Recognition of Prior Learning (Interim 2014) Policy
|To provide a framework for Macquarie University to apply a consistent, equitable and transparent approach to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for the purpose of Credit Transfer.|
The overarching principle of this RPL Policy for 2014 is to preserve the integrity and distinctiveness of Macquarie University awards while facilitating a student’s access to Credit Transfer based on learning already undertaken at a recognised education provider.Within this principle, the University also aims to:
This Policy complies with the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
Articulation: a process that enables students to progress from a completed Award to another Award with predetermined admission and/or Credit arrangements. Articulation is formalised by an approved institutional agreement.
Award: the qualification resulting from successful completion of a specific Program of Study.
Credit: the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different Awards. Credit may reduce the Volume of Learning required to achieve a qualification.
Credit Transfer: a process that provides students with consistent Credit outcomes for units or components of a Program of Study based on identified equivalence in content and Learning Outcomes.
Exchange: approved studies completed at a university other than a student’s home university, as part of an official bilateral exchange agreement between Macquarie University and a partner university.
Exemption: see Specified Credit.
Formal Learning: learning that takes place through a structured Program of Learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.1
General Credit: see Unspecified Credit.
Learning Outcomes: the expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning. 2
Level: the level of an Award reflects the relative complexity and/or depth of its program Learning Outcomes, and is expressed according to the various AQF levels 3. The level at which a unit is taught indicates the amount of prior knowledge required to study it successfully.
Nested Award: a set of Macquarie University Awards approved by Academic Senate that forms stages within the highest Award, where each stage may operate as an entry and/or exit point. Nested Awards are designed to allow full Credit Transfer between the Macquarie University Awards.Prior Learning: learning that is Formal, is evidenced, current and relevant, and has taken place:
Program of Study: the combination of units and components that must be satisfactorily completed to qualify for a Macquarie University Award.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): a process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant Prior Learning to determine eligibility for the granting of Credit.
Specified Credit: Credit granted towards specific units or components of a Program of Study 4. Specified Credit can only be granted where there is a sufficient balance of Unspecified Credit to convert. Previously referred to as Exemption.
Unspecified Credit: Credit granted towards elective components or components at a particular level of a Program of Study. Unspecified Credit can be converted into Specified Credit, where relevant. Previously referred to as General Credit.Volume of Learning: a measure which identifies the notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the Learning Outcomes specified for a Program of Study. Volume of Learning is expressed in equivalent full-time years.
|Scope||This Policy applies to all coursework Awards offered by Macquarie University.|
The University will establish a transparent, equitable and evidence-based process for the assessment and determination of Prior Learning.
The assessment of Prior Learning for the purposes of Credit Transfer will be evidence-based, equitable and academically defensible. Assessments will be made on the merit of each individual case.
Types Of Credit
Unspecified Credit without designation: where the Applicant’s Prior Learning is assessed as being at an appropriate level and standard for an elective component of their Program of Study. Unspecified Credit can be used towards satisfying the elective component and general requirements of a Program of Study.
Unspecified Credit with Law designation: where the Applicant’s Prior Learning is assessed as being at an appropriate level and standard for a component of their Program of Study, and equivalent to the discipline of Law offered by the University. Unspecified Credit may be used towards satisfying the elective component and general requirements of a Program of Study.
Specified Credit: where the Applicant’s Prior Learning is assessed as meeting the stated Learning Outcomes for a unit, units or component of their Program of Study. Specified Credit may be used towards satisfying the specific requirements, including required units, of a Program of Study.
Where possible, Specified Credit or Unspecified Credit with designation will be granted.
Prior Learning that has been attained within ten years of the date of application for credit will generally be considered current.
Any changes to this timeframe for an entire Award or a specific unit will be determined by Academic Senate and recorded in the Schedule of Currency Exceptions.
Prior Learning will be considered relevant for the granting of :Unspecified Credit without designation at a particular level where there is evidence to demonstrate that:
Maximum Credit Transfer at Macquarie University
The maximum Credit Transfer amounts for various Award types are outlined in the Schedule of Maximum Credit Transfer 2014 which is a Schedule to this Policy.
Amendments to the Schedule of Maximum Credit Transfer 2014 are approved by the Academic Standards and Quality Committee (ASQC).
Limits on maximum Credit as set out above do not apply to approved Macquarie University Nested Awards.
Recognised Award Type
For Prior Learning to be eligible for recognition it must be undertaken as part of an Award type outlined in the Schedule of Recognised Award Types 2014 which is a Schedule to this Policy. This Schedule is developed in line with AQF and AEI-NOOSR guidelines.
Amendments to the Schedule of Recognised Award Types 2014 are approved by the ASQC.
The relative equivalencies between different Awards are outlined in the Schedule of Relative Equivalencies 2014 which is a Schedule to this Policy. This Schedule is developed in line AQF and AEI-NOOSR guidelines.
Amendments to the Schedule of Relative Equivalencies 2014 are approved by the ASQC.QUALITY ASSURANCE
The University will safeguard the quality of its Awards by ensuring that:
Grounds for an appeal are limited to procedural error or breach of procedural fairness.
Appeals will be managed through the Academic Appeals Committee, and are to be made in accordance with the Academic Appeals Policy.COMPLIANCE AND BREACHES
The University may commence applicable disciplinary procedures if a person to whom this Policy applies breaches this Policy (or any of its related procedures).
1. AQF Glossary of Terminology
2. AQF Glossary of Terminology
3. Australian Qualifications Framework, AQF Levels.
4. AQF Glossary of Terminology
|Contact Officer||Chair, Academic Senate|
|Date Approved||12 December 2013|
|Approval Authority||Academic Senate|
|Date of Commencement||1 January 2014|
|Date for Next Review||January 2015|
AQF Pathways Policy
TEQSA Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards)
AEI-NOOSR Qualifications recognition
|Policies / Rules Superseded by this Policy||Credit for Previous Studies: All previous policies, practices, booklets and websites.|
|Keywords||Recognition of prior learning, credit, credit for previous studies, informal learning.|