Policy

Program Design - Policy

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1.0   Purpose and Scope

  1. A function of The University of Queensland (UQ or the University) under the University of Queensland Act 1998 (UQ Act) is to confer higher education awards regulated under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The higher education awards conferred by UQ are prescribed in the University’s Awards Policy.
  2. This policy sets out the principles and requirements that inform the structure and design of all undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs leading to the conferral of a UQ higher education award.
  3. This policy applies to all new undergraduate and postgraduate coursework program (hereafter program) proposals from the date the policy is approved and all programs offered at the University for enrolments from 2021. This policy does not apply to Higher Degree by Research (HDR) or Higher Doctorate programs.

2.0   Principles and Key Requirements

2.1   Program Design Principles

Programs at UQ will be aligned to the University’s values and will—

  1. be underpinned by a set of program specific graduate attributes that are developed through the courses in the program;
  2. comply with the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) including—
    • volume of learning, and
    • learning outcomes (i.e. knowledge, skills, application of skills and knowledge);
  3. be relevant and responsive to community and industry needs;
  4. take advantage of the University's research strengths;
  5. encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and leveraging of expertise;
  6. provide students with clarity about expectations;
  7. provide a coherent and streamlined student experience; and
  8. use nomenclature that is—
    • unambiguously and readily identifiable with the qualification type, discipline, and (where applicable) the professional orientation of the program;
    • in the case of postgraduate coursework programs, consistent across a suite of postgraduate coursework awards and differentiates research from coursework;
    • easily recognisable by prospective students, employers and other stakeholders;
    • compliant with the AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy; and
    • consistent with nomenclature that has national and international acceptance.

2.2   Program Approval and Review

  1. In developing programs UQ will ensure—
    1. programs and plans are consistent with the University's academic and/or strategic priorities;
    2. programs and plans incorporate appropriate—
      • learning experiences and learning outcomes,
      • teaching approaches,
      • assessment, and
      • evaluation of student learning;
    3. the quality and integrity of UQ’s programs meet the highest academic standards;
    4. direct consultation occurs with—
      • all relevant academic units that can contribute to respective areas of discipline expertise, including adherence to the requirements of the Collaborative Service Teaching Policy;
      • all relevant organisational units and their leaders in relation to resource implications (e.g. UQ library, schools, institutes and faculties teaching into the program);
      • the office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement); and
      • relevant external and accreditation bodies, where applicable; and
    5. compliance with all relevant legislation, such as the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act) and the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act), and mandatory government requirements.
  2. The University-wide framework for approval of academic programs and courses is outlined in the Program Approval Procedure.
  3. The University ensures the systematic and regular review of curricula, teaching and program quality, and risk. All programs undergo annual review via the Curriculum and Teaching Quality and Risk Appraisal process, and a comprehensive review as per the Academic Program Review Procedure.

2.3   Program Nomenclature

Nomenclature must be consistent with Section 2.1 and the requirements outlined below.

2.3.1   Award Title Nomenclature

  1. Formal award titles must be displayed as follows:

the qualification type 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.

  1. Where relevant, the formal title of the award is augmented by a secondary descriptor to indicate the major(s) and/or extended major(s) and/or specialisation and/or field(s) of study. For example—
    1. For a major: Bachelor of Science with a major in Mathematics
    2. For an extended major: Bachelor of Arts with an extended major in History
    3. For a specialisation: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical Engineering
    4. For a field of study: Master of Science in the field of Physics
    5. For a combination of a specialisation and a major: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering and a major in Structural Engineering
    6. For a combination of majors: Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and History
    7. For a combination of fields of study: Master of Commerce in the fields of Applied Finance and Information Systems
  2. Minors and extended minors are listed on academic transcripts but are not listed on the testamur (refer to the Awards Procedure for more information).
  3. Where a new program or plan is proposed, faculties are expected to undertake appropriate consultation about the use of the proposed title with key stakeholders, both internal and external to the University.
  4. The following principles apply to all nomenclature—
    1. The descriptor 'Advanced' is only used—
      • for bachelor’s honours (minimum of 64 units in duration) and master’s level qualifications; and
      • where it can be demonstrated that the program outcomes are more advanced, and that the admission standard is higher than for programs in a similar discipline area that do not have this descriptor.
    2. The descriptor, ‘Research Extensive’ is only used in postgraduate coursework programs and where a 16-unit research project is required.
    3. Ampersands must not be used.
    4. The use of parenthetical descriptors must be appropriately justified.
    5. 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, e.g. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering.
    6. Descriptors such as 'standard', 'general', ‘undeclared’ etc. are used for administrative purposes only and are not part of formal nomenclature.
    7. The same or similarly named programs and/or fields must be clearly differentiated through inclusion of appropriate text in the published program and plan information (for example, Master of Physiotherapy, Master of Physiotherapy Studies).
    8. Where more than one coursework award at the same level is offered in a discipline, the differences will be clearly identified by the program title (for example, Master of Health Economics, Master of Development Economics).
    9. While it is usual to list the qualification type before the discipline, the reverse order may be used where this is accepted nationally and/or internationally (for example, Juris Doctor).

