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Course Titling and Abbreviation Policy


This policy defines protocols for consistent and transparent nomenclature for Monash awards and courses.


All awards and courses

Policy Statement

Course titles should follow the relevant award title as set out in the Faculty's Awards Regulations. For double degree courses, the course title should contain both of the component award titles as set out in the Faculties' Awards Regulations.

Course nomenclature (award title, course title, short name and abbreviation) should be used consistently across all sites of course information, including the University Handbook and other sources of information provided to students, academic transcripts and testamurs, and the student management system.

All course titles must indicate the qualification category and the field of study or discipline. Specialised courses may employ either a specific course title or a tagged course title to indicate the specialised field of study or discipline, or the nature of study (research, coursework, or research and coursework). To be approved, specific course titles should be justified in terms of:

  • the specialised structures of the course;
  • recruitment or marketing considerations;
  • professional or employment considerations;
  • appropriate advertising, understanding by students and employers, selection and the life expectancy of the value of the title;
  • the number of specialised course titles in the general academic or professional area being used by the University;
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) requirements for qualification titles, and the equivalent Malaysian and South African government requirements where appropriate. 

The standard forms of nomenclature for courses are set out in the Course Titling and Abbreviation Procedures.

Exceptions to these requirements shall be considered on a case-by-case basis by Education Committee or by Research Graduate School Committee as appropriate, taking into account the specialised structure of the course, comparability with peer institutions and government requirements at the campuses where the course is to be offered.

Supporting procedures

Course Titling and Abbreviation Procedures

Supporting guidelines

Responsibility for implementation

• Education Committee: approval of non-standard coursework course nomenclature
• Graduate Research Committee: approval of non-standard research course nomenclature
• Academic Board: approval of course nomenclature conforming to course titling and abbreviation standards
• Faculties: maintenance of consistency of course nomenclature throughout course information



Key Stakeholders

Education Committee
Graduate Research Committee
Student Services Division

Approval body

Name: Academic Board
Meeting: 5/2012
Date: 29-August-2012
Agenda item: 15.2

Endorsement body

Name: Education Committee
Meeting: 5/2012
Date: 01-August-2012
Agenda item: 12.1


Specialised Degree: structured courses with a high content of units in an area of specialisation, either disciplinary, multi-disciplinary or professional. Specialised courses are typically named in one of two ways: specific course titles or tagged course titles.

Specific Course Title: the title indicates the specialisation, e.g. Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of Social Work.

Tagged Course Title: the title consists of a broader generic degree with a specialisation in parentheses, e.g. Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), Bachelor of Arts (Human Services).

Legislation Mandating Compliance

All relevant legislative instruments that stipulate requirements with which members of the Monash community (all of whom are subject to the law) are obligated to comply.


Monash University Statute
Monash University Act 2009
Monash University (Council) Regulations Part 4
Faculty and Research Award and Course Regulations
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
TEQSA Qualifications Standards

South Africa
Higher Education Act (1997) Act no. 101 of 1997, Section 3


Related policies

Qualification Categories Policy
Coursework Courses and Units Accreditation Policy and Procedures
HDR Course Accreditation Policy and Procedures
Coursework Courses and Units Accreditation Policy
Academic Transcript Policy and Procedures

Related documents

Australian Qualifications Framework
Schedule of Qualification Categories
Unit Titling and Abbreviation Protocol

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