Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What benefits do students receive from completing a postgraduate degree?
Can I get assistance with academic skills such as referencing and essay writing?
Can I get assistance with searching for a job?
What is the last day I can apply to enrol?
What is the duration of my course?
Can I study my course part time?
Do I need to attend orientation before commencing my course?
What are the course fees?
Can I receive credit for previous studies completed?
How do I enrol in subjects and tutorial classes?
Can I study subjects at another Sydney Business School campus?
What is the maximum number of subjects I am able to enrol in one session?
Is it compulsory to attend class?
What do I do if I am unable to submit my assignment by the due date or attend an examination?
What should I do if I have an issue or concern about a mark awarded for an assessment task or final grade?
How do I apply to transfer from one course to another?
When do I need to apply to graduate?

Current Students:
How do I enrol in subject and tutorial classes?
How do I find a lecture/ tutorial room or office?
What are lecturers and tutorials, and when do they start?
What are subject codes?
What are credit points?
Can I receive credit for previous studies completed?
What are core and elective subjects?
What are pre-requisites and co-requisites?
Are there any deadlines I need to be aware of?
Who do I see about enrolment, advanced standing, credit transfer and other specialist academic advice matters?
What are subject outlines and how can I get a copy?
What is plagiarism and why is it important for me to understand what it means?
What is copyright and how does it affect me?
Where can I go for assistance with my studies?
What are the student consultation hours? 


What benefits do students receive from completing a postgraduate degree?

  • The postgraduate degrees at the Sydney Business School are both academically rigorous as well as providing the necessary practical skills to further your business career. All of our programs are developed in conjunction with and continuously reviewed by corporate partners and, where possible, programs are associated with relevant professional accreditation.
  • Sydney Business School graduates are popular in the global job market as demonstrated by our listing in the QS Global Top 200 Business Schools, which includes business schools currently preferred by a number of the major international corporations seeking well qualified MBA graduates.
  • Sydney Business School is ranked 13th in the Asia Pacific and is the 3rd highest Australian Business School in the QS Global Top 200 Business School's 2012 report.
  • Sydney Business School has a young and dynamic group of alumni spread all over the world. Being part of this group will boost your career and life in numerous ways.
  • Read the Student Testimonials to find our how Sydney Business School graduates have developed their careers in a range of professions and industries.

Can I get assistance with academic skills such as referencing and essay writing?

  • Learning Development offer a range of free resources to all enrolled students who wish to improve their academic performance.  There are various online resources on academic matters including:  essay and report writing; critical analysis; referencing techniques; and exam preparation. 
  • Learning Development sessions are run at both the Innovation and Sydney Campuses.
  • Sydney Business School has two dedicated librarians who can assist with research. Each session Sydney Business School Library hold 'Advanced Library Research Seminars'.  
  • For further information visit Learning Developme         

Can I get assistance with searching for a job?

  • The UOW Careers Central offers a range of services to students including: job seeking workshops; job application and resume checks; employment experiences programs; employer information sessions; and advertising employment vacancies.
  • Careers workshops at the Sydney Campus focusing on new students searching for employment and also for graduating students who are looking for post degree employment

What is the last day I can apply to enrol in a program?

  • Domestic students should submit their application form at least two weeks before orientation, however late applications will also be considered.
  • International students should apply at least one month before orientation to allow processing of their student visa. 

Note: Visa processing times will vary in each country.

What is the duration of my course?

  • Sydney Business School Masters programs require 12 months full time study, with the exception of the Master of Business Administration which can be taken over 12 or 15 months duration.  
  • Graduate Certificate programs require 3 months (one trimester) full time study.The listed course duration assumes that students enrol and successfully complete the maximum workload of 24 credit points (four subjects) per trimester.  
  • Students who study part time usually complete their degree over double the course duration of a full time student. 

Can I study my course part time?

