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Changes to Caboolture campus

QUT and USC Caboolture campus transition

The governing Councils of QUT and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) agreed to transfer QUT’s Caboolture campus to USC from 8 January 2018.

Both universities are committed to the future of higher education in the Caboolture region, and are resolved to act in the best interests of students, staff and the community.

Professor Hill said USC seeks to maintain and expand the impressive educational platform established by QUT at Caboolture.

Both universities have worked together to ensure a smooth transition for QUT and USC staff and students.

Current QUT students' options for study

Remain at the Caboolture campus and transfer your studies to USC and obtain a USC degree

Complete this USC online application form to enable you to transfer to USC. The step by step process for the USC form is:

  1. create an account (left-hand side of the USC webpage)
  2. select 'Admissions Applications'
  3. start an undergraduate application on the next tab, 'Start an application'
  4. under the heading Select your Application Type, choose 'QUT Caboolture - current QUT Caboolture student wishing to study an Undergraduate program at USC' and follow the prompts to complete remainder of the form with details.

Remain at the Caboolture campus and complete a QUT degree if you have completed 96 credit points (8 units) by the end of 2017 and study cross institutionally with USC from 2018

This will involve completing your studies through undertaking USC units at Caboolture cross-institutionally from 2018. This means you will study approved USC units and QUT will then grant advanced standing (ie credit) for the units undertaken with USC towards your QUT degree.

If you are intending to remain at Caboolture Campus and complete a QUT degree by undertaking some or all USC subjects cross-institutionally from 2018, you will need to complete two (2) separate forms, one for QUT and one for USC.

Use the following instructions as a guide to study cross-institutionally.

  1. Complete this QUT form Outbound Cross-institutional form. The form has drop down menus for you to choose the following:
    1. select your course
    2. remain at the Caboolture campus and complete a QUT degree by undertaking USC cross-institutionally from 2018. Please select 'yes'
    3. tick the Declaration box
    4. after you have completed the form, please click the 'Submit Request' tab which is on the top right hand side of the form.
  2. Complete this USC online application form to enable you to undertake cross-institutional study at USC. The step by step process for the USC form is:
    1. create an account (left hand side of the USC webpage)
    2. select 'Admissions Applications'
    3. start an Undergraduate application on the next tab, 'Start an application'
    4. under Select your Application Type' QUT Caboolture – current QUT student wishing to study cross-institutionally at USC', follow the prompts to complete remainder of the form with details.

What happens after you submit the forms?

QUT and USC will respond and confirm your submission of each form. QUT will provide USC with your academic record, units approved for cross-institutional study, citizenship and other details required by USC to finalise your cross institutional admission. You will receive an email from us when your information has been sent to USC. It is important that you check any emails sent to you by USC and QUT to ensure that you meet any requirements they may have or provide any additional information requested by the due date. It is also important that you also familiarise yourself with the USC academic calendar and key dates as they will differ to QUT.

Change to a city campus

Student who haven't advised us of their preference before December 2017 have had their home campus amended to Kelvin Grove or Gardens Point, and can enrol in 2018 units on those campuses.

If you want to change your preference to one of the two options, email sbs.enrolments@qut.edu.au and follow the instructions as soon as possible.

If you are a current QUT student and have any general questions, phone 3138 2000 or email at askqut@qut.edu.au

For course progression queries and specific advice, contact your faculty.

Faculty contacts at QUT

Education students

Find out about your placements and course progression if you're studying an education course.

Nursing students

Find out about your placements and course progression if you're studying a nursing course.

Business students

Find out about your study options if you're studying a business course.

Creative Industries students

All Creative Industries students wishing to complete a QUT degree have been automatically transferred to the City campuses from Semester 1, 2018. If you have a preference to complete your studies at the Caboolture campus, you will have the opportunity to transfer to USC and graduate with a USC degree, which may involve some study at the Sippy Downs campus. Currently, USC are only offering the first year of the Bachelor of Creative Industries at Caboolture in 2018.