2.3.2   Bachelor's Honours Program Nomenclature

In addition to the requirements under Section 2.3.1, bachelor’s honours programs must be titled using the formal title followed by the honours descriptor, the class of honours and, if appropriate, by the major(s) and/or extended major(s) and/or specialisation, and/or field of study. For example—

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with Honours Class I 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

2.4   Program Type and Duration

  1. The types of programs offered by The University of Queensland are outlined in Table 1 (Program Types and Duration) below. These are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
  2. Programs are only available in a single duration. Prior learning (for example, relevant professional experience) may be recognised for the purpose of granting a reduction in the duration of a program at the time of entry. Refer to Section 2.8.2 and the Credit for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning Policy for more information.
  3. Program durations must be multiples of 8 units and meet the requirements shown in Table 1 (Program Types and Duration).

Table 1: Program Types and Duration

Award

AQF level

Minimum units

Maximum units

Duration of FTE study
(8 units per semester)

Diploma

5

16

32

1 to 2 years (2 to 4 semesters)

Associate degree

6

32

32

2 years (4 semesters)

Bachelor

7

48

64

3 to 4 years (6 to 8 semesters)

Bachelor’s honours – following bachelor

8

16

16

1 year (2 semesters)

Bachelor’s honours – embedded

8

64

80

4 to 5 years (8 to 10 semesters)

Graduate certificate

8

8

8

0.5 year (1 semester)

Graduate diploma

8

16

16

1 year (2 semesters)

Master’s (coursework)

9

16

48

1 to 3 years (2 to 6 semesters)

Master’s (extended)

9

48

64

3 to 4 years (6 to 8 semesters)

Professional doctorate

10

48

80

3 to 5 years (6 to 10 semesters)

  1. Bachelor’s degree programs, other than 16-unit bachelor’s honours programs, are in one of three categories:
    • Generalist Degree – a 48-unit AQF level 7 bachelor’s degree that has no or few common compulsory courses and a number of plans from which students choose.
    • Specialist Degree – an undergraduate degree where all or most of the components of the program are aligned with the requirements of the accrediting body.
    • Named Degree – an undergraduate degree that is not otherwise classified, i.e. does not meet the definition of a generalist or specialist degree.
  2. Dual and integrated programs must meet the requirements in Section 2.7.

2.5   Program Structure

  1. The program requirements set out the building blocks and any other specific conditions of the program. Programs must be made up of the building blocks set out in Table 2 (Program Building Blocks). Each building block (other than general elective courses) is a prescribed combination of courses set out in the program requirements. The total units specified for completion of the program must also meet the course level requirements set out in Table 3 (Course Levels for Courses Listed in Undergraduate Programs) for undergraduate programs or Table 4 (Course Levels for Courses Listed in Postgraduate Coursework Programs) for postgraduate programs.
  2. In addition to clause 1, the structure of a generalist degree program must also include 32 units of prescribed content and 16 units of general electives. The 32 units of prescribed content must require at least one major or extended major and allow for a Signature Learning Experience (SLE) block of 4 units to be completed.
  3. For professional doctorates, refer to the Professional Doctorate Procedure.

