Resolutions of the Faculty


Resolutions of the Faculty of Pharmacy 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 Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions for the course of enrolment, 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:

Part 1: Course enrolment

1 Enrolment restrictions

Except with the permission of the Dean, 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, 12 credit points in the summer session and 6 credit points in the winter session.

2 Time Limits

A student must complete all the requirements for a master's degree within four calendar years of first enrolment.
A student must complete all the requirements for a graduate diploma within four calendar years of first enrolment or six calendar years if enrolled part time.
A student must complete all the requirements for a graduate certificate within five calendar years of first enrolment.
A student must complete all the requirements for a bachelor's degree or undergraduate advanced diploma within ten calendar years of first enrolment.
All time limits include any period(s) of suspension.

3 Suspension, discontinuation and lapse of candidature

A candidate may apply for a period of suspension for up to two semesters. Should a candidate wish to suspend their candidature for more than the approved period another application must be made. If the candidate has previously had two semesters of suspension the application will be considered by the Faculty.
Where a candidate has previously enrolled for the relevant semester, a suspension of enrolment may be recorded as Withdrawn (WD), Discontinued - Not to count as failure (DC) or Discontinued with failure (DF).

4 Credit for previous study

For units of study offered by the Faculty of Pharmacy, credit will not usually be granted for recognised prior learning older than five years at the time of first enrolment in the unit or course for which credit is sought. For other units of study credit transfer is subject to the provisions of the Coursework Policy.

Part 2: Unit of study enrolment

5 Cross institutional study

Provided permission has been obtained in advance, the Dean 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 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 regarded as another form of credit and will be counted as such when considering eligibility.

6 International Exchange

Exchange for pharmacy students is not straightforward due to the strict requirements of the pharmacy courses. For students enrolled in the international major of the Bachelor of Pharmacy or the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management, international exchange is permitted in semester 2 of the final year.

Part 3: Studying and Assessment

7 Attendance

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 included in the requirements specified for a unit of study.
Students are expected to attend a minimum of 85% of compulsory activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Dean, Associate Dean or coordinator. The Dean, Associate Dean or coordinator 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%.

8 Late submission of work

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 within an approved period of extension, no academic penalty will be applied to that piece of assessment.
If an extension is either not sought, not granted or is granted but work is submitted after the extended due date, the late submission of assessment will result in an academic penalty as follows:
For work submitted after the deadline but up to three calendar days late, a penalty of 15 per cent of the maximum mark awardable for the assignment will apply.
For work submitted after 3 days and less than one week after the deadline, a penalty of 30 per cent of the maximum mark awardable for the assignment will apply.
For work submitted more than one week late but less than two weeks after the deadline, a penalty of 50 per cent of the maximum mark awardable for the assignment will apply.
Work submitted more than two weeks after deadline will not be assessed (zero mark).

9 Re-assessment

In this Faculty re-assessment is offered to students whose performance is in the prescribed range and circumstances.
Re-assessment may be permitted if students in their final year fail a single compulsory assessment resulting in a grade of fail in only that unit of study, preventing them from completing the degree that year. A grade of 50 pass is the maximum grade a student can achieve if they pass the final year rule in the assessment.
Students who have successfully requested special consideration may be allowed to sit the exam or submit the required work at a negotiated date that should not be longer than the period of incapacitation, and in any case normally not longer than 3 months after the original examination or submission date. After this time the student will be considered to have discontinued with permission. Marks will be awarded at full value for re-assessment where special consideration is approved.

Part 4: Progression, Results and Graduation

10 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 Policy), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

11 Award of the bachelor degree with honours

To qualify for the award of the honours degree a candidate must:
complete the requirements for the pass degree but include the alternative 30 credit point honours pathway described in the Units of Study table for the degree;
normally be of no more than four years (Bachelor of Pharmacy) or five years (Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management) standing in the degree; and
normally have no fail or absent fail results.
The level of honours will be determined by both the honours mark and the HWAM as indicated in the table below. If the honours mark and HWAM indicate a different level of honours, the lesser level will be awarded.

Level of honours

Honours mark


First Class

mark >= 85

mark >= 75

Second Class, Division 1

mark >= 80

mark>= 70

Second Class, Division 2

mark >= 75

mark >= 65

Honours not awarded

mark < 75

mark < 65

A candidate for the honours program who does not meet the requirements for the award of honours shall be awarded the pass degree.
HWAM means the Honours Weighted Mark calculated from results for all 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 level units attempted for the degree, weighted 2, 3, 4 and 5 for their respective levels. The Honours units of study are given a weighting of 8 in this calculation.

12 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 Faculty of Pharmacy, 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 level units attempted for the degree, weighted 1, 2, 3, 4 for the respective levels. Units with a result of SR (satisfied requirement) are not counted.

13 University Medal

A student who is awarded Honours Class I and achieves a minimum final honours mark of 90 or greater in both honours units of study, and who also achieves a final WAM of 85 or greater over the entire degree, may be awarded a University Medal. The calculation of the final honours mark will be based on a 20 per cent weighting of the mark awarded for PHAR4815 and an 80 per cent weighting on the mark awarded for PHAR4830. The medal is awarded at the discretion of the Faculty to the highest achieving students who in the opinion of the Faculty have an outstanding academic record, in accordance with the Coursework Policy.