See selection rank.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
A process of identifying and assessing the value of an individual's prior experience and/or learning, against the requirements of a particular course. This determines the exemptions or advanced standing that may be granted.
Recommended studies
Subjects listed for a particular course that would assist the prospective student to understand the material of the course. These subjects are not compulsory for admission.
Where a student's FEE-HELP balance is re-credited because of special circumstances.
See withdrawal without financial penalty.
Repayment threshold
The income point beyond which a person with a HELP debt must begin to make compulsory repayments.
Request for Commonwealth assistance
A form that a student must complete and lodge with their higher education provider if they want a HELP loan to pay their fees. Eligible students complete the Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form to cover student contributions or the Request for FEE-HELP assistance form to cover tuition fees. Can be lodged as a hard copy (CAF) or electronically (eCAF) via eStudent.
Requisite waiver
A simple transaction indicating that if a student were to apply for/enrol in a study package (e.g., unit), then requisite conditions would be waived. Conditions could be completion of specific units, a number of credit points or unit coordinator approval.
Conditions that apply to a course or unit that must be met before enrolment.
Research higher degree
See higher degree by research.
Research Training Scheme (RTS)
See Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP).
Review of academic ruling
A review process by which a student seeks to have a prior decision on an academic ruling reconsidered by the university when they believe that an error has been made or that a ruling is unjust. See section E/9.1 of the Manual of Policies and Procedures.
Review of grade
A student may request a review of their final grade for a unit within 10 working days of the release of the results if they believe that an error has been made or an injustice done.


Applied to students with outstanding fees or commitments in accordance with university policy. May restrict a student's access to services.
A sum of money or other aid granted to a student on the basis of merit or other factors, e.g., low income, rural or Indigenous background.
The academic body responsible for teaching, research and interaction with professional organisations.
A person who has completed high school the year before beginning study at university.
Selection rank
The minimum Overall Position (OP) or equivalent rank required for entry to a program in a particular intake.
See teaching period.
Senior Education Profile (SEP)
A document issued to students who complete Year 12 that provides information about their academic achievements. This could include the Senior Statement, Queensland Certificate of Education, Tertiary Entrance Statement or a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement.
The academic status that identifies those students who need to show cause as to why they should not be excluded.
A learning activity where students are engaged in simulated real-world environments and draw on knowledge and practice to critically analyse situations, synthesise evidence and data, determine priorities, and formulate appropriate interventions.
Single-unit student
A student studying an individual unit at QUT without being enrolled in a QUT course.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
An aptitude test that demonstrates applicant's potential for tertiary study.
See minor.
A program offering university experience and guaranteed entry to selected QUT courses to Year 12 students through successful completion of two QUT units while they are still at school.
Statement of Account (SOA)
A statement of fees and charges owed by a student. Now called a Tax Invoice.
Student Centre
See HiQ.
Student cohort
A way of grouping students commencing a course of study in a particular year with a particular higher education provider.
Student contribution
A financial contribution that a Commonwealth supported student makes towards the cost of their education.
Student contribution band
One of four bands of disciplinary areas into which a unit of study will fall. Student contribution bands are used to determine the maximum student contributions.
Student Identification (ID) card
Proof of a student's enrolment displaying their student identification number. ID cards are issued to students who have enrolled and paid all fees and charges.
Student load
The number of credit points a student must enrol in to fulfil the standard annual load set by the university.
Student number
A unique seven- or eight-digit number, preceded by an 'n', that identifies each student. Student numbers may also be referred to as an ID number, reference number or international student number.
Student Ombudsman
The Student Ombudsman provides advice to students and staff encountering difficulties associated with student-related rules, policies and procedures. In this role the Student Ombudsman maintains neutrality, independence and confidentiality. The Student Ombudsman also undertakes formal and informal investigations related to complaints which cannot be resolved by other means.
A learning activity where students practise and demonstrate understanding through the development of creative skills, problem solving, processes, or works/artifacts specific to the discipline.
Study abroad student
An overseas student who is studying at QUT for one or two teaching periods. Their study may be credited towards their home course.
Study area A
The primary area of study (e.g., a major or strand) containing a group of units a student may choose to complete within a flexible course.
Study area B
A secondary area of study (e.g., a second major, minor, advanced/extended major, etc) containing a group of units that a student may choose to complete within a flexible course.
Study package
An umbrella term for what the university teaches or offers (i.e., course, unit or study area) and how it might be identified within the HiQ and eStudent environments and their associated pages. These components are the building blocks for Study Plans.
Study plan
A list that shows the units that you can customise to reflect your course structure. These include:
  • units you may have received credit for
  • units you plan to study in the future
  • units you're currently enrolled in
  • units you have passed.
See unit.
Summer program
Consists of three teaching period held after the end of Semester 2 and before the beginning of Semester 1 of the following year.
Supplementary assessment
A new or replacement assessment item designed to allow a student to demonstrate that they have met the required learning outcomes of the unit, to assist with course progression. Students may apply for supplementary assessment in a limited number of cases where a grade of three has been achieved. See section E/6.3 of the Manual of Policies and Procedures.


