Study Periods 2013

Study Periods and Guidelines for Offering Units in 2013

Amendment Approved by Academic Board 25 May 2012


1. Study periods

Study periods will operate in accordance with the tables below and units must be administered within those study periods.

Within this document:

  • "Standard study period" means Semester 1 and Semester 2;
  • "Non-standard study period" means Summer A, Summer B, Autumn, Winter, Spring A, Spring B, Term A, Term B, Term C, Term D, Term E, Term F, Research A, Research B, Research C and Research D;
  • "International trimesters" and "East Timor term" are also classed as non-standard study periods and are only used for off-shore programs.

1.1 Common academic calendar 

2013 Start End
Orientation 18 February 2013 22 February 2013
Semester 1 25 February 2013 21 June 2013
UA common vacation week 1 April 2013 5 April 2013
Examinations 3 June 2013 21 June 2013
Winter term/recess 24 June 2013 26 July 2013
Semester 2 29 July 2013 22 November 2013
UA common vacation week 30 September 2013 4 October 2013
Examinations 4 November 2013 22 November 2013


1.2 Domestic Study periods

1.2.1 Standard Study periods

Semester Code Earliest Commencing Date Latest Commencing Date Latest Finishing Date Census date
Semester 1 201330 4 February 2013 26 March 2013 21 June 2013 31 March 2013
Semester 2 201360 8 July 2013 27 August 2013 22 November 2013 31 August 2013


1.2.2 Non-Standard Study periods

Semester Code Earliest Commencing Date Latest Commencing Date Latest Finishing Date Census date
Summer A 201305 12 November 2012 10 January 2013 1 February
2013
11 January 2013
Summer B 201315 12 January 2013 2 February 2013 22 February 2013 3 February 2013
Autumn 201335 30 March 2013 4 May 2013 7 June 2013 5 May 2013
Winter 201345 6 May 2013 6 July 2013 23 July 2013 7 July 2013
Spring A 201365 1 Sept 2013 26 September 2013 25 October 2013 27 Sept 2013
Spring B 201375 27 September 2013 24 October 2013 22 November 2013 25 October 2013


1.3 MBA (Intensive) Terms

Semester Code Earliest Commencing Date Latest Commencing Date Latest Finishing Date Census date
Term A 201307 7 January 2013 29 January 2013 1 March 2013 30 January 2013
Term B 201312 4 March 2013 26 March 2013 26 April 2013 27 March 2013
Term C 201347 29 April 2013 21 May 2013 21 June 2013 22 May 2013
Term D 201355 24 June 2013 17 July 2013 16 August 2013 18 July 2013
Term E 201370 19 August 2013 10 September 2013 11 October 2013 11 Sept 2013
Term F 201397 14 October 2013 5 November 2013 5 December 2013 6 Nov 2013


1.4 Research higher degree terms

Semester Code Commencing – Finishing Dates Census date
Research A Term 201317 1 January 2013 to 31 March 2013 17 March 2013
Research B Term 201337 1 April 2013 – 30 June 2013 17 June 2013
Research C Term 201357 1 July 2013 – 29 September 2013 17 September 2013
Research D Term 201377 30 September 2013 – 31 December 2013 17 December 2013


1.5 International (offshore) trimesters

Semester Code Commencing – Finishing Dates Census date
Trimester 1 201332 24 November 2012 to 24 May 2013 29 March 2013
Trimester 2 201352 27 May 2013 to 30 August 2013 21 June 2013
Trimester 3 201372 2 September 2013 to 31 December 2013 22 November 2013


1.6 East Timor (offshore) terms

Semester Code Commencing – Finishing Dates Census date
Term 1 201328 21 January 2013 to 10 May 2013 10 May 2013
Term 2 201358 7 June 2013 to 19 October 2013 19 October 2013


2. Census date

Section 169-25 (2) of the Higher Education Support Act states that a unit of study's census date must be "…not less than 20% of the way through the period during which the unit is undertaken". DEEWR has advised that "…period during which the unit is undertaken" means not just the actual teaching period, but the full period of the Term/Semester, ie including the mid-term break, study week and examination period.

3. Admission cycles

3.1 The principal admission cycle for courses offered through the Tertiary Admission Centres (principally undergraduate courses) and via direct application to ACU (principally postgraduate courses) will be for admission for study from the commencement of the relevant academic year; a secondary admission cycle (through UAC and QTAC and by direct application) will be conducted for mid-year admission, for commencement of study in the second half of the year These Admissions Terms will be designated as 201301 for admission to any teaching period up to and including the teaching period with code 201345 Winter Term and as 201350 for admission to teaching periods from with codes greater than 201345 inclusive of Semester 2.. These admissions terms exclude Research and offshore programs.

3.2 Student Administration will circulate to Deans, at least six weeks before the commencement of the principal and secondary admission cycles, timelines applicable to that cycle.

