2. Granting of academic credit
Swinburne is committed to the provision of access through a range of qualification and articulation pathways that reflect the diverse learning experiences of applicants.
Students may be granted academic credit on the basis of:
- previous post-secondary studies
- recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.
Applications for academic credit may be considered from:
- prospective or potential students who are seeking entry into a Swinburne course
- current students who are enrolled in a Swinburne course (subject to University defined deadlines for submission of applications).
When making decisions on applications for academic credit, factors that the University should consider include:
- the relevance, nature, currency and authenticity of the evidence provided by the applicant
- the equivalency of learning or competency outcomes in the relevant unit or module curriculum documents for any matched exemptions
- regulatory requirements
- minimum studies requirements for a Swinburne award.
- time limits for past studies
- requisites relating to core units in the students course
- professional body accreditation requirements
- regulations relating to credit for conceded passes or previous fails
- comparability of overseas qualifications with Australian qualifications.
In addition to the above, when making decisions on applications for academic credit through RPL, the University should consider:
- previous credentialed and uncredentialed learning
- evidence including interviews, written tests, resumes, letters of endorsement and other supporting documentation
- government requirements.
Academic credit may be granted as block credit specified as a number of credit points or as matched exemptions for particular units. Partial credit for a unit is not permitted for Higher Education.
Matched exemptions are generally not granted for Higher Education Outcome Units.
The University and Academic Senate monitor the implementation of academic credit, including the performance of students through various academic credit channels. The validity of academic credit decisions that form precedence should be reviewed by the University at least every 3 years.
Changes to academic credit arrangements must not disadvantage any students with a current offer.
Roles and Responsibilities (VC delegation)
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