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Academic progress

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;

Maximum period of study

The maximum period of study is the time that may be taken by a student to complete a course of study.The maximum period of study is determined according to the following formula; however, Faculty Boards may increase the maximum period of study for a course. Faculty Boards may also vary this period for an individual student. Students will be notified in writing as soon as possible, and any variations require approval by the Academic Board:

The formula to calculate the Maximum Period of Study is 2n + 1u (not including periods of intermission)

  • 'n' is the number of years or trimesters taken to complete the course when undertaking a full-time load (a full-time load is normally 8 credit points per year)
  • 'u' is the length of time taken to complete one unit of study (usually a trimester or a year).
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