What to expect

How will I learn?

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Your lectures and tutorials will be delivered online, and you'll have the chance to interact live with your teachers and fellow students. You'll find your learning materials in our online learning space, where you can also join a study group, or chat to your classmates, or just see how everyone else is finding the course.

  • Interact – CSU Interact is our online learning management system. This is where you'll find your subject outlines, discussion forums about assessment tasks and other things, announcements from your lecturers and any other course-based information you need.
  • Online assignment submission and grading – All your assignments can be submitted online, then you can check your results and feedback through our online grade centre. You'll also be able to measure your current progress in your subject and course.
  • Live and recorded lectures – The lectures for your online subjects can be viewed live online, or watched later via the CSU Replay system. Most on campus lectures are also recorded and available here if you'd like to view them as well.
  • Live tutorials – Meet and swap ideas with other students online during live tutorials via the Adobe Connect platform. You can take notes, ask questions of your tutor and classmates, and record the whole session to watch again later.

Don’t worry if you haven’t studied online before. We’ll provide lots of support and give you the opportunity to practice to ensure you’re confident in this environment before you start.

How much time will I need?

Most subjects are worth eight points, and you can expect to spend about 10 to 12 hours per week for each of these. That might include lectures or tutorials, readings, forum activity, group or independent research, workplace learning, assignments or examinations.

So a part-time study load of two subjects a session would mean putting aside about three hours each day for learning and revision.

How soon will I be qualified?

This will depend on the level of study you choose and the study load that best suits you. You can check the 'course details' tab in the online course brochure for your preferred course to see what's required, but here are some examples:

  • Graduate Certificate requiring 32 points (4 subjects) – this could be completed in one year of full-time study, or two years of part-time study.
  • Bachelor degree requiring 192 points (24 subjects) – this could be completed in three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study.

How much will it cost?

Your course fees will depend on the number of subjects you enrol in, the course you are studying and the type of student you are - for example Commonwealth supported, fee-paying or international.

See the 'cost of study' tab in the online course brochure for your preferred course for details, and if you have any questions you can phone our friendly advisers on 1800 334 733 or request a call back from our online contact form.