(1) Southern Cross University acknowledges that learning occurs in many different contexts and settings, as prescribed in national standards including the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
(2) The purpose of this Policy is to:
(3) This Policy applies to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework awards of the University (including double and combined degrees).
(4) For the purposes of this Policy please refer to the Academic Board's Definitions Policy.
(5) Applications for Advanced Standing must be submitted according to this Policy and the Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning Procedures.
(6) Applicants and students may apply to have their prior learning recognised via the award of Advanced Standing at any time from the date of their application for admission into an SCU award, until prior to the commencement of the student's final study period for their award.
(7) Students should submit applications prior to commencing their first study session of the course in which they have enrolled, in order to maximise their opportunity to receive Advanced Standing.
(8) Advanced standing applications will not be considered after the published census date for a unit studied by the applicant in that study session.
(9) Applications for advanced standing based on non-formal and informal learning may take longer to assess than those based on formal learning.
(10) The University will notify students of the outcomes of their application via email within 20 working days of the receipt of the application, except where further evidence, clarification or more detailed assessment are required, in which case the University will contact the applicant.
(11) Credit is awarded in the form of credit points. A single unit of study is worth twelve (12) credit points. A double-weighted unit of study is worth twenty-four (24) credit points.
(12) Credit decisions must be evidence based. Credit will only be granted where students are able to demonstrate equivalent qualities, skills, knowledge and application of skills and knowledge that would be gained if relevant studies at the University were undertaken. Credit will be awarded in a transparent, equitable, and academically defensible manner consistent with the SCU award structure.
(13) Credit may be awarded for:
(14) Credit decisions will be made:
(15) Subject to clause (16), Credit will only be awarded against whole units, but may be awarded against:
(16) Wherever possible, credit will be awarded in specified units.
(17) Credit will not be granted for formal or non-formal learning completed more than ten (10) years prior to application for admission into an SCU award or application for Advanced Standing (whichever occurs first) unless the applicant/student can establish that their studies have provided the basis for continuing and more recent learning in a relevant field.
(18) Credit will not be granted for the research components of 3+1 year or embedded Honours awards.
(19) Subject to clause (33), if a student chooses to exit a course with a lesser award, previously awarded credit will be rescinded by SCU so that the awarded credit does not exceed the maximum allowable under clause (30) of this Policy for the exit award.
(20) Students will not be granted credit in a postgraduate unit for learning previously attained in an undergraduate course/qualification/award, except:
(21) For awards that are professionally recognised and/or accredited by external professional bodies, organisations or associations, the University may limit the assessment and recognition of prior learning according to the requirements of professional recognition/accreditation.
(22) Credit will not be granted for prior formal and non-formal learning in units for which an individual received an outcome other than competent, satisfied requirements, or a Pass Grade (or equivalent) or higher.
(23) Credit granted for prior learning does not contribute to calculation of a student's grade point average (GPA).
(24) Units for which credit is granted are not used in GPA calculations for purposes of considering student progress or the award of Medals and Prizes.
(25) Advanced Standing is assessed in the following order:
(26) For stand-alone credit decisions, content mapping must be undertaken to establish the comparability and equivalence of unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes.
(27) Content mapping is the responsibility of the Course Coordinator, who, in consultation with the relevant Unit Assessor/s, will recommend the level of credit to an officer authorised by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education).
(28) The content mapping approach must be underpinned by:
(29) Where doubt exists for a particular credit decision, it is preferable to seek a second collegiate opinion and/or offer alternative means of establishing the applicant's/student's standing such as a challenge test or special project rather than to decline the application outright.
(30) A person authorised in writing by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) may approve credit decisions after consultation with the relevant Course Coordinator up to the following limits:
(31) The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) may withdraw an officer's authorisation to make credit decisions at any time by notifying the relevant officer in writing (including by electronic means).
(32) Where the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) determines that a credit decision made by an authorised officer is not sufficiently timely, or does not otherwise accord with the principles contained in this Policy, he or she may take action to correct that decision (including substituting a new decision) to better accord with the principles of this Policy.
(33) Limits on maximum credit may be waived by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) after consultation with the relevant Course Coordinator. Unless the waiver is for a student who is being transferred from one Southern Cross University course to another, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) will report all waiver approvals to the next relevant School Board(s) for noting and for forwarding to Academic Board for noting.
(34) Advanced Standing awarded to International students studying in Australia will be managed in accordance with the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 Part D, Standard 12.
(35) A student who has been awarded credit may, at any time prior to the commencement of their final study session, request in writing to have rescinded (withdrawn, overturned or cancelled) part or all of this credit. Such requests will only be approved for sound academic reasons such as the student wishes to undertake the unit or units to:
(36) The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) or delegate may approve the rescinding of credit. Rescinded credit will not automatically be re-granted.
(37) The rescinding of Advanced Standing awarded to International students studying in Australia will be managed in accordance with the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 Part D, Standard 12.
(38) Records of all credit decisions associated with Advanced Standing must be maintained in Student One. At a minimum these records will include the following:
(39) Advanced Standing Precedents proposed as the result of stand-alone credit decisions must be communicated to the Director of Student Administration Services.
(40) Academic Standards and Quality Committee will review, and report to Academic Board on, the granting of Advanced Standing every two years to ensure consistency in the practices and implementation of this Policy across Schools/Colleges. The Committee will incorporate benchmarking with other higher education providers to ensure the University's approaches and practices are consistent with the sector.
(41) See the Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning Procedures.