 

Table 2: Program Building Blocks

Building Block

Size (units)

Description

Programs in which each building block can be used
(but need not be used)

Undergraduate Program

One-year Bachelor’s Honours Program

Postgraduate Coursework Program

Generalist

Specialist

Named

Minor

8

These named plan building blocks consist of courses with a particular disciplinary focus.  They may include a mix of core and elective courses.

ü

ü

ü

 

 

Extended Minor

12 (at least 2 units at level 3 or higher)

ü

ü

ü

 

 

Major

16 (at least 4 units at level 3 or higher)

ü

ü

ü

 

 

Extended Major

24 (at least 6 units at level 3 or higher)

ü

ü

ü

 

 

Specialisation

³32 (at least 8 units at level 3 or higher)

 

ü

ü

 

 

Field of Study

³8

 

 

 

ü (16 units)

ü (8 units)

Articulation

8

Courses in an undergraduate program that can be credited towards a specific postgraduate program. This may include a mix of core and elective courses.

ü

ü

ü

 

 

Core Courses

 

One or more courses compulsory within the program.

ü (limited)

ü

ü

ü

ü

Flexible Core Courses

 

Program specific list of courses from which students must choose.

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Signature Learning Experience

³4

A list of specified courses.

ü (must be available)

ü

ü

 

 

Program Elective Courses

 

Courses which must be chosen from the program list.

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

General Elective Courses

 

Courses which are chosen from the program list or other program lists.

ü (16 units must be allowed)

ü (limited or not available)

ü

ü

ü

 

Table 3: Course Levels for Courses Listed in Undergraduate Programs

Award type

Size in units

Maximum units at level 1

Minimum units at higher levels

Other requirements on listed courses

Bachelor

48

24

8 at level 3 or 4

No courses permitted at level 5 or higher.

64

24

24 at level 3, 4 or 5

No courses permitted at level 6 or higher.

Bachelor’s honours – following bachelor

16

0

16 at levels 3, 4, 5 or 6

Maximum 4 units at level 3. No courses permitted at level 7 or higher.

Bachelor’s honours – embedded

64

24

24 at levels 3, 4, 5 or 6

No courses permitted at level 7 or higher.

80

24

40 at levels 3, 4, 5 or 6

No courses permitted at level 7 or higher.

 

Table 4: Course Levels for Courses Listed in Postgraduate Coursework Programs

Award type

Size in units

Maximum units at level 1

Maximum units at level 2

Maximum units at level 3

Level 4 and 5 content

Level 6 and 7 content

Graduate certificate

8

0

0

2

Maximum 6 units

Minimum 2 units at levels 6 or 7

Graduate diploma

16

0

0

4

Maximum 8 units

Minimum 8 units at levels 6 or 7

Master’s (coursework)

16

0

0

0

Maximum 4 units

Minimum 12 units at levels 6 or 7 with at least 8 units at level 7.

 

24

0

0

6

Maximum of 12 units

32

0

0

8

Maximum of 20 units

40

0

Maximum 16 units at levels 2 and 3 with at most 4 units at level 2

Maximum of 28 units

48

Maximum 24 units at levels 1, 2 and 3 with at most 4 units at level 1 and 8 units at level 2.

Maximum of 36 units

Master’s (extended)

48

0

0

0

Not permitted

48 units at level 7 or higher

64

0

0

0

Not permitted

64 units at level 7 or higher

2.5.1   Program Requirements

  1. The program requirements and course lists of all coursework programs must be published in the University’s Programs Catalogue. This includes the plan(s) or plan type(s) or combinations of plans and/or plan types that are required or permitted in that program.
  2. If more than one plan is available in a named discipline within a program, then the building blocks for those plans must articulate seamlessly from the smaller plan(s) to the larger.
  3. Where a plan or building block allows elective choice, the number of courses listed may be limited by the Executive Dean.
  4. Variations to program course lists and course levels may be permitted for individual students with sufficient academic justification and/or in exceptional circumstances, provided that the academic integrity of the program is maintained. Any variations must be approved by the relevant Associate Dean (Academic).
  5. Approved exit awards and their respective requirements will be published in the Programs Catalogue.

