Academic Awards Procedure

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Section 1 - Preamble

(1) This Procedure was approved by Academic Board and came into effect on 11 November 2008. It incorporates all amendments to 24 February 2015.

(2) This Procedure is pursuant to the Higher Education Courses Policy and includes the following schedule:

  1. Schedule A: Award Colours of the University.

Section 2 - Purpose

(3) This Procedure provides information on the University's academic awards, titles, testamurs and colours.

Section 3 - Scope

(4) This Procedure applies to Higher Education award courses offered by the University.

Section 4 - Policy

(5) Refer to the Higher Education Courses Policy.

Section 5 - Procedure

(6) The academic awards offered by the University are listed in Regulation 5.2 (2) Higher Education Award Courses - General and are consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework.

(7) Award titles for combined courses consist of the approved title for each course. The first component of the title is the course offered by the Faculty that has sponsored the combined course. Where both courses are delivered by one Faculty, the title is in alphabetical order.

(8) A student who exits at the end of an articulated course program only receives the higher level award.

(9) A student who completes a component of an articulated course program is not normally permitted to take out an award for that component if progressing to the next stage of the articulated program.


(10) The testamur for a generalist bachelor award includes a statement of completed major sequences. Such a statement is not included on the testamur for an award where the title includes the field of study.

(11) The testamur issued on completion of a joint course indicates that the degree was undertaken as a joint course and includes the name and logo of all institutions at which the course was undertaken.

(12) The testamur for a research-based Honours award shows a field of study, except where the field of study is included in the title of the undergraduate degree.

(13) The testamur for an on-course Honours award does not include a field of study.

(14) Degrees awarded with distinction are designated with 'distinction' on the testamur. Combined courses are treated as separate courses for degrees with distinction.


(15) Award colours are in accordance with the broad areas of study as specified in Schedule A: Award Colours of the University.

(16) The introduction of a new award colour is proposed by a Faculty as part of the process of the approval of a new course, and requires the approval of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Integrity) on the recommendation of the Academic Board.

Section 6 - Definitions

(17) For the purpose of this Procedure:

  1. Broad Area of Study: an area of knowledge that includes fields of study within recognised or emerging professions.
  2. Field of Study: an area of knowledge capable of sustaining a major sequence.
  3. Joint Course: as defined in Regulation 5.2 (2) Higher Education Award Courses - General.
  4. Major Sequence: a group of related units approved by the Faculty Board and listed in the University Handbook amounting to a minimum of 6 credit points, with at least 2 credit points in each of levels 2 and 3 of the course.
  5. On-course Honours Award: an award that recognises outstanding achievement in a bachelor degree program of four or more years. The on-course Honours Award is one of the two types of honours program offered by the University.
  6. Research-based Honours Award: an undergraduate bachelor degree (generally but not exclusively of three years duration) followed by an additional year of full-time study, or its equivalent, that involves research and research training. The Research-based Honours Award is one of the two types of honours program offered by the University.