Study at Murdoch: a General Guide
This is a summary description for general guidance. Further guidance is included in subsections below, specifically relevant to bachelor studies, honours studies, and graduate coursework and research studies.
It is important that students also read the legislation relevant to their studies so that they are familiar with all of the requirements. For guidance refer to the University Regulation section of this Handbook.
Further information on all of these topics can be obtained from The Student Centre.
Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.
Applicants for admission are asked to provide evidence of their suitability to undertake a university education. In many cases this evidence will be based on previous performance at secondary or post-secondary level (for undergraduate studies). However, for those courses into which admission is competitive, there may be additional criteria and there may be limits on the number of places available.
As requirements for admission to graduate-level studies can vary greatly, applicants are advised to refer to the Graduate Courses section of this Handbook. The application process gives an applicant the opportunity to demonstrate suitability and to make the best possible case for admission.
Applicants are required to keep original or certified copies of all documents submitted in their application. These may be required at a later date.
All applicants need to prove their competency in English language:
More specific details on application processes can be found below.
Murdoch University’s largest intake of students occurs at the beginning of each year. However, many courses are also available for mid-year admission; these students commence their courses at the beginning of Semester 2.
Note that not all units are available in each semester. Mid-year admission may result in an extension to the recommended minimum duration of the course, based on unit availability.
Domestic applicants are applicants who are Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, or New Zealand citizens who are eligible for admission to a Commonwealth-Supported place. All other applicants should refer to International Applicants below.
All Domestic applicants for mid-year entry should apply online directly to Murdoch University at
Further enquiries should be directed to The Student Centre.
Guidance for international applicants is included in the subsections below, specifically relevant to Bachelor Studies, Honours Studies and Graduate Studies.
Further enquiries should be directed to Murdoch’s International Enquiries email address:
A number of courses have special requirements, for example a National Criminal History Record Check or Working with Children Check. For details of such requirements, refer to the Courses section of this Handbook.
The Western Australian Department of Education and the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) have the right to determine ‘fit and proper persons’ to enter and practice in schools in Western Australia. For the protection of students, education authorities have the legal right to exclude people from school premises. This power will be exercised in cases of serious or frequent criminal conviction, and may also be exercised in cases where children are thought to be at risk for any reason.
Therefore, all applicants offered a place in teacher education courses must obtain a National Criminal History Record Check through the WA Department of Education. Although a criminal record does not necessarily preclude an applicant from employment as a teacher, the WA Department of Education has advised that convictions:
- of a violent or sexual nature; or
- where the victim was under 18 years of age; or
- for dealing in or trafficking illegal drugs
will almost certainly rule out the possibility of teaching in a school, regardless of when the offence(s) occurred.
Information about obtaining a National Criminal History Record Check will be sent by Murdoch University to all applicants offered a place in Education courses that require a current criminal history clearance for placement in the practicum component of the course. The University will require a successful applicant’s satisfactory mandatory check prior to the student commencing their first placement. There will be a cost to the student in obtaining the mandatory checks.
In particular, full-time Graduate Diploma or Bachelor of Education (Graduate) students should note that their placement in a school occurs in late January, and so they should apply for their Check immediately on receipt of an offer from the University. Applicants who wish to obtain an application form in advance of being made an offer may do so by contacting the University or the WA Department of Education.
Applicants should note that if they apply for a Check and do in fact have a conviction relating to offences such as those above, the WA Department of Education will place this information on a database and make it available to other authorities.
For further details about this requirement, on a confidential basis, applicants can contact the WA Department of Education:
Telephone (08) 9264 4391
In addition to a criminal record check, everyone applying to teach must have a Working with Children Check as part of the legislative requirements of the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004. Application forms can be obtained from WA Post Offices or the School of Education Professional Experience Office (Room 2.002, Level 2, Education and Humanities Building).
Information on the Working with Children Check process is available at:
Further information on the Working with Children Act and Working with Children Checks is available at:
or by emailing
As part of the admissions process the University will consider applicants for Advanced Standing in accordance with relevant legislation. Advanced standing may be granted for previous studies at tertiary level and at post-secondary level equivalent to a completed Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma or higher qualification.
‘Credit’ refers to a reduction in the credit points required to complete a Murdoch course on the basis of Advanced Standing. It usually shortens the time required to complete the course.
An ‘Exemption’ removes the requirement for a particular unit to be taken; it recognises that a student has completed learning/study elsewhere that substantially duplicates the content of a Murdoch unit which is a requirement of their Murdoch course.
For further information on Advanced Standing, refer to:
Study at Murdoch is based on a system of credit points that are completed towards the requirements of the course. Units, generally, have a value of 3 or 4 credit points. The guideline adopted by the University in determining the number of credit points represented by each unit is that the full-time student load in a standard semester is 12 credit points. One credit point reflects an average student workload of 50 hours. Thus a unit with a value of 3 credit points should engage roughly a quarter of a full-time student’s available time and effort. This is an inclusive estimate, including all lectures, tutorials and/or laboratory classes, personal reading, and assignments required for the unit.
