Equivalence and Comparability


Guiding Principles
Framework of E&C Elements
Equivalence and Comparability Review Process


RMIT Courses offered transnationally by the university’s partner institutions and at RMIT Vietnam should be equivalent with respect to RMIT policies, procedures, guidelines and strategic directions. These courses should also be comparable in terms of local factors and the student profile at each offering location.

The E&C model brings together guiding principles (definitions), a framework of elements for E&C considerations, and a course offering review process to identify and address any E&C issues arising.


The Equivalence and Comparability Model (PDF 451 KB)

1. Guiding Principles

The Guiding Principles clarify the meaning of key terms related to E&C.


A measure of quality determined by maintaining defined standards with regard to capabilities and learning outcomes; WIL and Internationalisation strategies; teaching quality; and , course management for all offerings of a single course.


The condition that exists when a course offering has been contextualised and customised to suit local factors and the specific student profile, while maintaining equivalence with other offerings of the same course.

  • Contextualisation (a subset of comparability)
    The adaptation of one or more contextualisation elements in a course offering to increase its cultural, personal, professional, and global relevance to students in that offering.
  • Customisation (a subset of comparability)
    The alignment of a course offering’s learning design and materials with its students’ profile to promote effective learning.

2. Framework of E&C Elements

A local review of each course offering takes place annually by completing an online checklist of the E&C elements listed below.

Equivalence and Comparability Elements (PDF 14KB)

Descriptions of each E&C Element (PDF 117KB)

3. Equivalence and Comparability Review Process

The E&C review process is conducted annually for each course offered transnationally. For each course offering a local review is conducted using an online checklist (see link below). The checklist comprises questions based on the E&C Framework elements with a space for comments for each item. Once completed and submitted online, the reviewer and the Principal Course Coordinator receive a copy of the responses by email.

The Principal Course coordinator notes the responses by each reviewer and arranges a group meeting of the reviewers to discuss any issues raised. The outcome of the group meeting is an action plan that notes any changes or adaptations needed to address E&C issues, who is responsible for the actions, and associated timelines. The action plan is used to inform subsequent reviews of the course.

Equivalence and Comparability Local Review Checklist (online form)

Equivalence and Comparability Local Review Checklist (DOC 197KB)


E&C Framework (PDF 20KB)

E&C Action Plan template(DOC 45KB)

Transnational Teaching Quick Guide – Equivalence and comparability (PDF 1MB)


For further information or assistance with the review process contact:

Dr. Tom Palaskas
Academic Development Group
College of Business
Skype: palaskasrmit

Ms. Sathiyavani Gopal
Academic Development Group
College of Business