Resolutions of the Faculty
These resolutions apply to all undergraduate and postgraduate coursework award courses in the Faculty, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Students enrolled in postgraduate research awards should consult the resolutions for their course. These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the resolutions for the course of enrolment, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.
The Coursework Rule limits the maximum number of credit points students may take in any given semester. The Faculty does not encourage full time students to exceed the recommended enrolment patterns for its courses.
The Coursework Rule limits the time students may take to complete their course; part time students should ensure their enrolment pattern allows completion within the maximum time. The Rule also defines how time limits are affected by periods of suspension or absence, and the time limits for recognition of credit for previous study.
the maximum period of suspension of candidature permitted by the Faculty in any course is one year; and
A student may be granted credit towards an award course on the basis of studies, regarded by the dean as equivalent in workload and academic standard, successfully completed at this or another university or tertiary institution. Credit will be granted according to the provisions of the Coursework Rule.
Provided permission has been obtained in advance, the Dean may permit a student to complete a unit of study at another institution and have that unit credited to the student's course requirements, provided that:
the unit of study content is not taught in any corresponding unit of study at the University; or
the student is unable, for good reason, to attend a corresponding unit of study at the University
Cross institutional study is regarded as another form of credit and will be counted as such when considering eligibility.
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) has a number of faculty-specific exchange programs available to currently enrolled students of SCA after successful completion of one year of study.
The faculty does not allow candidates for postgraduate coursework awards to participate in international exchange programs.
Only one exchange is permissible during an undergraduate degree and exchange offers are subject to:
a credit average and successful completion of all units of study in the semesters preceding the exchange for second year students; and
an average of 75 across intermediate and senior units and suitability of a research proposal for third year students accepted into honours year.
Students are required to be in attendance at the correct time and place of any formal or informal examinations. Non attendance on any grounds is insufficient to claim special consideration thus resulting in the forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment. Participation in a minimum number of assessment items may be included in the requirements specified for a unit of study.
Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Dean, nominee or lecturer most concerned. The Dean, nominee or lecturer most concerned may determine that a student fails a unit of study because of inadequate attendance. Alternatively, at their discretion, they may set additional assessment items where attendance is lower than 90%.
It is expected that unless an application for special consideration has been approved, students will submit an assessment for a unit of study on the due date specified. If the assessment is completed and submitted within the period of extension, no academic penalty will be applied to that piece of assessment.
If an extension is either not sought, not granted or is granted but work is submitted after the extended due date, the late submission of assessment will result in an academic penalty as follows:
For work submitted after the deadline but up to 15 working days late, a penalty of one per cent of the maximum mark awardable for the assignment will apply for each working day.
Special consideration is a process that affords equal opportunity to students who have experienced circumstances that adversely impact their ability to adequately complete an assessment task in a unit of study. The Coursework Rule provides full details of the University policy. The procedures for applying for special consideration are described in the Faculty handbook and on its website.
In this Faculty re-assessment is offered to students whose performance is in the prescribed range and circumstances.
Students whose final mark for their unit of study is within the range 45-49 may be offered the chance to complete re-assessment. Re-assessment will normally be offered within one week at the end of the formal examination period and it is the student's responsibility to be available to attend during this time. The maximum mark awarded for a unit of study in these circumstances will be 50 - Pass.
Students who have successfully requested special consideration may be allowed to sit the exam or submit the required work at a negotiated date based on an extension that is no longer than the period of incapacitation and in any case not longer than 3 months. After this time the student will be considered to have discontinued with permission. Marks will be awarded at full value for re-assessment where special consideration is approved.
The Faculty will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as defined by the Progression requirements of the Coursework Rule), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.
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Where Wc is the unit of study credit points multiplied by the unit weighting and Mc is the mark achieved for the unit. The mark used for units with a grade AF is zero. Pass/ fail units and credited units from other institutions are not counted. However, the marks from all attempts at a unit of study are included.
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.