Courses & Units

Course rules for A3D Bachelor of Social Science

  1. These specifications apply to the combined Bachelors degrees listed in Schedule A. They shall take effect on 1 January 2011 and shall apply to all candidates for the Bachelor degrees listed in schedule A.

  2. Candidates for the combined Bachelor degrees shall be admitted in accordance with Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

  3. Candidates for the degrees shall complete the degree requirements in not more than the degree maximum, which will be twice the course length and one additional year. The maximum completion time will be calculated from the commencement of the first unit which is passed and which counts towards the degree requirements.

  4. Bachelor degree requirements

    1. Requirements for combined Bachelor degrees comprise a minimum of 32. For Bachelor degrees with requirements over 32 units, all additional units will be at advanced level.

    2. Required units

      Course duration Unit numbers and levels in each component degree
      Total units Nominal degree length Course type combinations Introductory Intermediate Advanced
      32 4 years General/General 4-6 4-6 4-8 4-8 4-8 4-8
      General/Specialist 4-6 4-6 4-8 4 4-8 6-8
      Specialist/Specialist 4-6 4-6 4 4 6-8 6-8
      40 5 years General/Specialist 4-6 4-6 4-8 4 4-8 12-16
      Specialist/Specialist 4-6 4-6 4 4 6-8 12-16
      The range in unit levels varies according to the degree model and to accomodate choice in the degree electives only.

  5. Degree models

    1. There will be two Bachelor degree models: General and Specialist, as defined by the combination of modules and electives of the first 16 units of each component degree.

      • A standard major module is comprised of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate and 4 advanced;
      • a reversed major module is comprised of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate and 2 advanced;
      • a minor module is comprised of 4 units: 2 introductory and 2 intermediate;
      • degree electives units are those chosen from a schedule provided by the faculty;
      The models are identified in Schedule A and details of the availability of modules and units are listed in Schedules B and C respectively.

    2. General model

      The first 16 units of a General degree will comprise: one standard major, one minor and 4 degree elective units.

    3. Specialist model

      The first 16 units of a Specialist degree will follow either Specialist model 1: two standard majors, or Specialist model 2: one standard and one reversed major.

  6. Enrolment conditions

    1. Enrolment in all units will be in accordance with requisites determined by the relevant Faculty.
    2. When two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.
  7. Enrolment exemption - credit for previous studies

    Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree and a course plan developed to detail the units required by the student to qualify for the degree. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

  8. Transition

    Students who have passed units towards degrees under the previous specifications will be entitled to transfer to the degrees under these specifications with full equivalent credit. The transition for continuing students to these specifications will be managed to ensure that students are not disadvantaged.

NB: Academic Senate noted that is it recognised that professionally accredited degrees required for entry to professional practice will not be compromised by the move to standard course structures. UTAS will have the opportunity to put its position on the benefits on implementing the standard course structures to accreditation bodies when these programs come up for reaccreditation. If accrediting authorities or any national curriculum arrangements require a structure which does not fit a model already approved, then the UTLC will be requested to develop an additional model.