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Approving Authority:

Council
Establishment Date:27 May, 1994
Date Last Amendment: October 2010
Nature of Amendment: Consequential amendments arising from a restructure of Central Administration/VC's office and the creation of new senior executive positions replacing the EDA and Registrar
Responsible Officer: Director, Academic and Student Services

Appendix A - Credit Transfer Framework for the Granting of Credit to Students who have completed Vocational and Technical Education (VTE) Courses


1

Policy

The University will ensure appropriate recognition of studies undertaken in tertiary institutions in Australia and overseas through the granting of credit for those studies in accordance with the national credit transfer policy guidelines.

2

Coverage

This policy is applicable to all undergraduate courses and postgraduate coursework awards of the University and it covers:

2.1

the granting of credit in a University award because of prior learning at other tertiary institutions;

2.2

the granting of credit in a University award because of concurrent learning at other tertiary institutions (cross institutional study); and

2.3

the formal allowance of prior study at the University, which partially fulfils the requirements of an award to which a student is currently admitted, to be given credit in a subsequent award.

3

Definitions

The following are the definitions of terms used in this policy:

3.1

Award: A degree, diploma, associate diploma or certificate of the University granted at the completion of a course of study.

3.2

Total Unit Value: The minimum number of units needed to fulfil the requirements of an award.

3.3

Specified Credit: Credit granted in a topic for work completed which is of similar content and standard as required for a passing grade in that topic.

3.4

Block Credit: Credit granted to the value of a specified number of units for an award for work completed in a related course or discipline of a similar standard and content.

3.5

Unspecified Credit: Credit granted to the value of a specified number of units for work completed which satisfies some general award requirement.

4

Responsibility

4.1

Faculties shall be responsible for the application of this policy and may delegate all or part of their powers to any faculty subcommittee, in accordance with the authority granted by Statute 4.3 The Faculties, Clause 18.

4.2

In the granting of credit, faculties shall have due regard for the academic standards of the University, equity principles, promptness in processing applications and consistency of application of the policy between faculties.

4.3

Each faculty shall, within minimum standards which may be set by Academic Senate from time to time,

4.3.1

determine the method by which individual applications for credit shall be assessed;

4.3.2

determine the amount of credit to be granted for work completed at other tertiary institutions;

4.3.3

formulate rules which regulate the automatic granting of credit to applicants with a particular history of study at other institutions, account for the time elapsed between the original study and the application for credit, and enable the efficient resolution of applications administratively;

4.3.4

maintain a record of precedents to facilitate the formulation of the above rules;

4.3.5

record the outcome of each application on the student information system.

5

Applications for Credit

5.1

Fully documented applications for credit must be made on the standard form and must normally be submitted to the Faculty Office no later than two weeks prior to the commencement of the relevant teaching period to ensure processing before the last day to enrol. Decisions on applications received after that date, or on incomplete applications, may not be made in time to allow students to adjust their enrolment before the last day to enrol, and may therefore, have implications for their tuition fees or student contribution amount, and for international students' visa requirements.

5.2

Where specific faculty rules as outlined in Clause 4.3.3 do not exist, applicants shall attach to their application for credit all syllabuses and course details relevant to their application.

5.3

Applications for credit approved prior to admission of the applicant to a course at the University do not guarantee the applicant admission to that course, nor place any obligation on the University to accept the applicant as a student in any other course.

5.4

If the applicant enrols as a student of the award in which they are seeking credit before a decision is made on the application, the enrolment will be based on an assumption that the credit sought will be granted.

6

Nature and Amount of Credit Granted

6.1

Specified, unspecified or block credit may be granted to a student on account of studies undertaken elsewhere in order to fulfil partially the requirements of any coursework award of the University. In particular:

6.1.1

specified credit will be awarded when the work presented is of substantially the same standard and has substantially the same syllabus as an equivalent topic offered at the University;

6.1.2

unspecified credit will be awarded for work of a similar standard to work at this University, but for which there is no direct topic equivalent; and

6.1.3

block credit will be awarded for work of a similar standard in a program of studies which has an equivalent to one offered at the University.

6.2

Applicants for credit in an undergraduate award may be granted any combination of credit as described in Clauses 6.1.1 to 6.1.3 subject to the following constraints:

6.2.1

no more than two-thirds of the total unit value of the award will be granted as specified or block credit;

6.2.2

no more than one-third of the total unit value of the award will be granted as unspecified credit; and

6.2.3

they shall be required to complete at least thirty-six units of study at the University not presented for any other award.

6.3

Applicants for credit in a postgraduate award may be granted any combination of credit as described in Clauses 6.1.1 to 6.1.3 up to a total of no more than two-thirds the total unit value of the relevant award.

7

Notification of Applicants

7.1

The faculty shall notify the applicant of the outcome of their credit application. This notification will include:

7.1.1

the nature and amount of credit granted in the award;

7.1.2

the requirements of the award remaining unfulfilled; and

7.1.3

details of any amendment to the applicant's enrolment required as a result of the outcome of the application.

7.2

All fully documented applications received no later than two weeks prior to the commencement of the relevant teaching period will be resolved and applicants notified prior to the last day to enrol.

8

Appeals

An enrolled student may lodge an appeal under Section 6 of the University policy on Student Appeals and Complaints on the grounds that the amount or type of credit granted towards an award contravenes this policy or any specific provision made in a Rule under Statutes 7.1 or 7.3.

9

Publication of the Rules used to Grant Credit

9.1

This policy shall be published annually.

9.2

The Director, Academic and Student Services shall publish annually a Register of Credit Transfer Rules containing:

9.2.1

the rules made by each faculty pursuant to Clause 4.3.3 above; and

9.2.2

an assurance that, where no rules have yet been made pursuant to Clause 4.3.3 above, each application will be considered individually on its merits.