Policy Library common glossary

The Policy Library common glossary is a list of terms and their standard definitions for policies, procedures and guidelines. Unless separately defined or the context of the policy requires otherwise then the following definitions apply to each policy.

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  • Antisemitism

    is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

  • Articulated set of courses

    means a sequence of courses in which the subjects required for the earlier course(s) in the sequence are a subset of the subjects required for the later course(s). The set of courses may have one of the following:

    1. A single entry point, where students are admitted to the highest course in the sequence but may apply to graduate as they meet the requirements for a lower award in the sequence (for example, all students must enrol in a masters level course but may apply to graduate with a graduate certificate or graduate diploma).
    2. Multiple entry points, where students can be admitted to, and complete separately, more than one course in the set (for example, they may enrol in a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters level course, and graduate with that award).
  • Assessment

    the process of attributing value to the outcome of a task undertaken by a student to demonstrate their achievement of skills or knowledge.

  • Award

    a qualification such as a certificate, diploma or degree, which the University confers on students who have completed the requirements of the course of study leading to the qualification.  An award represents a particular set of learning outcomes and objectives, based on and compliant with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

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  • Campus

    means a facility or location where the University:
    i.    has ownership of, or long term legal tenure at, the location or facility (generally indicated by freehold title, Crown land custodianship/trusteeship or exclusive leasehold);
    ii.    currently delivers, or has plans to deliver, a broad range of courses involving regular face-to-face teaching by University employed academic staff that are physically located at the facility;
    iii.    currently delivers, or has plans to deliver, a range of administrative services to staff and students at the location by University employed staff that are physically located at the facility;
    iv.    academic staff at the campus are expected to engage in research and scholarship as part of their duties; or
    v.    the University Council has resolved to approve the designation of the location as a 'campus' under the Act.

  • Census date

    the deadline by which all students must finalise their subject enrolments for each teaching period, after which they are financially and academically liable for each subject that remains on their enrolment.

  • Core subject

    a subject that all students undertaking a course are required to pass, to complete a course.

  • Course

    see Coursework course, Higher degree by research course and Short course. Where the term ‘course’ is used without a modifying adjective, it means a course leading to an award of the University, and does not include short courses. Where a short course is meant, the term ‘short course’ is used.

  • Coursework course

    a course leading to an award/qualification recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework that is not classified as a higher degree by research.

  • Coursework subject

    a subject on a specified topic for which students engage with text, learning materials and/or resources, and complete assessment tasks, not a research component.

  • Credit

    recognition of a student’s prior learning as equivalent to and standing in place of subjects of components of a course. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification. Credit can be recorded as:

    1. Block credit – credit granted for whole stages or components of a course, often granted as a number of subject points. Block credit may be specified or unspecified credit.
    2. Specified credit – credit granted for a specific subject or subjects.
    3. Ungraded credit – credit granted as a transfer credit (TCR) or proficiency credit (PCR) to show that credit has been given, rather than an achievement grade.
    4. Unspecified credit – credit that is not for specific subjects, but rather for a number of subject points, to fulfil course requirements.
  • Credit points

    see “Points”.

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  • Days

    In the absence of specific wording in an academic policy document that identifies whether or not a reference to days is calendar days, business days or working days, then the reference to days is deemed to be calendar days. (AS 12/59, 18.7.2012)

  • Duty to foster the wellbeing of staff and students
    1. includes the duty to ensure that no member of staff and no student suffers unfair disadvantage or unfair adverse discrimination on any basis recognised at law including race, gender, sexuality, religion and political belief; 
    2. includes the duty to ensure that no member of staff and no student is subject to threatening or intimidating behaviour by another person or persons on account of anything they have said or proposed to say in exercising their freedom of speech; 
    3. supports reasonable and proportionate measures to prevent any person from using lawful speech which a reasonable person would regard, in the circumstances, as likely to humiliate or intimidate other persons and which is intended to have either or both of those effects; 
    4. does not extend to a duty to protect any person from feeling offended or shocked or insulted by the lawful speech of another. 

