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Academic progress - Glossary

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Academic year
The period from the first day of the first trimester of any year to the day preceding the first day of the first Trimester of the following year (inclusive).

Assessment
An evaluation, by whatever means a faculty board has determined, of a student's academic performance in each of the tasks, which may include examination, prescribed for a unit.

Course
A program of study approved by a faculty board and accredited by the Academic Board consisting of a set of units comprising credit points to a particular value, which when successfully completed qualifies a student for a higher education award of the University. Specific course rules and admission requirements will be published annually in the University Handbook or by other appropriate means approved by the Academic Board.

Deferral
The approved postponement of study for a specified period prior to the first enrolment in a course.

Exclusion
The termination by the University of a student's enrolment in a course for a specified period with no right to apply for readmission for a minimum period of one academic year.

Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee (FAPDC) or Faculty Academic Progress Committee (APC)

A committee at Faculty level, established by the faculty board of each faculty, for dealing with such matters of academic progress and academic misconduct as are referred to it under University regulations.

Intermission
An approved suspension of study for a specified period; usually a maximum of one year after a student has enrolled in a course.

Pass conceded
A grade that may be awarded for one unit in any course to enable a student to satisfy the requirements of the course in which they are enrolled, provided that the student has achieved a minimum of 45% in the unit and satisfied any other requirements as specified by the faculty board.

Restriction
A measure imposed by the Faculty Academic Progress Committee or the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee on a student’s enrolment to better manage their academic progress.

Result
The final grade/mark in a unit awarded to a student based on the summation of assessment for that unit.

Trimester
A teaching period (excluding breaks and holidays), the commencement and completion of which are specified and published annually in the University Handbook.

Show Cause
To appear before the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee or the Faculty Academic Progress Committee either in person or by handing in a written submission against a proposal by the Faculty to restrict a student's enrolment or exclude a student from their course.

Unit
A defined element of a course having a discrete designated code and title in which students enrol and complete specific work requirements. A unit is normally a quarter of a Trimester's workload, and is normally of a Trimester duration and carries a specific credit value towards an award.

Unit chair
The person appointed by the head of school to be responsible for coordinating the curriculum, teaching and assessment in a unit. Such person shall act as chair of the assessment panel for that unit.

Univeristy Appeals Committee
A subcommittee of the Teaching and Learning Committee constituted and conducted in accordance with the terms of reference set down by the Academic Board to hear academic appeals on specific grounds.

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21st March 2012