How to use the Handbook
The Handbook is published annually and contains all your course requirements. These include:
- the code and title of the units for your course
- units required for a specific area of study (e.g. major/minor/specialisation)
- any other special requirements or conditions you have to meet
- the course progression map.
To complete your course and to graduate, you need to meet all the requirements for your course set out in the Handbook.
Checking your course requirements
To view your course requirements, refer to the Handbook from the year you started your course.
For example, if you’re starting your course in 2020, use the current Handbook to find course requirements; if you began your course in 2017, use the 2017 Handbook.
If you don’t know which edition of the Handbook to use, contact your managing faculty.
Handbooks from previous years
You can find archived handbooks online, dating back to 1995.
Once you’ve checked your course requirements in the appropriate Handbook, use the current Handbook to find units for your course. The current Handbook lists the units that are available, which campuses they are taught at, and the teaching periods they’re available in.
To find available units, use the Handbook's search filter.
Course progression maps
Course progression maps provide you with a visual outline of your entire course, showing you the units you’ll need to complete to get your qualification.
To find your course map from:
- 2020 onwards, see course maps
- 2019 and earlier, refer to your course entry in the Handbook from the year you started your course. You will find it under Requirements.
You’ll find the teaching period for a specific unit (e.g. first semester, summer semester) under Offerings on the unit’s page. If you want to see all the available units for a specific teaching period, go to the Handbook’s search filter and select Unit, then filter by Teaching Period.
Not all the units listed for your course may be available every year – you may need to plan ahead to ensure you can enrol in particular units in future years.
Check you have the correct units before enrolling
When selecting a unit, always check the prerequisites, corequisites and prohibitions listed in the unit entry.
You can’t enrol in a unit if:
- you haven't done the prerequisites
- you aren’t enrolled in a corequisite unit at the same time
- you have done a prohibited unit for the unit you want to enrol in.
For a definition of prerequisite, corequisite, etc., see the Handbook glossary.
It's your responsibility to make sure you're enrolled in the correct unit. If you need any help, request course advice from your managing faculty.