UWA Handbook 2017

Student procedures (undergraduate)

Applicability of student procedures

The following student procedures apply to all commencing, current and, where relevant, suspended and excluded undergraduate students of The University of Western Australia.

  1. Enrolment and re-enrolment
  2. Personal information
  3. Academic timetable
  4. Credit, course structure and overloads
  5. Unit rules (prerequisites, advisable prior study, co-requisites and incompatible units of study)
  6. University time limits for award courses
  7. Change of enrolment and withdrawal
  8. Concurrent enrolment in two award courses
  9. Special approval
  10. Continuing education and audit
  11. Fees
  12. Assessment and examination
  13. Satisfactory progress, unsatisfactory progress and progress status
  14. Transfers and cross-institutional enrolment
  15. Student exchange and study abroad
  16. Course completion and graduation

Enrolment and re-enrolment

Enrolment—commencing students

Student Rule 5

Application for enrolment following offer of a place

Prospective students who receive an Offer of a Place must enrol and submit any associated material by the closing date for enrolment specified on the Offer of a Place.

Associated material may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Request for Commonwealth Assistance and HECS-HELP (for Commonwealth-supported students) (completed online or in hard-copy);
  • original or certified documents as requested by the University;
  • evidence of citizenship.

Prospective students may only enrol in the course specified in the Offer of a Place.

Closing date

The closing date for enrolment is specified in the Offer of a Place.

Fee for enrolment

No fee for enrolment applies. However, Commonwealth-supported students are subsequently invoiced online through an electronic Statement of Account (eSOA) via studentConnect for the student contribution due for their course. International students enrolling for the first time are expected to have already paid online at least the first instalment of their annual tuition fee.

Students will receive

Once students have completed their online enrolment via studentConnect they can print an enrolment statement which sets out details of the course and units for which they have enrolled.

Be aware that

Students commencing an undergraduate degree course will have the opportunity to attend a course planning advice session prior to commencing their course and will be allocated to a faculty student office for ongoing course advice after completing their initial enrolment.

Students who are enrolled in a pre-2012 undergraduate degree course should be aware that Faculties may have specific rules and/or policies concerning the approval of unit selection.

Further information

Commencing undergraduate students will receive information in their Offer of a Place that will guide them through the enrolment process.

Students should contact Student Administration (Student Central) or make an appointment with their faculty student office if any further advice is required regarding enrolment procedures and rules.

Failure to enrol following receipt of an offer

If an offer of a place is not accepted by the closing date specified in the Offer of a Place the offer lapses and the offer of admission is withdrawn. The place may be reallocated to another applicant.

Re-enrolment—continuing students

Student Rules 5, 7 and 20; University Policy on: Approved Leave

Application for re-enrolment

A continuing student is required to re-enrol online if they intend to study in the next academic year.

Students may only re-enrol in the course in which they were enrolled immediately prior to re-enrolment. Students wishing to enrol in a different course at this University should follow the procedure described in transfers.

Procedure

Refer to the re-enrolment procedures which include information for students wishing to recommence an incomplete course.

Closing date

Information on closing dates for re-enrolment for students who have previously been enrolled at this University is available from Student Administration (Student Central) and the re-enrolment web page. Re-enrolment past the closing dates is subject to a late enrolment fee.

Fee for re-enrolment

There is no fee for re-enrolment if completed by the publicised deadline. However, if applicable, students are subsequently invoiced online through an electronic Statement of Account (eSOA) via studentConnect for the student contribution due for Commonwealth-supported students or the tuition fees due for fee-paying students and for the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Students will receive

Once students have completed their online re-enrolment via studentConnect they can print an enrolment statement which sets out details of the course and units for which they have enrolled.

Be aware that

Faculties may have specific rules and/or policies concerning the approval of unit selection. Students should consult 'Faculty policies and guidelines' in the relevant faculty section.

Further information

Students should contact Student Administration (Student Central) or make an appointment with their faculty student office if any further advice is required regarding enrolment procedures and rules.

Re-enrolment—following total withdrawal from course

For information on re-enrolment following total withdrawal from a course, refer to the withdrawing from enrolment guidelines on the Current Students website.

Incorrect enrolment

Students must ensure that their enrolment is correct. If a student believes that their enrolment is incorrect, either before or after an alteration has been made, they must contact the relevant faculty student office as soon as possible.

Authority to amend a proposed enrolment program

If a proposed enrolment does not comply with either the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules or faculty-specific rules, or otherwise contravenes a University policy, it may be altered by an authorised officer of the University. In most cases students are contacted to discuss the matter prior to the alteration being made.