For further enquiries, contact 3138 8114 or ci@qut.edu.au

Terminology

QUT and USC use different terminology. A QUT unit is a USC course and a QUT course is a USC program. For consistency, the term ‘subject/s’ will be used to represent QUT units/USC courses. Similarly, the term ‘degree’ will be used to represent QUT courses/USC programs.

Transition and timelines

How do I receive assistance if I have a specific question?

If you have any general questions please contact 3138 2000 or contact us via email at askqut@qut.edu.au

For information regarding USC, please visit USC's website or contact USC's Student Central via email at information@usc.edu.au.

For specific QUT degree related information, contact your faculty.

Creative Industries Faculty

Phone: 3138 8114

Email: ci@qut.edu.au

QUT Business School

Phone: 3138 2050

Email: bus@qut.edu.au

Faculty of Education

Phone: 3138 3947

Email: educationenq@qut.edu.au

School of Nursing

Phone: 3138 3824

Email: nursing@qut.edu.au

Impact on your studies

What are the options available for students who had intended to apply to QTAC for QUT Caboolture in 2018?

There will be no QUT course offerings at Caboolture campus in 2018 and beyond. USC will be offering courses at Caboolture from 2018.

What are the options for students who are currently admitted into QUT Caboolture, but not enrolled in a course in 2017?

The circumstances of admitted students who are not enrolled will be considered individually.

Will I still graduate from QUT if I finish my course after 2017?

If you have successfully completed 96 credit points (8 standard subjects) of your degree at QUT then you are eligible to graduate with a QUT degree.

I only have 6 subjects completed and need to complete a first year subject next year, will I still be able to complete a QUT degree under the transition arrangements?

As long as you have completed at least 96 CP (8 standard subjects) of QUT studies, you will be able to graduate with a QUT degree under the transition arrangements, even if some of your ongoing studies are delivered by USC. Please contact your faculty for further advice.

Creative Industries Faculty

Phone: 3138 8114

Email: ci@qut.edu.au

QUT Business School

Phone: 3138 2050

Email: bus@qut.edu.au

Faculty of Education

Phone: 3138 3947

Email: educationenq@qut.edu.au

School of Nursing

Phone: 3138 3824

Email: nursing@qut.edu.au

If I am on a leave of absence, or want to apply for a leave of absence, how will this affect me?

Students on leave of absence should contact their faculty to discuss their options.

Students transferring to USC and wanting to apply for a leave of absence will need to transfer their enrolment and then apply for leave of absence (LOA) with USC.

Students wanting to complete their studies cross-institutionally who want to take a leave of absence should apply for cross-institutional study once they return from leave.

Will USC have an Orientation program for transferring students, including how to use learning resources and systems?

Yes. Details on the Orientation program for transferring and cross-institutional students will be provided once finalised.

Will USC help us in regards to their procedures surrounding class registration and subject enrolment?

USC will offer assistance to students. USC Student Central will be located at Caboolture campus in J Block, Level 1 from 8 January 2018.

Will USC cancel classes at Caboolture if there are insufficient class numbers?

USC have advised they hope this will not happen as there could potentially be new students on the campus as Sippy Downs students may elect to undertake subjects at Caboolture.

How drastically will the timetable change?

The timetables for QUT and USC have been finalised for 2018. Both timetables reflect a similar approach in teaching hours and delivery.

Can I access a USC timetable before registration to help me plan my study, work and personal commitments?

If remaining at the Caboolture campus, you will be given a USC log-in and you can access timetable information when available.

Are we at risk of USC delivering virtual lectures, rather than face-to-face?

USC have advised that most subjects will have on-campus lectures. USC is focussed on class based, on-campus delivery of undergraduate programs.

Will lectures be recorded?

Lecture recordings will be made available. In the first instance, students will access the Sippy Downs recording of equivalent lecture material.

Will USC offer all years, all subjects for all students that choose to continue studying at Caboolture?

USC have advised that they will be offering all years for programs offered at Caboolture from 2018, with the exception of Creative Industries, which is planned for a first year offering only in 2018.

Can I study part-time?

