Below are some of the most common acronyms and glossaries used in RMIT:

  DSC  The College of Design and Social Context (DSC) comprises the disciplines of art, design and fashion, media and communication, architecture and built environment, education and social sciences. 

Acronyms for DSC schools: 


  • AUD – School of Architecture and Urban Design 
  • SOD – School of Design 
  • M&C – School of Media & Communication 
  • SOA – School of Art 
  • F&T – School of Fashion & Textiles 
  • GUSS – School of Global, Urban and Social Studies 
  • PCPM – School of Property, Construction & Project Management 
  • EDU – School of Education 
Programs & Courses  Program  is a qualification or degree, refers to the curriculum of study in which a student is enrolled. 
Course   is a unit of study or subject, and is a component of a program 
Program Guide  Program guides provide information about RMIT programs, including the academic structure, approach to learning and assessment, learning outcomes for students and graduate capabilities. Knowledge of the program guide will also help you understand how the course you are teaching fits into the program overall.  
Course Guide  outlines the requirements for, structure and duration of a course. It is essential to familiarise yourself with the course guide to ensure it is consistent with other information you provide students. It contains two parts (Part A and Part B, see below) 
Part A  Part A of course guides is the overview of courses containing an outline of the course content, an overview of assessment, resources and learning outcomes.  
Part B  Part B of the course guide is the detailed course guides updated each semester and covers how the course will be delivered including the teaching schedules and assessment dates. 
Capstone experience  A culminating course or several related courses that integrate learning outcomes of a program in a coherent experience. 
Creds  Creds is short for micro-credentials. RMIT Creds is a suite of digital learning modules that you can undertake to develop skills, experiences and capabilities for life and work.  
WIL  Work Integrated Learning – WIL is an umbrella term that describes a range of models and approaches to learning and assessment that integrates discipline theory, knowledge and skills with the practice of work. WIL activities involve students interacting with industry, government and community through projects and work placements, for assessment. These WIL activities may be face-to-face, online or a blended approach. 
GAs  RMIT’s graduate attributes (GAs) represents the broad skills that we expect our graduates will have acquired and be able to demonstrate to an appropriate level, whatever their program of study. 
CAC  Course assessment committee (CAC) reviews and approves results for courses, and is responsible for ensuring timely result reporting, monitoring grade distribution and course outcome statistics; overseeing moderation to ensure equivalence of assessments, allocating course-based awards and granting supplementary assessments etc. 
PAB  Program Assessment Board (PAB) is a program-level committee responsible for monitoring students’ or program cohort’s academic performance, approving completion of qualifications, program-level awards and managing academic progress processes.  
PLO / CLO  Program Learning outcome / Course Learning Outcome 
RMIT Systems  CAPS  Use Course and Program System (CAPS) to create and maintain Course Guides. A resource pack with course guide templates and DSC has developed collegeDSC Course Guide Template and Resource Pack 
RPO  Results processing online (RPO) is the official system to enter and publish assessment results and feedback. Check with the Program Manager on arrangements for accessing and entering results in RPO. 
SAMS  Student Administration Management System ​(SAMS is an integrated system to manage the student records and facilitate the academic teaching process.   

In order to use SAMS at RMIT, you must have a job which requires you to access student data, or reports based upon that data. Staff use either SAMS or iExplore to view data and update and maintain records. 

CANVAS and  CANVAS QA  CANVAS is RMIT’s Learning Management System. CANVAS Quality Assurance(QA) is the quality check of CANVAS shells against a set of core criteria with the 14 Elements to ensure courses are aligned, clear and connected. DSC Courses are to be published by the Canvas Course Coordinator only when the 14 elements are met. 
ESS  Use the Employee Self Service (ESS) to submit leave requests, view your payment summaries, manage your personal information and bank information, and to search for employees by name/position 
LMS  A Learning Management System (LMS) is an operating system that organises and delivers many elements of the learning process such as course content and information, resources, communications, and announcements. RMIT’s university-wide LMS is Canvas.  
PRIME  P.R.I.M.E. (Proactive Reporting Incident Management Excellence) is the platform we use for Incident and hazard reporting (including near misses), WHS Risk Assessments, Workplace Inspections. 
ITS  You can get timely IT support by calling RMIT’s Information Technology Services (ITS) on extension 58888 (or 9925 8888 if using your mobile, or by lodging an ITS support request through Service and Support Portal. 
HR Assist  Contact HR Assist on extension 50600 (or 9925 0600 from a mobile) for help you with pay role, conflict resolution, complaints, recruitment and performance and career  
Wellbeing  ELP and ELS  A student’s Equitable Learning Plan sets out their required study adjustments and assistive technology. An ELP is arranged, and managed, through Equitable Learning Services (ELS).  ELPs are confidential and contents must not be shared or discussed with others without the student’s permission.  
DGSS  Reflecting the diversity of our community beyond the ‘LGBTIQA+’ label, RMIT refers to people of ‘diverse genders, sexes, and sexualities’ (DGSS). 
NAS   New Academic Street connects many of RMIT’s historical buildings adjacent to Bowen Street through a network of new public areas populated by food outlets, student support services and multi-functioning gathering spaces.   

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