UWA Handbook 2017

Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts

Faculty policies and guidelines for postgraduate courses

  1. Research only degrees
  2. Course entry and prerequisites
  3. Fees for postgraduate courses
  4. Higher degree preliminary
  5. Candidature
  6. Unit selection
  7. Minimum enrolment
  8. Overloads
  9. Credit
  10. Assessment, examinations and appeals
  11. Progress status
  12. Academic conduct
  13. Professional registration
  14. Professional memberships
  15. Award of degree with distinction

Research only degrees

All higher degree studies taken by way of research only are under the control of the Academic Board through the Board of the Graduate Research School. These degrees are governed by the Master's Degree by Research Rules and the Doctor of Philosophy Rules. Refer to the Graduate Research School policies and guidelines.

This section refers only to postgraduate degree programs taken by coursework or a combination of coursework and research.

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Course entry and prerequisites

Refer to the ALVA postgraduate page for information on postgraduate studies involving coursework.

For further information students should contact the ALVA Student Office.

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Fees for postgraduate courses

Refer to tuition fees for postgraduate coursework programs. Students may be eligible for FEE-HELP from the Commonwealth Government. Further information is provided by Student Administration on the University fees and charges page. Any queries should be directed to the Fees Officer through askUWA.

All international students at UWA are required to pay tuition fees for their research and coursework programs. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of the course. Refer to fees for postgraduate coursework degrees for details of course fees.

Domestic students enrolling in the Master of Architecture (coursework) may be eligible for a Commonwealth-supported place (HECS-HELP). Contact the ALVA Student Office for further information.

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Higher degree preliminary

Students who wish to apply for a higher degree by research but do not have the necessary preparation and are not eligible for honours entry may apply for admission to the Higher Degree by Research Preliminary course. The course is usually one year full-time or equivalent part-time and is made up of an honours-level program of study. This can be varied depending on a student's existing knowledge and what they require to adequately prepare for entry to a higher degree by research.

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Candidature

Continued candidature in subsequent years is subject to satisfactory performance in the previous year. Enrolment should normally be continuous until the course is completed.

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Unit selection

All students are advised to consult the Faculty Rules before choosing units. Students who have any questions in relation to their course and units should consult the ALVA Student Office.

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Minimum enrolment

In accordance with the University Policy on: Changes to Units, some postgraduate units may be cancelled if the identified minimum number of enrolments as set out in Faculty policy is not achieved.

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Overloads

Students should refer to the University Policy on: Full-time and part-time enrolment and overload and Student Rule 15. Students considering overloads should also refer to the Faculty prerequisites before seeking special approval from the Faculty.

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Credit

The Faculty welcomes enquiries about the granting of credit towards its courses on the basis of relevant prior study at an appropriate level. Each application for credit is assessed on its merits in the context of the University and Faculty policies on the granting of credit. In approving credit, the Faculty is concerned to ensure that credit granted is compatible with the structure of the academic program to which a student is admitted and that advanced entry to a course is appropriate to the student's background. Enquiries on credit should be addressed to the ALVA Student Office.

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Assessment, examinations and appeals

Within the bounds of University-wide policy, the Faculty is responsible for the formulation of faculty-wide policy in areas related to academic assessment. This includes:

  • deferred, supplementary and qualifying examinations and satisfactory performance;
  • the award of a progress status; and academic misconduct including cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication and falsification of materials submitted for assessment (in accordance with University-wide policy on ethical scholarship, academic literacy and academic misconduct).

Examinations and appeals

The Faculty follows the University-wide policy on examinations and appeals.

Assessment practices

The means of assessment of student performance varies from unit to unit. In most units, performance throughout the year or semester is taken into account: this may involve assessment of performance in tutorials, tests or examinations, and assessment of essays and assignments.

A number of design and art studio units are assessed 100 per cent by folio submission, which may include some interim submissions and a final folio submission.

