Types of subjects

Standard subjects

The standard subject you will study is an 8 point subject to be completed in one session. Some subjects may have a different value of points. Subject points is a numerical value assigned to each subject. It measures the size of the subject’s contribution to your course.

You must successfully complete all subjects in your course to be eligible to graduate. Find out how many subject points you need to complete your degree in your Handbook.

  • Key subjects

    Key subjects are the critical knowledge and/or skills for your course. If you have key subjects in your course, you must pass the key subjects in no more than 2 attempts to avoid receiving a notice of exclusion from your course. Not all courses have key subjects.

    To find out if your course does, go to Key subjects.

  • Core subjects

    Most courses contain core subjects. You must successfully complete your core subjects in your course to be eligible to graduate. You can find your core subjects in the course structure of your Handbook. You must successfully complete all core subjects to be eligible to graduate.

  • Compulsory subjects

    Compulsory subjects are undertaken in a specific grouping within an elective sequence. Examples include specialisations, majors, minors or Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Accounting joint studies.

    You can find out your core subjects in the course structure of your Handbook.

    You must successfully complete all compulsory subjects in your selected elective sequence to be eligible to graduate.

Elective sequence

Some courses have elective sequences for you to study. This is a collective term for the following types of course components:

  • specialisation
  • major
  • minor
  • restricted elective or unrestricted elective.

A key characteristic of such sequences is that more than one set of subjects is identified and you can select one of those sets to undertake as a component of the course.

A joint study is also a type of elective sequence and is offered only in the Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Business courses

  • Restricted elective

    If your handbook has restricted electives, you can only choose from the list of electives available to study. These may be a specified group of subjects, a specified discipline or a specified range of subjects.

  • Unrestricted elective

    An unrestricted elective is a subject that may be chosen from any subject on offer across the University provided prerequisites, enrolment restrictions and any other Faculty requirements have been met.

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

  • Subject prerequisites

    Subject prerequisites are a set of conditions that must be met before your enrolment in a particular subject is permitted. Subjects that have prerequisites are listed in the subject guide in the Handbook.

  • Study prerequisites

    Study prerequisites are a set of conditions you must meet before you can progress. Your My Degree Planner will also indicate subjects that have a pre-requisite subject.

    If you believe you meet the requirements for a subject but have not completed the listed pre-requisite subjects in your current course, complete the Request for Waiver of Prerequisite(s) Form [PDF].

  • Assumed knowledge

    Some subject have assumed knowledge. Unlike prerequisites, Assumed Knowledge is not an enrolment barrier. It is recommended that you have a thorough comprehension of this information or have undertaken the subjects in this section listed prior to enrolment in the subject.

Credit and subject substitution

  • Credit

    A subject in which you are not required to enrol in recognition of prior learning thereby reducing the number of subjects needed to complete the course.

  • Subject substitution

    You can get a subject substitution of a subject for a compulsory subject. You must demonstrate competence for the subject you would like to substitute with another subject.

    Unlike credit, subject substitution does not reduce the number of subjects required to complete the course.

  • Transfer credit

    A subject deemed completed in recognition of prior learning via subjects completed in another course at CSU or other institution approved by CSU for the purposes of the credit policy.

  • Proficiency credit

    A subject deemed completed in recognition of prior learning where you have demonstrated proficiency in a subject to the satisfaction of the Course Director or Course Coordinator.

  • Specified, unspecified and block credit

    Consistent with the current (2014) Australian Qualifications Framework definitions, credit is specified credit when granted for specific components of a degree or other program of learning.

    Credit is unspecified credit when granted for components of a degree or learning program that are not specifically identified, such as a block of points, or elective options.

    Block credit is credit granted towards whole stages or components of a qualification or other program of learning and is often granted as a certain number of subject points. Block credit may be specified and/or unspecified.

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