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2018 curriculum changes

We are reimagining the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

In 2018, we will launch a reimagined undergraduate curriculum, designed to create resilient graduates with the confidence and ability to think critically, collaborate productively, and influence the world.

The curriculum offers a new level of flexibility for cross-disciplinary learning, and provides opportunities to take on real-world projects and gain global experience for new and continuing students.

As a current student, you do not need to change your course or worry about your enrolment. More information about changes to courses in 2018 will be available from July this year.

In the meantime, please refer to our frequently asked questions for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Will I be able to continue with my current degree without any changes?

Yes, there is no need for you to change your course of study, your choice of major, or any plans that you have made to study for the remainder of your course.

Can students still do the same degrees that are available in 2017?

In most cases yes, but some degrees available now will be available in a new form. For example, the Bachelor of International and Global Studies will be transformed into the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies) for students commencing in 2018.

If you are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of International and Global Studies, your course will continue and you will be able to undertake components of the reimagined undergraduate curriculum in your current course and graduate with the degree of Bachelor of International and Global Studies.

I deferred my offer in 2017 and will begin in 2018, but my course is no longer listed – what happens now?

You will receive a replacement offer for the new form of a degree. For example, an offer for the Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) will be given in place of the Bachelor of Medical Science. 

Will there be any changes to course fees?

Domestic contribution amounts and international tuition fees change every year. Changes in 2018 will be typical of rate changes in previous years and are not related to the new curriculum. Find out more about tuition fees.

Can I transfer to a new course?

Yes, subject to your eligibility to transfer between courses and academic approval for a transfer, however there is no need for you to transfer from your current course.

Do I need to transfer to a new course?

No. The choice to request a transfer to a new course is yours – subject to the usual eligibility requirements. The changes in 2018 will allow you to continue and complete your current studies without any impact.

How and when can I transfer to a new course?

If you are eligible to transfer to another course, that course will appear in Sydney Student. You may submit a request to transfer by selecting the course, which will kick off the process, subject to approval.

You may submit a request from November 2017; however you will not be able to commence your new course until Semester 1 2018. If a course does not appear in Sydney Student, you cannot request a course transfer.

If I transfer to a new course, can I get credit for units of study completed in my previous course?

Yes, but it’s important to remember that a course transfer does not guarantee credit for all of your previous study. You should always carefully read the requirements for completing a new course before requesting a transfer, as these requirements will differ from those in your current course of study.

Sometimes a course transfer will require you to accrue additional credit points in order to meet the new progression requirements. For example, your current course may require that you complete a major comprising of 36 credit points from the second and third year of your course. A new course will typically require that you complete a major comprising 48 credit points from the first three years of your course, plus a minor of 36 credit points.

Depending on where you’re up to in your current course, it may not be possible to get credit for all of your previous study. See your course resolutions in Handbooks Online to understand what you may be able to receive credit for and how this will affect your course progression.

Find out more about transferring.

Will the same units of study be available in 2018 onwards?

In most cases, yes, however units of study are not always available each year and changes next year will be typical of previous years.

Will I be able to do new units of study in my current course?

Yes, you will be able to do new units of study in your current course. The changes to courses are generally related to completion requirements, rather than new units of study, or new subject areas.

What is the Open Learning Environment (OLE)?

The Open Learning Environment (OLE) will be a collection of short, modular units of study and learning resources that allow students to acquire foundational concepts in a variety of disciplines. The OLE will provide opportunities for all students to learn about diverse topics such as data science, research techniques, entrepreneurial thinking, ethics, team leadership, design thinking, intercultural communication and project management.

Can current students access the Open Learning Environment (OLE)?

Yes, selected units of study offered in the Open Learning Environment (OLE) will be available to all students from 2018. More details about the OLE will be announced later this year.

What is the Bachelor of Advanced Studies?

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies is a new course that will be offered in combination with the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Computing, Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Visual Arts. Combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies courses take four years to complete. They require students to complete a second major from our shared pool of cross-disciplinary majors, take on more academically challenging coursework with 4000-level units of study, and tackle either a research, industry, community or entrepreneurial project or an embedded honours research project.

Please note that 4000-level units of study for combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies courses are not available for selection or enrolment until 2020. More details about combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies courses will be announced later this year.

Can current students transfer into a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies course?

While there is no direct transfer to the standalone Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you may be eligible to transfer from your current three year course, such as the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Science, to a four year combined course, such as the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies or Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

Your eligibility to transfer to a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies course will depend on whether your progress throughout your current course, and the units of study you have completed, meet the requirements for completion of the combined course.

Please refer to "If I transfer to a new course, can I get credit for units of study completed in my previous course?" above for information about some of the differences between current courses and new courses that may affect your eligibility to transfer to a course that is combined with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

Find out more about the combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

I’ve just started my degree in 2017, will I still be able to do honours?

Yes, there are no plans to discontinue honours. If your current course offers you the opportunity to pursue honours and you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be able to do so. There is no need for you to change your course of study, your choice of major leading to an honours year, or any plans that you have made to study for the remainder of your course.

Can I gain accreditation in accounting or psychology by taking the Accounting major/minor or the Behavioural Sciences major/minor from the shared pool?

No, to gain accreditation you usually need to have completed an accredited course. If you’re seeking professional accreditation you need to complete one of the accredited courses specified by the relevant professional organisation. Taking a major or minor from the shared pool – or a stream/program/major/minor from Table A – will not be enough to gain accreditation unless you are also enrolled in one of the accredited courses.

How can I gain professional accreditation in accounting?

Completion of an accredited course entitles a graduate to associate membership of the two principal professional accounting bodies, CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

The following undergraduate courses at the University are accredited:

  • Bachelor of Economics and its associated combined degrees including the Bachelor of Advanced Studies
  • Bachelor of Commerce and its associate combined degrees including the Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

At a postgraduate level, the Master of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting are accredited degrees.

If you are an undergraduate student and you wish to achieve associate membership in one of these bodies, you should enrol in one of the above accredited courses and take a program in Professional Accounting.

If you are not enrolled in one of the accredited courses, you will not gain accreditation in accounting. This includes if you only complete the Accounting major/minor from Table S without also being enrolled in an accredited degree.

You cannot convert the Accounting major/minor into the Professional Accounting program.

Further information about accreditation in accounting can be found on the Business School’s Professional Accounting Accreditation website.

How can I gain professional accreditation in psychology?

Completion of an accredited course entitles a graduate to accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

The following undergraduate courses at the University are accredited:

  • Bachelor of Arts and its associated combined degrees including the Bachelor of Advanced Studies
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science and its associate combined degrees including the Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

If you are an undergraduate student and wish to achieve accreditation in psychology, you need to enrol in one of the above accredited courses and take a program in Psychology.

If you are not enrolled in one of these accredited courses, you will not gain accreditation in psychology. This includes if you take another course(s) and complete the Behavioural Science major/minor from Table S.

Further information about accreditation in psychology can be found on the Bachelor of Psychology website.

Are postgraduate courses changing?

There are no changes to postgraduate courses in 2018.

Who can I talk to for more information?

For more information, please contact the Student Centre:
 

Student Centre

Address
Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus
Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Student Centre

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Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus
Opening hours (during exams): 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. 8.30am to 2.30pm Saturday.
Last updated: 19 June 2017

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