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Glossary of Terms

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Academic
An academic is a broad term referring to a person who does research or teaches at a university (or tertiary institution). Academics have an elite level of knowledge and are likely to hold advanced qualifications.

Academic transcript
An academic transcript is a complete record of all your academic study undertaken at the University of Adelaide.

Academic year
The academic year (or academic cycle) is divided into two 12-13 week semesters, each followed by an examination period. semester 1 runs from late February to mid June, and semester 2 from late July to early November. There is a two week mid-semester break in each semester.

Access Adelaide
Access Adelaide is a web-based information interface for students and academic teaching staff. Students use Access Adelaide to enrol online, change contact details, view personal information, view examination times, obtain official results and enter graduation details.

Adelaide Abroad programme
Program for domestic students to undertake study outside Australia with an overseas higher education institution that counts as credit towards a program that they are enrolled in with an Australian higher education provider. These students are not covered by an agreement between institutions and will typically pay fees set by the overseas institution while studying overseas.

Advanced degree
Programs are designed for high-achieving students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of their degree area to a more advanced level, and has a greater emphasis on research skill development. A minimum GPA must be achieved to remain enrolled in the program.

Advanced Standing
Similar to recognition of prior study or recognition of prior learning that may lead to a student being granted admission to a program at an advanced level.

Admission
The process of applying to study at the University that incorporates having your application considered.

Agent
A person or organisation within or outside Australia that represents or acts on behalf of the University and student in order to facilitate the student’s admission to the University.

Additional Entry Requirements
Acceptance into University programs is based on academic merit, but some programs require additional selection criteria. For example, Music programs require applicants to undertake an audition. Medicine and Dental Surgery applicants are required to undertake the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) and, for applicants who perform well in the UMAT, an oral interview undertaken by the Faculty. Oral Health applicants are required to undertake an oral interview undertaken by the Faculty, and Veterinary Bioscience applicants are required to submit a questionnaire and, for eligible applicants who perform well, a Multi Mini Interview (MMI) undertaken by the Faculty.

Aggregate
See University Aggregate.

Articulation
Articulation is the process by which the University matches its courses or requirements to coursework completed at another institution. Students use course articulation to ensure they will not have to repeat a course at the institution to which they are transferring. The University holds articulation agreements with several domestic and international institutions for the purposes of student exchange programs, and international student admission.

Ask Adelaide
The Ask Adelaide provides a single point of contact for all academic and student administrative information and supports students' academic progression from admission through to graduation.

Assessment
The method a student's knowledge of course content and objectives is tested, usually through essays, examinations, projects, presentations or reports being submitted to your tutor or lecturer for marking.

Assumed knowledge
SACE subjects are listed as 'assumed knowledge' for a number of individual undergraduate awards in Programs and Courses, the Program Information Leaflets and the SATAC Uni Guide. These subjects indicate the academic background that it is assumed students entering the program will have.
Studying these subjects is highly desirable but is not a requirement of admission. Students are generally advised against taking a course for which they do not have the assumed knowledge but they are not prevented from enrolling in the course. See also Prerequisite.


Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)
Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia.

Award
The achievement – certificate, diploma, degree, graduate certificate, or graduate diploma – conferred upon successful completion of the requirements for that specified program.

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Bridging programs
Bridging programs are designed to prepare students for university study or for entry into a particular course/program.

Bachelor's degree
The Bachelor degree is an undergraduate award requiring successful completion of 72-144 units of study (depending upon the award requirements). A Bachelor degree gives graduates broadly applicable generic skills or specialist professional knowledge which provides initial preparation for careers or postgraduate study. Examples of degrees include: generic degrees such as the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science; a specialist degree such as the Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

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Calendar
The handbook of University award programs detailing the academic program rules.

Campus
The university grounds, including laboratories, lecture theatres, administration buildings and recreational areas etc.

Census Date
Refers to the last day a student can withdraw from a course(s) without incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees.

Class
Within each course there are classes that students enrol into. These are identified by the class number. Examples include: lectures, tutorials or practicalsSee also Class number.

