Teaching periods

Charles Sturt runs several different types of teaching periods throughout the year, including:

  • Sessions
  • Terms
  • Year-long Periods
  • Micro-sessions
  • ADPP Periods.

Most courses are delivered within the same type of teaching periods (such as in sessions or terms only), however some courses include subjects that may be available in other types of teaching periods as well.

You can consult your course structure (using the Handbook and GPS) and the Subject Availability List (SAL) to find out which teaching periods to use when adding subjects to your enrolment each year.

Understanding codes for teaching periods

Each teaching period is identified by a code which combines the year and a unique two-digit number that represents each individual period.

[THE YEAR IN 4 DIGITS] + [2 DIGIT CODE NUMBER] = TEACHING PERIOD CODE

For example:

  • ‘Session 1’ is represented by the two-digit number ‘30’, so the code for Session 1 in the year 2020 is: ‘202030’.
  • Sessions

    Most mainstream courses and subjects are delivered in sessions. There are three sessions each year, which can be identified by the ‘0’ at the end of their teaching period code.

    Session 1 runs for 4 months every year, starting in late Feb/early March and ending in June. Session 2 also runs for 4 months, starting in July and ending late Oct/early Nov. Session 3 is a summer session that runs for 3 months each year from November to February.

    Both Session 1 and 2 are compulsory for students enrolled in mainstream session courses. Session 3 is usually optional. However, there are some courses where enrolment in Session 3 is also compulsory. See Session 3 course enrolment to check if your course has compulsory Session 3 enrolment.

    Session nameCode
    Session 1 30
    Session 2 60
    Session 3 90
  • Year-long Periods

    Your course may have some subjects that are delivered in year-long periods, which combine the start and end dates of 2 or 3 standard sessions together into a single longer teaching period. Most year-long periods end in the year after they commenced, except for Year-long Period 1.

    There were five year-long periods first introduced in 2021, which were identified with codes ending with ‘6’ or ‘7’. However, from 2022 onwards, there will be six year-long periods each year at Charles Sturt University, which can be identified by the ‘1’ or ‘2’ at the end of their teaching period codes, starting with Year-long Period 1 (202231).

    Year-long Periods in 2021

    Year-long name Code (2021 only) Corresponding Sessions
    Year-long Period 1 26 Sessions 1 & 2 (30/60)
    Year-long Period 2 27 Sessions 1, 2 & 3 (30/60/90)
    Year-long Period 3 56 Sessions 2 & 3 (60/90)
    Year-long Period 4 57 Sessions 2, 3 & 1(60/90/30)
    Year-long Period 5 96 Sessions 3, 1 & 2 (90/30/60)

    Year-long Periods in 2022 (and onwards)

    Year-long nameCode (2022 onwards) Corresponding Sessions
    Year-long Period 1 31 Sessions 1 & 2 (30/60)
    Year-long Period 2 32 Sessions 1, 2 & 3 (30/60/90)
    Year-long Period 3 61 Sessions 2 & 3 (60/90)
    Year-long Period 4 62 Sessions 2, 3 & 1 (60/90/30)
    Year-long Period 5 91 Sessions 3 & 1 (90/30)
    Year-long Period 6 92 Sessions 3, 1 & 2 (90/30/60)
  • Terms

    There are three terms every year at Charles Sturt, which can be identified by the ‘5’ at the end of their teaching period codes.. Students are encouraged to check the specific dates for each subject they enrol in that is delivered in a term, using Interact2.

    Term Names

    Between 2010 and 2021, these terms were named in a specific order to align with the Northern Hemisphere each year:

    • Term 2 (15), Term 3 (45), Term 1 (75).

    However, from 2022 onwards, these terms are to be named in chronological order, which is the same order as their codes:

    • Term 1 (15), Term 2 (45), Term 3 (75).
    Term name (2010-2021) Term name (2022 onwards) Code
    Term 2 Term 1 15
    Term 3 Term 2 45
    Term 1 Term 3 75
  • Micro Sessions

    Micro sessions are shorter teaching periods that usually run for 8 weeks. There are six micro-sessions each year at Charles Sturt, which can be identified by the ‘4’ at the end of their teaching period code (from 2022 onwards). However, when these six micro-sessions were first introduced in 2020 and 2021, they had codes that ended in ‘2’.

    Micro-session nameCode (2020 & 2021 only) Code (2022 onwards)
    Micro Session 1 12 14
    Micro Session 2 32 34
    Micro Session 3 42 44
    Micro Session 4 52 54
    Micro Session 5 72 74
    Micro Session 6 82 84
  • ADPP Periods

    ADPP Periods are for Associate Degree in Police Practice subjects only. Detailed dates for ADPP students are available on the NSW Police Force website.

    There are six ADPP Periods each year, which can be identified by the ‘3’ at the end of their teaching period codes (from 2022 onwards). However, when these six ADPP Periods were first introduced in 2020 and 2021, they had codes that ended in ‘8’.

    ADPP Period nameCode (2020 & 2021 only) Code (2022 onwards)
    ADPP Period 1 08 13
    ADPP Period 2 28 33
    ADPP Period 3 38 43
    ADPP Period 4 48 53
    ADPP Period 5 68 73
    ADPP Period 6 78 83

Teaching periods for partner institutions

If you're studying with one of our partners, you will need to visit their websites for teaching periods and information about start and end dates.

See our partners

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