Course Identification System

COURSE CODES

Preliminary, foundation, and some certificate courses have a three-letter + two-number code. In these codes, the third letter represents the programme level. For example, GEP02 is a preliminary course, GEF02 is a foundation course. Degree-level undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses have a two-letter + three-number code. For example, AG350 is a degree course.

COURSE CODE LETTERS

All USP courses are identified by a two- or three-letter prefix. These code letters represent a focused area of study (such as BI for biology, ED for education, or SO for sociology). A list of all study area prefixes and the section of the university that teaches them appears below.

COURSE CODE NUMBERS

Preliminary, foundation, certificate, diploma and Continuing and Community Education course codes contain a two-digit number, while other course codes contain a three-digit number. The first of the three digits reflects the ‘level’ of the course. First year courses of a degree programme open with a ‘1’ and are referred to as 100-level courses, second year courses have a ‘2’ and are known as 200-level courses, and third year courses have a ‘3’, called 300-level courses. Taught courses for a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma or a Master’s degree are 400-level courses. At the postgraduate level, a supervised research project has a 600 code, a master’s thesis has a 700 code and a PhD thesis has an 800 code.

PREFIX DISCIPLINE OFFERED BY
AF Accounting School of Accounting, Finance and Economics
AG Agriculture School of Agriculture, Geography Environment, Oceans & Natural Sciences
AL Research Methodology School of Law and Social Sciences

School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education

BI Biology School of Agriculture, Geography Environment, Oceans & Natural Sciences
CE Continuing Education Pacific Technical & Further Education (Pacific TAFE)
CH Chemistry School of Agriculture, Geography Environment, Oceans & Natural Sciences
CM Cook Islands Māori School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
CN Chinese School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
COJ Law School of Law and Social Sciences
CS Computing Science School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics
CV Civil Engineering School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics
DG Development/Governance School of Law and Social Sciences
DOJ Law School of Law and Social Sciences
EC Economics School of Accounting, Finance and Economics
ED/EDP Education School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
EE Electrical/Electronic Engineering School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics
EL English Language School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
EM/EV Environmental Science School of Agriculture, Geography Environment, Oceans & Natural Sciences
EN Engineering School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics
ES Earth Science School of Agriculture, Geography Environment, Oceans & Natural Sciences
FJ Fijian School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
FM Finance School of Accounting, Finance and Economics
FR French School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
GE Geography School of Agriculture, Geography Environment, Oceans & Natural Sciences
GN Gender Studies School of Law and Social Sciences
GS Geospatial Science School of Agriculture, Geography Environment, Oceans & Natural Sciences
HN Hindi School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
HY History School of Law and Social Sciences
IS Information Systems School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics
JN Journalism School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
LN Linguistics School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
LM Land Management School of Business and Management
LT Literature School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
LW Law School of Law and Social Sciences
MA Mathematics School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics
MBA Master of Business Administration School of Business and Management
MG Management and Public Administration School of Business and Management
MM Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics
MS Marine Studies School of Agriculture, Geography Environment, Oceans & Natural Sciences
NU Vagahau Niue School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
OS Official Statistics School of Accounting, Finance and Economics
PA/PAP Pacific Studies School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
PC Pacific Centre Pacific Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD)
PD Population and Demography School of Accounting, Finance and Economics
PH Physics School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics
PUH Public Health School of Agriculture, Geography Environment, Oceans & Natural Sciences
PL Politics School of Law and Social Sciences
PP Pacific Policing School of Law and Social Sciences
PS Psychology School of Law and Social Sciences
RT Rotuman School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
SC Scientific Research School of Agriculture, Geography Environment, Oceans & Natural Sciences
School of Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Physics
SO Sociology School of Law and Social Sciences
ST Statistics School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics
SW Social Work School of Law and Social Sciences
TE Technology School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
TG Tongan and Niuafoíou School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education
TS Tourism Studies School of Business and Management
UU Interdisciplinary University
VA Vanuatu Language Studies School of Pacific Arts, Communication & Education

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Within the course descriptions section the courses appear in strict course code order under the academic unit in which they are taught.

Modes of delivery

The following codes provide the official modes of course delivery at the University of the South Pacific (USP).