Class number
Unique identifying number for individual classes used when enrolling in a class for a specific day, time and location. See also Class

CoE – Confirmation of Enrolment
A formal notice issued to international students (usually by email) to confirm the University's agreement for them to enrol in the academic program specified in the offer letter and is used by international students in obtaining a study visa.

Combined degree
A combined degree is an undergraduate or postgraduate academic program, that leads to the award of one University of Adelaide award that includes components from two programs and satisfies the minimum requirements of one but not both individual programs. A single parchment that names both of the component programs linked by ‘and’ in the award title is awarded for completion of a combined degree program. See also Double Degree.

Commonwealth-supported place (Domestic Students only)
The Commonwealth government provides the University of Adelaide with a specified number of student places, providing the University with a financial contribution towards the costs of study. The University will then distribute these places to students on the basis of academic merit – this may take into consideration university entrance scores, work experience, etc. Each student holding a Commonwealth-supported place must then pay the remainder of their study costs as part of their student contribution. See also Fee-paying place.

Concurrent degree
Students can choose to study two programs at the same time that have not been packaged as an approved double or combined degree. Studying concurrent programs can take less time than it would take to complete both awards individually, due to the possibility of credit being granted. When students graduate they will receive two parchments, one for each of the completed awards.

Contact hours
Hours a student is expected to attend classes (e.g. tutorials, practicals, lectures) at university.

Continuing student
A student who is enrols in a subsequent year of study in order to complete their program.

Core course
Compulsory courses which must be passed for the student to graduate from a program of study.

Co-requisite
A course that must be studied in the same semester as another, usually related or dependent, course.

Course
A syllabus item offered by the University. You undertake courses to complete your program requirements. Courses are identified by a subject area and catalogue number, for example, CHEM 1101 is a Level I Chemistry course.

Course Coordinator
Member of academic staff who has administrative responsibility for a course.

Credit for previous study
Students may receive credit for previous tertiary study (also referred to as advance standing/status/exemptions) on the basis of studies successfully completed at another institution. This is particularly the case with studies taken at other universities, but some TAFE studies are also accepted for credit towards university programs. See also Transfer credits and/or Advance standing.

CRICOS – Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students
Educational institutions must be registered with the Commonwealth Government before they are permitted to enrol international students in Australia. To become registered, institutions must demonstrate that their qualifications meet Australian Standards in terms of the curriculum, qualifications of teaching staff and teaching facilities etc. The CRICOS lists all providers registered to offer programs to people studying in Australia on student visas and the codes of programs they offer in the state where they are registered. The University of Adelaide's CRICOS provider number is 00123M.

Cross-institutional study
Where a student who is enrolled in a program of study at one university, enrols in courses offered at one (or more) other institutions to count towards their program at their home university.

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Defer
An applicant who receives an offer of admission to a program may apply to delay enrolment for one semester or one academic cycle.

Degree
A degree is any of a wide range of university programs, including Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD awards.

Department
A department is the disciplinary unit that is responsible for teaching and examining an area of study. It may be called a school, department, centre or unit within the University. See also Faculty.

Diploma
Diplomas are typically of a lower academic status than an undergraduate award such as a Bachelor's degree. However, most diploma awards offered at the University of Adelaide are higher diplomas and require an undergraduate qualification as a prerequisite for admission.

Discipline
Discipline is a term used interchangeably with area of study.

Dissertation
A substantive description of the research undertaken within the program for a program. A dissertation is usually shorter than a thesis.

Distance Education
The mode of study for external students.

Doctor of Philosophy
See PhD.

Doctoral degrees governed by a Cotutelle de These agreement
Where a PhD student divides their candidature between the University of Adelaide and a partner institution in France and, following the successful completion of an agreed examination process, is awarded a degree that is recognised in both countries.

Domestic student
Domestic applicants include Australian citizens, dual Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand citizens studying in Australia.

Though New Zealand citizens studying in Australia are not classified as international students, under the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) they cannot defer financial liability for the cost of their studies.

