Academic expectations

How much time will I need to study?

At CSU, you can choose a study schedule that suits your lifestyle. That can be anything from one subject at a time right through to a full-time schedule of eight subjects each year, and you can add or remove subjects from your schedule at any time.

Breaking it down

To get a sense of how much time you'll need for study, it helps to think of your course in terms of the subjects you'll need to complete. Each subject is worth a number of points, and you'll need to compile a set number of points to complete your course. You can find the requirements for your preferred course in the online course search.

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 will I be taught?

Each course is different, but you can expect to attend lectures and tutorials either online or on campus, undertake group work with classmates, complete workplace learning placements and do some independent study. Some online courses may include residential schools that will bring you to campus for intensive learning sessions with your classmates.

What is workplace learning?

Many CSU courses include workplace learning where you'll undertake practical placements, gaining professional experience, making contacts in your chosen industry and really getting a sense of what you can expect after graduation. Placements can vary from one day a week to a longer block period. Your online course search will tell you whether your preferred course includes a workplace learning component .

How will I be assessed?

Your performance will be assessed in a number of ways, which could include:

  • attendance at lectures

  • participation in tutorials, workshops, forums and discussions

  • written essays, reports and tutorial papers

  • self evaluation and journals

  • class presentations

  • online assessment tasks, such as worksheets or quizzes

  • assignments and workbooks

  • practical performance, i.e. in laboratory work or professional placements

  • mid-session, in-class, or final examinations.

What additional costs can I expect?

In addition to tuition fees, other costs to consider could include:

  • textbook(s)

  • study materials such as paper, folders, books or creative materials

  • laptops or specific computer programs

  • protective equipment (i.e. lab coats, glasses, gloves)

  • uniforms

  • purchase of specialist equipment

  • travel, accommodation and meals while attending residential schools, internships or work placements

  • immunisations, criminal record clearances, attainment of Senior First Aid certificate.