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POLICY FOR THE AWARD OF MASTERS DEGREES

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					               POLICY FOR THE AWARD OF MASTERS DEGREES
                 OTHER THAN THE MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY
Approving Authority:                  Academic Committee Resolution 2/2006
Approval Date:                        18 May 2006
Approved Document No:                 2006/0003790
Review Date:                          2011
Policy Adviser:                       Head of the Secretariat
                                      E-mail: secretariat-policy@griffith.edu.au

Description of the Policy:
This policy prescribes the general conditions for the award of masters degrees other than the
Master of Philosophy. In approving the establishment of a masters degree, the Academic
Committee approves specific rules pertaining to the conduct of that masters degree program
which shall be consistent with, and operate in conjunction with, the provisions below.

Related Policies, Procedures & Forms:
Credit Transfer Policy
Guidelines for Undertaking a Dissertation in Honours and Masters by Coursework Programs
Guidelines on the Classification of Programs as Research Higher Degrees
Structure and Requirements of Degrees Awarded by Griffith University
Admission Policy for Postgraduate Programs
Policy on the Use of Undergraduate Courses in Postgraduate Programs
Bachelors Honours Degree Policy


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[Entry Requirements] [Length of Program] [Content of Program] [Research Component] [Masters
Degrees by Research] [Masters Degrees with Honours] [Honours Weighted Average] [Standard
Cut-Offs for Honours Classifications] [Credit] [Conferring of Degrees]

1.0    Entry Requirements
       The entry requirements for a masters degree program shall be as approved by the
       Academic Committee. The entry requirements and admissions procedures for masters
       degrees other than the Master of Philosophy are specified in the Admission Policy for
       Postgraduate Programs (98/0899).


2.0    Length of Program
       The length of a masters degree program shall be approved by the Academic Committee
       and shall be between one and two years of full-time study or the part-time equivalent. In
       considering the length of a program, the Academic Committee will give due regard to the
       aims of the program, the characteristics of the students who will enter the program and,
       where applicable, professional accreditation requirements and, the length of similar
       programs in other institutions.


3.0    Content of Program
       The program of study for a masters degree shall be that approved by the Academic
       Committee on the recommendation of Programs Committee and the relevant Faculty
       Board.

       The requirements for a masters degree may include a requirement for a dissertation,
       research report or a creative work project in the visual or performing arts.
      The program of study for a masters degree may include a coursework component, with 20
      credit points being taken as the guide for the minimum amount of coursework.

      A masters degree may include various entry and exit points, with the exit points leading to
      other related postgraduate awards, such as Graduate Certificate and/or Graduate
      Diploma, or extension exit points leading to Masters with Honours and/or Masters
      Advanced.

      The Academic Committee, on the recommendation of Programs Committee and the
      relevant Faculty Board, approves:
                   the set of programs and awards related to the masters degree (nested
                       programs);
                   the requirements for entry, for exit and for transfer between the related
                       programs;
                   any requirement for students to attain a specific standard in a part of the
                       program in order to proceed to the remainder of the program, and the
                       qualification to be awarded where students do not attain the specified
                       standard.


4.0   Research Component
      Where a masters degree program includes the requirement for a dissertation, research
      report or, in the case of the visual or performing arts, creative work project, the Program
      Convenor shall be responsible for providing detailed advice to students admitted to the
      masters program concerning the process for the approval of the research proposal and
      the appointment of supervisors; the time period over which the student will undertake the
      research; the requirements for submission and examination; and the standard of
      scholarship to be manifest in the dissertation or creative work. This advice shall be
      consistent with the University’s guidelines for managing research projects/dissertations.
      Where the dissertation, research report or, in the case of the visual or performing arts,
      creative work project is worth 30CP or more, the processes relating to supervision, thesis
      examination and assessment set out in the Bachelors Honours Degree Policy shall apply
      wherever applicable.

