General Regulations

Demand hours


Demand Hours are the time to which each student is notionally committed. In the case of full-time students this is 44 hours per week. For each 9 credit point unit a typical break down is:

  • 3 timetabled hours/week (time spent at lecturers, tutorials, engaged with online or other learning package, clinical or other placements)
  • 8 hours/week devoted to assessable (4 hours) & non-assessable (4 hours) tasks
  • 11 hours total workload/week
  • 143 hours per 13 week semester

Demand hours for assessment tasks in the undergraduate program are notionally allocated on the basis of

  • 12 demand hours per 1000 words
  • 6 demand hours per 1 hour examination
  • 12 demand hours per 15 mins of oral exam/class presentation

Demand hours in graduate programs are notionally allocated on the basis of

  • 8 demand hours per 1000 words
  • 8 demand hours per 15 mins oral exam/class presentation


Students choose their units from the SCD Schedule of Units of Study for the program in which they are enrolled, taking into account the required pre-requisites, the timetable and other circumstances. Students who do not meet the pre-requisites may apply to the Academic Board to have these waived.

To satisfactorily complete a unit and gain the credit points offered a student shall:

  1. attend at least 80% of classes;
  2. complete the required essays, exercises and practical work, and sit for any tests and examinations; and
  3. reach a satisfactory level of achievement in the required essays, exercises, practical work, tests and examinations as may be determined by the Academic Board of the Teaching Body in which the unit is provided.

In circumstance where a student is prevented by unavoidable disruption from satisfying the requirements of the unit, he or she can approach the Registrar of the Teaching Body to request that the Academic Board of the Teaching Body in which the unit is provided take into account such disruption when assessing the candidate’s performance.


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