Recognition of prior learning
MGSM’s recognition of prior learning (RPL) context
Recognition of prior learning at MGSM is enabled by Macquarie University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy and is supported by MGSM’s RPL Management Plan – which describes MGSM’s RPL standards including evidentiary requirements and RPL approval processes.
What RPL is used for
- entry or admission into a MGSM program of study
- credit towards unit(s) of study within a MGSM program
- a unit substitution, in which case the unit for which RPL is granted is replaced with a MGSM elective.
Note: RPL is currently only available for on-campus programs.
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When to apply
You can apply for RPL if you have prior learning experience in management or a related field. Your experience can be from any country as long as it is relevant and current, that is, gained within 10 years from the date of your application.
Applications are accepted throughout the year, however RPL will only be granted for the next or forthcoming semester when received by the specified deadline.
Types of prior learning experiences considered
MGSM will consider granting RPL for prior learning experiences gained in the following contexts:
- Formal learning – gained through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification, such as a degree from another institution or CPA.
- Non-formal learning – gained through a structured program of learning which does not lead to a professionally accredited qualification, such as a MOOC certificate, executive or community education/ training, etc.
- Informal learning – gained through work, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences. Informal learning is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support, such as volunteer experiences and self-employment, unlike formal or non-formal learning.
Criteria to be met when making an RPL application
Non-formal and informal:
You must demonstrate that your prior learning (level and depth of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills) satisfies the program specific For entry AQF level prior learning equivalence criteria in Appendix 1 of the RPL Plan, by addressing how you meet the criteria in the RPL self-assessment report. The RPL self-assessment report must also be supported by a RPL referee report. (Both report templates are available in the RPL application form).
You must demonstrate that you have the relevant formal learning, by providing appropriate proof of completion. eg Transcript or Testamur.
Non-formal and informal:
You must demonstrate that your prior learning, (level and depth of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills) satisfies at least one of the learning outcomes of the relevant MGSM program of study, in Appendix 2 of the RPL Plan, by addressing how you meet the criteria in the RPL self-assessment report. The RPL self-assessment report you must also be supported by a RPL referee report. (Both report templates are available in the RPL application form).
You must provide external course or unit outlines which closely resemble the MGSM units for which credit is sought. For RPL to be granted there must be at least a 75% match in content and volume of learning between the external subject and the MGSM unit.
Documentation that you should provide to support your RPL application
You should submit supporting evidence for consideration by the academic reviewer with your RPL application. The academic reviewer will review the documentation provided and ensure that your skills adequately match relevant MGSM admission requirements and/ or learning outcomes.
The table below outlines the documents that MGSM encourages you to provide when applying for RPL.
|Type of prior learning||Formal||Non-formal||Informal|
|RPL application form||√||√||√|
|Self-assessment (eg RPL self-assessment report or personal statement)||√||√|
|Academic records (eg transcript, certificate(s) of achievement or attendance)||√||√|
|Other evidence (eg professional membership proof)||√||√|
Detailed process to follow when applying for RPL at MGSM
- Applicant decides to apply for RPL.
- Applicant reviews MGSM RPL Management Plan and considers whether they meet the relevant criteria for a grant of RPL. Refer to the RPL Student Information Sheet.
- Applicant identifies and determines the:
- type of prior learning they wish to apply for, ie formal, informal or non-formal, and
- purpose for which RPL is sought, ie for admission or for credit.
- Applicant downloads and completes the RPL application form.
- Applicant gathers supporting evidence and submits completed RPL application to MGSM by the application deadline.
- Student Services Team receives completed RPL application from applicant.
- Student Services Team conducts preliminary assessment to ensure application complete.
- Student Services Team sends out an acknowledgement notice to the applicant (within five days of receipt of RPL application).
- If an application is incomplete the Student Services Team will advise the candidate that the application will not be processed. In such instances, the RPL applicant would need to submit a new application should they want to progress their application to assessment stage.
- If the RPL application is complete, the Student Services Team will send the RPL documentation to the academic reviewer for assessment.
- Academic reviewer assesses the evidence as per the RPL Management Plan and seeks further information from applicant, via a competency conversation/interview where appropriate.
- Academic reviewer makes a decision and documents the reasons for the decision.
- Record of decision and documentation returned to Student Services Team – for appropriate record management.
- Student Services Team notifies applicant of RPL outcome and provides applicant with information regarding the next steps, eg how to appeal a decision or how to enrol.
Important RPL applicant note – do not enrol in a unit of study for which you are seeking RPL until an RPL decision has been made. If you intend to:
- re-apply (due to the availability of new evidence), or
- appeal an RPL decision (on procedural grounds), do not enrol in the relevant unit of study.
Key RPL applicant responsibilities
You are responsible for:
- considering whether you meet the relevant criteria for an RPL grant (refer to RPL Management Plan for assistance)
- collating and preparing the necessary documentation required for an RPL application (to be provided in portfolio form) and for providing a complete RPL application to MGSM by the specified deadline
- ensuring that official evidence is provided to support your claims, for instance, certificates and/ or testamurs MUST BE certified by a Justice of the Peace or Public Notary
- providing further information or participating in subsequent assessment processes such as a competency interview, if required to do so.
Useful resources when applying for RPL
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy
- MGSM’s RPL Management Plan
- RPL Student Information Sheet
- RPL Application Form
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