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Managing your progression is important to ensure you study the right courses at the right time, use any elective courses effectively and be ready to graduate from your program when you plan to.

It is each student's responsibility to enrol correctly according to course requisites, program rules and requirements, and be aware of the academic calendar dates.

New students without credit refer to the recommended study sequence on your program page.

The information below will help you to:

  1. understand your program structure
  2. identify your remaining courses by reviewing your progress
  3. plan when to complete your remaining courses
What you need to know
What is a program structure?

Your Program Structure shows you the courses and total unit value you must complete to be eligible to graduate.

You will find the Program Structure on your Program page. Locate your program page on the USC Website > Courses and Programs.

Then, select your program, i.e. Bachelor of Business, and navigate to the Program Structure under the 'What will I study?' tab.

Use the buttons at the top of the page to select your:

  • Location
  • Starting year
  • Starting semester.

This will display your commencing program structure on the left-hand side of the page. This is the version or your program structure that you must follow for the duration of your studies.

Make sure you understand the following terms:

Your program may include compulsory majors, minors and/or electives. You must pass the listed courses as detailed in each element of your program structure and successfully complete all stated requirements to be eligible to graduate. Courses completed outside of the stated requirements will not count towards your program and will result in the completion of additional courses.

Read all program notes that appear on your program pages as they have important information from your Program Coordinator together with helpful links.

What is a recommended study sequence?

The recommended study sequence is the optimal order to complete the courses in your program, as recommended by your Program Coordinator, whether you wish to study full time or part time.

Following this sequence will make sure you have no trouble with course requisites and if you study full time you will complete the program in the minimum advertised duration.

You will find your recommended study sequence on your program page on the 'What will I study' tab.

Use the buttons at the top of the page to select your:

  • Location
  • Starting year
  • Starting semester

This will display the recommended study sequence on the right-hand side of the page.

This sequence reflects the current program structure only, not your commencing structure. Always refer to your commencing program structure for the courses you are required to complete.

The recommended study sequence will show you:

  • the optimal order to complete the courses in your program
  • current course offerings (when the course is offered)
  • current course requisites

For courses in your version of the program structure that are not in the current recommended study sequence, search for the course code on the USC website to view the current offerings and requisites.

Review the recommended study sequence each semester as requisites and offerings are subject to change.

What is an unofficial academic transcript?

An unofficial transcript is the Unofficial Academic Record of your studies at USC.

To access your Unofficial Academic Record:

  1. Login to USC Central
  2. Select Transcripts
  3. Transcript type is Academic Record

Your transcript will open in a new tab as a ready-to-print PDF document*
* Ensure you have pop-ups enabled on your browser window.

Your Unofficial Academic Transcript shows you:

  • all courses in which you have enrolled
  • courses you have received as credit from prior study
  • the grades you received for each course
  • the unit value of your successfully completed courses
  • the program you are enrolled in
  • the majors and minors you have been approved to register
  • your Grade Point Average (GPA)

Your Unofficial Academic Record includes the same information as your Official Statement of Academic Record, but is printed from USC Central by you.

Your Official Statement of Academic Record is printed on University transcript paper and is a certified statement detailing your academic record at USC.

What are electives and how do I choose them?

Elective courses allow you to select courses that may be of interest to you but are not necessarily related to your field of study. Electives may give you flexibility within your program to add courses that will build your degree to suit your career aspirations.

If you have electives in your program, your program structure will detail any limitations on where these courses may come from (School, Faculty) and their level. Make sure you read these limitations carefully and select your electives accordingly. If you choose outside of these parameters, the courses will not count towards your total unit value and you will have to complete additional courses that do fit within the stated parameters.

You may be able to use elective courses to:

  • Undertake an internship
  • Study overseas
  • Undertake a project
  • Add a major or minor area of study
  • Undertake work experience

You must have enough electives in your program to allow you to add a major or minor as you cannot exceed your program's total unit value.

Below are links to lists of electives for each Faculty:

What is a major/minor/specialisation and do I have to study one?

A major is a prescribed sequence of 8 courses (96 units) from an area of study.

A minor is a prescribed sequence of 4 courses (48 units) from an area of study.

A specialisation is available to postgraduate programs only and is a prescribed sequence of 4 courses (48 units) from an area of study.

Here are links to lists of major, minors and postgraduate specialisations for the Faculty of Arts, Business and Laws, and the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.

Your program structure may:

  1. Include a compulsory major or minor as part of its structure such as the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), which has an Accounting major in the program structure. You don't need to register a major that is already in the title of your program
  2. Require you to select majors and minors as compulsory elements of the program structure from a list, such as for the Bachelor of Social Science. You must select from the list to meet the program requirements and you must apply to register these selected major/minors. To register your postgraduate specialisation email your request to studentcentral@usc.edu.au
  3. Give you the option of adding an extra major or minor by using electives in the program. You must have enough electives in your program to add the major or minor and you must apply to register these selected majors/minors. To register your postgraduate specialisation email your request to studentcentral@usc.edu.au

Read your Program notes to find out if any of your required major or minor options must be started in your first semester of study to complete your degree in the minimum time.

