Academic expectations

Through your entire study journey, our friendly Charles Sturt University staff will be on stand-by with the support and advice you need to succeed.

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How will I learn?

Each course is different.

You can expect to attend lectures and tutorials either online or on campus. You'll complete group work, workplace learning placements and some independent study.

Some online courses may include residential schools. That's a fancy way of saying you'll come on campus for some intensive learning sessions with your classmates. You'll learn practical skills you can't get online. Don't stress, it's always fun.

On campus and online, our Division of Learning and Teaching are working to create brilliant learning environments for you.

And on campus, we've designed our learning spaces to ensure you can own your workspace, and study the way you want.

How much study time will I need?

To get a sense of how much study time you'll need, work out how many subjects you need to complete.

Each subject is worth a certain number of points. You'll need to compile a set number of points to complete your course. Most subjects are worth eight points, and you can expect to spend about 10 to 12 hours per week for each of these.

That time may include lectures or tutorials, readings, forum activity, group or independent research, workplace learning, assignments or examinations.

So, a part-time study load of two subjects a session would mean putting aside about three hours each day.

What's workplace learning?

Some Charles Sturt courses include workplace learning where you'll undertake practical placement.

Practical placement gives you professional experience. It's a great way to make industry contacts and get a sense of what working in the industry will be like.

Placements can vary from one day a week to a more extended block period. Take a look at your course online to find out if there's a workplace learning component.

How will I be assessed?

We'll assess your performance in a number of ways, which may include:

  • attendance at lectures
  • participation in tutorials, workshops, forums and discussions
  • written essays, reports and tutorial papers
  • self-evaluation and journals
  • class presentations
  • online assessment tasks, such as worksheets or quizzes
  • assignments and workbooks
  • practical performance, i.e. in laboratory work or professional placements
  • mid-session, in-class, or final examinations.

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