Double degree
A double degree is an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework academic program leading to the award of two University of Adelaide awards. The academic program rules for a double degree specify a program of study in which the requirements of each degree are able to be satisfied in less time than is required to complete each degree separately, or in which the requirements for one or both degrees are modified so that the changed requirements of both programs are able to be satisfied in less time than is required to complete each program separately. A parchment is awarded for each of the two degrees completed in the Double Degree Program. See also Combined Degree.

Double-Badged PhD Degrees
A PhD student undertakes their program jointly at the University of Adelaide and another institution with which the University of Adelaide holds a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Upon successful completion of the degree the names and badges of both the University of Adelaide and the partner institution will appear on the parchment.

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Elective
An optional course which you can do within a program. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject.

Enrolment
The process of registering to study a program.

External Study
External programs do not require a student to physically attend classes on a regular basis. Referred to as 'distance education', students study off-campus at another location or online.

Eligibility
Program eligibility is determined by prerequisites, assumed knowledge, selection criteria, and in some cases, additional entry requirements. See also Selection Criteria.

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Faculty
The University is sectioned into principal academic divisions in which teaching and research are conducted and are called 'faculties'. There are five academic faculties that make up the University of Adelaide.

Fees (domestic students)
All tuition fees provided are indicative only. Tuition costs are calculated based on the actual courses the student takes to complete the award. All fees are provided in Australian dollars (AUD).
Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year, the full cost of the program is displayed. Where the standard duration of the program is greater than one year, the annual fee is displayed.
A Commonwealth supported place is a place for which the Australian government makes a contribution towards the cost of the program. Each year the Australian government will allocate a number of Commonwealth supported places to the University of Adelaide. The University will then distribute these places to students on the basis of academic merit. The criteria may include university entrance scores, work experience, etc.
For Postgraduate programs, the quoted fee is a base fee that is subject to an annual increase for each year of the standard duration of a program.

Fees (international students)

Tuition fees are calculated based on the degree program in which the student is enrolled.

The quoted fee is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 24 units per year. It is reviewed on an annual basis and may increase from year to year.

All fees are provided in Australian dollars (AUD) and are indicative only.

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year, the full cost of the program is displayed. Where the full duration of the program is greater than one year the annual fee is displayed. Where a program is offered on a trimester basis the quoted fee is for 24 units only.

Tuition fees are calculated based on the program in which the student is enrolled.
The quoted fee is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 24 units per year. It is a base fee that is subject to an annual increase for each year of the standard duration of a program.
Students completing the program beyond the standard duration are subject to a new base fee. All fees are provided in Australian Dollars (AUD) and are indicative only.
Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year, the full cost of the program is displayed. Where the standard duration of the program is greater than one year, the annual fee is displayed. Where a program is offered on a trimester basis the quoted fee is for 24 units only.

 

Fee paying place (domestic students only)
A domestic student who is not offered a Commonwealth-supported place may be offered a fee-paying place in a program of study. Students who are not in Commonwealth-supported places pay full tuition fees, which vary between the faculties and are adjusted annually. Fee-paying students pay their fees twice a year, at the beginning of each semester. The University lists all of the tuition fees for each course that makes up your program on Course Planner. Fee-paying students may be eligible for other financial support, such as FEE-HELP, scholarships, loans and Centrelink benefits such as Austudy and Abstudy. See also Commonwealth-supported place.

FEE-HELP
A Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) that is available to eligible fee-paying students to cover all or part of their tuition fees.

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Grade Point Average (GPA)
The GPA is the average of the grades obtained in all courses, weighted by the unit value of each course. If enrolled in more than one program, there will be a Program GPA for each, calculated using the final grades for the courses associated with each program.

Graduate Certificate
A graduate certificate is a program studied at postgraduate coursework level, requiring completion of at least 12 units of study. Students must apply for admission and will normally hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, or have completed another equivalent program of study or professional training.

Graduate Diploma
A graduate diploma is a program studied at postgraduate coursework level, requiring completion of at least 24 units of study. Students must apply for admission and will normally hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, or have completed another equivalent program of study or professional training.

