The current extended unit outline template is available for downloading from this page.


Extended Unit Outline Template

Before completing your extended unit outline (EUO) for the coming semester you need to determine whether your generic unit outline (GUO) is on the ‘old’ (pre-2017) template or the ‘new’ (2017 onwards) template.

The basic difference is that units written on the new GUO will contain:

  • a unit rationale,
  • a learning and teaching strategy and rationale,
  • an assessment strategy and rationale.

If these elements are not present on your GUO it is on the ‘old’ template.

You then need to proceed as follows –

If your unit is on the new GUO template

  • Transfer the key information from the GUO to the EUO and develop the teaching schedule, assessments and other information for students.

If your unit is on the old GUO template

  • Use your previous EUO (you may need to obtain a copy of the ‘old’ EUO from the relevant administrator).
  • Edit the ‘old’ EUO as required.

Note that the practice of editing a previously developed EUO is an interim measure only whilst GUOs are being progressively transferred to the new template. Once units are in the new template, EUOs should only be developed by transferring information from the GUO to the EUO to ensure an aligned curriculum.

The current Generic Unit Outline Template can be found on the Policies pages from this link.

This Curriculum Design PowerPoint (PPTX, 6085.41 KB) provides some context for how and why the new Generic Unit Outlines came about. It also explains why the templates provide the best information possible for students when completed appropriately.

How to use the template

You can download the template and fill in the fields, or you may be able to copy and paste any minor updates into a previous version of your unit outline.

Faculties may have created faculty-specific templates. It is the responsibility of the Lecturer in Charge of a unit to check with the Course (Program) Coordinator for any information specific to the course (or program) and Faculty that is to be included in the extended unit outline.

If you do not have an MS Word version of the unit outline from the previous offering, please contact your faculty or school office.

Help and questions

If you have any queries on the use of the template, or any suggestions for improvement, please contact the Learning and Teaching Centre.

Version history

Version Current from Comments
4.0 19 September 2019

Update to assessment policy and procedures section to advise students numerical marks returned to them are provisional and subject to moderation, and the related consequences of this.

Update to on-line resources and technology requirements to advise students of their responsibility to check the LEO for messages.

3.2 10 May 2018


  1. instructions on SELT survey include reference to new survey ProfEx, for units with professional experience
  2. Update to academic honesty section -> academic integrity
3.1 1 March 2017 Multiple changes to match the new Generic Unit Outline.
3.0 1 January 2016 to 28 February 2017
  1. Under the heading ‘Quality assurance and student feedback’, the term “SEU” [student evaluation of unit] was replaced with the name of the new evaluation tool, “SELT”.
  2. In the assessment summary table, a new row and blank assignment description has been added for a hurdle task. The template reflects the maximum of three summative tasks per 10 credit point units of the 2016 Assessment Policy.
  3. The   sentence ‘Grading Descriptors for the unit are detailed in section 7 of the Academic Regulations’ has been deleted from under the ‘ACU Policies and Regulation’ section. This is because, from 1 January 2016, grading descriptors are now included in the Assessment Policy.
  4. The name ‘Equity and Disability’ has been replaced with the name ‘Disability Services’ in the list of support units provided by the Office of Student Success.
  5. The reorganisation of the Students website ( required the re-mapping of some URLs.
2.2   1. Hyperlinks within 'Unit outline resources' section were mostly removed.
2.1 1 October 2013 to 31 December 2105 1. Study schedule contains 2014 semester start date.  (2014_Extended_Unit_Outline_template)


1 January 2013 to 30 September 2013 Multiple changes, in part to reflect new Assessment Policy in force from 1 January 2013. (2013_Extended_Unit_Outline_template)

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