FAQs

FAQs

Whilst the new curriculum will offer you a clearer study path to a successful future, we understand you may have questions around your own situation. We have put together the following FAQs to support this time of change.


Remember, you don't need to take any action right now, we will be in touch in Session 2 2019 with more information and your personalised study plan.

Information for all students

Why is Macquarie University changing the curriculum?

A new approach to Macquarie University’s (MQ) curriculum design was approved by the University's Academic Senate in 2018 for implementation from 2020.

The 2020 course schedule will be available in MQ’s Handbook later this year, in time for re-enrolment. We are currently working through the impact on current students and we’ll provide detailed information to impacted students during Session 2 2019. The new curriculum is designed to make it easier for students to navigate the system and work out what is required of them to complete their degree. The new design also gives students more breadth and depth of study options.

What is curriculum architecture?

A curriculum architecture refers to the structure of a curriculum. It defines the volume of learning and the required compulsory elements for the completion of a degree: the requirement for a major or specialization, any compulsory elements at the degree level (e.g. PACE, Capstone), etc.

It does not define curriculum content.

When did Macquarie decide to change the curriculum?

The new curriculum was approved by Academic Senate on 24 July 2018 for implementation in 2019, ready for the start of Session 1 2020.

Will I be disadvantaged by studying the new curriculum?

No, current students who move to the new curriculum in 2020 will not be disadvantaged by the curriculum changes.

What will a new curriculum give students that they didn't have before? What’s different?

The new curriculum will help create a clearer study pathway with a wider range of learning options than currently offered: Combined Bachelor and Master degrees, double degrees, micro credentials, and greater flexibility to combine two undergraduate or two postgraduate courses etc.

What are Combined Bachelor and Master degrees, double degrees and micro credentials?

This will all be announced towards the end of 2019 after the University has renewed and refreshed courses to ensure quality for students.

How does the new curriculum impact course offerings?

It doesn't. The new curriculum does not define courses offered: Faculties are renewing their courses for 2020.

Do I need to do anything? When will I hear more about this?

No, you don’t: More information will be provided in Session 2 2019.

What new courses will MQ be offering? When can I know more about them?

Faculties have developed their 2020 courses. New courses can be viewed via UAC and CourseFinder .

What will happen if my course is no longer offered?

You will be notified during Session 2 2019 and advised how this affects your study plans.

How will the new curriculum benefit me for my future job prospects?

The increased flexibility of the curriculum creates more choice and options in your study path to set you up for future success.

The degree I'm admitted to has a title that is very relevant to my future job prospects - why do I have to change to something which may not be as useful to me?

Our course approval authorities have approved the course changes we’re making. We believe any degree that has changed its title, is a change that will benefit you.

Can students still transfer course in 2020? Where should they go for advice?

Yes, please refer to mq.edu.au/course-transfer for details.

Visit Student Connect or submit your question on ask.mq with 'MQ2020’ in the subject line.

Information for current students

I am a current student who started at Macquarie before 2019 and have heard there are changes to the curriculum. How will that impact me?

We’re working closely with the faculties to determine which students need to transfer to new courses. We will provide specific details during Session 2 2019 to students who are being moved into the new curriculum.

I started at Macquarie in 2019 and have heard there are changes to the curriculum. How will that impact me?

We’re working closely with the faculties to determine which students need to transfer to new courses. We will provide specific details during Session 2 2019 to students who are being moved into the new curriculum.

I am a current student transferring to a different course in 2019 and have heard there are changes to the curriculum. How will they impact me?

We’re working closely with the faculties to determine which students need to transfer to new courses. We will provide specific details during Session 2 2019 to students who are being moved into the new curriculum.

The current People and Planet requirements have been absorbed into the new curriculum flexible zone, which has a greater range of elective choices.

I complete my studies in 2019. Will the curriculum changes affect me?

No, there will be no impact for you.

In 2019 People and Planet units were removed then in 2020 the curriculum changes. Why do there need to be so many changes for students to keep up with?

Students starting in 2019 will not have to meet the People and Planet unit. requirements helping to make it easier for students to work out what is required of them to complete their degree. The new design also gives students more breadth and depth of study options..

Will I receive communications about the changes prior to the implementation?

Yes! The team is currently working through the student transition pathway for 2019.  Our Vice-Chancellor announced the curriculum changes during December 2018. Personalised student communications have been planned and we will provide specific details during Session 2 2019 to all students impacted by the curriculum changes.

What if I don't want to move? Do I have to move?

We’re working closely with the faculties to determine which students need to transfer to new courses, current students will be offered the best study plan available to ensure than you are not disadvantaged.

