Exemptions / RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

Policy

FSDP recognises that a student’s prior studies may be formally recognised by being awarded credit.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure students at FSDP have an avenue to apply for their previous study to be formally recognised and be awarded credit.

Scope

The policy applies to prospective and current students

Eligibility

Students seeking entry into the Foundation or Diploma program may be eligible to have their previous studies/experiences formally recognised by being awarded credit. Such credit is available under three separate sets of circumstances:

  1. Block credit for Stage A of a Foundation Studies program: Some students may be eligible for entry into a Foundation Studies program with one semester’s credit granted, in recognition of studies and/or experience that clearly exceeds the prescribed entry requirements for the program. Such credit is granted as a block credit, not for individual subjects, and enables qualifying students to complete the Foundation Studies Program in one semester.
  2. Block credit for Stage B of an Accelerated Diploma program: Some students may be eligible for entry into an Accelerated Diploma program with one semester’s credit granted, in recognition of studies and/or experience that clearly exceeds the prescribed entry requirements for the program. Such credit is granted as a block credit, not for individual subjects, and enables qualifying students to complete their Diploma within two semesters.
  3. Individual credit for university level Diploma subjects: Students who have previously studied at a tertiary level may be eligible for credit for individual university level subjects contained within a Diploma program. Previous studies must be equivalent in content and standard to those offered at La Trobe University and they must be relevant to the student’s planned course of study.

Procedure

The procedure by which credit will be considered is set out below.

Block credit for Stage A of a Foundation Studies program or Stage B of an Accelerated Diploma program

Students must formally apply for credit, using one of two methods:

  1. At the time of application, by completing the relevant section of the application form or
  2. At or after commencement of course, by completing the Foundation Studies and Diploma Program form headed ‘Application for credit’. Such applications must be made within two weeks of commencement of their course to the Admission Department.

Students must also supply the following documentation in order for their application to be considered:

  1. If block credit is sought on the basis of previous academic achievement, certified documentation proving the qualification achieved and/or academic level reached.
  2. If block credit is sought on the basis of other life experience, certified documentation proving the length and nature of such experience.
  3. Applications for block credit should be submitted to the Admissions Officer.

Individual credit for university level Diploma subjects

Credit is available in university equivalent Diploma subjects, as follows:

University equivalent diploma subject La Trobe University first year university equivalent subject
*Accounting for Management Decisions DBA10AMD Accounting for Management Decisions ACC11AMD
+Discrete Maths DCS10DCM Discrete Maths MAT11DM
*Financial Accounting DBA10FNA Financial Accounting ACC11FNA
*Foundations of Management DBA10FOM Foundations of Management MGT11FOM
+Information Systems DIS10IFS Information Systems CSE11IS
+Intermediate OOP using Java DCS10IPJ Intermediate OOP using Java CSE11IJA
*Introduction to Business Law DBA10IBL Introduction to Business Law LST11IBL
+Introduction to OOP using Java DCS10OOJ Introduction to OOP using Java CSE11OJA
*Introductory Statistics for Business DBA10ISB Introductory Statistics for Business ECO11ISB
*Macroeconomics DBA10MAC Macroeconomics ECO11IMA
*Management Information Systems DBA10MIS Management Information Systems BUS11MIS
*Marketing Principles and Practice DBA20MPP Marketing Principles and Practice MKT21MPP
*Microeconomics DBA10MIC Microeconomics ECO11MI

* subject supervised by Faculty of Law and Management
+ subject supervised by Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering

All applications for credit must be forwarded by Foundation Studies and Diploma Program to the appropriate university faculty for their consideration and approval, as the credit must be recognised by the Faculty when students subsequently enrol in Degree.

Students must formally apply for credit, using one of two methods.

  1. At the time of application, by completing the relevant section of the application form (the Admissions Officer will then request the applicant to complete the formal application form referred to below), or
  2. At or after enrolment, by completing the Foundation Studies and Diploma Program form headed ‘Application for credit’.

Students must also supply the following documentation in order for their application to be considered.

  1. Certified copy of Statement of Results, showing the result achieved in the subject(s) for which credit is sought.
  2. Certified copy of Certificate of Completion of program in which the subject(s) for which credit is sought were studied, if applicable.
  3. Copy of syllabus document(s)/course outline(s) for subject(s) for which credit is sought, showing information such as learning outcomes, course content, textbook used, contact hours, and assessment methods.