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Personal information

Student Rule 8

Students are obliged to provide the University with personal information including their full name, current home address and emergency contact.

Procedure

To change an address and emergency contact details visit the studentConnect page. Alternatively, advise Student Administration in writing by mail or in person at Student Administration (Student Central).

To change a name or other personal details students must submit original documentation or a certified copy (e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate, passport) to Student Administration (Student Central). Students who change their names must surrender their campus card and have a new one issued.

When

The University should be notified as soon as possible following the legal change of name.

Be aware that

Students cannot change their address details by telephone or email. Failure to receive a notice because of a change of address of which the University has not been formally notified will not be considered a sufficient excuse for missing a deadline or an obligation.

Further information

Contact Student Administration (Student Central).

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Academic timetable

The academic timetable is the document which sets out the times and places of lectures, tutorials, laboratories and any other activities. It is a student's responsibility to check this timetable. Students should consult the timetable when selecting units for enrolment to determine whether the timetabling of any chosen units is not compatible.

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Credit, course structure and overloads

Credit

Student Rule 19; University Policy on: Credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning

On the basis of units completed at UWA

Students who have studied units at UWA may be eligible for credit on the basis of those studies in a subsequent course at UWA. The credit granted is in accordance with the proportion of a year's or semester's work which it represents. The granting of general credit is possible, but does not necessarily confer exemption from prerequisites.

Procedure

To apply for credit, students should obtain an Application for Advanced Standing form or a hard copy from Student Administration (Student Central) of their faculty student office, complete it and lodge it with the relevant faculty student office. Students should seek advice from their faculty student office regarding whether they should enrol in the unit or not enrol in anticipation of the application for credit being granted.

When

An application for Advanced Standing can be made at any point during a course, provided that it is made sufficiently in advance of the census date and the last date for addition/withdrawal of units so as to allow for the adjustment of enrolment following the faculty's decision.

Students will receive

Advice of the faculty's decision and further instructions as relevant. If the application is approved students will receive advice in writing to their student email account once the credit has been applied to their record.

Be aware that

There are limits on the amount of credit which may be granted. These limits are set out in the University Policy on: Credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning. The granting of general credit is possible, but does not necessarily confer exemption from prerequisites.

Further information

Contact the appropriate faculty student office.

On the basis of units completed at other tertiary institutions or places of learning

Students who have studied units at other tertiary institutions or places of learning may be eligible for credit on the basis of those studies in a subsequent course at UWA. Because of the differences in the structures of courses at different universities, each application for credit is examined on its merits. The granting of general credit is possible, but does not necessarily confer exemption from prerequisites.

Procedure

To apply for credit on the basis of units studied elsewhere, students should obtain an Application for Advanced Standing form or a hard copy from Student Administration (Student Central), complete it and lodge it with the relevant faculty student office. Students should ensure that they obtain originals of academic transcripts. Copies of descriptions of the units for which credit is sought are often very useful.

Closing date

An application for Advanced Standing can be made at any point during a course, provided that it is made sufficiently in advance of the census date and the last date for addition/withdrawal of units so as to allow for the adjustment of enrolment following the faculty's decision.

Students will receive

Advice of the faculty's decision and further instructions as relevant. If the application is approved students will receive advice in writing to their student email account once the credit has been applied to their record.

Be aware that

There are limits on the amount of this type of credit which may be granted. These limits are set out in the University Policy on: Credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning. If a student seeks credit towards a UWA degree from units taken at any other tertiary institution on an external basis they should discuss this with their faculty student office.

Further information

Contact the relevant faculty student office.

Course structure

Student Rule 15; University Policy on: Credit point value of units; University Policy on: Full-time and part-time enrolment and overloads

Credit points

The University assigns a credit point value to each unit of study. This is normally six points representing 150 hours of student workload, including contact hours, personal study and examinations but there are some exceptions to this rule. Credit points reflect a common measure of load in courses. The total number of credit points completed by a student assists the University to calculate course completion and satisfactory progress.

Standard annual full-time enrolment

A standard full-time load usually consists of 48 points in one calendar year (24 points each semester).

Part-time enrolment

Part-time enrolment for domestic students is enrolment in less than 36 points in one academic year (18 points in a semester). The availability of classes outside of working hours (i.e. after 5 pm) varies from faculty to faculty and is sometimes dependent on the course. Students considering part-time study should consult the academic timetable to see whether the units they need to complete are available at times they are able to attend.

