General Information and Terms

From core units to electives, majors and unit can all get a bit confusing! See below for a rundown of all the new university terms that will become second nature to you.

Units and credit points

To finish a single degree, you need to successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit points. Combined degrees require completion of up to 32 credit points.

Full-time students usually study 4 units worth 4 credit points per trimester over 3 to 4 years, utilising Trimester 1 and 2 each year. Study is compulsory in Trimester 1 and 2 for full-time students.

Part-time students can study 1 or 2 units per trimester.

How many units will I study?

Most full time students will undertake study of up to 4 units per trimester (when only enrolling in Trimester 1 and 2) and part-time students will study 1 or 2 units per trimester over the course of the year.

Core and Elective Units

Your course is made up of either core units or a combination of core and elective units. Core units are compulsory. Elective units are your own choice.

Elective units for undergraduate courses can be chosen from any school or faculty within the university, provided you meet pre-requisite rules and it fits in with your timetable.

Trimester Options

Most courses utilise Trimester 1 and 2, however our flexible study options allow you to fast track your studies by using Trimester 3 (if applicable).

Credit Points

Most units studied are worth 1 credit point, but units may have a value of between 0 - 4 credit points. The units you pass successfully, will give you the credit point value required to pass your degree.

Unit codes

Each subject you study is called a 'unit'. Each unit has a title and code made up of 3 letter and 3 numbers. (eg. HSH218)
H - Represents the Faculty of Health
SH - Represents the School of Health (and Social Development)
2 -  Represents the unit level (ie. second year unit)
18 - Represents the unit number

Undergraduate students will study unit levels 1-4 and postgraduate students will take units at level 7 or 9

If you choose to study an elective from another faculty, please note the starting letter unit codes:
A - Faculty of Arts and Education
E - Faculty of Arts and Education 
S - Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
M - Faculty of Business and Law

Pre-requisite and co-requisite units

A pre-requisite unit is a unit that must be completed prior to a particular unit.

A co-requisite unit is a unit that must during or before the trimester of the specific unit being studied. Please check your course rules for further details.

Credit Transfer and Recognition

Deakin recognises the importance of your previous studies and work experience. You may apply to receive credit towards your Deakin degree. This can increase your educational choices and reduce the number of units required to complete your study. For more information visit Credit Transfer and Recognition

Campus and class codes

When enrolling into an unit, you will select the the most appropriate enrolment mode and location::

  • (B) Burwood (Melbourne)
  • (S) Waterfront (Geelong
  • (G) Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
  • (W) Warrnambool
  • (X) Cloud (online)

Adding, Changing and Withdrawing From Units

Students have the opportunity to reassess the units that they are enrolled in for any given trimester.

Students can add further on-campus units to their enrolment (if not enrolled in the maximum of four credit points) or change an on-campus unit for another up until two weeks into a trimester. It is however recommended that these changes are made prior to the commencement of the trimester.

Earlier deadlines apply to add or change off-campus units. The final deadline to add or change units can be found in the 'Important Dates' section of Deakin's handbook.

Maximum Completion Time (Maximum Period of Candidature)

Deakin University sets timeframes in which degrees must be completed. These timeframes take into account the importance of the currency of knowledge in completing an award.

Most degrees have a maximum completion time which can be calculated as double the standard full time completion plus 1 year – eg. For a three year degree, 3 + 3 + 1 = 7 years.

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