Graded Components

Timetabled courses can have at most 4 components, one of them is the Primary Graded Component (PGC).

2021 Course Components

Course components are mainly used for scheduling classes;  the Primary Graded Component is used for SET course eligibility, lecture recording, and student enrolment (students enrolled in a course will be automatically enrolled into the PGC activity).  Staff must indicate which course component is to be the PGC.

Six primary graded components are in scope for SET: lecture, team-based learning, seminar, tutorial, studio, and online courses.

Only LEC is automatically recorded and released to students if it is the PGC.  Other components can be recorded automatically if they take place in a recording-enabled room.  A request must be put through to the Staff Service Centre.  

Comp-onent Definition             In scope for SET (if PGC) Auto rec-ord (if PGC) Auto rel-ease   (if PGC) 
LEC Lecture: The primary mode of instruction is a regular, formal, oral presentation given by an academic or guest lecturer to a class on themes or concepts related to a course. Y Y Y
SEM Seminar: Instruction is primarily through small group teaching for small groups of students, focusing each time on a particular subject, in which everyone is required to actively participate. Seminars can include dialogue with a seminar leader or instructor, or the more formalised presentation of research by participants.  Y N
TUT Learning is primarily through less formal, smaller regular classes in which material from lectures and readings can be discussed in more detail.  Y N N
LAB

Laboratory: Instruction is primarily through regular, formal laboratory-based classes which include demonstration, supervised exercises, and hands-on activities.

Example: science laboratory, computer laboratory 

Y N N
STU

Studio: The primary method of instruction is regular studio classes with a focus on learning through action and developing an assessable creative and/or design
process, performance or product.

Example: dance/music composition or performance, fine arts, architectural design studios. 

Y N N
ONL Online Course: Refers to a structured learning process where the student is physically removed from the instructor
and the campus and interaction with the instructor and/or other students is facilitated primarily online. 
Y N N
TBL Team-based learning: Learning is primarily through structured sessions that emphasise small-group collaboration to apply
knowledge in class. This may include preparation outside of class
(flipped-classroom model). 
Y N N
WRK Workshop: Presentation of themes and concepts related to a course on an ongoing basis. May involve practical learning activities, discussion, interaction and debate.  N N N
FLD

Field studies/trips: Learning or investigation is primarily carried out in the field rather than in a classroom or laboratory.

Example: field work courses in Geography, field school in Archaeology. 

N N N
CLN Clinic: Student learning is primarily through the practice (or quasi-practice environment) and use of techniques for treating clients or patients.
Assessment of student activities covers observation, interviewing, therapy, rounds, diagnosis etc.
Example: medical or nursing clinical practice courses.

N N N
IND

Independent study (non PBRF-eligible courses <90 points): Students work primarily on their own initiative through reading, writing, design or performance. Contact with a supervisor is required, but may be irregular.

NB: excludes thesis, research portfolio or dissertation research in courses worth 90 points or more.

Examples: directed reading, directed study, project course, special study, independent project, research project, project course. 

N N N
THE Thesis research (PBRF-eligible courses>= 90 points: Where students are enrolled to conduct independent research in the form of a thesis,
dissertation or research portfolio at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, as required for their programme. 
N N N
SUP Supervision: Where a student is enrolled into a class supervised by a professor to conduct independent research
in the form of a thesis, dissertation or research portfolio at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, as required for their programme.
N N N
PRA

Practicum / experiential learning: The student applies previously acquired knowledge and skills in a supervised situation which approximates the conditions under which those knowledge/skills
may ultimately be used in employment.

Examples: practice teaching, practicums, internships. 

N N N