Recognition of Formal and Informal Prior Learning

Massey University recognises prior learning achieved within both formal and informal settings. Credit is awarded for completed tertiary qualifications, for incomplete tertiary qualifications, and for informal learning, as detailed below.

Types of Massey University Credit That May Be Awarded

1. Credit will be awarded at an appropriate level for the content of the qualifying course. Credit may be:

(a) For a specified Massey University course, identified by course number.

(b) In a specified subject at a specified level, but not specifying a course number. The credits may count towards majoring or minoring requirements (specialisation credits), where relevant. They may be designated as part of a particular qualification schedule (qualification credits) or, if not, simply count towards the qualification (elective credits).

(c) Specified by level, but not by subject (elective credits). Elective credits count towards the qualification, but not to any major or minor and they may not be designated as part of a particular qualification schedule.

(d) Under the provisions of clause 21 below, for specified assessment(s) towards a specified Massey University course.

Cross-credits

2. The term 'cross-credit' refers to a course (or courses) credited to two qualifications. It can be on the basis of:

(a) a completed qualification at Massey University or another approved tertiary institution; or

(b) a student completing the programmes of study for two qualifications at the same time and wishing to credit one or more courses to both qualifications.

3. A student shall receive credit only once for each course except as permitted by these Cross-Credit Regulations.

4. Students shall not credit to separate degrees two courses with substantially the same content.

5. Credit shall not be granted for the same course in more than two programmes of study.

6. Unless otherwise specified in the Regulations for a particular qualification, students may cross-credit 100- or 200-level courses that are common to both programmes up to the following maximum values:

Programme Type Maximum Credits Level
Undergraduate Certificate (60 credits) Undergraduate qualification - fewer than 120 credits No cross-crediting Not applicable
Undergraduate Certificate (60 credits) Undergraduate qualification - 120 credits or greater 15 credits 100-level
Undergraduate Qualification (120 credits) Undergraduate qualification - between 120 and 240 credits 15 credits 100-level
Undergraduate Qualification (120 credits) Undergraduate degree - between 240 and 360 credits 30 credits 100-level
Undergraduate Qualification (120 credits) Undergraduate degree - 360 credits or higher 45 credits 100-level
Undergraduate Diploma (240 credits) Undergraduate degree - 360 credits or higher 75 credits 100-level
Undergraduate Degree (360 credits) Undergraduate degree - 360 credits 120 credits 100- and 200-level (maximum of 45 credits at 200-level)
Undergraduate Degree (360 credits) Massey University undergraduate degree - between 480 and 600 credits 180 credits 100- and 200-level (maximum of 90 credits at 200-level)
Programme Type Maximum Credits Level
Undergraduate Certificate (60 credits) Undergraduate qualification - fewer than 120 credits No cross-crediting Not applicable
Undergraduate Certificate (60 credits) Undergraduate qualification - 120 credits or greater 15 credits 100-level
Undergraduate Qualification (120 credits) Undergraduate qualification - between 120 and 240 credits 15 credits 100-level
Undergraduate Qualification (120 credits) Undergraduate degree - between 240 and 360 credits 30 credits 100-level
Undergraduate Qualification (120 credits) Undergraduate degree - 360 credits or higher 45 credits 100-level
Undergraduate Diploma (240 credits) Undergraduate degree - 360 credits or higher 75 credits 100-level
Undergraduate Degree (360 credits) Undergraduate degree - 360 credits 120 credits 100- and 200-level (maximum of 45 credits at 200-level)
Undergraduate Degree (360 credits) Massey University undergraduate degree - between 480 and 600 credits 180 credits 100- and 200-level (maximum of 90 credits at 200-level)

7. No course at 300-level or above shall be cross-credited to another qualification, unless otherwise specifically stated in the Regulations of the relevant qualification.

8. Courses may not be cross-credited to or from a postgraduate diploma, postgraduate certificate, graduate diploma or a graduate certificate unless specifically stated otherwise in the Regulations for that diploma or certificate.

9. Where, because of these Regulations, students are unable to cross-credit a course that is compulsory in the second programme, they may substitute such other course as the Academic Board may approve.

10. The maximum number of credits that can be cross-credited from completed qualifications is 120, irrespective of the number of qualifications completed, unless Regulation 6(e) above applies or a higher maximum is specified in the Regulations for the destination qualification.

Transfer of Credit

11. Transfer of Credit refers to credit which is transferred from one qualification to another qualification and only counts towards the qualification it is transferred into. It includes:

(a) Credit which is transferred from an incomplete qualification, undertaken at Massey University or another approved tertiary institution;

(b) Credit which is transferred from an accredited approved programme while on an official Massey University Student Exchange programme; and

(c) Credit which is transferred from a completed Massey qualification which is surrendered.

