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.

  • Concentration

    An approved sequence of subjects that makes up a further area of specialisation within a Major.

  • Concessional Day

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

  • Core

    A mandatory set of subjects to be completed by all students enrolling in the award program.

  • Core Subject

    Mandatory subject required for the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to achieve program outcomes. 

  • Curriculum Element

    This collective term is used to indicate the inclusion of all types of curricula offered, including all types of courses, units, curiosity pods, and short courses.

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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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  • Field of Study

    Collective term for the curricular components of an award program (Major, Minor, Concentration).

  • Focus Subject

    Subject/s supporting students to develop expertise in a particular area of the program they are studying. These subjects extend the learner’s knowledge into a more specific disciplinary domain and field of practice. 

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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. 

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  • IT

    Information Technology

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  • Major

    An approved sequence of subjects that make up a special focus within a program. The major may or may not form part of the degree title and appear on the student's testamur. Testamur majors are defined sequences of subjects in a focus area, which represents a significant area of study that the University wishes to recognise to highlight the graduate’s area of specialisation.

  • Minor

    An approved sequence of subjects that makes up a shorter area of special focus (than a Major) within a program.

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  • Program

    A program of study consisting of at least four units or 40 credit points leading to an award of the University (Foundation Studies Program, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Undergraduate Certificate, Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters by Coursework Degree) which when successfully completed is conferred on the graduand by the Board of Trustees.

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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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  • Subject

    The subject of study in a program in which a student enrols.

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  • Term

    A session at the University that runs for a set length of time during which teaching and assessments occur.

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  • University

    Refers to Western Sydney University, 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 campus student accommodation, or venues otherwise temporarily occupied to conduct University business.

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  • Volume of Learning

    (As defined in the AQF) The volume of learning is a dimension of the complexity of a qualification. It is used with the level criteria and qualification type descriptor to determine the depth and breadth of the learning outcomes of a qualification. The volume of learning identifies the notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the learning outcomes specified for a particular AQF qualification type. It is expressed in equivalent full-time years. 

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  • Working Day

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