Course Design Policy
To describe the framework and principles that inform the design of coursework and graduate research courses at Monash.
All award courses
This policy applies to all courses accredited, amended or re-accredited by Academic Board since 25 February 2016. The previous version of the Course Design Policy may be accessed for reference purposes here.
Monash Graduate Attributes
Monash courses are underpinned by Graduate Attributes that reflect the philosophy of Sir John Monash to "...equip yourself for life, not solely for your own benefit but for the benefit of the whole community." .
All Monash courses are designed to prepare Monash graduates to be:
1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
a) engage in an internationalised world
b) exhibit cross-cultural competence
c) demonstrate ethical values
2. critical and creative scholars who:
a) produce innovative solutions to problems
b) apply research skills to a range of challenges
c) communicate perceptively and effectively
Course design principles
All Monash courses:
Monash awards and courses
Monash offers undergraduate courses leading to the following degrees and awards:
Monash offers postgraduate courses leading to the following degrees and awards:
Monash may offer courses leading to awards that are not included within the AQF. Academic Board accreditation is required for all courses leading to non-AQF University awards.
For instance, University Council may award postgraduate certificates and postgraduate diplomas.
A single course may have a number of different entry points and may lead to a number of different specified awards or recognition of majors.
Monash offers double degree courses in its own right - within and between faculties - and in partnership with universities of excellent global ranking, or of global excellence in the field.
Titles of courses and awards must accurately represent the type of award or degree and the field of study, discipline or profession.
|Course Design Procedures|
Course and Award Nomenclature Procedures
Responsibility for implementation
|Name: Academic Board|
Agenda item: 12.3
|Name: Coursework Admissions and Programs Committee|
Agenda item: 7.2
Name: Graduate Research Committee
Agenda item: 10.5
Accreditation: The University’s process for course approval using criteria established by Academic Board to ensure courses meet academic standards. External Accreditation or Professional Accreditation is the evaluation of a course or qualification undertaken by a body external to the University and aimed at gaining recognition in an industry or profession.
Alternative exit award: An alternative exit award may be granted instead of the usual award of a course and is normally at a lower level, providing an exit pathway prior to completion of the full course. Alternative exit awards are not available for direct enrolment.
AQF Levels: Indicate the relative complexity and/or depth of achievement of graduates of an award and the autonomy required to demonstrate that achievement. AQF Level 1 has the lowest complexity and AQF Level 10 has the highest complexity. AQF Levels are not used to describe individual units or year levels within courses.
Award: Means a degree, diploma, certificate or other award of the University, as set out in the Monash University (Council) Regulations, and is conferred or granted by the University Council.
Course: The accumulation of units according to a set of rules, that leads to the granting of one or more award (e.g. Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business).
Double degree course: An approved course of study which leads to two awards.
Learning outcomes: The expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning. (AQF definition)
Re-accreditation: The University’s process for reviewing the accreditation of existing courses.
Theme: Specialist bachelor, specialist bachelor honours and master’s courses are defined through themes. Themes provide graduates with bodies of knowledge, including concepts and techniques, which are progressively developed through the course and integrated in practice in a specialist field or profession.
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.
South African Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework
|Vice-Provost (Education Programs)|
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