Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Credit Award, APEL(C)
The Advanced Standing system also considers credit transfer via APEL(C). Credit transfer via APEL(C) recognises the non-formal and informal learning of students.
Non-formal learning: Learning that takes place alongside the mainstream system of education and training. It may be assessed but does not normally lead to formal certification.
Informal learning: Learning which takes place continuously through life and work experiences.
The following are policies related to APEL(C):
1) The APEL(C) provision is applicable to all WOU students regardless of the mode of entry whether through conventional or APEL route.
2) APEL(C) encompasses the assessment of prior experiential learning for the purpose of credit award. This includes learning acquired through non-formal and informal learning.
3) APEL(C) will be implemented for all areas and levels of qualifications under the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF).
4) For postgraduate level study (MQF Level 7 &8), the award of credit is limited to the courses in programmes conducted via coursework and mixed modes only.
5) APEL(C) shall be confined to courses in WOU programmes that have at least obtained provisional accreditation by MQA.
6) Courses that forms part of the programme structure under professional bodies may be considered for APEL(C), subject to acceptance by the relevant professional bodies.
7) The award of credits through APEL(C) is in the form of credits transfer whereby the credits awarded for the course will be counted towards the total credit requirement for graduation.
8) The maximum percentage of credit transfer through APEL(C) is 30%. This percentage is in addition to the maximum 30% credit transfer provision based on the existing formal credit transfer policy. WOU will adhere to the maximum credits transfer allowed through APEL(C) as illustrated in Table 1 for the various programmes offered. Click here to view Table 1.
9) Credit awarded through APEL(C) can be automatically transferred to another programme within WOU if the course has the same learning outcomes.
10) The credit awarded must be equivalent to the credit value of the course applied for APEL(C). Award of partial credit will not be allowed.
11) Credits awarded for a course are only applicable to the specific course applied for. Prerequisites (if any) of the specific course is not automatically awarded with credits.
12) Assessment for the award of credit should be carried out separately for each course. Award of credit cannot be granted on a block basis.
13) APEL(C) is applicable only for all courses except for final year project-based courses and thesis/dissertation.
14) For the Executive Diploma programme, the provision of 30 credits based on 3 years work experience as prescribed in Standard: Executive Diploma will be assessed using the APEL(C) instrument.
15) Students may apply for award of credits through APEL(C) at any time during their studies. However, they would be strongly advised to submit their applications for APEL(C) in the first year of study.
16) Students are not allowed to apply for award of credit through APEL(C) for courses which they have undertaken during the period of study.
17) The course that has been awarded credit through APEL(C) will appear in the transcript as 'CT(APEL)'. It will not be taken into account in the calculation of GPA / CGPA. However, the credits awarded for the course will be counted towards the total credit requirement for graduation. WOU will issue the Malaysian Qualifications Statement (MQS) as a supplementary document to learners that have been awarded APEL(C).
18) Students who are not successful in the APEL(C) assessment will have to complete the course through the usual stream in the programme of studies.
19) Students may appeal against the results of the APEL(C) assessment. Should an appeal be made by the student, another Assessor will be appointed to evaluate the merit of the appeal. Students will be informed of such decision. The decision of appeal is final. All appeal case would would follow the usual pathway where the results of the appeal would be deliberated at the School level, followed by ASC committee and finally the Senate. In any appeal case, submission of new evidence for the Portfolio assessment would not be allowed.
20) The student who fails the Challenge Test of a specific course will not be allowed to submit Portfolio for assessment for the same course and vice versa. Re-submission of Portfolio or re-attempt of Challenge Test for the same course through APEL(C) is not allowed. The student must register and complete the course once he/she fails to be awarded the credit through APEL(C).