To acknowledge and promote student academic excellence, James Cook University will present awards to eligible students.
All James Cook University students who are eligible to receive an award of recognition and to staff involved in the award process
GPA: Grade Point Average.
Embedded honours: an honours program which is undertaken as part of the undergraduate Bachelors award (as opposed to a graduate honours program which is undertaken subsequent to graduation with an undergraduate Bachelors award).
1. To acknowledge and promote student academic excellence,
2. To give students recognition that feeds into their curriculum vitae and future careers, and
3. To make students visible to the academic community thereby upgrading standards of excellence and achievement.
To acknowledge and promote student academic excellence, each year the University shall present the following awards of recognition:
Title of Award
For outstanding academic achievement in both coursework studies and research undertaken at undergraduate level
Academic Medal (Masters Coursework)
For outstanding academic achievement in coursework studies at a Masters level.
Academic Medal (Bachelor Honours)
For excellent academic achievement in both coursework studies and research undertaken at undergraduate level
For excellent academic achievement in coursework studies undertaken at undergraduate level
Letters of Commendation
For students who have achieved a minimum GPA of 6 calculated over all subjects undertaken during the previous calendar year, and having completed at least 12 credit points of study during that calendar year
Medal for Excellence for a Doctoral Research Thesis
Research Education Sub-Committee
For a candidate whose research doctoral thesis was judged to be passed ‘cum laude’
Medal for Excellence for a Research Masters Thesis
Research Education Sub-
For a research masters candidate whose thesis was judged to be passed ‘cum laude’
Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence
Graduate Research School
For demonstrated excellence in a research higher degree where the candidate has been commended by their independent examiners for substantial contribution to their field of research.
The criteria for eligibility of students to be considered for an award of recognition are specified in the Award for Academic Excellence Procedure.
The identification of recipients of awards of recognition will be conducted in accordance with the Award for Academic Excellence Procedure.
It is intended that not more than 10% of students graduating with first class honours will be awarded a University Medal each year. The eligibility criteria will be reviewed annually, with particular consideration given to the percentage of students graduating with first class honours in the preceding year who were awarded a University medal.
Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Calculation of Grade Point Average Grade Point Average (GPA) - JCU
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Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic
Date for next Major Review
NOTE: A minor amendment will not result in a change of the next major review date.
Approval date - the date the approval authority approved the establishment, minor or major amendment or disestablishment
Implementation Date - the date the policy was published in the Policy Library and is the date the policy takes effect
Description of changes
Reviewed with minor amendments to align with current organisation structure and current delegation practice; Procedure removed to Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure; Removal of interim status.
Quality, Standards and Policy Officer
Minor amendments to align with Council approved Academic and Student Delegations Register
Associate Director, Enrolment and Client Services
Policy sponsor and approval authority amended to reflect approved policy framework
Quality Standards and Policy
Interim approval by Vice-Chancellor
Approved at Council meeting on 18/05/2012
Approved by Council circular on 05/04/2012
Approved at Council meeting on 2/12/2010
Noted by Council at its meeting of 04/12/2008