Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience - Inherent academic requirements - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience - Inherent academic requirements

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At USC, we are committed to facilitating the integration of all students into the University Community.

Reasonable adjustments in teaching and/or assessment methods can be made for students provided those adjustments do not compromise the inherent requirements of the program.

The inherent academic requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience are the fundamental skills and abilities that the student must be able to achieve in order to demonstrate the essential learning outcomes of the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience.

This Statement provides realistic information about the inherent academic requirements that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience so you can make an informed judgement about your ability to fulfil them.

Skills you need 

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience has inherent academic requirements in three categories:

  • Communication skills

  • Behavioural and social skills

  • Intellectual, such as conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities 

Before you enrol

If you intend to enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience at USC, look carefully at the inherent academic requirements listed in this statement and think about whether you might experience challenges in meeting them.

If you think you might experience challenges related to your disability, health condition or for any other reason, you should discuss your concerns with a USC Ability Adviser or USC Programme staff.

Reasonable adjustments

Students with disabilities or other special circumstances may be provided with reasonable adjustment to enable them to meet the inherent academic requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience if the adjustment is:

  • logistically reasonable
  • likely to result in the student being able to perform the skills adequately and in a timely manner
Support and further information is available from USC
  • Ability Advisers

  • Career Advisers

  • Relevant academic contacts

Communication skills

  • Written communication skills

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills

Written communication skills:

Students will demonstrate:

  • capacity to construct coherent, timely and professional written communication in English appropriate to the circumstance.

  • reading and comprehension of a range of literature and information in English.

  • capacity to construct coherent written communication appropriate to the circumstances.

  • capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct written text in an appropriate manner for the intended audience.

  • sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences in their communication and ability to interact appropriately in different situations.

Justification

These are inherent academic requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience program because construction of written text-based assessment tasks in English to reflect the required academic standards is necessary to convey knowledge and understanding of relevant subject matter.

Adjustments

Adjustments must allow students to meet necessary standards of clarity, accuracy and accessibility to ensure effective acquisition, recording, comprehension and transmission of information in academic settings.

Exemplars

As a student you must:

  • construct essays, reports and other written work that meet academic and professional standards.
  • paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic and professional conventions.
  • summarise and appropriately reference a range of literature in assignments.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills 

Students will demonstrate the capacity to acquire and demonstrate sound working skills in applying information and communication technologies (ICT) to communicate via a range of ICT applications and systems in both academic and professional settings.

Justification

These are inherent academic requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience program because competent ICT skills are essential to:

  • successfully accessing, applying and communicating information to meet learning outcomes.

  • access, participate and succeed in a predominantly online learning environment.

  • preparing and completing assessment tasks and submitting assessment items online.

Adjustments

Adjustments must demonstrate a capacity to effectively use a range of ICT to apply and communicate accurate information. 

Exemplars

As a student you must:

  • employ a range of ICT skills, such as internet searching and word processing, to complete written and audio-visual learning and assessment activities.
  • use a range of software, applications and devices for academic purposes, in face-to-face and online synchronous and asynchronous communication environments.

Behavioural and Social Skills

The capacity to demonstrate the following behavioural and social skills:

  • respect diverse values, beliefs and cultures.
  • reflective abilities.
  • the capacity to demonstrate the behavioural stability required to work constructively in a predominantly online academic environment.
Justification

These are inherent academic requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience because students are accountable and responsible for ensuring professional standards of behaviour. Students will be required to have behavioural stability to manage their academic responsibilities

Adjustments

Adjustments must support stable, effective and professional behaviour in academic settings.

Exemplars

As a student you must:

  • be receptive and professional in responding appropriately to constructive feedback.

  • be able to engage with peers and staff appropriately and with sensitivity, both online and in person.

  • comply with relevant codes of conduct while at university.

  • comply with privacy and confidentiality requirements in academic settings.

Intellectual – Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities 

The capacity to demonstrate:

  • the ability to locate appropriate and relevant information.
  • English literacy skills that allow the creation and interpretation of clear meaning.
  • cognitive skills for focus, memory, attention to detail, critical thinking, theoretical deliberation and practical functioning to meet academic standards.
  • awareness of own thinking and skills to reflect, evaluate, adapt, and implement new cognitive strategies for improved learning.
Justification

These are inherent academic requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience because  these intellectual abilities are necessary for the students to be able to understand and retain information and to fulfil the required range of academic tasks.

Adjustments

Adjustments must ensure that a clear demonstration of knowledge and cognitive skills is not compromised or impeded.

Exemplars

As a student you must:

  • conceptualise and use appropriate knowledge to fulfil academic assessment tasks.

  • read, interpret, synthesise and comprehend information from multiple sources.

  • build strong conceptual frameworks and apply knowledge of theories, models, concepts, policy, procedures and practice in assessments.

  • comprehend, summarise, and reference a range of literature and produce documentation in line with academic and professional conventions.

  • be aware of your own thinking and demonstrate skills to reflect, evaluate, adapt, and implement cognitive strategies for improved learning.

  • acquire, comprehend, conceptualise, and apply appropriate information in response to academic tasks and manage one’s own learning and respond appropriately to academic set-backs through self-evaluation.