Claiming course credit / exemption

If you have previous studies or professional experience that is relevant to your degree, you can request to receive course credit or exemption based on your prior learning.  
 
ANU recognises formal, non-formal and informal prior learning when assessing course credit and exemption. Further information including relevant definitions and links to policies and procedures is available on the general ANU page Get course credit or exemption.
 

What is the difference between course credit and exemption?

Course credit: awarded as a unit value towards the program requirements of your ANU degree. Course credit is either granted as specified (prior learning is considered equivalent to a specific ANU course) or unspecified (prior learning is not considered equivalent to a specific ANU course and may be awarded as elective units). Receiving course credit will reduce the number of courses required to complete the program requirements and may reduce the duration of your degree.

International Students please note: A student’s eCoE will be revised to reflect the new end date of a degree if awarded credit results in a reduction to the overall duration of the program. This may have implications on your visa conditions. Students are advised to contact the Department of Home Affairs if your eCoE is changed due to awarded course credit.

 

Course exemption: awarded if you can demonstrate that you have a satisfactory understanding of the content of that course through previous study or professional experience. Couse exemptions do not have a unit value and do not count towards the program requirements for your degree (including majors or minors).

Please note: students who receive exemptions for compulsory courses when an alternative compulsory course is listed must complete the alternative course to satisfy the program requirements of the degree. For example, if a Master of Computing student receives and exemption from COMP6120 they are required to complete the alternative course, COMP8190.

 

Application Deadlines 

Credit/exemption applications are only accepted before the start of your second semester or academic period. This is to ensure that you have read your program requirements and thought about your future study plan. See applicable deadlines below. 
 
Any credit applications submitted after the commencement of your second semester or academic period will not be accepted. 
 

Application Stage

 

Deadline

 

Stage 1

Are you in your first semester or academic period at the ANU and seeking credit/exemption for courses that you intend to enrol into in the upcoming semester or academic period?

 

12am (midnight), three weeks before the commencement of your first semester or academic period*

Stage 2

Are you seeking credit/exemption for courses that will be awarded towards your degree?

 

12am (midnight) the day after results are released for your first semester or academic period

*Due to the time required to assess and process credit/exemption outcomes, applications that are submitted after the deadline may cause subsequent issues for your current and future enrolments. Therefore, it is at the College’s discretion whether a late application will be accepted and/or assessed. The College reserves the right to refuse late applications that will negatively impact on a student’s current or future enrolment.

 

How do I apply?

Step 1: Check your eligibility

  • Have you recieved an unconditional offer?
    • CECS will only assess credit applications from students who have received an unconditional offer to study at ANU. Credit applications from students who have conditional offers will not be processed (excluding articulation/partner institution applicants).
  • Have you submitted your application before the deadline?
    • See above table for application deadlines.
       
  • Are you seeking credit/exemption from a previously completed ANU degree?
    • You are not required to complete a credit/exemption application. Please contact studentadmin.cecs@anu.edu.au regarding your credit/exemption assessment. 
 

Step 2: How to apply

To apply for course credit or exemption you are required to submit all documents listed below as PDF attachments to studentadmin.cecs@anu.edu.au.

  • Official transcript from the institution (original or certified copy)*

If official transcripts are not in English, you must supply the following documents with your application:

  • the original language transcript of studies showing subjects and results.
  • an English translation of these documents.
  • a copy of the grading scale.

The translation must be from one of the following organisations:

  • Official course outlines or handbook entries for each completed course in which credit/exemption is being sought*. All course outlines must include:
    • Detailed course description or overview
    • Learning outcomes
    • Detailed list of topics covered
    • Prescribed textbooks and other required readings
    • Assessment
    • Prerequisite courses (including the outlines or descriptions of those prerequisite courses)
    • Contact hours or workload 

If course outlines or handbook entries are not in English, the applicant must supply translated documents (see above information for accepted translations).

  • A written statement of how the learning outcomes for the ANU course(s) for which credit/exemption is requested have been attained (maximum 500 words).
  • If you are seeking credit/exemption for non-formal or informal prior learning you are required to submit evidence in support of the above statement, such as evidence of completion of the program or of the unit of learning (i.e. training certificate), or a sample of work or a detailed employer reference.

*Not required for courses completed at the ANU.

Incomplete applications are not kept by the College and will be returned to the applicant.

 

Step 3: Notification

  • Credit applications take between 2 to 4 weeks for assessment. 
  • The College may contact the applicant for additional information/evidence. The applicant is required to supply the requested information/evidence within 5 working days. If these documents are not provided within the specified period, the application will be cancelled.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of their approved credits or exemptions by email.

Appealing your course credit or exemption

Appeals relating to course credit may be made under the Undergraduate Award Rules and Graduate Coursework Award Rules (as appropriate).
 
If you are dissatisfied with the decision regarding your application for course credit or exemption, you may submit a written appeal to the CECS Associate Dean (Education). This appeal must be in writing and within 20 working days of the date of advice of the original decision.
 
If you are dissatisfied with the decision regarding your appeal to the CECS Associate Dean (Education), you may submit a written appeal to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on procedural grounds only. This appeal must be in writing and within 20 working days of the date of advice of the decision by the CECS Associate Dean (Education).
 

How can I cancel my course credit or exemption?

To cancel credit that has already been approved/applied, exceptional academic reasons must be demonstrated to and approved by the Associate Dean (Education). 
 
If you want to cancel your approved/applied course credit or exemption, you must submit a written statement to the CECS Associate Dean (Education) outlining the academic reasons for the cancellation of approved credits or exemptions.
 
The CECS Associate Dean (Education) will consider your request and advise you of the outcome by email within 20 working days of receiving the request.

 

Please use below tabs to discover program specific information related to course credit/exemptions

 

Gradaute Diploma of Computing

Students are required to sit the diagnostic test in Week 1 to receive an exemption for COMP6250 Professional Practice 1. Credit for COMP is only available on a case-by-case basis. Students seeking credit for COMP6250 must submit a full credit/exemption application and successfully pass the diagnostic test.

To uphold the integrity of our degrees the following courses are not available for credit for exemption:

Master of Computing

Students are required to sit the diagnostic test in Week 1 to receive an exemption for COMP6250 Professional Practice 1. Credit for COMP is only available on a case-by-case basis. Students seeking credit for COMP6250 must submit a full credit/exemption application and successfully pass the diagnostic test.

To uphold the integrity of our degrees the following courses are not available for credit for exemption:

Master of Computing (Advanced)

To uphold the integrity of our degrees the following courses are not available for credit for exemption:

Updated:  1 June 2019/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing