School Glossary

School Glossary

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An Offer is the offer of a place in an institution to study a particular course, provided to you by that institution. See also Packaged Offer, Admission and Acceptance.

Offshore student

Offshore students are students studying through the offshore campus or at an offshore partner institution (outside of Australia).

Onshore students

Onshore students are students studying at an institution within Australia.


Orientation provides new students with the opportunity to meet other students in their course and staff teaching their course; find their way around the campus; learn about skills that will assist them with their studies; find out about services offered and ask questions in a friendly environment. Orientation is usually run in the week prior to classes commencing.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

As an international student you must have Overseas Student Health Cover. Check with your institution for providers and costs.

Overseas student/International Student

Students who study in foreign educational institutions. In Australia you are considered to be an overseas student if you’re not an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa.

Advanced Standing

Credit points towards your upcoming course based on previous tertiary study.


A subject outside of your major, minor, or specialisation.

Census date

The census date is the last day you are able to withdraw from a subject, apply for leave of absence, or withdraw from your course without being financially liable.


Classes you may undertake during your time here as a student include lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory’s, practicals, and seminars.

Class Registration

Once you have enrolled in the subjects you wish to undertake for the semester you must select which classes (days and times) you will attend each week.

Core subjects

Core subjects, also known as compulsory subjects, are subjects that you must complete to meet course requirements. In the Study Plan core subjects are indicated by a red 'C'.


A course is your full program of study. The completion of a course will lead to the conferral of an award.

Course structure

In the online Study Plan 'course structures' are designed to assist with your course planning. They set out what types of subjects you will need to take and how many credit points you will need to complete each year.

Credit points

Each subject is worth a certain number of credit points, and to complete your course it will require the completion of a total number of credit points.
A standard year of full-time study is 100 credit points.


Once you have been offered a place at the University, you will need to enrol, which involves accepting the Enrolment Declaration and enrolling in subjects for the semester.

Enrolment Declaration

The Enrolment Declaration is a contract between the student and the TACIS, covering the conditions of enrolment at the TACIS.

Enrolment Lapse Date

The last date by which you must enrol in your course including subjects. This date is outlined in your offer letter.

Failed subject status

In the online Study Plan, a status of 'Failed' is shown below the name of the subject when you have enrolled in a subject, but failed it, or not successfully completed it by not meeting the assessment or hurdle requirements.


The Handbook provides comprehensive information about all courses and subjects offered by TACIS.


Your invoice shows your tuition fees or student contributions due for payment within the current invoicing period.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence is a period where you are not enrolled for a semester or more.

Leave of Absence is limited to 12 months across the duration of your course. Extra leave may be possible in exceptional circumstances.


A major is a concentration of subjects that equips you with specialised knowledge in your discipline, and is recorded on your academic transcript.


A minor is a concentration of subjects that equips you with specialised knowledge in a discipline, and is not recorded on your academic transcript.

Selective subjects

Also known as ‘electives’. In the Study Plan, optional subjects are indicated by a blue 'S '.

Passed subject status

Passed subject status refers to a subject which you have enrolled in and successfully completed.

Personal Timetable

Your Timetable is a weekly schedule of the classes for which you have registered.

Planned subjects

When you have selected a subject in your Study Plan but haven’t yet enrolled in it, it is ‘planned’.

Late Enrolment

You must enrol into the course before you are eligible to commence your study at TACIS. 2 Weeks late enrolment is permitted as per student request and evidence provided.


Sanctions are penalties or restrictions that you may incur which will restrict your access to resources such as the ability to enrol, access results, or graduate.


A specialisation is a specified sequence of subjects that equips you with specialised knowledge in your discipline.

Special Consideration

Special Consideration is available to students who have had their studies significantly impacted by short-term circumstances beyond their control.

Special Examination

This is a form of assessment usually offered to students on the basis of an application for special consideration.

Statement of Liability

Your Statement of Liability shows all unpaid tuition fees or student contributions for enrolled subjects. You can access it via your student portal.

Study load

Your study load refers to the number of credit points you will be enrolled in each semester.

Study period

There are four standard study periods during the institute academic year: Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer Semester and Year-Long. Subjects taught outside these standard study periods, such as intensives, are referred to as 'non-standard study period subjects'.

Study Plan

The online Study Plan displays your course structure. It shows the subjects in which you are enrolled, and helps you to plan your future enrolment.

Subject availability

In the online Study Plan, subject availability shows when and where a subject is offered, such as, '2016, Semester 2, Sydney, On-campus'.

Subject code

Each subject has a unique code. The first four letters of a subject code indicate the area of study of the subject. The first number in the subject code indicates the year level of the subject. 1 - 6 are undergraduate subject levels. 7 - 9 are graduate study levels.

For example, FNCE90005 is a Finance graduate subject.

Subject status

In the online Study Plan a subject’s status is displayed below the name of the subject.

· Planned: a subject you have selected, but not enrolled in.

· Enrolled: a subject which you have successfully enrolled in.

· Advanced Standing: a subject for which you have been granted advanced standing (credit).

· Passed: a subject which you have enrolled in and successfully completed.

· Failed: a subject which you have enrolled in but failed.


Subjects are the individual units which make up a course. Most subjects are worth 12.5 credit points.

Supplementary examination

An alternative assessment may be offered where failure will significantly impede a student’s progress in their course, or will prevent them completing the course. Supplementary examinations are usually only awarded to students who have scored within a specified marks range (such as 45-49%).


An academic transcript is a complete record of all studies you have undertaken at the University. A copy is issued free of charge upon completion of a course.

Class registration wait list

Some subjects allow students to register for a wait list if a class is full.

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