Waiving of Prequisites or Corequisites

Introduction
Steps to follow
The rules
See also

Introduction

Prerequisites and corequisites for units of study can be found in the Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate and Postgraduate Handbooks and can also be found on the Arts and Social Sciences website for Undergraduate units of study and Postgraduate units of study.

Waivers of pre- or corequisites allow students to enter into more advanced areas of study, bypassing the need to repeat material they have studied previously. Waivers do not however reduce the total number of units required to complete a course.

When a student enrols in a unit of study, their enrolment is automatically checked to ensure they have completed the unit prerequisites, or are enrolled in the unit corequisites. If these requirements are not met and the student has permission to enrol in the unit, Student Services can override the requirements if appropriate.

Please note: The waiving of pre-requisites are not to be used in instances where a student has taken and failed a required unit of study. This could lead to a student enrolling in a unit of study without the required level of assumed knowledge, putting the student at a disadvantage.


Steps to follow

  • Complete the application form (Link to Form and redo form). If the application is based on prior studies or work experience, submit additional documentation (transcripts/ letter from employer) with the form and have the form signed by the relevant academic. If you are seeking a prerequisite waiver for a language unit of study you may need to organise a time to meet with the relevant unit of study coordinator if your application cannot be supported by documentation.
  • Scan and email your completed form to the Student Services Office or come to the Student Counter to vary your enrolment.
  • You will receive a confirmation email when your request has been processed.

The rules

  • Waivers can only be granted by the coursework coordinator for the unit of study for which special permission to enrol is sought, (unless specified in a student's offer letter).
  • A waiver does not constitute credit or a variation to the requirements of an award course, except in the case where a waiver is granted for foundational units in the Master of Economics. In this case students can replace the waived unit with either a foundational or elective unit from any of the specialisations (subject to satisfying any prerequisites).
  • Waivers may be granted in cases where the student has completed sufficient prior studies in the area, or where they have work experience that would have provided them with an equivalent level of knowledge (supporting documentation required - e.g. transcript from previous study, duty statement from employer, reference letter from employer, etc)
  • Waivers are granted on the understanding that the student is fully responsible for their own academic performance, and will not be entitled to any special consideration on the grounds of their being enrolled in a unit for which they have not completed the prerequisite or which they are completing concurrently with its prerequisite.

See also