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Hub and Spokes Launch Seminar 1. New Undergraduate Course Structure. New Undergraduate Courses. Three-year pass degrees BP001 Bachelor of Arts BP002 Bachelor of Commerce BP003 Bachelor of Design BP004 Bachelor of Science Four-year integrated honours degree

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hub and spokes launch seminar 1

Hub and Spokes Launch Seminar 1

New Undergraduate Course Structure

new undergraduate courses
New Undergraduate Courses
  • Three-year pass degrees
    • BP001 Bachelor of Arts
    • BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
    • BP003 Bachelor of Design
    • BP004 Bachelor of Science
  • Four-year integrated honours degree
    • BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
undergraduate degree course rules
Undergraduate Degree Course Rules
  • Undergraduate pass degree courses
    • 24 units.
    • Must include a degree-specific major (either a single major or a double major).
    • must not include more than 12 Level 1 units.
    • must include at least four Level 3 units.
    • must include four broadening units.
    • Includes opportunity for end-on honours, equivalent to one additional year of study.
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Undergraduate Degree Course Rules
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
    • 32 units.
    • Must include a degree-specific major (either a single major or a double major).
    • must not include more than 12 Level 1 units
    • must include at least four Level 3 units.
    • must include four broadening units (including GCRL1000 Global Challenges, Research and Leadership which involves an approved residential program).
    • an Honours program (equivalent to 8 Level 4 units), including a research thesis (equivalent to 4 Level 4 units).
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Undergraduate Degree Course Rules
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) – additional requirements
  • Language studies & study abroad:
    • at least one Language Other Than English (LOTE) unit
    • at least one semester of approved overseas study, undertaken after completing Level 1 units and before Level 3 units are completed.
  • Satisfactory progress - must maintain a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 80 or above.
units and credit points
Units and credit points
  • Unit | a discrete component of study normally representing 150 hours of student workload, including contact hours, personal study and examinations. A unit is usually studied for the duration of one semester.
  • Credit points | a numerical value assigned to units taught at the University which indicates the relative amount of work required to complete the unit. Most units are worth 6 points each, but a small number of project units and some honours units are worth 12 points each. The credit point value for each unit is listed in its Handbook entry.
  • To complete a three-year undergraduate bachelor’s pass degree students complete units worth a total of 144 credit points.
  • To complete the four-year Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)degree students complete units worth a total of 192 credit points.
learning progression
Learning progression
  • Level | a progressive ranking applied to units, indicating the amount of prior knowledge or maturity of learning required to study it successfully.
  • The first digit of the code reflects the unit level
    • ASIA1001 Exploring Asian Identities
    • ASIA2003 Gender and Power in Asia
    • ANTH3702 Environment, Power and Disasters in Asia
    • ACCT4486 Dissertation (Accounting) Part 1
  • The learning progression is controlled by:
    • unit prerequisite and co-requisite rules; and
    • the major sequence.
  • Major | a disciplinary specialisation within a course of study, consisting of an approved sequence of at least eight units from Level 1 to Level 3.
  • A major sequence represents:
    • increasing complexity, depth and understanding of the subject area;
    • a demonstrable emphasis on enquiry-based learning and research skill development; and
    • a systematic enhancement of communication skills.
  • In 2012 UWA will offer majors in 67 disciplines.
single major
Single major
  • Single major | a major consisting of 8 units from the same disciplinary field.
  • Structure:
    • 2 x L1 units + 2 x L2 units + 4 x L3 units


