A course is a component (subject) within a UQ program.

Each course is identified by a course code, title and fixed unit value.

For example, ECON1010: (course code) Introduction to Microeconomics (course title) (#2) (unit value).

A typical course consists of lectures, tutorials or practicals and includes assessment such as assignments, reports and exams, which you can find outlined in the course profile.

Most programs have specific courses you must take (compulsory courses). Some programs have courses you choose (elective courses).

Some courses cannot be taken without doing other courses first (pre-requisite courses), or at the same time (co-requisite courses).

In some programs you may be required to take a placement course, consisting of a period of practical, work-related experience.

Courses are normally completed in one semester or over two semesters if it is a year-long course.

Further information:

Every course has a unique eight character alpha-numeric course code.

  • The first four letters of the course code describe your study area.
  • The last four digits are numeric codes. The first number indicates the level of the course.
    For example, ‘PHRM1000: Introduction to Australian Pharmacy Practice’ identifies the course as a level 1 course in Pharmacy.

UQ course levels

1 = 1st year or 1st level undergraduate course 

2 = 2nd year or 2nd level undergraduate course 

3 = 3rd year or 3rd level undergraduate course 

4 = 4th year or 4th level undergraduate course 

5 = 5th year or 5th level undergraduate course 

6 = postgraduate honours or graduate certificate or graduate diploma course

7 = coursework masters course

8 = professional doctorates course

9 = enrolment in a research masters, PhD or higher doctorate program

Each course is worth a certain number of units (expressed as #).

The unit value reflects the workload for a course. Most courses have a unit value of 2 units (#2).

For a 2 unit (#2) course at UQ you are expected to study for 10 hours per week throughout the semester. So, if you enrol in a full-time load (#8) per semester it is expected you dedicate at least 40 hours to study per week per semester.

When you pass a course the units are credited towards your program.

Course profile

Course profiles contain all the information you need to know about a course including the aims and objectives and associated learning and assessment activities.

They are available online approximately four weeks before classes begin. You can find them by searching for your course on the courses and programs website. Once you have enrolled in a course you will also have access to the full course profile in mySI-net (your enrolment portal).

The course profile is divided into several sections:

  • Section 1: Course description, teaching staff (lecturers, tutors) and their contact details
  • Section 2: Course aims and learning objectives
  • Section 3: Required and recommended resources (texts, materials or useful websites)
  • Section 4: Learning activities (lectures, tutorials, practicals, field trips)
  • Section 5: Assessment items and due dates
  • Section 6: University policies and course guidelines

The online version of the course profile (called the Electronic Course Profile) remains the authoritative version.

When you enrol you can only choose courses that are approved to meet the requirements of your program.

Compulsory courses

  • Compulsory courses are the courses you must complete to meet the requirements of your program.  You must pass these courses to get your degree.

Elective courses

  • Elective courses are additional courses you can choose from outside the compulsory courses for your program. The number you can choose depends on your program, and not all programs allow you to take electives.
  • Electives are generally chosen from:
    • a list of courses included in the program’s Course List (e.g. Bachelor of Engineering); or
    • a wide range of courses offered across the University (e.g. Bachelor of Arts).
  • Keep your career objective and the program requirements in mind when choosing elective courses. If you need help, contact your Faculty or School.

If you are a domestic Commonwealth supported student you may have to pay tuition fees if you enrol in a course that will not credit towards your degree.

As part of your program you may be required to take a placement course.

Placement courses are:

  • A period of practical, work-related experience, usually at an organisation external to the University
  • They let you practice the skills of your profession in a real-life setting.

Before starting a placement course, you may be required to meet additional requirements, including health, working with children and criminal history checks. Your faculty or school will let you know about any additional requirements.

If you are required to take a placement course or do work experience as part of your program you can get personal accident and public liability insurance cover through the University.

When selecting your courses you need to check whether any course requisites or restrictions exist. For example, some courses cannot be taken without doing other courses first, or at the same time. To find out if a course has requisite requirements, see the course description on the courses and programs website.

Pre-requisite (Pre:)

Means that you cannot enrol in the course unless you have already passed the course listed as a prerequisite. The pre-requisite course provides the background knowledge you need to take the next course.

Co-requisite (Coreq:)

Means you cannot enrol in the course unless you have passed, been granted credit for, or are concurrently enrolled in any course listed as a co-requisite. Co-requisite courses provide the complementary knowledge you need to succeed in both courses.

Incompatible (Inc:)

Means credit will not be given for the course if you have already undertaken another course listed as incompatible.This happens when courses have equivalent content or learning outcomes.

It is your responsibility to ensure these requirements are met, and any exceptions must be approved by your faculty or school.

Most courses at UQ take one semester to complete, however some courses take one year to complete.

If you are enrolling in a year-long course, make sure you add the course in both the first and second semester of study. Check the course profile to be sure you are enrolling in the correct course code for your mode of study (part-time or full-time).

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