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Credit and exemptions for previous study

When applying to study at Murdoch University you may be eligible for credit, exemptions or preclusions on the basis of previous studies (Formal Learning) or work experience (Informal/Non-Formal Learning).

At Murdoch we call this Advanced Standing, but it may also be referred to as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit.

Definitions

Term Definition
Formal Learning

The recognition of prior learning that takes place through a structured program which leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.

 

In essence, this is advanced standing based on the completion of studies at accredited institution, such as:

  • Secondary Institutions (i.e. High Schools, Colleges, etc.)
  • Post-Secondary Institutions (i.e. Recognised Training Organisations (RTO), TAFE and etc.)
  • Tertiary Institutions (i.e. Universities)

Informal Learning

or

Non-Formal Learning

Formally known as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), this is the recognition of structure or non-structured learning through extensive professional or work experience in a particular field.

 

Students with extensive work or professional experiences may seek an advanced standing assessment for one or more units via this process.

Credit The recognition of prior learning that is applied towards non-specific units within a Murdoch course. Credit is commonly applied towards the General Electives within a course structure.
Exemptions

The recognition of prior learning that has a sufficient match towards specific Murdoch units within your course structure and was completed within a recognised institution at the sufficient qualification level. The Murdoch Academic Chair is responsible for determining the match between a student's previous studies to a Murdoch unit.

 

Exemptions are commonly applied towards Breadth Units, Core Units, Research Skills Units, Specified Electives and Transition Units.

Preclusions

The recognition of prior learning that has a sufficient match towards specific Murdoch units within your course structure and was not completed within a recognised institution and/or with the sufficient qualification level. The Murdoch Academic Chair is responsible for determining the match between a student's previous studies to a Murdoch unit.

Preclusions are commonly applied towards Major Prerequisites, but can be applied to some Core Units or Specified Electives.

Am I eligible for Advanced Standing?

Formal Learning - Secondary Education

Secondary education can only be used to preclude specific Major Prerequisites within your course structure. These preclusions are commonly dependent on your studying a specific level in a specific subject with a grade of 60% or higher, however the criteria may change from course structure to course structure. The Online Handbook will list the Major Prerequisites in your Course Structure (above the Part I unit list) or within the Unit Description. You can send a quick email to the Accreditation and Advanced Standing Team if you believe you should receive these preclusions.

Formal Learning - Post-Secondary and Tertiary Education

If you have a completed Diploma, or a completed/incomplete Advanced Diploma or higher level qualification, then you may be eligible for advanced standing towards your Murdoch University course. An Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officer will need to determine your eligible credit based on your previous qualifications, this assessment will commence after you have been made an offer to study at Murdoch.

Qualifications from outside of Australia will need to be assessed for an AQF Level equivalence. This assessment can be conducted by the Overseas Qualification Unit or by a Murdoch University Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officer. Once assessed, the Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officer will be able to determine your eligible credit.

Informal and Non-Formal Learning - Professional and/or Work Experience

We may recognise prior learning for one or more units based on professional or work experience. Students seeking exemptions from core or specified electives should follow the instructions in the Request for Advanced Standing (Informal/Non-Formal) Form located on the Useful Forms website. Applicants requesting exemptions from general electives will not be considered.

How much credit will my previous qualification provide me?

Formal Learning - Secondary Education

You cannot receive any credit towards your Murdoch Degree based on your High School studies. However, you may apply for preclusions towards Major Prerequisites if you have met the specific grades for subjects in Chemistry, Biology, etc.

Formal Learning - Post-Secondary and Tertiary Education

Unless we have an active articulation agreement with your previous education provider, the Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officer will need to assess your qualifications on a case-by-case basis. You may be eligible for anywhere between 0 to 48 credit points based on your previous qualification.

Informal and Non-Formal Learning - Professional and/or Work Experience

Eligible credit for Core Units and/or Specified Electives will be determined through a case-by-case assessment. You will not be eligible for credit towards General Electives.

How do I apply for Advanced Standing?

Regardless of your actions in your admissions application, all students should submit one of the Request for Advanced Standing Forms that are located on the Useful Forms website to the Accreditation and Advanced Standing Team.

How long will it take to assess my Advanced Standing?

