2. Types of Academic Courses
The University offers:
- Award courses
- Non-award courses
- Non-credentialed courses
- Secondary education courses.
An award is a qualification that is granted or conferred by Swinburne on completion of a Swinburne accredited course, Training Package qualification or VET accredited course.
An award course may be categorised as either a Higher Education course or a Vocational Education course, depending on the appropriate regulatory framework. An award course is a structured combination of approved units which when completed qualifies a student for an award. Award courses are formally accredited by Academic Senate or by an external authority with the power to accredit or endorse Training Package qualifications or VET accredited courses.
Non-award courses are courses that although recognised by the University or other relevant bodies, do not lead to a University award (see Academic Courses Regulation 71). Examples of non-award courses include ELICOS, Foundation courses, professional year programs and micro-courses.
Non-credentialed programs are not regulated under the Australian Qualification Framework or other regulatory standards. Examples of non-credentialed courses are short courses that are not approved as micro-units.
The University may offer tagged, double, combined, dual and joint courses and awards.
The University may offer nested suites of two or more courses in accordance with Academic Courses Regulations 37 and 69.
Award and non-award courses that are accredited by Swinburne are assigned a course code as a unique identifier.
Award courses accredited by the University, or by state or national accrediting authorities are structured to form a coherent body of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills, and will have a duration of learning and/or an assigned credit point value that is indicative of total volume of learning.
A unit: in the case of a Higher Education unit, is a component of a course that has been approved by Academic Senate and assigned a unit code and a credit point value; in the case of a Vocational Education unit of competency, has been endorsed by a national or state authority; and in the case of a micro-unit has been approved by the Academic Senate.
The Swinburne credit point system for Higher Education award courses is a relative measure of the proportion of the volume of learning which a unit represents to a student. The total credit points for a full-time year of a course is 100, unless specified in the accreditation instrument.
For Higher Education students undertaking an industry or work placement, the duration and/or contact hours may be used as an alternative to determine a full-time study load (for example, an industry-based learning unit requiring full-time workplace attendance taken over one year is regarded as a full-time study load notwithstanding any assigned credit points).
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