A guide to units of study

Each unit of study has a code that indicates the area of study (alpha code) and level of the unit of study (numeric code).

Area of study (alpha) code

The area of study is indicated by the alpha code. The University of Sydney Business School areas of study are:

ACCTAccounting
BANKBanking
BUSSInter-disciplinary Business School units
CLAWBusiness/Commercial Law
EMBA
Executive Master of Business Administration units
FINCFinance
IBUSInternational Business
INFSBusiness Information Systems
ITLSInstitute of Transport and Logistics Studies
MIBSMaster of International Business units
MKTGMarketing
QBUSQuantitative Business Analysis
SMBAMaster of Business Administration units
TPTMTransport and Logistics
WORKWork and Organisational Studies

Students can also complete units of study, depending on the requirements of their particular degree, from the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Law, Education and Social Work, and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Examples of other faculty areas of study are indicated below:

AGEC
Agricultural Economics (Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources)
BIOL
Biology (Faculty of Science)
CISSCentre for International Security Studies (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
CHEM
Chemistry (Faculty of Science)
CHNS
Chinese Studies (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
COMP
Computer Science (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies)
DESCDesign Science (Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning)
ECMT Econometrics (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
ECON / ECOSEconomics (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
ECOP
Political Economy (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
EDUF
Education (Faculty of Education and Social Work)
FRNC
French Studies (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
GEOS
Geology, Geophysics and Geography (Faculty of Science)
GOVT
Government and International Relations (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
HSTYHistory (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
INFO
Information Systems (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies)
LAWS
Law (Sydney Law School)
MATH
Mathematics (Faculty of Science)
PHIL
Philosophy (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
PLAN
Urban and Regional Planning (Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning)
PSYC
Psychology (Faculty of Science)
USSCUS Studies Centre (US Studies Centre)

Level of study (numeric) code

The numeric code of a unit of study indicates the level of the unit of study. In the Business School, Undergraduate units of study are divided into junior (1000-level), senior (2000 and 3000-level) and honours (4000-level) units of study and Postgraduate units of study are divided into foundation (5000-level) and advanced (6000 and 7000-level) units of study.

For further explanation of the different levels of units of study and of other definitions relating to the units of study, please click on the appropriate link below:

Credit point values for units of study

The term "credit point" refers to the value that a unit of study has towards meeting award course completion requirements. The normal credit point load for a unit of study is six credit points, however there are units with other credit point values such as 3, 12 or 24 credit points. In all cases, the credit point value of a unit of study will be an integer, normally lying between 3 and 24.

In most cases, the credit point value of a unit of study reflects the level of student effort in a unit of study. Faculties use credit points to monitor student work-load on the basis that 24 credit points equates to the effort expected of a full-time student, studying 36-48 hours per week. A credit point therefore equates notionally to a minimum expectation of 1.5 - 2 hours of student effort.

   
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