Part-time enrolment for international students

Student visa holders should be aware that if, as a result of part-time enrolment, they require a visa extension to complete their course, a new visa can only be issued in certain limited circumstances. For more information, refer to the ESOS Act: Information for students. International students should be aware that a change from full-time to part-time enrolment does not result in a refund of international tuition fees already paid. For further information, contact the International Student Advisers or email help-international@uwa.edu.au.

Procedure

International students wishing to study on a part-time basis must discuss this with the International Student Adviser prior to changing their enrolment or withdrawing online through studentConnect.

Be aware that

A change to part-time enrolment does not result in a refund of international tuition fees already paid.

Further information

Contact Student Support Services and Student Administration.

Overloads

Student Rule 15; University Policy on: Full-time and part-time enrolment and overload

The term overload refers to enrolment in more than the University's standard annual or semester full-time load. An overloaded course is enrolment in more than 48 points in one academic year and/or enrolment in more than 24 points in a given semester.

The term overload does not refer to enrolment in units additional to the requirements of a course. A student has no automatic right to undertake more units than are required/allowed by the rules for completion of the award. The University has a policy which governs the circumstances under which additional units may be taken. For more information students should contact the appropriate faculty student office.

Procedure

For students other than those in combined courses, enrolment in an overloaded course requires the approval of an authorised officer of the University, usually the faculty student office. Faculties specify in their rules the overloads which students can take without special approval.

When

Students should submit an overload request at the point of enrolment or change of enrolment.

Students will receive

A copy of the signed Special Approval form which they should keep for future reference.

Be aware that

Students in one of the University's undergraduate degrees are not normally permitted to overload their enrolment.

For all other students, Faculties may have a specific policy in relation to the approval of overloads. Refer to the 'Faculty policies and guidelines' in the relevant faculty section.

Further information

Contact the relevant faculty student office.

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Unit rules (prerequisites, advisable prior study, co-requisites and incompatible units of study)

Student Rule 13

Students must complete all prerequisites specified for a unit prior to enrolment in that unit (see Unit details). Co-requisites must be studied concurrently with units for which they are listed as co-requisite. Enrolment in a unit of study is not permitted if a student has successfully completed any unit listed as incompatible with the proposed unit (see Unit details). Units specified as advisable prior study are recommended but not compulsory.

Waiver of prerequisites

A student may be permitted to enrol in a unit without having completed the specified prerequisite if the relevant board or faculty is satisfied that the student has the appropriate background knowledge necessary for the unit.

Procedure

A student should first discuss the matter with the unit coordinator. If the unit coordinator is willing to support the application, an appointment should be made to discuss the matter with the relevant faculty student office.

When

Students should apply for a waiver normally during the enrolment or re-enrolment period.

Students will receive

A signed Special Approval form which must be lodged with any enrolment, re-enrolment or change of enrolment that includes a unit for which the prerequisite unit(s) has not previously been successfully completed.

Be aware that

Pre- and co-requisites are assigned to units to ensure students have the best possible chance of completing the unit successfully. If a student cannot complete pre- and/or co-requisite units it is usually advisable to re-evaluate their enrolment pattern.

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University time limits for award courses

Student Rule 17; University Policy on: Time limits for courses (other than higher degree by research courses administered by the Graduate Research School)

A student enrolled in an award course must complete the course within the relevant time limit specified by the Academic Board unless the Board has given the student approval to complete the course within a specified extended time limit in recognition of exceptional circumstances.

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Change of enrolment and withdrawal

Student Rules 9 and 12; University Policy on: Withdrawal from a unit

Addition of and withdrawal from units

Students may add units to their enrolment or withdraw from units within the limits of dates specified in University-wide dates.

Procedure

Refer to the Changing your enrolment guidelines on the Current Students website.

When

Students should refer to Teaching periods, census and withdrawal dates to determine final dates for addition and withdrawal of units.

Be aware that

Students are charged for units in which they remain enrolled after the census date(s). International students should note that withdrawal from a unit will not result in a refund of tuition fees already paid (contact Student Administration for further information).

Further information

Contact Student Administration (Student Central) or the relevant faculty student office.

Addition of units after the published deadline

Normally addition of units after the published deadline is not permitted. However, a late addition may be permitted if it can be established that—

  • a student has been attending a unit for the duration of the unit; and
  • the lack of enrolment is due to administrative or genuine student error.

However, in no circumstances will a student be permitted to add a unit to their enrolment after the census date for the unit.

Procedure

A Special Approval form from the unit coordinator confirming attendance in the unit for the duration of the unit and faculty office approval must be obtained and presented to Student Administration along with a Change of Enrolment or Withdraw from Course form. In cases where administrative error has occurred the fee is waived.

