Glossary of terms

Aboriginal Study Assistance Scheme: Commonwealth Government living allowance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an approved course.

ABSTUDY: Aboriginal Study Assistance Scheme

Academic Board: The senior academic body of the University responsible for recommending new programs, regulations to Council and approving academic policy and procedures. Previously this body was known as the Academic Board and Board of Technical Studies. Meetings of the Board are held monthly.

Academic career: A grouping system for courses and programs at RMIT according to their similar characteristics based mainly on their level, but also other identifiers. Careers at RMIT are: Undergraduate; Postgraduate; TAFE; Research; Preparatory; Non-award; and Continuing Education.

Academic Management System: RMIT’s database for managing academic and student data.

Academic Unit: An organisational component of an Academic Portfolio such as a School which is responsible, for a particular program or course or group of programs or courses.

Academic Year: The period into which academic study is assigned and which does not necessarily correspond exactly to a calendar year.

Accreditation: The formal approval of Higher Education award programs.

Accredited Program: A program of study, approved and accredited by RMIT Council, leading to an award of RMIT. TAFE programs are accredited/endorsed by the Victorian Qualifications Authority or the National Training Quality Council.

ACER Australian Council for Educational Research

Admission: The process by which a prospective student applies for a place in a program at RMIT University, is considered, and selected or rejected.

Advanced Standing: A student undertaking an RMIT program may have prior achievements recognised by being granted advanced standing. This is done by granting credit points in the program in which he/she is enrolled. This may also be called Recognition of Prior Learning.

AEI: Australian Education International

AEU: Australian Education Union

AMS: Academic Management System, see also Academic Management System

APL: Assessment of Prior Learning, see also Assessment of Prior Learning

AQF: Australian Qualifications Framework, see also Australian Qualifications Framework

AQTF: Australian Quality Training Framework, see also Australian Quality Training Framework

ARC: Australian Research Council, see also Australian Research Council

Articulation: Previous studies in one program can be recognised as providing an equivalent learning experience and credited as a portion of another program. Articulation can facilitate students' progress between, for example, a TAFE program and a degree program when the degree program offers credit for selected TAFE courses thus reducing the amount of time necessary for completion. See also Block Exemption, Advanced Standing and Assessment of Prior Learning.

Assessment: The methods and procedures by which a student's academic progress and standard, at a given time, is measured against the intended outcomes of the program of study. Formative assessment provides feedback to the students during the course on their learning and may or may not be graded. Its purpose is to inform the student of progress and to promote learning. Summative assessment occurs at end of a course or topic area. Its purpose is to determine the actual learning outcomes and is counted towards the grade if the course is graded. It aims to determine what learning has occurred. Norm referenced assessment measure's a student's academic progress and standard, at a given time, is measured against the other students/clients undertaking the same/similar program of study.

Assessment of Prior Learning: The process undertaken to assess a student’s prior learning for credit against RMIT’s modules and courses. See also Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning.

At risk: The status of a student who is deemed to be experiencing difficulties in their studies and who may be at risk of exclusion.

ATAR: Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

ATN: Australian Technology Network, see also Australian Technology Network

ATSI: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

AUQA: Australian Universities Quality Agency, see also Australian Universities Quality Agency

AusAID: Australian Agency for International Development

Australian Postgraduate Awards: Scholarships to support postgraduate research training in the higher education sector and provide financial support to postgraduate students of exceptional research promise who undertake their higher degree by research at an eligible Australian higher education provider.

Australian Qualifications Framework: The national quality management system for the TAFE sector by which States and Territories apply the Standards for registered Training Organisations.

Australian Quality Training Framework: A set of two standards: (1) Standards for registered Training Organisations (RTO), and (2) Standards for State and Territory registering/course accrediting bodies.

Australian Research Council: A large number of government research grants are awarded through the Australian Research Council. The Council recommends to the Minister for Education, Science and Technology the allocation of research funds provided by the Australian Government.

Australian Technology Network: This is an alliance of five universities: Curtin, RMIT, University of South Australia, University of Technology, Sydney, Queensland University of Technology.

Australian Universities Quality Agency: The agency responsible for conducting quality audits of self-accrediting Australian higher education institutions, and State and Territory Government higher education accreditation authorities.

Austudy: Commonwealth Government living allowance for students enrolled full time in an approved course. It is subject to a means test and to satisfactory progress. Abstudy is the equivalent for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

AVCC: Australian Vice Chancellors’ Committee.

Award: The degree, certificate, diploma or other such qualification that may be granted to a student after completion of all the requirements of a higher education program or accredited TAFE program. A joint award is an award made jointly by two or more institutions.

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