Glossary of Terms


As defined in the Enterprise Agreement: School, Faculty, Division or Branch

area manager
Refers to: Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Vice-President, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Executive Deans, Director Human Resources (and a person acting in these positions) and Institute Directors, as defined in the University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017

academic award
A certificate, diploma, degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma, including an honorary award and a double-badged award, conferred by the University at a graduation ceremony

academic program
The series of courses in which a student enrols and which, when completed, will lead to conferral of a designated academic award

academic program rules
The formally approved Program requirements that students must follow in order to successfully progress through and graduate from a Program.

academic progress status
Academic Progress Status is the risk status given to a student to indicate their risk level in accordance with clause 2a of the Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy

academic work
Refers to the teaching, research/scholarship, the exercise of creative performance and/or professional skills

academic year
The period from the start of Semester 1 to the end of the End of Year examinations, as marked on the annual Academic Year Dates website

assumed knowledge
Knowledge that it is assumed a student will have before commencing a Course. Teaching in the Course will proceed on the assumption that students enrolled in the Course have such knowledge.

Certificates, diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates or graduate diplomas, including honorary awards and double-badged awards, conferred by the University at a graduation ceremony


An organisational grouping within a Division

broadening experiences
These are intended to add breadth to a student’s undergraduate experience and in so doing provide a more rounded education with enhanced opportunities to achieve the University Graduate Attributes.


capstone experiences
These are a formal part of a Program and include, but are not limited to, internships, work experience, projects and clinical experiences; typically for credit in order for students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare for transition to relevant professional practice or research.

casual staff
As defined in the Enterprise Agreement: A person employed on an hourly basis for which a loading of 25% is paid in addition to the hourly remuneration rate appropriate to the classification of the work undertaken

census date
The last day a student may withdraw from a course in which they are enrolled without incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees

Commonwealth Supported Place
A higher education place for a domestic student, funded in accord with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA)

conversion master programs
AQF Master (Coursework) programs that are designed to convert students from their undergraduate discipline to another discipline.

Courses that must be undertaken before or at the same time as another specified Course.

core courses
Courses that are required for the completion of a Program and/or a Major.

A component of study of an academic program assigned a unit value

continuing employment
As defined in the Enterprise Agreement: Continuing employment means employment without a definable end date. Continuing employment may be full-time or part-time

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students established under the ESOS Act: see CRICOS webpage.

Custodian of the Seal>
In accordance with clause 1 of the Rule for the Use of the University Seal and for the Execution of Documents, the custodians of the Seal are the Chancellor, the Deputy Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and President and the Chair of the Finance Committee.


dedicated units
Units which may not be presented for any other Award, that a student is required to present in order to be eligible for conferral of an Award.

An academic award of the University: degrees are offered at Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Doctoral level

Department of Education and Training
Department of Education and Training (Commonwealth)

Any of the four central administrative groupings: the Division of the Vice-Chancellor and President, the Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), the Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) and the Division of Services and Resources

domestic student
A student who is an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or who holds Permanent Residency status in Australia

double-badged award
An award conferred jointly by two institutions: the graduand receives a single award testamur that bears the names and badges of both the University of Adelaide and the partner institution


embedded honours programs
Bachelor degrees (typically 96 Units) that deliver AQF Level 8 outcomes.

end-on honours programs
24 Unit Programs that follow a Bachelor degree and deliver AQF Level 8 outcomes.

Enterprise Agreement
The University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017

entry level courses
Courses in a Program that introduce students to the scholarly conventions, concepts and skills/techniques of the discipline community/field of study that are necessary to complete the Program.

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (Cth) which regulates the delivery of education services to international students

extension master programs
AQF Master (Coursework) Programs that are designed to extend a student's skills and knowledge in the same discipline as their undergraduate Award.

extramural activities
These include work undertaken for a Program that is not part of the formal coursework but is a requirement for completion of the Program (e.g. a professional or clinical placement).


Any of the five academic groupings within the University, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Sciences, and the Faculty of the Professions

The system established by Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth), under which the Commonwealth Government provides eligible domestic students in fee-playing places with income-contingent loans to cover some or all of their tuition fees

fields of education
Classifications of Programs, Majors, Specialisations and Courses by the principal subject matter as defined by the Australian Standard Classification of Education.

fixed term staff
As defined in the Enterprise Agreement: staff employed for a fixed time or a specific task or project


generalist degrees
Programs offered by the University that provide broad educational experience and knowledge which prepares students for a variety of pathways and career opportunities.