  • Sydney Business School offers all programs at all onshore locations on a part time basis.  
  • Students who are on a visa may be restricted from part time study, and should check their minimum enrolment requirements. 
  • Those who study part time usually complete their program in double the course duration of a full time student. Part time students usually enrol in 12 credit points (two subjects) per trimester.
  • International students must comply with their Visa conditions in relation to full-time or part-time study.

Do I need to attend orientation before commencing my course?

  • Attendance at orientation is compulsory for all new students.  When classes commence the following week, it is essential that your enrolment is finalised and you are familiar with UOW systems and practices.
  • Orientation provides students with important information including: program of study; subject timetable and enrolment; key academic matters; introduction to library resources and academic skills development, such as effective research and referencing techniques.

What are the course fees?

  • International students: Find the most up to date fees information.
  • Domestic students:  Find the most up to date fees information. FEE-HELP is a government loans scheme available to eligible domestic students to assist with part or all of their tuition fees.  For details visit the website http://www.goingtouni.gov.au/

Can I receive credit for previous studies completed?

  • Students who have previously completed relevant postgraduate level study may apply for credit towards their Sydney Business School degree.  
  • The maximum amount of credit which may be granted is 25 per cent of the total credit points required for that course.  For example, if your degree is 8 subjects (48 credit points) in length, you may apply for up to 2 subjects (12 credit points) advanced standing. 
  • To complete an Application for Advanced Standing Credit or Exemption form, please visit the Sydney Business School reception and attach certified copies of transcripts of the relevant postgraduate level study completed.

How do I enrol in subjects and tutorial classes?

  • As part of the compulsory student orientation, staff will assist you with your initial enrolment.  Enrolment in subjects and tutorials is done via the internet using the Student Online Services (SOLS) System.
  • Students will need to clear any conditions listed on their letter of offer before they can process with their online enrolment.  For example, the University may have requested proof of citizenship documentation or English language test results.  
  • For information about clearing your conditions please contact UniAdvice on telephone 1300 367 869 or email uniadvice@uow.edu.au               
  • At orientation, students will be given a list of subjects to enrol in each session. Students who are enrolled in subjects that have tutorial classes scheduled will also be required to enrol in a tutorial class via SOLS.  
  • Students will be advised when tutorial classes will be open.

Can I study subjects at another campus?

  • Sydney Business School students have the flexibility of enrolling in subjects at either Innovation Campus (Wollongong) or Sydney campus provided that the subject fits with the student's study sequence. 
  • Domestic students may also enrol in subjects offered at one of UOW’s Satelite Campus locations including: Southern Sydney, Shoalhaven, Moss Vale, Bega or Batemans Bay. 

What is the maximum number of subjects I am able to enrol in one session?

  • Students are able to enrol in a maximum of 24 credit points (four subjects) in each trimester. Students should refer to their study sequence to determine the correct subject to enrol in. 
  • Students may apply to enrol above the credit point limit by submission of an Academic Approval Form. This is subject to approval from the Deputy Dean or Sub Dean, and will only be granted in extreme circumstances to students with an exceptional academic record.

Is it compulsory to attend class?

  • In order to maximise student’s academic performance, it is recommended that students attend all classes.  However, to be eligible to pass a subject, students must attend at least 80 per cent of lectures and tutorials scheduled throughout the session.  
  • Class attendance will be recorded and retained within the School.

What do I do if I am unable to submit my assignment by the due date or attend an examination?

  • If due to personal illness or, adverse and unforeseen circumstances, you are unable to complete assessable work by the due date or attend an examination, you may apply for Academic Consideration.  Students should apply for academic consideration via SOLS in advance or on the due date of an assessment task, and on rare occasions no later than three working days after the due/ scheduled date. Students will then to submit supporting documentation to either Sydney Business School reception or Student Central. 
  • Academic consideration may include: an extension of time to submit work; a supplementary examination; or the student's composite result is reconsidered without any additional work being submitted.
  • The University applies strict criteria to the granting of acaconsideration. Before applying, students should carefully read the Student Academic Consideration Policy.

