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Definition of Terms
- Assessment is the process of gathering a range of evidence and forming a judgement as to whether a learner has achieved a specified level of competence in clearly identified learning outcomes or standards in a module of study.
- Academic Credit Accumulation refers to the process of achieving credits over time in relation to a
programme of study.
- Credit refers to the measure of the volume of learning required for a qualification and not academic years of study; quantified as the number of notional hours required for achieving the learning outcomes for the qualification. 10 notional study hours is equivalent to one credit.
- Rules of Progression identifies the parameters governing progression through a programme of study.
- Articulation refers to the parameters governing the progression from one programme of study to another programme of study.
- Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) is the process whereby credits obtained at one institution
may be recognised by another, or the same, as meeting part of the requirements for a qualification.
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process that gives due recognition to the life-long learning of an individual gained through formal and/or informal training, work experience, general life experience, or through any combination of the above.
- Qualification is the formal recognition and certification of learning achievement awarded by an
- Programme is a purposeful and structured set of learning experiences that leads to a qualification.
- Transcript is a document issued by an institution to provide a descriptive record of the learning a student has achieved at that institution, whether or not a qualification has been awarded.