Student Handbook

7. PROGRESSION

You must attempt all assignment tasks for each subject you are enrolled in a semester as defined in your Subject and Course Outlines in order to progress through your course. You must pass all subjects in your course as specified in your Course Outline in order to complete your program and graduate.

Different assignment submission arrangements may apply for students who have registered a medical condition and qualify for reasonable adjustments or who have been granted Special Consideration – contact the Student Centre for more information. These will be recorded in an agreed learning plan and your due dates in Moodle will reflect the revised submission dates.

Under Special Consideration, students who have failed or failed to submit an assignment due to illness or misadventure are provided with an individual learning plan and supported in achieving the required learning outcomes for their course of study (see Section 12.2 Special Consideration).

7.1 FAILING AN ASSIGNMENT

If you receive a mark of below 50% in any assignment you will be offered support, in the form of feedback from your Course Leader/Lecturer on the relevant work, as well as consultation with an Education Specialist to address the required skills. Failing an assignment is considered evidence that you are at risk of not progressing through your course of study, and you will be included on the At Risk register.

If it is determined that you failed the assignment due to a fundamental misunderstanding about assessment task requirements, but you have demonstrated evidence of having met the required learning outcomes for that subject, your Course Leader/Lecturer may offer you the chance to resubmit the assignment for a conceded pass grade.

If you fail an assignment due to academic misconduct where the offence is determined to be minor, in the first instance you will be given the opportunity to resubmit for a conceded pass for that assignment and support will be provided to assist you in developing required academic referencing skills. If you are found to have committed academic misconduct with the intention to deceive, or if you are found to have committed repeated plagiarism offences, you will be asked to Show Cause as why you should not be excluded from your course of study (see Section 9: Academic Integrity).

You will not be permitted to resubmit your assignment for a conceded pass if you have failed due to the application of a late penalty or non-submission (see Section 7.2 Course Progression Rules)

7.1.1 Late/Non-Submission of Work

For every assessment there is a period in which late submissions are accepted. On the first day of the late period you will be notified that your submission is late and reminded of the late penalties (see Section 5.5 Late Submission Penalties). If you have received an extension or Special Consideration for an assignment the new date will be confirmed with you at the point of approval and will be reflected in the individual due date displayed in Moodle for that subject. Normal late penalties will apply if you submit after the revised due date.

If you have completed an assignment successfully but have received a fail grade due to late penalties, and the application of these penalties has prevented you from achieving a passing grade for the subject overall, you may have a conceded pass recorded at the discretion of your Course Leader/Lecturer, if they determine that you have demonstrated the required learning outcomes for the subject.

If you fail to submit the assignment by the end of the late submission period, you will receive a mark of zero and will not be permitted to resubmit. Failing to submit assignments is considered to be evidence of non-engagement: should you not submit an assignment before the end of the late submission period you will be included on the At Risk Register asked to show cause why you should not be excluded from study.

In circumstances where you are found to have not participated sufficiently in a group work assignment, you may be awarded a lower mark for the task at the discretion of your lecturer.

If you fail to attempt part of a multiple part assignment, the material that you have submitted will be considered to be your complete assessment attempt, and any tasks missing will receive a mark of zero.

7.2 COURSE PROGRESSION RULES

Rules relating to academic progression vary according to course requirements and level. Some programs require students to pass every subject in which they enrol, while others allow students to fail and make up credit points within certain parameters: refer to specific progression requirements below.

7.2.1 Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas

As sub-degree programs at AFTRS are designed to provide intensive, discipline-specific professional training, you are required to complete every subject you are enrolled in on first attempt in order to complete your qualification.

Progression in sub-degree programs is conditional on passing every subject in each semester. Under exceptional circumstances, if you have successfully completed one semester of a two-semester course but are unable to continue due to serious illness or misadventure, you may apply to return to complete your program during the second semester of the following year, subject to availability and the approval of the Director of Award Courses or delegate.

If you fail a subject you will be determined to be At Risk of failure and will be given the opportunity to resubmit one or more assignment(s) in order to receive a conceded pass for the subject (unless you have otherwise demonstrated that you have met required learning outcomes and been granted a conceded pass by your Course Leader as specified in Section 7.1: Failing an Assignment). Failure to acknowledge the opportunity to resubmit within the timeframe outlined in the fail notification will result in a fail being recorded for that subject and may result in you being unable to progress and be excluded from the School.

Resubmissions are to be delivered through Moodle where a personalised and revised deadline will be displayed. The period for re-submission will not be longer than 14 calendar days. If you do not attempt the resubmission by the due date you will fail the subject and may be excluded from the School.

Alternately, if resubmission of the original assessment task is not possible, an additional final assignment may be offered at the discretion of the Director of Award Courses or their delegate. This final assessment will be applied on a case-by-case basis.

