Progression

Course progression

Note: these procedures only apply to Higher Education students and excludes Higher Degree by Research students.

Student success is important to us at Charles Darwin University. We want you to succeed in your studies and graduate on time, so that you can start working in your field of choice as soon as possible. For example, most Bachelor’s degrees have a completion timeframe of three years full time or six years part time.

Study Plan will help you to track your studies to complete your course on time.

Monitoring student progress

All students start their higher education course with a 'satisfactory' academic status.

We recognise that your academic performance may fluctuate during your studies due to a range of factors. This may place you at risk of losing your satisfactory academic standing and make you ‘a student at risk’ of failing.

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

For detailed information on course progression, please download the  Higher Education Students Progression Procedures (PDF 84KB).

Progression Periods

Student academic performance is assessed at two Progression Periods each year, which start after grade release in Semester 1 and Semester 2.

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

If you have failing grades, you may lose your satisfactory academic standing and be assessed as either ‘Under Review’ or ‘Unsatisfactory Progress’. If this happens, the Engagement and Progression Teamwill email a notice to your CDU email address.

If you receive a notice of Under Review or Unsatisfactory Progress, you need to respond according to the instructions in your letter. Not responding to the notice may impact your place in the course. Find out more below.

You are Under Review if you have:

  • Failed the same unit or a previous version of the same unit two (2) 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. 

The Under Review Notice will be emailed to your CDU email address. It will instruct you on what you need to do and who you can contact if you have any questions. It will have a link to the Under Review Questionnaire, which you need to complete.

The Questionnaire will help you to identify your barriers to successful study, and to provide a tailored Learning Success Plan to help you to continue with your studies.

You are making Unsatisfactory Progress if you have failed the same unit or a previous version of the same unit three (3) times or more.

You will also be 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. 

The Unsatisfactory Progress Notice will be emailed to your CDU email address and it requires you to respond via an onlineProgression Questionnaire. TheQuestionnairelink is provided in the letter 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 assist with improving your academic performance; and
  • Any supporting documentation.

The Student Response must be via the online Progression Questionnaire so that your response can be confirmed through CDU’s student response management system. We aim to respond to your Student Response within 10 days.

If the College Dean allows you to remain in the course, a mandatory Learning Management Plan will be implemented for you to use in your next enrolled semester.

If you do not submit your Student Response by 1 August for Progression Period 1, or by 15 December for Progression Period 2, you will be excluded from your course for 12 months. See below for more details about exclusion.

In cases of special circumstance, an extension may be granted to submit your Student Response. Email the Engagement 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 CDU Global for further information on how this may affect your Confirmation of Enrolment.

Unsatisfactory Progress students may be excluded from their course for a 12 month period for one of two reasons:

  1. After considering the Student Response, the College Dean determines that exclusion is appropriate; or
  2. The student does not reply to the Unsatisfactory Progress Notice by 1 August for Progression Period 1, or 15 December for Progression Period 2.

An Intent to Exclude Notice will be emailed to your CDU email address and posted to your postal address. This Notice will provide details of why you will be excluded and advise the option to appeal the decision within 20 working days from the date on your letter.

Once the 20 working day appeal deadline is reached, and you have not appealed your exclusion, you will be excluded from your course for 12 months and an Exclusion Notice will be posted to you. During the exclusion period, you will be not be allowed to enrol into any of your course units or apply to transfer into another undergraduate degree. You can apply to enrol in a VET course of study.

International students - for student visa holders, maintaining satisfactory academic performance is a visa condition. Contact CDU Global for further information on how this may affect your Confirmation of Enrolment.

To return to study after your exclusion period, email the Engagement and Progression Team. You may also request an updated Study Plan and a Learning Success Plan to get back on track with your studies.

The Engagement and Progression Team is here to help

The Engagement and Progression Team is here to help support you until you are back on track with your studies.

We encourage you to seek help early, such as when you first start to experience difficulties or receive your first fail grade.

Our team can help you develop a personalised Learning Success Plan and provide information and contacts to relevant student support services according to your needs.

Note: contact with the Engagement and Progression Team is available through phone and email only.

Contact

Engagement and Progression Team
P: (08) 8946 7187
E: progression@cdu.edu.au