A full-time student normally enrols for 12 credit points in each semester, or 24 credit points in each academic year. Domestic students must be enrolled in at least 9 credit points in a semester to be regarded as full-time (by external agencies such as Centrelink); those whose enrolment is below 9 credit points at any stage in the semester may no longer be eligible for Centrelink support. For Centrelink purposes units are nominally either in Semester 1, which includes all units with a census date between 1 January and 30 June, or in Semester 2, which includes all units with census dates between 1 July and 31 December. The only exceptions are full-year (Semester 1 followed by Semester 2) and straddle (Semester 2 followed by Semester 1) units, which are split equally between the two semesters. Students in receipt of Centrelink support should check with Centrelink direct if they have concerns regarding eligibility for support, as the rules governing eligibility can change.
Students may enrol on a part-time basis. Be aware that units involving laboratory sessions may not be available outside normal working hours. Students who foresee difficulty in attending units during normal working hours should consult the teaching timetable in planning their unit enrolment.
International Students Undertaking a Full Degree
International students undertaking a full degree at Murdoch University must be enrolled in at least 12 credit points in a semester to be regarded as full-time. International students whose enrolment is below 12 credit points must contact The Student Centre, as they may not be satisfying the conditions prescribed for a student visa.
International Students Undertaking Study Abroad and Exchange
International students who are undertaking study at Murdoch University as not-for-award students (Study Abroad and Exchange students) and who intend to transfer academic credit back to their home university must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit points and a maximum of 12 credit points in a semester to be regarded as full-time. Students taking more than 12 credit points must contact The Student Centre, as further fees will apply.
A Course is a coherent combination of units approved by Academic Council that leads to a particular Award. Students must complete the requirements of the course and the requirements of the major in an undergraduate degree.
Australian Qualifications Framework
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is Australia’s national policy for regulated qualifications delivered in all education sectors. Murdoch University offers qualifications at AQF Levels 7 to 10.
An Academic Chair is a member of academic staff responsible for a course, major or minor. A student taking multiple courses/majors/minors may have to liaise with several Academic Chairs.
The Academic Chair is able to counsel students in any matter relating to the course, major or minor and their enrolment in it, including unit selections, academic progress and the possible consequences of taking Approved Leave.
It is students’ responsibility to enrol in accordance with the relevant regulations, requirements of their course/major and official deadlines.
Studying successfully at Murdoch requires that all students meet certain inherent requirements. These include compliance with University regulations, rules and policies, meeting the learning outcomes of the enrolled course and its units and participation in learning activities that demonstrate the achievement of learning outcomes. For students with a disability or medical condition, the University recognises that reasonable adjustments may be made to learning activities that enable those students to achieve the same learning outcomes. (Please also see the information on Students and Staff with Disabilities).
Students for whom the inherent requirements may pose a challenge are strongly advised to discuss this with the Disability Liaison Officer before enrolling or deciding not to enrol. The Disability Liaison Officer will be able to discuss the requirements and possible adjustments.
Disability Liaison Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrolment of New Students
Successful applicants for admission to Murdoch University will receive an offer letter that includes all the information needed to accept the offer online. Enrolment information is emailed to students upon acceptance and includes advice on how to complete an enrolment.
Applicants who are not immediately offered admission will be advised and invited to The Student Centre to discuss ways in which they may be admitted in the future.
Orientation Week and Enrolment Assistance Sessions
Orientation Week (O Week) is held in the week before the beginning of Semester and is an important part of a successful university life. The week is designed to assist students to prepare for their studies, as well as to introduce them to the sporting, cultural and social activities at Murdoch University.
A series of lectures and workshops cover topics such as First Year Experience, Computer Usage on Campus, Learning Skills, Student Services and Supports, Planning Your Career, and Campus and Library tours. There is also a general advice session for external students.
Course and academic advice sessions are offered to all new undergraduate and graduate coursework students during Orientation Week. Students are encouraged to attend the School Welcome and Course Advice Session relevant to their intended course of study. If students are studying more than one degree it is highly recommended that they attend both course advice sessions. It is an opportunity to meet the academic staff in the course, and to hear about the enrolment options available at Murdoch.
School Welcome Orientation sessions are offered to all new undergraduate and graduate coursework students. Students are encouraged to attend the School Welcome Orientation Session relevant to their intended major. If students are studying more than one major or a combined course it is highly recommended that they attend sessions for each. It is an opportunity to meet academic staff, ask specific questions about courses, majors and minors, and discuss unit selection.
Full details of the O Week program will be forwarded to new undergraduate students and made available at:
Re-Enrolment of Continuing Students
Re-enrolments for the next academic year open in mid November. From mid November to mid December students are strongly encouraged to enrol in all of their units for the following year, on the assumption that they will successfully complete their Semester 2 units, so that the University can confirm timetabling and teaching needs for the next year. Class sign-up for Semester 1 commences in mid January, and students must be enrolled in units to be able to sign up for classes.
