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Teaching Methods

Teaching is face to face and classes are taught by academically qualified and experienced academic staff. Teaching and learning methods include lectures and tutorials, seminar presentations and practical classes.

Lectures will generally contain the core information to be covered that academic week All students enrolled in the unit will attend lectures as a group. Tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss the lecture and related topics in detail. Students are asked to present papers individually or as part of a group in a tutorial.

Self-directed study is a student's personal program of study which fits around the contact hours of lectures and tutorials. This personal program includes reading, research, writing up lecture notes, writing essays and reports, discussion with other student and lecturers, studying for exams etc. A well organised and regular study program is essential for success. Studying may seem difficult at first, but it is natural to take some time to settle into studying. Lecturers and tutors are available to assist students if they have any questions or concerns.

Assessment Methods

Course specific information on assessment and standards is given to students during the first lecture for each unit. Regular written assignments, tutorial participation, practical work, projects and research reports, short tests, semester and final  examinations may form part of the assessment. CDU Faculty Board will moderate assessment and examinations and will approve final results. Detailed information on assessment rules and guidelines are available at:


Higher Education Grade

Result Mark  Range Description
H - High Distinction   85 – 100%   Work of outstanding quality  
D - Distinction   75 – 84%   Work of superior quality  
C - Credit   60 – 74%   Work of good quality showing more than satisfactory achievement  
P - Pass   50 – 59%   Work showing a satisfactory achievement  
F - Fail   0 – 49%   Work showing an unsatisfactory achievement  




CDU Melbourne students have online access to the main library collection which is housed at the Casuarina campus in Darwin. The library holds a stock of over 300,000 and provides all students, including those in Melbourne, with online access to over 17,000 journals.www.cdu.edu.au/library

The library at ATMC premises holds textbooks and journals for students' use and work stations with computers for private study or online research. The library has a multi-function printer for scanning and photocopying.


Teaching Facilities

CDU Melbourne provides state of the art teaching facilities. Classrooms for lectures and tutorials are spacious and air conditioned, equipped with computers, data projectors, and wifi enabled throughout with on line connectivity to CDU on line lectures and interactive teaching. Facilities include, library, internet based computer labs, student quiet study rooms, student lounge and recreation amenities, photocopying and printing access (students are allocated a monthly quota).

The small class sizes at CDU Melbourne ensure all students individual learning needs are well supported by our expert academic staff.

Industry Focused Programs

CDU's courses are regularly updated to suit specific trends in the ever changing international environment. The University's close association with Industry assists in the review and design of courses to benefit our graduates. CDU Melbourne is committed to keeping the degree programs relevant to the industry environment, nationally and internationally.