Resolutions of the faculty

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Resolutions of the Faculty of Science 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 Coursework Policy'), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2015, 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: http://sydney.edu.au/policies.

1. Admissions

(1)
The provisions of the Coursework Rule and the Coursework Policy apply to the admission of domestic and international applicants to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses. Course resolutions may prescribe additional admission requirements.
(2)
The Faculty participates in the approved special admission programs under the Coursework Policy as outlined in Schedule 1:

2. Enrolment restrictions

(1)
Except with the permission of the Associate Dean an undergraduate student may not enrol in units of study with a total value of more than 30 credit points in either semester. 
(2)
Except with the permission of the Associate Dean a postgraduate coursework student may not enrol in units of study with a total value of more than 24 credit points in either semester one or two.
(3)
Except with the permission of the Associate Dean, undergraduate students are prohibited from:
(a)
re-enrolling in a unit of study that they have previously completed within the last 10 calendar years, regardless of whether the unit of study was completed in their current or previous award course; and
(b)
enrolling in any unit of study:
(i)
that overlaps substantially in content with a unit of study already completed in their current or previous award course within the last 10 calendar years; and/or
(ii)
for which credit equivalence or exemption has been granted within the last 10 calendar years.
(4)
Except with the permission of the Associate Dean, postgraduate coursework students are prohibited from:
(a)
re-enrolling in a unit of study that they have previously completed within the last 5 calendar years, regardless of whether the unit of study was completed in their current or previous award course; and
(b)
enrolling in any unit of study:
(i)
that overlaps substantially in content with a unit of study already completed in their current or previous award course within the last 5 calendar years; and/or
(ii)
for which credit equivalence or exemption has been granted within the last 5 calendar years.

3. Time Limits

The provisions of the Coursework Rule apply to the time limits for undergraduate and postgraduate programs, unless otherwise stated in the course resolutions.

4. Suspension, discontinuation and lapse of candidature

The Coursework Policy specifies the conditions for suspending or discontinuing candidature, and return to candidature after suspending or discontinuing. It also defines the circumstances when candidature is deemed to have lapsed. Students should pay careful attention to the significant dates in these requirements and their effect on results and financial liability.

5. Credit for previous study

(1)
Unless otherwise stated within the course resolutions, the provisions of the Coursework Rule and the Coursework Policy apply to the granting of credit.

6. Domestic Cross institutional study

(1)
Provided the Associate Dean's permission has been obtained in advance, a student may be permitted to complete a unit of study offered by another institution and have that unit credited to the student's course requirements, provided that:
(a)
the unit of study content is not taught in any corresponding unit of study at the University; or
(b)
the student is unable, for good reason, to attend a corresponding unit of study at the University.
(2)
Cross-institutional study is regarded as another form of credit.
(3)
Unless otherwise stated in the course resolutions, cross-institutional study is not available to students enrolled in postgraduate programs.

7. International Mobility

(1)
The Faculty encourages students to participate in international study, unless the resolutions for a particular course preclude this. Provided the relevant prior approval has been obtained a student may be permitted to count units completed overseas towards their degree by participating in:
(a)
the University of Sydney Exchange Program; or
(b)
a Study Abroad program; or
(c)
an International Placement
(2)
For International Placements approval must be gained well in advance of travel for unit of study enrolment based on an agreed degree plan.
(3)
Students applying for international mobility should refer to the Outbound Student Mobility Policy 2018.

8. Attendance

(1)
Unless otherwise stated, students are expected to attend at least 80% of timetabled activities as defined in the unit of study outline, unless granted exemption by the Associate Dean.
(2)
A student may fail a unit of study because of inadequate attendance.

9. Results

(1)
The provisions of the Coursework Rule and the Coursework Policy apply to the award of grades in Science units of study.
(2)
The determination of what warrants a DC grade after the published date for Discontinued not to count as failure is made at the discretion of the Associate Dean on a documented case-by-case basis. Discretion will not be exercised where:
(a)
the request is made 12 months or more after the advertised date of result publication; or
(b)
where the student has passed the unit of study.

10. Satisfactory Progress

In addition to meeting the provisions of the Coursework Rule and the Coursework Policy, students must also meet all progression requirements listed in specific course resolutions.

11. Re-assessment

Re-assessment is not permitted unless otherwise specified in the course resolutions.

12. Readmission after a period of exclusion

The Coursework Policy provides that a student excluded from a degree may seek readmission at the end of the exclusion period, with approval of the Associate Dean. A student readmitted in this way is considered to have commenced a new period of candidature and must apply for credit from their previous candidature. Credit will only be awared in accordance with the Coursework Policy and clause 5 of these resolutions.

13. Award of the bachelor degree with honours

(1)
The rules applying to the admission and award of an undergraduate degree with Honours are stipulated in the relevant course resolutions and the Coursework Policy 2014.
(2)
To qualify for the award of honours, a student must complete the required credit points of honours undergraduate units of study, as described in the Science Honours Unit of Study Table.
(3)
The grade of honours and the honours mark are determined by performance in only the units of study successfully completed after admission to Honours, as listed in the Science Honours Unit of Study Table.

14. University Medal

A student who is awarded Honours Class 1 may be awarded a university medal. 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 Rule.

15. Weighted Average Mark (WAM)

(1)
The University WAM is calculated using the following formula:
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WAM = sum(Wc x Mc)
sum (Wc)

Where Wc is the unit of study credit points x the unit weighting and Mc is the mark achieved for the unit. Pass/ fail units and credited units from other institutions are not counted.
(2)
The weight of a unit of study is assigned by the owning faculty. In the Faculty of Science, all units are given a weighting of one.

16. Transitional Provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2020 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2020 who elect to proceed under these resolutions unless otherwise specified under the specific course resolutions.

Schedule 1: Special Admissions Program

Course Broadway Scheme Cadigal Program E12 Scheme Mature Age Applicants Scheme Elite Athletes or Performers Scheme Special Consideration for Admission Scheme Future Leaders Scheme
Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science                          Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Advanced) Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Medical Science) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science (Health) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Health) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Agriculture) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Food and Agribusiness) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine No Yes Yes No No No No
Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine No Yes Yes No No No No
Bachelor of Science and Master of Mathematical Sciences Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor of Psychology Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Master of Clinical Psychology n/a Yes n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy n/a Yes n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine n/a Yes n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a