Time commitment

Time management plays a key role in relation to successful university study. Keep in mind that as well as scheduled contact hours for lectures, tutorials and seminars, an additional time commitment is needed to complete the academic requirements of each subject.

Work commitments will not be grounds for extensions or for special consideration. The Faculty recommends that full-time students do not undertake more than 10 hours of paid work per week.

A subject-specific time commitment to study will be provided by your lecturer or tutor at the beginning of semester to help you schedule your workload and successfully manage your time during the semester. Below are estimates of the total time commitment required to study a 12.5-point single semester subject in the Faculty of Arts.

Time commitment to study a standard 12.5-point Arts subject

First year

  • 36 contact hours per semester
  • 30 hours of class preparation and reading per semester
  • 30 hours of assessment-related tasks per semester
  • 96 hours total time commitment per semester
  • 8 hours total time commitment per week

Second and third year

  • 30 contact hours per semester
  • 36 hours of class preparation and reading per semester
  • 36 hours of assessment-related tasks per semester
  • 102 hours total time commitment per semester
  • 8.5 hours total time commitment per week

Fourth year (honours)

  • 24 contact hours per semester
  • 36 hours of class preparation and reading per semester
  • 60 hours of assessment-related tasks per semester
  • 120 hours total time commitment per semester
  • 10 hours total time commitment per week

Time commitment to study a language acquisition subject

First, second and third year

  • 36-48 contact hours per semester
  • 36-48 hours of class preparation and reading per semester
  • 36-48 hours of assessment-related tasks per semester
  • 108-144 hours total time commitment per semester
  • 9-12 hours total time commitment per week

Fourth year (honours)

  • 24 contact hours per semester
  • 48-60 hours of class preparation and reading per semester
  • 48-60 hours of assessment-related tasks per semester
  • 120-144 hours total time commitment per semester
  • 10-12 hours total time commitment per week