When

Students should seek special approval as soon as it is discovered that the unit is not part of a student's enrolment, but prior to the census date for the unit.

Fee

The fee for adding a unit after the specified deadline is $50.

Further information

Contact Student Administration (Student Central) or the relevant faculty student office.

Approved leave

Student Rule 20; University Policy on: Approved Leave

Students who do not intend to enrol for a particular period must apply for approved leave by the teaching period deadline.

Procedure

Refer to the approved leave guidelines on the Current Students website.

When

As soon as the student decides that they do not wish to enrol for a teaching period or, having already re-enrolled, as soon as they decide to subsequently withdraw from all units (which, to avoid academic penalty, they must do before the last day to withdraw from units without academic penalty).

Students will receive

Confirmation in writing to their student email regarding the approval or otherwise of the leave application. Reasons will be given in the event that the requested leave is not approved.

Further information

Contact Student Administration (Student Central) or the relevant faculty student office. More information is available from the approved leave web page. International students must contact Student Support Services to discuss visa and fee implications before lodging an application.

Cancellation of enrolment

Student Rule 21; University Policy on: Withdrawal from a unit

Students who repeatedly withdraw from a course may not be permitted to enrol in any course of the University without the special approval of the faculty concerned.

Procedure

Refer to the guidelines for the withdrawing from enrolment on the Current Students website.

When

Students should refer to University-wide dates or withdrawing from enrolment to determine the effects of the date of withdrawal.

Be aware that

Important information regarding the implications of total withdrawal for continuing study in the future is available on the withdrawing from enrolment web page.

International students must contact the International Student Adviser (help-international@uwa.edu.au) to discuss the implications of total withdrawal.

Further information

Contact Student Administration (Student Central) or the relevant faculty student office.

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Concurrent enrolment in two award courses

Student Rule 16; University Policy on: Concurrent Enrolment

Students are not permitted to enrol concurrently in two award courses unless the Academic Board approves otherwise in the case of specific courses.

Procedure

Application for the concurrent course must be made through the faculty which offers that course.

When

Dates for application are set by each faculty. Students should contact the relevant faculty student office for more information.

Be aware that

Students in concurrent courses may have to reduce their enrolment in one of the two courses to less than 48 points (48 points being the standard full-time enrolment). Applications for concurrent enrolment from students in combined courses may not be approved. Students should contact the faculty office for advice.

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Special approval

The Student Rules and faculty rules have been designed for the good governance of the University and apply in most cases. However, the rules make provision in some cases for standard requirements to be varied in instances where good reasons exist.

Application for special approval

Procedure

Students seeking special approval to vary rules, where provision has been made in the rules to approve variations, should download a Special Approval form or obtain a hard copy from Student Administration (Student Central) or their faculty student office. Students should clearly indicate on the form what they are seeking special approval for. They should contact the relevant faculty student office to discuss their request and, if necessary, make an appointment to speak with the appropriate authorised officer.

When

Students should usually apply for special approval at the time of completing their enrolment, re-enrolment, change of enrolment or withdraw from course. However, an application for special approval may be made at any point during a course.

Be aware that

Authority in relation to matters requiring special approval is vested in the dean of the faculty or chair of the relevant board as appropriate but in practice matters are usually determined by the faculty administrative officer, associate dean, sub-dean and/or student adviser. In most cases heads of schools may not grant special approval, although the above authorised officers will usually obtain their views and recommendations.

Further information

Contact the relevant faculty student office.

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Continuing education and audit

Student Rule 11 and 19; University Policy on: Credit transfer, advanced standing and recognition of prior learning.

Although it is normally not possible for enrolled students to take units additional to the requirements of their courses, it is possible to take units via Access UWA on a fee-paying basis as an audit or continuing education student.

Audit students attend lectures only, without attending tutorials, undertaking assignments or fulfilling any practical requirements. Continuing education students attend lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical sessions etc. and undertake all forms of assessment.

Procedure

Visit the Access UWA website for more information.

Be aware that

The University may grant credit for units completed through continuing education provided that it does not exceed one-quarter of the total load of the course concerned. The decision to grant credit is at the discretion of the faculty student office.

Fees

Fees do apply for this program. Visit the Access UWA website for more information.

Further information

Contact Admissions on telephone 6488 2477 or via email on admissions@uwa.edu.au.

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Fees

Students are required to pay fees levied on them by the University by the due dates indicated on official invoices produced by the University which are available online through their electronic Statement of Account (eSOA) via studentConnect. Failure to pay fees and charges by the due date may result in the application of a late payment fee or in the cancellation of a student's enrolment.

