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UNE Policy Library Glossary

The UNE Policy Library Glossary is a list of terms and their standard definitions for policies, procedures and guidelines.  Our Glossary is currently being developed and will be available for use in late 2017.  During the Glossary's development, please rely on the definitions of terms located at the bottom of each UNE Policy document.  We will advise the University community as soon as the Glossary takes effect.

Please contact the Policy and Governance Unit if you require further information.


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Academic Dress

Is the gown, hood or stole and cap, or combination thereof, worn by persons who are entitled to wear them by virtue of their completion of a University award, or hold a status that entitles them to assume them.

Academic Integrity

Is the practice of acting fairly, honestly and ethically in academic endeavour.

Academic Record (Transcript)

Is the formal copy of a student's entire enrolment record at the University.

Accredited Translator

Is a translator who is accredited with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) or an accepted overseas equivalent.

Ad Hoc Booking

Is a room booking in teaching or meeting venues that is not reflected on the Timetable.

Aegrotat Award

Is an award of a University course awarded without classification (such as 'with Credit' or 'with First Class Honours') as a result of a Student being unable to complete their course by reason of a permanent, incapacitating illness or injury.

Aggregate Mark

Is the final numerical mark computed for a student on the basis of combining the outcomes from two or more assessment tasks. Aggregate combining rules may be based on either a simple averaging principle (all tasks counting equally) or a weighted averaging principle.


Is the process whereby evaluative judgements are made in relation to a student's achievements against the learning outcomes of a unit of study.

Assessment Criteria

Are the statements that express in explicit terms how student performance against the desired learning outcomes is demonstrated.

Assessment Literacy

Is a student's ability to read, understand, comply with and learn from course and unit assessment requirements, criteria and standards, to produce work of a designated standard.

Assessment Tasks

Are compulsory or optional activities or exercises, which have an explicit intent to assess and guide student progress or learning achievement in a unit of study. Assessment tasks can be designed for diagnostic, formative, summative, evaluative or informative purposes.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

Is the national guidelines that establishes standards for Australian qualifications. Qualifications are given a level based on the depth of learning.


Is a recognised qualification from UNE including diploma, degree, Master or PhD.



Is the main higher education degree course at undergraduate level most commonly of three or four years and may include combined or double Bachelor degrees, graduate entry degrees, and the Bachelor with Honours degree.


Challenge Examination

Is an examination which a School requires an applicant to successfully complete before granting Advanced Standing on the basis of non-Formal Learning for a specific UNE unit.


In accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a child is defined as a person under 18 years of age — unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier. For the purposes of any contact with children associated with AusAID activities, a child is defined as a person under 18 years of age, regardless of the age of consent in country.

Child Abuse

Is all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual activity (including paid) with a child (as defined above).

Child Exploitation Material

Is material that depicts (expressly or implicitly) a child under 18 years of age as a victim of torture, cruelty or physical abuse.

Child Pornography

Is any representation by whatever means, of a child engaged in real or simulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of the sexual parts of a child for primarily sexual purposes (Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child).

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Is a place that is subsidised by the Australian Government and only available to domestic students. In a CSP, students only pay the student contribution amount, set by the University, for their units of study.


Is the act of officially bestowing an award, where a graduand's academic achievement is recognised. Students are not considered to have graduated from a course until the University has officially conferred the award at a graduation ceremony, either in person, or in absentia.

Constructed-Response Questions

Are open-ended and require the student to construct their own answer by way of response.

Core Learning Resources

Comprises the minimum learning resources the student must engage with in order to complete the assessment requirements for a unit.

Core Unit

Is a unit that is compulsory for a student to complete in order to satisfy the course rules. Core Units do not count towards a Major. Core Units would not normally be substituted for any other unit.

Criminal Record Check

A check of an individual's criminal history record.

Criterion-Referenced Assessment

Evaluates the extent to which a student has achieved the learning outcomes of a unit, measured against specified assessment criteria.


Domestic Violence

Involves a person in a family or domestic situation being subjected to patterns of behaviour that include: physical and or sexual assault, verbal abuse and insults, social isolation, economic deprivation, emotional abuse, threats and intimidation, harassment and stalking.


