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Award of University Medals Rules Guidelines for the Award of University Medals
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Medal Faculty of Education Medal
Faculty of Health Sciences Medal  

 

AWARD OF UNIVERSITY MEDALS - RULES

1.         Award in recognition of academic excellence

1.1       Each year Academic Board may award University Medals in recognition of the achievement of outstanding academic merit.

2.         Eligibility

2.1   To be eligible for award of a University Medal a student must have qualified for a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours and have shown outstanding academic merit throughout their work for the degree.

2.2   An award may be made to a candidate on qualifying for a second Bachelor’s degree, provided that the candidate qualifies for such degree with first class honours and is otherwise eligible for the award.

2.3   Factors to be taken into account in determining outstanding academic merit include results achieved throughout the course, standard of the honours thesis, the length of time taken to complete the course, and other factors deemed relevant by the Faculty Board.

2.4           A student is rendered ineligible for the award of a University Medal if the student has been guilty of a breach of the Student Code of Conduct.

3.                Recommendations by Faculty Board

3.1           Recommendations for the award shall be made by the respective Faculty Boards. At any time a Faculty Board may recommend more than one student from a School within the Faculty for an award.

4.             Role of Academic Board

4.1           The Academic Board shall consider each recommendation made to it by a Faculty Board and, if approved, shall advise Senate of the names of the recipients of the award. It shall be the duty of the Academic Board to maintain, as far as possible, a uniformity of practice in relation to recommendations.

GUIDELINES FOR THE AWARD OF UNIVERSITY MEDALS

1.         General

             1.1       University Medals may be awarded in recognition of the achievement of outstanding academic merit by the best performing first class honours graduates of the relevant year.

             1.2       The Academic Board will each year determine a minimum Medals Score and may limit the number of University Medals awarded in any one year.

2.         Criteria for Determination of Outstanding Academic Merit

Eligibility for the award of a University Medal is based on consideration of the academic achievement of students throughout their course of study for the degree. Criteria to be taken into account in the assessment of outstanding academic merit include:

             (a)       achievement of a high quality of performance throughout the course of study leading to the degree; this includes consideration of the Medals Score attained across all units comprising the degree, calculated in accordance with clause 4 below;

             (b)        the standard of the honours thesis as reflected not only in the award of first class honours but also in the comments of examiners;

             (c)        the period of time taken to complete the award, calculated in accordance with clause 5 below.

A Faculty may put forward other factors which demonstrate outstanding academic merit, in support of a nomination.

3.   Procedures

             3.1       Deans will be advised of the minimum Medals Score determined by the Academic Board by the commencement of second semester of the relevant year.

             3.2 The Faculty Boards, at the end of January each year, will advise the University Medals sub-committee of Academic Board of the names of those students of outstanding academic merit recommended for a University Medal. This advice will include the details of their academic performance, including examiners’ reports. The sub-committee shall make recommendations for the award of University Medals to the February meeting of Academic Board.

4.         Medals Score

             4.1      The Medals Score is the average of grades of result obtained by the student weighted by the credit point value of each unit, for all units from each year comprising the honours degree. Numerical equivalents of grades for this purpose are as listed below:

High Distinction

7

Distinction

6

Credit

5

Pass

4

Pass Conceded

3

Fail

1

Withdrawn Fail

1

             4.2        In the case of a course within a dual degree, results in units counted towards the relevant honours degree only will be taken into consideration, provided the student has at least passed all units in the second degree as well.

             4.3      Where a student has undertaken extra units beyond the requirements of the honours degree, results in any units not so required will be excluded from the calculation of the Medals Score provided that results in any compulsory units must be included in the calculation.

             4.4      Where the student has been granted credit towards the degree for studies while enrolled in another course at this University or at another institution, the results of specific units will be included in the calculation of the Medals Score only if those units were individually credited by the Faculty under the relevant degree rules.

             4.5      Where a student has two results in a unit an average of the two results will be used in the calculation.

             4.6      Results of PS (ungraded pass) will be excluded from the calculation of the Medals Score.

5.         Period of Enrolment

             5.1      Students who effectively enrolled in a course for more than two full-time semesters (or equivalent) in excess of the standard minimum period required for the award of the degree with honours will not normally be recommended for  a University Medal.

             5.2      Semesters of part-time or external study are converted to equivalent full-time enrolment, having regard to the number of credit points undertaken and the standard student workload in that course.

             5.3      Students who have been granted credit for studies in another course or another institution will be regarded as having been enrolled for the equivalent period necessary to obtain such credit in the course under consideration.

6.   Presentation of University Medals

             University Medals will be presented to students at their respective Graduation Ceremony each year.

FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES MEDAL

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences may award up to 2 medals annually, one at the Pass degree level and the second at the Honours degree level. Both Faculty Medals are awarded in recognition of academic excellence, according to the following criteria:

Pass Degree Medal

ˇ                     all years of the degree course receive equal weighting in the calculation of the individual student scores;

ˇ                     a calculation is used to nominate appropriate students for the medal by allocating scores to grades;

ˇ                     a student is rendered ineligible for the award of the medal if the student has been guilty of a breach of the Student Code of Conduct;

ˇ                     there is one nomination for each undergraduate pass degree offered by each School;

ˇ                     no student with a GPA below 4.5 may be considered for the award of the Faculty Pass Degree Medal;

ˇ                     to be considered for the Faculty Pass Medal, a student must have completed at least two-thirds of the units of the pass degree in which they are enrolled at Australian Catholic University;

ˇ                     the Faculty reserves the right not to award the medal in any given year.

Honours Degree Medal

ˇ                     performance in Honours level units only is used as criteria for the medal;

ˇ                     the awarding of the overall Honours degree grade is determined by the School Committee on the basis of results obtained in all of the units undertaken in the Honours course, weighted according to their credit point values. This final numerical grade will be used in determining a GPA and eligibility for the award of the Faculty’s Honours Degree Medal in all Honours programs except the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program. Those students undertaking the Honours strand of the Bachelor of Social Work program will have a GPA score calculated using all coursework units and specialised Honours units undertaken during the second year of the BSW course, weighted according to their credit point values;

ˇ                     where two candidates cannot be separated by numerical score alone, Examiner’s Reports and a report from the Head of School, prepared with advice from the Head of Department and principal supervisor, as appropriate, will be used to determine the recipient;

ˇ                     a recipient of an Honours medal will have received a grade of First Class Honours (H1) for their Honours degree;

ˇ                     the Faculty reserves the right not to award the medal in any given year.

FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES MEDAL

Initial Qualification

A Faculty Medal will be awarded annually to a student who completes the requirements for an undergraduate pass degree and who achieves all round excellence during the second and third years of the course, including academic achievement, field / clinical experience, school activities, potential for leadership and initiative.

Selection Criteria

1.                Academic Achievement                                                                           75%

ˇ         Determined by medals score.

2.             Clinical and Field Experience                                                                     15%

ˇ         Shows initiative and motivation.

ˇ         Demonstrates a high level of professionalism.

ˇ         Performs at a superior level.

3.                Potential for Leadership                                                                          10%

ˇ         Demonstrates relevant involvement in University and/or School activities.

ˇ         Demonstrates a commitment to community involvement.

Guidelines

Selection is made on the basis of the final two years of the course.

All year 2 and 3 students in all initial qualification undergraduate courses are to be informed of the existence of and selection criteria for the faculty medal.

Documentary evidence will be required of involvement in university, school and community activities.

Honours Medal

A Faculty Medal (Honours) will be awarded annually to a student who completes the requirements for an undergraduate honours degree and who achieves all round excellence during her/his honours study, including academic achievement, field and/or clinical research, school activities, potential for leadership and initiative.

Selection Criteria

1.                Academic Achievement                                                     90%

ˇ                     Determined by medals score (5/8 Thesis and 3/8 Coursework).

2.             Potential for Leadership                                                      10%

ˇ                     Displays a superior level of initiative and self-motivation.

Guidelines

Selection is made on completion of the honours program, either one year full-time or two years part-time.

All students to be informed of the Medal at the beginning of the course.

Documentary evidence will be required of involvement in university, school and community activities.


FACULTY OF EDUCATION MEDAL

The Faculty of Education awards a Faculty Medal annually. It is awarded to acknowledge academic excellence in students enrolled in and completing a four-year equivalent full-time undergraduate program within the Faculty. There is a maximum of one nomination from each School of the Faculty in any one year. Nominations are ranked by the Faculty Medals Committee, which decides whether the record of the most outstanding candidate of those nominated is of such a standard that she or he should be awarded the Faculty Medal. The Faculty reserves the right not to award a Faculty Medal in any year.

Criteria for Selection

A student is eligible to be nominated for the Faculty Medal if she or he is enrolled in any four-year equivalent full-time course offered by the Faculty. The units, which will be the basis for selection, will be taken from all years of the course. The Field Experience unit results are used as the final discriminator between the top candidates intra and inter each School of the Faculty. To be eligible for the Faculty Medal a student entering a course with credit or advanced standing must have completed 75% of her or his coursework at ACU.

Ineligibility

A student is rendered ineligible for the award of the Faculty Medal if there is a record of Failure on her or his academic record and/or the student has been guilty of misconduct.

Assessment Procedures

For the purposes of assessing relative merit the following numerical equivalences for the conversion of the alpha grading will be adopted

High Distinction

7

Distinction

6

Credit

5

Pass

4

Pass Conceded

3

Fail

1

Withdrawn Fail

1

                  

The descriptive assessment statements for Field Experience will be converted into grades using the same alpha and numerical grading scale as above. Conversions will be made by a committee of at least four people including the local Field Experience Co-ordinator.