What should I do if I have an issue or concern about a mark awarded for an assessment task or final grade?

  • If you have a grievance over a result, in the first instance, attempt to informally resolve this grievance with your lecturer. If the grievance cannot be resolved and is within the eligible grounds listed below, the student may complete an Appeal of Assessment Results form and lodge the grievance to the Sydney Business School office.
  • This form should be lodged as soon as practical after the release of results of the assessment task or final mark for the subject but no later than ten (10) working days after release of results.
  • Students are eligible to lodge a formal grievance on one or more of the grounds listed below:
  •  failure to adhere to University or Faculty assessment or examination requirements
  •  failure to assess work in accordance with specified criteria
  •  bias by marker
  •  technical marking or collating error
  • For further details visit policy site

How do I apply to transfer from one course to another?

  • Students who are considering transferring to another course should meet with the Program Director for the course they wish to enrol in to discuss any credit for previous studies completed and to develop a study plan. Students who wish to transfer to another program within the Sydney Business School , should submit an Articulation/Course Transfer form.
  • For students wanting to transfer to a course offered by another Faculty, please contact UniAdvice on telephone 1300 367 869.

When do I need to apply to graduate?

  • The University of Wollongong has two graduation ceremonies held each year in July and December. Graduation applications are due approximately three months before graduation. Students will need to apply via SOLS while enrolled in their final session of study. 
  • Graduation ceremony dates and application closing dates are available on graduation site.     

How do I enrol in subjets and tutorial classes?

  • As part of the compulsory student orientation, Sydney Business School Administration staff will assist you with your initial subject enrolment.  Enrolments are processed via the internet using the Student Online Services System (SOLS).
  • At Orientation, students will be given a study sequence which lists the subject you are to enrol in each trimester. Students who are enrolled in subjects that have tutorial classes scheduled will also be required to enrol in a tutorial class on SOLS via the SMP Online Tutorial System. Tutorial classes are not open for student enrolment until after orientation and once classes commence for the session.

How do I find a lecture/ tutorial room or office?

Innovation Campus:

  • Please refer to your timetable for lecture and tutorial rooms for your subjects. Lecture rooms 102, 103 and 105 and the lecturers’ offices are located on level 1 at the Innovation Campus. The computer lab and resource room (library) are also located on level 1. If you are unable to find a particular lecture room or lecturer’s office on campus please ask at Sydney Business School staff at the reception desk on level 1. 

 Sydney Campus:

  • Lecture theatres 1, 2 and 3 and the lecturers’ offices are located on level 8. The library and resource room is also located on level 8. Lecture theatres 4 and 5 and the IT laboratory are located on level 9. If you are unable to find a particular lecture theatre or lecturer’s office on campus please ask staff at Student Services on level 8 

What are lectures and tutorials, and when do they start?

  • Lectures are large, formal classes in which lecturer’s present course material to all students enrolled in a given subject. They commence in Week 1 in each session following orientation week.
  • Tutorials are small classes of usually between 20 - 25 students in which material from lectures and readings can be discussed in more detail. Tutorials start in Week 1 of session.
  • Lectures at the Sydney Business School subjects may be scheduled as:
    - 5-day intensives, usually running over Fridays and Saturdays during the session, or
    - a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial weekly, or
    - a 3.5 hour lecture weekly

What are subject codes?

  • All subject codes at the University of Wollongong are alpha-numeric. This means that they have either 3 or 4 letters followed by 3 numbers. You can identify which discipline and School or Faculty a subject belongs by the letters in the subject code. All Sydney Business School subjects are prefixed by TBS.
  • The numbers in the subject code signify the level of study. Codes starting with 9 signify a postgraduate subject.

What are credit points?

