Academic Progress

Academic Progress

Passing subjects and completing your degree at a steady rate is important to ensure your knowledge and qualifications are current. You must pass more than 50% of your subjects (or units of study) in a session, along with other criteria detailed in the Academic Progress Procedure.

If you don’t progress at a satisfactory rate you could be:

  • Required to develop an Academic Progress Plan to get your study back on track
  • Considered for Exclusion from your course for up to five years

An Academic Progress Plan sets out strategies to help you stay on track and provides access to resources, support services and contacts.

Requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress

There are five criteria that mean you don't meet academic progress requirements.

One

Rate of progress

If you do not pass more than 50% of your enrolled subjects in a session:

  • for the first time, you will be advised that you are at Stage 1 of academic progress and offered support.
  • for the second time, you will be advised that you are at Stage 2 of academic progress and be required to create an Academic Progress Plan and access university support.
  • after the third time, you will be considered for Exclusion from your course (Stage 3).

Two

Key Subjects

If you have failed any key subjects in your course, you will be identified at Stage 2.

If you subsequently fail any key subjects, you will be considered for exclusion from your course (Stage 3).

Three

Maximum time

There is a maximum time to complete your degree. This ensures currency of knowledge and your professional suitability as a graduate. You can find the normal course duration for your course in the Handbook.

If you exceed the maximum time to complete your course, you will progress to Stage 3 of Academic progress and be considered for Exclusion.

More information about how maximum time is calculated is available in the Course and Subject Design (Coursework) Procedure.

Four

Workplace learning

If you have failed workplace learning requirements that are specified as necessary to progress further in the course, you will not be able to enrol in any other subjects in the course until you have passed these requirements.

Five

Honours subjects

If you fail any subject in a one-year Honours degree, or in the Honours component of an integrated Honours degree, you will be advised that you are at Stage 2 of academic progress and be required to create an Academic Progress Plan and access university support.

If you fail any subsequent Honours subjects, you will be considered for Exclusion (Stage 3).

What happens next?

We will let you know if you are not meeting the requirements for academic progress in an email.

  • Stage 1: support offered

    We will notify you via email and provide you with information about relevant support services that can help you get your studies back on track.

  • Stage 2: support required

    We will notify you via email and you will be informed of relevant support services. You will be asked to create an Academic Progress Plan so you have a strategy in place to deal with the factors holding you back from your study. How to create an academic progress plan.

    Failure to create an Academic Progress Plan and engage with support services while in Stage 2 may negatively impact a future Show Cause Against Exclusion submission (Stage 3).

    Create an Academic Progress Plan

  • Stage 3: considered for exclusion

    You will be informed via email if you are considered for possible exclusion. You will have seven days to submit a written response explaining why you should not be excluded - this is called a 'Show Cause against Exclusion" submission.

    The Deputy Dean of your Faculty will then determine if you should remain in your course or if you should be excluded. You will be advised of this decision via email.

    You will progress directly to Exclusion, and not be reconsidered by the Deputy Dean if you do not:

    1. create an Academic Progress Plan and engage with support services while in Stage 2, or
    2. complete a written ‘Show Cause against Exclusion’ submission.

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