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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 required 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
  • Undertake work experience
  • Study courses in a discipline area that interests you

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.

Use this link to view all USC majors, minors and postgraduate specialisations.

Your program structure may:

  1. Include a required 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 required elements of the program structure from a list, such as for the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology). 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

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 my progress
New students with credit

You will need a copy of your:

  1. Commencing program structure
  2. Major/Minor structures you have selected
  3. Unofficial academic transcript
  4. Recommended study sequence for your program
STEP 1
Use your commencing program structure and unofficial academic transcript to:
  • cross off all courses from your program structure that you have received as credit from prior study
    • if you have received elective courses as credit
      • number the electives allowed in your program
      • add the course codes of your elective credits
      • cross these off to show they are complete

For example, if your program structure includes 3 electives and you have received credit for 2 electives, it would look like this:

1. BUS105

2. GEN299

3. 200/300 level to be completed

STEP 2
If you have a registered major or minor use the major/minor structure you will be following and your unofficial academic transcript to:
  • cross off courses in your major/minor structure that you have received as credit from prior study
    • Courses may double up in:
      • your required major/minor and your list of required courses AND/OR
      • in both the required major and required minor course lists

If there are courses that double up, you will need to add an additional elective course for every course that doubles up to meet the total unit value of your program.

Please note: Some project and portfolio courses must be completed for each discipline so may completed multiple times e.g. DES309 Design Portfolio

STEP 3
Courses not crossed off are the courses you have remaining

Use your unofficial academic transcript to:

  • Add together the unit values of the courses you have received as credit 

Use the program structure and recommended study sequence to:

  • Add together the unit values of the courses you have identified as remaining
    • You'll find the unit value of each course in the recommended study sequence OR use the course links in the program structure
  • Add the two values from above together and check they equal the total unit value of your program as shown on your program page below the program structure

Credited units + Remaining units = Total units for your program

Continuing students

Continuing students will have completed at least 1 semester of study at USC.

You will need a copy of your:

  1. Commencing program structure
  2. Major or Minor structures you may be following
  3. Unofficial academic transcript
  4. Recommended Study Sequence for your program
STEP 1
Use your commencing program structure and unofficial academic transcript to:
  • cross off courses from your program structure that you have successfully completed/received as credit
    • if you have electives in your program structure
      • number the electives allowed in your program
      • add the course codes of electives you have successfully completed/received as credit
        • cross these off

For example, if your program structure includes 3 electives and you have completed/received credit for 1, it would look like this:

1. BUS105

2. 200/300 level to be completed

3. 200/300 level to be completed

STEP 2
If you have a registered 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/received as credit
    • Courses may double up in:
      • your required major/minor and your list of required courses AND/OR
      • in both the required major and required minor course lists

If there are courses that double up, you will need to add an additional elective course for every course that doubles up to meet the total unit value of your program

Please note: Some project and portfolio courses must be completed for each discipline so may completed multiple times e.g. DES309 Design Portfolio

STEP 3
Courses not crossed off are the courses you have remaining

Use your unofficial academic transcript to:

  • Add together the unit values of the courses you have crossed out as completed 

Use the program structure and recommended study sequence

  • Add together the unit values of the courses you have identified as remaining
    • You'll find the unit value of each course in the recommended study sequence OR use the course links in the program structure
  • Add the two values from above together and check they equal the total unit value of your program as shown on your program page below the program structure

Completed units + Remaining units = Total units for your program

How to plan my remaining courses
New students with NO credit (Full time)

Enrol in your courses exactly as set out in the recommended study sequence for your program

New students with NO credit (Part time)

Before you get started you will need to:

  • Download the recommended study sequence for your program and print a copy
  • Print a copy of the study planner (PDF 73KB)
STEP 1
Decide on how many courses you wish to enrol into

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

  • Look to see which of the courses in your first semester are requisites for courses in subsequent semesters
  • Select courses that are a 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.
  • Follow the recommended study sequence as closely as possible
STEP 2
If planning your full degree:
  • Repeat Step 1 above for each semester, continuing to look at:
    • Requisites
    • Course offerings
    • Unit values
    • Placement or other courses that can't be studied with other courses or only with specific courses
  • Check that you have included all your courses/units.

Total unit value on your planner = Total units for your program

  • Check the recommended study sequence each semester to make sure offerings and requisites haven’t changed.

New students WITH credit (Full time and Part time)

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)
STEP 1
Use the printed download of the recommended study sequence for your program:
  • Cross off courses on the recommended study sequence that you have had awarded as credit
STEP 2
Use the study planner to record your planning
  • Decide on how many courses you wish to enrol into each semester

  • Look at subsequent semesters to see what courses you can move into gaps left by the courses you have received as credit
  • Follow the recommended study sequence as closely as possible
  • Look at:
    • Requisites
    • Course offerings
    • Unit values
    • Placement or other courses that can’t be studied with other courses or only with specific courses
  • Select courses that are a 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 3
Check you have included all your remaining courses/units

Credited units + Planned units = Total units for your program

  • Check the recommended study sequence each semester to make sure offerings and requisites haven’t changed

All continuing students (Full time and Part time)

Continuing students will have completed at least one semester of study at USC.

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)
STEP 1
Use the printed download of the recommended study sequence for your program:
  • Cross off courses on the recommended study sequence that you have successfully completed or have received as credit
STEP 2
Use the study planner to record your planning
  • Decide on how many courses you wish to enrol into each semester

  • Look at subsequent semesters to see what courses you can move into gaps left by the courses you have successfully completed or have received as credit
  • Follow the recommended study sequence as closely as possible
  • Look at:
    • Requisites
    • Course offerings
    • Unit values
    • Placement or other courses that can’t be studied with other courses or only with specific courses
  • Select courses that are a 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 3
Check you have included all your courses/units 

Completed/Credited units + Planned units = Total units for your program

  • 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. To check offerings and requisites for your courses no longer included in the recommended study sequence:
    • Search for your original course code
      • use the course link to view current requisites and offerings
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 refer to the Blackboard organisation named Curriculum Changes for details on what you need to study.

Please check your emails regularly for 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
What is a Program Progression Drop-in?

Speak with a Program Progression Adviser about managing your progression 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.

Consultations are 10-15 minutes, and no bookings are required.

When and where?

Semester 1 and 2 (weeks 1–13) except during semester breaks.

  • USC Sunshine Coast: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am to 1pm on the Library Ground Floor 
  • USC Caboolture: Tuesdays 12noon to 2pm at the Library

Request for progression advice

Personal information
Must end in @student.usc.edu.au
Attach the review you’ve prepared to accompany your enquiry.
Progression request
Program information
For example, Semester 2, 2016
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