F = Courses offered in the face-to-face mode

P = Courses offered in the print mode

B = Courses offered in the blended mode

O = Courses offered in the online mode

In today’s dynamic learning environment, while the above modes have specific definitions, it must also be remembered that there may be overlapping features across the four different modes. For example, a face-to-face course may also have selected online and multimedia components. Similarly, print and blended courses may also have some face-to-face tutorials, either delivered by tutors or lecturers at the regional campuses or through audio and video conferences. Furthermore, there may also be selected online and multimedia components. Flexible learning students may be enrolled in any of the following three modes: P, B or O. Flexi-schools are also conducted throughout the region.

The Academic Units determine the mode in which a course is delivered and then the information is published in the annual Handbook and Calendar. Moreover, the Academic Units also determine the annual flexi-school schedules. Flexi-schools include summer and winter schools that are conducted throughout the year. The Academic Unit in which the flexi-school course is taught will supply the necessary information.

The information included below provides a detailed explanation of the modes of delivery in the USP context.

Face-to-face (F)

Face-to-face courses are those offered with up to two hours of lectures per week and face-to-face tutorials during the semester/trimester of offer; these courses may include the following:

Moodle (1-29%); and

other forms of learning technologies, for example, mLearning.

Print (P)

Courses offered in the print mode do not offer weekly lectures and face-to-face tutorials during the semester of offer. Print courses are those offered through Flexible Learning modes and where the learning materials are provided in a combination of the following course components:

Introduction and Assignments book;

Course book(s)

Course or Study Guide (book)

Any other printed materials that are developed by a course writer or subject specialist and the Course Design and Development (CDD-CFDL) team.

Some courses have regional tutors, in which case, there may be face-to-face tutorials at the regional campuses. However, this is not generally the case. The majority of print courses have videoconference tutorials conducted through REACT.

offer satellite tutorials (REACT)

may have a regional tutor (in which case, there may be some face to face tutorials)

have a Moodle presence (1-29%)

may have other forms of learning technologies, for example, mLearning

may have selected multimedia, for example, DVD, CDs, etc.

Blended (B)

A blended course is one that blends online and face-to-face delivery. Sometimes blended courses are referred to as hybrid courses. Furthermore, a blended course is one where a substantial proportion of the content, that is, 30-79%, is delivered online, typically uses online discussions, and typically has some face-to-face interaction between student and lecturer or tutor. Blended courses may also have a (print) Course guide or Study guide and can be offered to both Face-to-face- and Flexible Learning students.

Online (O)

An online course is one where most or all of the content is delivered online and typically has no face-to-face meetings, that is, 80+% is offered in the online mode. All multimedia components of the course will be included in the Learning Management System (LMS) used by the course provider. Moodle is USP’s selected LMS.

Location

CI offered at Cook Islands Campus

E offered at Emalus Campus, Port Vila, Vanuatu

K offered at Kiribati Campus

LAB offered at Labasa Campus, Labasa, Fiji

L offered at Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji

LTK offered at Lautoka Campus, Lautoka, Fiji

NA offered at Nauru Campus

NAN offered at Nadi Centre

NI offered at Niue Campus

RMI offered at Republic of Marshall Islands Campus

SAM offered at Samoa Campus

SI offered at Solomon Islands Campus

TOK offered at Tokelau Campus

TON offered at Tonga Campus

TU offered at Tuvalu Campus

C offered through all USP campuses

C* offered through all USP campuses except Laucala

C** offered through all USP campuses except Emalus

C*** offered through all USP campuses except Laucala & Emalus

P* Print mode of School Based Foundation

An example of an entry in course prescriptions chapter is explained below.

Code Title

JN203 Television Journalism

Prerequisites: JN101 and JN103

Semester 1: Not offered Semester 2: F at L

The course distinguishes the process involved in writing for television as distinct from other media. It puts stress on teaching visual language skills. Workshops will include video scripting, camera techniques, sound and lighting, location issues, editing with Final Cut Pro, and producing TV news, news features, and documentaries. The focus of the course is journalistic as well as technical. Lecture topics will include the history and development of television/cinema in the Pacific and internationally.

Explanation

This course has a course code of JN203, the JN prefix meaning it is a Journalism course, and the first digit of the three-number suffix indicating it is a 200-level (a second-year course). In Semester 1, it is Not Offered. In Semester 2, it is offered Face-to-Face (F) at the Laucala Campus (L).

The prerequisite for the course is JN101 and JN103. This means a student must have already passed the course JN101 and JN103 before being permitted to register for JN203. The material in JN101 and JN103 is an essential foundation for understanding JN203.