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Australian National Institute of Management and Commerce (IMC)’s admission processes include explicit recognition of a student’s completed prior learning. This is known in higher education as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). There are significant advantages in acknowledging prior learning including a more tailored and relevant course of study, elimination of duplication of learning, enabling diversity and facilitation of credit transfers between educational institutions.

IMC’s RPL Policy complies with the requirements of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). IMC’s RPL Policy strives to be equitable and evidence driven and it provides a transparent process for determining an appropriate amount of RPL credit for each student.


Definitions
  1. Learning-Related Definitions

    Learning Outcomes – are the expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning.

    Prior Learning – is relevant learning that has taken place prior to admission into a course.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - is a process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

    Formal Learning – takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification (e.g. course of study undertaken with a TEQSA registered education provider).

    Non-formal Learning – takes place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification (e.g. workplace or community-based training activities).

  2. Credit Related Definitions

    Credit – is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualification. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be recognised through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing.

    Specified credit - is granted for one or more specific units exempting students from those units and awarding the appropriate credit points in their place. It may be granted where the student has met the learning outcomes, attained the knowledge and/or developed the skills related to the specific units.

    Unspecified credit - is granted in the form of credit points which take the place of elective units in a course. Unspecified credit may be granted where prior learning is judged to be relevant to the learning outcomes of a course as a whole but cannot be specifically related to an individual unit.

    Block Credit - is granted towards whole stages or components of a course. For example, when a sequence of units undertaken at another institution is deemed sufficiently equivalent to the content and learning outcomes of a sequence of units at IMC, block credit may be granted.

    Credit transfer - is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.

    Articulation - enables students to progress from a completed qualification to another with admission and/or credit in a defined qualification pathway.

    Articulation agreement - is an agreement between IMC and another institution to document and publicise a specifically approved pathway for progression between a course at the other institution and a IMC course, involving specific credit arrangements.

    Advanced standing - is the granting of block credit of a semester or more. Advanced standing indicates that the student is deemed to have satisfied all the course requirements that are embedded in the semester(s) for which block credit has been awarded. Advanced standing reduces the number of units the student must undertake to successfully complete the whole course.

    Nested Course – is a course of study leading to a higher education award that includes articulation arrangements from a lower level education award into a higher level education award to enable multiple entry and exit points. The articulation may relate to previous studies at IMC or at other recognised educational institutions. A nested course may also include a shorter course within a longer course within the same discipline, both at the same AQF level.

Step 1
  • Research and compare IMC course with your previous study content, AQF levels and learning outcomes.
  • Complete the Recognition of Prior Learning(RPL) Form.
Step 2
  • Attach your certified copy of the academic transcript or completion letter.
  • Unit outline will be required if the unit is not accredited by a professional body or a statutory body.
Step 3
  • Submit the RPL form with supporting documents to Admission Office by the Census Date of each term.
Step 4
  • You will be formally notified in writing of the outcome of their RPL application within three weeks of formally lodging the application.

Prospective students who wish to apply for RPL must indicate this intent on the Student Application Form, and also complete the Recognition of Prior Learning Form.

These forms must be completed in full and then be submitted to the Admissions Office with the following supporting documents:

  • A certified copy of the academic transcript or completion letter or equivalent. While students may submit electronic copies of supporting documents to facilitate enrolment, credit for RPL cannot be granted without sighting original documents or certified copies.
  • A detailed, official unit outline for each unit in which credit is sought.
    The outline must show the:
    • unit details (institution details, unit name and number);
    • semester/year of study;
    • contact hours per week;
    • expected learning outcomes;
    • coverage of the unit, topics discussed each week;
    • assessment structure; and
    • reference and reading materials including textbooks.
    Note: a unit outline is not required for an RPL application for a unit of the same name at the same AQF level if the unit is accredited by a professional body or a statutory body as meeting that professional body’s required learning outcomes.
  1. IMC has an equitable, evidence-driven and transparent process for determining an appropriate amount of RPL credit for each student. Details of RPL Credit are provided to prospective students prior to enrolment. Consistent with the process, RPL will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis on the merits of the case put forward by the student. Educational judgments concerning equivalence of learning outcomes are based on the discipline context, content, standards and assessment in the program or course the applicant has undertaken. Key considerations for decisions are that the integrity of IMC’s courses is upheld and that students have the ability to complete courses with no disadvantage in achieving outcomes.

