Course transition for Open Universities Australia students

Swinburne continually reviews its courses and units to take into consideration academic and industry demands, and most importantly, student feedback and graduate outcomes. As a result, some of our courses become updated over time.

If you’re an Open Universities Australia (OUA) student and you wish to change or transition from your current course structure to the most recent version, or you simply want to know which of your units has been replaced, we can help.

Key points about transitioning

  1. Degree changes normally occur due to a change in course structure. Any academic credit (Advanced Standing) awarded under your current course structure will be treated according to our Advanced Standing rules. Your previous units and/or academic credit may not be recognised under the new course structure and you may need to complete additional compulsory units as a result.
  2. To help you in your decision-making process, view our course transition plans below. These plans cover all Swinburne degrees currently available for admission through OUA.
  3. Transitioning to the latest version of a Swinburne OUA degree is normally available for 6 - 12 months after the new course structure is released. If transition arrangements are no longer in place, you will need to apply through OUA for admission into the new course and withdraw from your current course.
  4. It is your responsibility to check the OUA website to confirm study periods, prerequisite units and fees.

Courses available for transition

Currently, the only degree available for transitioning is the Master of Arts (Applied Statistics) and the only change is to the course title:

Current course title Course title for students admitted from Study Period 1, 2018
Master of Science (Applied Statistics) Master of Applied Statistics
Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics) Graduate Diploma of Applied Statistics
Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics) Graduate Certificate of Applied Statistics

Course transition and teach out plans


Transition plans provide you with the course structure, rules and unit information for each different student group. Groups are based on the year you were admitted into your degree i.e. your intake year.

Each column lists the requirements by year of intake and each row relates to the same or equivalent/replacement unit. In the plan, you can see how a unit (or its equivalent/replacement) sits within each course option.

If you were admitted into a Swinburne degree before 2017, these plans will help you identify how any units you’ve already completed transition across into the new course structure. Any compulsory units that do not ‘transition’ to the new course structure will be awarded as electives. (Please refer to ‘Key points about transitioning’).

Teach out

You can also use your course transition plan to help you complete your original course structure. Your course transition and teach out plan will show you:

  • which of your units have been replaced, and which units replaced them
  • which of your units are now in teach out phase (along with the study period and year that the unit will be offered for the last time).

Undergraduate course transition and teach out plans updated for 2018

2010 - 2014 intakes

2015 - 2016 intakes

2017 - 2018 intakes

2017-2018 Undergraduate course planners for the courses below can be accessed from the Course Planners page.

  • BA-BUS10 Bachelor of Business
  • BA-BIS Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • BA-PSY Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • BA-BEHS2 Bachelor of Behavioural Studies



Postgraduate course transition and teach out plans updated for 2018

Please note that all postgraduate Teach Out and Transition Plans comprioses course structure information on the Master, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate levels where applicable.

2010 - 2014 intakes

2015 - 2016 intakes

2017 - 2018 intakes

2017-2018 postgraduate course planners for the courses below can be accessed from the Course Planners page.

Master degrees

  • MA-BIS Master of Business Information Systems
  • MA-APPS Master of Applied Statistics
  • MA-SASTRO Master of Science (Astronomy)
  • MA-ARTWRI1 Master of Arts (Writing)

Graduate diplomas

  • GD-BIS Master of Business Information Systems 
  • GD-APPS Master of Applied Statistics
  • GD-SASTRO Master of Science (Astronomy)
  • GD-ARTWRI1 Master of Arts (Writing)

Graduate certificates

  • GC-BIS Master of Business Information Systems 
  • GC-APPS Master of Applied Statistics
  • GC-SASTRO Master of Science (Astronomy)
  • GC-ARTWRI1 Master of Arts (Writing)

Help for OUA students

If you need help understanding course transition and teach out arrangements and how these directly affect you and your enrolment, please contact Swinburne's studentHQ, or speak with a Course Advice Specialist.