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Academic Board 2 December 2015

Course Proposals

The Academic Board approved proposals to introduce, delete or amend the following courses:

  • Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning: the introduction of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) / Master of Architecture;
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: the introduction of the Graduate Certificate in Economic Analysis;
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies: the introduction of the Master of Complex Systems and the Graduate Diploma in Complex Systems; and
  • Sydney College of the Arts: the introduction of the Bachelor of Visual Communication.
Reports from Faculties

The Academic Board approved the following proposals:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: the amendment of the Master of Economics;
  • University of Sydney Business School: the amendment of the Bachelor of Commerce and related combined degrees;
  • Faculty of Dentistry: the amendment of the English language requirements for the Bachelor of Oral Health and the Doctor of Dental Medicine;
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies: the amendment of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours, Bachelor of Engineering Honours combined degrees, the Faculty Resolutions, Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology, Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Advanced) and Bachelor of Information Technology;
  • Faculty of Health Sciences: the amendment of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Pass and Honours degrees, the assumed knowledge and special entry requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science), Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) / Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology), Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) and Bachelor of Health Sciences, and the Flexible Entry Scheme Criteria for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography), Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology), Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology);
  • Faculty of Medicine: the amendment of the English language requirements for the Doctor of Medicine;
  • Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery: the amendment of the Bachelor of Arts / Master of Nursing, Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing and the Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Nursing; and
  • Sydney College of the Arts: the amendment of the Faculty Resolutions.
Policies

The Academic Board:

  • approved the introduction of the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2016;
  • approved the introduction of the Learning and Teaching Policy 2016;
  • approved the proposed amendment to the Progress Planning and Review for Higher Degree by Research Students Policy and Procedures 2015;
  • approved the proposed amendment to the Coursework Policy 2014;
  • endorsed the proposed amendments to the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011;
  • approved the amended Supervision of Higher Degree by Research Students Policy 2013;
  • endorsed the proposed amendments to the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended);
  • approved the proposed amendment to clause 6(1) of the Assessment Procedures 2011 subject to further changes moved at the meeting; and
  • approved the proposed amendments to the Recruitment and Selection policy and the Appointment on Nomination policy.
Other Matters

The Academic Board also:

  • noted the presentation from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) on the proposed undergraduate degree profile, endorsed, in principle, the development of a new degree, the Bachelor of Philosophy (tentative title), and the double degree architecture through which it will be offered in conjunction with University of Sydney Bachelor degrees; noted that a full degree resolution will be presented for approval in 2016; and noted that full proposals for the new double degrees will be presented for approval by early 2017;
  • accepted the nomination of Ms Jaime Painter to fill the vacant position of student member for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies;
  • noted the election of Associate Professor Tony Masters to the position of Chair of Academic Board;
  • noted the appointment of Associate Professor David Easdown as an elected representative of the Faculty of Science;
  • noted a report on the Board’s standing committees;
  • recognised the USFP University of Sydney High Achievers Program as an addition to the admissions pathway programs offered by Taylors College for the University of Sydney;
  • authorised the current Chair and the Chair-Elect to act on its behalf in respect of any urgent matters that may arise between the Board meeting on 2 December 2015 and the meeting on 24 February 2016;
  • noted the report on the 2015 National Meeting of Chairs of Academic Boards and Senates;
  • noted the report on the awarding of the 2015 Wentworth Medal;
  • noted advice on review requirements in the Higher Education Standards (Threshold Standards) Framework 2015;
  • noted the recent amendments to the Honorary Titles Policy;
  • noted the recent amendments to the Academic Promotions Policy and Procedures;
  • noted the Student Appeals Body Annual Report 2014;
  • noted the report of the Acting Vice-Chancellor on the University’s planned centre in Suzhou, China;
  • approved requests from the Faculty of Medicine and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to amend their semester dates for 2016;
  • approved the introduction of HSC 2 Unit Mathematics as an admission prerequisite to specified undergraduate degree programs;
  • noted the Honours Data for 2014;
  • approved the introduction of the Final Thesis Lodgement Guidelines for Students;
  • approved the Special Consideration Decisions Matrix;
  • noted the ‘Academic Board nominees on Level A Selection Committees’ report;
  • noted the Student Misconduct Report 2014;
  • noted the 2014 Annual Report of the Learning Centre;
  • noted the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015;
  • approved the reports of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning and Faculty of Medicine Reviews; and
  • noted the reports on the promotion of academic staff to Level B and Level C in 2015.