  2. Specified credit for RPL may be granted on successful completion of the prior learning in relevant disciplines to achieve learning outcomes that are substantially equivalent to IMC’s relevant unit(s) or nested course(s). See IMC’s Explanation of Block Credit Transfer document for specific credit arrangements.

  3. Unspecified credit or block credit may be granted where prior learning is regarded as consistent with the broad learning outcomes of units or the course being undertaken. The unspecified credit will be restricted to non-core components of a course.

  4. The maximum credit granted in recognition of prior learning achieved in an incomplete course is 50 percent of the total credit points of a IMC course.

  5. The maximum credit granted in recognition of prior learning achieved in a completed course, which does not substantially match any IMC nested course, is 50 percent of the total credit points of the IMC course.

  6. Where a completed course substantially matches a IMC course that is an equivalent course, credit granted in recognition of prior learning achieved shall be the full credit point value of IMC’s equivalent course. AQF level 5 and 6 awards will be recognised as such without distinguishing whether they are obtained from a university, higher education, or VET provider.

  7. Prior learning that has been completed within the last five years will generally be considered current learning for the purpose of assessing RPL. Exceptions to the five-year time period may be approved in individual cases by the Dean or his/her nominee of the relevant School.

  8. All RPL applications shall close by the census date of each teaching period with respect to any application for granting of credit in the same teaching period. Extension may be approved in individual cases.

  1. The assessment of prior learning is based on an evaluation of the evidence presented, using the following criteria:

    Validity - the prior learning matches both the qualification type and the discipline learning outcomes for the relevant course. The applicant’s standard of achievement in the prior learning is consistent with the qualification level and type specified for the course.

    Authenticity – the prior learning has been undertaken by the applicant and the standard of achievement in the prior learning is based on the applicant’s own work

    Currency – the prior learning has been achieved within the specified time limit for credit.

    Sufficiency - the evidence of prior learning is sufficient to reliably verify the learning outcomes achieved are at the appropriate standard. In recognising prior learning consideration needs to be given to whether the volume of learning is sufficient in the context of the discipline for the AQF level and qualification type, as well as whether there is a sufficient portion of qualification components at the AQF level.

  2. Prospective students who wish to apply for RPL must indicate this intent on the Student Application Form, and also complete the Recognition of Prior Learning Form. These forms must then be submitted to the Admissions Office with the following supporting documents:

    • A certified copy of academic transcript/completion letter or equivalence;
    • A detailed, official unit outline for each unit in which credit is sought. The outline must show the:
      • unit details (institution details, unit name and number);
      • semester/year of study;
      • contact hours per week;
      • coverage of the unit, topics discussed each week;
      • assessment structure; and
      • reference and reading materials including textbooks.
  3. Where an applicant seeks credit for prior learning for a course or unit completed at IMC to meet the requirement of another IMC course, the Admissions Office may process the application without the supporting documents specified above in ii.
  4. Where considered necessary, an interview conducted by the relevant Head of School will be held with the student to clarify aspects of prior learning.
  5. Supporting documents and evidence of studies taken overseas in a language other than English must be accompanied by a translation from a National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) qualified person or agency. Such person or agency must be accredited to at least 'translator' status. All translated documents must display the official NAATI stamp.
  6. The Admissions Office shall preliminarily assess all RPL applications to determine if applications meet the stated requirements before submitting them to the Academic Assessor who is delegated by the Dean of School to give final approval.
  7. Prospective students shall be informed of the results of their RPL applications in the Offer Letter and where necessary fees adjusted accordingly. Any conditions of the RPL approval shall be stated in the Offer Letter. In the case of international students, a Confirmation of Enrolment shall be issued subject to the consideration and approval of any RPL application.
  8. Any credit granted for RPL shall be recorded in the student data system as part of the applicant’s study progression. Records of Results documentation will show credit granted through RPL.
  9. Where an error has been made in assessing an application, or where the documentation provided by the applicant is incomplete, misleading, false or invalid, IMC reserves the right to withdraw credit.
Guangxi University of Economics and Finance
Credit Details
Type of Credit Articulation
IMC Program
Program Title Bachelor of International Business
Previous Institution and Course
Previous Program Title Bachelor of Management in Accounting (Years 1, 2 and 3)
Previous Institution Guangxi University of Economics and Finance
Qualification Level Undergraduate
Completion Level Complete
Specified credit awarded 96 CP
Important notice

