Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I find out about what the Core entails and how it is structured?

All the information you need about the two University Core Curriculum units how they are structured, content and assessment is contained in the Staff Core Curriculum website. For information on when students should undertake Core units (including course specific Core units) consult the Course Enrolment Guide.

2. How does the Core fit into a student’s course?

Information on how the Core Curriculum fits into individual programs is available in Course Enrolment Guides. The Core Curriculum is not configured in the same way for all courses (for example, some courses have the Core Curriculum Community Engagement unit embedded across several units, whereas others undertake it as a distinct unit). Students are advised to consult their Course Enrolment Guide for specific details about how the Core fits into their degree, but if they get out of sequence or have an issue (such as managing a placement) they should contact the Course Coordinator.

3. Who is teaching the Core Curriculum?

Staff members from across all faculties at ACU teach the Core Curriculum. One of the distinctive features of the Core is that classes are made up of students from a range of different programs and are taught by people from a range of academic backgrounds. For example, a law academic might be teaching a group of nurses and teachers together with students from media studies and physiotherapy.

4. How many hours are required to complete the Core units?

As for all 10cp units at ACU, each Core Curriculum involves an average of 150 hours of focused learning. The two University Core Curriculum units (UNCC100 and UNCC300) normally require students to attend 10 hours of face-to-face classes. In addition, they work on an extensive suite of online resources and activities, designed to support their discussion and work in tutorials and completion of the assessment tasks.

5. Does the Core Curriculum extend the length of a course?

No. For most courses, three of the units contributing to meeting Core Curriculum requirements have come from existing components of the degree. Courses have been revised to fit in the two University Core units (UNCC100 and UNCC300).

6. Is the Core Curriculum only for Catholic students or staff?

No. The Core Curriculum is an important experience for all ACU students. The Core Curriculum units emphasise critical judgment, clear expression, ethical decision-making and concern for others, as individuals and as a community. They are academic units and do not presume or require any particular religious belief. Staff members from many different backgrounds teach in the Core Curriculum.

7. Can students get credit for previous study to cover the Core units?

Because of the distinctive nature of the Core units and their relation to the mission and vision of ACU as an institution, it is highly unlikely that previous study will meet the particular learning outcomes of these units.

8. How do students find out more about studying the Core overseas?

They should contact the International office and watch for announcements about information sessions.

9. What if a student fails a UNCC unit?

Since the University Core units are requirements in most degree programs, they will need to successfully repeat the unit in order to graduate. Should a fail grade be awarded, students are notified of options for repeating the unit.

10. How do students enrol in the University Core units?

Students need to enrol in multi-mode. The two University Core units entail a face-to-face tutorial but all the teaching and learning materials are housed in LEO and students work their way through those online. Because of this, the units are designated ‘multi-mode’ not ‘on campus.’

11. Is a workshop the same as a tutorial?


12. My students have a placement in a hospital/school in the middle of semester. They will not be on campus during that time. How do they meet the attendance requirement?

The UNCC units are generally offered in different ‘streams’ to accommodate student placement requirements. This means that classes run only for the weeks that such students are on campus. Students need to check carefully the week pattern of the tutorial they select in Tutorial Direct. Some tutorials run across the normal weeks 1-10 of semester and others run in a different pattern so that classes on campus are suspended for a few weeks while students are out on placement. Students should only opt for a tutorial that fits their particular pattern. They need to check that it matches the week pattern of their other units.

13. I have students who are out of sequence with the Program Map. When should they do the University Core units?

University Core Units are offered as an intensive in summer (UNCC300) and winter (UNCC100) primarily to cater for students who are out of sequence or whose placement requirements make it difficult for them to fit into a normal pattern of offering. Specific advice about individual students should be sought from

14. I would like to teach in the Core. How do I go about that?

You should speak with your Head of School about fitting this into your teaching load. If this is a possibility, you should forward an expression of interest and a brief CV to Interviews are normally conducted twice a year.