Grade Point Average
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numerical index that summarises academic performance, and ranges from a minimum of zero to a maximum of 7 (scale of 0 to 7).

A person who has successfully completed a course of study or training, especially a person who has been awarded an undergraduate or first academic degree

graduate attributes
The expression of qualities, knowledges and capabilities that students are encouraged to take responsibility for developing throughout their studies at the University.

Goods and Services Tax: a Commonwealth Government tax levied on most goods and services, as defined in the Goods and Services Tax Act 1999 (Cth), and currently set at the rate of 10%

Provide additional detail and context on aspects of a University Policy or Procedure. They may provide direction on recommended practices or processes, or illustrative examples of how policy is applied in particular circumstances, or tips for carrying out a University activity as distinct from procedures which mandate operational activities. Guidelines are subordinate to policies and are not substitutes for policies.


The HECS-HELP scheme is both a student loan and a student discount. Eligible students may access a HECS-HELP loan to pay their student contribution amount.

Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth), the main piece of Commonwealth legislation governing higher education in Australia.

Higher Degree student
A student enrolled in an academic program leading to the conferral of a Masters or Doctoral degree

Higher Degree by Research student (HDR)
See Research Student Handbook

Honours student
A student enrolled in an academic program leading to the conferral of the award of Bachelors degree with Honours


Courses are described as Incompatible in the Academic Program Rules if they have substantially similar content to each other.

international student
A student who is not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand and who does not hold Permanent Residency status in Australia


Learning Management System
Learning Management System (or LMS) means the University’s online learning environment for delivering course content to students, known as MyUni (currently Canvas) at the University.

learning outcomes
Describe what students will know and be able to do upon successful completion of a Program or Course; they are the expression and application of the set of knowledge and skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a student has acquired and is able to demonstrate, as a result of learning.

Oral and audio-visual presentations designed to convey critical information and theories.

This refers to the level of study of a Course. Level I, II, III, IV are the first, second, third and fourth year (where relevant) of a Bachelor Degree respectively. Level IV Courses may also be Honours Courses. Level V, VI and VII Courses indicate postgraduate coursework Courses. In most instances the first digit of the four-digit number of the catalogue number indicates the Level of the Course (e.g. 1109 is a Level I Course whilst 2092 is a Level II Course).


Coherent bodies of study, usually in a single discipline in a Bachelor degree.

major revisions
These include, but are not limited to, revisions to a Program which may have legislative or reporting implications; may have an effect on the profile of the University; or result in a change in educational philosophy, mode of teaching, structure or content, location or language of delivery.

maximum duration
The maximum amount of time permitted for a student to complete a Program and includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Coherent sequences of study within a discipline or sub-discipline that are smaller in size and scope than a Major.


named degrees
Programs that are not Generalist Degrees.

nested awards
Programs that lead to higher Awards with multiple entry and exit points (for example Graduate Certificate into Graduate Diploma into Master program).


A Course is Offered when it has been timetabled and is available for students to enrol in.

OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place who want to undertake some of their study overseas.

Officer who affixed the Seal
The officer fulfilling the role of the Secretary to the University Council.

A student enrolled in more than 12 Units at any one point in time has an Overload.


parallel teaching
Any form of teaching involving both undergraduate and postgraduate students sharing a significant overlap of Level II and Level III Course content and delivery.

part-time staff
As defined in the Enterprise Agreement:Staff employed for less than the normal weekly full-time hours, for which all entitlements are paid on a pro-rata basis

personal information
Any information or opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent or can reasonably be ascertained from the information or opinion

see Adelaide Policy Framework

Policy Custodian
As defined in the Adelaide Policy Framework: The member of the Senior Executive who has overarching responsibility for developing a University Policy, obtaining the required approvals and ensuring that the policy is implemented, monitored and reviewed. For Council-related policies, the Policy Custodian is the Council Secretary.

Policy Directory
On-line repository of the University's policies and procedures. The interactive website managed by the Council Secretariat to assist in policy implementation, monitoring and review.