    • 2 x L1 units + 3 x L2 units + 3 x L3 units
double majors
Double majors
  • Double major | an approved combination of unit sequences drawn from related disciplinary fields. The sequences share two Level 1 units and comprise 14 units in total, rather than 16 units required for two majors.
  • Biomedical Science:
    • 2 x L1 units + 4 x L2 units + 8 x L3 units
  • Economics:
    • 2 x L1 units + 5 x L2 units + 7 x L3 units
  • Core units | compulsory units which must be studied to complete the requirements of a major.
  • Option | a unit chosen from a range of given options (a list of alternatives), as distinct from a core (compulsory) unit.
  • Complementary units | up to four additional units that may be specified for some degree-specific majors to provide important additional knowledge and expertise in particular areas, or to allow students to make up gaps in their knowledge that will be required to successfully complete the major.
degree specific major
Degree-specific major
  • Degree-specific major (MJD)| a major from a discipline offered within a student’s enrolled degree. All undergraduate students must complete one degree-specific major.
second major
Second major
  • Second major (MJS) | a major that is not degree-specific. Second majors can be from discipline areas within or outside a student’s enrolled degree.
  • If a student takes two majors, one must be nominated as degree-specific.
majors with special requirements
Majors with special requirements
  • Co-requisite majors
    • Science Communication: Can only be taken as a second major with a co-requisite BSc degree-specific major
    • Specialist Music Studies: Must be taken with the co-requisite degree-specific major in Music Studies (BA).
    • Architecture: Can only be taken as a degree-specific major with a co-requisite second major in Integrated Design (BDes).
  • Professional accreditation
    • Neuropsychology and Cognitive Science (BSc) & Social and Applied Psychology (BA): Both majors and Honours required for registration with the Psychologist Board of Australia.
    • Exercise and Health Science (BSc) & Sport Science (BSc): Both majors required to be qualified as an Exercise scientist.
  • Incompatible majors
    • Work and Employment Relations (BA) & Human Resource Management (BCom)
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Majors with special requirements
  • Second majors that have prerequisites
    • Engineering Science: MATH1001, MATH1002, PHYS1001 (non-Chemical pathways) or CHEM1002 (Chemical pathway), and CITS2401 – prerequisites for Level 2 and Level 3 units
    • Physics: MATH1001, MATH1002, MATH2501 – prerequisites for Level 2 and Level 3 units.
  • Majors that have prerequisites – for specific options
    • Anatomy and Human Biology: SSEH1101 – prerequisite for ANHB2213 (OPTION)
    • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine: MICR2208 – prerequisite for PATH3354 (OPTION)
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Majors with special requirements
  • Majors that require prerequisites – for second major students without WACE subject/s
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: CHEM1003 – prerequisite for CHEM1004 (CORE) (if no WACE Chemistry).
    • Microbiology and Immunology: Level 1 Chemistry unit – prerequisite for SCIE1106 (CORE) (if no WACE Chemistry).
    • Neuroscience: Level 1 Chemistry unit – prerequisite for SCIE1106 (COMPLEMENTARY) (if no WACE Chemistry) .
  • Majors that require prerequisites– for professional accreditation
    • Accounting: LAWS1104 or LAWS1120 and LAWS2301– required for entry to Chartered Accountants program. NOTE: Students who take Accounting as a second major must apply to have their studies recognised on a case by case basis.
language majors
Language Majors

Each language has separate majors corresponding to the student’s entry level.

  • Chinese – four majors
    • MJD-CHNSB Chinese (beginners)
    • MJD-CHNSP Chinese (pass in WACE Chinese: CSL2A/2B)
    • MJD-CHNSI Chinese (pass in WACE Chinese: CSL3A/3B)
    • MJD-CHNSA Chinese (near native speaker)
  • French Studies – four majors
    • MJD-FRNHB French Studies (beginners)
    • MJD-FRNHP French Studies (pass in WACE French: FRE2A/2B)
    • MJD-FRNHI French Studies (pass in WACE French: FRE3A/3B)
    • MJD-FRNHA French Studies (near native speaker)
  • German Studies – four majors
    • MJD-GRMNB German Studies (beginners)
    • MJD-GRMNP German Studies (pass in WACE German: GER2A/2B)
    • MJD-GRMNI German Studies (pass in WACE German: GER3A/3B)
    • MJD-GRMNA German Studies (near native speaker)
language majors continued
Language majors continued
  • Indonesian – three majors
    • MJD-INDNB Indonesian (beginners)
    • MJD-INDNP Indonesian (pass in WACE Indonesian: IND2A/2B)
    • MJD-INDNI Indonesian (pass in WACE Indonesian: IND3A/3B)
  • Italian Studies– three majors
    • MJD-ITLNB Italian Studies (beginners)
    • MJD-ITLNI Italian Studies (pass in WACE Italian: ITA2A/2B or higher)
    • MJD-ITLNA Italian Studies (near native speaker)
  • Japanese – three majors
    • MJD-JPNSB Japanese (beginners)
    • MJD-JPNSP Japanese (pass in WACE Japanese: Second Language JSL2A/2B)
    • MJD-JPNSI Japanese (pass in WACE Japanese: Second Language JSL3A/3B)

