Governance

Policies and procedures

Policy No.
UP11/38
Function
Student Administration
Authoring Organisational Unit
Academic Secretariat (University Secretariat)
Date Approved
02/11/2011
Next Review Date
01/11/2017
Approving Body
Academic Council

The University of Western Australia

University Policy on: Availability of Undergraduate Units

Purpose of the policy and summary of issues it addresses:

This policy deals with the availability of units to students enrolled in an undergraduate course

Definitions:

the University means The University of Western Australia

an elective unit is a unit that students may choose freely from among the units available in the University, subject to the rules governing the unit itself and the structure of the course

broadening units are units from one or more areas of knowledge that do not include the area of knowledge in which a student's degree-specific major is offered

Level 0 units are units designed for initial bridging purposes. They are not credited towards an undergraduate course.

Level 1 units are units which can be taken from the beginning of the undergraduate course, subject to the student meeting prerequisites

Level 2 units are units which can normally be undertaken after Level 1 specified prerequisites have been met

Level 3 units are units which can only be taken after Level 2 specified prerequisites have been met

prerequisite unit in relation to another unit, means a unit that must have been successfully undertaken before the other unit is undertaken.

co-requisite unit in relation to another unit, means a unit that:

(a) must be undertaken at the same time as the other unit is undertaken; or

(b) must have been successfully undertaken before the other unit is undertaken.

incompatible unit in relation to another unit means a unit that cannot be taken if the other has been successfully undertaken or is being undertaken

a major becomes a degree-specific major when it determines which degree a student's course belongs to. A student who chooses to take more than one major must designate one of them as degree-specific.

special requirement means requirement other than a unit. Examples may include holding a particular qualification or an authority or a skill.

Policy statement:

1 General Principles

1.1 A level 0 unit is not available to a student whose achievement in a particular discipline, in the opinion of the relevant faculty, would permit the student to enrol in a Level 1 or higher level unit in the same discipline.

1.2 Level 1 units must be available to all students for whom enrolment in the unit would not breach any rules concerning prerequisite or co-requisite or incompatible units or any rules relating to the students course. This principle allows commencing undergraduate students to explore a range of disciplines before they have to nominate their degree specific major.

1.3 Except as provided under 1.3.1 and 1.3.2, Level 2 and Level 3 units must be available to all students for whom enrolment in the unit would not breach any rules concerning prerequisite or co-requisite or incompatible units or any rules relating to the students course.

1.3.1 Where there are sound practical reasons to restrict enrolment in a unit, such as the need for specialised resources, the availability of facilities or limited laboratory space, co-requisite rules may be used to restrict enrolment in Level 2 or Level 3 units to students who are seeking to complete a particular major.

1.3.2 In exceptional circumstances, with the approval of Academic Council on the recommendation of the Board of Coursework Studies, enrolment in Level 2 or Level 3 units may be restricted by rules which require students to have completed a particular special requirement, have a special aptitude and/or have attained a particular standard, such as achieved a particular course Grade Point Average (GPA) or course Weighted Average mark (WAM).

2 Units not offered as electives

2.1 Providers of units who seek to list units as unavailable as electives must supply reasons for their request.

2.2 The Board of Coursework Studies must review requests under 2.1 to ensure compliance with this policy.

2.3 Units that are not available as electives must be clearly identified as such in the Handbook and in the Student Information Management System.

Related forms: (Link)

TRIM File No:

F39522

Contact position:

Academic Secretary

Related Policies or legislation:

Establishing, Changing and Cancelling a Unit (Name TBC)