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Student Load Management

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Please refer to 'Student load planning and management' on Staff Connect  for current information on this topic.


Student load management involves estimation and projections of student enrolment numbers and load, feeding these projections into the University's budget process and monitoring and reporting on actual outcomes.

PQU's role in Student Load Management

PQU's role in this process includes:

  • Maintain and enhance projection models to manage Commonwealth Supported load. This involves estimating continuing load and 'turnstile targets' (offers to commencing students) to achieve student load and enrolment targets agreed between the University and the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)(opens an external site) - now Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE). Turnstile targets and offers are determined in consultation with faculties.
  • Maintain and enhance projection models for all student categories (e.g. Commonwealth-supported, domestic higher degree research, domestic postgraduate fee-paying, international undergraduate fee-paying, etc) for revenue forecasting. This involves projecting pipelines and developing intake scenarios.
  • Develop new approaches for predicting enrolment patterns and student cohort behaviour, in accord with the functionality of the Curriculum and Student System (CASS), maintained by the Student Administration Unit. This occurs in consultation with the Senior Executive, Deans, Faculty Managers and other stakeholders.
  • Reporting on student load internally to Vice Chancellor's Committee and Council. PQU coordinates UTS reporting to DEEWR on student, staff and financial statistics and introduces quality assurance processes where necessary.
  • Maintain and enhance the UTS Faculty Funding Model in Cognos EP for determining annual budget allocations to faculties. PQU uses data in the Business Intelligence Portal for the calculation of faculty allocations based on the model's formula. The results are fed into the University's operating budget prepared and administered by Financial Services Unit

Projecting Government Funding for Commonwealth-supported students

Government funding of Commonwealth-supported students is based Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL).

One EFTSL is a measure of the study load of a full-time student undertaking a course of study in a year. A three year degree equates to three EFTSL.

At UTS, student load is calculated as subject credit points expressed as a proportion of the standard annual full-time credit points.  A full year load (1 EFTSL) is 48 credit points.  A 6 credit point subject, which is the most common type, therefore carries 0.125 EFTSL (6/48).

For example, a student taking 3 subjects in Autumn semester and 4 subjects in Spring semester will consume 3 x 0.125 + 4 x 0.125 = 0.375 + 0.500 = 0.875 EFTSL for the year.