The timeframe for an advanced standing assessment may vary from student to student, due to the complexity of your previous qualification or the need for further documents. However, we aim to contact you regarding your assessment with two weeks of you receiving your offer. We urge you to check your spam and junk inbox regularly. Please email us at AdvancedStanding@murdoch.edu.au if you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of your offer.

How will I be notified of my Advanced Standing?

An Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officer will email the final assessment to your email address. Please make sure that you keep your email address updated in your contact details.

What documents should I supply?

This depends on what type of advanced standing assessment you are after. We recommend that you follow the instructions in the Request for Advanced Standing Forms to help determine what documents must be supplied in order for an accurate assessment to occur.

Quick Tip: If you are uncertain about which documents you need to submit then we recommend that you submit the Request for Advanced Standing Form to the Accreditations and Advanced Standing Team. We will take a look at your request and get in contact with you if we need your transcripts, unit outlines or other information.

Is there a limit to how much credit I can receive?

Yes. Murdoch University's Coursework Regulations (effective January 01 2014) states, under section 1.11 (1), that:

"a student must complete at least 50% of the Murdoch University Part II Credit Points form the requirements of their Course and Major or Minor in which the student is graduating, or from the related Units as determined by the Academic Chair which have not been used to fulfil the requirements of another completed Course of the same level or are not being credited concurrently towards another Course."

Essentially, this means that you must complete at least half of the Part II units listed in your course structure in order to be eligible to graduate with that specific course structure. You can view your course structure in the Online Handbook.

Will the professional body in my industry recognise the advanced standing awarded in my transcript?

We strongly encourage students to consult the relevant professional bodies to confirm that any advanced standing granted will be accepted upon registration. Certain professional bodies, such as the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA), may not accept or recognise advanced standing granted within a degree. Contacting them now may make the difference between having to study an additional semester or two towards the end of your degree.

The professional bodies for your industry should be listed in the Online Handbook. Just search for your course and see if it has a Professional Recognition section in the Course Outlines.

Where can I locate my advanced standing?

If you have accepted your offer, then you will be able to view your advanced standing outcome in MyInfo, which can be accessed via the Current Students Portal.

Once logged into MyInfo, you will need to proceed to the Course and Unit Details tab and then click View More. This section will allow you to view your course progression throughout your entire degree. The Advanced Standing link will display the advanced standing that has been awarded to you.

I'm a Murdoch Student who changed course; will my previous credit be transferred over?

Yes, we will always honour your previous study at Murdoch University. If you have applied for a course transfer by submitting a course transfer form via the Useful Forms website then your previous credit should have been automatically transferred into your new course. The Student Records (Enrolment and Fees) Team will check with the Accreditation and Advanced Standing Team to ensure that your previous studies are reassessed for your new course.

If you have applied for a new course, then you will not be eligible for the automatic transfer of credit. You will need to request for an advanced standing assessment during or after your admissions application. A quick email to AdvancedStanding@murdoch.edu.au should be sufficient enough for us to transfer your credit over.

Please note that you may not be able to use all of your previous credit in your new degree, as the new course may have different or additional Core Units that are required for your graduation. Additionally, you may be required to complete the transition units for your new bachelor's degree. We recommend that you consult your Student Advisor if you are contemplating a course transfer.

My previous qualification is not recent; will I still be able to receive advanced standing?

The Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officers will consult your Academic Chair to determine if you are eligible for advanced standing.

Some industries require your qualification, including the advanced standing, to have been competed within a particular timeframe. This restriction is commonly associated with courses that require professional registration upon your gradation (i.e. Chiropractic, Nursing and etc.).

Students with qualifications that are not recent and would like to seek specific exemptions or credit should be prepared to demonstrate their competencies and/or knowledge and/or skills to the Academic Chair.

When is the deadline for requesting an advanced standing assessment?

There is no official deadline for an advanced standing request. You may request an assessment at the beginning of your admissions application to your final semester at Murdoch University. Please be aware that assessment conducted after you commence your studies may affect your enrolment and any financial assistance you may be receiving.

Does my previous institution have an agreement for credit and exemptions with Murdoch University?

Murdoch University does have several articulation agreements with other post-secondary and tertiary institutions, both within and outside of Australia.

Current articulation agreements with our domestic partners.

Current articulation agreements with out international partners.

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