2.6   Bachelor's Honours Programs

AQF level 8 bachelor’s honours programs must—

  1. be offered as either—
    • an additional one year (16 units) of study following completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor’s degree, or
    • a single qualification of at least four years (64 units);
  2. provide graduates with knowledge of research principles and methods; and
  3. qualify as a pathway for graduates to undertake research and further learning.

2.6.1   Research Requirements for Bachelor's Honours Programs

  1. A bachelor’s honours program must incorporate a minimum supervised research training component of at least 4 units—
    1. This research training comprises a combination of a substantial piece of research and/or research preparation, with the minimum contribution from a single contributing course being the equivalent of 1 unit (for example, 50% of a 2-unit course).
    2. Group work contributing to the research component is to be assessed individually.
    3. The courses contributing to the research training component must be included in the calculation of the GPA for the purpose of awarding the class of honours.
  2. In program proposals to establish or modify honours program requirements, faculties are required to identify the 4 units that provide research or research preparation in the courses that contribute to honours.

2.7   Dual and Integrated Programs

  1. Dual and integrated programs allow a combination of awards (constituent awards) to be awarded under one set of combined program requirements.
  2. An integrated program combines awards in the same or similar disciplines and meets the learning outcomes of both awards without necessarily meeting the individual requirements for the standalone programs. For example, a course required in the integrated program may meet the learning outcomes for both awards.
  3. A dual program meets the requirements of both standalone awards but uses cross-crediting of courses to allow the dual program to be completed in a shorter duration than the combined length of the constituent awards.

2.7.1   Principles for Dual and Integrated Programs

  1. The following principles apply to dual and integrated programs—
  2. The constituent awards may both be undergraduate, both be postgraduate or be a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate.
  3. The constituent awards may be available as standalone programs but need not be.
  4. All graduate outcomes of both constituent awards must be met.
    • The overall duration of the combined program is a fixed number of units which is a multiple of 8 units and must comply with the following durations unless a variation is approved—
    • dual undergraduate program – 32 units shorter than the combined duration of both standalone programs.
    • dual master’s program – a minimum of 32 units and no more than 48 units.
    • dual or integrated bachelor’s program and master’s program – a minimum of 16 units, and no more than 32 units, longer than the duration of the standalone bachelor’s program.

2.7.2   Dual Program Principles

In addition to the principles in Section 2.7.1, the following principles apply to dual programs—

  1. Where a constituent award is available as a standalone program, the courses undertaken in the dual program must satisfy the requirements for both standalone programs.
  2. Not all choices (e.g. elective courses and plans) available in the standalone programs may be available in the dual program, and not all choices available in the dual program may be available in the standalone programs. Where there exists the potential for confusion, a separate course list should be created for the dual program to provide clarity to students.

2.7.3   Integrated Program Principles

In addition to the principles in Section 2.7.1, the following principles apply to integrated programs—

  1. The constituent awards must be in the same or similar disciplines.
  2. Where a constituent award is available as a standalone program, the integrated program need not include all of the course requirements of that standalone program but must meet the graduate outcomes of that standalone program.
  3. Any specialisation, extended major or major applies to the integrated program as a whole and not to either or both of the constituent awards.
  4. The AQF level of the integrated program is the higher of those of the constituent awards.

2.8   Postgraduate Coursework Programs

2.8.1   Principles for Entry to Master's Degree (Coursework) Programs

  1. Entry requirements for each program must be listed in the program catalogue and provide statements of tertiary or post-secondary qualifications, work experience and/or other requirements needed to enter the program.
  2. Master’s (Coursework) programs must meet AQF entry requirements in terms of the level and discipline of the entry qualification as outlined in Table 5 (Minimum Requirements for Master’s Degree (Coursework) Programs):

 

Table 5: Minimum Entry Requirements for Master's Degree (Coursework) Programs

Master’s (coursework) program duration (units)

Minimum entry requirement

16

AQF level 8 qualification in the same discipline

24

AQF level 7 qualification in the same discipline OR

AQF level 8 qualification in a different discipline

32 or longer

AQF level 7 qualification in a different discipline

A program may require an entry qualification above the AQF minimum where it is appropriately justified. For example, a 32-unit master’s program may require a level 8 qualification in the same discipline.

