Planning your undergraduate course

You’ve got a whole range of choices when it comes to your undergraduate studies. Even before enrolment day, there’s a lot to plan and think about. Here we provide you with some tips and information to help you make sense of planning and managing your course.

Meeting your course requirements

Each course has specific requirements that you must satisfy in order to graduate, including core units, and majors or specialisations (depending on what kind of degree you’re enrolled in).

In your final year you may also be required to complete either an industry-based learning (IBL) placement (if you’re selected for the program), or a final year ‘capstone’ project, where you’ll bring together and demonstrate all that you’ve learned in your major in one, final  project.

Before you begin the process of selecting units, we recommend you familiarise yourself with the structure of your course. You can find this information in the Handbook and in a Course Map.

Majors, minors and specialisations

Majors, extended majors and minors are available in undergraduate comprehensive courses, or in courses where you have enough free electives. They enable you to concentrate on a particular area of study from day one. Alternatively, you can wait and decide on your preferred major after you’ve completed  some  initial  studies.

Majors involve eight units studied over three years. Minors involve four units studied over at least two years. Extended majors involve 12 units studied over three years.

Specialisations are also available – although only in specialist courses. They allow you to focus deeply on a particular field of study.

Find out more about majors, minors and specialisations, and how they work together.

Some important tips to help you plan

Whether you’re at the beginning of your study journey or already part-way through, you’ll need to make a variety of planning decisions along the way. Below, we’ve highlighted some important factors to take into consideration.