How you drop a unit of study, and the implications for doing so, will depend on when you decide to drop the unit.
If you drop a unit of study before the census date for that session, it is called a withdrawal. You withdraw from a unit by selecting the rubbish bin on the unit of study selection screen in Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Units of study’, then ‘Change your units of study’). You'll need to select 'Continue' and then 'Confirm' on the confirmation screen to finalise your change.
If you withdraw before census there will be no academic penalties, and the unit won’t appear on your transcript. If you're a domestic student there will be no financial penalties.
You will not receive credit points for units of study that receive a DC or DF grade. You may need to make up credit points in another session and your academic progression for your course may be affected.
Check the census, DC and DF deadlines for your session before dropping a unit. DC, DF and Absent fail grades have different academic and financial consequences to be aware of.
If you're an international student, discontinuing a unit of study will reduce your study load. You will need to apply for a reduced study load and provide the necessary supporting documents. If you withdraw from a unit before the census date, you will need to apply for a fee refund.