  1. A level 7 or level 8 entry qualification must be assessed as being either in the same discipline or in a different discipline. The assessment decision must be made by the relevant Associate Dean (Academic) or delegate.
  2. Entry requirements may be reduced through recognition of prior learning (RPL) and/or prior study. RPL and any prior study must be assessed for equivalency to the learning outcomes of the required entry qualification. Any consideration of RPL must take into account students’ likelihood of successfully achieving the program outcomes and ensure that the integrity of program outcomes is maintained (refer to the Credit for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning Policy for more information).
  3. Unless a strong case for exceptional circumstances can be made, students without tertiary qualifications will enter a suite of postgraduate awards at the graduate certificate level.
  4. Students who do not qualify for direct entry to another part of a suite of postgraduate programs may progress step-wise through the suite provided they meet the criteria set out in the Postgraduate Coursework Admissions Procedure or the individual program admission requirements.
  5. The minimum enrolment requirements for suites of postgraduate programs are set out below—

Graduate certificate – Post-secondary study (or equivalent) and/or work experience in a related discipline or a bachelor’s degree.

Graduate diploma – Post-secondary study (or equivalent) and/or work experience in a related discipline or bachelor’s degree or the graduate certificate in the suite of programs.

Where no specific bachelor’s degree is required, RPL may be considered (see clause 4 above).

General entry requirements for postgraduate coursework awards are contained in Postgraduate Coursework Admissions Procedure.

2.8.2   Advanced Standing in Master's Degree (Coursework) Programs

  1. Advanced standing and/or RPL must not reduce the minimum remaining units beyond the AQF requirement, as outlined in Table 6 (Advanced Standing Master’s Degree (Coursework) Programs).

 

Table 6: Advanced Standing in Master's Degree (Coursework) Programs

Equivalent entry qualification

Minimum remaining units

AQF level 7 qualification in a different discipline

32

AQF level 7 qualification in the same discipline

24

AQF level 8 qualification in a different discipline

24

AQF level 8 qualification in the same discipline

16

  1. Credit beyond advanced standing may be available for other studies and/or RPL in accordance with the University’s Credit for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning Policy.
  2. In programs that allow advanced standing to be granted, the program requirements and/or course list must clearly specify the  requirements to be completed.

2.8.3   Research Requirements for Master's Degree (Coursework) and Master's Degree (Extended) Programs

  1. AQF requires all level 9 master’s degree (coursework) and master’s degree (extended) qualifications to incorporate ‘some independent research’.
  2. Master’s degree (coursework) and master’s degree (extended) programs offered at UQ must incorporate the following compulsory research requirements—
    1. A master’s degree (coursework) or master’s degree (extended) program must incorporate a minimum research training component of at least 4 units.
    2. The required minimum of 4 units of research may be distributed across the program and does not have to be a standalone course.
    3. Components of courses that contribute towards the minimum research requirement may include practice-based research, literature reviews, presentations, essays and published papers, case studies, clinical and work-based research and write-up, in line with 'disciplinary norms'.
    4. The compulsory minimum 4-unit research requirement for all master’s degree (coursework) and master’s degree (extended) programs is required to be individual work, although research undertaken within a group project may contribute if it is assessed individually.
    5. The mandated minimum research component required for any 2-unit course contributing to research is 20% research for that course, based on assessment.

3.0   Roles, Responsibilities and Accountabilities

3.1   Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor exercises delegated authority from Senate to approve new programs, changes to existing programs and program discontinuations on the advice of the Academic Board. The Vice-Chancellor also approves requests to vary or exempt a program from any of the principles outlined in this policy and the accompanying procedures.

3.2   Vice-Chancellor's Committee (VCC)

Members of VCC are responsible to the Vice-Chancellor on the quality and effectiveness of the University’s programs, and are responsible for coordination and implementation of changes to the University’s program portfolio.

3.3   Academic Board

The Academic Board (the Board) is the principal academic advisory body to the University Senate. The Board provides expert advice to the Senate and the Vice-Chancellor on all matters relating to and affecting University teaching, research and educational programs.

