Resolutions of the Faculty
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.
Except as 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, 18 credit points in the summer session and 12 credit points in the winter session.
A student must complete all the requirements for a professional master's degree within ten calendar years of first enrolment.
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 three calendar years of first enrolment.
A student must complete all the requirements for a graduate certificate within two calendar years of first enrolment.
A student must complete all the requirements for a bachelor's degree (including combined degrees) within ten calendar years of first enrolment.
Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to maximum completion times except that no completion time will exceed 10 years from first enrolment.
Credit will not be granted for recognised prior learning older than 5 years at the time of first enrolment.
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.
Conditions for the granting of credit for previous study are in accordance with the Coursework Rule, except:
For the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine credit may be granted for core or elective units in Year 1 and Year 2. Studies must have been completed with at least a credit grade and no more than five years prior to admission.
For postgraduate coursework degrees credit for up to a maximum of 25% of the requirements for a degree may be granted for studies completed no more than five years prior to admission, for which an award was not made.
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 resolutions of the student's course of enrolment do not specifically exclude cross-institutional study; and
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 another form of credit and will be taken into consideration when considering eligibility.
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.
Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled lectures and 100% of timetables practical activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Dean, Associate Dean or professor most concerned. The Dean, Associate Dean or professor 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 the minimum requirement.
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 the period of extension, no academic penalty will be applied to that piece of assessment.
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. For more information please refer to the individual unit of study handbook.
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.
In this Faculty re-assessment is offered to students whose performance is in the prescribed range of circumstances.
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 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.
Students enrolled in an undergraduate administered by the Faculty of Veterinary Science who fail one unit of study administered by the Faculty of Veterinary Science within a semester and receive a weighted average mark of 55 for all other units attempted in the same semester may be offered the opportunity for re-assessment for the failed unit of study. Such re-assessment must constitute re-assessment of that complete unit of study, and may include assessment of any topic within the scope of the learning outcomes of the unit of study. The methods used for re-assessment may differ from those used in the original delivery of the unit of study. Re-assessment will be offered to eligible students on the date advised by the Faculty and it is the student's responsibility to be available to attend on that date. The maximum mark awarded for a unit of study in these circumstances will be 50 - Pass. Students who have been awarded an Absent Fail grade for a unit of study will not be eligible for re-assessment for that unit of study.
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 Rule), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.
Honours is awarded to students who have completed the requirements of honours specified in the course resolution for their degree.
A student who is awarded Honours Class I 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.
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 in assessing admission to and award of honours, eligibility for prizes and scholarships, or assessing progression through a course.
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2014 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Students 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, 2019. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.