Student contributions and fees

Consistent with provisions in the Higher Education Support Act 2003, all Commonwealth-supported students have access to four Higher Education Loan Programs (HELP). The type of loan available to eligible students depends on whether the student is Commonwealth-supported or fee-paying.

  • HECS-HELP allows eligible students in a Commonwealth-supported place to defer payment of their student contributions. Compulsory repayment of a HECS-HELP loan begins when the student's existing or future annual income exceeds a minimum threshold amount.
  • FEE-HELP is a loan to assist eligible full fee-paying students to pay their tuition fees at public and eligible private higher education providers. Lifetime limits apply to the amount a student can borrow under FEE-HELP and compulsory repayment is the same as with HECS-HELP.
  • OS-HELP is a loan to assist eligible Commonwealth-supported students to undertake some of their study overseas.
  • SA-HELP allows eligible students to pay all or part of their Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) and the amount deferred will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

Students who commenced their study before 1 January 2005 (who have not formally withdrawn or discontinued their enrolment, or allowed their enrolment in their course to lapse without formal authorisation from the University) may be eligible for pre-2005 HECS status. Contact Student Administration (Student Central) for further information.

Commonwealth-supported students

Commonwealth-supported students are Australian or New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa who have been admitted to an award course or an enabling course. The Commonwealth Government contributes to the cost of teaching Commonwealth-supported students. Students are also required to make a contribution towards the cost of their course, called the Student Contribution. Eligible students (Australian citizens, New Zealand special category visa holders who meet the long-term residency requirements and holders of a humanitarian visa) can pay their student contribution up front (either in full or in part) or defer this cost (either in full or in part) via a Commonwealth Government loan scheme called HECS-HELP. Those students not eligible for HECS-HELP must pay their student contribution in full by the due date stipulated by the University.

All Commonwealth-supported students, regardless of whether they defer payment or pay up front, must complete a Request for Commonwealth Assistance and HECS-HELP form which is made available to them at enrolment.

Further information

More information is available from Student Administration (Student Central).

Refer to University fees and charges for specific information about the following:

  • Commonwealth-supported places;
  • student contribution amounts for each unit offered at UWA for Commonwealth-supported students.

International student fees

An international student is any student who is not an Australian or New Zealand citizen or the holder of a permanent visa. Such students must pay international student fees. The Commonwealth Government does not make a contribution to the cost of education for international students. All international students at UWA, including Study Abroad students and Temporary Residents visa holders, are required to pay tuition fees for their programs of study. Tuition fees are subject to an annual increase of no more than 7.5 per cent.

Procedure

Upon first enrolment students are expected to have already paid the first semester instalment of their annual fee. Re-enrolling students are invoiced online through their electronic statement of account (eSOA) via studentConnect on a semester basis by the University. Refer to tuition fees for information on payment methods.

When

The fees for each semester must be paid in full by the first day of semester and no later than the relevant teaching period census date in the year of enrolment. Refer to University-wide dates for details.

Fees

Contact Student Administration or visit the international fees website for information.

Be aware that

If a student withdraws from a unit or course the University's policy on the refund of international student fees will apply.

A late fee will apply if tuition fees are not paid by the census date.

Refund of international student fees

Refer to the University's policy on the refund of tuition fees for international students.

Further information

Contact Student Administration or refer to undergraduate fees website for more information.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

Statute No. 20

The UWA Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a compulsory charge approved by the University's Senate and levied on students enrolling at UWA. Income generated by the fee is spent on developing and providing a range of recreational, sporting and educational facilities together with social, education and representation activities and services for the direct benefit of all students at UWA.

Procedure

Students are invoiced (eSOA) via studentConnect. Full details on how to make payment are included on the invoice and the UWA Student Services and Amenities Fee web page.

When

Invoices are issued online via studentConnect on a semester or trimester basis and must ensure the fees are paid by the relevant due date published on the eSOA.

Fees

The level of the fee is set each year by the University Senate. The fee has an annual maximum level for students who enrol in semester one and semester two (or equivalent).

Be aware that

Non-payment of the invoiced amount will be recorded as a debt (encumbrance) to the University and students will be unable to view their result on studentConnect, obtain any academic documentation, re-enrol or graduate until their debt has been paid in full.

Incidental fees and charges

The University has endorsed the principle that Commonwealth-supported students must be able to complete their chosen award without facing course-related charges imposed by their institutions and from this has formulated a comprehensive University Policy on: Incidental Student Fees and Charges which sets out the circumstances and instances in which fees can be charged that are additional to the tuition fee. Further information is also available from incidental fees and charges.