Not withstanding the amount of credit which may be granted, students must ensure that they meet the requirements of their degree and is in accordance with TOP's RPL policy.

Articulations were correct at time of publication. However, TOP reserves the right to amend any information without notice.

Shandong Polytechnic College

IMC recognises prior learning at Shandong Polytechnic College with completion of Advanced Diploma of Accounting including the following sixteen (16) subjects as 96 credit points (equivalent to 2 years of full-time study at Associate Degree level) of IMC’s Bachelor of International Business.

Shandong Polytechnic College Australian National Institute of Management and Commerce (IMC)*
Management TMGT101 Business Management
Principles of Marketing TMKT101 Principles of Marketing
Accounting A TACC101 Financial Accounting Principles
Accounting B TACC102 Accounting for Decision Making
Principles of Finance TFIN102 Principles of Finance
Introduction to Statistics TSTA101 Introductory Statistics
Principles of Economics TECO103 Principles of Economics
Electronic Commerce TBUS110 Introduction to Electronic Commerce
Corporate Finance TFIN202 Corporate Finance
Financial Accounting and Reporting TACC203 Financial Accounting and Reporting
Australian Business and Corporations Law TLAW203 Business and Corporations Law
Organizational Behavior TMGT201 Organizational Behavior
Presentation and Communication TCMU201 Business Communications
Management Accounting TACC202 Management Accounting
Human Resource Management TMGT202 Human Resource Management
Digital Business Strategies TTEC201 Digital Business Strategies

Updated at 2020.

Henan Institute of Economics and Trade

Australian National Institute of Management and Commerce (IMC) recognises prior learning at Henan Institute of Economics and Trade with completion of the Advanced Diploma of Accounting including the following sixteen (16) subjects as 96 credit points (equivalent to 2 years of full-time study at Associate Degree level) of IMC's Bachelor of International Business.

Henan Institute of Economics and Trade Australian National Institute of Management and Commerce (IMC)*
Principles of Financial Mathematics TFIN101 Fundamentals of Financial Mathematics and Institutions
Accounting A TACC101 Accounting 1A
Principles of Microeconomic TECO101 Microeconomic Principles
Principles of Macroeconomic TECO102 Macroeconomic Principles
Accounting Information System TMIS101 Management Information Systems
Financial Accounting and Reporting TACC203 Financial Accounting and Reporting
Corporations Law TLAW202 Corporations Law
Accounting B TACC102 Accounting 1B
Commercial Communication TCMU201 Business Communications
Corporate Finance TFIN202 Corporate Finance
Introduction to Statistics TSTA101 Introductory Statistics
Management Accounting TACC202 Management Accounting
AUS Law TLAW201 Business Law
Organisational Behavior TMGT201 Organizational Behaviour
Principles of Marketing TMKT101 Principles of Marketing
Human Resource Management TMGT202 Human Resource Management

* To be updated.

A further 48 credit points (equivalent 8 subjects and 1 year of full-time study) selected from the following subjects will be required to complete IMC’s Bachelor of International Business:

Where an application for RPL is refused in whole or in part, a student may appeal for a review of the application under the Student Selection and Admissions Policy.

All students, including prospective students, are provided with access to the Institute’s appeal and grievance resolution mechanisms. If a student wishes to appeal, the student must lodge an appeal form with the Senior Student Services Manager (Refer to Student Complaints and Appeals Policya and Procedure for further information) The appeal must be lodged within 20 working days of the receipt of notification of the RPL credit decision. The documentation must set out the grounds for the appeal.