What to expect

How will I learn?

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Your course content (text, graphics, video and interactive resources) will be delivered online, and you'll have the chance to interact live with your teachers and fellow students through email, forum discussions and live tutorials. 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.

  • Interact2 – CSU Interact2 is our online learning management system. This is where you'll find your subject outlines, discussion forums about subject content and assessment tasks, 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.
  • Lectures - as well as rich media resources including video and audio presentations by lecturers and outside presenters, many subjects also provide access to recordings of on campus lectures via the CSU Replay system. 
  • Tutorials – most subjects provide live tutorial sessions through the Adobe Connect platform where you can take notes and ask questions of your tutor and classmates. Most online tutorials are also recorded so you can watch the session later if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

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.