12. An application for transfer of credit under 11(a) and 11(b) is a statement from the student that they do not intend to complete the original qualification at a later date.

13. Massey University qualifications may be surrendered toward another Massey University qualification under the following circumstances:

(a) Only certificates and diplomas may be surrendered; degrees may not be surrendered.

(b) Courses within the qualification being surrendered are not available for use in another qualification until the surrender process is complete.

(c) Surrender of a qualification should be regarded as final; re-conferment of the surrendered qualification would be approved only in exceptional circumstances.

(d) Conferred qualifications may not be exchanged for qualifications introduced subsequently unless further credits are completed once the new qualification is approved for award.

(e) For any surrender towards Master's degrees, application must be made within five years from the date of completion of the qualification to be surrendered.

(f) In all cases the regulations of the destination qualification will apply.

14. The Massey credit value for courses passed at other New Zealand institutions will be obtained by multiplying the Equivalent Full-Time Student (EFTS) value of the courses by 120.

15. Transfer credit will be awarded up to the maximum compatible with the requirements of the destination qualification, except as specified by Regulation 2 above for transfers from other institutions.

Minimum Credits to be Completed Through Massey University

16. Notwithstanding Regulations 2-15, in order to preserve the integrity of Massey University qualifications, a student shall be required to complete at least the following through Massey University to be awarded a Massey University qualification:

(a) For a 360-credit undergraduate degree, at least 105 credits.

(i) At least 60 300-level credits in the degree, including the 300-level credits required for a major subject(s).

(ii) Where a minor subject(s) is required or permitted within the degree, at least 30 credits in the minor subject including at least 15 300-level credits, unless otherwise specified in the degree regulations.

(b) For a 480-credit undergraduate degree, 120 credits at the highest level in the degree, including all 400- and 700-level credits.

(c) For a postgraduate or graduate qualification, three-quarters of the credits required.

(d) For a sub-degree or degree-level diploma or certificate, half of the credits required.

17. A student who earned transfer credit to an undergraduate degree while on an official Massey University Student Exchange programme shall be required to complete at least the following through Massey University to be awarded a Massey University qualification. The remaining credits specified by Regulation 16(a) or 16(b) may be completed through the Exchange partner.

(a) For a 360-credit undergraduate degree, normally 105 credits including 30 300-level credits, which must be part of the majoring requirements unless a major is not required by the degree Regulations.

(b) For a 480-credit undergraduate degree, at least 60 credits from the fourth year of the degree.

Informal Learning

18. (a) Credit for informal learning acknowledges relevant and appropriate skills and knowledge obtained through training, work experience and life experience.

(b) The principles by which these relevant and appropriate skills and knowledge may be given credit include:

(i) credit should be awarded for learning, and not solely for experience itself;

(ii) credit should be awarded only for learning that is at the level of the qualification towards which credit is requested;

(iii credit should be awarded only for learning that has a balance, appropriate to the subject, between theory and practical application;

(iv) credit should be appropriate to the academic context in which it is accepted;

(v) credit can only be awarded for specified courses (that is regulation 1(b) and 1(c) do not apply to credit for informal learning).

19. Applications for credit for informal learning will be rigorously assessed using normal university procedures, for example:

(a) assessment of a portfolio of supporting materials;

(b) use of a challenge examination.

Students who are granted credit under this regulation will have had to demonstrate their capability at the same level as students who enrol in and pass the specified course.

Notice of intention to submit a portfolio or to be examined must be given before the end of the first year of enrolment at Massey University.

20. The maximum credit towards an undergraduate degree from informal learning is 120 credits at 100- or 200-level. The maximum credit towards a sub-degree or degree-level certificate or diploma from informal learning is one-third of the credits required for the qualification. No credit from informal learning towards a graduate or post-graduate qualification is permitted.

Professional Development Through Massey University

21. Credit for Massey University quality assured professional development courses may be awarded towards a qualification, specified course or course assessment, subject to prior College Board approval of the credit arrangements.

22. Students may be awarded credit to the following maximum values, unless this is precluded or a lower limit is specified under the Part II regulations for a qualification for:

Programme Type (from) Maximum Credits
Sub Degree Certificate of Diploma One half of the credits required for the qualification
Undergraduate Certificate, Diploma or Degree One half of the credits required, up to a maximum of 120 credits
Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma One quarter of credits required, up to a maximum of 30 credits
Master's Degree One quarter of credits required, up to a maximum of 60 credits

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