  • Credit points are gained by successful completion of subjects. Most Sydney Business School subjects are worth 6 credit points.
  •  Specified credit is credit for a specified subject or subjects listed in a schedule and is granted on the basis of satisfactory completion of a substantially corresponding subject or subjects at an approved tertiary institution.
  • Unspecified credit is credit granted on basis of satisfactory completion, at an approved tertiary institution, of a subject or subjects not substantially corresponding to subjects listed in the appropriate schedule.

Can I receive credit for previous studies completed?

  • Students who have previously completed relevant postgraduate level study may apply for credit towards their Sydney Business School degree. The maximum amount of credit which may be granted is 25 per cent of the total credit point requirement for that course. For example, if your degree is 8 subjects (48 credit points) in length, you may apply for up to 2 subjects (12 credit points) advanced standing. To complete an application form, please visit the Sydney Business School reception and attach certified copies of transcripts of the relevant postgraduate level study completed.

Whare are core and elective subjects?

  • Core subjects are compulsory and common to all students in the same course. In some programs (i.e. in the MBA) students can choose from several elective subjects in addition to their core subjects. Program Directors can assist students with selection of appropriate elective subject.

What are pre-requisites and co-requisites?

  • Some subjects have prerequisites. A pre-requisite is a requirement which must be completed before enrolling in the next level of subject e.g. completing TBS908 Supply Chain and Operations Management before progressing to TBS918 Strategic Supply Chain Management (for the Master of Science Logistics).
  •  A co-requisite is a subject that must be taken at the same time as another subject.

Are there any deadlines I need to be aware of?

  • All students should familiarise themselves with the key dates throughout each session. For example, there are deadlines relating to enrolment in a subject, withdrawal from a subject to avoid either financial or academic penalties being imposed, payment of fees.

Who do I see about enrolment, advanced standing, credit transfer and other specialist academic advice matters?

  • You can see the Sub Dean for advice on course transfers and articulations, advanced standing, cross-institutional study, enrolling in excess credit points in an intake, taking leave of absence, course progress requirements, issues with graduation, serious academic consideration, grievances and appeals. The Sub Dean is responsible for providing advice and information on the University Rules and Regulations for degrees within the Sydney Business School. 

What are subject outlines and how can I get a copy?

  • Subject outlines govern content, delivery and assessment of material for a subject. Lecturers will post the subject outline on the eLearning site of their subject. It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand a copy of subject outlines. You can also request a copy of the subject outline from Sydney Business School reception.

What is plagiarism and why is it important for me to understand what it means?

  • Plagiarism means using the ideas of someone else without giving them proper credit. There are penalties for plagiarising so you must be aware of what it means and how to avoid it. More information can be obtained from http://www.uow.edu.au/about/policy/UOW058648.html.

What is copyright and how does it affect me?

  • Staff and students must comply with copyright law. It is important that you are aware of what you can copy and how much you can copy. More information can be obtained from http://www.library.uow.edu.au/copyright/.

Where can I go for assistance with my studies?

  • The University provides a number of services for students experiencing difficulties or requiring assistance with their studies. Please visit the Sydney Business School staff at reception or visit the website for information about services and resources

What are the consultation hours?

  • The lecturers will assist students with course content, reading materials, assessment tasks and feedback on assignment. Each subject outline will specify your lecturers’ consultation hours.
  •  The Sub Dean is also available for consultation on a weekly basis. Please refer to the availability on the Sydney Business School website for consultation days and times.
  • Consultation times can be found on the School's website
  • Lecturer’s offices are located on level 2 at the Innovation Campus. Lecturers are available during their consultation hours or by appointment. To make an appointment with a lecturer, please send them an email to them directly.
  • Breakout rooms are available on Level 1 at the Innovation Campus. The breakout rooms are small rooms holding up to 8 people and should be used for group study. Breakout rooms can be booked by students directly using the paper diary located at the reception desk on level 1. 
 

 

Last reviewed: 27 March, 2014