Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing

 

Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing


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 Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty of Science and the University of Sydney Nursing School, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://www.sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

1.
Course codes

Code

Course title

BPSCINUR-01

Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing

2.
Attendance pattern
The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.
3.
Streams
(1)
The Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing is available in the following streams:
(a)
Dalyell
(b)
Health
(2)
The requirements for the completion of each stream are as specified in Table A for the Bachelor of Science or, in the case of the Dalyell Stream, in Table S of the Shared Pool for Undergraduate Degrees. Completion of a stream is not a requirement of the Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing.
4.
Master's type
The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Policy.
5.
Cross faculty management
(1)
Candidates will be under the general supervision of the University of Sydney Nursing School for the duration of the combined degree.
(2)
The Deans of the University of Sydney Nursing School and the Faculty of Science shall jointly exercise authority in any matter concerned with the combined course not otherwise dealt with in these resolutions.
6.
Admission to candidature
(1)
Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Admission standards set by regulatory bodies, accrediting agencies and government for nurse registration must also be met. Special admission pathways are open for mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission requirements are found in the Coursework Rule and Coursework Policy.
(2)
English language requirements for this course are detailed in the Sydney Nursing School Faculty Resolutions.
(3)
Applicants who have completed:
(a)
Units of study as part of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree at the University of Sydney; or
(b)
Units of study as part of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree (or Australian equivalent) at another tertiary institution are required to have met the progression rules outlined in clause 9(1).
(4)
Where an applicant has not yet completed 48 credit points at time of admission, the assessment will be based on completed study as the basis for admission and any units completed as part of this combined degree to the value of 48 credit points before the applicant can be granted entry to the Master of Nursing component of the degree.
(5)
This course requires applicants to have the ability to undertake clinical placements. The Sydney Nursing School - Clinical Placement Provisions 2015 contain further details of the requirements.
(6)
In addition, this course is not available to applicants who are registered to practise as a nurse in an Australian state or territory.
(7)
Admission to the Dalyell stream requires achievement of a minimum tertiary admission rank (ATAR) set by the Board of Interdisciplinary Studies or above in an equivalent standard.
7.
Requirements for award
(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the Bachelor of Science are: set out in:
(a)
Table A for the Bachelor of Science;
(b)
Table S from the Shared Pool for Undergraduate Degrees
(c)
Table O from the Shared Pool for Undergraduate Degrees
(d)
In these resolutions, except where otherwise specified, Table A, Table S and Table O mean Table A, Table S and Table O as specified here.
(2)
The units of study that may be taken for the Master of Nursing are set out in the Units of Study table for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing.
(3)
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing
To qualify for the award of the combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing, a candidate must complete a total of 192 credit points, including:
(a)
Degree core: 12 credit points of Mathematics degree core units of study as set out in Table A and 12 credit points of 1000-level science elective units of study (excluding units listed as Mathematics degree core) as set out in Table A (students may count the units from their major to fulfill part of this requirement);
(b)
a major (48 credit points) from Table A;
(c)
12 credit points from the Open Learning Environment as specified in Table O;
(d)
12 credit points of elective units from Table A or Table S or units taken from the Dalyell stream 
(e)
If the candidate is enrolled in the Dalyell or Health stream, complete the requirements for the stream as specified in Table A or Table S; and
(f)
96 credit points of core units as specified in the Units of Study table for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing.
(4)
Candidates are required to attend clinical simulation and fieldwork as required for the Master of Nursing component. Where appropriate, the faculty may require individual candidates to undertake further or remedial theoretical, clinical or practical study in addition to the above requirements.
(5)
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science
To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Science, a candidate must complete 144 credit points, comprising:
(a)
96 credit points specified in 7(3) (a) – (e) above; and
(b)
48 credit points of units as specified for years 2 and 3 from the Units of Study Table for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing which shall take the place of the compulsory minor specified in the resolutions for the Bachelor of Science.
(6)
Requirements for the Master of Nursing
To qualify for the award of the Master of Nursing, a candidate must complete 96 credit points as specified in the Units of Study Table for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing of which 48 credit points are completed in years 2 and 3 of the degree.
8.
Majors and Programs
(1)
Completion of a major from Table A is a requirement for this combined degree.
9.
Progression rules
(1)
Candidates are required to successfully complete 48 credit points at 1000-level in the first year (or part time equivalent) with a weighted average mark of at least 65 including credit granted from previous study to remain in the combined degree program and commence Master of Nursing units of study. Candidates who do not achieve this mark may not continue in the combined degree and will be transferred to the single Bachelor of Science degree.
(2)
Candidates may not commence Master of Nursing units of study until satisfactorily completing 48 credits points in the Bachelor of Science component as specified clause 7(5). The Bachelor of Science component as specified in clause 7(5) must be completed before commencing 6000-level Master of Nursing units in the fourth and final year of the combined degree (or
part-time equivalent).
(3)
All candidates must successfully complete all Year One Master of Nursing (5000 level) units of study before progressing to Year Two Master of Nursing units of study.
(4)
In exceptional circumstances a candidate may be allowed to progress to the next stage with approval by the Dean of the University of Sydney Nursing School.
(5)
Progression within the Dalyell Stream
(a)
With the permission of the Dalyell coordinator, candidates in the Dalyell Stream may attempt units at higher levels than the usual sequence within the Bachelor of Science.
(b)
Candidates who do not achieve the required annual average mark for progression within the Dalyell Stream may continue in any other stream they were admitted but will not remain in the Dalyell stream.

