What are course outlines and how do I send them?

8 March 2022

What are course outlines?

You’re getting ready to apply to an Australian university. Maybe it’s for medicine or a rehabilitation sciences program like physiotherapy or speech pathology—and you’ve been asked to submit course outlines with your application.

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So, what are course outlines and how should you submit them?

A course outline includes all the necessary information about a university course. It will include the course title, the year, the learning goals, the professor’s contact information, the reading materials, and most important, a weekly learning schedule. This will help the universities understand what you studied on a week-to-week basis and will help them determine if you’ve covered the material they expect you to know.

Here’s what you’ll find in a good course outline:

  • Year and semester date
  • Faculty contact information
  • Course description
  • Hours of study
  • Textbook information
  • Detailed list of topics that are covered in the course, usually found in a detailed lecture schedule or list of chapter readings

The universities would like to see course outlines like those handed out at the beginning of the semester, which outline all topics covered within the course. If you don’t have these handy, contact the faculty; they usually have them on hand. OzTREKK also has a library of course outlines, so contact your admissions officer to see if we already have them!

If you need to send your course outlines, they must be attached as PDFs to your email (do not send PDF links, image files, etc.) and labelled in the following manner:

CAPS 391 Human Anatomy I UBC F2015 (COURSE CODE)(Name of Course)(University)(Semester & Year)

When you do this, it helps us be more efficient and to move your application(s) at lightning speed—and gets your application to the university that much faster. Win-win.


Do you have any questions about how to apply to an Australian or New Zealand university? Let us know! Send us an email at info@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia.