Manual of Policies and Procedures

C/3.3 Non-award study

Contact Officer

Director, Curriculum Quality and Standards

Approval Date

31/05/2021

Approval Authority

University Academic Board

Date of Next Review

01/06/2024

3.3.1 Purpose
3.3.2 Application
3.3.3 Roles and responsibilities
3.3.4 QUT non-award study framework
3.3.5 Certification/record of non-award study 
3.3.6 Recognition of prior learning based on non-award study
3.3.7 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 QUT students, alumni and 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 only to non-award study stated in C/3.3.4.

This policy does not apply to:

  • any award course, including custom award courses (C/3.2)
  • co-curricula offerings that are designed as part of an award course or to complement an award course (C/4.5 and C/3.1)

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3.3.3 Roles and responsibilities

Position
Responsibility
Provost
  • approves initial proposals for transnational education (TNE) non-award study (C/3.5)
  • approves initial proposals for non-award study that introduces a new discipline to QUT
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Education)
  • approves protocols and procedures for non-award study
Executive Director, (QUTeX)
  • oversees, leads and coordinates executive and professional education for the University
  • oversees QUTeX in the co-design, development and delivery of executive and professional education
  • approves initial proposals for non-award executive and professional education to be coordinated by QUTeX except where Provost approval is required
  • approves for offer non-award executive and professional education coordinated by QUTeX
Executive Deans (or equivalents)
  • oversee non-award study in their faculty (or equivalent)
  • approve the offering of existing approved units for non-award study (may be delegated)
  • endorse initial proposals for non-award executive and professional education coordinated by QUTeX
  • approve initial proposals for faculty-managed non-award executive and professional education, except where Provost approval is required

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)
  • approve faculty-managed non-award executive and professional education

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3.3.4 QUT non-award study framework

QUT provides learning to the wider community in a variety of ways in addition to award courses as recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Non-award study at QUT is offered as:

  • Single unit study
  • Bridging programs
  • Foundation programs
  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
  • Executive and professional education (EPE)
    • Client custom education (CCE) for professional development, including micro-credentials; and
    • Open professional education (OPE), including micro-credentials.

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3.3.5 Certification/record of non-award study 

The ways in which non-award study may be recorded and evidenced is specified in the Non-award study protocols (QUT staff access only).

 

3.3.6 Recognition of prior learning based on non-award study

Completion of non-award study may, if appropriate, provide entry into an award course (E/4.1.8) or advanced standing in an award course (E/4.2).

Recognition of prior learning policy and protocols provides further information (C/5.4).

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3.3.7 Definitions

Bridging program is the non-award study available for the general community to meet the requirements of university study, for example, prerequisites for entry to an award course.

Client custom education (CCE) means engagements with local, national and international organisations for new or custom award courses or for professional development, that only consider enrolment from nominees of the sponsor and/or related organisations.

Custom award course – see definition of custom award course in Curriculum design, approval and accreditation (C/4.1).

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) means a registered (CRICOS) program designed for students who require English language training before commencing formal studies in Australia.

Executive and professional education (EPE) captures both client custom education (CCE) and open professional education (OPE) offered by the University.

Faculty managed non-award executive and professional education means the EPE that is not in collaboration with QUTeX. Where QUTeX determines it is not appropriate to collaborate with the faculty on the non-award EPE, for example, if the EPE requires specialist industrial equipment, the faculty will be responsible for the EPE.

Foundation program means the registered (CRICOS) program for international students that equips them with the skills for entry into Australian higher education study. They provide an academic entry pathway to first year undergraduate study or its equivalent.

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 as defined in the Unit and module information policy (C/4.5).

Non-award study as defined in the QUT non-award study framework (C/3.3.4).

Open professional education (OPE) means non-award study that is open for public enrolment.

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).

Single unit study means a unit of an award course offered as non-award study. The learner may complete the unit without being admitted into the course (E/4.1.13). Single unit study includes the units offered through the START QUT program.

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/3.1 Courses and awards

MOPP C/3.2 Award classifications

MOPP C/3.5 Transnational education

MOPP C/4.1 Student admission

MOPP C/4.5 Unit and module information

MOPP C/5.4 Recognition of prior learning

MOPP E/4.1 Student admission

MOPP E/4.2 Advanced standing

Non-award study protocols (QUT staff access only)

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
31.05.21 All University Academic Board Revised policy to encompass non-award executive and professional education managed by QUTeX and all other forms of non-award study (C/3.4 Graduate and professional education policy rescinded).
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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