Graduation
Upon successful completion of an award, students may apply to graduate. In most cases graduation involves attendance at a graduation ceremony where students receive an official parchment containing details of their graduate status and qualification earned. After graduating you are part of the University's Alumni.

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HECS-HELP
Higher Education Contribution Scheme-Higher Education Loan Programme (HECS-HELP) loans are available to eligible domestic undergraduate students enrolled in Commonwealth-supported places. A HECS-HELP loan will cover all or part of the student contribution amount. Note: in 2005 HECS-HELP replaced HECS./p>

HESS Group

A Higher Education Selection Subject (HESS) is a SACE Stage 2 subject designated as acceptable for university admission purposes. Subjects are designated as General or Restricted, with the following entry requirements:

HESS General: To be eligible for most University of Adelaide programs students must have at least four HESS General subjects in the pattern of five HESS subjects contributing to their TER. These subjects were formerly known as PAS and PES and use a 0-20 grading system.

HESS Restricted: A limited number of University of Adelaide programs allow students to apply with a TER made up of more than one HESS Restricted subject (formerly SAS subjects) in their pattern of five HESS subjects.

Higher Education Contribution Scheme-Higher Education Loan Programme (HECS-HELP) loans are available to eligible domestic undergraduate students enrolled in Commonwealth-supported places. A HECS-HELP loan will cover all or part of the student contribution amount.

Higher Degree by Coursework 

A higher degree by coursework (such as a masters degree, graduate diploma or certificate) is defined as a postgraduate program of study that mostly comprises of coursework, rather than research. A masters by coursework may consist of a coursework program of two thirds or more, and a research component ('project' or 'dissertation'), which forms less than one third of the whole program.

Higher Degree by Research
A higher degree by research refers to any masters or doctoral degree (PhD/Professional Doctorate) that comprises a minimum of two thirds of its assessable content by research.

Higher Doctorate
A higher doctorate is awarded for a body of original work which, in the opinion of the examiners, has been recognised by scholars in the field as being a substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge or creative achievement. This work is not the result of supervised candidature within the university, but an applicant would normally have had some association with the university, either by being a graduate or having been a member of the academic staff.

Honours degree
Obtaining an honours award involves an additional full-time year of study (or equivalent) following completion of a bachelor program, or additional study with a research element included in the final year (or years) of a bachelor program.

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Incompatible course
A course(s) that has substantially similar content to the specified course. Students should not enrol in the specified course if they have previously passed a course listed as incompatible, as they will not be able to present that course towards their award.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
An internationally recognised United Kingdom-based test of a person's English abilities. The IELTS assesses a person's listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program is a two-year, pre-university course designed to enhance the transition of students between different education systems and to promote international understanding.

International student
An international applicant must be eligible for an Australian student visa, may be liable for international tuition fees and applies directly to the University of Adelaide.

An international student does not include an Australian citizen, Australian dual citizen, permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen studying in Australia.

International student applying with Australian year 12 results
An international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results must be eligible for an Australian student visa and may be liable for international tuition fees. Applications are made via SATAC for admission to the University of Adelaide using Australian year 12 studies results, instead of applying directly to the University of Adelaide.

An international student does not include an Australian citizen, Australian dual citizen, permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen studying in Australia.

 

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Lecture
A lecture is an oral and audio-visual presentation, usually given by a content expert, intended to convey critical information, history, background, theories and equations to students enrolled in a course of study. Lectures run from 50 minutes up to two hours and can contain anywhere from 2-200 people. Students are expected to listen carefully and take their own notes with little guidance from the lecturer in identifying what should be recorded.

Lecturer
Lecturers are instructors or presenters who deliver information to groups of students in a lecture or seminar setting. They are similar to tutors, as most lecturers also teach.

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Major
A major is a part of an academic program consisting of a set of defined courses, from a recognised discipline area and, if appropriate, supporting courses from other discipline areas, which form a significant part of an academic program. Students select and transfer between majors according to their selection of units of study. One or more majors may be prescribed in order to satisfy course requirements. See also Award; Course; Sub-major; Stream.