After the start of Semester 1 the University normally discontinues the enrolment of students who have not re-enrolled nor formally taken a leave of absence from study. Re-admission after discontinuation will be into the current version of the relevant course and major, and will be subject to the fee rates for that year.
All students are expected to re-enrol through MyInfo, except:
- Honours students are re-enrolled by The Student Centre;
- Research students are re-enrolled by the Graduate Research Office on the basis of their Annual Progress Report;
- Not-for-award students need to re-apply for enrolment each year through The Student Centre.
MyInfo can be accessed via:
All graduate courses are restricted and no student is able to transfer into a graduate course without approval.
- Animal Health (BSc)
- Animal Science (BSc)
- Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc, BClinChiro)
- Journalism (BCommun)
- Marine Science (BSc)
- Photography (BA)
- Radio (BA)
- Screen Production (both BA and BMedia)
- Sound (BA)
- Veterinary Science (BSc, DVM)
- Web Communication (BDMedia)
Changing Enrolment in Majors and Minors
Students wishing to change their enrolment in majors and minors can lodge a request via MyAnswers at any time.
Applications are considered at the end of each semester. Closing dates and application forms are available at:
Where a major is restricted, adding it as a second major is subject to permission being granted by the relevant Academic Chair.
Students may apply for Approved Leave (intermission of enrolment) for a maximum total period of two years during any undergraduate course, or for a maximum total period of one year for Honours and graduate courses. Students granted Approved Leave are guaranteed a place in the University and in their course provided they resume studies at the end of the approved period.
An Approved Leave form, or a written application stating the grounds for seeking leave should be submitted via MyAnswers. The date this is received is the date of effect of the Approved Leave on the student’s enrolment record, unless the student requests it to take effect the following semester or trimester as relevant to the student’s course. The 'Approved Leave/Intermission of Study' and 'Approved Leave/Intermission of Study (Honours)' forms are available at:
More detail on Approved Leave is available at:
Students may discontinue their studies by formally withdrawing from the University. This must be done by completing the 'Withdrawal from Murdoch University' form and submitting it via MyAnswers or to The Student Centre. This form is available at:
International students will have their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) cancelled due to their withdrawal from Murdoch University.
Telephone advice to members of staff is not accepted as advice of withdrawal.
Re-admission is either via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) for undergraduate applications timed to commence at the start of the academic year:
or online via Murdoch for mid-year re-admission:
A student applying for re-admission after an unapproved break in studies of two or more semesters is required to meet the course and fee requirements in force at the time of re-admission, subject to those requirements being varied in individual cases by the Academic Chair and Manager, Student Records respectively.
A student who has no substantive enrolment in an academic year will have their enrolment discontinued and be required to apply for re-admission.
Any student who is permitted to re-enrol after exceeding the maximum permissible period of enrolment may have conditions attached to their enrolment.
A ‘Unit’ is the basic element of a course that delivers educational material prescribed in the curriculum.
‘Unit Sets’ are groups of related units used to define a path of study undertaken to ensure the satisfactory progression through and completion of a student’s course attempt. They can be majors, minors or other groups of units.
When a student enrols in a course, at least one primary unit set is applied to the course attempt to further define the student’s nominated path of study. If a student subsequently discontinues that primary unit set then they may be obliged to change their course.
- Bachelor of Business (the course) with a major in Accounting (the major is the unit set)
- Bachelor of Arts (the course) with a major in Criminology (the major is one unit set) and a minor in Management (the minor is another unit set)
- Graduate Certificate in Energy Studies (the course) has a single unit set associated with it, also called Graduate Certificate in Energy Studies
- Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment has a number of unit sets available, corresponding with the specialisations available in that course.
Unit set ‘rules’ typically require the completion of particular units or credit points at certain levels of study, and are used to verify a student’s progress. Similarly, course rules can require the completion of one or more particular unit sets.
Students can amend their unit sets and add non-restricted unit sets by lodging a request through MyAnswers. Students who wish to add restricted unit sets can apply at the end of each semester as part of the course transfer process. Closing dates and application forms are available at:
Note that some courses will require completion of a particular unit set; in these cases the unit set cannot be removed. There are also limits on the number of unit sets that can be undertaken within the one course.
University study is based on enrolment in units taken in distinct unit offerings, or enrolment options. A unit offering has a Location (for example, Peel campus), a Teaching Period (for example, S1 (the standard Semester 1 teaching period)) and a Unit Class or mode of study (for example, D (internal)). Many unit offerings are for a standard semester or trimester, some offerings are over two semesters, and others are in non-standard teaching periods.
The offerings for each unit are shown in the Units section of this Handbook.
Note that the University changes unit offerings in response to enrolment and administrative needs, and students should use the online Handbook to obtain the most up-to-date information.
A Teaching Period is the period of time spent in teaching and assessing a unit, lasting from the first day of instruction to the final day of assessment. Each teaching period is identified by a unique code.
Most unit offerings are in standard teaching periods, and there are also a number of non-standard teaching periods. The standard teaching periods are as follows:
Standard Semesters include 12 teaching weeks, two non-teaching weeks, a one-week study break and a final two-week exam period.
