UWA Handbook 2017

Faculty of Science

Faculty policies and guidelines

  1. Approval of unit selection
  2. Credit (advanced standing)
  3. Part-time enrolment
  4. Prerequisites
  5. Approved leave
  6. Student exchange
  7. Cross-institutional enrolment
  8. Appeals
  9. Faculty of Science examining guidelines for the Bachelor of Science degrees and specialist degrees
  10. Progress status categories
  11. Academic conduct
  12. Calculator policy

Approval of unit selection

The Bachelor of Science (50110) may be taken by way of either a program or by foundation package and selected major(s). Students are required to study units totaling at least 144 points and not exceeding 168 points. Except as otherwise approved by the Dean, the course must comply with one of the standard courses set out in the rules. This degree course is normally completed over three years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Science (70100) are required to study units totaling 192 points. This degree courses is completed over four years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

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Credit (advanced standing)

The Faculty of Science follows the University Policy: on Credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning.

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Part-time enrolment

Part-time enrolments, i.e. fewer than 36 points in one year, are permitted for domestic students.

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Prerequisites

Students must seek special permission from the relevant faculty if they wish to enrol in a unit for which they have completed the prerequisite(s) more than four years previously.

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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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Student exchange

Science students may apply through the student exchange program to undertake one or two semesters of study at a partner university overseas. In planning their studies abroad they should pay attention to practical (e.g. laboratory) components and to the need to meet any prerequisites for higher-level units they hope to take on their return. Units taken on exchange at an approved partner university may be permitted by the Faculty to count towards a science major if they are directly equivalent, in content and standard, to units offered in the major at this University. It is the student's responsibility to obtain approval in advance and to enrol in accordance with that approval.

Students who undertake study abroad independently at an approved institution, i.e. not as part of an exchange program, may be eligible for credit towards their UWA science course. They are advised to discuss their plans with the Science Student Office beforehand.

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Cross-institutional enrolment

Applications for cross-institutional enrolment at another Australian university can be approved by the Faculty if the intended study is academically appropriate to the student's 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 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 Board of Examiners may agree to consider late applications if there are additional exceptional circumstances preventing application within that time limit but no applications will be accepted after final results have been recorded.

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 in the Student Procedures, Rules and Policies section.

Any application for a deferred examination should be made to the Science Student Office located in the central wing of Agricultural Science building. 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.

Supplementary assessment

The Faculty of Science grants supplementary assessment to bachelor's degree students in accordance with University Policy on: Supplementary Assessment and makes an opportunity for supplementary assessment available for all Level 1 units which belong to the Faculty of Science.

Unless the Faculty permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who are provided with an opportunity for supplementary assessment are not permitted to defer the supplementary assessment.

Unless the Faculty permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail a deferred examination in a unit are not provided with the opportunity for supplementary assessment in that unit.

Students taking the BSc through PSB Academy, who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in a maximum of one unit attempted within the last four teaching period of their course, will be granted a supplementary assessment by the Board of Examiners when all other requirements of the course are complete.

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Faculty of Science examining guidelines for the Bachelor of Science degrees and specialist degrees

Results of examinations

All results of examinations and assessment for the undergraduate degrees and not-for-degree enrolments are submitted to the Board of Examiners in Science. The results are not official until they have been ratified by the relevant Board of Examiners.

Marks and grades

The University Policy on: Grades and Marks for Undergraduate Units and Postgraduate Coursework Units applies.

Percentage marks are supplied for all science units, except those taken at supplementary examinations and those units for which ungraded passes are normally returned.

Release of marks

All marks ratified by the Board of Examiners are released to students via the Student Connect website. The information also appears on the student's official academic record.

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Progress status categories

The University Policy on: Academic Progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School) applies.

Progress status is determined as follows:

(1) It is normally determined at the end of each academic year; that is, at the meeting of the Board of Examiners following the second semester examinations.

(2) For students who commenced their studies at the University for the first time in second semester of any year, the progress status is determined after three consecutive semesters of studies, that is, following the second semester examinations. Thereafter it is determined at the end of each year.

(3) In exceptional circumstances the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science may approve variations from the above.

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. See Student Rule 36 and the University Policy on: Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students for further details.

Unsatisfactory progress status

The University Policy on unsatisfactory progress applies.

Combined course results

Results for students enrolled in combined courses are considered using the same guidelines as for single-degree students. Decisions on the overall progress of students in the combined courses are the responsibility of an Academic Progress Review Committee (or equivalent) in the participating faculties.

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Academic conduct

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

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Calculator policy

The calculator policy provides a list of calculators that may be used during examinations and tests. Calculators must have an 'approved' sticker attached to them to be taken into any examination or test. These stickers cannot be removed and placed on another calculator. They can be obtained from the Science Student Office.

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