally is completed in XX semesters full-time or XX semesters part-time.

Where the course formally articulates with others (whether or not the program has a specific name), the next paragraph should begin:

It articulates with the # unit Degree of XXX and the # unit Degree of YYY, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the # awards.

(For example: It articulates with the 36 unit Graduate Certificate in XXX and the 72 unit Master of XXX, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.)

Following sentences should explain the progression. For example: Students who complete the Graduate Certificate normally receive credit for up to 18 units of topics should they choose to proceed to the Graduate Diploma.

Information regarding relationships with other courses should also be included here.

Additional information about the course structure can be included to give guidance to prospective students, in particular:

  • where students can select from a number of optional streams and/or make choices about the structure of their program;
  • to highlight options for assessment (eg the choice between a thesis or a combination of thesis and coursework).

The Introduction also should state where the course:

  • is not available part-time or where part-time study is restricted;
  • also (or only) can be taken in external mode;
  • is offered jointly with other universities, particularly where there are requirements to study topics not taught by and/or at Flinders.

It also is appropriate to give general guidance on entry requirements (eg, that the course is only available to qualified doctors or is designed for working teachers).

 

Admission Requirements

The following is the structure of the standard first paragraph, including (in italic) provisions for specific exemptions where appropriate,

Applicants normally must _______________. However, applicants may be admitted if they ______________.

Where a non-specific sentence covering exemptions is appropriate, the wording is as follows:

However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

(However should become In addition should the first paragraph have included a specific exemption.)

Statements in the Course Rule about Admission should be limited to those which describe the necessary requirements. The method by which suitability will be assessed should not be included here. For example, it is appropriate to list that applicants must have work experience, but not to describe in detail the documentation they will need to provide to show evidence of meeting the requirement , or the method by which that documentation must be submitted.

 

Course Aims

Advice on the preparation of Course (and topic) Aims and Learning Outcomes is available from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, with support provided on their web pages. Aims and Outcomes must be expressed in a manner consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification type descriptor for the proposed Level for the degree (e.g. Masters degrees are Level 9).

The standard paragraph is as follows:

The Master of XXX aims to:

  • xxxx
  • xxxx

 

Learning Outcomes

The standard paragraph is normally a variant of the following simple sentence:

On completion of this course students will:

  • xxxx
  • xxxx

 

Credit

Specific credit arrangements which exceed those provided for under the Policy on Credit Transfer should be included where appropriate. Otherwise this section should be omitted.

 

Program of Study 

The standard opening paragraph is a follows:

To qualify for the Degree of XXX, a student must complete X units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below. Not all topics necessarily are available in a given year.

(Where appropriate, the program of study is replaced by one of the programs of study or one of the streams.)

The second sentence in the above should be deleted only where there is no flexibility in the program.

Where there is more than one pathway, each with a specific program, these are presented separately.

Restrictions / conditions

The standard format is as follows (words in italic are examples only ):

Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

  • no topic may be attempted more than twice;
  • the course must be completed within XX consecutive semesters full-time or XX consecutive semesters part-time or, where credit has been granted for previous work, a period determined by the Board;

Note that "consecutive semesters" is used rather than "consecutive years".

Where the following restriction is required it is expressed as follows (words in italic amended as required):

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's policy on Student Progress.

Other restrictions / conditions also should be included here.

Electives

Where the program of study includes electives (as opposed to a choice between options) the following must be included:

Elective topics may be selected from any offered by the University, provided entry and course requirements are met.

Topic Listing

It may be appropriate for Specialisations and Streams to have their own web pages. Where that is so the names of the Specialisations are listed under the following heading, with links to the relevant page, for example:

Specialisations:

  • Master of XXX (XXX)
  • Master of XXX (YYY)

Where the program of study does not require a new web page, the program of study (list of topics) follows.

Do NOT use tables for setting out programs of study as they are not readily translated to web pages.

Three terms for describing groups of topics are authorised for use. 

  • Core refers to those topics which are required.
  • Option refers to a group of topics from which topics may be selected.
  • Elective refers to a number of units for which students may select any topic for which they meet any prerequisites.

The three terms above are the only authorised terms.  Terms used previously (such as ‘selectives’) are not authorised.

Topics may be grouped using the following headings.

Please refer to existing course rules for examples of use:

  • Core - Year 1 topics
  • Core - Year 2 topics
  • Option - Year 1 topics
  • Option - Year 2 topics
  • Elective - Year 1 topics
  • Elective - Year 2 topics

Where additional sub-groups are required:

  • Core - Year 1 topics & alternates
  • Option - Group A topics
  • Option - Year 2 - Group A (Health Sciences)
  • Option - Year 2 - Group B (Medical Science)
  • Recommended Electives

Additional descriptions for specialisations and streams:

  • Specialisation - Behaviour
  • Stream - Festival & Event Design & Management

Standard statements are used for example:

  • 36 units comprising:
  • plus 9 units of topics from the following list:
  • plus a 36 unit major selected from the following:
  • plus one of the following Major Sequences:
  • plus 9 units of Elective topics:
  • plus one of:
  • plus 13.5 units chosen from the following topics, of which at least 4.5 units must be chosen from x (e.g. Group A or B).

Note that ‘plus x units form the following’ is preferred to ‘select x units from the following’.

Refer to existing course rules for acceptable alternatives.

Topics are listed in the following format: 

TOPC8000 Topic Name 1  (4.5 units)
TOPC9000 Topic Name  2 (4.5 units)