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Personal Programmes of Study Regulations Governing Bachelors Degrees


BA, BCS, BCGD, BCMS, BECom, BE, BE(Hons), LLB, LLB(Hons), BLibS, BMS, BMS(Hons), BMPD, BMus, BSc, BSc(Tech), BSocSc, BSpLS, BTchg, BTour
Delegation of Powers
The powers and authority of the Academic Board referred to in these regulations have been delegated in certain matters under the Delegation of Powers Statute 2005.
Definitions
1.   A paper is a segment of work in a particular subject and is identified by means of a unique code number. Papers are delivered through lectures, tutorials, practicals and such other coursework as may be required by the department concerned. Qualifications comprise a defined number of papers.
2.   A programme of study means the selection of papers taken by a student in any one academic year for a particular qualification.
3.   Equivalent papers are in effect the same papers, one of which was taught in the past with a different paper code.
4.   Restricted papers share a significant amount of common content. Students may therefore receive credit for only one of the papers listed. Restricted papers may not be used to satisfy prerequisite or corequisite requirements.
5.   A prerequisite must be passed before a student may enrol in the paper for which the prerequisite is specified. (A paper for which a Restricted Pass (RP) has been awarded will not be accepted as meeting the prerequisite requirements for any other paper unless the Dean of the Faculty/School in which the other paper is offered approves otherwise.)
6.   Corequisites are pairs or groups of papers which must be taken together.
7.   Internal assessment includes all or some of the following: essays, assignments and reports of various kinds, practical work, work in tutorials and/or seminars and tests.
8.   A subject is a grouping of papers with a common academic theme, defined in terms of the listings under individual subject headings in the Calendar. A department may offer more than one subject.
9.   A major subject means the subject which a candidate has chosen to be the principal area of study for the degree and which is selected from those subjects listed in the relevant degree regulations as the major subjects for that degree. A candidate is required to take a defined and substantial number of papers in the major subject at a range of levels up to and including Level 3 or Level 4.
10.   A supporting subject means an additional subject to the major subject or a defined programme of study as listed in the Calendar, which a candidate has chosen as a supporting area of study for the degree.
11.   A full-time programme is as determined within the Youth and Student Allowance Regulations, namely a minimum of 0.8 EFTS (96 points). Students will be advised of the EFTS value of their programmes of study at enrolment. Details of the EFTS value of a particular programme of study may be obtained after enrolment from the Student and Academic Services Division.
General
12.   In order to be eligible to be enrolled at the University of Waikato, candidates must meet the requirements of Section 224 of the Education Amendment Act 1990.
13.   The criteria for admission to the University of Waikato in a given year are determined by the Council.
14.   Enrolment in a programme of study or paper is subject to the approval of the Academic Board by delegated authority of the Council. Such approval will be determined on the basis of the applicant’s academic background as well as staffing and space resources.
15.   The minimum requirements for the award of bachelors degrees are defined in the relevant regulations. The Academic Board may prescribe qualifying or additional papers which must be passed by a candidate in addition to the minimum requirements, either prior to or concurrently with the minimum requirements. Qualifying or additional papers may be required if the student is considered by the Academic Board to be inadequately prepared in a core subject area.
16.   The personal programme of study of every candidate is subject to the approval of the Academic Board.
17.   Particular regulations governing bachelors degrees may be varied or waived by approval of the Academic Board.
18.   The papers for bachelors degrees and their prescriptions are defined in the University of Waikato Calendar. Before enrolling for a paper, candidates must meet any requirements specified in the relevant prescription unless approved otherwise by the relevant chairperson of department or programme convenor and the Dean of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
Examinations and Assessment
19.   The Assessment Regulations 2005 apply in these regulations.
Dissertations
20.   A dissertation must be presented in accordance with the Dissertations and Theses Regulations 2005. The chief supervisor will be required to certify that the dissertation embodies the candidate’s own work carried out under the supervisor’s direct supervision.
Minimum Time for Completion of Degrees
21.   Subject to the approval of the Academic Board, a candidate may be permitted to complete the requirements of a degree in less than the minimum period of enrolment prescribed in the relevant regulations. Approval will depend on the student’s academic record and on the availability of suitable teaching and supervision arrangements.
Maximum Workload
22.   A full-year paper has a workload equivalent to half of its points value during each of the two semesters in which it is taught. Unless the Academic Board approves otherwise
  (a)   no more than 120 points may be taken in any one academic year (excluding Summer School)
  (b)   no more than the equivalent workload of 70 points may be taken in any one semester
  (c)   no more than 40 points may be taken in any one Summer School period.
Credit - Transfer Credit and Cross Credit
23.   Transfer credit means credit towards a University of Waikato qualification for papers passed at another tertiary institution.
24.   Cross credit means credit towards a University of Waikato qualification for papers passed towards another University of Waikato qualification.
25.   A student who has passed papers at an appropriate level at the University of Waikato or another tertiary institution may apply for credit in respect of those papers towards a University of Waikato qualification.
