Manual of Policies and Procedures

C/3.3 Non-award study

Contact Officer

Director, Curriculum Quality and Standards

Approval Date

27/07/2020

Approval Authority

University Academic Board

Date of Next Review

01/08/2023

3.3.1 Purpose
3.3.2 Application
3.3.3 Roles and responsibilities
3.3.4 Credit for non-award study
3.3.5 Definitions
Related Documents
Modification History

3.3.1 Purpose

QUT offers forms of study outside the accredited awards covered in the Award classifications policy (C/3.2). Non-award study provides the wider community with an opportunity to undertake learning to further levels of knowledge and skills in particular areas and to enhance employment opportunities.

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3.3.2 Application

This policy applies to study not covered by the Award classifications policy (C/3.2). This policy does not apply to non-award transnational education (C/3.5).

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3.3.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position
Responsibility
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)
  • approves protocols and procedures
Executive Deans (or nominees)
  • approve the offering of existing approved units for non-award study

Faculty Academic Boards (or equivalents)

  • approve the academic quality of non-award study (may be delegated unless the non-award study may lead to advanced standing in an award course)

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3.3.4 Credit for non-award study

Students who complete one or more units of study that do not lead to the award of a qualification have access to an authorised record of results for the units undertaken.

Where modules, micro-credentials, programs or units of study are offered separately from a course of study and are represented as eligible for gaining credit towards a course, the course and the terms on which credit may be granted are defined.

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3.3.5 Definitions

Micro-credential means a structured and coherent set of learning and assessment activities for professional development that addresses a need in the market, meets the standards of the relevant profession or industry and meets the following criteria:

  • includes specific learning outcomes
  • includes verified summative assessment of the learning outcomes
  • meets the minimum volume of learning as defined in the Non-award study protocols (if relevant)
  • designed to meet a specific requirement of organisations or community
  • approved and quality assured according to the Non-award study protocols.

Module - see definition of module in Unit and module information (C/4.5).

Non-award study includes single units of study which are units drawn from accredited award courses, modules, micro-credentials and other study not covered by Courses and awards (C/3.1).

Non-formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification (C/5.4.4).

Program is a generic term used at QUT that may include defined sequences of non-award study or non-formal learning.

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Related Documents

MOPP C/3.4 Graduate and professional education

MOPP C/3.5 Transnational education

MOPP E/4.1 Student admission

Non-award study protocols

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
27.07.20 All University Academic Board Revised policy to distinguish non-award from award and include definition of micro-credential
24.05.19 C/3.3.3, C/3.3.6 University Academic Board Revised policy to clarify the definition of 'module' and include amendments to support management of approval of units and modules (effective 01.06.19)
24.03.17 All Director, Governance and Legal Services Simplified policy
25.11.16 All University Academic Board Revised policy to include definition of a program
27.03.15 All University Academic Board Revised policy
25.05.12 All University Academic Board Revised policy
14.11.08 All University Academic Board Renumbered policy to C/3.3 (formerly C/5.1)
16.11.07 All University Academic Board Revised policy (endorsed by Teaching and Learning Committee 30.10.07)
12.12.00 All Secretariat Updated to reflect new Student Rules

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