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Course progression

By monitoring your academic progress, we can identify if you are at risk early and find the right support to help you achieve success and finish your degree.

 

 

Academic course progression

Did you receive an Under Review or Unsatisfactory Progress Notice?

During your studies, CDU will keep an eye on your progression to ensure you're on track to complete your course. This only applies to Higher Education students and excludes Higher Degree by Research Students.

All students start their Higher Education course with a 'satisfactory' academic status.

We recognise that your academic performance may vary during your studies due to a range of factors. By monitoring your academic progress, we can identify if you are at risk early and find the proper support to help you achieve success and finish your degree.

For detailed information on course progression, you can download the Higher Education Students Progression Procedures (PDF 84KB) or view the Progression Flow Chart (PDF 68KB).
 

Progression periods

Your academic performance will be assessed twice a year. This will happen after the release of grades at the end of semester 1 and 2.

  • Progression Period 1
    • assesses your academic performance in Semester 1 and Study Period 1 of the current year
    • evaluates your academic performance in Study Period 4 and Summer Semester of the previous year
  • Progression Period 2
    • evaluates your academic performance in Semester 2, Semester 3, Study Period 2 and Study Period 3.
 
 

Outcomes

 
Under review

If you are under review, it means you may have:

  • failed the same unit or a previous version of the same unit two times; and/or
  • received fail grades in units that total half (50%) or more of the credit points attempted during the Progression Period being assessed.

An Under Review Notice will be emailed to your CDU email address. This will give you instructions on next steps and who you can contact if you have any questions. The email will also ask you to complete a student response via an online Progression Questionnaire.

The questionnaire will help you to identify any barriers to successful study. It will also help us develop a tailored Learning Success Plan (LSP) to help you continue your studies.

View a student flowchart of your Under Review and outcomes (PFD 96.07 KB). 

If you receive a Learning Success Plan that you would like adjusted, get in touch with the Retention and Progression Team.

Retention and Progression Team

(08) 8946 7187

 
 
 
Unsatisfactory progress

You are assessed as making unsatisfactory progress if:

  • in the previous Progression Period, you were Under Review; and in the current Progression Period, you received fail grades in units that total half (50%) or more of the credit points attempted; and/or
  • you have failed the same unit or a previous version of the same unit three times or more.

An Unsatisfactory Progress Notice will be emailed to your CDU email address, and you will be asked to complete a student response about your learning via an online Progression Questionnaire.

The questionnaire link is provided in the email and allows you to provide the following information:

  • issues that have impacted your academic performance
  • actions you will undertake to improve your academic performance
  • Support Services you have accessed to help you improve your academic performance
  • any supporting documentation such as a medical certificate or support letter from a counsellor.

You should receive a response to your questionnaire within 10 days after your Course Coordinator has reviewed it.

View a student flowchart of your Unsatisfactory Progress options (PDF,522.81 KB) and outcomes. This includes how to appeal a decision of exclusion.

Under special circumstances, an extension may be granted to submit your Student Response. Email the Retention and Progression Team stating your special circumstance to be considered.

International students - for student visa holders, maintaining satisfactory academic performance is a visa condition. Contact International student support for further information on how this may affect your enrolment.

 
Exclusion

You may be excluded from your course if:

  • Your student response has been received, and the College Dean determines that exclusion is appropriate
  • You do not submit your student response by the due date.

An Intent to Exclude Notice will be emailed to your CDU email address and posted to your postal address.

To have this decision reviewed, please email appeals@cdu.edu.au.

International students - for student visa holders, maintaining a satisfactory academic status is a visa condition. Contact International student support for further information about how this may affect your enrolment and how you can get support.

Returning to study after exclusion

If you're returning to study after exclusion, CDU encourages you to chat with the Retention and Progression Team about how you can get back on track with your studies.

You will work with the team to develop a Learning Success Plan (LSP). They can also give you information about relevant student support services.

Support

Get in touch with the Retention and Progression Team as soon as you start to experience difficulties or receive your first fail grade. By getting support early, you can minimise the impact on your studies.

We've also created a bunch of short videos on tips to help you settle in, how you can stay on top of your studies and how you can get involved in the community.

You can also access other support services at CDU. Check out the different support options on Life and wellbeing.

Contact

Retention and Progression Team

(08) 8946 7187

Please note: the Retention and Progression Team is only available through phone and email.

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