UWA Handbook 2017

Faculty of Science

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 Faculty of Science administers all postgraduate studies in science by thesis and coursework, coursework and dissertation, and coursework only.

  1. Course entry and prerequisites
  2. Fees for postgraduate courses
  3. Approved Leave
  4. Minimum enrolment numbers
  5. Assessment, examinations and appeals
  6. Satisfactory progress
  7. Academic conduct

Course entry and prerequisites

Information about the postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty of Science can be accessed at the Faculty of Science Coursework page.

Entry to programs involving coursework is based on the following criteria:

(a) previous academic record;

(b) relevant employment experience where applicable; and

(c) availability of appropriate supervision and facilities.

Selection in some cases includes an interview.

For further information students should contact the Science Student Office.

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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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Approved Leave

Students wishing to take leave from the course for one semester or more must submit an online application for Approved Leave to Student Administration prior to commencing the requested leave.

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Minimum enrolment numbers

In accordance with the University Policy on: Changes to Units, the Faculty of Science reserves the right to cancel units in which a minimum enrolment of five is not achieved.

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Assessment, examinations and appeals

Unit coordinators provide students with a unit outline and an assessment mechanism statement at the commencement of the unit. Further information related to assessment can be found in the University Policy on: Assessment and the Student Rules.

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 grievances and the University Policy on: Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students and Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students.

Special consideration

University Policy provides for special consideration.

If preparation for, or performance in, an examination or other item of assessment is seriously impaired by illness or other exceptional circumstances beyond their control, students may apply to the Faculty for special consideration of these circumstances to be taken into account during the process of assessment. A special consideration form can be downloaded or collected from the Science Student Office. Students can submit their completed form and supporting documentation (e.g. appropriate medical or other reports) to the Science Student Office via askUWA or in person within three working days after the due date of the assessment item for which special consideration is sought. The Faculty may consider late applications if there are exceptional circumstances preventing application within the time limit.

Missed examinations

Any student who misses an examination must report immediately to the Manager, Student Administration (Student Central), who will advise of the procedures to be followed.

Deferred examinations

The University's approved procedure for deferred examinations appears in Student Rule 33.

Any application for a deferred examination should be made to the Science Student Office. Applications for deferred examinations, with appropriate medical or other documentary support, should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than three working days following the date of the examination. Approval of an application for a deferred examination is not guaranteed. Deferred examinations are held in the periods for supplementary and deferred examinations (July/August and January/February) unless the school involved makes a separate arrangement in special circumstances.

Students can download the special consideration form or collect a copy from the Science Student Office. They can submit their completed form and supporting documentation (e.g. appropriate medical or other reports) to the Science Student Office via askUWA or in person within three working days after the due date of the assessment item for which special consideration is sought.

Unless the Faculty permits otherwise in extreme mitigating circumstances, students who are granted a deferred examination are not permitted to defer the deferred examination.

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Satisfactory progress

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. Refer to Faculty of Science Course Rules.

Progress status

A student who fails to make satisfactory progress is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances or as specified in the course 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 circumstances if they are permitted to re-enrol. See 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 Science Faculty's progress status categories and associated outcomes.

Good Standing

Students who have made satisfactory progress are given the status of 'Good Standing' and are permitted to re-enrol.

On Probation

Excluded students who are permitted to re-enrol will be awarded a progress status of 'On Probation' and must comply with any conditions placed on their re-enrolment.

Excluded

The Board of Examiners in the Faculty of Science, may exclude a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress. A student who has been excluded must re-apply if they wish to return to study in the course.

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Academic conduct

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

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