General Handbook Questions
- What is the Handbook?
- Which handbook should I follow?
- Where are the Handbooks from before 2021?
- How do I know which version of a subject is the right one?
- What is the difference between 100/200/300/400/800/900 level subjects?
- What do I do if I get an error message when I select a course, major/specialisation, minor or subject?
The Handbook is where you can find important information about the requirements to complete your course. It will include the subjects you need to complete, any minors, majors or specialisations offered, the order in which you should take your subjects, and any other requirements or rules specific to your course.
You need to follow and complete the requirements of the handbook from the year you commenced your course.
If you commenced your course in 2021 (or later years):
- Use the new handbook to view the requirements of your course, subjects, and any minors, majors or specialisations.
If you commenced your course prior to 2021:
- To view handbooks for years prior to 2021, you can use the old Handbook. You will still need to use the New Handbook to find information about your subjects that is specific to the year and session you take the subject.
Handbooks from before 2021 will remain available for students. Handbooks prior to 2009 are available in the University Library Digital Archives.
Subjects can change over time and the Course Handbook will keep a record of all the different versions. When looking at a subject page in the Handbook, check the year and session information (e.g. Autumn session) is the same as the year and session that you are going to enrol in. Keep in mind that versions of subjects for future years may not always be available.
All subjects have a subject code that contains a number. The numbers indicate the level of subject in terms of its academic content and design. Undergraduate subject codes are levels 100 to 400 and postgraduate subject codes are 800 or 900 level. It is usual for course design to have lower level subjects at the start of a course and for the levels to increase as you progress in the course. For example, most first year undergraduate subject are 100 level, whereas final year subjects are 300 or 400 level. Courses often have rules that specify how many of each level subjects you should take and in what order. Details can be found in your course handbook and on handbook subject pages.