Yes you can, but some subjects will only be offered in one semester, so your degree duration may be extended further. Please be aware that USC may have different processes and key dates to abide by.

What happens to my HECS loan if I transfer to USC or become a cross institutional student?

If you transfer to USC, a checklist will be included with your offer for enrolment at USC which will require you to re-complete the forms to defer your debt. If you remain a QUT student and study cross-institutionally, QUT will confirm your financial status and USC will apply the same arrangement.

Studying cross-institutionally

What is cross-institutional study?

Studying cross-institutionally means if you are enrolled at a university you can study subjects at other universities to gain credit towards your degree. In the specific case of Caboolture, you can remain at the Caboolture campus as a QUT student, but can enrol into USC subjects to finish off your degree. This is designed for students who have completed 96 credit points with QUT. If this is your preferred option, you are encouraged to contact your faculty for a detailed study plan. For students with less than 96 credit points, contact your faculty for assistance.

QUT Business School

Phone: 3138 2050

Email: bus@qut.edu.au

Faculty of Education

Phone: 3138 3947

Email: educationenq@qut.edu.au

School of Nursing

Phone: 3138 3824

Email: nursing@qut.edu.au

Creative Industries Faculty

Phone: 3138 8114

Email: ci@qut.edu.au

If I study cross-institutionally, am I a QUT or USC student?

If you choose to graduate with a QUT degree and study some of your subjects cross-institutionally with USC at the Caboolture campus, you are a QUT student.

What will be taught at Caboolture if students choose to exit with a QUT degree?

Students who have completed 96 credit points will be able to graduate with a QUT degree and complete subjects cross-institutionally with USC at the Caboolture campus. USC will be offering programs in Accountancy, Business, Creative Industries, Education and Nursing from 2018 and have indicated their interested in expanding their program offerings at the Caboolture campus into the future.

Am I able to complete my degree without any delay if I remain a QUT student and stay at Caboolture (and complete my subjects cross-institutionally with USC).

Students who have completed 96 credit points will be able to graduate with a QUT degree and complete subjects cross-institutionally with USC at the Caboolture campus. Course progression maps have been provided for each program under the discipline tabs on the FAQ site. For further information, please contact your Faculty for a study plan that will detail the timeframes required to complete.

QUT Business School

Phone: 3138 2050

Email: bus@qut.edu.au

Faculty of Education

Phone: 3138 3947

Email: educationenq@qut.edu.au

School of Nursing

Phone: 3138 3824

Email: nursing@qut.edu.au

Creative Industries Faculty

Phone: 3138 8114

Email: ci@qut.edu.au

If I study cross-institutionally at USC but remain a QUT student, will I be able to apply for a QUT Equity Scholarship?

As a QUT student you will have access to QUT’s Equity Scholarship Scheme. Further information can be found on the QUT Student Equity Scholarships Scheme page.

Will students studying cross-institutionally with USC log into the USC or QUT Blackboard?

You would access the Blackboard site for your QUT or USC subject. If you are studying USC subjects you would log into the USC Blackboard site. Similarly, if you are studying a QUT subject, you would log onto the QUT Blackboard site. Therefore, you will require separate log-ins for both institutions.

Will QUT students have the same swipe access to facilities such as N Block?

From 2018, facilities previously managed by QUT will be managed by USC. Therefore, access will be via a USC access system.

If students study cross-institutionally with USC at Caboolture, can they change to study with QUT at Kelvin Grove or Gardens Point later?

Yes, cross-institutional students can return to study subjects at QUT’s city campuses. Contact the relevant faculty for advice prior to changing.

If we study cross-institutionally, can we pick and choose subjects at USC Caboolture, as well as subjects at QUT KG/GP?

This may be possible, however it is recommended that you seek advice from your faculty in regards to an appropriate study plan.

QUT Business School

Phone: 3138 2050

Email: bus@qut.edu.au

Faculty of Education

Phone: 3138 3947

Email: educationenq@qut.edu.au

School of Nursing

Phone: 3138 3824

Email: nursing@qut.edu.au

Creative Industries Faculty

Phone: 3138 8114

Email: ci@qut.edu.au

What will be the process for applying for Commonwealth Support Places / Fee Help if I remain a QUT student but complete my subjects cross-institutionally with USC?