Elite Athlete

Is a student who is identified and recognised by one of the following organisations as an Elite Athlete representing Australia, or a State or Territory of Australia:

Australian Institute of Sport
State Institutes or Academies of Sport
Australian Cricketers' Association
Rugby Union Players' Association
AFL Players Association
Rugby Union Players' Association
Rugby League Professionals' Association
Australian Professional Footballers' Association
alternatively, they must be a national squad member from Australian Sports Commission funded sports

Emergency Service Volunteer

Is any staff member or student who is registered as a member of any formally endorsed state, territory or federal emergency services or humanitarian organisation or other competent authority under a State Disaster Plan.

Exclusion or Excluded

Means a student, for a fixed period of time, is denied enrolment at the University in a unit and/or a course and/or the University and/or they are excluded from entering the University's premises or any defined part of the University premises or engaging in an activity as a student. Excluded students do not have an automatic right of re-admission.


Is when a student has demonstrated competence in the learning outcomes of a unit such that they are not required to complete that unit but are required to complete another unit of the same credit point value.

Expulsion or Expelled

Is the permanent separation of a student from the University.


Festal Gown

Is a gown used at graduation ceremonies and special occasions which are coloured rather than the usual black for Bachelor and Master's gowns. Doctorate candidates are authorised to wear garments of brighter colours ie scarlet.

Formal Learning

Is the learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.

Formative Assessment

Refers to a range of formal and informal assessment components evaluated in order for the unit coordinator to modify teaching and learning support to improve student attainment during a unit. Purely formative assessment does not carry any weighting towards a student's aggregate mark and final grade in the unit.



Is the final letter conversion of the aggregate mark attained by a student undertaking a unit. The letter conversion translates the numerical aggregate mark into a statement of level of achievement.


A student who has completed all the requirements of an award but who has not had the award conferred.


A person who has had their award conferred on them by the University Council.

Graduation Officer

Is the staff member responsible for the coordination of graduation ceremonies at the University.



Is any behaviour or initiation practice that involves humiliation, degradation, or abuse.

Host Institution

Is the institution where the Outbound Student will undertake their mobility program if they are not participating in an Exchange Program in which case it is the Partner Institution.


In Absentia

Is when an award is conferred on a student without their presence at a Graduation Ceremony.

In Person

Means physically co-located or present by electronic means.

In Writing

Means by letter, email or fax.

Inbound Student

Is an international student participating in a Student Mobility Program at UNE.

Informal Learning

Is learning gained through work, social, family or leisure activities and experiences. Unlike Formal or non-Formal learning, Informal Learning is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support

Inherent Requirements

Are the fundamental parts of a course or unit that must be met by all students.  They are the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to complete a course.

Intensive School

Is a mode of teaching and learning that brings students together at a particular physical or virtual location for a period of intensive interactive learning experiences. This term encompasses all types of Intensive School, whether held on or off campus or online.


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Learning Management System (LMS)

Is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of electronic educational technology teaching and learning programs.

Learning Outcomes

Is 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.

Learning Resources

Comprise the sum of 'UNE-Authored Learning Resources' and 'Third Party Copyright and Licensed Materials' that are made available to students to achieve learning outcomes and complete assessment requirements for a unit.

Library Resources

Include resources and licensed materials that are managed and made accessible by the University Library (including the electronic reserve collection) to support teaching and learning activities.


Mandatory Intensive School

Is an Intensive School that provides learning outcomes that cannot be achieved in any other way. All students enrolled in a unit or course must attend, exemption is possible under the most limited of circumstances

Mobility Program

Is any program approved and coordinated by the University that involves students undertaking an overseas experience.


Is the process of ensuring that different markers of the same assessment task consistently apply assessment criteria in a marking scheme, and that marks are allocated consistently with reference to how well the stipulated criteria are met.


Nested Awards

Is a sequence offered at different levels which enables a student to progress from a lower level qualification into a higher level qualification to enable multiple entry and exit points.

Non-Formal Learning

Is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification.

