University Terminology

Understanding all the new terms and acronyms can be a bit difficult at first! Here are some that you will find handy in your first few weeks!


Advanced Standing Credit awarded for previous study
Alumni Any student who has graduated from CRIC
Census Date The last day you may withdraw from a course or subject without incurring financial cost
Core Subject A subject which is needed to complete your degree
Credit Points The amount of points you must complete to graduate
Deferment Postponing a course by one or two semesters
DVC Deputy Vice Chancellor
Elective Non-compulsory subject
Honours Optional year of study to increase knowledge
Hurdle requirement A compulsory piece of assessment that must be passed to pass the subject
Major Main discipline area of your degree
Minor Secondary discipline of your degree
Plagiarism A reproduction of someone’s else's work without acknowledgement
Postgraduate A university qualification undertaken after a bachelor degree
Prerequisite A subject that must be completed before enrolling
Undergraduate A single bachelor degree
VC Vice Chancellor