Health Communication

Degree resolutions

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Graduate Certificate in Health Communication

Graduate Diploma in Health Communication

Master of Health Communication


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 of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code Course title
GCHECOMM-01 Graduate Certificate in Health Communication
GNHECOMM-01 Graduate Diploma in Health Communication
MAHECOMM-01 Master of Health Communication

 

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for these courses is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is an advanced learning master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Certificate in Health Communication
(b)
the Graduate Diploma in Health Communication
(c)
the Master of Health Communication
(2)
A candidate for the graduate certificate or graduate diploma may apply to progress to a longer course in this sequence, providing the candidate meets the admission requirements for that course. Only the longest award completed will be conferred.

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Dean to be equivalent.
(2)
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Health Communication requires;
(a)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
equivalent professional experience of no less than three years in a relevant field such as journalism, public relations, media relations or media research.
(3)
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Health Communication requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities, social sciences or public health, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
completion of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Health Communication with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.
(4)
Admission to candidature for the Master of Health Communication requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities, social sciences or public health, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Health Communication with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for these courses are set out in the Postgraduate Table of Units of Study for the Health Communication subject area.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Health Communication a candidate must complete 24 credit points, including:
(a)
a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
a maximum of 12 credit points from elective units of study.
(3)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Health Communication a candidate must complete 48 credit points, including:
(a)
a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 6 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Health Communication subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table.
(4)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Health Communication a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including:
(a)
a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
a maximum of 42 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Health Communication subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including a maximum of 6 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties.
(c)
at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study.

7 Recognition of Prior Learning

(1)
Waivers and credit may be granted or the volume of learning may be reduced in recognition of prior learning.
(2)
Credit may be granted for up to 50% of course requirements for relevant incomplete postgraduate qualifications.
(3)
Candidates offered direct admission to the Master of Health Communication may be eligible for a reduction in the volume of learning of up to 24 credit points, subject to the following:
(a)
The maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 24 credit points for a qualification at level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework in a relevant discipline as defined by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
(b)
The maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 24 credit points for relevant professional work experience deemed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to have conferred a volume of learning equivalent to that of a Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline.
(4)
The maximum combined credit and reduction in the volume of learning for prior study granted to a candidate will not exceed 50% of the requirements of the course.

8 Course transfer

A candidate for the master's degree or graduate diploma may elect to discontinue study and graduate with a shorter award from this sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

10 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2015.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January 2015 will complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January 2020. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.