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Academic Quality and Standards

Course and unit handbook policy


To define and regulate the publication of course and unit information for all enrolled Monash students.


All approved university courses and units offered in a given academic year across all faculties and campuses.

Policy Statement

  • The university will publish an annual Handbook which is the authoritative reference for enrolled students on requirements for courses and units offered in the given academic year.
  • The term ‘handbook’ will only be used in the title or description of the university-wide annual publication described above. No other campus, faculty, school or department curriculum publication may use the term ‘handbook’ in its title or description.
  • The Handbook outlines all undergraduate, graduate/postgraduate and higher degree by research courses and units, providing details of course requirements to current students. The Handbook encompasses any additional course-related information on Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy programs published by the Monash Research Graduate School.
  • Course and unit information in the Handbook is the authoritative version of that information and must not be rewritten or published by any entity of the university (faculty/school/department etc) in any other publication unless it is sourced from the curriculum data management system via published extracts supplied by the business owner. Any reference to course or unit information published online (other than course maps or unit guides) must link only to the authoritative source in the university’s online Handbook. Course maps and unit guides will include a reference to the Handbook as the authoritative version of course and unit information.
  • No change may be made to the structure or requirements of a published course for the given academic year, after the publication date required by the relevant government body, other than in exceptional circumstances, except for the correction of minor errors which will be publicly recorded in a change register.
  • Descriptions of courses and units in the Handbook will follow a standard format.

Supporting procedures

Course and unit handbook procedures

Supporting guidelines


Responsibility for implementation

Monash Research Graduate School Committee
Handbook business owner/s
Faculty Managers



Key Stakeholders

Faculty Managers
Curriculum Publications User Group
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Quality)
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
Monash Research Graduate School Committee

Approval body

Name: Academic Board
Meeting: 5/2011
Date: 31-August-2011
Agenda item: 17.3

Endorsement body

Name: Education Committee
Meeting: 4/2011
Date: 03-August-2011
Agenda item: 16.1


Handbook: The annual compendium of Monash University undergraduate and graduate/postgraduate, and higher degree research courses and units provided as the official statement of approved study offerings for that year.

Legislation Mandating Compliance

All relevant legislative instruments that stipulate requirements with which members of the Monash community (all of whom are subject to the law) are obligated to comply.

Monash University Statute
Higher Education Support Act 2003: 19-95; 169-25Higher Education Support Act 2003 – Administration Guidelines
Monash University (Academic Board) Regulations Part 2
Monash University (Vice-Chancellor) Regulations Part 3

Related policies

Coursework Courses and Unit Accreditation Policy and Procedures
Course Titling and Abbreviation Policy
Academic Programs from Multiple Campuses Policy
Unit Guide Policy and Procedures
Unit titling and abbreviation protocol

Related documents

Handbook Production GuideHandbook for Doctoral and MPhil Degrees
Administrative Information for Providers - Student Support: section 49
Doctoral and MPhil degrees handbook procedures (currently being developed)

Date Effective


Review Date



Director, Student Administration


Manager, Curriculum and Publications , Student Administration

Content Enquiries

Curriculum and Publications

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