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Resolutions of the Faculty


Resolutions of the Faculty of Dentistry for coursework awards

These resolutions apply to all undergraduate and postgraduate coursework award courses in the Faculty, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Students enrolled in postgraduate research awards should consult the resolutions for their course. These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the resolutions for the course of enrolment, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Part 1: Course enrolment

1 Enrolment restrictions

Students are only permitted to enrol for the units of study specified for each semester of their program of study.

2 Time limits

Maximum time limits for all Faculty of Dentistry courses are listed in the table below.

Course Title

Full Time/Part Time

Time Limit

Bachelor of Oral Health


4 years

Bachelor of Dentistry


5 years

Graduate Diploma Conscious Sedation


4 semesters

Graduate Diploma Oral Implants


3 semesters

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry


4 years/8 years

Master of Philosophy


4 years/8 years

The Coursework Rule defines how time limits are affected by periods of suspension or absence.

3 Suspension, discontinuation and lapse of candidature

The Coursework Rule specifies the conditions for suspending or discontinuing candidature, and return to candidature after these events. The Rule also defines the circumstances when candidature is deemed to have lapsed. Students should pay careful attention to the significant dates in these processes and their effect on results and financial liability. Refer also to the specific resolutions for the Doctor of Dental Medicine.
For the Bachelor of Oral Health and Bachelor of dentistry degrees, the provisions of the Coursework Rule apply except that the maximum suspension permitted from this course will be 12 months.
For the Bachelor of Dentistry degree exceptions may be made for candidates who wish to interrupt their studies, for up to 2 years, to complete another degree, acceptable to the faculty, at this or another institution.

4 Credit for previous study

In this Faculty, there is no specially identified credit for previous study.

Part 2: Unit of study enrolment

5 Cross institutional study

Cross institutional study is not permitted by the Faculty of Dentistry.

6 International exchange

International exchange is not permitted by the Faculty of Dentistry.

Part 3: Studying and Assessment

7 Attendance

Students are required to be in attendance at the correct time and place of any formal or informal examinations. Non attendance on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration will result in the forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment. Participation in a minimum number of assessment items may be a requirement of any unit of study.
Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled activities for each component of a unit of study. The Dean or academic staff member most concerned may determine that a student fails a unit of study due to inadequate attendance.

8 Late submission policy

It is expected that unless an application for an extension or special consideration has been approved, students will make submissions for a unit of study on the due date specified, submissions may include assignments, application forms or log books. If the submission is made by the student within a period of approved extension, no academic penalty will be applied.
If a student does not seek an extension, or one is not granted by the academic staff member concerned, or is granted but work is submitted by the student after the extended due date, a late submission will result in an academic penalty as follows:
Time Frame Penalty

Up to 7 days late

1 point demerit from PPD Licence

More than 7 days but less than 14 days

2 point demerits from PPD Licence

More than 14 days late

2 point demerits from PPD licence, an assessment will not be marked.

9 Special consideration for illness, injury or misadventure

Special consideration is a process that affords equal opportunity to students who have experienced circumstances that adversely impact their ability to adequately complete an assessment task in a unit of study. The Coursework Rule provides full details of the University policy. The procedures for applying for special consideration are described in the Faculty of Dentistry Assessment and Progression Policy.

10 Concessional pass

In this Faculty the grade PCON (Concessional Pass) is not awarded.

11 Re-assessment

Opportunities for re-assessment may be approved on the grounds of special consideration and are offered in accordance with the Faculty of Dentistry Assessment and Progression Policy.
Students who have been granted special consideration may be allowed to sit the exam or submit the required work at a negotiated date that should be no longer than the period of incapacitation and in any case not longer than 3 months after the original examination or submission date. After this time the student will be considered to have discontinued with permission. Marks will be awarded at full value for further examination where special consideration is approved.
Students who fail one or two units of study (but not more than two) may be offered the opportunity for re-assessment. Re-assessment will be offered to eligible students on one date only, advised by the Faculty Assessment Office at the beginning of the semester, and it is a student's responsibility to be available to attend on that date. The maximum grade awarded for a unit of study in these circumstances will be a Pass.

Part 4: Progression, Results and Graduation

12 Satisfactory progress

The Faculty will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course in accordance with the Student Academic Progression Policy. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as defined by the progression requirements of the Coursework Rule), students must meet any other requirements specified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

13 Award of the bachelor's degree with honours

The award of Honours is only available to meritorious candidates of the Bachelor of Dentistry degree. Further details are outlined in the Bachelor of Dentistry Resolutions.

14 University medal

The University medal is not awarded to Bachelor of Dentistry Honours candidates, because marks are not awarded to students throughout the duration of the degree.

15 Weighted Average Mark (WAM)

The University has a formula for calculating a Weighted Average Mark and this is defined in the University Glossary. WAMs are used by the University as one indicator of performance. For example, WAMs can be used in assessing admission to and award of honours, eligibility for prizes and scholarships, or assessing progression through a course.
The weight of a unit of study is assigned by the owning faculty. In the Faculty of Dentistry, all units carry a weighting value of one.

Part 5: Other

16 Special permission

These resolutions apply to all students enrolled in programs of study in the Faculty of Dentistry. However, in exceptional circumstances and at the Dean's discretion, some exemptions may be permitted.

17 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011, who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Students who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011, may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.