UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed approved professional education courses (PEC) to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs in one of two ways:
1. Credit for Professional Practice. Prior successful completion of 12 days of approved PECs may be used as credit in a specified postgraduate course — ZEIT8900 Professional Practice.
2. Credit towards Micro-credential Postgraduate Courses. Selected five‐day PECs may be used as direct credit into specified micro‐credential postgraduate courses.
1. Credit for ZEIT8900 Professional Practice
Students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved PECs may use those courses as credit in post graduate course ZEIT8900 Professional Practice which has two main components:
- prior successful completion of 12 days of approved PEC, and
- an essay in approved form to explore issues related to the professional practice.
NOTE: ZEIT8900 Professional Practice, being a postgraduate course, requires payment.
What is an approved Professional Education course?
An approved Professional Education course is one that:
- contains at least one day (at least 6 hours) of course work;
- is delivered by a presenter, or presenters, that would be eligible for an appointment at an Australian University;
- is assessed by at least one hour of examinations for every three days of work; and
- is able to be verified by inspection of course and assessment materials.
If a PEC is approved, it will be mentioned in the course description.
How is credit approved?
Students seeking to obtain credit for successful completion of approved PECs are to contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies within the School of Engineering and IT. With approval of the School, students may then manually enrol in ZEIT8900 Professional Practice. Students then engage with Director of Postgraduate Studies to agree a topic for their essay—the essay is submitted by the end of the relevant session and a mark is recorded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Credit towards a UNSW Canberra postgraduate program expires after ten years.
In each of these programs, ZEIT8900 - Professional Practice can be chosen as an elective.
External Course Credit
A Professional Education course or other short course offered by a provider other than UNSW Canberra may be considered for inclusion in the list of approved Professional Educations courses providing it meets the criteria for an approved Professional Education courses. If the course in question is not already listed on the list of approved Professional Educationc courses an application may be made to the relevant school. An application of approval must contain at least the following:
- evidence of the number of hours of work;
- evidence that the presenter(s) would be eligible for appointment at an Australian University (a brief CV of each presenter is required providing qualifications, background, and experience);
- evidence of the assessment for the course (must be at least one hour of examination for three days of course work), including copies of previous tests and marking criteria; and
- a copy of the course materials (course notes, and text)
Does the opportunity for credit expire?
The regulations governing UNSW Canberra postgraduate programs specify that credit towards a postgraduate program expires after a certain period. Currently this period is ten years.
2. Credit towards Micro-credential Postgraduate Courses
In addition to offering credit for attendance at 12 days of accredited PEC, UNSW Canberra offers directed credit from specified PEC into selected mainstream postgraduate courses (called micro-credential courses).
What is a micro-credential course?
Within a postgraduate program, each postgraduate course is worth 6 units of credit (UOC). At UNSW Canberra, selected 6-UOC courses are associated with two 3-UOC micro-credential courses that comprise the theoretical (‘knowledge’) and practical (‘project’) components, respectively, of a parent 6-UOC course.
How do five-day PECs relate to micro-credential courses?
Each 3-UOC ‘knowledge’ course has a corresponding five-day PEC. A student who wishes to obtain recognition of successful completion of the five-day PEC must complete the assessment requirements of the PEC (receiving a Certificate of Successful Completion), enrol in the corresponding 3-UOC ‘knowledge’ micro-credential course (no fees apply), and complete a final assessment while enrolled as either a non-award or postgraduate coursework student.
How do micro-credential courses contribute to a postgraduate program?
Each ‘knowledge’ micro-credential course is a prerequisite for a ‘project’ micro-credential course which provides the practical component of the parent 6-UOC course and completes the required course learning outcomes of that parent course. Within a program, both 3-UOC courses must be completed in combination in order to achieve the total learning outcomes of the parent 6-UOC course.
Table 1. Micro-credential courses for UNSW Canberra programs
Table 2. Micro-credential courses and equivalent PECs
Are there restrictions on the use of micro-credential courses?
All micro-credential courses have an exclusion of the equivalent 6-UOC equivalent course to prevent students repeating the same 6-UOC combination—for example, students completing the combination of ZEIT8238 Systems Engineering Knowledge (3 UOC) and ZEIT8239 Systems Engineering Project (3 UOC) would be excluded from enrolling in the parent ZEIT8226 Systems Engineering Practice (6UOC).