How to review and plan
How to review my progress to identify my remaining courses

You will need a copy of your:

  1. Commencing program structure
  2. Unofficial academic transcript
  3. Major or Minor structures you may be following
STEP 1
Use your commencing program structure and unofficial academic transcript to:
  • cross off courses from your program structure that you have successfully completed or have received as credit from prior study
    • if you have electives in your program structure, number the electives allowed and add the course codes of courses you’ve completed, are enrolled in or have credit for that will be counted as electives courses, and cross those off

For example, if your program structure includes 3 electives and you are enrolled in your first one, it would look like this:

1. HRM210

2. 200/300 level to be completed

3. 200/300 level to be completed

  • highlight courses in which you are currently enrolled
STEP 2
If you have added a major or minor use the Major/Minor structure you are following and your unofficial academic transcript to:
  • cross off courses in your major/minor structure that you have successfully completed or have received as credit from prior study
    • Courses that double up in:
      • your required major/minor and in your list of required courses OR
      • in both the required major and required minor course lists

you will need to add an additional elective course for every course that doubles up

  • highlight the courses in your major/minor in which you are currently enrolled
STEP 3

Courses not crossed off or highlighted are the courses you have remaining.

Use your unofficial academic transcript to:

3.1 Add together the unit values of the courses you have crossed out as completed or have had awarded as credit

3.2 Add the unit value from 3.1 to the unit value of courses you are currently enrolled in

3.3 Add the unit value from 3.2 to the total units you have identified as remaining

The unit value from 3.3 should equal the Total unit value shown under your program structure.

How to plan my remaining courses

Before you get started you will need to:

  • Follow the steps to Review your progress to identify the courses you have remaining
  • Download the recommended study sequence for your program and print a copy
  • print a copy of the study planner (PDF 73KB)

1. Students in their first semester of study at USC

a. Studying Full time (4 courses/ 48 units) with no credit from prior study
Follow the recommended study sequence for your program using the Location, Starting year and Starting semester buttons on your program page

b. Studying Part-time with no credit from prior study

STEP 1

Use the printed download of the recommended study sequence for your program:

  • Decide on how many courses you wish to enrol into
  • Start planning out your first year or if you wish your full degree on the study planner
  • Follow the recommended study sequence as closely as you can
  • Select courses that are a pre-requisite for future courses first
    • Example: In the Bachelor of Nursing Science, NUR116 in Semester 2 is a pre-requisite for 3 courses in the next Session and Semester. If you haven’t completed NUR116 you won’t be able to do any of these 3 courses. When planning you would include NUR116 in your selection for Semester 2 so as not to block your progression in future semesters.
STEP 2
If planning your full degree, check that you have included all your courses/units.
  • The total unit value on your planner = program’s Total units.
Check the recommended study sequence each semester to make sure offerings and requisites haven’t changed

c. Studying Full time or part-time with credit
Refer to process 2 below.

2. Students who have completed one semester or more of study at USC

a. Studying full time with no credit received from prior study and successfully completed all previously enrolled courses
Follow the recommended study sequence for your program

b. Studying Full time or part-time with credit, have failed a course or have had a break in study
Use the printed download of the recommended study sequence for your program:

  • Decide on how many courses you wish to enrol into
  • Cross off courses on the recommended study sequence that you have already successfully completed or have had awarded as credit
  • Look at subsequent semesters to see what courses you can move into the gaps left by your completed courses
  • Follow the recommended study sequence as closely as you can
  • You will need to take note of:
    • Requisites, offerings of the courses, unit values and any placement courses that can’t be studies with other courses or limited courses
  • Select courses that are a pre-requisite for future courses first
    • Example: In the Bachelor of Nursing Science, NUR116 in Semester 2 is a pre-requisite for 3 courses in the next Session and Semester. If you haven’t completed NUR116 you won’t be able to do any of these 3 courses. When planning you would include NUR116 in your selection for Semester 2 so as not to block your progression in future semesters.
  • When you have finished, check that you have included all your remaining courses/units.
    • Completed units + credited units + planned units = program’s Total units.
  • Check the recommended study sequence each semester to make sure offerings and requisites haven’t changed
    • Remember that if the program structure changes the recommended study sequence will not reflect your commencing program structure. Search your original course code and use the course link to view current requisites and offerings for your courses no longer included in the published recommended study sequence.
Who can help me manage my progression?

Progression Advisers are a specialist team in Student Central and can help you with:

  • Understanding your program structure
  • How to use your electives
  • How to review your progress
  • How to plan your remaining courses
  • Check-over your planning
  • Which courses you must complete if your program structure has changed
  • Your eligibility for registering a major/minor
  • Your eligibility for cross-institutional study and assessment of suitable courses

If your program structure changes during your studies you will receive communications from the Progression Advising team to provide you with information and instructions.

Please check your emails regularly for this important information or you may enrol into incorrect courses.

Please note that it is each student’s responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates.

Contact Student Central on your USC campus for additional assistance.

For help on other aspects of your program, you can contact the following staff:

Academic content:

  • Consult your Program Coordinator
  • Consult your Course Coordinator and view the Course Outline for individual course content

Career outcomes of your program

  • View the ‘Why study this program’ tab of your program web page
  • Consult with the Career Development Team
  • Consult with your Program Coordinator

Request for progression advice

Personal information
Must end in @student.usc.edu.au
Progression request
Program information
For example, Semester 2, 2016
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