3.3 The on-time and late closing dates for applications, together with any late fees or conditions relating to late applications, will be published on the University website and be accessible via Student Connect - Apply for Admission. In the case of any course for which a closing date earlier than the standard closing date is required, the Dean must notify the Manager, Admissions, within the timelines specified by the Manager, Admissions, in order to enable such requirements to be published to prospective applicants from the opening of the admissions process.

3.4 Where applications are received after the published closing date for applications for a particular study period, they may be considered for the next available study period for the course(s) for which the person has applied.

4. Provision of details of unit offerings

4.1 Each year, Schools will provide to Student Administration, in the requested format and within the required timeline, details of all units, across all study periods, to be offered in the following year.

4.2 Information related to units offered in any teaching period from 31 December 2012 to 30 June 2013 must be complete and final by 1 October 2012.

4.3 Information for units offered in any teaching period from 1 July 2013 to 31 December 2013 must be complete and final by 1 April 2013 where it includes units not previously submitted.

4.4 Where the proposed offering of a unit does not fit the dates, as outlined in Section 1 above, advice should be sought from Student Administration prior to the provision of the data. This is to ensure that offerings are compliant with the Higher Education Support Act.

4.5 Units will not be established to accommodate the situation where a student(s) has failed a unit(s) (including a final1 unit[s]).

5. Units offered in intensive mode

5.1 Units may be offered in intensive mode (in whole or part) in both standard and non-standard study periods.

5.2 When providing details of units to be offered in intensive mode, in accordance with Section 3 above, the School should notify Student Administration of the intended start and end dates of the actual teaching period.

5.3 The School must also specify in the Unit Outline, the commencing and finishing dates, and due dates for submission of assessment tasks for units offered in intensive mode.

5.4 The census date, specified in Section 1 above, applies to units offered in intensive mode, as well as units offered across the duration of the relevant study period, and must be adhered to, irrespective of when the actual teaching occurs.

6. Units offered in non-standard study periods

6.1 Units offered in non-standard study periods will normally consist of preparatory work, class contact (which may be presented in intensive mode), private study time and assessment. Units offered in a non-standard study period will have the same educational outcomes as when the given unit is offered in a standard study period.

6.2 When providing details of units to be offered in non-standard study periods, in accordance with Section 3 above, the School will notify Student Administration of the intended start and end dates of the actual teaching.

6.3 The School must specify, in the Unit Outline, the commencing and finish dates, and dates for submission of assessment tasks for units offered in non-standard study periods.

6.4 The census date, specified in Section 1 above, applies to units offered in non-standard as well as standard study periods and must be adhered to, irrespective of when the actual teaching occurs.

6.5 Students must enrol for the entire year at the time of enrolment/re-enrolment for the relevant year and must enrol for non-standard as well as standard study periods in accordance with normal enrolment practices. Timelines for enrolment/re-enrolment and payment of fees for both standard and non-standard study periods will be published on the web.

7. Fee and associated issues

7.1 Any student enrolled in a Commonwealth-supported place must be able to undertake all units of study in that course, whether in standard or non-standard study periods, as a Commonwealth-supported student.

7.2 Any student in a Commonwealth-supported place who undertakes a unit of study beyond the requirements of their course will enrol in that unit on a fee-paying basis and be charged the standard unit tuition fee.

7.3 For all categories of fee-paying students, the (relevant) standard unit tuition fee will apply, regardless of whether the unit/s are taken in standard or non-standard study periods.

8. Timetabling

Timetabling of classes for units offered in standard and non-standard study periods, in accordance with Section 3 above, will be undertaken centrally by Student Administration.

9. Assessment

9.1 All assessment tasks will normally be completed within the timeframe of the relevant study period. However, for non-standard study periods, the date for finalisation of assessment may be extended to the end of the next standard study period.

9.2 Examinations for units which are taught in standard study periods, and which are notified to Student Administration within the required timelines, will be arranged and conducted by Student Administration within the approved central examination period/s.

9.3 Examinations for units offered in non-standard study periods will be arranged and conducted by the relevant School.

9.4 If the unit structure or presentation necessitates later completion of assessment, the School must notify Student Administration accordingly when defining unit parameters in accordance with Section 3 above.

10. Results

10.1 Results for all units taught in standard study periods must be submitted no later than two weeks after the relevant unit's nominated examination date in the current study period.

10.2 Results for units taught in non-standard study periods are normally submitted within two weeks of the finishing date of the unit, or alternatively can be submitted not later than two weeks after the relevant unit's nominated examination date in the next standard study period.

10.3 If the unit structure or presentation necessitates later finalisation of results, the School must notify Student Administration accordingly when defining unit parameters in accordance with Section 3 above.

10.4 Except as otherwise provided in the Academic Regulations –

  • any result which is incomplete at the end of the third week of the next standard study period; or
  • any Interim Fail (NF) grade which has not been converted to a Pass (PA) or Fail (NN) by the census date of the next standard will be converted to Fail (NN).

Associated regulations, policies and procedures


1"Final unit" means the last unit required to be completed in order for the student to complete the requirements of the course.