UWA Handbook 2017

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Faculty policies and guidelines

  1. Advanced standing
  2. Appeals
  3. Approval of unit selection
  4. Assessment and examinations
  5. Concurrent enrolment in diploma courses
  6. Dean's congratulations
  7. Academic conduct
  8. Honours policies and procedures
  9. Minimum enrolment numbers
  10. Overloads
  11. Other engineering courses
  12. Prizes and scholarships
  13. Professional requirements

Advanced standing

The Faculty welcomes enquiries about the granting of advanced standing (credit) towards its courses on the basis of relevant prior study at an appropriate level. Each application for advanced standing is assessed on its merits in the context of the University and Faculty policies on the granting of advanced standing. In approving advanced standing, the Faculty seeks to ensure that advanced standing 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 advanced standing should be addressed to the ECM Student Office.

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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.

Refer to the Faculty's examinations, appeals and policies page on how to appeal against academic assessment or progress status.

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.

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Approval of unit selection

All re-enrolling students must consult the Faculty Rules and the study guides before choosing units. Students should pay particular attention to the prescribed units for the Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences courses, or the components of the combined courses, and to the unit rules listed under each unit description in the Unit details section. Students who have any questions in relation to their courses should consult the course advisers, heads of schools or staff in the ECM Student Office.

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Assessment and examinations

Assessment

The Faculty policy on assessment deals with the formal assessment of work contributing to the final marks achieved by students in the units in which they are enrolled. The policy includes procedures which contribute to sound assessment practice including the identification of clear objectives for courses and units; good communication between students and their teachers; commitment to regular critical review of existing practices; and recognition of the need for open and transparent processes.

Examinations

Examinations are usually held after each semester each year. Students whose attendance at classes or whose work has not been satisfactory may be refused admission to examinations by the Faculty. The Faculty policy on examinations and appeals is available on request from the ECM Student Office.

Students who miss an examination should contact the Manager, Student Administration immediately at the Student Administration enquiry counter (Student Central) or telephone 6488 2468.

Supplementary assessment

Students should refer to the Faculty's supplementary assessment policy and the University Policy on: Supplementary Assessment.

Calculator policy

Refer to the Faculty's calculator policy for a list of calculators that may be used during examinations and tests. Calculators must have an 'approved' sticker attached to them before being taken into any examination or test. These stickers cannot be removed and placed onto another calculator.

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Concurrent enrolment in a diploma course

A diploma in Modern Languages provides an opportunity for students to pursue a program in one of this area of study concurrently with their undergraduate degree course.

With the permission of the Faculty, a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Engineering may apply to the Faculty of Arts for admission to the Diploma in Modern Languages. Application forms are available from the Student Office in the Faculty of Arts.

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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 and who obtain a mark of 80 per cent or higher in each of the units undertaken in a full calendar year. The Dean also sends a letter of congratulation to all students who are awarded first class honours.

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Academic conduct

It is important for all students to read the University Policy on: Academic Conduct and the Faculty's policy on academic dishonesty.

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Honours policies and procedures

In accordance with University policy, honours may be offered end-on as is the procedure for the Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences and the Bachelor of Computer Science, or concurrently as required for the Bachelor of Engineering.

For information on honours degrees in the Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Computer Science students should refer to the individual course rules under the Faculty Rules. Students in the Bachelor of Engineering should refer to the honours classification policy.

In accordance with University policy, students who wish to undertake further studies after completing their bachelor's degree course are required to have adequate research preparation. This may be gained as part of an approved honours course.

Classification of honours

Students in the Bachelor of Engineering should refer to the Faculty's policy on honours classification. Students in the Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (Honours) or Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) courses should contact the relevant school for details of honours classifications.

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Minimum enrolment numbers

In accordance with University Policy on: Changes to Units and Faculty policy, units may be cancelled if a minimum enrolment is not achieved. The minimum viable enrolment for a unit within the Faculty is 10. Students will be notified in writing if a unit in which they have enrolled is cancelled.

