Policy Glossary

The Glossary is a list of terms and their standard definitions for policies and procedures. Unless separately defined or the context of the document requires otherwise then the following definitions apply to each policy or procedure.

Click on a letter from A to Z below to view glossary items that begin with the selected letter, or use the scroll bar located on the right hand side of this page to browse the entire list.

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  • Academic Credit

    Refer to 'Advanced standing'.

  • Advanced Standing

    Recognition of achieving a portion of the required knowledge, skills and understanding of units in an award program, expressed as an equivalent number of credit points towards that award.

  • Award

    The qualification granted to a student after completion of all the requirements of a higher education course.

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  • Calendar Day

    Refers to any day of the week, Monday through Sunday, including public holidays and University concessional days.

  • Candidate

    Describes a student enrolled in a higher degree by research.

  • Concessional Day

    Refers to any day designated by the University as a 'concessional day' during which the Univeristy is closed for business.

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  • Day

    Is used as general reference only.  Specific time periods, such as deadlines and limitations are denoted as either calendar days, working days, concessional days or weekends.

  • Degree

    An alternative term for 'Award'

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  • Graduand

    A student who has completed the requirements for an award and has been deemed eligible to graduate, but has not yet had the award conferred.

  • Graduate

    A person who  has completed the requirements of a course and has had the award conferred.

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  • Head of Unit

    Refers to the head of any academic or functional unit, except where explicitly stated otherwise as is the case in respect of the Misconduct, Student Non-academic Misconduct Policy (refer to policy for expanded definition).

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  • IT

    Information Technology

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  • Recognition of Prior Learning

    General term used to describe the University's policy of acknowledging learning in other contexts that can be applied to the knowledge, skills and understanding outcomes of study in award programs.

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  • University

    Refers to the University of Western Sydney (UWS), except where explicitly stated otherwise.

  • University premises

    Refers to any land, water, building, part of any building, tent or movable structure owned, leased or controlled by the University, including Residential Colleges, or venues otherwise temporarily occupied to conduct University business.

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  • Working Day

    Refers to any day Monday through Friday, excluding  public holidays and University concessional days.