Course requisites

When you enrol at RMIT, you are required to select some requisite courses according to a specific program structure.

What are course requisites?

When you enrol at RMIT you are required to select courses according to a specific program structure. This may include selecting and enrolling into courses that have defined requisites.

You may encounter several types of course requisite statements in your course guide:

  • Enforced requisites – Students are not permitted to enrol in these courses until the prerequisite is satisfied by a pass grade in a specified RMIT course, or credit granted for the prerequisite course, or the specified corequisite is concurrently enrolled
  • Recommended prior study – Students are expected to have completed (or demonstrate concurrent enrolment in) the specified study and may be directed to amend their enrolment if requirements are not met
  • Assumed knowledge – The course assumes that students have specific skills or knowledge

All course requisites are outlined in your official Course guide. Not all course requisites will be system enforced. The ‘enforced requisites’ will be system enforced, while ‘recommended prior study’ and ‘assumed knowledge’ are non-enforced and provide academic guidance advice for students to consider prior to enrolment.

Please review the information presented in your course guide to ensure your knowledge and skills are suitably matched with any course requisite statements. If you are unsure, please contact the Course Coordinator for further advice. You will be responsible for ensuring your course enrolments are correct, and manually withdrawing from any courses where the non-system enforced requisites defined in the course guide are unsuitable.

Enforced requisites

Enforced course requisites are used where your success in a course is dependent on prior knowledge that must be demonstrated by successful completion of a specified RMIT course (prerequisite) or concurrent enrolment in a specified RMIT course (corequisite).

If the course you want to enrol in has enforced requisite/s, Enrolment Online will prevent you from enrolling in that course if you haven’t met these requisite/s.

Enrolment Online will permit you to conditionally enrol in a course with enforced requisite/s provided you’re enrolled in the requisite/s in an earlier semester. However, your enrolment in that course will be automatically withdrawn if you do not ultimately meet the requisite/s for that course. If this happens, you will be notified by email.

Enforced requisite waivers

If you believe you have the required knowledge to successfully complete the course, you may apply for an enforced requisite waiver via Enrolment Online. You can log in to Enrolment Online with your RMIT email address and password. Forgotten your password? Reset it.

To be eligible for a waiver you must satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • You have completed the course/s specified in a previous requisite statement for the course
  • You have completed the course/s equivalent to the course specified in the requisite statement within the last 10 years at RMIT University. Note: in this situation you still need to apply for credit for the enforced requisite
  • You have submitted an appeal against the final grade you received for the requisite course/s
  • You have previously applied and been approved for a waiver for the requisite course/s
  • You have met the requirements other than through completing the specified RMIT course/s, e.g. completion of equivalent courses at another institution

How to apply for an enforced requisite waiver

When you enrol in courses in Enrolment Online, the system will check that you have met all enforced requisite/s. If you haven’t, the system will alert you and present a link to apply for an enforced requisite waiver.

You can choose to apply for an enforced requisite waiver, or you can choose to enrol in other courses instead.

If you are seeking a waiver for more than one course, you will need to submit a separate waiver application for each course.

What you need to apply

You should attach evidence that you have satisfied the requisite/s.

Example 1: If you have completed an equivalent course at another institution within the last 10 years and you believe that course satisfies the requisite, you must attach a transcript of results and a course description (equivalent to a course guide entry) as evidence. Note: in this situation you still need to apply for credit for the enforced requisite.

Example 2: If you have submitted an appeal against the final assessment result you have received for the enforced requisite course, you must attach evidence of your appeal.

After you submit your application

Your application will be assessed by your college/school and you will be advised of the outcome by email. You can also track the status of your application in Enrolment Online.

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