MQ2020

MQ2020

MQ2020 is about making sure our students are offered the best academic experience, courses and units to prepare for a successful future.

And we are delivering MQ2020.

MQ2020 Changes

1. Your personalised study plan

Your study plan maps out what you need to study to complete your degree.

Why do you need a study plan?

So you know what to study! You should be enroling in the units listed on your study plan so that when you finish your studies, you’ll be able to graduate.

If you don’t enrol in the units listed on your study plan, you may not be eligible to graduate from your degree.

Please note: Your study plan replaces the Handbook by showing you what to enrol in. You now only need to use the Handbook for unit descriptors, requisites, if you want to change courses or are changing majors.

Access your study plan
  1. Go to mystudyplan2020.mq.edu.au(bookmark this page so you can always find your study plan)
  2. Use your OneID to login
It’s all about you

Your study plan has been designed specifically for you. We looked at your individual academic history, the course/s you are studying, the units you have already completed, how close you are to graduating etc, and designed this plan just for you.

Your friends, or someone else in your course, may have a different study plan. Don’t use theirs. Use yours. That’s the best way to make sure you are studying the units you need to graduate from your degree.

2. Our MQ2020 degree structures

Your future success is important to us, so for 2020 we redesigned degrees to offer you the best academic experience, courses and units.

GENERALIST AND SPECIALIST DEGREES

We grouped our degrees into two categories:

  1. Generalist degrees – such as the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Social Science – provide more flexibility in the units you can choose, which means you can tailor your studies to your career path.

  2. Specialist degrees – such as the Bachelor of Engineering and the Bachelor of Laws – are usually professionally accredited and have a more structured list of units to complete.
CORE AND FLEXIBLE ZONES

Our new degrees include core and flexible zones.

Core zone = A set group of units that make up the foundation learning in your degree. Generally speaking, these are compulsory units you must complete.

Flexible zone = A group of units within your degree that you have the freedom to choose. In some degrees, you can choose from an approved list of units, whereas in other degrees, you can choose any unit.

OUR DEGREE STRUCTURES

DOUBLE DEGREES

And we expanded our double degree combinations. Our double degrees allow you to study two degrees at the same time, but in less time than it would take you to study them separately. When you finish, you graduate with two separate degrees.

Why study a double degree?
  • To double your expertise and expand your career options.
  • To fast-track your learning and increase your employability.
  • By the time you graduate from both degrees, you’ll have twice the knowledge and skill.
How does it work?

Essentially, the core units in each degree count for any flexible zone units you would need to complete if you were studying these degrees separately.

This saves you effort, time and money!

You could study two bachelor degrees, a bachelor and a master degree, or even two master degrees at the same time.

Our MQ2020 degrees offer more opportunities to design and follow your own academic and professional path.

3.  WAM will be used instead of GPA

WAM = Weighted average mark

From 2020 WAM will be used to measure your academic achievement instead of GPA.

WHY?

WAM is a more accurate representation of your achievement because WAM calculations use your actual marks eg 56, 65, 89, 71 and so on. Your WAM will be the average of the actual marks you achieved in all units of your course and is a mark out of 100.

WAM also incorporates ALL marks, including those from a fail grade ie 35, 46 etc, whereas GPA gives a calculation of zero for any fail grades.

GPA is based on grades ie F, P, C, D, HD, however there is a range of values within the grade.

For example:

A mark of anywhere within 50-64 gives you a P and in a GPA calculation everyone that falls into that 50-64 range is given a GPA value of 4. Therefore, if you got 50 you got 4 GPA points or if you got 64 you got 4 GPA points - 4 is not an accurate reflection of your achievement.

The table below shows the difference between WAM and GPA calculations.