However, as we’re changing from 3 or 4 credit point (cp) units to 10cp units it means that all students will need to be moved .

How will my RPL/waivers/WWAP be affected?

RPL/Waivers etc will be made much easier due to the introduction of an 8-unit flexible zone in most degrees (though some specialist degrees do not have a flexible zone). In principle, the process stays the same.

I was planning to complete a unit/major/minor that is no longer being offered; is there an alternative?

The 2020 University Handbook will list all available courses/units/majors/minors. We’ll be in contact in Session 2 2019 to discuss 2020 options if:

  • Your major/minor no longer exists and you need to   move to a new one; or
  • Your minor/major is to be taught out; or
  • You need to do any units that are not currently   listed on your study plan.

I wasn't planning to study in Session 1 2020, do I have to now because of the changes?

No, you do not. When you come back to pick up your studies again, we will transfer you to the new curriculum.

I am a current student with a good GPA. How will this change affect my GPA? Will my GPA be reset?

We will be moving from the GPA system to the Weighted Average Mark (WAM) system in 2020. Further details will be supplied as we implement the new approach.

I was planning to transfer to a different course in Session 2, 2019; can I still do that?

Yes, you can. Please refer to mq.edu.au/course-transfer for details.

Will there still be majors and minors?

Yes, majors consist of 8 units, minors 4 units.  Whether you complete a major will depend on the degree you are enrolled in.

Will there be anything compulsory, like People and Planet units, in 2020?

Each degree, major or specialisation will specify units that you need to complete - like the current curriculum. There will not be compulsory People and Planet units. All students will need to complete a PACE unit and a capstone unit for their degree.

What about my library fine/do I have to pay my outstanding fees from my "old" degree?

You will have to pay any outstanding fees, regardless of the new curriculum.

I am studying a Master of Research; how will this impact me?

Beside some changes in terminology and the new WAM system, the new curriculum will not impact on your MRes

I am a PhD student; will this impact me?

No, the new curriculum will not affect the PhD program .

What if I only have 1 or 2 units left to complete at the end of 2019? How will I be transitioned into a 2020 course?

If you have almost finished your degree in the current curriculum we will seek to find a solution. We’ll be in touch in during Session 2 2019 with more information.

I will be in my final year of a 4-year degree in 2020: will I get the option of remaining in my current degree to complete the final year?

We’re working closely with the faculties, and they will review and determine where it would be more appropriate to transfer to new courses.  We will be in touch with you during Session 2 2019 with more information.

How will my academic standing be affected in the new transition?

It won’t be affected: your academic standing is based on how many units per semester you pass; moving to the new curriculum will not affect your academic standing.

Is the grading system going to be the same? Is it out of 7 still?

In line with the new curriculum we are moving to a more transparent way of summarising your performance - we will move to a weighted average mark (WAM) but the grading system itself is unchanged.

For students starting before 2020, will their GPA change to a WAM or is this only for students commencing in 2020?

Everyone will transition to a WAM in 2020. It’s a much better measure of academic performance than a GPA.

What will happen to students currently completing minors under set handbook rules (eg. 2017)?

Decisions about minors will be made as part of the course mapping and transfer process. Faculties are now reviewing each course enrolment to determine outcomes. Once we’ve finalised this, we’ll write to you to let you know what to expect.

Is transferring optional? Can I complete my degree according to my original curriculum?

No, it’s not optional. We’re working closely with the faculties, and they will determine which students need to transfer to new courses. Once we’ve finalised this information, we’ll write to all students to let them know what to expect.

Can students who are graduating in 2020 be exempt from any changes or requirements?

If you finish studying in 2019 and your graduation ceremony is in 2020 you will not be affected.

If you study any units in 2020 you will notice some changes to your study plan.

When it says double degree, graduates will receive two testamurs, does that mean I will graduate twice - once when I finish all the units for one degree and then a second time - or I just receive two documents at one graduation?

We plan to give you two testamurs at the one ceremony.

I started my degree in 2018; what changes will the curriculum change have on my course? Will all the subjects and prerequisites remain the same?

No, they won’t stay the same: we’re working closely with the faculties to finalise the changes to your study plan. Once we’ve finished, we’ll write to you to let you know what to expect. This will include information about the subjects (units) and prerequisites. You should expect to hear from us in Session 2 2019.

I was expecting to complete my degree at the end of S1 2020 and need to know how this will affect me. I study part-time as I have kids and work. This is an urgent matter as it has been suggested I rush the completion of my degree, a workload I do not think I can handle, to avoid the changes but I do not understand how the changes will affect me.

