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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
What is a program structure?

Your program structure shows the courses and total unit value you must complete to be eligible to graduate from your program, including any mandatory majors and/or minors. You must pass these courses and meet the program requirements to be eligible to graduate. Remember to apply to register your majors and minors.

Note: You can print a PDF version from the button at the bottom of the page.

Use the program structure for your commencing year and semester for the remainder of your program unless you receive advice from the Program Progression Advisers in Student Central.

What is a recommended study sequence?

The recommended study sequence displayed with your program structure shows you:

  • the recommended order in which you should complete the courses in your program, whether you wish to study full time or part time
  • course offerings (when the course is offered)
  • course requisites (restrict the order in which you complete courses)
  • how to complete your degree in the minimum duration

The displayed recommended study sequence ONLY shows the CURRENT program structure but can be used by all students to plan their study as follows:

  • use the displayed recommended study sequence to guide the order in which you should complete your remaining courses
  • 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 semester of offer are subject to change.

 

You will also need to access your Unofficial Academic Transcript as you progress through your degree to see which courses you have successfully completed. Print the PDF of your commencing program structure and cross the courses off as you successfully complete them.

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 remaining courses.

As a full-time student, you should enrol in 4 courses/48 units each study period.

Refer to the What will I study tab on your program page for your program structure and recommended study sequence.

Use the program structure from your commencing year and semester to view your required courses, program requirements and program notes. Print the PDF of your commencing program structure and cross courses off the list as you successfully complete them.

Use the current recommended study sequence to guide the order in which to complete your remaining courses. To view courses in your commencing structure no longer in the current structure, search for the course code on the USC website to view current offerings and requisites.

When you study part-time, you need to be aware of course availability, requisites and any special instructions on your program page. Refer to the What will I study tab on your program page.

Use the program structure from your commencing year and semester to view your required courses, program requirements and program notes.

Use the current recommended study sequence to guide the order in which to complete your remaining courses. To view courses in your commencing structure no longer in the current structure, search for the course code on the USC website to view current offerings and requisites.

Use the Study Planner (PDF 105B) to map your progression through your degree. As you plan, check each of your courses 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, you will already have completed some of the courses in your program structure.

Refer to the What will I study tab on your program page.

Use the program structure from your commencing year and semester to view your required courses, program requirements and program notes.

Use the current recommended study sequence to guide the order in which to complete your remaining courses. To view courses in your commencing structure no longer in the current structure, search for the course code on the USC website to view current offerings and requisites.

You will also need to access your Unofficial Academic Transcript. Your transcript will tell you which courses you have received credit for. Print the PDF of your commencing program structure and cross courses off the list if you have received credit for the course.

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.

Sometimes recommended study sequences cannot be rearranged due to the strict order in which courses must be completed; 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.

Use the program structure from your commencing year and semester to view your required courses, program requirements and program notes. Refer to the What will I study tab on your program page

Use the current recommended study sequence to guide the order in which to complete your remaining courses. To view courses in your commencing structure no longer in the current structure, search for the course code on the USC website to view current offerings and requisites.

Use your Unofficial Academic Transcript to see which courses you have successfully completed and cross these off your required list of courses on your program structure. Each study period you can cross off courses from the list as you successfully complete them.

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

Contact Student Central if you need assistance.

Key terms

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

Key terms

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. You will find electives for each Faculty at:

Requisites:

  • Pre-requisite - Specific course that is needed prior to enrolling in the nominated course.
  • Co-requisite - Specific course/s that must be completed prior to or at the same time as the nominated course. When completing at the same time you MUST enrol into the co-requisite course FIRST in USC Central to meet the requisite requirement for 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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