Procedures

Program Nomenclature - Procedures

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1. Purpose and Objectives

These procedures are intended to give effect to the uniform implementation of PPL 3.20.02 Course and Program Design Principles – Policy. In particular, the application of the University’s principles regarding program nomenclature: that wherever possible, there should be standardisation in award nomenclature.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

2.1 Specific terminology

The following terminology is used in undergraduate programs only (Requests from faculties to vary the unit values are considered by the Committee for Academic Programs Policy (CAPP) as part of the program approval process) –

AQF – Australian Qualification Framework

AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy – the official AQF policy that stipulates the structure and content of qualification titles awarded by authorised organisations as part of Australia's national qualification framework.

Dual Major – a field incorporating advanced studies in two complementary areas having a value of either greater than or equal to 24 units (>#24) or greater than or equal to 20 units (>#20) exclusive of introductory level courses;

Extended Major – a field incorporating advanced studies with a single disciplinary focus having a value of either greater than or equal to 24 units (>#24) or greater than or equal to 20 units (>#20) exclusive of introductory level courses.

Field of Study – a disciplinary focus of at least 8 units (#8). This terminology is used in AQF level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree programs and postgraduate Masters Degree (Coursework) programs only.

Major – a field of disciplinary focus having a value of at least 12 units (>#12)

Minor – a field with a discipline focus equal to approximately half of the value of a major (i.e. #6 to #10)

2.2 Generic terminology

The following "generic” terminology is used to describe the University's programs and subunits of these programs –

Academic Transcript – Official academic record, certified by the Academic Registrar

Discipline – an area of study which has a history and tradition of teaching at both introductory and advanced levels; disciplines may have several sub-sets of established fields/sub-disciplines (e.g. arts, engineering, science, commerce, veterinary science, medicine)

Fields/Sub-disciplines – areas of study offered within a discipline comprised of a cohesive group of courses (e.g. civil engineering, biomedical science, psychology)

Testamur – Award certificate

3. Procedures Scope/Coverage

These procedures apply to all programs.

4. Procedures Statement

Program nomenclature must be –

  • readily and unambiguously identifiable with the level, broad disciplinary content, and (where applicable) professional orientation of the program;
  • readily recognisable by prospective students, employers and other stakeholders;
  • consistent with nomenclature that has national and international acceptance; and
  • sustainable in the long term.

In addition, postgraduate coursework nomenclature must also –

  • be consistent across a suite of postgraduate coursework awards; and
  • differentiate research from coursework awards.

The awards that are conferred by the University’s Senate are listed in PPL 3.50.11 Awards - Procedures.

The objectives for each qualification are listed in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF – http://www.aqf.edu.au/).

5. Majors, Minors and Fields of Study

5.1 The unit value of majors, dual majors, extended majors, minors and fields of study are defined in the individual program rules and the detailed lists of courses comprising each are set out for each field in the program list.

5.2 Majors, dual majors, extended majors and fields of study are listed on the testamur. Minors are listed on academic transcripts and are not listed on the testamur.

5.3 The AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy states that qualifications must have titles that unambiguously identify the qualification type, level and field of study/discipline. For example:

  • Bachelor (Field of study/discipline)
  • Bachelor (Field of study/discipline) (Honours)
  • Master (Field of study/discipline)
  • Doctor (Field of study/discipline)

6. Award Titles

6.1 The formal title of the award is displayed as follows –

  • the level of the degree (e.g. bachelor of) is listed first followed by an indication of the discipline(e.g. Science). For example, Bachelor of Science.

6.2 Where relevant, the formal title of the award is augmented by a secondary descriptor to indicate the field/s. For example,

  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in History

6.3 Broad discipline program titles that are representative of, but not limited to, the faculty in which the program is offered and which may accommodate a range of fields/sub-disciplines, will be used where possible. For example,

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Social Science

6.4 Where broad discipline nomenclature does not accommodate or appropriately reflect the objectives of an interdisciplinary program, faculties may seek approval to use specific discipline titles.

6.5 Nomenclature that indicates a specific discipline will be acceptable in some instances. Normally, use of such titles would be limited to those programs that lead to qualification by a professional body or professional accreditation (such as for many four-year AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree programs or AQF level 8 Bachelor Degree Honours programs) or to those programs that have significant affiliations with or a significant degree of recognition by an industry or community. It is expected that as part of its submission for approval, the faculty will have undertaken appropriate consultation about the use of such a title with key stakeholders, both internal and external to the University. Examples of program titles that may be included in this nomenclature category are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Architectural Design
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours)

6.6 If general nomenclature does not accommodate or appropriately reflect the objectives of a program, faculties may seek approval to use specific nomenclature in accordance with PPL 3.20.01 Academic Program Approval.

6.7 The following principles apply to all nomenclature—

  • descriptors such as 'Applied' and 'Studies' can be used only when an established and recognised pattern of usage can be demonstrated;
  • 'International' can be used only where it refers to a recognised academic discipline (e.g international relations);
  • the descriptor 'Advanced' is to be avoided;
  • the descriptor, ‘Research Extensive’ may only be used in postgraduate coursework programs where a #16 research project is required as part of a #32 coursework program;
  • two closely related areas are linked by 'and' (as opposed to '&');
  • the use of parenthetical descriptors is to be avoided;
  • all or part of a program title appears also in the secondary descriptor only where an established and recognised pattern of usage can be demonstrated;
  • descriptors such as 'standard', 'general', etc. are used for administrative purposes only and are not part of formal nomenclature;
  • the same or similarly named programs and/or fields must be clearly differentiated through inclusion of appropriate text in the programs information and plans information modules of the SI-net database;
  • where more than one coursework award at the same level is offered in a discipline, the differences should be clearly identified by the program title (for example, Master of Physiotherapy, Master of Physiotherapy Studies);
  • while it is common to list the qualification title before the field of study/discipline, the reverse order may be used (for example, Juris Doctor).

6.8 The AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy specifies requirements for the qualification type, level and field of study/discipline for all AQF qualification types.  Section 2.3 of the AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy is the authoritative source of the structure of AQF qualification titles.

7. Dual Programs

Nomenclature for dual programs uses the nomenclature for both parts of the dual program. The order of display of both parts involves consultation between all faculties contributing to the dual program.

8. Honours

In accordance with the AQF guidelines, the level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree program must be titled using the formal title followed by the honours descriptor, the class of honours and, if appropriate, followed by the field/major or sub-discipline. For example:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with Honours Class I with an extended major in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science (Honours) with Honours Class IIIA
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours Class IIB in the field of History

9. Postgraduate Programs

9.1 The nomenclature of research awards is:

  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy

(PhD and MPhil awards conferred prior to 1 January 2015 used the format of ‘Formal Title’ followed by the field of study.)

9.2 Titles for stand alone graduate certificate programs may use non-standard nomenclature because such programs are often developed to meet short-term and quite specific purposes, often with a continuing education focus.

9.3 Where a graduate certificate is part of a postgraduate suite of programs, the nomenclature must be consistent with the other parts of the suite.

Custodians
Academic Registrar
Mr Mark Erickson
Custodians
Academic Registrar
Mr Mark Erickson