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How to enrol in your units

So now that you've accepted your offer and set up your accounts, it's time to enrol. Enrolment is about selecting individual units for your course.

The enrolment process is a live one, so people will be trying to enrol in the same units as you – possibly at the same time! For a smoother process, follow these steps.

Step 1

Download a course planner. This lists all of the units required to complete your course. It also includes details on course structure, majors and minors if applicable, and an overall guide to the sequence that units should be enrolled in.

Course and enrolment information

If you've done some study before ECU that you think might earn you credits towards your degree here, you need to apply for Advanced Standing.

Check out what this means, and if it affects you, get your application into us BEFORE you enrol in your units. This saves you having to re-enrol if you get credit for a unit you've already enrolled in.

Read about Advanced Standing

Step 2

As well as the the course planner you downloaded, you can find more information in the Student Handbook. It contains course structure, unit content, and things like contact hours per semester and how you'll be assessed.

The Handbook will link you through to the Semester Timetable to check if the units have a quota for class numbers. Use the timetable to check your preferred units and make sure they’re available BEFORE you start enrolling.

This way, you should be able to enrol in all of your units in one session, rather than have to do them one-at-a-time.

See the Handbook

Depending on what course you've been offered, you may need to choose a major subject and possibly a minor and elective units.

Help with choosing

Step 3

You enrol using our system called 'SIMO' (Student Information Management Online).

Make sure you enrol in units for the full calendar year, i.e. Semester 1 and Semester 2. Don't worry about your first semester results at this point. If you don't pass a unit you can make changes in time for your second semester.

Note: If you’re starting a course mid-year (Semester 2) you can only enrol in units for that semester.

Go to SIMO Check enrolment dates
Important In the lead-up to your first week at uni, please check your new student email to be sure none of your classes or locations have changed. Sometimes we change these things to better balance the numbers of students enrolled in classes.

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What does
that mean?
Here's a quick guide to some of the things we mention during the Enrolling stage.
  • If you've applied for a course and have previous study or professional experience, you may be eligible for Advanced Standing, also known as Recognition of Prior Learning. It recognises your prior learning or training and can allow you to reduce the number of units you need to study to be awarded your ECU qualification.

  • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course. You can find information about core units for your course in the Handbook.

  • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelor's degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points – that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

  • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

  • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

  • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

  • Your semester timetable outlines which semesters a unit will be taught in, the campus/es, and other information, like who's coordinating the unit.

    To display details for a particular unit, you’ll need to enter the Unit Code, Unit Title or select a School from the drop down list and press the Search button.

    It looks like this: Semester Timetable home page

    Also see 'Student handbook'.

  • SIMO is short for 'Student Information Management Online'. It sounds better too!

    SIMO is the system you’ll access through the Student Portal to:

    • enrol and re-enrol;
    • obtain your class timetable;
    • see your exam times and dates;
    • view your results; and
    • view your Statement of Account.
  • The handbook is the place to go for all the information you'll need on your study units. It includes descriptions of unit content, learning outcomes, the hours and times for lectures, how you'll be assessed and more.

    The handbook should be used in conjunction with the Semester Timetable when you're enrolling in your units.

    Also see 'Semester timetable'.