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The enrolment process
Students enrol in General Education courses through myUNSW (https://my.unsw.edu.au) the web interface to the University's student information system, in the same way that they enrol in other courses.
Before nominating the General Education courses they wish to take, students should ensure that they are familiar with:
Students will be able to vary their enrolment in General Education courses, subject to places in other courses being available. Course enrolment variations will be conducted through myUNSW.
Students who are unable to enrol through myUNSW should contact their faculty or program office regarding alternative enrolment arrangements.
Quotas and preferences
General Education courses may have enrolment quotas set for both overall course enrolments and for each faculty. Although these quotas are flexible, students may be unable to enrol in a particular course because it is already full. In these cases, students may attempt to enrol in the class at a later time, as places may become available.
To increase the chances of enrolment in first preference courses, the University will generally try to allocate enrolment appointment times to students who have progressed furthest in their degree program, before students in earlier stages of their program. This means that if a student misses out on admission to a course in one year, they are more likely to be successful in subsequent years, as they gain more senior status in their program.
Alternative mode courses
Most General Education courses (with GEN prefix) will be offered in the format of one lecture and one tutorial per week. However, in developing courses for the General Education program a number of faculties have put forward courses that can be completed in a more intensive mode - either over a summer session, or in some other non-standard arrangement. Some approved courses will be offered in an open learning or distance learning format, supported by electronic delivery techniques. It is hoped that the choice of delivery mode will increase in response to student preferences and the course evaluation process.
Campus at which courses are taught
General Education courses are taught at Kensington as well as the Paddington (Faculty of the College of Fine Arts) campus. Students may enrol in courses offered on either campus provided the courses have been approved as part of their General Education requirement.
Separate arrangements are in place for students of the Australian Defence Force Academy and of the Australian Taxation Studies Program. Students in these programs should consult their faculty for information on courses and venues.
Units of Credit, Fees & Charges and General Education
The University's academic structure is based on 'units of credit'. A fulltime enrolment for one year is defined as 48 units of credit (24 per session). A course will have the same unit of credit value and generate the same load for student contribution charges and tuition fees irrespective of the program or stage in which it is taken. All courses are measured in whole units of credit. The normal workload expectations are 25-30 hours per session for each unit of credit, including class contact hours, preparation and time spent on all assessable work.
Every course in the University has a unit of credit value, with program requirements defined, in part, in terms of the completion of a specified number of units of credit. The most important thing to remember about units of credit and General Education is that, because the General Education Program is an integral component of each undergraduate degree program at UNSW, units of credit earned for General Education are not additional to program requirements, but rather are a required part of each program. For the same reason, students do not pay extra for undertaking General Education courses.
Student contribution charges and tuition fees are based on the student's total study load, taking into account the discipline grouping of the unit of study. Student load is calculated on the sum of the units of credit of all courses undertaken (including General Education courses) as a proportion of the specific full-time total (48 units of credit) for the particular stage of the program.
All General Education courses form part of the discipline group which includes Arts, Humanities, Social Studies/Behavioural Science and Visual/ Performing Arts which attracts the lowest level of charges.
Where approval is given to undertake mainstream courses instead of General Education courses, these courses will be charged according to the discipline grouping of the unit of study.
A prize of $1,000, awarded twice yearly, has been established especially for work done by students in the UNSW General Education Program. The prize commemorates one of the University's earliest alumni and most devoted supporters, the late Heinz Harant. It is called 'The Heinz Harant Challenge Prize' because challenging orthodoxy was the driving spirit of Heinz Harant's life and the prize attempts to recognise this belief.
The prize recognises challenging and original thinking in work submitted for assessment in a General Education course. Academics in charge of General Education courses will be asked to select items of work of high standard and which they judge to be in keeping with the spirit of this prize.
Students may also submit their own work of high standard if they feel that it meets the spirit of the prize. Entry forms are available from UNSW Student Central and work must be submitted within one month of the close of the session in which the course is offered. At the end of Session 1 for courses completed in Session 1 or the Summer Session, and again at the end of Session 2 for courses completed in Session 2, a small number of items are selected for submission to a judging panel, subject to the author's consent.
Click below to view a list of General Education courses by faculty:
To search for General Education courses by session of offering, please go to the Class Timetable website: