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

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 or the Academic Honesty Policy.

3. Recommendations by Faculty Board
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
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 MEDALS

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences may award up to two (2) medals annually, one at the undergraduate 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:

Undergraduate Degree Medal

  • Students who are eligible to graduate from an undergraduate program may be considered for the award of the Faculty Undergraduate Degree(s) Medal. The undergraduate program may be of two, three or four years full-time duration and lead to the award of a single bachelor degree or dual bachelor degrees.
  • A medal score calculation will be used to nominate appropriate students for the medal by allocating scores to grades as follows:

    HIGH DISTINCTION HD 7
    DISTINCTION DI 6
    CREDIT CR 5
    PASS PA 4
    PASS CONCEDED PC 3
    FAIL NN 1
    WITHDRAWN - FAIL WN 1

    A medal score would be calculated by adding up the scores allocated to all units completed in all years in the program as per the above weightings, and dividing this total figure by the total number of units undertaken, excluding those units graded as Pass/Fail Grade Only (PS).

    Units worth more than 10 credit points should have their score multiplied accordingly (eg. if they are worth 20 credit points their score should be multiplied by 2; 30 credit points - by 3, etc).

    Credit for units studied outside ACU National have a result code of CG and these are not included in the medal score.

  • Where a student has undertaken extra units beyond the requirements of the program, the calculation of the medal score will be based on the best units that are required to confer eligibility to graduate from the program, provided that results in any compulsory units completed at ACU National are included in the medal score calculation.

  • Only applicants with a GPA of 6.00 or greater may be considered for the award of the Faculty Undergraduate Degree(s) Medal.

  • To be considered for the Faculty Undergraduate Program Medal, a student must have completed at least two-thirds of the units of the undergraduate program in which they are enrolled and for which they are being considered for the Faculty Undergraduate Degree(s) Medal at ACU National.

  • A student is rendered ineligible for the award of the Faculty Undergraduate Degree(s) Medal if the student has been guilty of a breach of the ACU National Student Code of Conduct.

  • Provided that the nominee meets the above eligibility requirements, there may be one nomination per each undergraduate program offered by each School.
    " Where two eligible applicants cannot be separated by the medal score alone, the grade point average of the units from their major shall be used. In cases where the course does not include major sequences, or in any case where candidates still cannot be separated, the grade point average of the units that constitute the final year of the course shall be used.

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


Honours Degree Medal

  • " Eligibility for the Faculty Honours Degree Medal is based on the academic achievement of students in their Honours course

  • The awarding of the overall Honours degree grade is determined by the School Committee according to Faculty Honours Regulation 22.3:

    22.3 The awarding of honours in these grades shall be determined by the School Committee on the basis of results obtained in units undertaken in the Honours program at Australian Catholic University, weighted according to their credit point values. Scores from the two examiners will be averaged to provide the thesis mark. (Scores from units undertaken by cross-institutional study will be counted in the calculation.

  • Only applicants who have received a grade of First Class Honours (H1) for their Honours degree, including a mark of 85-100 for the Honours thesis, are eligible for consideration for the award of the Faculty Honours Degree Medal.

  • A student is rendered ineligible for the award of the Faculty Honours Degree Medal if the student has been guilty of a breach of the ACU National Student Code of Conduct.

  • For eligible applicants in all courses except the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program, a medal score will be calculated on the basis of results obtained in all units undertaken in the Honours course, weighted according to their credit point values.

    The medal score is calculated by allocating scores to grades as described above for the Pass Degree Medal, except that grades from units undertaken by cross-institutional study will be counted in the calculation for the Honours Degree Medal.

    For the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program, the score for eligible applicants is calculated using all coursework units and specialised Honours units undertaken during the second year of the Bachelor of Social Work course, weighted according to their credit point values.

  • Provided that the nominee meets the above eligibility requirements, there may be one nomination per each honours degree program offered by each School,

  • Where two eligible applicants cannot be separated by the medal score alone, the Examiners' Reports and a report from the Head of School, prepared with advice from the principal supervisor, as appropriate, will be used to determine the recipient.

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

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 National.

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

 

FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES MEDALS

Faculty Medals Criteria

The Faculty of Health Sciences may award up to two medals, one Pass Degree Medal and one Honours Degree Medal. Both medals are awarded to students based on excellence in academic achievement during their studies.

Pass Degree Medal

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 in academic achievement.

§ The nomination(s) from each School is forwarded to the Faculty Medals Committee, which will recommend a single nominee to Faculty Board.

§ The medal score for each nominee is calculated on the basis of the University’s weighted credit point system.

§ Except for the clinical practicum in nursing all units essential to the degree, as indicated on the student’s transcript, contribute to the medal score.

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

Honours Degree 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 in academic achievement during her/his honours study.

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

§ All units essential to the honours degree, as indicated on the student’s transcript, contribute to the medal score.

§ Normally first class honours students only will be considered.

§ The medal score for each nominee is calculated on the basis of the University’s weighted credit point system.

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

ACU National weighted credit point system (score per 10 credit point unit)

High Distinction 7

Distinction        6

Credit               5

Pass                4

Pass Conceded 3

Fail                   1

Withdrawn Fail   1

 

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