Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the http://www.governance.uwa.edu.au/procedures/policies/policies-and-procedures?method=document&id=UP16/5'>University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;

and

(c) met the prerequisite for the chosen specialisation, as set out in 4 (2) to 4 (5).

(2) For the Agricultural Economics specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either statistics, mathematics, or economics; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

(3) For the Crop and Livestock Farming Systems specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in science, as recognised by UWA

(4) For the Genetics and Breeding specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either plant biology, animal biology, agriculture, or genetics; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

(5) For the Soil Science and Plant Nutrition specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed prior studies at a tertiary level in either earth science, soil science, plant biology, or agriculture; or in a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 72310 Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science (48 points)
  • 72210 Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Science (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Agricultural Science course before completing it, but after completing 48 points of Level 4 or Level 5 units, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Science.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Agricultural Science course before completing it, but after completing 24 points of Level 4 or Level 5 units, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Science.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-AGECS Agricultural Economics
  • SP-AGSYS Crop and Livestock Farming Systems
  • SP-GENBR Genetics and Breeding
  • SP-SOILS Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the chosen specialisation are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent, which is calculated based on —

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project must have—

(a) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units, relevant to the master's specialisation, in their UWA undergraduate major;

or

(b) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.