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Handbook 2012

General Faculty Course and Unit Information

All Faculties

Course and unit availability
Deakin University reserves the right at any time to change its offering of units or courses. Changes are only made if there is an academic or administrative imperative. Students will be notified of such changes at the earliest opportunity and alternative arrangements made to minimise any disadvantage which might be incurred.

Course advice
All students are encouraged to contact course enrolment officers or course advisers. They will assist students in planning their specific course of study to ensure it meets their particular needs and interests and satisfies all course requirements.

Cheating, plagiarism and collusion
Plagiarism and collusion are academic offences. They are forms of cheating, and severe penalties are associated with them, including cancellation of marks for a specific assignment, for a specific unit or even exclusion from the course. The University's definitions of plagiarism and collusion are as follows:

  • Plagiarism occurs when a student passes off as the student's own work, or copies without acknowledgment of its authorship, the work of any other person.
  • Collusion occurs when a student obtains the agreement of another person for a fraudulent purpose with the intent of obtaining an advantage in submitting an assignment or other work.

The University's policy on plagiarism and collusion is available at The Guide. Regulation 04.1(2) - Academic Misconduct also contains important information regarding academic misconduct, including plagiarism and collusion. Further guidance is also available in your Faculty Student Manual.

Academic progress requirements

The academic progress timelines are set out in the 2012 Academic Progress: Show Cause and Appeals Schedule
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Academic progress at Deakin University is governed by the following Statutes and Regulation of the University:

Faculty Committees will review the Academic Progress of students after each trimester to identify students who have made unsatisfactory Academic Progress and students who are at risk of unsatisfactory Academic Progress.

Students are considered to have made unsatisfactory Academic Progress, when:
• they have failed at least 50 per cent of credit points in each the preceding two trimesters, or
• they have failed a unit twice, or
• they have failed a compulsory practicum or placement, or
• they will not complete their course within the Maximum Period of Study.

Students are considered to be at risk of unsatisfactory Academic Progress when:
• they have failed one or more units in a trimester, or
• they are unlikely to complete their course within the Maximum Period of Study.

Further information on the process of notification, Show Cause and Appeals can be found in the Academic Progress in Higher Education Award Courses procedure and in the Academic Hearings: Rules of Procedure.

Faculty of Arts and Education

School of Education
It is a requirement that all prospective teachers undertake a satisfactory Working with Children check.

Professional experience requirements
Details of professional experience requirements are included in course descriptions and Professional Experience handbooks.

English language requirements for international students
Preservice coursework degree programs within the School of Education require an IELTS score of at least 7, with no individual band score less than 7. This level of English proficiency is required for successful completion of the course. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may undertake English language preparation through the Deakin University English Language Institute.

Faculty of Science and Technology

Additional expenses
There are some Faculty units which include activities such as field trips and excursions. Students should be aware that they may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with food and accommodation while on fieldwork. For further information on expenses, please contact the Faculty on (03) 9244 6699 or email

Animal experimentation
Students should be aware that there are units offered in the biological sciences which involve animal experimentation. Any such units are subject to scrutiny by the University's Animal Ethics Committee which audits and grants approval for any animal experimentation carried out in the Faculty in both coursework units and research programs.

Key to Campuses

B = Melbourne Burwood Campus
G = Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
S = Geelong Waterfront Campus
W =Warrnambool Campus
X = Off Campus

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

11th April 2012