Charges for student administrative services

Charges for some services from Student Administration and Student Support Services may also be levied. For a full list of student administrative services and charges (including charges for replacement of documents) refer to Schedule 2: Fees (undergraduate).

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Assessment and examination

Assessment

Student Rules: Part 4, Divisions 1 and 2 inclusive; University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School), University Policy on: Assessment.

To fulfil the requirements of a unit a student is required to meet the faculty's requirements with respect to attending the prescribed lectures, tutorials and other sessions and to sitting examinations, to perform satisfactorily the prescribed work and to obtain an overall passing grade. Students whose attendance or work has not been satisfactory may be refused admission to the final examinations and be deemed to have failed.

Final results (release of, not available or incorrect)

Many units have a number of components (e.g. essays, mid-unit and final examinations) which are assessed at different stages of the year (or semester). The final unit result or the grade that a student receives once the unit has finished is made up of the results from these components. More information on how a final result is derived from the individual components is found under the heading 'Assessment' below.

Final results for units taken in undergraduate bachelor's degree courses are released immediately following the relevant Board of Examiners' meeting (see 'Board of Examiners' below); usually in July for semester one units and December for semester two units. Final results for honours students are released in July and December. Final results for students who have taken deferred or supplementary examinations are usually released following the meetings of the relevant Board of Examiners (usually in February).

If a final result for a unit is unavailable it is reported as 'not available' (NA). Every effort to obtain the result is made for release at the next scheduled Board of Examiners meeting.

When an incorrect result comes to light the mistake is rectified by the faculty and ratified by the relevant Board of Examiners or Faculty Board, as appropriate.

Advice of results

Students who do not have a current debt with the University are informed via email when their results are available via studentConnect.

Grades and marks

The following classifications are used for final results:

Grades Marks
Higher Distinction (HD) 80–100
Distinction (D) 70–79
Credit Pass (CR) 60–69
Pass (P) 50–59
Ungraded Pass (UP)
Fail (N+) 45–49
Fail (N) 0–44
Ungraded Fail (UF)
Failed Component (FC)

Board of Examiners

A Board of Examiners is responsible for considering assessments made by schools following the application of special consideration and/or other procedures (see also 'Assessment' below). The Board of Examiners has the responsibility for considering and reporting final assessments to the Registrar for publication and recording. A Board has the power to question whether the results awarded to all students in a particular unit or units are too high or too low, when taken in the context of overall results in other units at the same level or in the context of results in the same unit over a period of years. It is possible therefore for Boards of Examiners to ask schools to adjust groups of results upwards or downwards, though such action is relatively unusual.

Assessment

Academic assessment in a unit is a judgement made by an appropriately qualified person or persons of the worth of a piece of work submitted. Assessment of undergraduate students' academic work is normally made by the academic staff of the school which offers the unit.

The assessment is made relative to established standards and to the assessment of the work of other students (both current and former) in the unit and in the context of the assessor's experience, often gained over many years, of the standards appropriate at the level at which a student is enrolled.

Policy on assessment

The University has a policy, and an overarching set of principles and supporting guidance documents, on academic assessment which are for staff and students. Students must take the time to read them carefully and to note in particular the responsibilities of students.

Final assessment and its contributing components

The final academic assessment in a unit or honours course is the mark and/or grade a student is awarded by the Board of Examiners of the faculty or board responsible for the course in which the student is enrolled. Many units have a number of components (e.g. essays, mid-unit and final examinations) which are assessed at different stages of the year (or semester) and which contribute to the final result.

Assessment Mechanism Statement

An Assessment Mechanism Statement provides the details of the way in which the final result for the unit is arrived at. The Statement must be issued at least one working day prior to the commencement of the semester or relevant teaching period in which the unit is offered. Students should ask for a copy at the appropriate school office if they have not received one.

Students wishing to discuss the Statement for any unit in which they are enrolled are encouraged to make an appointment to see the unit coordinator concerned.

Understanding assessment and obtaining feedback

In many cases the initial mark awarded by the assessors is the one eventually awarded to the student. However, there are other factors which may change the assessor's initial mark. These include scaling, deduction of marks for late work or having a second marker consider the work.

It is very important that a student's assessors explain how the assessment of their work was arrived at, as this is part of a student's learning experience at the University. This explanation might be through written feedback or by talking with the unit coordinator.