Non-mandatory Intensive School

Is an Intensive School that provides an alternative way of achieving learning outcomes. Students enrolled in a unit or course may either attend voluntarily, or be provided with substitute activities that achieve the same learning outcomes.


Is the "National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition" within Australian Education International. NOOSR manages international qualifications recognition including educational and professional recognition information services and support.



Is an invitation to enrol after a successful application for admission. Offers reflect the number of places available in a course and are made either directly through a Tertiary Admission Centre or the University.


Partner Institution

Is a university in a country other than Australia with which UNE has signed a formal document of co-operation.

Permission to Enrol Elsewhere

Is pre-approved studies undertaken by a student enrolled in a University of New England course at another University, for Advanced Standing towards the University of New England course.


Is a clinical placement, practicum, internship and any other like form of professional, industrial or vocational experience included in a course or required for a program.


Is a form of Academic Misconduct and is the use of another person's work without appropriate acknowledgement and includes:

the use of close paraphrasing of ideas, concepts, words, data or work of others without acknowledgement of sources;

presenting extracts from sources without accurate and appropriate referencing;

colluding with others to produce work that is presented misleadingly as the Student's own work;

presenting under the Student's own name, work substantially written by someone else (e.g. using a ghost writer, purchasing work from someone or an electronic site, or using work obtained freely from a person or an electronic site); and/or

failing to acknowledge work primarily produced by a collaborator.


Relates to a course or a student in that course leading to the award of Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master or Doctor.


Is an award usually made on the basis of academic performance. The benefit is usually financial but may include a certificate or some other form of recognition.


Is when the student who has received a Reprimand is advised, in writing, that if found guilty of further acts of Academic and/or Behavioural Misconduct during a specified period not exceeding three years, a specific penalty will be applied.


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Is an official warning confirming the fact that a finding of Academic or Behavioural Misconduct has been sustained, issued in writing to the student coupled with a caution against repeating the conduct.

Revocation of Award

Is the cancellation of a University of New England award by the University.


Scholarship (Prizes and Scholarship Rule)

Is any scholarship or bursary and is an award usually made on the basis of academic merit and/or equity providing a benefit to a student undertaking a course of study. The benefit is usually financial and may include full or partial remission of fees, costs associated with studying and/or living allowance or stipend.

Selected-Response Tasks

Constrain the student to provide a brief specific answer (a name, year, title, missing word, etc.) or require the student to choose the correct answer from two or more options.


Is an admitted student or an enrolled student, at the relevant time:

1. an admitted student is a student who has been admitted to a UNE course of study and who is entitled to enrol in a unit of study or who has completed all of the units in the UNE course of study.

2. an enrolled student is a student who is enrolled in a unit of study at UNE.

Summative Assessment

Is evaluating a student's achievement of learning outcomes through the formal assessment components of a unit to calculate a student's aggregate mark and final grade in the unit.


Third Party Copyright and Licensed Materials

Comprise materials for which the copyright is held by the author or publisher (not the University) or obtained through a services aggregator and for which the requirements of Australian copyright law or licensing agreements with the aggregator services must be adhered to.



Is the University of New England Act 1993 (NSW).

UNE-Authored Learning Resources

Comprise assignment topics, worksheets, journals and other materials created by University staff which can be distributed to enrolled students without infringing the copyright of others.

University Premises

Includes all land, buildings, facilities, residential colleges, and other property (including University grounds, adjacent streets, footpaths and bicycle paths) in the possession of or owned, used or controlled by the University.


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.


Withdrawal of Services

Is the withdrawal of specified services to a student for a designated period as follows:

UNE libraries — loss of access to electronic resources, other library resources and borrowing rights for a period not exceeding three years;

computer facilities — loss of user rights and access for a period not exceeding three years; and/or

loss of access to specified buildings and precincts for a period not exceeding three years.

Withdrawn Course

Is a course that the University has agreed to discontinue permanently, and in which current students will be allowed to complete under specific teach-out provisions that have a final end-date.

Work Integrated Learning

Is an activity that integrates academic learning with its application in the workplace.

Working Day

Means Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays and the University Christmas break.


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