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

You need to refer to your program structure and recommended study sequence on the What will I study tab on your program page, then:

  • select your study location
  • select your starting semester
  • select your year of commencement

If you started prior to this semester the recommended study sequence displayed reflects the current program structure only. Use the current recommended study sequence to guide the order you complete your remaining courses. Review the study sequence each semester as requisites and semester of offer are subject to change.

If you are unsure of the terminology used, go to Key terms or search askUSC for definitions.

Use the Study Planner (PDF 105KB) to plan your courses and keep as a guide for each enrolment period.

As a full-time student, you should enrol in courses following your recommended study sequence.

Find your program structure and recommended study sequence on the What will I study tab on your program page.

When you study part-time, you need to be aware of course availability and any requisites.

Use the Study Planner (PDF 105B) to map your progression through your degree.

To plan your study you’ll need to review your program structure and recommended study sequence from the What will I study tab on your program page. Check each course to ensure that you meet the requisites and that the course is offered in the semester you plan to study it.

If you have been granted credit for prior studies or changed programs, this will impact upon your program structure.

To plan your study you’ll need to review your program structure and recommended study sequence from the What will I study tab on your program page, and access your Unofficial Academic Transcript. Your transcript will tell you which courses you have received credit for.

Print off a copy of your recommended study sequence and use your academic transcript to mark off the courses for which you have received credit. You can now see how the program structure will be affected.

Use the Study Planner (PDF 105KB) to map your progression through your degree.

Courses from future semesters may be brought forward to fill the ‘gaps’ created by credits being granted. You should refer to your recommended study sequence to check course availability and requisites to see which courses can be brought forward.

Sometimes programs cannot be restructured, e.g. programs that have a strict course progression due to requisites, and there may be semesters where you have a reduced course load.

It’s important to remember that being granted academic credit may not shorten the duration of your studies.


If the course you fail is a requirement for your program, you will have to successfully complete it before you can become eligible to graduate.

If the course you fail is an elective and you do not want to repeat it, you can choose a different course.

Print off a copy of your recommended study sequence to check course availability and requisites. Then, use your academic transcript to mark off the courses you have successfully completed.

Use the Study Planner (PDF 105KB) to map your remaining courses.

Contact Student Central if you need assistance.

The program structure shows the courses, total unit value and requirements for your degree, including any mandatory majors and/or minors. You must pass these courses and meet the program requirements to be eligible to graduate. Remember to register your majors and minors.

All programs have a restriction on the number of introductory level (100 coded) courses you are allowed to study. You will find this in your program requirements.

NOTE: Make sure you carefully read your program requirements, rules and notes. You can print a PDF version from the button at the bottom of the page.

Key terms

If you would like additional information on USC program terminology, please refer to the definitions below.

Program - A program is the complete degree with which a student graduates (e.g. 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 e.g. COR109. Advanced courses are 200 or 300 coded e.g. BUS211 and NUR300.

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

Requisites:

  • 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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