UWA Handbook 2017

Faculty of Education

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 and Doctor of Philosophy Rules. Also refer to the Graduate Research School policies and guidelines.

The Teaching and Learning Committee and Research Committee of the Graduate School of Education administer the various postgraduate courses within the School.

  1. Course entry and prerequisites
  2. Fees for postgraduate courses
  3. Candidature
  4. Approval of unit selection (or design of courses)
  5. Restricted units
  6. Overloads
  7. Minimum enrolment numbers
  8. Credit
  9. Assessment and examinations
  10. Professional requirements
  11. Progress status
  12. Prizes
  13. Scholarships
  14. Academic conduct

Course entry and prerequisites

Applications are submitted online for postgraduate coursework courses. Application forms for courses with a research component are available from the Faculty. Entry to postgraduate study involving coursework, thesis and coursework, or thesis only is based on the following criteria:

(a) previous academic record;

(b) relevant employment experience;

(c) availability of appropriate supervision and facilities.

Selection in some cases includes an interview.

For further information on all courses, students should contact the Faculty Administrative Officer.

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Fees for postgraduate courses

Refer to tuition fees for postgraduate coursework. 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, Student Administration, telephone 6488 8745.

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

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Candidature

Continued candidature in subsequent years is subject to satisfactory performance in the previous year. Coursework students are judged on their results to date. Thesis and coursework students are judged on their coursework results initially, then on their annual progress report during the thesis component of the degree.

Enrolment should normally be continuous until the course is completed. Applications for approved leave for postgraduate coursework students should be made online through Student Connect and applications for suspension for research students need to be submitted from these forms.

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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. New students, and students who have any questions in relation to their courses, must consult the course coordinator or the Faculty Administrative Officer.

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Restricted units

Units that include professional experience (teaching practice) are restricted to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Education or the Master of Teaching.

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Overloads

Normally, a course taught full-time over one year has a standard value of 48 points. The Graduate Diploma in Education course is overloaded by 12 points to 60 points. This will incur an increase in fees for students enrolled in the course. The overload is to accommodate the pre-service requirements for employment in Western Australia.

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Minimum enrolment numbers

In accordance with the University Policy on: Changes to Units and Faculty of Education policy, the Faculty may cancel option units if the minimum enrolment of 10 students is not achieved.

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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 Faculty Administrative Officer.

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Assessment and examinations

The means of assessment of student performance must comply with the University Policy on: Assessment.

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

Academic assessment

The means of assessment of student performance varies from unit to unit and may be by way of examination, assignments and/or practical requirements. Examinations may be held at the appropriate times during the academic year or at the end of the year. In most units some form of cumulative assessment operates.

The grades that students receive during the year are provisional only, until they have been endorsed by the Board of Examiners. Assignments are graded according to the University scale and only grades, not percentages, are recorded on students' assignments. Refer to the University Policy on: Assessment.

Assignments

All assignments must be submitted with a covering assignment sheet through the General Office (Second Floor, Education Building) or uploaded through the Learning Management System (LMS). Normally, assignments are returned to students within three weeks unless otherwise advised.

Extensions

Assignment submission dates indicated in unit outlines are final. Extensions may only be requested on presentation of medical certificates or in cases of serious personal or family crisis. (These should be discussed with the unit coordinator.) This does not include difficulty in managing course requirements with work or recreational arrangements. Late submission of assignments may incur penalties.

Failure to pass a Professional Practice unit

Students in the Graduate Diploma in Education or the Master of Teaching who fail to pass a Professional Practice unit will have their case considered by the relevant committee for a decision on whether they may repeat the practicum or not be permitted to proceed with the course. Students should contact the course coordinator if they are in danger of not passing a Professional Practice unit.

Satisfactory progress

To make satisfactory progress, a student must pass units to the value of at least half of the total value of units for which they are enrolled, and comply with the following additional requirements specified by the Faculty.

Students whose mid-year assessment/examination results do not meet the requirements of satisfactory progress will receive a written warning that they are in danger of being suspended if their academic results do not improve.

Students who do not meet the satisfactory progress requirements in any calendar year are assigned an 'unsatisfactory' progress status (refer to Progress status).

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Professional requirements

The Faculty of Education offers units for professional recognition within the course for the Graduate Diploma in Education and the Master of Teaching. Because of its responsibility for the education, safety and wellbeing of children in schools, the teaching profession demands the highest professional standards and personal ethics from practitioners.

The Department of Education WA and cooperating non-government schools have the right to determine 'fit and proper persons' to enter and teach in schools and have the legal right to exclude people from school premises. These powers have been exercised in cases of serious or frequent criminal conviction and may also be exercised in cases where pupils are thought to be at risk for any reason.

For these reasons, a current Department of Education National Police History Check (NPHC) and a Working with Children Clearance must be presented before any student undertakes a teaching practicum. If a clearance is not provided, a student must approach the Department of Education WA for permission to proceed.

Students should also be aware that a criminal record does not necessarily preclude an applicant from employment as a teacher.

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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. Full details of the rules governing satisfactory progress are described in the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School), the Student Rules and in the Faculty of Education Rules.

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 Faculty Adviser
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. Students returning from suspension must consult the Dean or relevant course coordinator with regard to their poor performance.
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

Appeals

Student Rules 43 and 44 provide for appeals against academic assessment and appeals against progress status respectively. Students should 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.

Continuous assessment—appeals

Students wishing to appeal against a mark for an item contributing to continuous assessment should follow the procedure set out below:

1. A student who wishes to query a mark awarded by a lecturer for such an assessment must, no later than three University working days after the date on which the assessment was either distributed or made available to students—

(a) apply in writing to the lecturer in charge of the unit stating precisely the grounds on which the appeal is made; and

(b) if not satisfied with the outcome of the appeal referred to in (a) above, appeal in writing, within a further 10 University working days after the outcome of the initial appeal is known, to the Dean of Education stating again the grounds on which the appeal is made.

2. The student must, if applicable, lodge with the appeal application the original piece of work which was submitted for assessment.

3. The lecturer in charge of the unit shall convey in writing the outcome of the appeal to the student within one week of the appeal being lodged with the lecturer.

4. The Dean shall convey in writing a determination or explanation to the student within two weeks of the appeal being lodged with the Dean.

5. The procedure outlined above does not preclude a student appealing against a grade awarded by the Board of Examiners, in accordance with the University's approved procedure, as provided under 'Appeals against academic assessments' in Student Rule 43.

However, unless a student has instituted the above procedure in respect of a continuous assessment appeal, they should be aware that reassessment may only be requested while the work is in the same state as when it was assessed and is still in a location supervised by the school.

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Prizes

The Faculty of Education awards prizes based on the selection criteria outlined in the prize conditions.

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Scholarships

The Faculty of Education offers the following scholarships:

  • All Saints' College Scholarship
  • Alan Robson Rural Teaching Practicum Scholarship
  • Amy Beatrice Hodgson Memorial Research Award
  • Centenary Trust for Women (CTW) Dr June Jones Master's Scholarship in Education
  • Christ Church Grammar School Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Scholarship
  • Constance Horsfall Scholarship in Education
  • Dale Cook Scholarship
  • Dr F. John Hunt Scholarship
  • Elsie Hope Solly Scholarship in Mathematics Education
  • J Y Grbavac Mathematics Pathway Scholarship
  • Hale School Scholarship
  • TEE Consultants Scholarship for Pre-Service Science Teachers
  • Pearson Pschometric Laboratory (PPL) Scholarship and Assistantship
  • Muriel Horsfall Scholarhsip

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Academic conduct

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

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