Inherent requirements at Macquarie
Macquarie University is committed to provide a learning environment that complements and enhances the University experience for all students. To help students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified the inherent requirements for courses or programs offered by the University.
If there are program specific inherent requirements they will be listed under the award in the Handbook.
What are inherent requirements?
Inherent requirements are the essential activities, capacities and academic requirements necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete Macquarie University course or program and graduate.
Compulsory Course Requirements
In addition to inherent requirements, there are also compulsory course requirements. These are broader and can include both compliance with the policies, procedures and regulations, which are applicable to all students at the University and the mandatory requirements associated with a program of study (eg. attendance, completion of assignments).
Students with a disability or chronic health condition may have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements. Reasonable adjustments could include such things as flexibility in assessments, changed exam conditions, provision of adaptive equipment, participation support, and flexible teaching material.
- must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement
- be reasonable
- and cannot compromise the academic integrity of the course.
Why are inherent requirements important?
Inherent requirements ensure students are given the opportunity to make informed decisions:
- as to whether a course or program is suitable and relevant for them, and
- the type of reasonable adjustments that could be put in place to allow them to complete the course without compromising the academic integrity of the course.
How does this affect you?
To successfully complete a course at Macquarie, you need to be able to meet all the inherent requirements. If you are applying for a course, you should read the inherent requirements carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.
If you have a disability or chronic health condition, you are encouraged to register with the Disability Service to meet with a member of the Disability team who can assess your needs and identify what support you may need at University. The staff will work with you and your faculty to determine the reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the inherent requirements. In the case where it is determined that inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, the Disability Service can provide guidance regarding other study options.
Pre-enrolment advice can also be sought through the Disability Service to support students with a disability or health condition to learn more about the inherent requirements of a course and to provide advice and information regarding your enrolment choices.
If you have any other concerns about your ability to participate in aspects of the course you should contact your course convenor.
You can contact the Disability Service at Student Wellbeing on 9850 7497 if you have any questions relating to the assessment and implementation of Disability supports, Reasonable adjustments or Inherent requirements.
All students with a disability and/or health condition are encouraged to register with the disability service via the online Disability registration form.
The inherent requirements framework
Each inherent requirement is made up of the following three levels:
- Level 1 - Definition
- Level 2 - Justification
- Level 3 - Program specific examples
To provide clarity and consistency, the inherent requirement statements have been grouped under four categories:
Category 1: Physical
The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capacities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of a degree.
Category 2: Cognition
The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of a degree.
Category 3: Communication
The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences. MQ is an English speaking university although students may be required to communicate in other languages in accordance with their program of study.
Category 4: Behavioural
The behaviour inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of a degree.