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Essential Course Information for students

If you have any questions regarding any of the information on this page or require further assistance, please contact mqbs-studentservices@mq.edu.au in the first instance.

 

Please familiarise yourself with the following key Macquarie University policies:

Academic Integrity

Academic Progression

Assessment

Deferment & Re-Admission

Fees and costs

Grade Appeal

Special Consideration

 

Please also review and familiarise yourself with the following information: 

1. Communication with the Applied Finance Centre

All Macquarie students are issued with a free University email account (@students.mq.edu.au). It is Macquarie University policy that official communication will only be sent to this account. This is both for security reasons and to minimise spam. Consideration will not be given in any instance if you have missed information sent from us because you have not logged into and checked this email account.

 

2. Important Term Dates

Please familiarise yourself with the important dates. These dates are published at the end of each year for the coming calendar year:

  • Term commencement date
  • Last date to enrol (core/foundation units & elective units)
  • Payment due date
  • Census date
  • Exam period
  • Exam result release date
  • Supplementary exam date

 

3. Enrolment

  • Enrolment is to be completed on-line via iManage. Enrolment is available for units offered in the current calendar year only.
  • You may enrol only in units for which you have satisfied the pre-requisites (eg: successful completion of a specified core unit). In general, pre-requisites will not be waived, other than in exceptional circumstances. Any request to enrol in a unit for which a pre-requisite has not been met requires the completion of a Special Approval (Waiver) which needs to be submitted via AskMQ. The online form must be submitted by the last date to enrol to be considered.
  • Enrolment in a unit for which there is a co-requisite requires a student to have either completed the corequisite unit or be enrolled concurrently in this unit.
  • Credit Overload (or above normal study load): If you are a part-time student or Graduate Certificate student, and you want to study more than 10 credit points in any given term, OR a full-time student and you want to study more than 20 credit points in any given term, please complete a Credit Overload application via AskMQ. Approval for enrolment in a credit overload is at the discretion of Faculty Student Admin Manager. Please note that there will be no special consideration given due to the heavy workload, or resulting in poor performance for students who undertake a credit overload.
  • Class attendance is not compulsory. However, the Master of Applied Finance is a face-to-face teaching program and attendance and participation is strongly encouraged. If you choose not to attend classes your non-attendance will be noted. Any applicable in-class exercises or participation mark will receive a mark of zero if classes are not attended.

 

4. Discontinuance of unit(s)

  • You should note discontinuance does not happen automatically. In particular, non-attendance at class or failure to meet unit prerequisites does not amount to discontinuance.
  • If you discontinue from a unit, the following rules apply:
  • If you discontinue from a unit before the census date, you will be treated as not having been enrolled (NE). No result will show on your academic transcript.
  • Your enrolment will be cancelled if you have not paid by the census date.
  • If you discontinue from a unit up to four (4) weeks after census date, you will be treated as having withdrawn (W) and this will show on your transcript. As you have been given a result for this unit, your fees will still be allocated against this unit. This means you will not be able to claim a refund.
  • If you discontinue from a unit more than four (4) weeks after the census date, your result will be a fail (F) and this will show on your transcript. As you have been given a result for this unit, your fees will still be allocated against this unit.

 

5. Application to Withdraw without Academic and/or Financial Penalty

  • If you believe that you need to discontinue from a unit at any time after the census date but before the final examination due to ‘serious and unavoidable disruption’ you may submit an Application to Withdraw without Academic and/or Financial Penalty form via AskMQ. This form must be submitted with evidence of the event or circumstance which result in it not being possible for you to continue to effectively study in that study period.
  • Circumstances may involve medical reasons, family or personal reasons or employment related reasons. They do not include issues such as being very busy at work.
  • For a request to withdraw without academic and/or financial penalty to be considered, you must submit the application before you sit the final exam (or submission of the final assessment task for that unit if applicable). Once a grade has been ratified by the Academic Senate it will not be changed. In exceptional circumstances the Deputy Vice-Chancellor may approve an application submitted at a later date.

PLEASE NOTE PROCESSING/RESPONSE TIME CAN TAKE UP TO 6 WEEKS

6. Assessment

  • The MQ unit guide is the contract between the student and University. Please refer to each unit guide for details on each assessment.
  • If you require special consideration for an assessment, please refer to the ‘Special Consideration’ section for more details to request for extension of any assessments and please note the following:
  • Requests to extend assignment/quiz (and or any other assessments) due dates are separate from requests to defer exams.
  • Approval of a supplementary exam does not give an automatic extension of any other assessment dates.

 

7. Exams

  • Request to sit exam outside an MAFC teaching centre
  • Exam charges will be applicable for students intending to sit an exam outside their centre of enrolment.
  • If you want to sit an exam in a different location other than a MAFC teaching centre (e.g. due to business travel to another city, or to be closer to your home residence), please contact mqbs-afc-exams@mq.edu.au, no later than four (4) weeks before the exam. Requests made after this time will not be accepted.
  • You will be charged the cost for holding an exam outside an MAFC teaching centre and will be liable for these fees. Fees will depend on the venue and location of the exam. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to make arrangements for you to sit your exam at another location other than a MAFC teaching centre. Please also note that non-payment of this exam fee will result in no further exams being organised and you will be expected to sit the exam in the centre that you are enrolled in.

 

8. Special Consideration

If you believe that your studies have been seriously and unavoidably disrupted by any of the events set out in the Special Consideration Policy:

  • a Special Consideration application must be submitted together with supporting evidence via AskMQ no later than five (5) working days of the assessment task date or due date.

If a serious and unavoidable disruption event affects your ability to complete a scheduled exam, and your application in respect of Special Consideration is approved, you will be required to sit the supplementary exam on the date published on the important dates page and you will need to make yourself available for this exam.

PLEASE NOTE PROCESSING/RESPONSE TIME CAN TAKE UP TO 5 - 10 WORKING DAYS

9. Program Articulation

If you have enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance, you may request to articulate into the Master of Applied Finance when you have successfully completed all the required credit points.

To request to articulate to the Master of Applied Finance, you must complete and submit an on-line application form. If your request for articulation is successful, you will receive a new offer into the current in-take of the Master of Applied Finance and the relevant unit fees will apply.