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.
- Enrol in your subjects via your Study Plan in my.unimelb
- Log enrolment issues using the Enrolment Variation Form
- Log timetable issues using the Class Registration Enquiry Management system (CREM).
5. Ask for help!
As a student, you are responsible for making decisions about your course and future study. Stop 1 staff won't tell you what to do, or make decisions about your subjects for you. However, they can help you to access resources, discuss your options, and guide you to ensure you are making the best decisions.
- Think carefully about what you want to study. Explore the course planning resources and the University Handbook to get you started.
- Complete a course map. Course maps outline the core, elective and breadth subject that make up your degree. Filling one in helps you understand your degree as a whole so you can pick the right subjects. You can find your course map on the course planning resources page.
- Write down your questions. To get the most out of your session, go into it knowing what you would like to ask. This will ensure you get the best help possible.
- Come and see us. Once you have completed steps 1-3, you can contact a course planning adviser by submitting an enquiry via ask.unimelb, dropping into Stop 1 or booking an appointment.
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.