University Handbook Subject Page
What information is available from each subject page in the Handbook?
Each subject has its own page in the Handbook.
The following information may be available from each subject page:
You may contact the Subject Coordinator (or some other contact point listed) with questions about the subject, or obtain their permission to enrol without meeting the requisites. Contact information can be found by expanding the Dates and times section of subject pages in the Handbook.
Dates and times
This section tells you if the subject is being run this year or not, where and when. Key availability dates to check over before choosing a subject include teaching and assessment periods, last day to self-enrol, census date and last day to withdraw without fail.
Link to timetable information
Each subject page has a link to the subject’s timetable information in the sidebar. The link shows which days and times classes will run and where. However, note that not all mentioned classes are guaranteed to run, and the number of tutorials, labs and practicals that will open is dependent on how many students are enrolled.
Quotas and special selection processes
If a subject, or a particular offering of a subject, has an enrolment quota or a special selection procedure (such as an audition, interview or written application) the details will be available on the subject page. Check the Additional delivery details section for any enrolment quota cut-offs, the method of selection, application dates and instructions etc.You should also check the last date to self-enrol in the Dates and times section so that you don’t miss out on trying for a place in the subject.
This shows other subjects (or requirements) that must be successfully completed before you begin the subject selected. If a subject has any prerequisites, it will be listed under the Eligibility and requirements section.
This shows other subjects that you must enrol in and complete during the same study period as the subject selected. If a subject has any corequisites, it will be listed under the Eligibility and requirements section.
This shows a list of requisites for the subject (whether they are other University subjects or previous study such as certain VCE subjects). If you have already completed, enrolled in or have been given advanced standing for any of the requisites listed in this section, you will be unable to enrol in the subject selected. If you have enrolled in a non-allowed subject for later in your degree, you may choose to withdraw from it so you can enrol in the subject (however, if the non-allowed subject is a core or compulsory subject, you will need to stay enrolled in it). If a subject has any non-allowed subjects, it will be listed under the Eligibility and requirements section.
Recommended background knowledge
This shows subjects (or other requirements) that are strongly suggested for students to have completed prior to enrolment in the subject. You are better placed to succeed in the subject if/when you have the recommended background knowledge. If a subject has any recommended background knowledge, it will be listed under the Eligibility and requirements section.
The Assessment section details what students will be required to submit/do in order to be graded for the subject. When selecting your subjects, you may want to take assessment into consideration and choose ones that complement your learning style.
- Do you thrive with group work, or individual work?
- Exams or essays?
- Assessment evenly spread throughout the length of the subject, or more weighted towards the end?
You may wish to note any hurdle requirements mentioned in this section too.
In every subject page, nested within the Dates and times section, is an indication of how the subject is to be taught in respective study periods. For subjects, study modes include:
- On Campus: Attendance (even just one session) is required, for teaching/learning or assessment purposes, at an official University of Melbourne campus* or examination venue (eg Royal Exhibition Building).
- Off Campus: Attendance (even just one session) is required, for teaching/learning or assessment purposes, but this attendance is not at an official University of Melbourne campus* or examination venue. University staff have organised the attendance at the location, and may be involved in the teaching or supervision eg fieldtrip, hospital placement. No attendance at an official University of Melbourne campus or examination venue is required (i.e. the entire availability is off campus).
- Online: The subject is taught and assessed (including any examinations) either:
a) wholly online (no attendance is required anywhere); or
b) wholly by correspondence a.k.a. 'distance' (no attendance is required anywhere); or
c) a combination of online and by correspondence (no attendance is required anywhere); or
d) online and/or by correspondence, except for some required attendance or placement that is organised entirely by each student. University of Melbourne staff have no involvement in any of the teaching, supervision, or organisation of the attendance, at these locations, eg attendance at the student's workplace.
* The University's campuses are: Parkville, Southbank, Burnley, Creswick, Dookie, Hawthorn, Shepparton, Werribee