Planning your study

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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

Go to Courses and programs and select your degree.

Go to the ‘What will I study?’ tab (in the top menu).

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

This will display your commencing program structure and the current recommended study sequence. You should follow your commencing program structure unless advised otherwise. Students who have commenced prior to the current semester will have a yellow banner appear above the program structure – check that you are viewing the correct version.

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. If you need advice contact Student Central.

Step 2. Check for courses already completed

Log in to USC Central and view a copy of your unofficial transcript.

This transcript shows the courses you have already completed (including any transfer credit from previous programs or other universities). It also shows any courses you are currently enrolled in.

Compare the courses you are enrolled in/have completed to the course list in your program structure. Note any courses you still need to complete.

Remember the restriction on the number of introductory level (100 coded) courses you are allowed to study.

Step 3. Check your recommended study sequence

Go to the ‘What will I study?’ tab (in the top menu).

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

If you are commencing in the current semester:

The recommended study sequence displayed is for the current program structure and shows you the recommended order in which you should complete your remaining courses, when the courses are currently offered and whether they have a pre/co/anti requisite.

If you started in a prior semester:

The recommended study sequence displayed reflects the current program structure only.

If you have courses in your original program structure to complete that are not included in the current recommended study sequence, use the course links (blue course code text in program structure) in your original program structure to view course requisites and scheduling.

Use the current recommended study sequence to guide the order in which to complete your remaining courses.

Review this step each semester as requisites and semester of offer are subject to change.

Step 4. Plan your enrolment

Use a Study Planner (PDF 228 KB)* to plan your remaining courses.

Check your completed study plan against the course list, total unit value and program requirements from Step 1. Make sure your planner includes:

  • the correct courses
  • the total number of units required in your program
  • all program requirements 
Need assistance?

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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