All subjects are assigned to a Study Period.
The two main study periods at JCU's Australian campuses are Study Periods 1 and 2, which are 13 weeks duration.
Each Study Period has a:
- Start date
- End date
- Payment Due Date
- Census Date
- Results Publication date
- Last date for withdrawal without academic penalty, and
- Last date for addition or substitution of subjects without prior approval of subject coordinator.
Your study plan is a blueprint of what subjects you need to complete in order to meet degree requirements, including core, optional, elective, major and minor subjects.
Your study plan is listed in eStudent. Subjects will appear on your study plan as 'planned' until you enrol in and/or pass the subject.
Your study plan also lists approved credit for previous study.
These are compulsory subjects that you must pass in order to complete your degree.
Sometimes you may have to select a core subject from a pre-defined list.
Optional or Elective subjects
These are chosen from a list. You need to choose and pass a certain number of subjects from this list to complete your course.
In your Study Plan these subjects are flagged by the word 'option'. These lists have a credit point value, which means you must keep selecting subjects from the list until you reach the required credit point limit.
If you withdraw from or fail these subjects, they will not appear on your study plan. You will need to reselect a subject from the list.
Some courses require you to choose a major, which allows you to study a specific area in-depth (e.g. Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Social and Criminal Justice). If your course requires a major, it will be listed on your study plan in eStudent.
Similar to a major, a minor is an area of study that you elect to pursue in some depth. It is, however, to a lesser number of credit points than a major. Only a few courses include Minors.
When you choose a subject you also have to decide when, where and how you want to study the subject (e.g. Study Period 1, Townsville campus, internal study mode).
This information defines each offering of a subject. View the offerings for your subjects via Subject Search.
Some subjects have a maximum number of students that can be enrolled at one time, known as a 'subject quota'.
If you are unable to enrol in one of your chosen subjects because the quota has been reached, you should contact the Student Centre to discuss alternatives.
The academic year is divided into two teaching periods: Teaching Period 1 (first six months of the year) and Teaching Period 2 (second six months of the year).
Each teaching period contains a number of different study periods including the main 13 week study period and intensive study periods.