26.   Applications for credit must be submitted on the prescribed form, together with the prescribed fee, to the Director of Student and Academic Services Division.
27.   Applications for credit from another institution must be accompanied by a verified copy of an academic record. If the original document is not in English, the academic record must be accompanied by an official English translation of the record. The University reserves the right to request an original copy of an academic record.
28.   The policy on the level and amount of credit which may be awarded from a completed qualification is determined by the Academic Board and is set out below:
  (a)   Credit from a completed qualification will normally be limited to no more than one third of the completed qualification.
  (b)   Credit towards a University of Waikato qualification from a completed qualification will normally be limited to no more than one third of the University of Waikato qualification. For the purposes of this regulation, one third of a bachelors degree is considered to be 120 points at Levels 1 and 2, including a maximum of 60 points at Level 2. Where appropriate, the Dean may, at his or her discretion, permit 20 further points at Level 1 or Level 2 to be credited towards a four-year bachelors degree where the Dean deems a paper to be relevant to the students’s programme of study.
  (c)   Credit is not normally available in respect of papers taken towards a completed graduate or postgraduate qualification.
  (d)   No paper may count towards more than two qualifications.
29.   The decision to award credit in individual cases will be made by the Dean of the Faculty or School of Studies concerned.
30.   In making decisions on credit, the Dean will consider the relevance and level of the papers completed, the regulations of the University of Waikato qualification concerned, and the credit guidelines maintained by the Student and Academic Services Division.
31.   Applicants wishing to appeal Deans’ decisions on credit may apply to Director of the Student and Academic Services Division.
32.   The consideration of an appeal will involve the Dean concerned being requested to reconsider the decision. Further appeals against the outcome of a reconsideration will be referred to the Academic Programmes Committee for consideration on behalf of the Academic Board.
Special Arrangements for Conjoint Programmes with the School of Law
33.   In addition to regulation 35 above and subject to the approval of the respective Deans
  (a)   A student who has been credited for the degree of Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Laws with Honours with Law papers listed in Appendix A to these regulations shall be entitled to be credited with up to 60 points from those papers at the same level (provided that these credits do not result in a candidate’s programme including papers which exceed the maximum number of points permitted to be taken outside of that School) towards the degrees of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Social Sciences, where the respective Deans deem such a paper to be relevant to the student’s programme of study.
  (b)   A student who has been credited for the degree of Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Laws with Honours with one or more of the Law papers in column one as set out in Appendix B to these regulations may be credited with the corresponding paper (to a maximum of three) in column two as set out in Appendix B to these regulations towards the Bachelor of Management Studies degree.
  (c)   The credit arrangements under the provisions of this regulation apply only where the degrees obtained are conferred concurrently.
Change of Programme of Study
34.   The Change of Enrolment Regulations 2003 apply in these regulations.
Enrolment for More Than One Qualification
35.   A student may not enrol in papers for more than two distinct qualifications in any year, and may only enrol in papers for a second qualification after first being credited with passes in at least 90 points towards the first qualification. A candidate who is enrolled in papers for two qualifications in any year may take in that year no more than the maximum number of papers permitted under the regulations of either qualification.
Completion of Waikato Degrees at Other New Zealand Universities
36.   A student who has completed the major part of a degree at the University of Waikato and then moved to another district may in some cases complete the Waikato degree by taking the remaining papers at another University in New Zealand. Prior approval in writing of the specific papers must be obtained from the Director of the Student and Academic Services Division of this University and the prescribed charge paid. The student must advise the Registrar of the other University of the purpose of the enrolment and the papers concerned must be taken on a Certificate of Proficiency (COP) basis at that University. The student’s academic record will not be transferred.
Completion of Degrees of Other New Zealand Universities at the University of Waikato
37.   A student who has completed the major part of a degree at another New Zealand University may in some cases be permitted by that University to complete the degree by passing specified papers at the University of Waikato. Any such approval must be given in writing by the ‘home’ University and the student will take the papers concerned on an Individual Paper Credit (IPC) basis at the University of Waikato. The student’s academic record will not be transferred.

Appendix A
BA
LAWS201 Public Law A
LAWS202 Public Law B
LAWS203 Jurisprudence
BSc
LAWS401 The Law of Evidence
LAWS402 Civil Procedure
LAWS403 Crime, Criminology and the Criminal Justice System
LAWS415 Transnational Business Law
LAWS426 Commercial Transactions
LAWS432 Natural Resources Law
LAWS433 Māori Resources Law
LAWS434 Environmental Law
LAWS435 Law and Information Technology
LAWS436 Legal Ethics
LAWS439 Law, Society and Domestic Violence
LAWS466 International Environmental Law
LAWS468 Law of Intellectual Property
LAWS490 Directed Study 1
BSocSc
LAWS104 Law and Societies
LAWS201 Public Law A
LAWS202 Public Law B
Note:
1.   Where topic deemed appropriate

Appendix B
BMS
Column One Column Two
LAWS305 Corporate Entities ACCT322 Law of Business Enterprises
LAWS424 Revenue Law ACCT351 Taxation
LAWS426 Commercial Transactions ACCT321 Commercial Law

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