Masters degree
A masters is a postgraduate degree that may be undertaken by either research or coursework. A masters by research is where at least two-thirds of the content is required to be research. A masters by coursework is where more than one-third of the content is required to be coursework.

MyUni
MyUni is a personalised online space for students. It delivers information and services directly through a central location, while also allowing users to customise certain information. Students are able to access details such as examination seat numbers, results, timetables and enrolment variations, assessment submissions, course outlines and discussion boards

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Non-award study
A generic term for a program of study that does not lead t to an award; available to those wishing to update or expand their knowledge in a specific discipline without being committed to completing a program.

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Off-shore student
An off-shore student is one who resides overseas for a University term/semester and undertakes a program of study conducted by an off-shore campus of an Australian higher education provider.

Orientation week (O'week)
University-wide orientation program for all students, involving lectures, tours and social activities and usually held in the week before semester commencement.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
The minimum level of private health insurance international students are required to purchase as a condition of their student visa for study in Australia.

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Parchment
A parchment is the official certification of a student’s completion of an award. It contains the signatures of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, and bears the official seal of the University.

Part-Time Study

Part-time study is when you enrol in fewer courses than a full-time study load in a given semester.

Full-time study is a minimum 75 per cent load, or 9 units or more a semester. Studying 8 units or less a semester means you are studying part-time.

Part-time study is not recommended for international students, as they are required to complete their program within the standard duration for that program (e.g. 3 years).

Some programs (such as Medicine) do not offer part-time study, or lectures and tutorials in the evenings, though many courses provide alternative options for class times.

Please speak with the program administrator about whether your program can be studied part-time and the availability of alternative class times.

Part-time study is when you enrol in fewer courses than a full-time study load in a given semester.
Full-time study is a minimum 75 per cent load, or 9 units or more a semester. Studying 8 units or less a semester means you are studying part-time.
Part-time study is not recommended for international students, as they are required to complete their program within the standard duration for that program (e.g. 3 years).
Some programs (such as Medicine) do not offer part-time study, or lectures and tutorials in the evenings, though many courses provide alternative options for class times.
Please speak with the program administrator about whether your program can be studied part-time and the availability of alternative class times.

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
An academic award granted for advanced study and original research in a specialist field, often the highest qualification in a given discipline.

Plan (or academic plan; study plan)
Each program must have at least one defined plan. A plan defines each of the specialisations/majors which might be available in a program (e.g. Bachelor of Science, specialising in Ecochemistry).

Postgraduate
Postgraduate students have completed an undergraduate qualification such as a bachelor's degree and are continuing their studies by completing an award such as a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree, or PhD.

Practicals ('pracs')
Some academic programs have classes which consist of practical sessions (e.g. labs) of up to three hours duration. These are 'hands on' classes where students are expected to participate as part of their assessment.

Prerequisites (undergraduate)
To be eligible for some programs, particularly in the areas of Science, Engineering, Maths and Computer Science, applicants are required to have passed specific subjects called 'program prerequisites'. For SACE applicants, program prerequisites are the nominated subject(s) completed at SACE stage 2 level, with a minimum grade of C- or better. . Other applicants, i.e. higher education, TAFE and special entry, are required to have successfully completed either these subjects or their equivalent. Program prerequisites apply to all applicants to the programs.

Professional doctorate
A professional doctorate is specific to a discipline and aimed at practitioners in the field. The program combines research project activity and advanced coursework.

Program
Program is the award you are working towards. It is made up of courses, each attributed a unit value. An award is earned by successfully completing the courses specified in the academic program rules. See also Degree.

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Remote candidature
Remote candidature is an option for higher degree by research students who for sound academic reasons, need to pursue most or all of their research remote from the University campuses. Approval for remote research will only be granted where arrangements for external supervision and facilities and resources are adequate. Students are normally required to study on campus until after completion of the core program components and development of a satisfactory research proposal (this includes compulsory attendance at Adelaide Graduate Centre and local induction programs).