Broadening units

  • Broadening units | units offered in one or more areas of knowledge that do not (normally) include the area of knowledge in which a student's degree-specific major is offered.
  • Broadening requirements are designed to expose students to different concepts and ways of learning that will help them meet the challenges of a changing global world as graduates.
  • All students are required to take four broadening units.

Category A and Category B units

  • Category A broadening units have as their main focus some aspect of the globalised and culturally diverse environment.
  • Category B broadening units can be chosen from nearly all units offered by the University, subject to the unit rules.

Broadening requirements

  • To satisfy broadening requirements students must:
    • include at least one Category A broadening unit from the approved list; or
    • participate in an approved Study Abroad or Student Exchange program; or
    • complete a language other than English (LOTE) unit, providing that it is not in the same discipline as their degree-specific major.
  • Students can fulfil their remaining broadening requirements by:
    • Completing units from a second major chosen either from outside their degree; or
    • From the range of Bachelor of Arts language majors; or
    • Passing electives chosen from outside their degree.


  • Elective | a unit which may be freely chosen from all the units available at the University (subject to unit rules, including prerequisites, co-requisites and incompatibilities).
  • Electives will give students the opportunity to explore a range of interests and new disciplines.
  • Broadening units can be taken as electives.
  • The number of electives students can include will depend on the major/s they choose and their individual requirements (including complementary units).
    • A single degree-specific major leaves room for at least eight electives.
    • A double major leaves room for at least two electives.
    • Two majors leave room for up to eight electives, or no electives.

On-line learning modules

  • As part of their academic orientation, students are expected to complete three online, self-paced modules within the first 10 weeks of their enrolment:
    • Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) introduces students to the basic issues of ethical scholarship and the expectations of correct academic conduct at this University. The fostering of academic integrity is given high priority at UWA and is supported by institutional policies and practices.
    • Indigenous Studies Essentials (ISE) introduces students to the shared learning space that The University of Western Australia embodies. This learning space includes both western and Indigenous knowledge systems.
    • Communication and Research Skills (CaRS) assists students in developing the ability to find and analyse information and to express and articulate their ideas within an academic context, through a series of online tutorials.

On-line learning modules

  • ACE, ISE and CaRS are accessed via the University’s new Learning Management System – Moodle (formally WebCT).
  • Students are pre-enrolled and should be able to begin the modules as soon as they have accepted their offer.


  • NC2012 Undergraduate Online Handbook:
  • NC2012 Glossary of Terms:
  • Future Students website:
  • 2012 Course Guide:
allocation of commencing students to an advising faculty
Allocation of commencing students to an advising faculty
  • All commencing students are allocated to a faculty student advice office.
  • Data is gathered during the admission process about each student’s TISC code, chosen course code and “area of interest”.
  • Each “area of interest” is owned by a single Faculty.
  • The TISC code, chosen course code, area of interest and enrolled course code information is used to determine the most appropriate advising Faculty allocation for each student.
  • A SIMS job is run nightly to allocate &/or check the faculty student advice office allocations
  • Allocations are displayed in studentConnect and staffConnect
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Allocation of commencing students to an advising faculty
  • Where a student has the Master of Professional Engineering assured pathway TISC code and has chosen the Bachelor of Science course, the advising faculty is Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.
  • For all other students the allocation process considers:
    • the “area of interest” chosen by the student at acceptance
    • If no area of interest is chosen, then the TISC code is considered
    • If no matching admission “area of interest” or TISC code information can be found then allocation is based on the enrolled course code.

