UWA Handbook 2017

UWA Business School

Business School policies and guidelines

  1. Approval of unit selection
  2. Assessment, examinations and appeals
  3. Dean's congratulations
  4. Honours policies and procedures
  5. Membership of professional bodies
  6. Minimum enrolment numbers
  7. Overloads
  8. Academic conduct
  9. Prizes
  10. Satisfactory progress and progress status for bachelor's degrees

Approval of unit selection

Students must read the UWA Business School Rules before choosing their units and should pay particular attention to the rules defining majors and minors and the prescribed units for the Bachelor of Commerce degree. Attention should also be given to the rules that are listed in each unit description in the Unit details section. Questions relating to a student's course of study should be directed to the Student Centre.

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Assessment, examinations and appeals

Assessment practices

Details on the formal assessment of work contributing to students' final marks in the units in which they are enrolled are included in the unit outline of each unit.

Examinations

The Board of Examiners in Business will credit all units passed by a student regardless of whether overall satisfactory progress has been made and will deem failed a student reported as absent from an examination in any unit without prior arrangement.

Supplementary examinations

In accordance with University Policy on: Supplementary Assessment, the Board of Examiners in Business may permit a student to take a supplementary examination in a failed unit if (a) it is a unit in which the student is currently enrolled; (b) a mark of 45 to 49 per cent was obtained in that unit; and (c) it is the only remaining unit in which the student is enrolled that is required to complete their degree course.

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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Dean's congratulations

The Dean normally sends a letter of congratulation to full-time students who are enrolled for and complete a minimum of 48 points in the Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Economics and who obtain a mark of 80 per cent or higher in each of the units undertaken in an academic year. The Dean also normally sends a letter of congratulation to the best student in each unit run in a teaching period.

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Honours policies and procedures

Eligibility and selection for honours

As a guide, to be eligible to apply for honours, a student must have achieved an average mark of at least 75 per cent in the Level 3 units taken in a relevant major.

Honours results

The following broad definitions of the honours grades are applied:

First class honours (H1) 80% or greater
Upper second class honours (2A) 70?79%
Lower second class honours (2B) 60?69%
Third class honours (H3) 50?59%
Fail less than 50%1

1 The student has failed to demonstrate competence in the honours course and may, if they are eligible, apply to take out the pass degree in accordance with the University Policy on: Honours Award.

Honours satisfactory progress and progress status

Satisfactory progress

To make satisfactory progress in the course, students must pass all the units for which they are enrolled after the final withdrawal date.

Progress status

The Dean, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners in Business, may exclude a student who has failed to make satisfactory progress.

Award of pass degree

A student who is required to withdraw from or fails to make satisfactory progress in the honours year may apply to the Business School to be awarded the appropriate pass degree, provided they have completed the pass degree requirements in accordance with the rules of the course.

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Membership of professional bodies

CPA Australia

CPA Australia has two levels of membership: Associate and Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), in that order. Membership is open to graduates holding a Bachelor of Commerce degree that includes specified units in addition to those prescribed by the Business School.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Graduates who wish to qualify as members of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand must first satisfy the academic and service requirements and pass the Chartered Accountants program.

To satisfy the academic requirements, the applicant must have satisfied the requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce degree course with passes in all subjects in the sequence of units accredited by the Institute.

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

To fulfil the requirements of the Institute of Public Accountants, graduates must complete all units in the Accounting major.

General note: As the requirements for membership of the professional bodies may change from time to time, students are advised to check with the relevant professional body for the most up-to-date information. The details above are for guidance only and are believed to be correct at the date of publication. All decisions regarding individual applications for membership naturally rest with the relevant organisation.

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Minimum enrolment numbers

In accordance with University Policy on: Changes to Units, units may be cancelled if a minimum enrolment of 20 students is not achieved. Students enrolled in a cancelled unit will be notified of any cancellation in writing and will be requested to change their enrolment.

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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. In accordance with that policy, the Business School has resolved to introduce additional requirements for students wishing to overload in its courses as follows:

  • overloads are not normally approved in the first academic year and never in the first semester of enrolment; and
  • for later academic years, overloads are considered on the basis of past academic performance.

As a guide, an average of 65 per cent across prior studies will be required.

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Academic conduct

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

The Business School's policy on plagiarism is included in the unit outlines.

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Prizes

A number of prizes are available to students with the highest mark in specific units or combinations of units within the Business School.

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Satisfactory progress and progress status for bachelor's degrees

Full details of the policy and 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 relevant Faculty Rules.

Satisfactory progress

To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year students, in addition to meeting the requirements of the University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School), must not have failed the same unit for the third time excluding units undertaken through University Extension.

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 Business School's progress status categories and associated outcomes:

Good Standing

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

On Probation

Students who fail to make satisfactory progress in any year and are permitted to re-enrol in the following year are given the status of 'On Probation' and must meet any conditions determined by the Faculty.

Suspended

Students who fail to make satisfactory progress for the first time, or who have failed the same unit three times since beginning their course, are given the status of 'Suspended' for a period of 12 months. Students will be permitted to automatically return to study following the period of suspension with the progress status of 'On Probation'. Students who have been suspended are not permitted to re-enrol during the period of suspension.

Excluded

Students who fail to make satisfactory progress for the second time are given the progress status of 'Excluded'. Students who were suspended due to failing the same unit three times since beginning their course and have been permitted to re-enrol in the unit will be given the status of 'Excluded' if they subsequently fail the unit a fourth time or if they fail a different unit three times. A student who has been excluded must re-apply if they wish to return to study in the course.

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