Program Terminology

Campus Code Description
BDG Bundaberg
EMD Emerald
GLD Gladstone
MKY Mackay
ROK Rockhampton
BNE Brisbane International Campus
FIJI Fiji International Campus
GDC Gold Coast International Campus
HTC Hartford Chengdu
HKG Hong Kong College of Technology
HTD Hartford Singapore
HTHK Hartford Hong Kong
HTM Hartford Malaysia
MEL Melbourne International Campus
NSAHB Noosa Hub (previously POMDS) effective T2, 2005
POMDS Refer to Noosa Hub entry above
SYD Sydney International Campus
USCDS University of the Sunshine Coast Delivery Site

Please note BNE, FIJI, GDC, HKG, HTM, MEL, SYD, HTHK and HTD cater only for international or full-fee-paying students.

Career Code Description
UGRD Undergraduate
PGRD Postgraduate
Faculty Code Description
AHSCI Arts, Health & Sciences
BUSLW Business & Law
CQCM Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music
EDUCA Education & Creative Arts
ENGPS Engineering & Physical Systems
INFCM Informatics & Communication
Term Code Description
T1 Term 1 - March/June
T2 Term 2 - July/October
T3 Term 3 - November/February
Duration This is the minimum time required to complete the degree in either full-time, part-time, or distance education mode.
Mode and Location This denotes in which modes of study the program is available and at which CQU campus the student is able to study the program. In some instances, programs may be started at one campus, but students may be required to complete at Rockhampton or as an external student.
  • all courses for which the student is enrolled are undertaken through attendance at the University on a regular basis; OR
  • where the student is undertaking a higher degree program for which regular attendance is not required, but attends the University on an agreed schedule for the purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
  • all courses for which the student is enrolled involve special arrangements whereby lesson materials, assignments, etc. are delivered to the student, and any associated attendance at the institution is of an incidental, irregular, special or voluntary nature.
Multi-modal At least one course is undertaken on an internal mode of attendance and at least one course is undertaken on an external mode of attendance. *For the purposes of offering into a program, students may only be made offers in the internal or external mode. Students offered into a program internally, are permitted to undertake the program in a multi-modal mode of attendance. Students offered into a program externally are only permitted to undertake the program in an external mode of attendance. Note: This is due to PeopleSoft restrictions on the system.
Online Study is conducted 100% online and there is no need to regularly attend class(es) on campus.
Units of Credit (uc)

This term refers to the minimum value of a course. It is used to:

  • provide students with a guide to the amount of work a course may involve
  • indicate a student's enrolment load
  • define the requirements for an award in the program structure
  • quantify the recognition of any credit for prior study or learning
  • assist in the calculation of a student's weighted grade-point-average (WGPA), and
  • indicate the progress of a student towards completion of an award.

One unit of credit equates to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term and is the minimum credit value completion requirement for eligibility to graduate. For example, six units of credit has an expectation of approximately 12 hours of student work per week. This work may be made up of but not limited to: lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, assignment work, and self study.


An academic organisational unit comprising several schools that is responsible for the administration of programs, usually in related discipline areas. The Dean is the head of a Faculty.

The faculties are:

  • Faculty of Arts, Health & Sciences (AHS)
  • Faculty of Business & Law (BUSLAW)
  • Faculty of Education & Creative Arts (EdCA)
  • James Goldston Faculty of Engineering & Physical Systems (JGFEPS)
  • Faculty of Informatics & Communication (INFOCOM).
Entry - Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, New Zealand citizen There are a number of ways to apply for entry into CQU programs depending on your citizenship or residency status, what you intend to study and where. If you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen entry to most undergraduate programs is through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Please check with QTAC regarding application deadlines. For further information visit the website Applications for entry into postgraduate or research higher degree programs are made direct to the University.
Entry - International students If you are and international student application is direct to the University for both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Please refer to or call 07 4930 9746 for more information.
  • CQU's Australian International Campuses (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Fiji) essentially cater to the needs of international students, although there are limited spaces available for full-fee-paying Australian citizens and permanent residents. Please note you will be required to pay international full fees if you study at an International Campus.
If you wish to study at one of the Australian International Campuses - application is made directly to the campus at which you wish to study.
Accreditation This term applies to programs that are reviewed at given intervals by the organisations representing professions. Programs meeting the standard will be accredited by that professional body resulting in students who complete an accredited award being eligible to apply for membership (at differing levels) of the body and entry to the profession. Further training before gaining full membership may be required. Examples are the Australian Computer Society accrediting various awards of the Faculty of Informatics and Communication and the Australian Association of Social Workers accrediting the Bachelor of Social Work degree.
Practicum/Work Placement A number of programs, especially those accredited by professional bodies, require students to undertake work experience relevant to the profession. Details of any such experience are included in the program structure and published on the University's web site and in the Student Handbook. May be called Practicum, Work Placement or Work Experience.
Residential School This denotes the residential school requirements of a particular program. In many instances, this is dependent upon courses selected, and students are advised to consult the Residential School Timetable and Table of Course Availability to ensure that there are no clashes. Students are responsible for any costs incurred.
Exit Awards An award that may be available to students unable to fulfil the requirements of the program for which they enrolled. Where such an award exists, students may apply to the Dean to withdraw from their current program and graduate with the appropriate exit award.
Interim Awards An interim award is an award given to a student upon completion of a component of a degree program, while still remaining enrolled within the original degree program.
Contact Students should contact the stated person with any queries relating to the particular program.
International Students A University student who is enrolled in a course of study at Central Queensland University and is not:
  • an Australian citizen
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • a person entitled to stay in Australia, or to enter and stay in Australia, without any time limitation or
  • a diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand or staff member of staff or family relative of such a representative.
CQU CRICOS Provider & Codes

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. Approved providers of education and the programs they offer to international students are allocated a CRICOS code and recorded in the register.

As a provider of international education, CQU must register with Federal and State governments. Both the University and its programs must be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Student Load) EFTSL is a measure of study load over a year, for a student undertaking a program of study on a full-time basis. The EFTSL value of a course is a fraction of one EFTSL as determined by the University.

Student Dictionary

More definitions of CQU Terminology can be found in the Student Dictionary, which is available for the Policy Portal (