Assured pathways

  • Assured entry pathway | aguaranteed place in one of the professional postgraduate degrees on completion of any undergraduate degree. A limited number of places are reserved for appropriately qualified students at the time they are admitted to their undergraduate course, subject to satisfactory progress and fulfilment of prerequisites.
  • Students can apply for an ‘Assured pathway’ when they make their application through TISC.
  • Assured entry pathways are offered for the following postgraduate courses:
    • Doctor of Dental Medicine
    • Doctor of Medicine
    • Juris Doctor (Law)
    • Master of Professional Engineering
assured pathways
Assured pathways
  • Assured entry is also offered to some courses on completion of specific major/s and any other prerequisites:
    • Master of Architecture
    • (Architecture and Integrated Design)
    • Master of Professional Engineering
    • (Engineering Science)
    • Master of Landscape Architecture
    • (Landscape Architecture)
    • Master of Music; Master of Music Education
    • (Music Studies & Specialist Music Studies)
undergraduate diplomas 1 of 2
Undergraduate diplomas (1 of 2)

(i) that enrolment in an undergraduate diploma normally be open only to graduates;

(ii) that a course leading to the award of an undergraduate diploma normally have the value of eight units comprising a major: an approved unit sequence from Level 1 to Level 3;

(iii) that the unit sequence comprising a course for an undergraduate diploma be regarded in the same light as a second major rather than a degree-specific major, and that therefore complementary units cannot be prescribed as necessary adjuncts to the major;

(iv) that although the credit point value of an undergraduate diploma course must be 48 points, a student may take additional units in order to meet prerequisites;

(v) that, as it would seldom be feasible to take all eight units across the three levels of a major within two successive semesters, a student may not compress diploma studies into a full-time year unless (a) this does not compromise the principle of learning progression in the relevant discipline, and (b) the discipline offering the diploma is able and willing to schedule its offering of units accordingly, without undue pressure on resources;

(vi) that, to prevent the possibility that a student could gain both a degree and an undergraduate diploma for substantially fewer points than the two would separately require, the granting of credit (advanced standing) towards a diploma for any completed unit that forms part of the chosen major be disallowed if it has already been counted towards a degree course, and that, in such cases, the student be required to take a replacement unit specified by the relevant discipline;

undergraduate diplomas 2 of 2
Undergraduate diplomas (2 of 2)

(vii) that a student may be permitted to proceed to an honours course on the basis of diploma results in the relevant field, provided that this is subject to the normal rules for honours admission, course structure and other matters;

(viii) that, subject to (xiii), to prevent proliferation of undergraduate diploma titles and repeated enrolment by any student in sub-bachelor courses within the same area of knowledge, there be only four qualifications available: Diploma in Arts, Diploma in Commerce, Diploma in Design and Diploma in Science – within each of which a wide range of different majors may be offered;

(ix) that the University resolve to extend undergraduate diplomas beyond ‘skills-based’ fields, making them potentially available in all fields that offer a major; and that the principle embodied in Rec. 29 in the Review of Course Structures report be modified accordingly;

(x) that, subject to (xiii), concurrent enrolment in an undergraduate diploma and a bachelor degree be disallowed after any students who are already so enrolled before 2012 have completed their diploma;

(xi) that, as the defined responsibilities of the Interim Boards of Studies (IBoS) include majors along with related matters such as prerequisites, and undergraduate diplomas comprise majors in a different form, the appropriate IBoS be responsible for advising Academic Council (through the Board of Coursework Studies) on the approval and structure of any proposed undergraduate diploma;

(xii) that the rules for undergraduate diplomas be as shown in Appendix C pending clarification of nomenclature for the diploma;

(xiii) that the Diploma in Modern Languages continue to be offered concurrently pending a comprehensive review in 2013 to assess the desirability of its retention.