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At Massey University we refer to programmes and courses. A programme is your overall qualification (for example, degree, diploma, certificate) whereas courses are the individual modules that you take to complete your chosen programme. For example, the "Bachelor of Business Studies" is a programme whereas "115.101 Statistics for Business" is a course that is part of the Bachelor of Business programme.
Each programme has its own structure which is explained in the programme pages in this section of the website. When you select your individual courses you need to ensure that you are on track to fulfil all of your programme requirements to be able to graduate.
This guide provides you with an overview of the things you need to take into consideration which include:
For more information including what prerequisites like "Permission of Head of Department" mean see prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions.
For full-time students, the recommended maximum number of credits in Semester One and Semester Two is 60 credits per semester. So for first year (100-level) courses this means a maximum of four courses each semester. You can apply to study 75 credits per semester, but approval will depend on your past academic performance. For all students, the maximum number of credits for Summer School is 60.
Part-time students should enrol for fewer credits per semester. A 15 credit course typically requires 10 hours of study per week, so you need to make a realistic assessment of how many hours you have available for study when you plan your courses.
You will need to ensure that there are no exam clashes with other courses you want to enrol in. Special arrangements may be possible, but only in rare circumstances, so it is your responsibility to ensure that you have planned your courses to avoid exam clashes. Exam dates are listed in the course description information.
Wherever possible, you should avoid enrolling for courses that will result in lecture, tutorial or laboratory clashes. Tutorial/laboratory attendance may be compulsory in the course(s) you have chosen, which means you must attend. Even if not compulsory, attendance is likely to benefit your learning. Many courses offer more than one timetable option for tutorials/laboratories, so by careful choice of options you should be able to minimise clashes. Timetable information is available from the Timetables web pages. Classes begin on the hour and end ten minutes before the hour so that you have time to go from one location to another.
You should also check if the course has an online component and specific technology requirements.
Exam, online component and other general information can be found within the course description information on the Programmes and courses web pages.
It is important to consider all the costs involved in the study process. See the Fees web pages for more information.
We would like to help you make the right decisions when choosing and planning your study with us. We have people who can give you study advice to create an individual pathway for your programme.
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Last updated on Thursday 08 December 2016