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Deakin Hallmarks Policy

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Section 1 - Preamble

(1) This Policy was approved by Academic Board on 16 February 2016.

(2) This Policy is pursuant to the Higher Education Courses Policy.

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Section 2 - Purpose

(3) To set out principles and responsibilities for the award of Deakin Hallmarks that recognise outstanding achievement by students of Deakin's Graduate Learning Outcomes at a whole-of-course level.

(4) The Deakin Hallmarks Procedure documents how the processes for the approval, delivery, award and review of Deakin Hallmarks.

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Section 3 - Scope

(5) This policy applies to higher education award courses offered by the University, with the exception of higher degrees by research.

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Section 4 - Policy

(6) The University awards Deakin Hallmarks that recognise outstanding achievement of specific Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes particularly valued in the workplace. They are an example of work-integrated assessment.

(7) Deakin Hallmarks:

  1. are associated with a specific course or major offered by Deakin and reflect the learning of students during their enrolment in that course or major
  2. acknowledge achievement distinct from grades awarded for assessment tasks
  3. are developed at the discretion of the course director in partnership with relevant industry or professional groups
  4. are awarded on the basis of holistic judgements about student achievement with reference to approved criteria, standards and evidence
  5. are awarded using digital credentials which carry the insignia of the University, describe the basis for granting the Hallmark and can be shared publically
  6. are not recognised for the purposes of granting credit towards a Deakin course.

(8) Students are eligible to apply for Deakin Hallmark if they:

  1. are currently enrolled in the associated course or within three months of completing it; and
  2. meet any other eligibility criteria approved for the Hallmark.

(9) Students who apply for and are not awarded a Deakin Hallmark can re-apply for the same Hallmark once only.

(10) Clear and accurate information about Deakin Hallmarks is available to students including:

  1. policy and procedure governing the award of Deakin Hallmarks
  2. approved criteria and standards of each Deakin Hallmark
  3. evidence required to demonstrate the achievement of each Deakin Hallmark
  4. process for evaluating student performance for each Deakin Hallmark.


(11) Course teams develop and review Deakin Hallmarks under the leadership of course directors.

(12) Faculties:

  1. approve new and revised Deakin Hallmarks, and
  2. annually review Deakin Hallmarks and report to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education (or nominee) on review outcomes.

(13) The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education (or nominee) oversees quality assurance for Hallmarks, endorses Hallmark proposals and reports annually to the Academic Board on the award of Deakin Hallmarks.

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Section 5 - Procedure

(14) Refer to Deakin Hallmarks Procedure.

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Section 6 - Definitions

(15) For the purpose of this Policy:

  1. Course: as defined in Regulation 05.3(1) - Assessment and Academic Progress in Higher Education Award Courses.
  2. Digital credential: an online record of achievement in which metadata attached provides information about the source and value of the award.