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Frequently Asked Questions

Why have we changed the Academic Calendar?
The Academic Calendar introduces a new level of flexibility and opportunity for students. It gives you greater control over your studies.

When did the new Academic Calendar begin?
The new Calendar began in 2010.

What are the dates for the Semesters and Winter Term?
See our Principal Dates page.

Do I have to study in the Winter Term?
No. It is not compulsory for you to study in Winter. The design of your study program will be up to you.

What units can I study in the Winter Term?
Not all units may be offered in the Winter Term. The units that will be made available will be listed here. As the University finalises the units associated with Winter Term, you will need to check for updates. Alternatively, you can search the Courses and Units database for your unit and check its availability in Winter Term.

How will Winter Term units be taught?
The Winter Term will be taught across a 7 week period. Teaching will be intensive.

Will Winter Term units offer the same quality education as those in Semesters 1 and 2?
Yes.  Quality is non negotiable. Subject matter will simply be offered in an intensive mode. Content and quality will not be compromised.

What will be a full time load?
A full time load for the Winter Term is 6 credit points (generally 2 units of study). Given that units in the Winter Term will be taught in intensive mode over 7 weeks, students considering enrolling in more than 2 units should seek appropriate advice before doing so. Note that a full time load for the year will remain at 24 credit points (generally 8 units of study).

So, what could my study pattern look like across a year?
As we have stated, your pattern of study will be up to you. As such, patterns of study will be very individual. Feedback received from students have indicated a range of patterns. For example, 4-0-4; 2-2-2; 4-1-4; 3-2-3, just to name a few.

If I decide to study in the Winter Term, what will it mean for my degree?
There are potentially 2 outcomes:

  1. First, you may be able to shorten the length of your degree. Say from 3 years to 2.5 years.
  2. Secondly, you may be able to spread your study load across the year.

What are the benefits of studying in the Winter Term?
As stated above, if you study in the Winter Term, you may be able to complete your degree earlier, thus entering the employment market ahead of your colleagues. If you spread your study load, this may have the benefit of relieving pressure or providing more time for employment. It's all about flexibility, opportunity and control.

What if I decide not to study in the Winter Term?
Then there will be no difference to your studies. The status quo will remain.

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