Resolutions of the Faculty

The Coursework Clause

Resolutions must be read in conjunction with the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (as amended), which sets out the requirements for all undergraduate courses, and the relevant Resolutions of the Senate.

 

Resolutions of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for coursework awards


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.

Part 1: Course enrolment

1 Admission

Admission to one or more courses, including undergraduate diplomas, concurrently with any other award course, requires the permission of all Deans concerned.

2 Enrolment restrictions

(1)
General
(a)
The Coursework Rule sets limits to the maximum number of credit points a student may take in each semester. The Faculty does not encourage any student to take more than the normal full time load required to complete their course in the standard time (usually 24 credit points per semester). The Faculty sets minimum and maximum limits for undergraduate students in their first year of study (below).
(b)
Units of study in excess of a student's award course requirements will be taken on a full fee, non award basis, unless approved otherwise by the Dean.
(c)
A student may not enrol in a unit of study based on a language other than English if, in the opinion of the chair of department concerned on the advice of the teacher of the unit, the student's linguistic knowledge or competence would unfairly advantage them over other students enrolled in the unit of study. If enrolment has already taken place, the Dean may direct that the student be withdrawn without penalty from the unit of study.
(2)
Undergraduate
(a)
An undergraduate student must enrol in a minimum of 12 junior credit points in semester one and two in the first year of candidature.
(b)
Except with the permission of the Dean, an undergraduate student may not enrol in units of study with a total value of more than 24 junior credit points in semester one or two in the first year of candidature (students who are granted credit or advanced standing may be permitted to enrol in senior units);
(c)
The maximum number of credit points that may be counted towards a degree from any single subject area in Table A of the Tables of units of study is 18 junior and/or 60 senior, with the exception of the Bachelor of Economics where the individual course resolution applies.
(d)
The maximum number of credit points that may be counted towards a degree from any single subject area in Table B of the Tables of units of study is 12 junior and/or 48 senior.

3 Time limits

(1)
A student must complete all the requirements for a master's degree within four calendar years of first enrolment.
(2)
A student must complete all the requirements for a graduate diploma within three calendar years of first enrolment.
(3)
A student must complete all the requirements for a graduate certificate within two calendar years of first enrolment.
(4)
A student must complete all the requirements for a bachelor's degree (including combined degrees) or undergraduate advanced diploma within ten calendar years of first enrolment.
(5)
A student must complete all the requirements for an undergraduate diploma within six calendar years of first enrolment.
(6)
If a student is admitted, or re-admitted, with credit, the Faculty will determine a reduced time limit for completion of the award.
(7)
Any variations from the above time limits are specified in the course resolutions.

4 Suspension, discontinuation and lapse of candidature

(1)
Except for the time limits below, the Coursework Rule specifies the conditions for suspending or discontinuing candidature, and return to candidature after these events. The Rule also defines the circumstances when candidature is deemed to have lapsed. Students should pay careful attention to the significant dates in these processes and their effect on results and financial liability.
(2)
The following limits apply to suspension of candidature in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
(a)
Diplomas: 2 semesters
(b)
Bachelor degrees: 4 semesters (a maximum of 2 semesters can be applied for at one time)
(c)
Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Master degrees: 2 semesters.

5 Credit for previous study

(1)
General
Except as described below, or in specific course resolutions, the Coursework Rule specifies the conditions for the granting of credit for previous study to courses in this Faculty.
(2)
Undergraduate
(a)
A student can apply for credit to count towards an undergraduate diploma for up to 12 junior and six senior credit points if the credit is in a relevant subject area. Credit will not be granted for:
(i)  units of study that count towards another qualification; or
(ii)  units of study taken at another institution after admission to candidature.
(b)
A student can apply for credit to count towards a bachelor's degree for up to:
(i)  96 credit points for successfully completed units in courses where no award has been, or will be, made;
(ii)  48 credit points for successfully completed units in courses where an award has been, or will be, made.
(3)
Postgraduate
A student can apply for credit to count towards a master's degree or graduate diploma for up to 50 per cent of the course requirements.

6 Faculty Scholars Program

(1)
The Faculty Scholars Program is a special program of study for students of exceptional merit who are enrolled in undergraduate degrees administered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
(2)
Entry to the Faculty Scholars Program is by invitation from the Dean. Invitations are made in December each year, for the following year. Admission to the Faculty Scholars Program is competitive and restricted to a maximum 25 students each year.
(3)
To be considered for entry into the Faculty Scholars Program students should normally have AAMs of 85 or over and a high distinction result in a Humanities or Social Sciences unit of study.
(4)
Entry to the Faculty Scholars Program is available to eligible students who have completed 48 credit points over two consecutive semesters in their first year at the University of Sydney.
(5)
The Faculty Scholars Program consists of three units of study totalling 18-credit points. Students complete the program over three consecutive semesters and must maintain a minimum average of 80% to remain enrolled.
(6)
The Faculty Scholars Program is only available to students studying full-time.
The program will take effect from 2015 onwards, but will be available to students commencing undergraduate degrees administered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 2014. It will not affect currently enrolled students and transitional arrangements are not required.

Part 2: Unit of study enrolment

7 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Units of Study level

(1)
Undergraduate units of study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are designated as junior, senior-intermediate, senior-advanced and honours level. They are represented numerically in the unit of study code as:
(a)
Junior (1000)
(b)
Senior-Intermediate (2000)
(c)
Senior-Advanced (3000)
(d)
Honours (4000)
(2)
Postgraduate units of study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are represented numerically as 5000, 6000 and 7000.

8 Cross-institutional study

(1)
Cross institutional study is available unless specified otherwise in the course resolutions.
(2)
Provided the student has sought permission 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:
(a)
the unit of study content is not taught in any corresponding unit of study at the University; or
(b)
the student is unable, for good reason, to attend a corresponding unit of study at the University; and
(c)
an undergraduate student has completed 48 credit points towards the award course in which they are enrolled.
(3)
Cross institutional study is regarded as another form of credit and will be counted as such when considering eligibility.

9 International exchange

The Faculty encourages students to participate in international exchange programs, unless specified otherwise in the resolutions for a particular course. For more information refer to the Study Abroad and Exchange Office.

Part 3: Studying and Assessment

10 Late submission policy

(1)
It is expected that, unless an application for special consideration has been approved, students will submit all assessment for a unit of study on the due date specified.  If the assessment is completed or submitted within the period of extension, no academic penalty will be applied to that piece of assessment.
(2)
If an extension is either 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.  The penalty for coursework is as follows:
(a) From the day after the published due date, the penalty applied is two marks (out of 100) per working day;
(b) For assignments marked out of a maximum total other than 100, the penalty will apply pro rata.  For example, for assignments marked out of 40 the penalty will be 0.8 marks per day.

11 Attendance

(1)
Students are required to be in attendance at the correct time and place of any formal or informal examinations. Non attendance on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration will result 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.
(2)
Students are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of timetabled activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Dean, Head of School or Chair of Department most concerned. The Dean, Head of School or Chair of Department 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 80%.
(3)
The case of any formally enrolled student who is absent from 50 per cent or more of classes, regardless of the reasons for the absences, will be automatically referred to the end-of-semester departmental examiners' meeting for a determination as to whether the student should pass or fail the unit, or, if a pass is awarded, the level of penalty that should be applied.

12 Special Consideration for illness, injury or misadventure

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 each unit of study outline.

13 Concessional Pass

In this Faculty the grade PCON (Concessional Pass) is not awarded.

14 Re-assessment

The Faculty does not offer opportunities for re-assessment (also called 'supplementary' assessment) other than on the grounds of approved Special Consideration.

Part 4: Progression, Results and Graduation

15 Satisfactory progress

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 set out in the provisions relating to progression in the Coursework Rule), students must not fail more than 50% of the credit points in any semester of enrolment.

16 Undergraduate majors

(1)
A major from Table A is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and consists of a minimum of 36 senior credit points in a defined subject area at senior-intermediate and senior-advanced level, including at least 6 credit points at senior-advanced level.
(2)
Units of study counted towards one major may not count toward any other major completed.
(3)
A major from Table B is one offered by another faculty at the University of Sydney. Requirements for completion of the major are defined in the resolutions of the faculty offering the major.
(4)
Specific majors required for the completion of a degree are listed in the course resolution for that degree. The majors available within the Faculty are:
(5)
Table A Majors
(a)
American Studies
(b)
Ancient History
(c)
Anthropology
(d)
Arabic Language and Literature
(e)
Arab World, Islam and the Middle East
(f)
Archaeology
(g)
Art History
(h)
Asian Studies
(i)
Australian Literature
(j)
Biblical Studies
(k)
Buddhist Studies
(l)
Celtic Studies
(m)
Chinese Studies
(n)
Cultural Studies
(o)
Digital Cultures
(p)
Econometrics*
(q)
Economics
(r)
English
(s)
European Studies
(t)
Film Studies
(u)
Financial Economics*
(v)
French Studies
(w)
Gender Studies
(x)
Germanic Studies
(y)
Government and International Relations
(z)
Greek (Ancient)
(aa)
Hebrew (Classical)
(bb)
Hebrew (Modern)
(cc)
History
(dd)
Indigenous Australian Studies
(ee)
Indonesian Studies
(ff)
International and Comparative Literary Studies
(gg)
Italian Studies
(hh)
Japanese Studies
(ii)
Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
(jj)
Korean Studies
(kk)
Latin
(ll)
Linguistics
(mm)
Modern Greek Studies
(nn)
Music
(oo)
Performance Studies
(pp)
Philosophy
(qq)
Political Economy
(rr)
Sanskrit
(ss)
Social Policy
(tt)
Socio-Legal Studies
(uu)
Sociology
(vv)
Sociology and Social Policy (double major)
(ww)
Spanish and Latin American Studies
(xx)
Studies in Religion
(yy)
World Religions

