Undergraduate Studies Committee

Draft terms of reference
Composition and membership
Meeting dates and deadlines
Agendas, papers and minutes
Forms
Contact

Draft terms of reference

This committee was re-constituted at the 28 November 2017 meeting of the Academic Board, at which draft Terms of Reference were approved. The Terms of Reference presented below are subject to discussion at the first meeting of the Committee in 2018, with final approval anticipated at the 6 March 2018 meeting of the Academic Board.

Purpose

The Undergraduate Studies Committee assists the Academic Board in ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards and quality in teaching, learning and scholarship at the University of Sydney and, in this context, advises the Academic Board about resolutions, policy and procedures relating to undergraduate study at the University and acts as the Academic Board's agent in determining undergraduate matters, including the approval of new and amended courses, in accordance with the University of Sydney (Delegations Authority - Academic Functions) Rule 2016.

Terms of reference

  1. To monitor issues relating to quality in relation to undergraduate award courses, and to make recommendations to the Academic Board as detailed below.
  2. To advise the Academic Board on resolutions, policy and procedures relating to all undergraduate studies in the University, including the pattern of undergraduate courses in the University.
  3. To make recommendations to the Academic Board in relation to proposals to introduce new undergraduate award courses and amendments to existing undergraduate award courses.
  4. To make recommendations to the Academic Board regarding requirements to be satisfied by candidates for the award of a degree, diploma or certificate.
  5. To act for the Academic Board in determining procedures for the consideration, and deadline for submission of proposals for new and amended undergraduate award programs and courses in consultation with the University Executive Course Profiles Steering Committee.
  6. To provide academic oversight in relation to domains 1.4.1; 1.4.2, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3; 3.1.4; 3.1.5; 5.1.2; 5.1.3, 5.4.2 and 6.3.2(c) of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.
  7. To ensure undergraduate education is compliant with appropriate Rules, Policies and Procedures, including, but not limited to the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014, the Coursework Policy 2014, the Assessment Procedures 2011, the Learning and Teaching Policy 2015, the Learning and Teaching Procedures 2016, the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015, the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016.
  8. To contribute to the development of the University’s strategic objectives in relation to undergraduate study and to formulate, recommend to the Academic Board, and regularly review resolutions, policy and procedures supporting those strategic objectives.
  9. To receive reports from, and provide advice to, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and, where appropriate the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) on quality assurance and other matters relating to undergraduate study.
  10. To obtain information or reports from any faculty, school or department, the Library or other academic unit on academic matters relating to undergraduate studies.
  11. To ensure proper communication channels are established with other committees of the Academic Board and the University Executive to promote cross-referencing and discussion of matters concerning undergraduate students.
  12. To determine the terms and conditions of undergraduate awards, scholarships and prizes established within the University.
  13. To receive annual reports on the awarding of Honours and the University Medal from Faculties.
  14. To provide regular reports on its activities under its terms of reference to the Academic Board.
  15. To consider and report on any matter referred to it by the Academic Board, or its committees, the University Executive or the Vice-Chancellor.

The Committee's full terms of reference can be downloaded as a PDF.


Composition and membership

Position

 

Member

the Chair of the Committee

  Dr Melissa Hardie

the Chair of the Academic Board, or nominee 

  Associate Professor Tony Masters

the Chair of the Admissions Sub-Committee

  TBA

the Director, Educational Innovation, or nominee 

 

Professor Adam Bridgeman

the Deputy Registrar, or nominee 

 

Edwina Grose (nominee) 

the President of the Students’ Representative Council, or nominee 

  Imogen Grant

The Academic Board shall appoint one member from each Faculty and University School and at least one undergraduate student member nominated by members of the Board

Faculty/University school

Representative

 

Architecture, Design and Planning

Dr Ross Anderson

 

Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Anthony Dracopoulos 

 

Business

Dr Ulku Yuksel (Semester 1)

Associate Professor Catherine Hardy (Semester 2)

 

Conservatorium

Dr James Humberstone 

 

Dentistry

Dr Kimberly Mathieu Coulton 

 

Engineering and IT

Associate Professor Marjorie Valix

 

Health Sciences

Dr Kate Edward

 

Law

Associate Professor Jamie Glister (Semester 1)

Dr Kevin Walton (Semester 2)

 

Medicine 

Associate Professor Tina Hinton

 

Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Lisa Conlon 

 

Pharmacy

Dr Stephen Carter 

 

Science

Dr Gary Muscatello

 

Student member

Vacant

The Academic Board shall appoint as its representatives three elected staff members of the Academic Board on the recommendation of the Chair of the Academic Board

 

Dr Nial Wheate

 

 

Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter

 

 

Vacant 

The Committee may appoint one member, on the nomination of the Chair of the Committee, to act as Deputy Chair

  Vacant

Co-opted members 

  Vacant

Meeting dates and deadlines

2018 Meetings

The committee will meet from 10:00am to 12:00pm on the following dates:

Items due by:

Agenda distributed:

Meeting Date:

23 January

30 January

 6 February

13 March

20 March

27 March

10 April

17 April

24 April

(reserve meeting)

1 May

8 May

15 May

(final meeting for 2019 course amendments)

26 June

3 July

10 July

21 August

28 August

4 September

16 October

23 October

30 October

Agendas, papers and minutes

Committee Agendas, Papers and Minutes for the current and previous year are available below. Inquiries and requests for historical information can be directed to the Committee Officer.

2018 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting date

Agenda and Papers

Minutes

6 February

Agenda and Papers

Unconfirmed Minutes

27 March

Agenda and Papers

 Minutes

24 April (reserve meeting)

Agenda and Papers

 Minutes

15 May

Agenda and Papers

 Minutes

10 July

Agenda and Papers

 Minutes

4 September

Agenda and Papers

 Minutes

30 October

Agenda and Papers

 Minutes

2017 Agendas, papers and minutes

Meeting Date Agendas and Papers Minutes
7 February  Agenda and Papers
 Minutes
7 March  Meeting Cancelled  
11 April   Meeting Cancelled  
23 May  Agenda and Papers
 Minutes
4 July

Agenda and Papers

Item 4.3.1 FASS BA BAdvStudies minor amendment

Item 4.5.1 SCA BVA minor amendment

Item 4.6.3 FEIT BE Hons minor amendment

Item 4.10.1 Science BSc and BAdvStudies minor amendment

 Item 4.10.2 Science BSc BSc(Adv) B(AdvMaths) minor amendment

 Minutes
 
1 August Agenda and Papers Minutes
19 September Agenda and Papers Minutes
7 November Agenda and Papers Minutes

Forms

Form Link

Award course review template

PDF

Contact

Committee Officer
Alyssa White
T +61 2 8627 6905
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