Once approval is given by your faculty to study cross-institutionally with USC, you will need to submit HELP forms to USC and complete the enrolment processes as prescribed by USC. Information on these processes will be provided to students before the end of semester 2.

Is there a time limit for cross-institutional studies?

It is understood there is no time limit for cross-institutional studies, however there may be different processes and dates to abide by. Contact your faculty if you require further information.

How will cross-institutional studies affect my GPA?

Cross-institutional subjects currently don’t count towards your final GPA as they are credit for subjects undertaken. You will receive an academic transcript from USC which will detail your academic performance in the cross-institutional subjects.

If you are applying for health positions include copies of both USC and QUT transcripts.

How will my grades be recorded if I study as a cross-institutional student and graduate from QUT?

The grades you receive for units undertaken with QUT will appear on your QUT transcript. The grades you receive from units (USC refers to these as courses) undertaken at USC will appear on your USC transcript.

When you pass approved units (courses) at USC they will be recorded as advanced standing on your QUT transcript without a grade recorded and will not be included in your QUT Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation.

It is more common than you think for students to have more than one transcript to support completion of their degree. You should present all transcripts relevant to your degree when evidence of your studies is required.

I only have 5 subjects left and want to stay at Caboolture, is my best option to complete the rest of my subjects with USC cross-institutionally?

Yes, as long as the 5 subjects you have left are offered by USC and in the semesters you require. Ensure you contact your Faculty to confirm which cross-institutional subjects you can undertake.

QUT Business School

Phone: 3138 2050

Email: bus@qut.edu.au

Faculty of Education

Phone: 3138 3947

Email: educationenq@qut.edu.au

School of Nursing

Phone: 3138 3824

Email: nursing@qut.edu.au

Creative Industries Faculty

Phone: 3138 8114

Email: ci@qut.edu.au

If I study cross-institutionally, can I choose to do subjects at Sippy Downs as I live on the Sunshine Coast?

Yes, you may choose to do this. However, it is recommended that you contact your faculty to confirm which cross-institutional subjects you can undertake.

QUT Business School

Phone: 3138 2050

Email: bus@qut.edu.au

Faculty of Education

Phone: 3138 3947

Email: educationenq@qut.edu.au

School of Nursing

Phone: 3138 3824

Email: nursing@qut.edu.au

Creative Industries Faculty

Phone: 3138 8114

Email: ci@qut.edu.au

As a cross-institutional student, will I still be able to work at the campus (e.g. Student Ambassador, Campus Life Leader, Robotics Ambassador or similar roles)?

There may be student roles available. Further information will be made available once known.

Will I be able to renew my QUT ID card or make payments to QUT at Caboolture campus?

Unfortunately, the transfer to USC meants that we will not have access to QUT systems. Contact HiQ on 1318 2000 or askqut@qut.edu.au if you need assistance with these matters.

Transferring to a city campus

If all students transfer to a city campus, will there be enough places available?

Yes. All Caboolture students will be able to transfer to their equivalent course at Kelvin Grove or Gardens Point.

I'm worried we will lose the personal touch at the larger campuses that we’ve become used to at the smaller Caboolture campus.

Students need to take that into consideration when deciding whether to continue at Caboolture or transfer to Kelvin Grove or Gardens Point.

If I transfer to the city campuses, is there an opportunity for access to a travel bursary to subsidise an increase in expenses to travel to the city campuses?

As a QUT student you will have access to QUT’s Equity Scholarship Scheme. Further information can be found on the QUT Student Equity Scholarships Scheme site.

If I transfer to the city campuses, am I still able to do my Nursing or Education practical placement in the Caboolture region?

Education students: The Faculty of Education will identify previous Caboolture students to ensure that they are given professional experience in the Caboolture area.

Nursing students: The InPlace computer program uses residential address postcodes to allocate students to clinical practice locations. If you live in the Caboolture area you will have access to placements in this area, however all placements may not be at Caboolture hospital.

