Enrolment Restrictions & Failing a Unit of Study
What happens if I fail a subject? Can I attempt later year units?
Official Faculty rules concerning enrolment are in the Engineering Faculty handbook and the two key resolutions relating are 10.2 and 14.3.
- If you failed a core unit of study last year you must enrol in it this year.
- If you have a clash the earlier year subject must take precedence.
- Students are not generally permitted to enrol in later year subjects unless they have done all the previous cores (eg a 2nd year is not permitted to attempt 3rd or 4th year subjects).
Students should be aware that a consequence of failure may be that they will not graduate in eight semesters. The usual enrolment for students is 24 credit points per semester.
- It is recommended that only students with a good academic record attempt more the 24 credit points in a semester, and permission for high enrolments (more than 30 credit points) will only be given to students who have demonstrated academic merit over the past year.
- We generally recommend that students do not attempt to over-enrol above 24 credit points to catch up on failed units.
At the start of semester some of you may find you have timetable clashes. These can occur where you are taking units across different years. We have removed formal prerequisites to allow enrolments of this type, however, it is your responsibility to ensure that any clash is manageable.
- We strongly recommend against you enrolling in more than 24 credit points in the semester or in a program with clashes without first seeking the advice of your academic advisor.
- Advisors will normally only recommend high loads or clashes for students with a good academic record.
If a clash occurs between a lecture in one subject and a tutorial in another it may be possible to rearrange tutorial times and you should approach the course coordinator of the subject with the tutorial. If you have any other concerns about clashes you should speak to your year advisor.
Visit the timetable unit site to see approximate timetables of each unit of study to assist students when assessing clashes.