- Semester 1: S1 (February to June)
- Semester 2: S2 (July to November)
The standard Summer term includes six teaching weeks plus one week for exams.
- Summer term: SUM (November/December of the preceding calendar year to January/February)
The standard Winter term comprises four weeks including all assessments.
- Winter term: W (June to July)
Standard Full/Straddle Years are two consecutive standard semesters.
- Full Year: Y (S1 then S2)
- Straddle Year: H (S2 then S1)
Standard Trimesters include 12 teaching weeks, a one-week study break and a final week for exams.
- Trimester 1: T1 (January to April)
- Trimester 2: T2 (April/May to July/August)
- Trimester 3: T3 (August to November)
Trimesters at Dubai and Singapore locations generally include 12 teaching weeks, a one-week study break and a final week of exams.
- January Trimester: TJA, TJB, TJD (January to April)
- May Trimester: TMA, TMB, TMD (May to August)
- September Trimester: TSA, TSB, TSD (September to December)
A comprehensive list of teaching periods can be seen at the beginning of the Units section of this Handbook.
Some units assume a particular level of understanding before students commence study in the unit; typically this is satisfied by completion of other (prerequisite) units. Where a unit has prerequisites, enrolment in the unit will require a student to have satisfied the prerequisites (or equivalents elsewhere) before commencing the unit. Students should consult the Unit Coordinator if they wish to seek a waiver of a prerequisite.
All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have Internet access: see Internet Access Requirements above.
A student is not permitted to enrol in more than 14 credit points in a semester unless approval has been obtained from the Academic Chair. Generally a student needs a good academic record to cope with an enrolment overload. The 'Overload of Enrolment' application form is available at:
Where units allow online enrolment, students can normally enrol in an internal or external offering up to the end of the second week of the teaching period. After that time approval of the Unit Coordinator is required.
Changing enrolment from an internal offering to an external offering of the same unit is permitted until the end of the second week of the unit. After the second week approval of the Unit Coordinator is required. To make this change a request must be lodged through MyAnswers.
The enrolment can be refused if the Unit Coordinator believes it will disrupt teaching in the unit, otherwise disadvantage other students already enrolled in the unit, or might be academically disadvantageous to the student.
Repeating a Failed Unit
A student who has failed a unit may usually take it a second time. A third attempt requires the approval of the Academic Chair of the course offering the unit. Special approval may be granted by the President of Academic Council for a student who has failed a unit three times to be permitted to enrol in it for a fourth and final time. Conditions may be attached to a third or fourth attempt including, in the case of a core unit failed twice, that a student must repeat the unit at the first available opportunity.
Units offered at Peel
Students enrolled at the South Street campus are permitted to enrol in units at the Peel campus, where places are available.
Core units are offered each year, and at least once during each course offering where courses are of less than one year’s duration. Elective units are offered at least each alternate year. A sufficient number of Specified Electives are offered in any course cycle to provide full-time students with a range of units from which to select.
Murdoch University strives to offer a degree of flexibility in its courses, which is reflected in the timetable offered to students. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to schedule all possible combinations of units without clashes when constructing the timetable.
Core units and specified electives are a priority in the timetabling process and are timetabled to be as clash free as possible. Students selecting general electives are advised to ensure they fit with their core units’ timetable. If this is not possible, students may want to consider selecting electives that are available in external mode or, where lecture recordings can be accessed online, for which a clash affects only a portion of the total lecture time.
The teaching timetable is prepared in accordance with the Timetabling Policy with the aim of meeting the needs of students and academic staff. Standard teaching hours are between 8.30am and 8.30pm, Monday to Friday; in some cases classes will be scheduled outside of these hours to accommodate specific units.
Teaching timetables are published biannually for each of the Semesters, Summer, Winter and Trimesters.
Amendments after the timetables are published to students are kept to a minimum, as per the Timetabling Policy; changes may be made when, for example, a class size exceeds the capacity of the venue or a teaching staff member has changed.
Teaching timetables are available at:
The Timetabling Policy is available at:
‘Classes’ is the collective term used for all teaching activities, such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories, workshops, seminars etc. Before 2012 these were known as Unit Activities.
Students need to register for their classes through MyInfo once class sign-up is available. Classes for most units start in the first week of the teaching period.
Special Types of Unit
Until 2014, students in a Bachelor Degree Course were required to take a Foundation Unit, normally in their first semester of enrolment. In 2015 Foundation Units will be offered only at Dubai, at Singapore for students
enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology/Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,
and through Open Universities Australia. Where Foundation Units are not
available, students should enrol in the relevant Transition Unit.
The primary purpose of University Foundation Units is to enable students new to the University to develop a range of generic learning skills in a context that develops a broad perspective. These Units provide a foundation for subsequent university studies and a basis for the development of Murdoch University’s Graduate Attributes. For more information, refer to the section on Transition and Foundation Units in Bachelor Studies: A General Guide.
