Glossary of Terms


admission requirements
The specific academic qualifications, skills knowledge and other requirements that an Applicant must satisfy in order to be eligible for admission into a particular program.

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 integrity
The moral code of academia. It involves using, generating and communicating information in an ethical, honest and responsible manner

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 - see Academic Program Rules

academic progress status
Academic Progress Status is the risk status given to a student to indicate their risk level in accordance with clause 2a, 2b and 2c 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 and includes but is not limited to words, data, music, computer code, algorithms or computer code data, calculations, artistic and architectural works, film, video, digital or electronic media designs or ideas, interpretations, computer software, designs, sounds, images, photographs in print or electronic media.

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

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

area manager
Refers to: means Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Vice Presidents; Pro Vice-Chancellors; Executive Deans; Executive Director, Human Resources; Chief Executive, External Relations (and a person acting in these positions); and Institute Directors, as defined in the University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021.

articulation agreement
A formal agreement between the University and a third party that enables students to progress from completed qualification to another with Credit in a defined pathway.

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.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank and is used to determine the eligibility of students who have completed an Australian year 12 qualification for an admission offer and to rank them for merit-based selection.

see academic award


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 (CSP)
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. Each student holding a CSP must then pay the remainder of their study costs as part of their student contribution. See also: 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 value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer, articulation or recognition of prior learning.

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

cross institutional study
Study at another institution that is concurrent with the Applicant's enrolment at the University.

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 and Infrastructure 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 Academic and Student Engagement, the Division of Research and Innovation and the Division of University Operations

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


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

enabling programs
Non-award programs designed to prepare potential students for undergraduate higher education by helping them to build the skills they need for university, such as literacy, numeracy and critical thinking

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 2017-2021

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

study at another University with which the University of Adelaide has an exchange agreement, and that is concurrent with the Applicant’s enrolment in a Program offered by the University

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 and Medical 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

formal concurrent learning
learning undertaken as part of Exchange, Study Abroad or Cross Institutional Study.

formal learning
Includes successfully completed units of learning that took place during a structured academic program which would have or did lead to an AQF higher education award or international equivalent; or lead to the Applicant completing an AQF Diploma or Advanced Diploma program.


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 - see Coursework Academic Programs Policy, incl Schedule A: Additional Information on Policy Attributes

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 (HDR)
A program at Doctoral or Master level which comprises two-thirds or more of its assessable content by research. See also Research Student Handbook

Honours student
A student entrolled in a one-year qualification generally taken after an undergraduate degree and involves further study in a particular discipline area. In some areas, Honours is available as part of the final year of a four year undergraduate degree


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

informal learning
Includes but is not limited to learning gained during work experience, volunteering, internships or workplace training.

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


jointly conferred awards
refers to a program delivered jointly by two or more collaborating institutions whereupon completion a student receives a single award conferred jointly by those institutions


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

non-formal learning
Includes successfully completed units of learning that took place through a structured program that did not lead to a formally recognised qualification.


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.

pathway programs
Non-award programs that are designed to build the skills and knowledge of potential students who do not otherwise meet the direct entry requirements of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework award program.

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 and Grades first made available prior to any Replacement / Additional Assessment

prior learning
Learning that has taken place prior to undertaking a relevant component of a program that is either Formal Learning, Informal Learning or Non-Formal Learning.

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.


Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
A training provider registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) (or a state regulator) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services.

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.


South Australian Certificate of Education

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 Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research); the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic); the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Executive, External Relations

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.

specified credit
Awarded where Prior Learning can be demonstrated to be equivalent to a University of Adelaide course.

standard duration
The time that a student is expected to take to complete a Program at the relevant AQF level, 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

study abroad
study at an overseas University with which the University of Adelaide does not have an exchange agreement, and that is concurrent with the Applicant’s enrolment in a Program offered by the University.

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

support person
a friend, family member, Peer Support Program volunteer or an Education Welfare Officer (EWO) accompanying a student. A support person is only allowed to communicate with the committee with permission from the chair except for EWOs who are permitted to answer and advocate at the meeting (by prior, documented, arrangement a support person may communicate on behalf of students with a disability). The role of a support person is not that of a legal representative and the person cannot be a legal practitioner.


teaching period
Summer School, Semester 1, Trimester 1, Melbourne Campus Trimester 1, Melbourne Campus Trimester 3, Quadmester 1, Quadmester 2, Term 1, Full Year 1, Term 2, Online Teaching Period 1, Online Teaching Period 2, Online Teaching Period 3, Winter School, Semester 2, Trimester 2, Trimester 3, Melbourne Campus Trimester 2, Quadmester 3, Quadmester 4, Term 3, Term 4, Full Year 2, Online Teaching Period 4, Online Teaching Period 5, Online Teaching Period 6. 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 Honours Bachelors degree

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.

unspecified credit
Awarded where Prior Learning cannot be demonstrated to be equivalent to a University of Adelaide course but meets the requirements of the program.


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


yearly program
A program offered by the University in which progression in the program is dependent on the student successfully completing an annual examination in which a full year’s learning is assessed, including the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) programs