3.4   Faculties

  1. The Executive Dean has overall accountability for the administration and quality assurance arrangements of academic programs offered by the Faculty, including—
    1. the strategic aspects of new and major program initiatives before more detailed academic aspects of the programs are developed and referred for the Vice-Chancellor’s approval; and
    2. scheduled review of programs, including offshore program offerings and arrangements with third party providers (both onshore and offshore institutions).
  2. The Associate Dean (Academic) oversees the annual Curriculum and Teaching Quality and Risk Appraisal process of the Faculty and its Schools in consultation with the Executive Dean, and the Heads of Schools.

4.0   Monitoring, Review and Assurance

  1. The quality of the standardised structure and design of the University’s programs is assured through implementation of:
  2. The Program Bulletin provides access to the relevant forms, details of submitted program proposals, and the progress of these submissions through the approval process.
  3. The Academic Board through the Committee for Academic Programs Policy (CAPP) is responsible for monitoring university-wide compliance with, and review of this policy for its effectiveness and ongoing relevance with UQ strategic objectives.

5.0   Recording and Reporting

  1. Design features and structural details relating to all programs offered by the University are published in the Programs Catalogue.
  2. Records relating to the structure and design of the University’s programs, including approved variations and proposals initiated through the Program Approval Procedure, must be lodged with Records Management Services in accordance with the Records Management Policy.

6.0   Appendix

6.1   Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) – a single comprehensive national qualifications framework that represents the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training.

Advanced Standing – A reduction in the duration of a program at the time of entry due to prior studies or recognition of prior learning. 

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.

CAPP – Committee for Academic Programs Policy

Course – a distinct unit of study within a program, for which a grade is given. Each course is identified by its alphanumeric code, a title and a fixed unit value.

Credit – The granting of units towards the program requirements in the form of block, specified or unspecified credit (refer to the Credit for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning for more information).

Curriculum – Curriculum is the intersection of knowledge, skills, and attitudes focused on what is taught, learned and created through the purposeful selection and structuring of content in courses and programs.

Dual Program – a sequence of study under one set of program requirements that leads to two awards conferred simultaneously on separate testamurs. A dual program uses cross-crediting of courses so that the program duration is shorter than the sum of those for the constituent awards.

Exit Award – a qualification that can be awarded if a student has met a defined subset of the requirements for some other qualification.

Extended Major – a prescribed combination of courses within an undergraduate program with a particular disciplinary focus having a value of 24 units including at least 6 units at level 3 or higher.

Extended Minor – a prescribed combination of courses within an undergraduate program with a particular disciplinary focus having a value of 12 units, including at least 2 units at level 3 or higher.

Field of Study – a prescribed combination of courses in a postgraduate coursework program having a value of at least 8 units or in a one-year bachelor’s honours program having a value of 16 units.

Generalist Degree –a 48-unit AQF level 7 bachelor’s degree that has no or few common compulsory courses and a number of plans from which students may choose.

Integrated Program – a sequence of study under one set of program requirements that leads to a combination of awards on a single testamur.

Major – a prescribed combination of courses within a program with a particular disciplinary focus having a value of 16 units, including at least 4 units at level 3 or higher.

Minor – a prescribed combination of courses within a program with a particular disciplinary focus having a value of 8 units.

Named Degree – an undergraduate degree that is not otherwise classified, i.e. does not meet the definition of a generalist or specialist degree.

Plan – a prescribed combination of courses within a program being either a field of study, major, extended major, specialisation, minor or extended minor.

Program – a sequence of study leading to the award of a qualification such as an undergraduate degree or diploma, and/or a postgraduate coursework qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – previous informal studies that involved learning that is less structured in nature and that can be demonstrated to be equivalent to appropriate University of Queensland studies.

Specialisation – a prescribed combination of courses within an undergraduate program with a particular disciplinary focus having a value of at least 32 units including at least 8 units at level 3 or higher.

Specialist Degree – an undergraduate degree where all or most of the components of the program are aligned with the requirements of the accrediting body.

Testamur – Award certificate.

Units – the value of an individual course which contributes to the total unit requirement of a program. 16 units equals 1 EFTSL – the equivalent full-time study load for a year.

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