A student whose attendance or performance at classes for a unit during the semester has been unsatisfactory may be refused admission to the examinations or may not be permitted to submit a folio and be deemed to have failed. Refer to Student Rule 30.

The formal examination periods are in June and November.

Special consideration

If examination preparation or performance in an examination or preparation of an assessment task is seriously affected by illness, or some other circumstance beyond the control of the individual, a student may apply to the Faculty for special consideration. Refer to the University Policy on: Special Considerations. The student should contact the ALVA Student Office as soon as possible and should provide appropriate documentary evidence.

Deferred examinations

Deferred examinations may be granted if examination preparation has been seriously interrupted by illness or if illness or other unavoidable cause has made it impossible to sit the examination. A student in this situation should communicate with the ALVA Student Office. Refer to the University Policy on: Special Considerations.

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Progress status

The rules governing satisfactory progress are described in the Student Rules and Section 2.2.1 of the Faculty Rules. The University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School) applies.

Opportunity to show cause

Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' are provided with an opportunity to submit a statement of the reasons for their failure to make satisfactory progress and of the steps they have taken, or will take, to address these if they are permitted to re-enrol. Refer to Student Rule 36 and the University Policy on: Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students for further details.

Progress status categories

Following is a summary of the Faculty's progress status categories and associated outcomes:

Satisfactory progress
Progress status: GOOD STANDING
Conditions: Refer to Part 5 of the Student Rules, the relevant Faculty Rules and the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School)
Results in: Permission to re-enrol for the following academic year
Unsatisfactory progress
Progress status: ON PROBATION
Conditions: Refer to Part 5 of the Student Rules, the relevant Faculty Rules and the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School)
Results in: Permission to re-enrol for the following academic year, with conditions to be determined by the ALVA Student Office
Progress status: SUSPENDED
Conditions: Refer to Part 5 of the Student Rules, the relevant Faculty Rules and the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School)
Results in: Suspension from the course for a maximum of one year, with either an automatic return to Good Standing or a status of On Probation following that period. See specific course rules for more details.
Progress status: EXCLUDED
Conditions: Refer to Part 5 of the Student Rules, the relevant Faculty Rules and the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School)
Results in: Exclusion from the course

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Appeals against progress status

Student Rules 43 and 44 provide for appeals against progress status. Students should also refer to assessment, satisfactory progress, unsatisfactory progress and progress status, appeals and grievances, University Policy on: Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students and Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students.

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Academic conduct

It is important for all students to read the University Policy on: Academic conduct.

To access the Faculty's full policy on this issue refer to current students page.

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Professional registration

Master of Architecture (Coursework)

Following completion of the course, graduates must undertake a minimum of two years' professional work experience under the direction of a registered architect and then pass the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) before being eligible to register as an architect in Australia.

Graduates should refer to the Architects Board of Western Australia for registration requirements.

This qualification is also widely recognised overseas. For further information see Commonwealth Association of Architects and Canberra Accord.

Master of Landscape Architecture (Coursework)

The UWA Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

Graduates will satisfy the educational requirements of AILA graduate membership as the first step towards applying for professional recognition as an AILA Registered Landscape Architect, if they have completed a Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture major) at UWA followed by the UWA Master of Landscape Architecture degree.

Refer to AILA Accreditation for more details.

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Professional memberships

Student membership of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) is available to all students studying in an Architecture degree course. Students in the Faculty are also active in Student Organised Network for Architecture (SONA) which is the student division of AIA and in the Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia (AASA). SONA aims to advance the interests of architecture students, architectural education and architecture through the promotion of student work and thinking SONA members are the new wave of design talent and are involved across a broad range of Institute events and activities.

Student membership of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is available to all students studying in a Landscape Architecture degree course.

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Award of degree with distinction

The Master of Architecture (coursework) (25520), the Master of Urban Design (Coursework and Dissertation) (25530) and the Master of Landscape Architecture (Coursework) (25550) may be awarded with distinction. Students should refer to the course rules for further details

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