Glossary of terms

Partner institution: An approved international educational institution that joins with RMIT to deliver a program offshore.

Pass by Compensation: A procedure which allows a student to be credited with completion of a course where the student's overall performance in their program is sufficiently strong to compensate for inadequate performance in one of the component courses. This is not appropriate to TAFE competency-based programs.

Pathways: Vocationally targeted pre-vocational VET bridging and pre-entry programs that facilitate students' progress through these various tertiary education levels (for instance, between a TAFE program and a degree program) through the recognition of previous studies. For example, where a completed TAFE program is recognised as forming the entrance requirements to a degree program. Some degree programs also offer exemptions from selected courses, reducing the amount of time necessary for completion.

Period of candidature: The period from the date of commencement of candidature as determined by the Research Committee to the date the thesis/project is submitted.

Plagiarism: The presentation of work, an idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited.

Portfolio: Part of the RMIT organisational structure that denotes a focus area, for example the Research and Innovation Portfolio or the Science, Engineering and Technology Portfolio.

Portfolio Board: The Board established within the RMIT Regulations and responsible for the academic affairs of the Portfolio.

Postgraduate Research Experience Questionnaire: A Commonwealth-sponsored annual survey on research higher degree students to provide feedback on the quality of research supervision and School support from their research candidature. See also: Ongoing Postgraduate Research Experience Survey.

Postgraduate student: Any student enrolled as a candidate for a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, degree of Master or Doctor or any other program for admission to which completion of a degree is normally required.

PQA: Program Quality Assurance, see also Program Quality Assurance

Practice-based research: A model of applied research which operates on a project base that is generated within the operations of an industrial partner or of a professional practice.

Preferential Entry Scheme: A co-operative scheme between the Higher Education Sector and the VET Sector of RMIT, which provides the basis for selection into appropriate Higher Education Sector courses for a restricted number of qualified RMIT VET Sector graduates, who are currently completing their studies.

Prerequisite: A requirement that must be completed to be eligible for admission to a program or course. A prerequisite is usually a program or a course. For example, a prerequisite course for an undergraduate degree is a course which must be successfully completed at an approved Year 12 level, in order for the successful applicant to have a reasonable chance of successfully completing the program.

Professorial Fellow: Professorial Fellow titles are available to people from all sectors of industry and the community who have achieved eminence in their chosen area, generally meet our Associate Professorial criteria, and who by association with the University may increase RMIT's profile whilst making some contribution to its activities.

Profile: The planned suite of RMIT's teaching and research activities which are reviewed annually against observed trends and the strategic goals of the university, and reported in line with statutory requirements.

Program: The set of courses that are undertaken to qualify for an academic award.

Program Advisory Committee: Established for a particular academic program to advise and provide strategic assistance with program planning and development.

Program amendment: Any change to an accredited program that alters the: mix of courses included, delivery mode, program title, program length or learning outcomes.

Program annual review and report: The annual review of the performance of a program against the Program Quality Assurance criteria, which includes an overview that summarises achievements, issues, and action plans for the program.

Program Brochure: Pamphlet produced on behalf of the Higher Education sector which describe a program available at RMIT, likely career outcomes and application procedures

Program catalogue: The master file of all programs offered by RMIT

Program Discontinuance: The permanent removal of an award program from offerings at RMIT University

Program Experience Survey: A student feedback instrument that is administered to current students, and which is based on the Course Experience Questionnaire.

Program Guide: A document written for students that outlines information relevant to the program and forms the basis for the Board’s recommendation of programs for approval by Council.

Program Leader: The person with overall responsibility for managing a program. People in this role may have various titles including: program leader, program manager, program co-ordinator, cluster manager or senior educator.

Program log: A record of all relevant program information.

Program map: A representation of the anticipated structure of courses a student agrees to undertake as part of their program, including elective courses and rules. The program map may contain variations to the standard program structure and may change during a student’s progress through their program.

Program Proposal: The document outlining the strategic alignment of a proposed program development / redevelopment with the university's priorities. The document also provides market analysis related to program relevance, and an analysis of the proposal's financial viability.

Program Quality Assurance: RMIT's systematic and cyclic approach to managing, improving and assuring quality in coursework award programs. It is based on criteria which address issues of quality, viability and relevance in program design and improvement.

Prospective student: An individual who has enquired, applied or is awaiting selection for an award program at RMIT University;

PVC: Pro Vice-Chancellor

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