Restriction
Courses available only to students in specific academic programs. For example, Dentistry courses are only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dentistry or Bachelor of Oral Health. Note in some cases, the restriction may only appear for a particular semester of a course offering, e.g. the course Accounting for Decision Makers I is offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2, however, only students in the Bachelor of Commerce may enrol in the Semester 1 offering of that course.

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SACE
South Australian Certificate of Education, the secondary qualification most South Australian school-leavers will use to qualify for a place at university.

Scholarship
Scholarships are awards carrying financial advantage in undertaking a specified program or course of study. The advantage is usually in the form of a full or partial remission of fees, or meeting of costs associated with the program or course of study such as living costs, purchases of books or accommodation. Such scholarships are normally awarded on the basis of past academic performance. Scholarships also include funding received through study grants, trusts and bursaries.

School
Faculties are divided into schools. For example, the Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences has seven schools.

Selection Criteria (Postgraduate) 
To be considered for entry into postgraduate programs at the University of Adelaide applicants usually require at least a higher education Bachelor degree or equivalent. However, the requirements vary between programs and sometimes work experience may be taken into account in lieu of a completed degree – please check with the relevant Faculty for further information.

Selection Criteria (Undergraduate)
The criteria used to allocate university places to applicants. You may be eligible to compete for a university place using Year 12 results, previous university study, VET qualifications or the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Specific rules, prerequisites and cut-offs may apply to the program.

Semester
A semester is the academic teaching period between 12-13 weeks in duration.

South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC)
SATAC processes applications for tertiary programs delivered by TAFE and the four universities in South Australia and the Northern Territory. See http://www.satac.edu.au/ for more information.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Sitting the STAT is one method of special entry to tertiary study when secondary education requirements have not been met.

Stream
A specialisation within a postgraduate coursework program of study, which requires the completion of set courses as specified by the academic program rules for the program.

Student contribution
The amount in fees that domestic Commonwealth-supported students pay towards the cost of their courses.

Student exchange
Exchange students are those who are from other overseas universities studying at the University of Adelaide for a period to supplement studies in their home university. University of Adelaide students may also travel overseas to study at other universities as part of the Adelaide Abroad program.

Study plan
See Plan.

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Tertiary Admissions Subject (TAS)
A SACE Stage 2 subject which has been approved by the universities and TAFESA as providing appropriate preparation for tertiary studies.

Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER)
The Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) is derived from the university score achieved through the SACE and is an indicator of how well a particular student has performed relative to other students in the same group.

Test Of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL
The Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures a candidate's ability to read, listen, speak and write in English. Additionally the Internet-based test examines how candidates use these skills in a university classroom situation. Select TOEFL scores are an entry requirement for international student admission.

Transfer Credits
Students may receive transfer credit for previous studies completed at the University of Adelaide or another tertiary institution that fulfil the requirements for a current program or course at the University.

Tuition Fees
A fee charged to cover the cost of teaching and related services, student administration and capital facilities relating to courses, paid to the institution the student is enrolled at. The fee may be paid by the student or by another person, agency or organisation on behalf of the student. Tuition fees do not include application or student services fees. See also Fees (domestic Students) or Fees (international students).

Tutor
A tutor is an academic staff member who supervises practicals and tutorials for small groups of students.

Tutorials
Tutorials are small discussion groups lead by a tutor. Students are usually required to attend one tutorial per week for each course. Weekly assignments are often set and may involve a presentation to the group, a written exercise or participation in group discussion. Attendance at tutorials is usually recorded, especially where tutorial participation forms part of the course assessment.

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Undergraduate
A student studying a foundation University program, such as a Bachelor's degree. Students who go on to do honours are classified as Graduate students, having completed an undergraduate program.

Units
Each course is given a unit value and each program requires the accumulation of a total number of units according to the degree pattern. The minimum unit of study is 3 units.

University aggregate
SACE students have a university aggregate calculated from their Stage 2 (year 12) results. It is calculated from your best scaled scores from three 20-credit subjects plus the best outcome from the flexible fourth option, to produce a score out of 80. The university aggregates for all students in the state are then put in rank order, resulting in an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) for all students between 0 - 99.95. Both your university aggregate and ATAR appear on your SACE results parchment.

 

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