Course Coding System
Each course is identified by its own course code with letters and numbers. The course code indicates the course area, the level, and whether it is a year or a semester course.
This is the first half of the course code consisting of two to four letters that represent a course area. Please click on below hyperlinks for the list of letter codes with their corresponding course areas.
This is the second half of the course code which consists of a number with four digits.
The first digit of the number code signifies the level for which the course is intended. Level 1 (i.e. 1000-series) courses are introductory, foundation, basic skill type courses. Level 2 (i.e. 2000-series) courses are intermediate level courses. Level 3 (i.e. 3000-series) and Level 4 (i.e. 4000-series) courses are those courses which involve more advanced study skills often requiring Level 1 and Level 2 prerequisites. Level 6 (i.e. 6000-series) courses are University-wide common core postgraduate courses. Level 7 (i.e. 7000-series) courses are subject or discipline-specific postgraduate courses.
The fourth digit signifies whether the course is a year or a semester course. 5, 6 or 7 signify a semester course; 8 and 9 signify the first part and the second part of a year course respectively. The first part of a year course is usually offered in the first semester, and the second part is usually offered in the second semester. For some postgraduate courses, 0 signifies a semester course; 1 and 2 signify the first part and the second part of a year course respectively.
Units and Hours
In the course description, the number of units assigned to a course is indicative of the total time spent by an average learner in all modes of learning, including attendance in classes, face-to-face and/or online (synchronous or non-synchronous) instruction, online learning, examination, self-study, practical learning, etc., to achieve the learning outcomes of the course, normally over a period of one semester. In general, a single unit corresponds to 45 notional learning hours. An asterisk (*) indicates that the number of units will be decided by the department each year.
- ENGL1118 (3 units): First part of a Level 1 year course that is 3 units.
ENGL1119 (3 units): Second part of the same year course that is 3 units.
- BIOL2125 (3 units): a 3-unit Level 2 semester course.
- SOCI3998 (*): First part of a Level 3 year course. The units may vary from time to time, usually between 1–3 units.
SOCI3999 (*): Second part of the same year course. The units may vary from time to time, usually between 1–3 units.
Prerequisites and Co-requisites
The prerequisite of a given course as indicated in the course description must be successfully completed prior to enrolment in the course. A course listed as the co-requisite of a given course must be taken in the same semester or must have been successfully completed in a previous semester.
Medium of Instruction (MOI)
Courses without indication of MOI are courses that are not on offer in the academic year 2021–2022.