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Managing your progression

What does it mean to "manage my progression?"
  • It's referred to as the steps you need to take to get from starting your first course at USC to completing your last course before you can graduate.
  • It's important to ensure you study the right courses at the right time, use any elective courses effectively and be ready to graduate from your program when you plan to.
  • It is each student's responsibility to enrol correctly according to course requisites, program rules and requirements, and be aware of the academic calendar dates.

This information will help you to:

  1. understand your program structure,
  2. identify your remaining courses by reviewing your progress, and
  3. plan when to complete your remaining courses.
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What you need to know
What is a program structure?

Your Program Structure shows you the courses and total unit value you must complete to be eligible to graduate.

You will find the Program Structure on your Program page. Locate your program page on the USC Website > Courses and Programs.

Then, select your program, eg Bachelor of Business, and navigate to the Program Structure section.

Use the buttons at the top of the page to select your:

  • Location
  • Starting year
  • Starting semester.

NOTE: If your starting semester/year program structure is not available on the drop down filter, you will need to find your program structure in the Previous Student handbooks.

This will display your commencing program structure on the left-hand side of the page. This is the version or your program structure that you must follow for the duration of your studies.

Make sure you understand the following terms:

Your program may include required majors, minors and/or electives. You must pass the listed courses as detailed in each element of your program structure and successfully complete all stated requirements to be eligible to graduate. Courses completed outside of the stated requirements will not count towards your program and will result in the completion of additional courses.

Read all program notes that appear on your program pages as they have important information from your Program Coordinator together with helpful links.

What is a study sequence?

The study sequence is the optimal order to complete the courses in your program, as recommended by your Program Coordinator, whether you wish to study full time or part time.

Following this sequence will make sure you have no trouble with course requisites and if you study full time you will complete the program in the minimum advertised duration.

You will find your study sequence on your program page under the "What will I study?" section.

Use the buttons to select your:

  • Location
  • Starting year
  • Starting semester

This will display the study sequence on the right-hand side of the page.

This sequence reflects the current program structure only, not your commencing structure. Always refer to your commencing program structure for the courses you are required to complete.

The study sequence will show you:

  • the optimal order to complete the courses in your program
  • current course offerings (when the course is offered)
  • current course requisites

For courses in your version of the program structure that are not in the current study sequence, search for the course code on the USC website to view the current offerings and requisites.

Review the study sequence each semester as requisites and offerings are subject to change.

What is an unofficial academic transcript?

An unofficial transcript is the Unofficial Academic Record of your studies at USC.

To access your Unofficial Academic Record:

  1. Login to USC Central
  2. Select Transcripts
  3. Transcript type is Academic Record

Your transcript will open in a new tab as a ready-to-print PDF document*
* Ensure you have pop-ups enabled on your browser window.

Your Unofficial Academic Transcript shows you:

  • all courses in which you have enrolled
  • courses you have received as credit from prior study
  • the grades you received for each course
  • the unit value of your successfully completed courses
  • the program you are enrolled in
  • the majors and minors you have been approved to register
  • your Grade Point Average (GPA)

Your Unofficial Academic Record includes the same information as your Official Statement of Academic Record, but is printed from USC Central by you.

Your Official Statement of Academic Record is printed on University transcript paper and is a certified statement detailing your academic record at USC.

What are electives and how do I choose them?

Elective courses allow you to select courses that may be of interest to you but are not necessarily related to your field of study. Electives may give you flexibility within your program to add courses that will build your degree to suit your career aspirations.

If you have electives in your program, your program structure will detail any limitations on where these courses may come from (School) and their level. Make sure you read these limitations carefully and select your electives accordingly. If you choose outside of these parameters, the courses will not count towards your total unit value and you will have to complete additional courses that do fit within the stated parameters.

You may be able to use elective courses to:

  • Undertake an internship
  • Study overseas
  • Undertake a project
  • Undertake work experience
  • Study courses in a discipline area that interests you

Below are links to lists of electives:

What is a major/minor/specialisation and do I have to study one?

A major is a prescribed sequence of 8 courses (96 units) from an area of study.

A minor is a prescribed sequence of 4 courses (48 units) from an area of study.

A specialisation is available to postgraduate programs only and is a prescribed sequence of 4 courses (48 units) from an area of study.

Use this link to view all USC majors, minors and postgraduate specialisations.

Your program structure may:

  1. Include a required major or minor as part of its structure such as the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), which has an Accounting major in the program structure. You don't need to register a major that is already in the title of your program
  2. Require you to select majors and minors as required elements of the program structure from a list, such as for the Bachelor of Arts. You must select from the list to meet the program requirements and you must apply to register these selected major/minors. To register your postgraduate specialisation email your request to studentcentral@usc.edu.au

Read your Program notes to find out if any of your required major or minor options must be started in your first semester of study to complete your degree in the minimum time.

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