Glossary of terms

SAP: RMIT's human resource and financial information system.

Scholarship: A form of financial aid given to students, usually to help pay for their tuition expenses. Scholarships are a form of gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Many scholarships are restricted to students in specific courses of study or with academic, or artistic talent. A renewable scholarship is awarded for more than one year.

School: The basic academic organisational unit at RMIT.

Science, Engineering and Health college: One of the major organisational groupings of academic disciplines at RMIT. This college comprises 10 schools in a range of applied sciences, engineering and health fields. Formerly known as Science, Engineering and Technology.

Scope of Registration: A listing of the AQTF qualifications for which a Registered Training Organisation is allowed to deliver training and/or assessment services and issue credentials.

Semester: The teaching year is divided into semesters each comprising teaching weeks (13 weeks in Higher education, 15 weeks in TAFE), non-teaching week, and an examination period.

Service level agreement: The agreement made between RMIT and a partner institution that specifies their responsibilities in the provision of educational infrastructure and teaching and learning services associated with the delivery of an RMIT award program. A service level agreement is documented in a contractual annexure.

SET: Science, Engineering and Technology Portfolio, see also Science, Engineering and Technology Portfolio

Single Course Enrolment: Enrolment into an accredited course of RMIT, but not as part of enrolment into an accredited Award program. Single course enrolment does include enrolment by an award student into courses which are additional to that academic award.

Skills Victoria: Victorian Government office responsible for the regulation of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, including RMIT TAFE.

SLA: Service level agreement, see alsoService level agreement

SOG: State Operating Grant

SOS: Student Outcomes Survey, see also Student Outcomes Survey

Special Consideration: Students whose graded assessments are affected by illness, disability or impairment factors relating to their personal environment or by other serious cause may apply for Special Consideration. See the policy: Special Consideration in assessment.

SPIRT: Strategic Partnerships with Industry Research and Training Scheme, see also Strategic Partnerships with Industry Research and Training Scheme

SSAU: Superannuation Scheme for Australian Universities

Staff / Student Consultative Committee: A forum for resolving problems that students may have with program related matters such as the structure of the program, course areas offered, assessment procedures, general teaching methods, timetabling issues, extracurricular activities, resources and facilities and workload.

Stand-alone course: A course designed to be offered as an elective that is not a specified part of an established program structure

Strategic Partnerships with Industry Research and Training Scheme: A funding scheme controlled by the Australian Research Council

Student: Any person enrolled at the University for any award of the University. This does not include persons who (a) have qualified for the award for which they have been enrolled and the period from the end of the examination period to the commencement of the next semester (excluding summer semester where relevant) has expired; (b) have been excluded from the University or had their candidature terminated pursuant to any Statute or Regulation thereunder; (c) have not for any academic year or period of study re-enrolled by the date prescribed; (d) have given the Academic Registrar notice in writing of discontinuance by the date prescribed.

Student centred learning: Learning processes and course design that encourage and enable students to be actively involved in their own learning.

Student Contact Hours: The basis of TAFE funding – in which Skills Victoria agrees each year to fund delivery of a total number of contact hours by RMIT's TAFE division.

Student Electives: Courses where the student may exercise choice in their enrolment and that, within a program structure, are not normally part of the core professional sequence. Electives in a program may be pre-defined and limited to a specific group of courses, or be entirely open and taken from those available across the university. Each program will define the rules governing elective study requirements. For example, discipline-based electives are courses chosen by a student from a program-specific list, built around key disciplines or specialisations, or chosen according to program-specific rules as to disciplines or specialisations.

Student Load: The total student equivalent full-time student units (EFTSUs) or contact hours (in TAFE) for a given program, or for the division or institution as a whole.

Student Outcomes Survey: Annual survey administered nationally to gather data about the perceptions of recent VET graduates about the quality and usefulness of their programs.

Student Union Council: The governing body of the Student Union

Study abroad student: A student from anywhere in the world who undertakes study for one or two semesters at RMIT in Australia under the auspices of an exchange agreement with their home university.

SUC: Student Union Council, see also Student Union Council

Supervisor: A supervisor of a research candidate's program of research and study. A senior supervisor is a member of the staff of RMIT who is responsible to the Head of School in which the candidate is enrolled for the candidate's program of study and research.

Suspend: To prohibit a student from attending any teaching or assessment session or from entering upon the University precincts, either in whole or in such part as may be prescribed, for a specified period;

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