Board of Studies in Indigenous Education

 

Resolutions of the Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies 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 Enrolment restrictions

The Coursework Rule limits the maximum number of credit points students may take in any given semester. The Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies does not encourage full time students to exceed the recommended enrolment patterns for its courses.

2 Time limits

(1)
A student must complete all the requirements for an undergraduate diploma within five calendar years of first enrolment.
(2)
A student must complete all the requirements for a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master's degree within three calendar years of first enrolment.
(3)
Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will not be added to maximum completion times.

3 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 should pay careful attention to the significant dates in these processes and their effect on results and financial liability.

4 Credit for previous study

(1)
Unless the course resolutions specify differently, credit for previous study is governed in accordance with the Coursework Rule. Credit will not be granted by the Board for units of study or equivalent work completed:
(a)
more than five years prior to admission to candidature for an undergraduate diploma; and
(b)
more than six years prior to admission to candidature for a postgraduate coursework course.
(2)
The Board will not grant credit towards field education, internships, or work experience units of study.

Part 2: Unit of study enrolment

5 Cross-institutional study

(1)
Provided permission has been obtained in advance, the Director 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
(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.
(2)
Cross-institutional study is another form of credit and this will be taken into consideration when considering eligibility.

6 International exchange

The Board of Studies does not allow students to participate in international exchange programs.

Part 3: Studying and Assessment

7 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% of timetabled activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Director. Students who will be absent from all classes for more than one week must seek a leave of absence from the Koori Centre.
(3)
The Director may set additional assessment items where attendance is lower than 90%.
(4)
The Director may determine that a student fails a unit of study because of inadequate attendance. Attendance in less than 50% in any unit of study, regardless of the reasons for absences, will result in the student being deemed not to have fulfilled the requirements of the unit.

8 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 by the student within the period of extension, no academic penalty will be applied to that piece of assessment.
(2)
If a student does not seek an extension, or one is not granted by the academic staff member concerned, 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:
(a)
Work submitted after the deadline will incur a penalty of two per cent per day of the maximum mark awardable for the assignment
(b)
Work submitted more than two weeks after the deadline will incur a further penalty and can only achieve a maximum mark of 50 per cent
(c)
Work submitted after marked assignments have been returned will not be assessed (Fail).

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. The procedures for applying for special consideration are described in each unit of study outline.

10 Concessional pass

The grade PCON (Concessional Pass) is awarded by the Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies provided that no student may count more that 6 credit points from units with this grade to the requirements for any award course offered by the Board.

11 Re-assessment

The Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies 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

(1)
The Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies 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.
(2)
Professional experience is an essential requirement for some courses. Where so prescribed, a candidate may not progress to the next year without completing the prescribed professional experience units of study for the previous year.
(3)
The Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies reserves the right to not to place candidates in a school or other professional experience setting for practicum in any instance where the performance, personal or professional conduct of the candidate does not meet the required professional standard, regardless of the fact that the candidate may be enrolled in units of study with a practicum requirement.

13 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. For example, WAMs can be used to determine eligibility for prizes and scholarships, or the grade of award of the diploma.

Part 5: Other

14 Cadigal Program - Academic Skills

(1)
The Cadigal Program is an access and support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students wishing to undertake undergraduate, award-level studies at the University of Sydney. The academic support component is known as Academic Skills.
(2)
Information on admission to courses through the Cadigal Program is detailed in the Coursework Policy. Admission to Academic Skills is a requirement for some applicants admitted to an undergraduate award program through the Cadigal Program. Individual programs of study are determined on the basis of:
(a)
assessment of literacy/language and study needs; and
(b)
preparatory and/or concurrent support needs in specific content areas.
(3)
The definition for completing this course is satisfactory completion of all components, requirements and assessments, as agreed on a contract basis with individual students at the beginning of Semester 1 and Semester 2.
(4)
Academic Skills is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis. Full-time Academic Skills students normally undertake a reduced award program load, whilst part-time students normally undertake a full- or part-time award program load.

15 Transitional provisions

(1)
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.
(2)
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 Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.