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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.


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.


Consists of graduates (alumni) of the University; members and past members of UNE Council (or antecedent governing bodies); present and past full time academic members of the University and other members admitted under the by-laws

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.

Cost Centre

Is the relevant School, Directorate or other business 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.