Resolutions of the Faculty

 

Resolutions of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies 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 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


Terminology: In the following resolutions, all reference to the Bachelor of Engineering degree applies to both the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering Honours, except where otherwise indicated.

1 Enrolment Restrictions

(1)
Except where explicitly listed in a Faculty recommended program of enrolment, or with the permission of the Dean or delegate, an undergraduate student shall satisfy the following enrolment requirements.
(a)
No more than 26 credit points in either semester one or two;
(b)
No more than 12 credit points in the summer session and 6 credit points in the winter session;
(c)
A student may enrol only:
(i)
in level 1000 units of study during their first year;
(ii)
in level 1000 or 2000 units of study during their second year;
(d)
A student shall enrol in lower year level core units of study as a priority above any higher year level units of study irrespective of meeting any prerequisite requirements of the higher year units.

2 Transferring Between Streams or Degrees

(1)
Students admitted to specific postgraduate degrees or streams wishing to transfer between degrees or streams managed by the Faculty need to apply to the Faculty and obtain the approval of the Dean (or delegate). Students will be assessed based on their progress in their current degree or stream and must be able to show that they meet the criteria that apply to commencing students.

3 Time Limits

(1)
Except where specific course resolutions specify alternative requirements, the following conditions must be met:
(a)
A student must complete all the requirements for a coursework doctorate, within ten calendar years of first enrolment;
(b)
A student must complete all the requirements for a combined BEHons, single or combined BIT, and BCST within ten calendar years of first enrolment;
(c)
A student must complete all the requirements for a single (non combined) BEHons or BPM within the lesser of 16 enrolled semesters or ten calendar years of first enrolment;
(d)
A student must complete all the requirements for a graduate certificate within two calendar years of first enrolment; completing in a minimum of 1 semester and a maximum of 4 semesters
(e)
A student must complete all the requirements for a graduate diploma within four calendar years of first enrolment; completing in a minimum of 2 semesters and a maximum of 6 semesters
(f)
A student must complete all the requirements for a master's degree within six calendar years of first enrolment; completing in a minimum of 2 semesters and a maximum of 8 semesters.
(2)
Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to maximum completion times except that no completion time may exceed 10 years from first enrolment.
(3)
Credit will not be granted for prior learning older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment.

4 Suspension, Discontinuation and Lapse of Candidature

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 seeking to suspend, discontinue or apply for a return to candidature after a lapse must apply to the Dean of Engineering and Infomation Technologies or their delegate for permission, supplying detailed reasons and evidence to support the request.

5 Credit for Previous Study

(1)
Conditions for the granting of credit for previous study are in accordance with the Coursework Rule, except:
(a)
the maximum credit that may be granted to the Bachelor of Engineering degree, Bachelor of Engineering combined degrees, Bachelor of Information Technology degree or Bachelor of information Technology combined degrees is 96 credit points;
(b)
the maximum credit that may be granted to the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology or Bachelor of Science and Technology(Advanced) or Bachelor of Project Management is 48 credit points; and
(c)
credit for prior learning at the University of Sydney at postgraduate level may be given subject to the approval of the Faculty and to the following conditions:
(i)
where no award has been conferred, credit may be transferred in full to the Graduate Diploma and Master degree;
(ii)
if an award has been conferred credit to a limit of 12 credit points may be transferred.
(d)
credit for prior learning at postgraduate level at an external institution recognised by the University of Sydney may be granted as follows:
(i)
where no award has been conferred credit to a maximum of 50 percent of the degree may be approved, provided units of study have been completed at credit average and are equivalent to units of study offered under the degree being taken;
(ii)
where an award has been conferred credit to a maximum of 12 credit points may be approved provided units of study have been completed at credit average and are equivalent to units of study offered under the degree being taken;
(iii)
credit will not be granted for recognised prior learning older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment.
(e)
where Course resolutions make other specifications.

Part 2: Unit of Study Enrolment

6 Cross-institutional Study

(1)
Provided permission has been obtained in advance, the Dean (or delegate) 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 resolutions of the student's course of enrolment do not specifically exclude cross-institutional study; and either
(b)
the unit of study content is not taught in any corresponding unit of study at the University; or
(c)
the student is unable, for good reason, to attend a corresponding unit of study at the University.

7 International Exchange

The Faculty encourages students to participate in international exchange programs, except where specified otherwise in the resolutions for a particular course. Students must apply to the Head of the relevant School of Engineering and Information Technologies to obtain approval for their planned enrolment while on exchange. This guarantees that the units completed externally will be correctly matched to the core requirements of their Course.

Part 3: Studying and Assessment

8 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 a requirement of any unit of study.
(2)
Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90 percent of timetabled activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Dean or Head of School most concerned. The Dean or Head of School 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 percent.

9 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 and procedures.

10 Concessional Pass

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

11 Re-assessment

The Faculty does not offer opportunities for re-assessment other than on the grounds of approved special consideration.

Part 4: Progression, Results and Graduation

12 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 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.

13 Award of the Bachelor's Degree with Honours

Honours is available to students as either appended honours or integrated honours. Admission, requirements and award for the honours courses are in accordance with the relevant course resolutions.

14 Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Specific Weighted Average Mark Indicators.

(1)
The Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is calculated by the formula:
Formula
WAM=Σ (CPi x Mi) / Σ (CPi)
where
(a)
CPi is the number of credit points for the unit of study.
(b)
Mi is the mark achieved for the unit of study.
(2)
The Engineering Weighted Average Mark (EWAM) is calculated by the formula:
  Formula  
  EWAM=Σ(Wi x CPi x Mi) / Σ(Wi x CPi)  
where
(a)
Wi is the weighting given by 0 for 1000 level units of study, 2 for 2000 level units, 3 for 3000 level units and 4 for 4000 level or above units.
(b)
CPi is the number of credit points for the unit of study.
(c)
Mi is the mark achieved for the unit of study.
All attempts at units of study are included except for: units of study assessed on a pass/fail basis; units of study with a grade of DNF; and credited units of study from other institutions.The mark used for units of study with a grade of AF or DF is zero. For combined degree students, only units of study within the Bachelor of Engineering tables are included.
(3)
The Engineering Integrated Honours Weighted Average Mark (EIHWAM) is calculated using the same formula as the EWAM in Clause 14.1 with the additional condition that thesis units of study are given a double weighting of 8.

15 University Medal

A student who has qualified for the award with first class honours and has an EIHWAM of 85 or above, and who has demonstrated excellence in their honours thesis will be considered for the award of a University Medal. The Medal is awarded at the discretion of the Dean or relevant Associate Dean, after the recommendation of the relevant Head of School, to the highest achieving students who in the opinion of the Faculty have an outstanding academic record, in accordance with the Coursework Rule.

Part 5: Other

16 Transitional Provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2016.
(2)
Students who commenced prior to 1 January, 2016 may:
(a)
complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions governing their candidature immediately prior to these changes; or
(b)
where approved by the Faculty, elect to proceed under these resolutions provided appropriate programs of study can be identified.