10 Requirements for the award with Honours

(1)
Honours in an area of study within the Bachelor of Science is available to meritorious candidates by enrolling in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies and completing an embedded honours component after completion of requirements for the Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing combined degree.
(2)
For candidates completing the Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing and also completing an embedded honours component in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, the requirement in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies for completion of a second major or equivalent shall be deemed to have been met by completion of the 48 credit points of units of study from the Units of Study table for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing specified in clause 7(3).
11.
Award of the degree
(1)
Candidates will be awarded a separate testamur for each degree completed.
(2)
The Bachelor of Science is awarded at pass level. Honours in Science is taken by enrolling in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies and completing an embedded honours component.
(3)
Candidates who attempt the Bachelor of Science with an embedded honours component in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies who do not meet the requirements for honours but who meet the requirement for the pass degree, may be awarded the relevant degree or combined degree at pass level for which they fulfil requirements.
(4)
The Master of Nursing is awarded at the Pass level only.
12.
Time limits
(1)
A full time candidate must complete all the requirements for the combined pass degree within six calendar years of first enrolment, including periods of suspension.
(2)
A part time candidate must complete all the requirements for the combined pass degree within eight calendar years of first enrolment, including periods of suspension.
13.
Course transfer
(1)
A candidate may abandon the Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing combined degree program and elect to complete the Bachelor of Science in accordance with the resolutions governing that degree at the time of transfer.
(2)
Completion of the Master of Nursing in the future will require a new application for admission to candidature for that course and completion in accordance with the resolutions governing that degree.
(3)
A candidate who has enrolled in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies to complete requirements of honours or a stream may, with the permission of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, abandon the Bachelor of Advanced Studies and exit with the Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing.
14.
Credit for previous study
(1)
Credit awarded for previous study at another institution will not exceed 24 credit points and credit awarded for previous study at the University of Sydney will not exceed 96 credit points.
(2)
Credit for nursing units of study will not be granted for recognised prior learning older than five years at the time of first enrolment. Credit will not be granted for clinical nursing units.
15.
Transitional provisions
(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2018 who are not seeking credit for prior study and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2018 who elect to proceed under these resolutions. Students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2018 who elect to transfer and
proceed under these resolutions should note that the University does not undertake to offer 3000 level units of study prior to 2019 and that it may not be possible to complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree before the end of Semester 2 of that year or the single degree before the end of Semester 2 2019.
(2)
Candidates who commence candidature after 1 January, 2018 who are seeking credit for prior study should note that the University does not undertake to offer 2000 and 3000 level units of study prior to 2019 and that it may not be possible to complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree before the end of Semester 2 of that year. Where a student in the Bachelor of Science proceeding under these resolutions applies for and is granted credit and wishes to complete the degree before 1 January 2020, the student will be offered the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science degree under the resolutions that applied at 1 January 2017.
(3)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2018 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed by 1 January, 2027.