Transferring to University of the Sunshine Coast

Tell me more about the University of the Sunshine Coast

The University of the Sunshine Coast opened in 1996, and was the first greenfield university to be established in Australia since 1975. The University serves the Queensland Coast from Hervey Bay to Moreton Bay, with campuses at Sippy Downs, Gympie, Southbank in Brisbane and study centres at Fraser Island, Noosa, Caboolture and North Lakes. It is renowned for its student support, work-integrated learning, and innovative study programs.

How far is Sippy Downs campus from Caboolture if we have to travel there for studies?

Approximately 30 minutes by car. USC already provides a subsidised shuttle bus service that travels from North Lakes via Caboolture to the Sippy Downs campus.

What degrees will the University of the Sunshine Coast offer at Caboolture in 2018 and beyond?

At this time, USC plans to offer at least the same (or equivalent) degrees as those that are currently available through QUT at Caboolture from Semester 1, 2018. USC will also investigate opportunities for additional degrees over the coming months, and will make this information available on its website as soon as decisions are finalised.

USC will continue to align its degree offering with the needs of local industries and the wider Caboolture community.

If students decide to transfer to USC will they receive credit for all successfully completed QUT subjects and take into account and previous studies, e.g, Diploma of Nursing?

Students can submit a request for a credit assessment directly with USC. Email credit@usc.edu.au for more information.

If transferring, how many USC standard subjects do I need to complete to be eligible for a USC degree?

Transferring students will need at least 96 credit points or 8 standard subjects to graduate with a USC degree. For students with less than 8 standard subjects to complete, please contact your Faculty for advice.

Creative Industries Faculty

Phone: 3138 8114

Email: ci@qut.edu.au

QUT Business School

Phone: 3138 2050

Email: bus@qut.edu.au

Faculty of Education

Phone: 3138 3947

Email: educationenq@qut.edu.au

School of Nursing

Phone: 3138 3824

Email: nursing@qut.edu.au

If students want to transfer to USC will they have to apply through QTAC and pay a fee?

USC and QUT have a direct admission process so that application through QTAC will not be required.

Will students have to pay additional administration fees, e.g. SSAF payments at USC?

No, if you're studying cross-institutionally QUT will adjust the SSAF charges for QUT subjects to ensure SSAF payments are not overcharged to students.

How will potential legislation changes (Higher Education Reform) affect me if I transfer to USC from 2018 if I’m a permanent resident (or NZ citizen)? Will I still be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place if I transfer to USC?

Any legislation changes will affect ‘new’ students (and students that transfer will technically be considered as new USC students). If the legislation is passed, new students would need to pay international fees, so it may be wiser to stay at QUT in a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Are the accreditation standards the same for a USC Nursing or Teaching degree as a QUT Nursing or Teaching degree?

Education students

QUT and USC Bachelor of Education degrees are accredited with AITSL and ACECQA (for Early Childhood). They are both recognised in Queensland and interstate as meeting the requirements for teacher registration.

Nursing students

Both QUT and USC degrees are accredited by Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board for students who successfully complete to be eligible for registration as a nurse with AHPRA.

Does USC have the same holidays as QUT?

There are differences between QUT and USC’s 2018 Academic Calendars.

QUT Academic Calendar 2018

USC Academic Calendar (semester-based) 2018

Support services available for Caboolture students

I have a disability plan with QUT, how do I give consent for QUT to forward the plan to USC?

A copy of your current plan and/or your medical documentation can be sent to USC Disability Services by sending your request to QUT Disability Services at student.disability@qut.edu.au or you can provide your own copy of the plan directly to USC Disability Support at DisabilitySupport@usc.edu.au. Please note that USC will be guided by its own policies and procedures when developing a plan for you and it may not necessarily replicate your QUT plan.

Can I still access the Foodbank and the Caboolture Campus Student Assistance Scheme?

