Glossary of terms

Candidate: A person who has been granted approved candidature and is enrolled in a higher degree.

Capability Driven Curriculum: Curriculum that is designed to develop and assess targeted capabilities. A major characteristic of capability-based curriculum is the focus on each student's individual development. Capability-based programs are designed so that students acquire a range of generic, technical and professional skills and knowledge that match the needs of specific industries and work environments.

CEQ: Course Experience Questionnaire, see also Course Experience Questionnaire

Clearly in, "Clearly in" rank: The published lowest rank for admission to a course. This enables applicants to assess their chances of selection.

Clearly in, "Clearly in" score: The RMIT score required to check if a student is eligible for entry into a program, listed as a grade/mark/percentage for each program. This score is stated as one criterion along with relevant pre-requisites (work experience, specific subjects).

COG: Commonwealth Operating Grant.

Commencing Student: A student beginning their program for the first time, including when they move from one program code to another. Students moving up a level (e.g. from a Graduate Certificate to a Graduate Diploma or from a Masters (R) to a PhD) will be counted as commencements. One does not count as commencements students moving from a bachelors degree into a related honors program; students moving between a double degree and the related single programs; or students moving down a level in the same discipline (e.g. from a PhD to a Masters by Research in the same project). The definition of commencement also relates to a time period. To be a HE commencement in the current year, students must have commenced their program since 1 September the previous year. This definition is set by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth Government: A term used with reference to the Government of Australia, as distinct from one of the state governments such as the Government of Victoria.

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (Australian Government): An Australian government register of Institutions and courses for overseas students. There is an online database of courses and educational institutions or providers who are registered to offer courses for overseas students in Australia.

Competency: Used in VET training packages to denote the specification and application of knowledge and skill to a standard of performance required in the workplace, appropriate to an enterprise, industry or cross-industry application.

Competency Standard: An industry-determined specification of performance which sets out the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to operate effectively in employment. Competency standards are made up of units of competency, which are themselves made up of elements of competency, together with performance criteria, a range of variables, and an evidence guide. Competency standards are an endorsed component of a training package, and the basis of most programs in the TAFE sector.

Contact Hours: See Student Contact Hours

Cooperative Research Centre: A Commonwealth Government Program funds research centres based on consortiums of industry, research organisations, educational institutions and relevant government agencies. RMIT is a partner in many of these.

Course: The basic unit of study. (e.g. Business Statistics A, Accounting B)

Course Catalogue: The master list of courses offered by RMIT.

Course Co-ordinator: The person with overall responsibility for managing a course.

Course Discontinuation: Course closure; i.e. the course will no longer be on offer and is removed from the university database. See also Program Discontinuation.

Course Experience Questionnaire: The annual national survey of recent university graduates that provides information about graduates’ perceptions of the quality of teaching, the clarity of goals and standards, the nature of assessment, the level of the workload, and the enhancement of their generic skills. It also asks graduates to indicate their overall level of satisfaction with the program just completed. (Here "Course" is used in the sense of an overall program of study rather than one particular component.)

Course Guides: Documents giving students basic information about a course. The outline (Part A) course guide provides an overview of the course. The detailed (Part B) course guide provides the course details and includes information about the learning activities, teaching schedule, assessment etc.. A Part B course guide may change every teaching period and can vary with location and mode of delivery.

Courseware: The set of Web-based, educational resources that may comprise a complete and full credit-bearing course. It includes learning paths, activities, notes and assessment. Multimedia courseware may contain text, images, animation, sound and motion video. It offers highly interactive learning functionality for the learner, and contains instructional support.

CRC: Cooperative Research Centre, also see Cooperative Research Centre

Credit Point: In Higher Education credit points are the medium of exchange used to give a value to an amount of learning. Courses are normally 12 credit points or multiples thereof.

Credit Transfer: The recognition granted to academic studies completed in another course or program. See also: Recognition of Prior Learning / Current Competency.

CRICOS: Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (Australian Government)

Current Competency: A competency currently possessed by a person. People can lose competence over time so that, having been competent in the past, they may need further training and practice to demonstrate current competency (taken from ANTA website).

Curriculum: The specifications for a course which describe the planned learning experiences a student is to undergo, generally including objectives, content, intended learning outcomes, teaching methodology, recommended or prescribed assessment tasks, assessment exemplars, etc.

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