Students in a post-2014 Bachelor Degree Course are required to take a Transition Unit normally in their first semester of enrolment. A Transition Unit is a compulsory unit that introduces students to degree-specific skills that are necessary for success at university. For more information, refer to the section on Transition and Foundation Units in Bachelor Studies: A General Guide.
A student enrolling in a post-2014 Bachelor Degree Course must enrol in Breadth Units. These are specially designated Units that provide students with interdisciplinary knowledge. At 100 level, Breadth Units are specified for each Degree Course; at 200 level and 300 level, students may select from any appropriate Breadth Unit offered.
A student enrolling in a post-2014 Bachelor Degree Course must enrol in Research Units at 200 level and 300 level. Research Units are designed for single undergraduate degrees or for groups of cognate Majors, and support the development of research skills.
Skills Development Elective Units
Students in a Bachelor Degree Course may choose to enrol in a unit designed to develop their learning skills. Some students may be encouraged to enrol concurrently in a Transition Unit and a Skills Development Elective Unit.
Special Topic units comprise advanced study in particular areas, and the range of topics available (if any) varies from year to year. Details of topics on offer can be seen in the Units section of the online Handbook.
An Independent Study Contract (ISC) permits a student to study for credit a topic or subject that is not available as a regularly offered unit, under the supervision of an academic member of staff. ISCs differ from formal units in that they are based on individual study rather than formal classes.
The student is responsible for the selection of the topic and for the organisation of the contract. The contract is a formal agreement between the student and the supervisor, specifying the material to be studied and the methods by which it will be assessed. A student undertaking a contract will be required to work closely with the supervisor.
Students must submit their applications via The Student Centre on the 'Independent Study Contract (ISC) Application' form. Applications should be submitted at latest by the first day of the teaching period in which the contract is to be undertaken, but it is preferable to apply at least several weeks in advance.
Not all students will be able to enrol in an ISC.
The 'Independent Study Contract (ISC) Application' form is available at:
The Independent Study Contracts Policy is available at:
Change of Unit Enrolment, including Withdrawal
Most students (excluding honours, research and transnational students) are required to manage their unit enrolments through MyInfo:
MyInfo can be accessed via:
The IT Service Desk can help with any difficulty in working through MyInfo:
Telephone +61 8 9360 2000
Students who require assistance in unit selection or other academic issues should contact The Student Centre.
For any other questions, students should access MyAnswers:
Withdrawal From Units
Withdrawals are recorded on the student’s academic transcript as follows:
- Withdrawal on or before the census date; withdrawal is not formally recorded on the academic record and no fee is incurred. An administrative record is kept.
- Withdrawal after the census date, but on or before the last date for withdrawal without penalty in the teaching period in which the unit is to be completed; withdrawal is recorded and fees incurred.
- Withdrawals after the last date for withdrawal without penalty: fail recorded and fees incurred.
Details of census and withdrawal dates for all units are made available on the University web site, and can be accessed from the online Handbook.
Australian students in receipt of Government support need to keep in mind their obligations to remain enrolled in at least the minimum number of required credit points.
International students must maintain a full-time enrolment at all times as a condition of their student visa. If an international student cannot enrol full-time, they must apply for permission from The Student Centre to under-load. Permission may be granted in exceptional circumstances.
Students can apply to have unit outcomes amended from Fail or Withdrawn to Withdrawn with or without Load, and for remission of their HELP or tuition fee liabilities.
The 'Retrospective Withdrawal' application form, with eligibility information, is available at:
Cross-Institutional Enrolments, or Unit Enrolment at Other Australian Universities
Students seeking to enrol in units at other universities for credit towards their Degree must obtain prior approval via The Student Centre. They must complete at least 50 percent of the Murdoch University Part II units from the requirements of the course and major or minor which they are completing, or from related units as determined by the Academic Chair, and at least 20 such credit points for an honours bachelor’s degree.
In accordance with the Units Policy a cross-institutional enrolment allows Murdoch students to undertake a unit from another institution if an equivalent unit is not available at Murdoch.
The 'Cross-Institutional Enrolment' application form is available at:
The Units Policy is available at:
Students must provide The Student Centre with evidence of their enrolment at the other university. Approval to enrol in the cross-institutional unit is normally required prior to enrolment; however, an Academic Chair has discretion to approve credit for cross-institutional enrolments where the student has already completed the unit.
Cross-institutional enrolments for international students must be approved via The Student Centre as part of the compliance requirements under the ESOS Act, 2000; this must occur before the other institution processes the enrolment.
Normally grades for cross-institutional units are recorded as Ungraded Pass (UP) or Fail (N), however the grade achieved at the other institution is also shown on the academic transcript.
Unit Enrolment at Overseas Tertiary Institutions through the Exchange Program Study Abroad
Students enrolled in award courses may study for a semester, or an academic year, at an overseas university for credit towards their Murdoch University Degree. Limited opportunities are also available for graduate students.