Policy Pathway
A diagrammatic representation of the Adelaide Policy Framework.

Policy Responsible Officer
As defined in the Adelaide Policy Framework: The person who is designated as the primary point of contact for assistance with policy implmentation, interpretation and review.

postgraduate student
A student enrolled in a postgraduate coursework or postgraduate research program

postgraduate program
An academic program leading to the conferral of a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters degree or Doctoral degree

Courses that must be successfully completed before another Course may be undertaken.

primary results
The results first made available by the dates in the Grading Guidelines, prior to any Replacement / Additional Assessment

As defined in the program
See academic program

An approved combination of Courses and other requirements (where relevant) in which a student is enrolled which, when completed, leads to the conferral of an Award.

program minimum units
The number of Units that a student is required to complete in order to be eligible to qualify for conferment of the Award in which the student is enrolled.

Information is publicised when it is disseminated in the online Course Planner or Course Outlines.


research student
See postgraduate student

restricted courses
Courses that are only available to students enrolled in particular Programs.

review period
A group of University teaching periods from which results are reviewed to determine if a student is making satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy.


scheduled and available
The Course has been timetabled, is active in the LMS and is available for students to enrol in.

A sub-grouping within a Faculty

Student Experience of Learning and Teaching surveys conducted in accordance with the Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) Policy in order to guide staff and the University in making continuous improvements to courses and teaching for the benefit of students and to identify and reward excellent teaching practice.

Senior Executive
The Vice-Chancellor and President; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic); the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research); and the Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President (Services and Resources)

short-term academic visitor
A member of the academic staff of another tertiary institution who visits the University of Adelaide at its invitation to participate in the academic work of an area of the University, generally for a period of between one and 12 months

small group discovery experience (SGDE)
A learning activity that places importance upon collaboration between students and researchers, and working together in small groups to make new discoveries.

A coherent body of study in Honours or postgraduate coursework Programs.

standard duration
The time that a student is expected to take to complete a Program at the relevant AQF level as set out in Table 1, which is based on 24 Units in a calendar year, which the University normally considers to be a full-time load.

structured learning activities
These include, but are not limited to, lectures, tutorials, seminars, demonstrations, practicals, laboratory activities, SGDE, directed research or other academic activities.

A person enrolled in a University academic program

student system
Student System means the core business system used for student management (the University currently uses PeopleSoft)

student workload
The time spent by students on Structured Learning Activities and self-directed study.

summer school (semester)
Courses offered in intensive mode generally over a 2-6 week period during January to February.


teaching period
The University teaching periods currently known as Summer School, Semester 1, Trimester 1, Quadmester 1, Quadmester 2, Term 1, Full Year 1, Term 2, Winter School, Semester 2, Trimester 2, Trimester 3, Quadmester 3, Quadmester 4, Term 3, Term 4 and Full Year 2. A teaching period may be referenced as Study Period in particular programs such as Academic English programs.

tenurable period
As defined in the Enterprise Agreement: see section 2.5.2 Academic Staff - Probation, Tenure and Confirmation

As defined in the Enterprise Agreement - see section Confirmation of Continuing Employment for Academic Staff (Tenure)

A person who is not a member of academic staff and has been awarded a title by the University of Adelaide under the Titleholder - Conferral of Honorary Role Procedure


undergraduate program
An academic program leading to the conferral of a certificate (but not a graduate certificate), diploma (but not a graduate diploma), Bachelors degree or Bachelors degree with Honours

undergraduate student
A student enrolled in an undergraduate program

unique content
Content that is only available within a particular Program.

Numeric values assigned to an individual Course, reflective of Student Workload.

University IT account holder
Staff member, student, titleholder or visitor who has a relationship with the University of Adelaide that makes it necessary for them to access University IT facilities and online resources requiring authenticated login via a unique account provided by the University. Refer to the IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy for further information.

University IT facilities
Any computer system, network, application, program, device or item of equipment (including all systems which provide an information processing service and the data to which they provide access) which is owned, managed, hosted or provided by the University (whether by Information Technology Services, another organisational unit within the University, or a third-party provider).

University Policy
As defined in the Adelaide Policy Framework.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress
As defined by the Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy.


winter school (semester)
Courses offered in intensive mode generally over a 2-4 week period during June to July.