In 2020 you will not have to study any longer than your current course requires: if you were aiming to complete in S1 2020, this will not change for you. Will be in touch with you during Session 2 2019 with more information.

I am confused by the changes that will occur to my degree in 2020. I started my studies in 2015 for a Bachelor of Business Administration and Law.

We’re working closely with the faculties to determine which students need to transfer to new courses. Will be in touch with you during Session 2 2019 with more information.

I have checked the latest offering for my  degree in 2020 and found that there are a few changes to my degree. What impact will this have on my study plan?

I spoke to an academic advisor about the changes that will occur if I internally transfer my degree in 2019, but they did not mention any changes that will occur in 2020. I was only informed that I will not be impacted.

We’re working closely with the faculties to determine which students need to transfer to new courses. Once we’ve finalised this information, we’ll write to all students to let them know what to expect.

I’m starting at Macquarie in 2020 and have heard there are changes to the curriculum. How will they impact me?

You won’t be impacted as the new curriculum starts at the beginning of 2020.

Will there still be concurrent degrees/studies?

The new curriculum allows you to study two degrees (any other degree that is available for doubling with your first choice degree) concurrently. There is also the opportunity to study a second major in those degrees that offer majors. This should mean that MQ students will no longer have to enrol concurrently in two degrees.

I received an offer for a course in 2019 but I deferred it to 2020; what will this mean for me?

If you start your study in 2020 with us, you will automatically start in the new curriculum.

If you are an international student, and the course we offered you no longer exists or has changed in 2020, we will contact you prior your commencement in 2020.

I would like to apply for a PG course in 2020, and WAM is mentioned in the admissions requirement. How do I know how to convert GPA to WAM?

Weighted Average Mark (WAM) reflects your overall performance in your qualification. This document compares Macquarie's WAM system against grading schemes in Australia and other  countries.

I have external sponsorship. How will the changes impact my sponsorship?

The University aims for there to be no impact: If your sponsorship is linked to a course or study area and there are changes planned to that course/study area, the university will look at your case individually to ensure the move will not disadvantage you during the transition.

How will being an international student affect my course fees in 2020?

Course fees change on annual basis. 2020 Tuition Fees will be decided by the University in mid-2019.  Please check 2020 tuition fees for your course fees.

I have a scholarship. How will this change affect my scholarship in 2020?

If you change your course of study due to the 2020 curriculum changes your approved scholarships should not be impacted. We’ll be writing to all our sponsors to advise them of our curriculum renewal.

I'm an international student and was granted RPL towards my degree when I started. What happens to my credit if I get moved to the new curriculum?

Your recognition of prior learning (RPL) will transfer with you to the new curriculum  as applicable.

Information for future students of Macquarie

I’m starting at Macquarie in 2020 and have heard there are changes to the curriculum. How will they impact me?

You won’t be impacted as the new curriculum starts at the beginning of 2020.

Will there still be concurrent degrees/studies?

The new curriculum allows you to study two degrees (any other degree that is available for doubling with your first choice degree) concurrently. There is also the opportunity to study a second major in those degrees that offer majors. This should mean that MQ students will no longer have to enrol concurrently in two degrees.

I received an offer for a course in 2019 but I deferred it to 2020; what will this mean for me?

If you start your study in 2020 with us, you will automatically start in the new curriculum.

If you are an international student, and the course we offered you no longer exists or has changed in 2020, we will contact you prior your commencement in 2020.

I would like to apply for a PG course in 2020, and WAM is mentioned in the admissions requirement. How do I know how to convert GPA to WAM?

Weighted Average Mark (WAM) reflects your overall performance in your qualification. This document compares Macquarie's WAM system against grading schemes in Australia and other  countries.

Information for International Students

I have external sponsorship. How will the changes impact my sponsorship?

The University aims for there to be no impact: If your sponsorship is linked to a course or study area and there are changes planned to that course/study area, the university will look at your case individually to ensure the move will not disadvantage you during the transition.

How will being an international student affect my course fees in 2020?

Course fees change on annual basis. 2020 Tuition Fees will be decided by the University in mid-2019.  Please check 2020 tuition fees for your course fees.

I have a scholarship. How will this change affect my scholarship in 2020?

If you change your course of study due to the 2020 curriculum changes your approved scholarships should not be impacted. We’ll be writing to all our sponsors to advise them of our curriculum renewal.

I'm an international student and was granted RPL towards my degree when I started. What happens to my credit if I get moved to the new curriculum?

Your recognition of prior learning (RPL) will transfer with you to the new curriculum  as applicable.

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