New ‘quarters’ optimise your study time and support your success

Below are some of the frequently asked questions about the Faculty of Business and Information Technology's change from semesters to the new optimised teaching format we’re calling ‘quarters’.

What is changing in 2017?

The Faculty of Business and Information Technology currently offers Business and Digital Technologies qualifications that run on a semester basis. In 2017, we will have four quarters. The quarters start on 20 February, 8 May, 24 July and 9 October.

There is no change to programmes currently being taught in a trimester format

What does this change mean for me?

If you are a full time student, you will study 2 courses per quarter instead of 4 courses per semester. If you are studying 2 papers, you will do one per quarter. If you are studying 1 or 3 courses, you will have a choice on how you spread your enrolment throughout the year.

In short, you will double the class time per week for half the courses in any one quarter.

There is no change in the overall learning hours or credits for each course.

Why is this change being made?

Extensive international research and our own experience confirms that this format leads to more students passing with better grades.This is because more students make it to the end of the course, less subjects need to be concentrated on at any one time and there are less assessments to complete at any one time.

Will there still be exams?

No. Some courses may still have smaller tests along the way, but none will have the traditional long final exam. Assessments will be tailored to suit the quarter based delivery.

What happens to the industry project? (If applicable)

You will complete 30 credits per quarter. Therefore, if you have a 60 credit project, you will have two quarters to complete it. A 45 credit project will also be completed over two quarters (and you study one course in either quarter). A 30 credit project can be completed in a quarter.

What if I have questions?

Please feel free to contact our Front Desk team, with any questions you may have.