The USC Student Guild are planning to offer a Foodbank service and similar support services. The USC Student Guild will have a presence on campus and can assist with advocacy, welfare advice, and referrals to other support services. The Caboolture Campus Assistance Scheme was a QUT Caboolture initiative and will not be continued in its present form. Details of what will be offered at Caboolture campus will be worked through in 2018.

What QUT support services (such as counselling, financial, learning and disability services) will be available next year for cross-institutional students?

On-campus support services for QUT cross-institutional students through USC. Please note, all QUT students can still access QUT welfare and support services offered at the city campuses.

I am studying a combination of QUT and USC subjects in 2018

You are considered a QUT student who is studying cross-institutionally. You can continue to access the following services provided by QUT by contacting HiQ on 3138 2000, via chat or by emailing askqut@qut.edu.au. If convenient, you can also drop into a HiQ on campus at Kelvin Grove or Gardens Point.

Health and welfare services
Financial support through the QUT Equity Scholarships Scheme
Welfare services including emergency and work-integrated learning bursaries
Careers and employment advice
ATSI student support (Oodgeroo Unit)
Grievance handling
Support for learning provided by QUT
Focus on academic writing support
STIMulate online group study and peer learning support via phone
Leadership, Development and Innovation Program (Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove)
Support for learning provided by USC
Learning support for USC subjects
Access to computers, IT and print services with USC username and password
Library services provided by QUT
Borrow library resources for QUT collection (in person at Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove)
Borrow resources from QUT Reserve collection (in person at Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove)
Online access to electronic library resources and databases from QUT
Access to QUT inter-library loans and document delivery
Place holds on QUT items (posted to home address)
Library services provided by USC
Borrow library resources from USC collection
Inter-campus loans from USC collection
Borrow short loan resources from US collection
Borrow curriculum collection resources from USC collection (education students only)
Access electronic library resources and databases from USC
Place holds on USC resources

I am only studying QUT subjects in 2018

You can continue to access the following services provided by QUT by contacting HiQ on 3138 2000, via chat or by emailing askqut@qut.edu.au. If convenient, you can also drop into a HiQ on campus at Kelvin Grove or Gardens Point.

Health and welfare services
Financial support through the QUT Equity Scholarships Scheme
Welfare services including emergency and work-integrated learning bursaries
Careers and employment advice
ATSI student support (Oodgeroo Unit)
Grievance handling
Support for learning provided by QUT
Focus on academic writing support
STIMulate online group study and peer learning support via phone
Leadership, Development and Innovation Program (Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove)
Library services provided by QUT
Borrow library resources for QUT collection (in person at Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove)
Borrow resources from QUT Reserve collection (in person at Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove)
Online access to electronic library resources and databases from QUT
Access to QUT inter-library loans and document delivery
Place holds on QUT items (posted to home address)

Supporting the Caboolture community

How will USC engage with/contribute to the Caboolture community?

Like QUT, USC is committed to promoting wide-ranging and enduring benefits to the communities it serves.

USC already has a close relationship with schools and the community in Caboolture, and sees the campus transfer as an opportunity to consolidate and increase this engagement.

USC currently have 400 students enrolled from Caboolture and Morayfield, and a total of 1,400 students from across the Moreton Bay region.

Will there still be QUT outreach to prospective students in the Moreton Bay region?

Yes, QUT has proudly nurtured university education in the area for 15 years, and will continue to do so. QUT will follow through with our school outreach activities under the Commonwealth HEPP Program. QUT values our long-standing partnerships with schools and the community and will continue our work in the region.

Will USC close the Caboolture campus when the Petrie campus opens?

USC intends to continue to offer degrees at the Caboolture campus once the Petrie campus has opened.

When the Petrie campus opens can Caboolture students transfer there?

Yes, if the degree is offered there.

High School Business and Film Competition Scholarships

What are the options for high school students who received a scholarship from the QUT Caboolture Student Business Competition and QUT Caboolture Student Film Competition in 2016 and/or 2017?

QUT will honour the scholarships awarded as part of these competitions and have provided high schools with information on the arrangements for the scholarships for 2018 and 2019. For further information, please contact scholarships@qut.edu.au.

Contacts

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