UWA Handbook 2017

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Faculty policies and guidelines

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 or the Doctor of Philosophy Rules. Also refer to the Graduate Research School policies and guidelines. The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics administers all postgraduate studies by coursework and dissertation, or by coursework.

  1. Approval of unit selection (or design of courses)
  2. Advanced standing
  3. Appeals
  4. Course entry and prerequisites
  5. Academic conduct
  6. Examinations and assessment
  7. Fees for postgraduate courses
  8. Membership of professional bodies
  9. Minimum enrolment numbers
  10. Scholarships
  11. Satisfactory progress and progress status categories for graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master's degrees by coursework or coursework and dissertation

Approval of unit selection (or design of courses)

All students are advised to consult the Faculty Rules before choosing units. Students should pay particular attention to the unit rules which are listed under each unit description in the Unit details section. Students who have any questions in relation to their courses should consult the course coordinator.

Some postgraduate courses require students to obtain approval for the selection of their units and students should consult the Faculty Rules for their intended course for guidance.

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Advanced standing

The Faculty welcomes enquiries about the granting of advanced standing (credit) towards its courses on the basis of relevant prior study at an appropriate level. Each application for advanced standing is assessed on its merits in the context of the University and Faculty policies on the granting of advanced standing. In approving advanced standing, the Faculty seeks to ensure that advanced standing 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 advanced standing should be addressed to the ECM Student Office.

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Appeals

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

Refer to the Faculty's examinations, appeals and policies page on how to appeal against academic assessment or progress status.

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Course entry and prerequisites

Entry to postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty is based on some or all of the following criteria: previous academic record; evidence of English language competency; relevant employment experience; and availability of appropriate supervision and facilities.

For further information students should consult the rules for the particular course or contact the ECM Student Office.

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Academic conduct

It is important for all students to read the University Policy on: Academic Conduct and the Faculty's policy on academic dishonesty.

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Examinations and assessment

The means of assessment of student performance must comply with the University Policy on: Assessment. Faculties may have specific rules in areas related to academic assessment undertaken by schools offering postgraduate courses. This may include:

  • deferred, supplementary and qualifying examinations;
  • academic dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication and falsification of data.

The Faculty policy on assessment deals with the formal assessment of work contributing to the final marks achieved by students in the units in which they are enrolled.

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Fees for postgraduate courses

Students may be eligible for FEE-HELP from the Commonwealth Government. Refer to tuition fees and University fees and charges for information. Any queries should be directed to the Fees Officer, Student Administration, telephone 6488 8745.

All international students at UWA are required to pay tuition fees for their research and coursework studies. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of the course.

Note: Some postgraduate units and courses use non-standard semesters.

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Membership of professional bodies

Statistical Society of Australia Inc.

Students completing a degree in statistics will typically be eligible for accreditation as a graduate statistician (GStat) by the Statistical Society of Australia. As the exact requirements for this professional accreditation may change from time to time, interested students should approach a member of the Statistics discipline of the Faculty or the Statistical Society of Australia for further information.

The Australian Computer Society

The following awards are accredited as Professional Level Courses for the purpose of membership of the ACS, the recognised Australian association for information and communication technology professionals:

Graduate Diploma in Computer Science
Master of Computer Science
Master of Information Technology

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is accredited at Associate level.

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Minimum enrolment numbers

In accordance with the University Policy on: Changes to Units, units may be cancelled if the identified minimum enrolment is not achieved. Students will be notified in writing if a unit in which they have enrolled is cancelled.

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Scholarships

Postgraduate students may apply for a number of scholarships.

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Progress status

Each faculty makes such arrangements as it thinks proper for dealing with students who have failed to make satisfactory progress. The rules governing satisfactory progress are described in the Student Rules and 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 restricted options for re-enrolment
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. Not permitted to re-enrol in the course for a period of 12 months.
Progress status: EXCLUDED
Conditions: This progress status is not currently assigned by the Faculty for postgraduate courses.
Results in: Exclusion from the course

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