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Award
An award is a degree, diploma or certificate obtained when a student graduates from a program at UNSW. It recognises the student's successful completion of that program.

Bachelor
A Bachelor degree is the formal award a student receives when they successfully complete their first university degree program.

Campus
This is the teaching location where a program, course or plan is taught. UNSW has several campuses including the main campus at Kensington, the College of Fine Arts campus in Paddington and the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

Co-major
A co-major is a sequence of study for a program in which the requirements for two majors are met.

Combined Program
A combined program is a program of study which leads to the award of two degrees, that is, the graduate earns two qualifications. (An example of this would be the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws.) These are sometimes also called combined degrees and have a single set of program rules.

Co-Requisite
A co-requisite is a course which must be completed successfully before, or studied concurrently with, the course for which it is prescribed.

Course
Otherwise known as a subject, a course is an individual study unit offered within a program and plan (for example, MATH1131 - Mathematics 1A). Students enrol in many courses to make up their program of study, some of which may be core courses (courses which need to be completed for a particular program) and some of which may be elective courses (where students are given a choice of courses). At UNSW, courses are identified by a four character alphabetic prefix which identifies the School or unit administering the course and a four digit numeric suffix eg. ECON1101 -Microeconomics 1.

Course-work
Course-work is a term which is commonly used with regard to postgraduate study. It refers to a mode of study which is largely or wholly constituted of courses which involve face-to-face class instruction. The other mode of postgraduate study is research.

Degree
A degree is the formal qualification awarded when a student graduates from an undergraduate program of study (eg. Bachelor of Arts) or a postgraduate Masters or PhD program.

Doctorate/Doctoral program
A doctoral program is a postgraduate research program which involves a student independently researching a specific topic under the guidance of a supervisor and the production of a thesis. For a doctorate, considerably more original work is required than for a Masters by Research program. Students should note that in some faculties, course-work may also be prescribed.

Faculty
This is a large academic organisational unit of the University. UNSW has eight faculties: Arts and Social Sciences; Commerce and Economics; Engineering; Law; Medicine; Science; and the College of Fine Arts. Faculties may be comprised of several schools or departments.

Fast-track program
UNSW offers several "fast track" or "Masters track" programs. These give students the opportunity, if they meet progression requirements, to progress directly from an undergraduate program to a particular Masters program with some courses in the final year counting towards both qualifications eg. the Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Commerce.

General Education
UNSW requires undergraduate students to complete some courses outside their study area. General Education courses are offered in a variety of general subject areas to allow students to complete this requirement.

International Student
International students are citizens of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.

Local Student
Local students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens.

Major
Many programs require students to complete a major. A major is an approved sequence of study in an area of academic or vocational specialisation. This is some times also called a plan.

Masters
A Masters program or degree is a postgraduate program which involves enrolment in an approved sequence of courses for face-to-face instruction. Some Masters programs will also involve a research component.

Non-Award
Non-award enrolment means that the course/s undertaken by the student do not lead to the award of any formal degree, diploma or certificate at UNSW. Students from other universities ("cross institutional") often enrol in non-award courses at UNSW, as credit may be granted for these courses by their home institution.

PhD
See Doctorate.

Plan
A plan is a focused area of study within a program, usually requiring a student to complete an approved sequence of 'core' and 'elective' courses. At UNSW, plans are identified by a five digit alphabetical prefix and a five digit numeric suffix eg. SENGA13648 refers to the full-time Software Engineering plan.

Postgraduate
Postgraduate programs of study are available to students who have already completed a university degree program in a related area. They offer the opportunity for students to further their skills and qualifications in a particular area of specialisation. Completion of a postgraduate program may lead to an award of a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters (by Course-work or Research), Doctorate (PhD) or post-doctoral qualification.

Prerequisite
Some courses have prerequisites. A pre-requisite is a requirement which must be completed before enrolling in the course or the next level of courses e.g. completing a Level I MATH course before progressing to Level II MATH courses.

Program
A program is an approved program of study which leads to the award of a degree, diploma or certificate. Programs may be undergraduate or postgraduate and are identified by a four digit numeric code eg. the program code for the Bachelor of Psychology is 3432.

Research
Research programs of study are postgraduate programs of study which involve a student independently researching a specific topic under the guidance of a supervisor and producing a thesis or report. Some research programs do involve a course-work component.

School
This is an academic organisational unit, sometimes also called a department. A Faculty can be constituted of several schools eg. the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has 13 schools including the School of Philosophy and the School of History.

Session/Semester
A session or semester is a university teaching period. Each academic year, there are two main sessions (Session 1 and Session 2), usually of 14 weeks teaching, plus an examination period. There are also shorter Summer and Winter sessions that run through the break between major sessions. Exceptions to this are the Faculty of Medicine and the Australian Graduate School of Management whose academic years are divided into four teaching periods.

Specialisation
Specialisation is a focussed area of study which leads to a student's attaining academic expertise in that area. Example of specialisations include French, Biological Science, Taxation etc.

Stage
This is another way of referring to the year of a program eg. a student may be in Stage 1 (or Year 1) of their undergraduate program.

Undergraduate
Undergraduate programs of study are designed for students who have completed secondary studies (high school) in Australia or have a level of education deemed equivalent to this (eg. equivalent overseas study or alternate entry programs).

Unit of Credit
Each course at UNSW has a particular load or weighting which is referred to as a unit of credit eg. the course ELEC1101 Electrical Engineering is worth 3 units of credit. This is often abbreviated to UOC. UNSW programs require the successful completion of a certain amount of UOC and fees are also charged on a UOC basis.






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