      The Program Convenor is responsible for:
          approving the research topic for each student;
          approving the supervisor(s) in consultation with the Head of School;
          recommending on the advice of the supervisor(s) the dissertation examiners to
             the Dean for approval;
          recommending the marks and grade for each student in research courses to the
             Faculty Assessment Board for approval. The Program Convenor shall provide
             the individual examiners marks to support the recommendation;
          where there is a discrepancy between the marks of examiners of at least 10
             marks, recommending to the Dean the process to resolve the discrepancy;
          where relevant, recommending Honours classifications to the Dean for approval.


5.0   Masters Degrees by Research
      A masters degree containing more than 66% of the program content in the form of
      research may be classified as a research higher degree. (Refer to Guidelines on the
      Classification of Programs as Research Higher Degrees for details of what activities may
      be included in the calculation of the research component of the program)


6.0   Masters Degrees with Honours
      A Masters degree may be awarded with honours. To be awarded the Master degree with
      Honours, the student must have successfully completed at least 120 CP, must have
      satisfied all the requirements for the Masters degree and shall have successfully
      completed a dissertation, research report or creative work worth at least 40 CP.

      The degree with honours is normally awarded in classes – Class I, Class IIA, Class IIB,
      and Class III. Unsuccessful candidates will not be awarded the Masters degree with
      Honours, but will only be awarded the Masters degree.

      The class of honours degree to be awarded each candidate will be determined by the
      Dean on the recommendation of the Program Convenor on the basis of the Honours
      Weighted Average and the standard cut-offs as described below:

      6.1      Honours Weighted Average
               The Honours Weighted Average (HWA) is determined by combining the
               percentage mark awarded for each coursework course and the Honours research
               dissertation course with their respective credit point value, as follows:

               HWA =           (P x CP) where                  =    the sum of
                               (CP)                         P   =    percentage mark in
                                                                      each course
                                                             CP =     credit point value of each
                                                                      course

               The Dissertation HWA is calculated by the same method, incorporating only the
               Honours research dissertation course(s). Only the first attempt in a course in a
               Master with Honours program shall contribute towards the calculation of the
               Honours Weighted Average.

      6.2      Standard Cut-Offs for Honours Classifications

               Class of               I                IIA               IIB             III
               Honours
               Overall           80% - 100%       70% - 79.9%        60% - 69.9%    50% - 59.9%
               HWA Range

               Minimum
               Dissertation         80%               70%               60%             50%
               HWA

               In order to be awarded the Masters degree with Honours, the candidate must
               successfully complete the required credit points to fulfill the requirements for the
               Masters with Honours degree, as well as achieving the HWA for the classification.


7.0   Credit
      In masters programs which are more than one year (80CP) in length, credit (specified and
      unspecified) may be granted on the basis of study previously completed, but at least
      80CP of work must be completed by study of courses within the masters degree.

      In masters programs which are one year (80CP) in length, a maximum of 20CP of credit
      may be granted.

      Credit is based on formal coursework which is equivalent in content and standard to the
      courses in the masters program. Credit may be granted where a student has extensive
      professional experience such that the student can demonstrate outcomes which satisfy
      the Program Convenor that the student has effectively achieved the learning outcomes of
      the course.

      Credit may not be granted for any dissertation or research component.

      Alternative coursework may be substituted in order to achieve the requirements for the
      masters degree.

      Courses undertaken in programs within the University which formally articulate with the
      masters degree may be counted towards satisfying the requirements of the masters
      degree. These arrangements are not limited by the restrictions on the amount of credit
      which may be granted as set out above.


9.0   Conferring of Degrees
      When the student has completed all academic requirements for the degree, the Dean, on
      the recommendation of the Program Convenor, certifies that the student has completed all
      degree requirements and recommends that the award be conferred. Where the student
      has completed the requirements for the award of the degree with Honours, the Dean
      approves the Honours classification on the recommendation of the Program Convenor.

				
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