Students are advised to begin planning for their Study Abroad experience during their first year of study. It is recommended that students complete General Electives while on exchange as these credits are easier to transfer towards their Murdoch University Degree. Students may also study Core Units and Specified Electives overseas. However, it is the student’s responsibility to research for appropriate substitutes or equivalents and have these approved by the Academic Chair.
To be eligible to study abroad, students should have completed at least one year of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) at a tertiary institution of which at least 12 credit points must be from Murdoch University, have a minimum of a Credit grade average and be good ambassadors for the University.
Several Study Abroad travel bursaries are available to assist successful candidates. Travel bursaries are awarded competitively, based on sound academic performance and the ability of candidates, in the opinion of the committee, to both represent and promote the Study Abroad program and Murdoch University overseas. Commonwealth-supported students may apply for an OS-HELP loan.
Further information on studying abroad is available at:
Further information OS-HELP loans is available at:
External units are designed for students to study on their own, generally without on-campus attendance. The University has a flexible unit offering model, using online technology in a complementary way to ensure that all students will be able to access the same unit package, whether they are studying in either internal or external mode.
All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have Internet access: see Internet Access Requirements above.
The lists of courses at the beginning of the Courses sections of this Handbook shows all courses offered in external mode.
All Murdoch units have an online presence in some capacity. Some units use only online resources whilst others may have some printed material that will be issued to external students. Whenever feasible, lectures are recorded and can be accessed online within 24 hours of delivery.
Students who cannot come onto campus may use the online order facilities of the University Bookshop to purchase required and recommended textbooks.
External students may use campus facilities such as the Library, or attend lectures if able to do so. External students may borrow items and collect from any of the campus libraries. Reciprocal borrowing arrangements are available with many Australian and New Zealand libraries. Further information on library services for External students, and details of eligible libraries, is available at:
Contact with tutors varies from unit to unit and tutors will inform students how and when they may be contacted. Students are encouraged to establish regular contact with their tutors by telephone or email.
Enrolment in External Units
Unit offerings are shown in the Units section of this Handbook. A key to teaching periods appears at the beginning of the Units section of this Handbook.
External students need to consider their available study time when enrolling in units. Generally students should not enrol in a full-time external load unless they are able to devote approximately 40 hours per week to their study commitments.
Students enrolled in an internal semester- or year-long unit offering may change to the equivalent external offering of that unit only until the end of the second week of the teaching period.
When enrolled in units that are available in both a one-semester and full-year/straddle offering which begin at the same time, students may change between the two offerings up until the end of week 2 of that semester.
International students have restrictions surrounding their ability to enrol in external units due to student visa conditions and/or sponsorship conditions. It is recommended that international students contact The Student Centre to discuss their eligibility if seeking enrolment in external units.
For information concerning late enrolment in external offerings of units, refer to Late Enrolment under the Units heading above.
External Enrolment by Students Based Overseas
Students studying from overseas, particularly those in developing countries, need to make allowance for potential difficulties and delays, especially in communicating with the University. Australian Citizens are not able to hold a Commonwealth-supported place if they are residing overseas and do not undertake at least some units of their course whilst resident in Australia. Permanent resident visa holders who are residing overseas whilst studying are not able to hold a Commonwealth-supported place unless they are required to reside overseas as part of the course; otherwise, they will be domestic full fee-paying students.
All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have Internet access: see Internet Access Requirements above.
Examinations for External Units
Students enrolled in external offerings of units and living more than 100 kilometres from the campus at which they are enrolled are sent an email notice of examinations, where an examination is part of the unit’s assessment requirements. For further information on assessment, refer to the Rules for the Conduct of Examinations available at:
and relevant Assessment/Examination topics elsewhere in the Handbook.
The Assessment Policy is available at:
Responsibilities of Students
The Assessment Policy specifically advises that students have the responsibility to:
- Seek all information available well before assessments are due — this may be available online, or in printed material specified for the course
- Submit assessed work by the due date and in the specified process
- Work in a manner that does not constitute misconduct, dishonesty or plagiarism
- Behave in a manner which does not interfere with other students’ rights
- Seek advice and feedback at times specified by the Unit Coordinator
- Consult appropriate Policies prior to lodging an appeal.
Methods of assessment vary between units. However, each unit is required to have more than one assessment method, at more than one point in time, and must ensure that the amount of work required is appropriate to the credit points value of the unit.
All students will be provided with a statement of the assessment requirements for each of their units, including assessment methods and weighting.
Usually all final examinations are held within the exam period at the end of each semester or trimester. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are available throughout this period and that any travel is scheduled outside this time.
Semester examinations commence on the first Saturday of the exam period, and are generally held in daily sessions commencing at 9.30am, 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Students are required to show their Murdoch University Student Card at the examination venue. External students who do not have a Murdoch student card may use alternate photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport.
The examination timetable is published approximately five weeks prior to the exam period and is available at:
Students who arrive no more than 30 minutes into the exam working time will be allowed to sit the examination, but will not be granted extra time. Those who arrive more than 30 minutes into the exam working time should report to the Examinations Office via The Student Centre. Students who miss an examination will not normally be allowed to sit the examination and will not be eligible to apply for deferred assessment.