7.2.2 Bachelor of Arts

You are permitted to progress in the Bachelor of Arts if you have failed up to two subjects per semester, to a maximum of 18 failed credit points over the duration of the course, on condition that you enrol in, and successfully complete, supplementary seminar subjects offered during semester breaks to make up failed credit points. Seminar subjects will require you to complete a substantial assessment task to demonstrate that you have met the required learning outcomes of the failed subject, under appropriate supervision. Seminar subjects are marked on a pass/fail basis.

If you have failed one or more subjects and have credit points outstanding, your progression is classified as conditional, and your enrolment in supplementary seminar subjects and progression between academic years of the program is subject to the approval of the Director of Award Courses or delegate. The progress you have made towards completing failed subjects will be considered in making this determination.

If you have any credit points outstanding you will remain on the At Risk Register and be provided with academic support until the conclusion of the semester following your last recorded fail grade. If you do not make progress towards completing required credit points in a timely manner, you will be asked to show cause why you should not be excluded from your course study.

Seminar subjects are not offered after the mid-semester break in year three. You must complete all credit points outstanding in order to progress into the final semester of the Bachelor program. Students who fail to meet the requirements of subjects in the second semester of year three due to serious illness or misadventure will be permitted to take a leave of absence and complete course requirements in the following year.

The scheduling of seminar subjects is subject to staff and resource availability.

7.2.3 Postgraduate Courses

Due to the specific requirements of AFTRS postgraduate programs, you are required to successfully complete every subject in each semester in order to progress through postgraduate courses. If you are unable to complete assessment requirements of a subject due to circumstances outside of your control, all efforts will be made to set alternate assessment tasks to allow you to demonstrate that you have achieved necessary learning outcomes, as set out under Special Consideration policy (see Section 12.2 Special Consideration).

If you fail a subject you will be determined to be at risk of failure and have the opportunity to re-submit one or more assignment(s) in order to receive a conceded pass for the subject and continue in your course. Failure to acknowledge the opportunity to re-submit within the timeframe outlined in the fail notification will result in a fail being recorded for that subject and may result in you being unable to progress and be excluded from the School.

Re-submissions are to be delivered through Moodle where a personalised and revised deadline will be displayed. The period for re-submission will not be longer than 14 calendar days. If you do not attempt the resubmission by the due date you will fail the subject and may be excluded from the School.

Alternately, if re-submission of the originally set assessment is not possible, an additional assignment may be offered at the discretion of the Director of Award Courses or their delegate. This final assessment will be applied on a case-by-case basis.

7.3 AT RISK AND SHOW CAUSE

The At Risk Register is maintained as part of a formal process by which the School offers identified students additional support that may help them better able to engage with their courses and / or achieve passing grades in their assessments. If you are not attending or engaging in your subject or course, not submitting your assignments, or if you are failing assessments, you will be identified as being at risk of failure. Students who are identified as at risk of failure are contacted, advised of the situation they are in, and advised to seek assistance.

You will be requested to attend a meeting with your Course Leader/Lecturer to develop strategies to address the relevant issues and/or improve your academic performance. Progress against these strategies will need to be achieved within a defined time frame.

If you continue to demonstrate poor performance you may be required to attend a meeting with the Director of Award Courses or their delegate to map out strategies to improve performance. At this stage your name will be included on the At Risk Register. If your performance improves you will then be removed from the register.

Should your poor performance continue, the Director of Award Courses or delegate will write to require you to ‘show cause’. In this letter you need to show good cause why you should not be excluded from your course of study – this typically requires you to provide a comprehensive explanation as to why your poor performance has occurred. A Show Cause Template is available to assist you in formulating your response. You will receive the School’s decision relating to your submission within 14 days.

In circumstances where there is evidence you have completely failed to engage in your course of study, you may be required to show cause prior to receiving a notification that you have been placed on the At Risk Register, and, if permitted to continue in your course of study, you will remain on the At Risk Register until your performance improves.

If you are able to provide an explanation satisfactory to AFTRS you may be required to undertake remedial or alternative work set to demonstrate achievement against the learning outcomes of your course and / or subject.

If you are unable to show cause as to your poor performance or you fail to satisfactorily complete the remedial or alternative work in the prescribed time, you may be excluded from your course by the Director of Award Courses or their delegate.

7.4 EXCLUSION

You may be excluded from the award course you are enrolled in, by the Director of Award Courses if you fail to meet course requirements. Your course requirements are contained within your Subject/Course Outline.

You may be excluded by the CEO or their delegate if you are found to have committed misconduct (see Section 9.3. Academic Integrity and Misconduct).

You may be excluded if your behaviour is found to be a consistent disruption to the learning experience of other students by the Director of Award Courses.

You may be excluded by the Chief Operating Officer if you do not pay your fees.

If you have been excluded you can apply for readmission in competition with other applicants only after 12 months have passed. In these circumstances, you will be required to demonstrate that you have taken action during the period of exclusion which will improve the likelihood of your success in a course.

If you have been excluded more than once from an AFTRS course, you are not eligible to reapply for admission.

AFTRS’ decision in relation to exclusion is final.

Acknowledgement

The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.