Course planning - Section contents

Choosing the right subjects for your course is an important part of your University experience. Whether you are about to start your course or have been studying for a while, use these steps below to help plan, review and refine your course plan.

1. Set your direction

Career plans and study interests can change over time, so it's important your review your course goals every semester.

  • Know your course requirements. Each course has specific requirements that you must satisfy in order to graduate, including core subjects and hurdle requirements. In many course structures you will have the opportunity to focus on a specific discipline through majors, minors, or specialisations.
  • Review your goals each semester. The goals you set out for yourself in your first semester may change over time. It’s important to review your course plan regularly to ensure you are taking the right subjects at the right time.
  • Think about your end-goal. If you are aiming for a particular major or specialisation, it’s important you create a course plan that includes the required subjects for your end goal. It can help to start with your desired outcomes, and work backwards to ensure you complete the required prerequisite subjects.

2. Explore our resources

Before you enrol in subjects, you should explore all of the course resources available to you. These include:

  • Faculty or graduate school resources will provide you with useful course
  • University Handbook is the definitive source of course information, outlining prerequisites, credit points, majors or breadth subjects.
  • Course maps can help you map out the subjects for your course. They can also help ensure you are completing combinations of subjects that will enable you to complete the major of your choice.

If you are a graduate researcher you can contact your graduate school for course advice.

3. Make a list of subjects

Before you enrol in subjects, it can be helpful to make a list of all your subject requirements. This could include:

  • Core subjects (including foundation or interdisciplinary subjects) you need to complete. You should always include your core subjects first, and then add other subjects around them.
  • Credit points you will need to complete each year. This will help you know how many subjects you are required to take.
  • Prerequisite subjects you might need to meet to reach your course goals.
  • Breadth subjects you might like to take. This could include a subject you enjoyed at school or something completely different.

4. Choose your subjects for the whole year

Once you’ve become familiar with your course structure and study discipline requirements, you can enrol in your subjects for the next academic year.

  1. Enrol in your subjects via your Study Plan in my.unimelb
  2. Log enrolment issues using the Enrolment Variation Form
  3. Log timetable issues using the Class Registration Enquiry Management system (CREM).

It is important to note your subject key dates such as the subject census date in case you choose to withdraw from the subject later on.

5. Asking for help

As a student, you can choose what you want to achieve from your degree and future study – Stop 1 staff can’t tell you what your goals are! What we can do is help you explore your options, understand your course and subject requirements, find resources, and guide you to make sure you are on track to achieve your academic and personal goals.

  1. Be aware of what you need to study. Each course has certain requirements that need to be met, so start looking at what you must study in your course by checking the Handbook entry for the year you started.
  2. Consider what you want to study. Most courses have elective subjects, so once you know the subjects you have to study, you can start thinking about the other subjects. These could be subjects complementary to your area of study, subjects to meet entry requirements for graduate study, or subjects exploring a different area.
  3. Decide if you want to explore anything else in your degree. There are so many opportunities for you to take advantage of – overseas study, concurrent diplomas, internship subjects, volunteering opportunities, and more. Once you’ve explored steps 1 and 2, see what else you can fit in to your time at the University. We want you to make the most of it!
  4. Complete a Course Planning self-evaluation checklist during this re-enrolment period. This will help you reassess your goals and plan your next steps. It’s important to continually reflect on your enrolment and make decisions about whether you’re still achieving your goals.
  5. If you’ve explored steps 1–4 and you would like further advice or resources, contact a course planning advisor by dropping into Stop 1 or booking a course planning appointment.

Need help?

If you have explored the course planning resources and the Handbook, but still have some questions, visit us at Stop 1 for help.

If you are planning to study overseas and need course planning advice you can also speak to Stop 1.

Are you a new student?

Once you have planned your course, you will then need to enrol in your subjects online. Head back to the Get Started at Melbourne website to learn how to enrol in your subjects using the Study Plan.