Resolutions of the University of Sydney Business School (Faculty resolutions)

The Faculty Resolutions for the University of Sydney Business School must be read in conjunction with the appropriate senate resolutions for the Business School and the individual Course resolutions and rules. Course resolutions are located after each course section in this handbook.


Resolutions of the University of Sydney Business School for coursework awards

These resolutions apply to all undergraduate and postgraduate coursework award courses in the School, 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 2014 (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 Enrolment restrictions

Except as with the permission of the Business School a student may not enrol in units of study with a total value of more than 24 credit points in either semester one or two, twelve credit points in the summer session and six credit points in the winter session.

2 Time limits

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 prior learning.

3 Suspension, discontinuation and lapse of candidature

The Coursework Policy specifies the conditions for suspending or discontinuing candidature, and return to candidature after these events. The Policy 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.

4 Recognition of prior learning

The Coursework Policy specifies the general conditions for recognition of prior learning.

Part 2: Unit of study enrolment

5 Cross-institutional study

Provided permission has been obtained in advance, the Business School 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 resolutions of the student's course of enrolment do not specifically exclude cross-institutional study; and
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 another form of credit and this will be taken into consideration when considering eligibility.

6 International Exchange

The Business School encourages students to participate in international exchange programs, unless specified otherwise in the resolutions for a particular course.

Part 3: Studying and Assessment

7 Attendance, Participation and Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Students are required to be in attendance at the correct time and place of any formal, informal or replacement examinations. Non attendance on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration, special arrangement or previously arranged disability adjustment will result in the forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment.
Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90 per cent of timetabled activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption through special consideration, special arrangement, previously arranged disability adjustment or by the Associate Dean. The Associate Dean 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 per cent.
Participation in a minimum number of assessment items or learning activities may be a requirement of any unit of study.
Mandatory or barrier assessments where students must show achievement of learning outcomes above a certain standard before they are able to pass a unit of study may be a requirement in any unit of study.

8 Late submission policy

It is expected that unless an application for special consideration, special arrangement or previously arranged disability adjustment has approved an extension, students will submit all assessment for a unit of study on or before the due date specified. If the assessment is completed or submitted by the student before the due date or within the period of extension, no academic penalty will be applied to that piece of assessment.
If assessments are submitted after the due date or if an extension is not granted, or is granted but work is submitted by the student after the extended due date, the late submission of assessment will result in an academic penalty as follows:
any assessment submitted after the due time and date (or extended due time and date) will incur a late penalty of 10% of the total marks per 24 hour period, or part thereof, late.
assessments submitted after the "Closing Date" noted in the Unit of Study Outline will not be marked or assessed.

9 Special consideration (for illness, injury or misadventure), special arrangement (for known events such as military service, jury duty or religious observation) or disability adjustment (for registered disabilities)

Special consideration, special arrangement or disability adjustment 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 Policy provides full details of the University policy. The procedures for applying for special consideration, special arrangement or disability adjustment are described in the Adminsitration Manual for Students.

10 Re-assessment

The Business School does not offer opportunities for re-assessment other than on the grounds of approved special consideration, reasonable adjustments or special arrangements for examination and assessment in accordance with the relevant sections of the Coursework Policy.

11 Concessional pass

The grade of Concessional Pass is not awarded or recognised by the Business School and is treated as a failure for the purpose of progression and credit point accumulation.

Part 4: Progression, Results and Graduation

12 Satisfactory progress

The Business School 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 Policy), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course (barrier unit).

13 Award of the bachelor's degree with honours

To qualify for admission to honours canditature a student must:
have completed the requirements for the pass degree at the University of Sydney or an equivalent recognised tertiary institution; and
have a WAM of at least 65 across all units attempted and a WAM of at least 70 across senior units of study in the major subject area relevant to the honours program.
Where honours places are limited by quota, applicants will be ranked by WAM in order to select the most meritorious candidates.
In exceptional circumstances, the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) and Honours Program Director may admit applicants who do not meet the criteria specified in (1) who, in the opinion of the Business School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the program.
There is no mid-year intake for the honours program.
Students must complete the honours requirements within no more than 10 years from the commencement of candidature in the pass degree.
To qualify for the award of honours a student must complete 48 credit points of honours units of study as specified in the Business School's Tables of undergraduate units of study.
The honours mark is determined by the Business School, based on the candidate's performance in the honours course in both coursework and thesis.
Honours is awarded in the following classes:


Mark Range

Honours Class I

Mark >= 80

Honours Class II (Division 1)

75 <= Mark < 80

Honours Class II (Division 2)

70 <= Mark < 75

Honours Class III

65 <= Mark < 70

Pass (Honours not awarded)

Mark < 65

14 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 Business School to the highest achieving students who in the opinion of the Business School have an outstanding academic record, in accordance with the Coursework Rule.

15 Weighted average mark (WAM)

The University WAM is calculated using the following formula:
WAM = 
sum(Wc x Mc)  
Where Wc is the unit of study credit points x 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.
The weight of a unit of study is assigned by the owning faculty. In the Business School all units are given a weighting of one.

Part 5: Other

16 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2016 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2016 who elect to proceed under these resolutions unless otherwise specified under the specific course resolutions.
Students who commenced prior to 1 January, 2016 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, 2021, unless otherwise specified under the specific course resolutions. The Business School may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.

Other University of Sydney Business School information resources for students

Students should refer to the following pages on the Business School website for further details regarding the administrative policies and procedures as outlined in these resolutions.

Administration Manual for Students

This online manual contains information on all student administration policies and procedures for students enrolled in the Business School:

Business School Student Services

The University of Sydney Business School takes pride in the levels of support that we offer all of our students. On this page, you will find a link to many of the service outlets we provide to ensure that your time with the Business School is as productive as possible.

The University of Sydney Business School website

The Business School website ( provides details of the structure, staff, courses, administrative policies and procedures and other services provided to students by the Business School.