See University Policy on Assessment

Honours award

The University Policy on: Honours Award specifies the form of honours courses, admission requirements, structure of honours courses, research training, supervision, benchmarking, and the assessment and adjudication process for honours dissertation grades.

Reviews and appeals against assessment outcome

Student Rules: Part 6; Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students

If a student believes that the initial assessment outcome given for any piece of work which contributes to the final grade/mark in the unit or course does not fairly represent the worth of the piece of work they may formally request a review, and appeal in accordance with the policy if they are dissatisfied with the outcome of that review, against the assessment.

Procedure

Students will need to follow the relevant procedure as set out on the governance website.

When

Submission of a review and/or appeal must be in accordance with the University policy on: Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students.

Further information

Contact the relevant faculty student office.

Assessment difficulties

If a student experiences difficulties with study at University and they do not take early action to address those difficulties, this may have an impact on later assessment.

Procedure

In the first instance a student should make an appointment to see the faculty sub-dean, associate dean or student adviser of the faculty responsible for administering the course in which they are enrolled or the student adviser to whom they have been assigned.

When

A student should seek help from an appropriate person as quickly as possible if they experience problems of this kind so that, where possible, action can be taken to remedy the situation.

Examinations

Student Rules: Part 4, Divisions 1 and 2 inclusive; University Policy on: Academic Progress (other than courses administered by the Graduate Research School); University Policy on Assessment.

Formal University examinations are held in the examination periods following each semester.

When

All examinations are held on the University campus and are generally scheduled for 9am and 2pm, Monday to Saturday inclusive. Dates of official examination periods are included in University-wide dates and on the exams, assessments and results web page.

A student should be aware that faculties may permit schools to hold examinations outside the official examination periods.

Be aware that

Students must sit an examination in a unit in a venue on the campus on which the unit was taught unless the Registrar (or delegated authority) permits otherwise in recognition of extreme mitigating circumstances.

Examination rules

Examinations are governed by the University's Exam rules available on the Current Students website.

Examination timetable

The University is required to produce an examination timetable which contains the dates, times and places for examinations, deferred and supplementary examinations. Students may access their personal timetable via studentConnect.

Be aware that

No information about examination times is given over the telephone by Student Administration, schools or faculties.

Alternative arrangements for central examinations

Special arrangements may be made for students requiring alternative arrangements for examinations on grounds of disability.

Procedure

A student must register with the UniAccess officer(s) (Student Support Services) to discuss the arrangements.

Further information

Refer to University Policy on: Alternative Examinations and alternative exam arrangements.

Deferred examinations

Student Rule 33, University Policy on: Deferred examinations; University Policy on: Special Consideration

In special circumstances a student who is unable to sit formal examinations through illness or for other exceptional reasons may be granted a deferred examination. A candidate for a deferred examination in a unit must sit the examination in a venue on the campus on which the initial examination was scheduled to take place, unless the Registrar, after receiving advice from the faculty concerned, authorises otherwise in recognition of extreme mitigating circumstances.

Procedure

Students wishing to apply for a deferred examination in terms of Student Rule 33 must—

  • complete an application form for Special Consideration, available from Student Administration (Student Central), faculty student offices or student administration forms;
  • if the application is made on medical grounds, have the relevant section of the application form completed by a doctor or other medical health practitioner or attach a medical certificate including the specific information requested on the application form;
  • submit the application form plus attachments to the relevant faculty student office.

When

As soon as it becomes evident that a deferred examination is required, and no later than three University working days after the date of the relevant scheduled examination or the date that the relevant work for assessment was due.

Further information

Contact Student Administration (Student Central) or the relevant faculty student office.

Supplementary assessment

University Policy on: Assessment

Students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in a unit may be provided with an opportunity for supplementary assessment in that unit, if they are currently enrolled in the unit and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course. Other opportunities for supplementary assessment may be available. A faculty may provide additional opportunities for supplementary assessment in an undergraduate unit if the unit is being taught for the last time and no unit with similar content will be available in the next academic year. The Assessment Mechanism Statement for a unit will indicate whether or not supplementary assessment is available.

Special consideration

University Policy on: Special Consideration

If examination preparation or performance in an examination is seriously affected by illness or other significant circumstances, a student may apply to the faculty for special consideration.

Procedure

The student must complete an Application for Special Consideration form and contact the appropriate faculty student office. A medical certificate or written statement explaining the circumstances must be provided.

When

It is important that the faculty student office is made aware as soon as possible if a student has serious medical condition or other problems which are affecting performance. The student should make an appointment to see the sub-dean, associate dean, student adviser or senior faculty administrative officer at an early stage. This helps to ensure that the student is given special consideration if it is warranted.