The Rules for the Conduct of Examinations are available at:
Further information on exams is available at:
Final Grades for units that award grades (most Murdoch units)
- HD (High Distinction): 80-100%
- D (Distinction): 70-79%
- C (Credit): 60-69%
- P (Pass): 50-59%
- SP (Pass): pass grade awarded after supplementary assessment
- N (Fail): below 50%
- SN (Fail): fail grade awarded after supplementary assessment
- DNS (Fail): the student failed to participate in assessment components that had a combined weighting of 50 percent or more of the final mark
Final Grades for units that only award Pass/Fail
- UP (Ungraded Pass): 50% or above
- N (Fail): below 50%
- DNS (Fail): the student failed to participate in assessment components that had a combined weighting of 50 percent or more of the final mark
- G (Good Standing)
- NA (Not Available)
- Q (Deferred Assessment)
- SA (Supplementary Assignment): 45-49%
- SX (Supplementary Exam): 45-49%
- The award of either Supplementary grade shall be at the discretion of the Unit Coordinator except where clause 11.1.1 of the Assessment Policy applies.
The Assessment Policy is available at:
A Unit Coordinator may, where appropriate and at their discretion, award an interim grade of SX (Supplementary Exam in the Supplementary/Deferred Exam Period) or SA (Other Supplementary Assessment). A supplementary grade may be reported where the student has a borderline fail grade (45 to 49 percent) in the unit, and the Unit Coordinator is able to arrange extra work and/or an examination to give the student a further opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the unit objectives.
The Unit Coordinator will notify the student in writing of the supplementary assessment arrangements, and, for the semester teaching period, the additional work must be completed within six weeks of the end of the exam period for the unit (for this purpose the two-week limited service period of the University will not be taken into account).
However, where a student achieves a mark of 50 percent or greater overall in the unit assessment, but fails because they do not achieve a pass or required minimum mark in one or more mandatory pass components, they must be awarded supplementary assessment, which shall normally be directed toward the area in which they have failed.
The only grades available after supplementary assessment are Supplementary Pass (SP) or Supplementary Fail (SN). An Ungraded Pass is not available. If supplementary assessment is not completed by the six-week deadline, a result of Fail will be recorded.
For those of its units that are offered on a full-year basis, the timetable for supplementary assessment may differ from that stated above. Students enrolled in affected courses will be informed of any variation.
A student may be granted a deferral of assessment if an illness or other exceptional circumstance prevents them from sitting an exam or completing a piece of assessment work due in the last teaching week or later and it is possible for them to pass the unit.
Deferred assessment shall not be approved:
- for illness or other circumstances occurring prior to the census date for the unit; instead, an extension should be requested from the Unit Coordinator;
- for circumstances occurring after the census date and before the late withdrawal date for the unit and not continuing after then; instead, application should be made for retrospective withdrawal;
- if the student has sat the exam or submitted the assessment piece;
- if the student can’t sit because it is during their working hours, unless it is shown that the employer has refused them leave; or
- if the student didn’t sit an exam because they misread the timetable, forgot the exam or slept in.
Application forms must be submitted to The Student Centre within three (3) University business days for exams, or by the last week of teaching for other assessment pieces. Application forms are available from The Student Centre as well as at:
The application shall include a statement of the reasons for seeking deferment, and independent supporting evidence including a medical certificate if the application is on medical grounds.
Where an application is denied, the advice will include the reasons for the denial. The student may appeal to the Chair of the Student Appeals Committee within five (5) University business days of the date of the denial advice if the criteria in Section 10.4 of the Student Appeals Policy are met.
The Student Appeals Policy is available at:
For information on the Appeals process, refer to:
Deferred assessment is not available for units in which the student has been granted supplementary assessment. Under exceptional circumstances a student may apply to their Unit Coordinator to change the date of their supplementary assessment.
Notification of Assessment and Examination Results
Students are entitled to the results in all assessment components of their unit, including raw marks for components and for the unit overall.
Examination results are released as follows:
- for semester exams, on the third Monday after the end of each exam period;
- for trimester exams, on the second Friday after the end of each exam period.
Note: For offshore teaching periods, this can be the third or fourth Friday after the end of each exam period.
Results can be accessed via MyInfo:
The Assessment Policy states that students have a right to view and discuss assessment results with a member of teaching staff. Students are entitled to see their results in all assessment components of their unit, including raw marks for components and for the unit overall. Students may inspect their marked examination scripts and discuss the marking with the Unit Coordinator, or nominee, within fourteen days of the posting of results. Unit Coordinators may require reasonable notice or set aside specified times for this. Where a Unit Coordinator is away from campus in the two weeks following the posting of results, another member of academic staff is designated to handle enquiries and is provided with detailed assessment information to facilitate this. Unit Coordinators retain examination scripts for one year from the end of the appropriate standard teaching period.