 

Harry

 

Fred

 

Grade

Mark

GPA value

 

Grade

Mark

GPA value

Unit 1

P

58

4

 

P

52

4

Unit 2

CR

74

5

 

CR

70

5

Unit 3

P

64

4

 

P

61

4

Unit 4

P

59

4

 

P

53

4

Unit 5

P

64

4

 

P

62

4

Unit 6

CR

74

5

 

CR

71

5

Unit 7

CR

73

5

 

CR

72

5

Unit 8

P

56

4

 

P

50

4

RESULT

 

WAM = 65.25

GPA = 4.375

  

WAM = 61.4

GPA = 4.375

Despite performing consistently towards the top of the grade, Harry has a GPA score the same as Fred, who performed consistently towards the bottom of the grade range. You can see their WAM scores more accurately reflects the difference in the performance of the two students.

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT YOU?

Studying in 2020 and beyond = WAM on transcripts for all units.  Check out our WAM estimator tool!

Completed course before 2020 = GPA on transcripts

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

Nothing. Just remember if you are studying in 2020 your transcript will show a WAM.

If you have any questions about WAM please check out our FAQ’s on this page.

4.  Units will change

Where one unit (subject) previously had a value of 3 credit points for undergraduate study, and 4 credit points for postgraduate study, from 2020 it will have a value of 10 credit points (or a multiple of 10).

We’re changing the unit codes as well. In 2020 all unit codes will have 4 letters and 4 numbers.

Example 1:
In 2019 STAT150  - Business Statistics = 3 credit points
In 2020 STAT1250 -  Business Statistics = 10 credit points

It will still take the same amount of time to study - it will just have a different unit code and credit point value.

Example 2:
In 2019 PSYC104 - Introduction to Psychology = 3 credit points
In 2020 PSYU1104 - Introduction to Psychology = 10 credit points

It will still take the same amount of time to study - it will just have a different unit code and credit point value.

How will this affect you?

The way you calculate the credit points you need for your course, or what you have completed, will be different. They will be in multiples of 10 (instead of 3 or 4) and will be easier to calculate.

The change in unit codes will not affect you, it just gives a consistent approach to how we code individual units and will align us with other Australian University practices.

We will make sure all our systems are changed to reflect these new codes and values so that it all makes sense and is consistent for 2020.

What do you need to do?

Nothing. Just remember when you re-enrol next year your unit value will have changed from 3 or 4 credit points to 10. The unit will still be the same in 2020, it will still take the same amount of time to study - it will just have a different unit value and maybe a different code.

Make sure to tell your friends to visit this page and keep up to date with MQ2020!

5. There are no longer compulsory People and Planet units.

All our courses have been redesigned and it’s no longer compulsory to complete People or Planet units. If you would like to know more about this, check out our FAQs section on this page.

How will this affect you?
  • If you have already completed these units they will count towards your MQ2020 study plan
  • If you haven't completed these units you will no longer need to. You will be able to choose electives that you are interested in or that are more in line with your career plans.
What do you need to do?

We will be doing all the work for you. We are working behind the scenes looking at what you have studied and mapping it to your new MQ2020 study plan.

SUPPORT

Do you have questions about how MQ2020 impacts you and your study plan?

We have more feet on the ground ready to help you through this time of growth at Macquarie. As well as our existing areas of support in Student Connect and the Student Faculty Centres, we have introduced an additional service in the form of Student Rovers. You will see our Rovers around campus, ready to answer your questions about MQ2020 or connect you to the area best suited to assist you.

I need help with:
Who should
I ask?
Contact details
  • A current process or application that may be impacted by moving to the MQ2020 curriculum
  • Enrolment in units and/or class registration
Student Connect

Monday to Friday
8.30am - 5.30pm

18 Wally's Walk
Level 2 MUSE

No need for appointment

  • Academic advice.
    Advisers provide guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students about unit content and how your degree program relates to your overall education and employability goals.
Faculty Student Centres Check the Faculty Student Centre contact information and how to book an appointment

We are always here to support you

If you have questions about MQ2020, your studies, wellbeing or even your social life, we can help. The best place to start looking for help is Student Connect or our Faculty academic advisors. You can also enquire online through AskMQ or if you would rather chat face-to face, come and visit us at:

Location18 Wally's Walk, Level 2  MUSE
Phone+61 2 9850 6410
HoursMonday - Friday: 8.30am - 5.30pm
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