The University of Western Australia
Future Students

Selecting your classes

Subjects of study at UWA are called units.

The Student Exchange and Study Abroad programs at UWA allow you to choose units from any Faculty except Medicine and Dentistry.

You must have Faculty approval for each unit you wish to take and the Faculties will check that you meet the prerequisites for each unit prior to your enrolment.

  1. Before selecting units
  2. How many units can I take?
  3. What do the different teaching periods mean?
  4. How and when do I enrol?
  5. What are the classes like?
  6. How will I be assessed?

Before selecting units

Before selecting your units we recommend you:

How many units can I take?

Study abroad and exchange students must enrol in a full academic load of 24 points per semester. Most units are worth 6 points, so this generally works out to four units per semester.

Typically, most units are offered for a semester, but some must be taken for a full year.

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How do I select my units?

You can use the online Handbook to browse through the units offered at UWA.

 All units will consist of four letters detailing the discipline of the unit (such as ECON for economics, PSYC for Psychology) and four numbers. 

Units with numbers beginning from 1 to 4 are generally undergraduate units. A code beginning with 1 represents first year level studies, 2 represents second year level studies and so on.

Please note that some units coded 3xxx and 4xxx are common to both postgraduate and undergraduate programs and are marked UG (Undergraduate) and PG (Postgraduate) in the handbook.

 Units with numbers beginning with 5 and above are postgraduate level.

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What do the different teaching periods mean?

There are a few different teaching periods in which units are offered each year.

The standard teaching periods are semester 1 (February to June) and semester 2 (July to November). There are also many non-standard teaching periods which cover a range of dates. You should only choose units available during the period(s) you are coming to UWA.

If a unit is marked as being offered in a "Offshore teaching period" only, this unit is not available on the Crawley campus and should not be selected.

Units marked "Summer teaching period" are generally not available, but if you wish to study these please contact your Student Exchange Adviser

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How and when do I enrol?

Final enrolment takes place during Orientation week and will depend on timetabling constraints, unit availability and Faculty approval. During this week, Faculty Advisers will be available to assist you with your selection of units.

Most units do not have a quota limit, so if the Faculty approves you to take a unit, it is likely that you will be able to enrol in it.

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What are the classes like?

At UWA the emphasis is on independent learning. There will be less direction from lecturers, greater expectations of individual study outside classes, fewer assessments and heavier weighting on assessments.

You will attend weekly lectures, which may be large (sometimes more than 100 students). These will be complemented by weekly tutorials, which are smaller classes where you will be expected to actively participate in discussion and debate. They may be compulsory and are often assessed.

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How will I be assessed?

Final grades will be based on a combination of oral and written assignments and tests, project work, participation in tutorials and final examinations. Multiple choice is not a common method of assessment.

Performance is graded according to the following scale:

Grade Percent
HD (Higher Distinction) 80 - 100
D (Distinction) 70 - 79
CR (Credit Pass) 60 - 69
P (Pass) 50 - 59
N+ (Fail) 45 - 49
N (Fail) 0 - 44
UP (Ungraded Pass) n/a
P* (Pass Conditional) n/a
UF (Ungraded Fail) n/a

All examinations are conducted in English (except for language units) and the use of dictionaries is not permitted, nor will additional time be granted if English is not your first language.

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Further information

  • Entrance requirements

Footnote links and information

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