Academic Transcript/Statement of Academic Record
A formal Statement of Academic Record is available to students from The Student Centre, or can be ordered online, at a cost of $20. Normally one working day’s notice is required.
Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement
The Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) is provided to graduating students on completion of their award. It includes a description of the nature, level, context and status of their studies. Its purpose is to assist in recognition of Australian qualifications and to promote international mobility and professional recognition of graduates.
Murdoch Academic Passport
Murdoch Academic Passport is a compulsory online module that provides an orientation to academic integrity at Murdoch University. All students are required to complete the module during their first teaching period as a condition of being able to re-enrol in the following teaching period.
Dishonesty in Assessment
Academic integrity is an adherence to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in all work. Academic integrity is fundamental to the operation of all scholarship, whether it be original research or undergraduate assignments. It ensures that proper credit is given to those who do the work and that their intellectual contribution is acknowledged. It ensures that proper evaluation and feedback of performance can be given, and it reinforces the worth and reputation of academic awards on the basis they have been honestly earned. Murdoch University regards academic integrity as a fundamental value of student learning. It requires all students enrolled in the University to adhere to academic integrity in fulfilling each assessment task.
The University regards most seriously any acts of dishonesty relating to assessment of University courses and research. This includes plagiarism, ghostwriting, unauthorised collaboration, examination misconduct, theft of other students’ work and misconduct in research. Acting unfairly or dishonestly in assessment is defined as misconduct under University legislation.
Depending on the seriousness of the case, dishonesty in assessment can lead to a requirement to undertake additional work, failure in a unit or in a part of it, suspension from the University or even permanent expulsion from the University. The University regards any form of cheating as a serious matter of academic dishonesty that threatens the integrity of the assessment processes and awards of the University, to the detriment of all other students and graduates of the University.
Plagiarism constitutes using the work of another without indicating by referencing (and by quotation marks when exact phrases or passages are borrowed) that the ideas expressed are not one’s own. Students can use the ideas and information from other authors, but this use must be acknowledged. It is also not acceptable to submit an assignment that is simply a paraphrasing of extracts from other authors: the work submitted must include some intellectual contribution of the student’s own. The Foundation and Transition Units in particular assist students in identifying what is considered plagiarism at Murdoch University.
Re-submission of previously marked work, for example the submission of the same, or substantially the same, piece of work for assessment in two different units by the student author is not acceptable practice.
Unauthorised collaboration (‘collusion’) constitutes joint effort between students, or students and others, in preparing material submitted for assessment, except where this has been approved by the Unit Coordinator. Students are encouraged to discuss matters covered in units, but when writing an assignment, computer program, laboratory report or other piece of assessed work, the recording and treatment of data and the expression of ideas and argument must be the student’s own.
Purloining — copying the work of another without their knowledge — is not acceptable, neither is ghostwriting which is submitting the work of another person as your own.
Dishonesty in assessment applies to work in any medium (for example, written or audio text, film production, computer programs, etc.)
Student Discipline Regulations
Information regarding Academic Misconduct can be found in the Student Discipline Regulations and the Student Discipline Procedure available at:
Students must complete successfully at least half of their enrolled credit points each academic period in order to make satisfactory academic progress.
Certain courses may have additional academic progress requirements; these will be recorded in the course’s entry in the Handbook.
Academic Progress is monitored under the Academic Progress Monitoring Procedure:
A student excluded from enrolment, in either a particular major/course or the University as a whole, may appeal this decision under the Student Appeals Policy:
Further information on academic progress can be found in the Coursework Regulations available at:
Murdoch University encourages students to resolve issues initially and informally through their Unit Coordinator and/or appropriate staff member. In cases where this is not possible, the student appeals process provides a further opportunity for students to seek a final resolution. For further information on the various types of appeals and their relevant procedures, refer to the Appeals Procedure at:
The Student Appeals Policy is available at:
Where a student is dissatisfied with a decision made that falls outside of the Student Appeals process, the Student Complaints process enables the provision of information on how to address any issues and/or concerns. For further information refer on complaints, refer to:
Students who change their home or postal address at any time during the year must notify the University through MyInfo. If MyInfo is not accessible, Change of Address forms are available from The Student Centre.
Official Communications Channel
Important messages regarding student enrolment and graduation are sent via the Official Communications Channel (OCC), which can be accessed at any time via MyMurdoch, the Student Portal:
Students should check the OCC regularly for new communications from the University.
The University will also correspond with students via email.
All students are provided with a student email account in the format
Students who prefer to use a different email account can submit that address through MyInfo.
New domestic students can set their email address when accepting their offer. New international students can set their email address when activating their Murdoch account.
Current students can maintain their email address through MyInfo.
Students can access their Murdoch email account using a web-based email interface via:
To log in, students will need their Murdoch Username (Student Number) and Murdoch Password, the same as is required for access to MyInfo.
Further information on email accounts is available at:
External students who are unable to access computer facilities due to extenuating circumstances are able to apply to receive their University correspondence via hard copy. An application form is included in enrolment information sent to new students. Further information is available from The Student Centre.