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6.1 Credit Rating (16/17)

The credit rating of course units is a measure of the work that is normally needed to complete the unit and University regulations prescribe the requirements to pass credit weighted units, progress at the end of each year and eventually graduate. Except for fourth-year projects, which have a credit rating of 20, all of our one-semester units have a credit rating of 10. A typical unit with 10 credit points consists of about 22 lectures or 10 to 12 whole day laboratory sessions. The recommended total number of hours needed to complete a 10 credit unit is about 100 hours. Typically 30 hours are taken up by classes (lectures, tutorials, workshops, lab sessions) and 70 hours by independent study (problem solving, working on lecture notes, reading, report writing, revision and preparation for exams). The precise allocation of time varies from unit to unit and from student to student.

The yearly work load consists of units with a total of 120 credit points, but students should note the degree programmes are not a collection of unrelated credit-rated course units. An understanding of basic ideas and methods are developed by physics course units and this understanding is assessed in general physics examinations. The following units are not credit rated (and so are not subject to regulations on minimum pass marks)

1. PHYS20811 / 20821 Professional Skills for Physicists

2. PHYS20040 / 20240 2nd Year General Paper

3. PHYS30811 2nd Year Vacation Essay

4. PHYS30010 / 30210 3rd Year General Paper

Note that although these units are not credit rated the marks do count towards the relevant end of year markd. The weighting of these units in the end of year marks is described in Section 8.