Be aware that

Details of students who have requested special consideration are sent to unit coordinators as appropriate.

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Satisfactory progress, unsatisfactory progress and progress status

Student Rules 34 to 40 inclusive; University Policy on: Academic progress (other than in courses administered by the Graduate Research School)

Satisfactory progress

Satisfactory progress is defined as passing units with a point value of at least 50 per cent of the total points value of units in which the student is enrolled (excluding units withdrawn without penalty) plus any approved requirements set out in the rules for a specific course. A student who has not made satisfactory progress in the course may not re-enrol unless permission is granted by the relevant faculty or board.

Requirements for satisfactory progress are stated in the rules for the relevant course.

A student who does not make satisfactory progress has 'unsatisfactory progress' recorded on their academic record.

Progress status

The progress status to be allocated in particular circumstances is set out in the rules for an individual course. The categories of progress status used are set out below—

Good Standing: This status is allocated to students who have made satisfactory progress.

On Probation: Students may re-enrol in the course subject to conditions to be determined by the relevant faculty or board. Students applying to re-enrol following allocation of a status of 'on probation' may be required to see a faculty adviser.

Suspended: Students may not re-enrol in the course for 12 months.

Excluded: Students are excluded from further study in the course.

Be aware that

Students may request a review and/or raise an appeal against the award of a progress status if they believe that it has been incorrectly applied under the relevant rules.

(1) A student who has been assigned with the status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' may request a review in accordance with the University Policy on: Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions.

(2) If the relevant faculty or board permits a student who has requested a review under (1) to re-enrol, the student is assigned the status of 'On Probation'.

Students who have been excluded and who later believe their circumstances have changed and who wish to return to their studies must re-apply for admission. Students who are re-admitted will be considered as commencing students as from the date of re-admission.

Decisions on progress status

Normally the allocation of progress status is automatic, based on the rules governing progress status in the course concerned. The allocation of progress status is then ratified by the relevant Board of Examiners. However, in some cases the Board of Examiners may make special decisions on progress status within relevant policy.

For students in combined courses, decisions on results and progress are the responsibility of a special committee (usually called an Academic Progress Committee). This committee has representation from the faculties involved in the student's course. For more information contact one of the faculties involved in the combined course.

Options after unsatisfactory progress in a combined course

A student who has made unsatisfactory progress in a combined course has the option to apply for a place in a single degree course.

Procedure

A student must submit a letter to the relevant faculty or board outlining their request, with a copy to the other faculty involved in teaching the combined course.

Further information

Contact the relevant faculty student office.

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Transfers and cross-institutional enrolment

Transfers

University Policy on: Transferring between undergraduate degree courses

Students enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at this University may apply to transfer to another undergraduate degree course at this University.

Cross-institutional enrolment

Student Rule 11; University Policy on: Cross-institutional enrolment for students undertaking an award course at another institution in Australia

Students may be permitted to undertake studies on a cross-institutional basis at another post-secondary institution (host institution) for credit to their degree course at this University (home institution).

Procedure

In the first instance, approval must be obtained from the appropriate faculty student office and then from the institution at which students seek to enrol. To access the policy students should refer to University Policy on: Cross-institutional enrolment for students undertaking an award course at another institution in Australia and download a Cross-institutional Enrolment Approval form for UWA students or obtain a hard copy from Student Administration (Student Central) or their faculty student office.

When

The closing date for applications is specified on the Current Students website. Students should allow ample time for the administrative processes of both UWA and the host institution to be completed.

Be aware that

Normally applications for cross-institutional enrolment at other universities in Western Australia are only approved in cases where an equivalent unit is not available at this University.

Applications submitted after the advertised closing date may be subject to a late fee.

Further information

Contact Student Administration (Student Central or the relevant faculty student office).

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Student exchange and study abroad

Students can apply to study at an institution overseas with a view to having the units studied credited to a degree from this University.

Procedure

Students must first discuss the matter with their faculty student office. If approved, students should then submit an application online via Global Studio with the Global Learning Office.

When

Application dates can be found on the Student Exchange page on the Current Students website.

Be aware that

Students need to seek the approval of their faculty student office to ensure that the units taken are equivalent to units from the UWA course.

Further information

Contact Global Learning Office, (Student Central) or visit the student exchange web page.

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Course completion and graduation

Student Rule 42

Students should refer to the relevant course for details of units to be taken in order to fulfil the requirements of a course.

Refer to the graduation web page for comprehensive information regarding application for graduation and graduation ceremonies.

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