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Inherent course requirements

What are inherent requirements?

Every course has academic and other requirements that are essential to the nature of the particular course.

The Disability Standards for Education require universities to apply reasonable adjustments to enable students with disability to participate in study on the same basis as students without disability. When they do this, universities are entitled to maintain the course inherent requirements to ensure the integrity of the course.

Documenting inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are being documented for all courses offered by Deakin University, with the aim of publishing statements of inherent requirements in the Undergraduate Studies Handbook.

For more information, email the Manager, Disability Services.

Why document inherent requirements?

  • Prospective students can make more informed choices about courses, including whether they consider themselves able to complete the requirements.
  • Students know from the beginning what is expected of them.
  • If we are clear about the essential academic and other requirements of a course, we can feel more confident about providing students with flexibility in the delivery and assessment of the course without compromising these.
  • More informed and consistent decisions can be made about reasonable adjustments to assist students with disability.
  • If there is concern that a student cannot fulfill the inherent requirements of a course, fair and transparent decisions can be made about selection to or exclusion from courses.
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