Activities of Academic Senate

Activities of Academic Senate

Academic Senate Project and Priorities

A list of current Academic Senate projects and priorities including their sponsors, status, timeline and working party composition is available in Truth. Please click on the link below and you will be required to log into Truth using your MQ One ID and password:

Link to Academic Senate Projects and Priorities

If you are interested in becoming involved with any of the projects identified, you are encouraged to contact the Chair of the working party as identified.

Academic Senate In Brief

Information on the key decisions made and matters discussed at the latest Academic Senate meeting can be found below. The full minutes of each meeting can be found on the Meetings, Agendas and Minutes page.

Academic Senate meeting held 1 November 2016

Overview

The agenda of matters considered at this meeting is available on the Academic Senate website.  The resolutions and minutes of the meeting remain subject to change and will be published on the website following ratification at the next Academic Senate meeting, scheduled 6 December 2016.

Key agenda items, outcomes and resolutions are highlighted in this brief and are not intended to replace the full minutes.

Matters resolved

Academic Senate passed 20 resolutions at this meeting. Information on outcomes of specific agenda items may be found in this report or within the minutes.

PROGRAMS: NEW AND CHANGES
New Programs:

Doctor of Medicine (Global MD) – the academic case for this program was approved with effect from 1 January 2018 (Res 16/233).

Graduate Diploma of Physical Health (Exit Award) – the academic case for this program was approved with effect from 1 January 2017 (Res 16/234).

Discontinuation of Program (Res 16/235):

Academic Senate approved the discontinuation of the Master of Applied Finance (Dual Degree program with East China Normal University (ECNU) Shanghai) from 31 December 2016.

Retrospective Program Approval: Bachelor of Arts in Media (Res 16/245 and 16/246):

Academic Senate approved the Bachelor of Arts in Media, with the same program structure as the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Media, effective 2010, and the eligibility of a graduate to receive this award.  Graduates from the same cohort can be assessed for award of the same program.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    Academic Appeals Policy and Procedure (Res 16/231)

The Academic Appeals Policy and Procedure was approved with effect from 1 January 2017.

    Proposed amendments to the Disruption to Studies Policy and Procedure and Supporting Evidence Schedule (Res 16/236)

Academic Senate approved the identified amendments to the Disruption to Studies Policy and Procedure and Supporting Evidence Schedule with effect from 1 November 2016.

    Alignment of Last Day to Add Internal and External Units (Res 16/237)

Academic Senate approved the last day to add external and internal units being made the same date; being at the end of Week 2 of each session, to ensure the alignment of internal and external enrolment dates, with this change taking effect from 1 January 2017.

    Academic Integrity: Working Group Progress Report (Res 16/242)

A report was provided on the progress of this project, and Academic Senate approved the establishment of a Student Advisory Group to work with the Working Group on specific items.

    Policy Reviews by Senate Learning and Teaching Committee (Res 16/243)

Academic Senate approved a proposal from the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee for the Committee to review the Unit Guide Policy and Procedure and the Student Feedback on Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Policy.

GOVERNANCE AND STRATEGY

    Master of Research: Review Report and Recommendations (Res 16/232)

Academic Senate endorsed the preliminary response to the Master of Research (MRes) review recommendations.

    Delegations of Authority (Res 16/239)

Academic Senate approved the establishment of a working group to consider the specific role of Academic Senate in approving policy and acting as a consultative body to the University.  It also approved the establishment of a second working group to develop a shared governance model involving Faculty Boards, Academic Senate and its standing committees.

    Academic Senate: Purpose and Composition (Res 16/240)

Academic Senate approved the establishment of a working group to develop the scope, timing and methodology to review and define the purpose of Academic Senate.

    MGSM Academic Board membership (Res 16/244)

Academic Senate approved the appointment of Dr Kyle Bruce to fill a casual vacancy amongst additional academic staff members on the MGSM Academic Board for a period of membership expiring 31 December 2017.

OTHER MATTERS
  • Academic Senate noted the Vice-Chancellor’s oral update, including an update on the proposed merger of the Applied Finance Centre and MGSM with the Faculty of Business and Economics, student load projections for late 2016 and early 2017, recent awards and honours to staff and students and the appointment of the new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics and new Chief Financial Officer.
  • A presentation was provided on undergraduate domestic entry pathways (Res 16/241).
  • A confidential report was tabled of the University Hearing Committee held on 5 October 2016.
  • Academic Senate noted the schedule of meeting dates for Senate and its committees in 2017 (Res 16/247).
  • Academic Senate noted a report on the election of academic staff to Senate (Res 16/248).

Committees of Academic Senate and Faculty Boards

  • Committees of Academic Senate

Academic Senate noted the reports of the meetings held by the Academic Senate Standing Committee, the Academic Standards and Quality Committee, the Research and Research Training Committee and the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee throughout September and October 2016.

  • Faculty Boards

Academic Senate noted the report of the meetings held by the MGSM Academic Board, the Faculty of Human Sciences Faculty Board, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science Faculty Board and the Faculty of Science and Engineering Faculty Board throughout September and October 2016.

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