Planning your study

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Planning your study


Planning your study will help you choose your courses and ensure you are on track to complete your degree.

If you are unsure of some of the terminology, go to Key terms.

How to plan your study

  • Step 1. Find your program requirements and course list
  • Step 2. Check for courses already completed
  • Step 3. Check your recommended study sequence
  • Step 4. Plan your enrolment
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Contact Student Central.

Key terms

Program - A program is the complete degree with which a student graduates (eg Bachelor of Arts).

Course - A course (commonly known as a subject) is a component of a degree that is normally one semester in length. Each course is generally 12 units in value. Introductory courses are 100 coded eg COR109. Advanced courses are 200 or 300 coded eg BUS211 and NUR300.

Credit - Courses awarded from previous study to count towards a USC program. Credit can be awarded for specific USC course codes eg COR109 or elective courses eg Introductory level elective GEN199 or advanced level elective BUS299 SCN399

Full-time - A full-time student studies at least 3 courses per semester. The standard full-time workload is 4 courses per semester and allows completion within the degree’s minimum duration.

Part-time - A part-time student studies either 1 or 2 courses per semester. Part-time study extends the minimum duration of the degree program.

Major - A major is a sequence of 8 courses from one particular area of study - usually the main area of interest for a student’s degree.

Extended major - A sequence of 12 courses from one particular area of study.

Minor - A minor is a sequence of 4 courses from one particular area of study.

Elective - Many programs include elective courses, where students have the flexibility to study courses of their own choice within program requirements that count towards their degree.

Pre-requisite - Specific course that is needed prior to enrolling in the nominated course.

Co-requisite - Specific course/s that must be obtained prior to or at the same time as the nominated course.

Anti-requisite - Course/s too similar in content. It is not in the student’s best interest to complete both courses.

Equivalent course - Only one of the 2 courses should be completed and count towards a student’s degree.

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