*This major is available to Bachelor of Economics candidates.
(6)
Table B Majors
(a)
Biochemistry
(b)
Bioinformatics
(c)
Biology
(d)
Chemistry
(e)
Computer Science
(f)
Education
(g)
Environmental Studies
(h)
Geography
(i)
Geology and Geophysics
(j)
History and Philosophy of Science
(k)
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
(l)
Information Systems
(m)
Management
(n)
Mathematics
(o)
Microbiology
(p)
Physics
(q)
Plant Science
(r)
Psychology
(s)
Statistics

17 Award of the bachelor's degree with honours

(1)
To qualify for admission to candidature for honours, a student must:
(a)
have qualified for the award of the pass degree at The University of Sydney or an equivalent recognised tertiary Institution or be eligible for the award of the pass degree;
(b)
must complete the honours requirements within no more than 10 years from commencement of candidature in the pass degree;
(c)
have completed a minimum of 48 senior credit points with a Credit average or above in the intended subject area/s; and
(d)
have the permission of the chair of the department or program coordinator most concerned.
(2)
To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Economics (Honours), students must meet the requirements as outlined in the course resolutions.
(3)
General conditions of candidature include:
(a)
the honours course is normally full-time over two consecutive semesters. Students who are unable to enrol full-time should apply to the Faculty to undertake the honours course part-time over a maximum of four consecutive semesters;
(b)
a student who Fails or Discontinue Fails an honours course may not re-enrol in it;
(c)
students who wish to suspend their honours candidature should apply to the Faculty. The maximum period of suspension is one semester;
(d)
the maximum period of candidature is five consecutive semesters when a suspension is approved.
(4)
To qualify for the award of honours a student must complete 48 credit points of honours units of study in a single subject area, or in two subject areas for students completing joint honours, with a minimum honours mark of 65.
(5)
A student may not:
(a)
enrol in more than 24 credit points of honours units of study in any one semester; or
(b)
enrol concurrently in any other course or unit of study while enrolled in an honours course.
(6)
A student who wishes to enrol in honours in two subject areas must meet the entry requirements for both subject areas. Eligible students can chose to enrol in either:
(a)
a joint honours course. The requirements are completion of 24 credit points in honours units of study in each subject area; or
(b)
an honours course in two subject areas. The requirements are completion of 48 credit points in honours units of study in each subject area. Honours in each subject area is completed separately and in succession.
(7)
The grade of honours and the honours mark are determined by performance in the honours course, according to the following table:

Description

Honours Mark Range

Honours First Class (I)

mark = 80-100

Honours Second Class. First Division (II.1)

mark =75-79

Honours Second Class. Second Division (II.2)

mark = 70-74

Honours Third Class (III)

mark = 65-69

Honours not awarded to a mark below 65


18 University medal

A student with an honours mark of 90 or above may be awarded a university medal. The medal is awarded at the discretion of the Faculty to the highest achieving students who, in the opinion of the Faculty, have an outstanding academic record, in accordance with the Coursework Rule. Candidates who are awarded an undergraduate diploma with honours are not eligible for the award of a university medal.

19 Weighted average mark (WAM)

The University has a formula for calculating a Weighted Average Mark and this is defined in the University Glossary. WAMs are used by the University as one indicator of performance.

20 Progression through embedded postgraduate programs

Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in an embedded sequence. Only the highest award completed will be conferred.

Part 5: Other

21 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2014.
(2)
Students who commenced prior to 1 January 2014 complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January 2019. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.

The Research Clause

All postgraduate research courses must be read in conjunction with the relevant Rules and Resolutions of the Senate and Academic Board, including but not limited to:

  1. the University of Sydney (Amendment Act) Rule 1999 (as amended), and
  2. the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011,
  3. the Resolutions of the Academic Board relating to the Examination Procedure for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and
  4. the relevant Faculty Resolutions.