UWA Handbook 2017

Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts

Faculty policies and guidelines for undergraduate courses

  1. Approval of unit selection (or design of courses)
  2. Minimum enrolment numbers
  3. Overloads
  4. Credit
  5. Assessment, examinations and appeals
  6. Progress status
  7. Appeals
  8. Prizes
  9. Academic conduct
  10. Professional memberships

Approval of unit selection (or design of courses)

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

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Minimum enrolment numbers

In accordance with the University Policy on: Changes to Units, any option unit may be cancelled if the identified minimum number of enrolments 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 about 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, supplementary1, 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).

1 Supplementary assessment is available to bachelor's pass degree students who receive a final mark of 45 to 49 per cent in a unit when it is the only remaining unit required to complete their course. The Faculty will provide an opportunity for supplementary assessment to a student who has obtained a mark of at least 40 in an undergraduate pass degree unit of any level in which the student is currently enrolled if the unit is being offered for the last time and no other unit with similar content will be available in the next academic year (refer to University Policy on: Supplementary Assessment).

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. In all cases final folios are assessed by panels consisting of the design studio coordinator and at least two other members of the design or art studio staff. Folios considered unsatisfactory by the assessing panels are then considered by a review panel established by the Discipline Chair. Folios are assessed without knowledge of the student's identity.

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 and the University Policy on: Assessment.

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 no later than three University working days after the date on which the examination or work for assessment is due. 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 no later than three University working days after the examination and provide appropriate documentary evidence.

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Progress status

Full details of the rules governing satisfactory progress are described in the Student Rules and Faculty Rules 2.2.1.2 and 2.2.1.3. 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, Faculty Rule 2.2.1.2 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 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, Faculty Rule 2.2.1.3 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 an automatic return to Good Standing following that period
Progress status: EXCLUDED
Conditions: Refer to Part 5 of the Student Rules, Faculty Rule 2.2.1.3 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

Student Rules 43 and 44 provide for appeals against academic assessment and appeals against progress status respectively. Students should also refer to assessment and examination, satisfactory progress, unsatisfactory progress and progress status, 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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Prizes

To access the Faculty's list of prizes, scholarships and endowments refer to Prizes.

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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 the current students page.

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Professional memberships

Student membership of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) is available to all students studying in an accredited Architecture degree course. Students in the Faculty are also active in the 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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