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  • Elite athlete or performer

     includes anyone who has been registered by the University as an elite athlete, pre-elite athlete, elite sports support person or elite performer, which are defined as follows:

    1. Elite athlete – a person competing at the highest level of their sport, either as a national representative or as a professional sportsperson. To be considered an elite athlete, a person will normally have been recognised as such by a national sporting body or professional sports organisation.
    2. Pre-elite athlete – a person who has been recognised by a regional academy or state or national sporting organisation for their potential to attain high honours in their sport, and has been placed in the academy’s or organisation’s program to develop this potential.
    3. Elite sports support person – a referee, coach, official or someone in another support role, working at the national representative level of a sport or in a professional sports organisation, with travel and training commitments similar to those of an elite athlete.
    4. Elite performer – someone who has performed in extensive or significant productions or performances at a state, national or international level.

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  • Grade

    a series of two or three letters recording a student’s final overall result in a subject, or an interim administrative status until a final overall result is decided.

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  • Higher degree by research (HDR) course

    means a course leading to a qualification at Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 or level 10 in which a research component makes up 66% or more of the course volume of learning. Higher degree by research courses lead to the award of a master by research, professional doctorate or doctor of philosophy.

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  • Integrated bachelor (honours) course

    where a bachelor degree and a one-year bachelor (honours) degree are combined in an integrated bachelor (honours) course that meets the requirements of both courses.

  • Intensive school

    – a learning activity or set of learning activities, held online, on campus or at a non-campus physical location, for students enrolled to study a course or subject online. Intensive schools may be delivered in a condensed timetable, and may be compulsory or non-compulsory.

    This may also be referred to as a residential school in some policies or other materials such as handbooks or subject outlines. The term ‘residential school’ will be phased out by March 2023.

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  • Major

    a sequence of subjects in a discipline or on an interdisciplinary theme that:

    1. totals 64 points in volume;
    2. requires students to complete at least 48 points above 100 level; and
    3. requires students to complete at least 16 points above 200 level; but
    4. will not be printed after the award title on the testamur.
  • Minor

    a sequence of subjects in a discipline or on an interdisciplinary theme that:

    1. totals 32 points in volume; and
    2. includes at least 16 points above 100 level.
  • Moderation

    comprises activities to control assessment, assure its quality and review it, to ensure:

    1. consistency, comparability, appropriateness and fairness of assessment judgements;
    2. validity and reliability of assessment tasks, criteria and standards; and that
    3. assessment tasks are credibly capable of valid assessment of the learning outcomes.

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  • Paired subject

    paired subjects are those which have substantially the same content, but differ in their teaching, delivery and/or administration in some way. For example an undergraduate subject may be paired with a postgraduate subject, with the same content but with a higher level of assessment in the postgraduate offering of the subject. Or subjects offered to students undertaking a transition program may be paired with existing subjects, but with modifications to teaching, support and assessment.

  • Point

    A measure of volume of learning, equivalent to between 17.5 and 20 learning hours.

  • Prerequisite subject

    a subject that must be completed before a student can commence study in the next subject for which this is a prerequisite entry requirement.

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  • Research component

    one or more subjects for a higher degree by research course, a master by coursework and dissertation, or a bachelor (honours) course, in which students undertake a substantial piece of research involving a thesis, dissertation, portfolio or project.

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  • Short course

    a learning activity or series of learning activities, for which students may receive a certificate of completion but which is/are not recorded as a subject with a grade on a formal transcript of results and have no relationship to award courses.

  • Single subject

    a credit-bearing subject in which students enrol without admission to a course leading to a qualification.

  • Student

    means a person who is or was enrolled in, or seeking admission to, a course or subject offered by the University or a partner institution or organisation, or who is given permission to audit a course or subject offered by the University or a partner institution or organisation; it includes a candidate for a higher degree by research award, as well as students enrolled in online or on-campus study modes. A student remains a student while on approved leave of absence. 

  • Subject

    means a unit of study in which a student enrols and that will appear on the transcript of their grades.

  • Subject convenor

    means a member of the academic staff of a faculty, appointed by the head of the teaching school, who is responsible to the head of the teaching school for coordinating the academic administration of a subject across all campuses and in all modes it is offered. 

  • Subject coordinator

    means a member of the academic staff of a faculty, appointed by the head of the teaching school, who is responsible to the head of the teaching school for the academic administration of a subject on a particular campus or in a particular mode.

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  • Teaching period

    each formal period of study during which a subject is delivered, including sessions, terms, micro-sessions, year-long periods and ADPP periods.