Awarding degrees with honours or pass with distinction policy (Rescinded)

This policy has been rescinded effective 31 December 2015 and will be replaced by section 27.4 of the Program design procedure from 1 January 2016. The methods of determining award levels and levels of honours in the Program design procedure will apply to students who commence their enrolment in the relevant program from 1 January 2016.

Intent

To prescribe the conditions under which candidates may be awarded a classified (honours or pass with distinction) or unclassified (pass only) degree.

Scope

This policy applies to all higher education and TAFE programs.

Exclusions

VCE, foundation studies, preparatory and non-award programs are excluded

Objectives

1. To prescribe which higher education and TAFE programs are to be awarded as classified (honours or pass with distinction) and which are to be awarded unclassified (pass only).

2. To determine the conditions that a candidate must meet to be eligible for each of the available levels of classification for applicable awards.

Policy provisions

This policy has been rescinded effective 31 December 2015 and will be replaced by section 27.4 of the Program design procedure from 1 January 2016. The methods of determining award levels and levels of honours in the Program design procedure will apply to students who commence their enrolment in the relevant program from 1 January 2016.

The level of award classification is to be determined once all requirements of a degree have been met. A candidate cannot be eligible for a classified or unclassified award until they have met the requirements for that award as approved by Academic Board and/or requirements defined in the Statutes and Regulations of the university.

TAFE programs

1. All TAFE awards shall be awarded unclassified (pass only).

Undergraduate programs

2. Diplomas, associate diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate degrees or any other undergraduate higher education award with a normal duration of less than three years, shall be awarded unclassified (pass only).

3. Bachelor degrees of three years normal duration shall be awarded as Pass with Distinction to any candidate who achieves a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above. Candidates with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 shall be awarded a pass.

4. Bachelor degrees of four years normal duration or longer shall be awarded with honours based upon cumulative GPA as described in table 1 (below).

Table 1: GPA levels for awarding honours in bachelor degrees of four years normal duration (or greater).

Honours level

Awarded to candidates who achieve a cumulative GPA of:

Honours 1st Class (H1)

3.00 or above

Honours 2A (H2A)

2.50 or above but less than 3.00 (2.50 - 2.99)

Honours 2B (H2B)

2.00 or above but less than 2.50 (2.00 - 2.49)

Pass

Less than 2.00

5. Bachelor degree honours programs with a normal duration of one year, which follow on from undergraduate degrees of less than four years normal duration, shall be awarded with honours.

The mechanism for determining students’ final overall honours classifications will be as described in the Honours Year Programs policy and the associated Honours Year Programs: Examination of research component instruction.

6. Double degrees are to be awarded as two single degrees with a separate testamur for each degree. Honours or Pass with Distinction may be awarded in either or both degrees. Determination of classifications shall be made by referring to the normal duration of each of the single degrees combined to form the double degree.

Postgraduate coursework programs

7. Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework shall be awarded as Pass with Distinction to any candidate who has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above. Candidates with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 shall be awarded a pass.

Postgraduate research programs

8. Masters by research, Doctor of Philosophy (including By Publication), and Professional Doctorates shall be awarded as unclassified (pass only).

Discretionary upgrading to a higher classification.

9. Student Progress Committees (SPC’s) have the discretion to upgrade candidates to a higher classification if their cumulative GPA is within 0.1 of the boundary of the higher classification level, providing:

a) the student’s GPA in the final year of the program is at least 10% higher than the cumulative GPA they obtained in the previous years of the program; and

b) that where there is a minor thesis, honours thesis, research or final project in final year the GPA for the mark obtained on this thesis or project is equivalent to or higher than the GPA required for the higher classification.

For one year programs such as honours programs where (a) is not applicable, the decision to upgrade may be determined as in (b).

Where there is no identifiable major assessment task in the final year of the program and (b) is not applicable, the decision to upgrade may be determined as in (a).

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