Rule breaches and invalid units

What is a rule breach?

A 'rule breach' occurs when you do not meet the course and/or unit rules. When you attempt to enrol in a unit/s that you are not eligible for, a pop-up box will appear.

How does a rule breach affect my enrolment?

If a rule breach message appears when you are trying to enrol in a unit, you will not be able to enrol in that unit. You must resolve the rule breach before you can continue with your enrolment. You may need to select an alternate unit. If you believe you are eligible to enrol in the unit, please contact your Faculty Course Adviser. Rule breach messages can be complicated, if you are having trouble making sense of your rule breach message, refer to the table below, or contact Customer Service, with the exact working of the message.

Rule breach words explained

ONon campus (attending lectures, tutorials etc)
OFFoff campus (completing course via correspondence)
LOAD-CAL-1Trimester 1
LOAD-CAL-2Trimester 2
LOAD-CAL-3Trimester 3
credit pointa measure of your unit load. One credit point represents a quarter of a full-time student's workload during a trimester.
RULE-LD-S1a rule breach regarding the number of credit points in which you have enrolled
Level {1}the level of your unit. This number corresponds to the first number in a unit code eg. MSC120 is a level 1 unit
{B}corresponds to the campus on which you are enrolled. B = Melbourne Burwood Campus, G = Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, S = Geelong Waterfront Campus, W = Warrnambool Campus.
Faculty Course Adviseryour Faculty Course Adviser can give you course and unit advice. If you don't understand why you have a rule breach, they can advise you accordingly.

You can interpret your rule breach using the translation table below.

This will help you to understand what the message means and why you are unable to enrol in that particular unit.

 Example of MessageTranslation
Mode: On and off campusCourse / Unit validations indicate that you are ineligible to enrol in the unit : HDS205. Refer to details below. You have exceeded the allowed maximum credit points (0) --- unit mode IN {ON} --- in load period(s) {RULE-LD-S1, RULE-LD-S2}You cannot enrol in any on-campus units in your course in Trimesters 1 and 2.
 Course / Unit validations indicate that you are ineligible to enrol in the unit : MLL111. Refer to details below. You have exceeded the allowed maximum credit points (0) --- unit mode NOT IN {OFF} --- in load period(s) {RULELD-S1, RULE-LD-S2}You cannot enrol in any on-campus units in your course in Trimesters 1 and 2.
 Course / Unit validations indicate that you are ineligible to enrol in the unit : MMM790. Refer to details below. You have exceeded the allowed maximum credit points (0) --- unit mode NOT IN {ON} --- in load period(s) {LOADCAL- 1, LOAD-CAL-2}You cannot enrol in any off-campus units in your course in Trimesters 1 and 2.
Unit LevelCourse / Unit validations indicate that you are ineligible to enrol in the unit : SRE464. Refer to details below. Course / Unit validations indicate that you are ineligible to enrol in the unit. With this unit enrolment, you will exceed the restriction --
Level {1} must not exceed 10 credit points
You cannot enrol in more than 10 credit points at level 1 for your course.
Course Credit Point LimitCourse / Unit validations indicate that you are ineligible to enrol in the unit : SBB203. Refer to details below. The maximum no. of credit points for your course is 24 cps. You have exceeded this credit point limit with this unit enrolment giving you a total of - 25 cps.You cannot enrol in more than 24 credit points for your course.
CampusCourse / Unit validations indicate that you are ineligible to enrol in the unit : SCC220. Refer to details below. You have exceeded the allowed maximum credit points (0) --- (unit location IN {B} AND unit mode IN {ON}) --- in load period(s) {RULE-LD-S1, RULE-LD-S2, RULE-LD-SS}You cannot enrol in any off-campus units (other than your course campus) in your course for Trimesters 1, 2 and 3.
Pre-requisitesCourse / Unit validations indicate that you are ineligible to enrol in the unit : ACD205. The unit : ACD205 specifies a pre-requisite unit which must be completed first. Suitable pre-requisite units are - {ACD102}.You cannot enrol in ACD205 as you have not completed the pre-requisite unit, ACD102.
Trimester Credit Point LimitCourse / Unit validations indicate that you are ineligible to enrol in the unit : HPS907. Refer to details below. You have exceeded the allowed maximum
credit points (4) --- --- in load period(s) {LOAD-CAL-2}
You cannot add more than 4 credit points in Trimester 2.
 Course / Unit validations indicate that you are ineligible to enrol in the unit : HPS914. Refer to details below. You have exceeded the allowed maximum credit points (4) --- --- in load period(s) {LOAD-CAL-1}You cannot add more than 4 credit points in Trimester 1.

What is an invalid unit?

After unit results are released, units can become invalid as a consequence of a fail grade. For example, a unit you failed, may be a pre-requisite for another you are enrolled in, therefore it will be invalidated. The University will identify these invalid units and notify students. However, it is important you check your enrolment regularly. In StudentConnect, an invalidated unit displays a status of invalid.

What does an invalid unit mean for you?

It means you are ineligible to enrol in the unit in question, therefore you will be taken out of the unit, and you should seek guidance from your Faculty Course Adviser, in case this has an impact on your progress and/or course rules.

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