Tax Invoice
Emailed to a student the day after enrolment in a unit(s) of study, clearly showing units of enrolment and charges, the total amount due and the due date. Formerly known as a Statement of Account.
Teaching period
A designated period of weeks in which the program of study and instruction for a unit or award course takes place. This includes:
  • Semester 1 and Semester 2, approximately 13 weeks duration
  • other periods during the year which have been designated as teaching periods by the Registrar.
Tertiary education
All formal education beyond secondary level including studies undertaken at a university.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.
A substantial original piece of written work based on research and used in the assessment of research higher degree courses.
Time-Based Study (TBS)
Identifies research student enrolment based on the time required to complete a project/thesis, rather than a series of consecutive semester-based enrolments.
Tuition fee
The fee charged to students by education providers as the cost of studying. This fee is distinct from a Student Contribution Amount.
A learning activity facilitated by teaching staff that consolidates concepts and information from lectures or core learning materials, through analysis, problem solving, debate and discussion.


Undergraduate course (UG)
A course of study leading to the award of an associate diploma, diploma, associate degree or a bachelor degree.
Under consideration
An academic status that identifies those students who have not yet completed 96 credit points of study and have received a Study Period GPA of less than 3.
A set of classes that run over a teaching period and provide instruction on a particular subject matter. A unit generally has three or four contact hours per week and may be designated as core or elective. See also co-requisite, anti-requisite and pre-requisite.
Unit code
The code given to a particular unit. It has the format XXX999. The first two characters indicate the faculty or school administering the unit. The third character indicates the level of the course in which the unit is normally taught.
Unit coordinator
An academic staff member responsible for the overall organisation of a unit including teaching, resources and academic support.
Unit outline
A description of the organisation and content of a unit.
University Medal
The university may award the QUT Medal to graduands of certain courses who have performed exceptionally in their studies.
Unsatisfactory academic performance
Academic performance is assessed twice a year and, if deemed unsatisfactory according to policy, the student may be placed on probation or exclusion. See section E/6.7 of the Manual of Policies and Procedures.
Up-front payment
Partial or full payment of tuition fees or student contributions for HECS made directly on or before the census date.


Vice-Chancellor (VC) and President
The chief executive officer of QUT. The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the academic and administrative functions of QUT and for providing leadership to the university.
Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar
The person who oversees QUT's Division of Administrative Services, which is responsible for management and support services for students, staff and facilities. The Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar is also responsible the Oodgeroo Unit.
International students must have a valid student visa for the duration of their studies in Australia. Students will only be issued with a student visa for study in Australia if they seek to undertake a full-time course that is accredited and registered by the Australian Government.
Visiting student
See single-unit student.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
A work experience and/or training activity within the secondary school curriculum, aimed at providing workplace experience and broadening post-school options in order to prepare a student for the transition between school and work.
Voluntary repayments
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP repayments made directly to the Tax Office that are in excess of compulsory repayments.