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Overloads

Students should refer to the University Policy on: Full-time and art-time enrolment and overload and Student Rule 15. In accordance with University policy, this Faculty has resolved to introduce additional requirements for students in its courses.

Refer to the Faculty's overload policy for further details.

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Other engineering courses

Universities and institutions elsewhere in Australia offer engineering and related degree courses not offered by this Faculty such as aeronautical engineering, naval architecture and surveying. For some of these courses students can apply to enter the second or third year, having completed one or two years in this Faculty. Students should obtain advice in this and more general matters from the institutions offering the course in which they are interested. Addresses and courses available may be found in the Directory of Higher Education Courses, the Commonwealth Universities Yearbook, and the handbooks and calendars of the institutions themselves, many of which are available for reference in the University Library or on the Internet.

Aeronautical engineering

No course in aeronautical engineering is offered at this University. Students who have successfully completed the first two years of the course for the Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at this University and wish to study aeronautical engineering may apply for admission to the third year of the four-year Aeronautical Engineering course at the University of Sydney. Students can also apply for the higher entry Aeronautical (Space Engineering) stream but they require at least a credit average in their UWA results to be considered. Other universities in Australia also offer courses in aeronautical engineering.

Surveying

No degree in surveying is offered at this University. Enquiries may be directed to Curtin University of Technology.

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Prizes and scholarships

A number of prizes are available to students in the Faculty, many of which are awarded to the best students completing specific units within the Faculty.

A number of scholarships are also available to undergraduate students in a variety of programs and degrees and at various stages of those degrees. Applications for scholarships for 2016 will be called for and advertised in 2015.

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Professional requirements

It is strongly recommended that graduates attain full professional status by becoming corporate members of one or more recognised institutions in their field, most of which accept a degree of this University as suitable for part of the qualifications for membership. Before a student qualifies for admission to corporate membership, which confers full professional status, he or she is required by all institutions to obtain suitable experience in professional practice over a specified period.

Early-career engineers who have not attained all the necessary qualifications for corporate membership are advised to join professional institutions at graduate, affiliate or associate level to obtain many of the advantages of corporate membership.

Details of the procedure for joining these institutions are obtainable from the heads of the relevant schools. Listed below are some recognised professional institutions.

Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia is the primary professional body for engineering in Australia. The Bachelor of Engineering is accredited by Engineers Australia and satisfies the academic requirements for membership of this institution. Corporate members of Engineers Australia are able to join a number of overseas professional institutions with a minimum of formality under a number of agreements in place.

One such agreement is the Washington Accord which provides for the mutual recognition of accredited degree courses of the Bachelor of Engineering among the signatories in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States of America, Canada, South Africa and Hong Kong.

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

The AusIMM is the primary professional body for mining engineering in Australia. The Bachelor of Engineering in Mining is recognised by the AusIMM and satisfies the academic requirements for membership of this institution.

Statistical Society of Australia Inc.

A student with a major in Applied Statistics in the Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences degree may be eligible for accreditation as a graduate statistician (GStat) by the Statistical Society of Australia. As the exact requirement for this professional accreditation may change from time to time, interested students should approach a member of the Statistics discipline of the Faculty or the Statistical Society of Australia for further information.

The Association for Computing Machinery (USA)

The following degrees all satisfy the requirements for membership of this institution:

Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering
Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences

The Australian Computer Society

The ACS is the recognised Australian association for information and communication technology professionals. The following awards are accredited as Professional Level Courses for the purpose of membership:

Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering
Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (selected majors)
Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
Diploma in Information Technology

The Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

The Bachelor of Engineering degree with Honours satisfies the academic requirements for Corporate Membership and the EC (UK) academic requirements for a Chartered Engineer.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA)

The following degrees/programs all satisfy the requirements for membership of this institution:

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering
Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK)

The Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering gives complete exemption from the membership examination.

The Institution of Chemical Engineers

The Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical and Process Engineering satisfies the requirements for membership of this institution.

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