UWA Handbook 2017

Rules

Undergraduate Degree Course Rules

Part 1—Preliminary

1. Title

These rules are the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

2. Terms used

The Glossary provides an explanation of the terms used in these rules.

3. Range of undergraduate enrolments

A student who is an undergraduate must be enrolled in—

(a) an undergraduate pass degree course; or

(b) an honours degree course referred to in Rule 9; or

(c) the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree course referred to in Rule 12.

4. Nomination of degree-specific major for undergraduate degree course

A student enrolled in an undergraduate pass degree course or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree course must nominate a degree-specific major for the course in which the student is enrolled.

Part 2—Undergraduate pass degree courses

5. Undergraduate pass degree courses

(1) An undergraduate pass degree course consists of 24 units.

(2) The units must include a degree-specific major in the form of either a single major or a double major.

(3) A single major consists of eight units from the same disciplinary field with, normally—

(a) two Level 1 units; and

(b) two Level 2 units; and

(c) four Level 3 units.

(4) A double major consists of 14 units with, normally—

(a) two Level 1 units that are acceptable to each major; and

(b) four Level 2 units; and

(c) eight Level 3 units.

(5) An undergraduate pass degree course must include—

(a) no more than 12 Level 1 units; and

(b) at least 12 Level 2 or Level 3 units, including at least four Level 3 units; and

(c) four broadening units, at least one of which must be a Category A broadening unit.

(6) A unit that is a complementary unit in relation to a student's degree-specific major must be included in the student's undergraduate pass degree course.

6. Academic Conduct Essentials, Communication and Research Skills and Indigenous Studies Essential modules

(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in an undergraduate pass degree course of the University for the first time, irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake modules called Academic Conduct Essentials (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.

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

7. Satisfactory progress

(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) in one or more of the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.

(3) A student who fails a unit twice is not permitted to enrol again in that unit unless the relevant board approves otherwise.

8. Progress status

(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 7(1) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 7(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 7(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';

(d) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 7(2) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 7(1).

Part 3—Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science honours degree courses

9. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science honours degree courses

(1) The honours degree course consists of the equivalent of eight units.

(2) The honours degree course includes a research dissertation that is normally—

(a) equivalent to four units; and

(b) required to be completed, whether on a full-time or part-time basis, within two consecutive semesters.

(3) Except as stated in (4), a student who enrols in the honours degree course for the first time, irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake modules called Academic Conduct Essentials (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.

(4) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module is not required to repeat the relevant module.

10. Satisfactory progress

(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass all units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) For the dissertation component of the honours degree course the relevant board determines whether satisfactory progress has been made having regard to the report of the student's supervisor.

(3) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) in one or more of the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.

11. Progress status

(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances,

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(1) or (2) is assigned the progress status of 'Excluded';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(3) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(1) or (2).

Part 4—Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree course

12. Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree course

(1) The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree course consists of 32 units.

(2) The units must include—

(a) no more than 12 Level 1 units; and

(b) at least 12 Level 2 or above units, including at least four Level 3 units; and

(c) four broadening units including at least one Category A broadening unit; and

(d) the equivalent of eight Level 4 units; and

(e) a degree-specific major in the form of either a single major or a double major; and

(f) a research dissertation component equivalent to four Level 4 units.

(3) A single major consists of eight units from the same disciplinary field with, normally—

(a) two Level 1 units; and

(b) two Level 2 units; and

(c) four Level 3 units.

(4) A double major consists of 14 units with, normally—

(a) two Level 1 units that are acceptable to each major; and

(b) four Level 2 units; and

(c) eight Level 3 units.

(5) At least one of the units in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree course must normally involve the study of a language other than English.

(6) A unit that is a complementary unit in relation to a student's degree-specific major must be included in the student's degree course.

(7) Students are normally required to undertake a residential program approved by the Academic Board before the Level 1 units are completed.

(8) A semester of study outside of Australia (that may include a research placement) must normally be undertaken after the Level 1 units are completed and before the Level 3 units are completed.

13. Academic Conduct Essentials, Communication and Research Skills and Indigenous Studies Essential modules

(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree course for the first time, irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake modules called Academic Conduct Essentials (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.

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

14. Satisfactory progress

(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass all units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty and maintain a course weighted average mark of at least 75.

(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) in one or more of the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.

15. Progress status

(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 14(2) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.

(3) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances or (2) or (4) applies, a student who does not make satisfactory progress is assigned the progress status of 'Excluded'.

(4) A student who has a weighted average mark below 75 in their first academic year but who, in the opinion of the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) Selection Group of the Curriculum Committee, has a reasonable prospect of attaining a cumulative weighted average mark of 75 by the time their progress is next assessed, is assigned the progress status of ‘On Probation’ and appropriate conditions are applied to allow close monitoring of the student’s progress in the next period with a view to course transfer if appropriate.

(5) To be awarded the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) a student must achieve an Honours classification of 2A or above.

(6) A student who is awarded an Honours classification below 2A is awarded the degree to which their degree-specific major belongs with the relevant classification of Honours.