Study Periods 2014

Study Periods and Guidelines for Offering Units in 2014

Amendment Approved by Academic Board 5 December 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 "Alternate Offshore terms" are also classed as non-standard study periods and are only used for off-shore programs.

1.1 Common academic calendar 

2014 Start End
International Orientation 10 February 2014 14 February 2014
Orientation 17 February 2014 21 February 2014
Semester 1 24 February 2014 22 June 2014
UA common vacation week 21 April 2014 25 April 2014
Examinations 2 June 2014 22 June 2014
Winter term/recess 23 June 2014 27 July 2014
Orientation 21 July 2014 25 July 2014
Semester 2 28 July 2014 23 November 2014
UA common vacation week 29 September 2014 3 October 2014
Examinations 3 November 2014 23 November 2014


1.2 Domestic Study periods

1.2.1 Standard Study periods

Study Period Code Earliest Commencing Date Usual Commencing Date Latest Commencing Date Latest Finishing Date Census date
Semester 1 201430 3 February 2014 24 February 2014 17 March 2014 22 June 2014 31 March 2014
Semester 2 201460 7 July 2014 28 July 2014 18 August 2014 23 November 2014 31 August 2014

  • Commencement prior to 24 February 2014 for Semester 1 or 28 July 2014 for Semester 2 requires the approval of the Academic Calendar committee by 1 July 2013.

1.2.2 Non-Standard Study periods

Study Period Code Earliest Commencing Date Latest Commencing Date Latest Finishing Date Census date
Summer A 201405 25 November 2013 30 December 2013 26 January 2014 6 January 2014
Summer B 201415 6 January 2014 27 January 2014 16 February 2014 3 February 2014
Autumn 201435 31 March 2014 28 April 2014 1 June 2014 5 May 2014
Winter 201445 19 May 2014 16 June 2014 20 July 2014 23 June 2014
Spring A 201465 1 September 2014 29 September 2014 2 November 2014 6 October 2014
Spring B 201475 20 October 2014 17 November 2014 21 December 2014 24 November 2014


1.3 MBA (Executive) Terms

Study Period Code Earliest Commencing Date Latest Commencing Date Latest Finishing Date Census Date
Term A 201407 6 January 2014 27 January 2014 2 March 2014 3 February 2014
Term B 201412 3 March 2014 24 March 2014 27 April 2014 31 March 2014
Term C 201447 28 April 2014 19 May 2014 22 June 2014 26 May 2014
Term D 201455 23 June 2014 14 July 2014 17 August 2014 21 July 2014
Term E 201470 19 August 2014 8 September 2014 12 October 2014 15 September 2014
Term F 201497 13 October 2014 3 November 2014 7 December 2014 10 November 2014


1.4 Research higher degree terms

Study Period Code Commencing – Finishing Dates Census date
Research A Term 201417 30 December 2013 to 30 March 2014 3 March 2014
Research B Term 201437 31 March 2014 to 29 June 2014 2 June 2014
Research C Term 201457 30 June 2014 to 28 September 2014 1 September 2014
Research D Term 201477 29 September 2014 to 28 December 2014 1 December 2014


1.5 International (offshore) trimesters

Study Period Code Commencing – Finishing Dates Census date
Trimester 1 201432 6 January 2014 to 4 May 2014 31 March 2014
Trimester 2 201452 5 May 2014 to 31 August 2014 28 July 2014
Trimester 3 201472 1 September 2014 to 28 December 2014 30 November 2014


1.6 Alternate Offshore terms

Study Period Code Commencing – Finishing Dates Census date
Term 1 201428 20 January 2014 to 1 June 2014 11 May 2014
Term 2 201458 9 June 2014 to 19 October 2014 28 September 2014


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 201402 for admission to any teaching period up to and including the teaching period with code 201445 Winter Term and as 201450 for admission to teaching periods from with codes greater than 201445 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 2013 to 30 June 2014 must be complete and final by 1 October 2013. The deadline for Faculties to provide unit offering data to Student Systems is 31 August 2013.

4.3 Information for units offered in any teaching period from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2014 must be complete and final by 1 April 2014 where it includes units not previously submitted. The deadline for Faculties to provide unit offering data to Student Systems is 28 February 2014.

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 in accordance with the Timetabling Policy and Procedures.

9. Assessment

All assessment tasks will be conducted in accordance with the Assessment Policy and the Assessment Procedures, and according to the timelines advised by Student Administration.

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.