Software for students

Curtin has a range of agreements to provide software to you for free, or at a discounted price.

These agreements may also include using the software on your personal computer. “Home Use Licences” are only available to currently enrolled students.

Most of our agreements require you to purchase a separate license if you are using the software for commercial research purposes.

If you do not find what you are looking for please contact the IT department.

Latest software

6 February 2019

MATLAB and Simulink products are now available when registering with your Curtin student email, check the ‘Matlab’ section on this page for more details.

Teaching and learning

EndNote

EndNote is a reference management and biblography-creation software application. It allows you to store, manage, search and share your references.

How can I access EndNote?

All Curtin devices will have EndNote already installed as part of the standard application. EndNote is available to download on personal computers. To install on your personal device, please visit the Library tab in student OASIS or the staff Portal. Click on the “Download EndNote” button and follow the installation instructions.

Supported Operating Systems

EndNote is compatible with the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7SP1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • macOS 10.10 and above
Terms and Conditions

EndNote is only available to staff and students based in Australia.

Please read the License Terms for further information.

Microsoft Teams Access

Microsoft Teams is currently only available to access as a guest by Curtin students.

Students can be invited by a Curtin staff member to participate in chats, calls and meetings.

Simply join using a link sent from the Curtin staff member to your Curtin email address.
 
Microsoft Teams enables you to:
  • Chat, call or meet online with Curtin teaching staff.
  • Collaborate with Curtin staff on assignments and study.
  • Accept remote assistance online, eliminating the need to attend campus for help. 
For more information on how to access and use Microsoft Teams, refer to the following user guides:

Joining a Webex from Outlook

You can join any Webex meeting from an Outlook calendar invite, using the “Join meeting” button in the invitation. The link will open a Webex meeting window in your default web browser. Refer to our user guide below for further instructions.
 

Connecting to a Webex meeting

If you are using a Curtin device, you will already have the Webex Meetings application installed. Webex meetings in your Outlook calendar, will also appear in the Webex Meetings application and can be joined or started with the green button.
 

Top tips for using IRIS

  1. Ensure your computer operating system is running the most up to date software available (OSX) (Windows 10)
  2. Update chrome browser (guide here)
  3. Ensure most up to date IRIS@Curtin extension has been installed (guide here)
  4. Check IRIS system permissions via Chrome (guide here)
  5. Check OSx and Windows privacy/security permissions and ensure IRIS has access to your webcam, microphone and screen recording (

IRIS error when using a MAC

Mac users may have a permissions issue due to MAC OS, which is another layer of permissions not set by Chrome browser. Ensure that you have given permission for IRIS to use your Camera, Microphone and Screen Recording. Please try following steps to resolve the issue.
 
General Instructions:
  1. Open up System Preferences on your computer. (You can use Spotlight Search to find this quickly by hitting the Command + Space keys)
  2. Open Security & Privacy, Under the Privacy Tab select Camera
  3. If you see Google Chrome unchecked, check it in
  4. Select the Microphone option and do the same. Make sure Google Chrome is checked in to let IRIS access your microphone
For MAC 10.15 OSX
  1. Go to System Preferences
  2. Locate Security & Privacy
  3. Locate Screen Recording and tick the box to allow Google Chrome
  4. Save changes by clicking the padlock.
  5. Close all Chrome applications and launch again
For MAC OSX 10.14
  1. Go to System Preferences
  2. Locate Sharing
  3. Enable Screen Sharing for all users
  4. Save changes
  5. Close all Chrome applications and launch again

I am using Windows and IRIS does not recognise my mic and or webcam. What do I do?

This is likely to be a Chrome browser permissions issue. Sometime users click Block accidentally or on purpose while the browser is asking for permission to use mic or webcam.
 
Follow these steps:
a) Type this into the Chrome address bar to get to the mic and camera permissions: chrome://settings/content
b) Click on either Camera or Microphone
c) Ensure IRIS is in the Allow list and not Blocked

My test is next week, when I should do the equipment check test with IRIS?

It is strongly recommended to go through a demo/practice/equipment check test at least a week before your actual test. It is also recommended that you run the demo test on the same machine/computer you will sit in actual test. This allows you to test your webcam, microphone and audio in order to smoothly run the actual test. You will also have sufficient time to troubleshoot or report any possible technical issues you might encounter. Learn more.

Statistical and data tools

Surfer

Surfer from Golden Software provides modelling, analysis, mapping and visualisation tools for geological data.

Availability

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering (Kalgoorlie)

Terms and Conditions

The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Please read the License Terms.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows

How can I access the software?

Please enquire with your Faculty for specific computer labs.

Maple

Maple from Maplesoft provide mathematics-based software and services for education, engineering and research.

Availability

  • All Curtin computers

Terms and Conditions

Software is available to all current students enrolled in Australia.

The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Please read the License Terms.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows

How can I access the software?

Maple is available as a virtualised application on all Curtin computers.

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS Desktop by ESRI provides advanced analytic tools that allow you to collect and manage data, create professional maps, perform traditional and advanced spatial analysis and solve problems.

Availability

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering and Humanities
  • Students personal computers (Limited licenses)

Terms and Conditions

Priority is given to students who require ArcGIS for their course work as there are limited licenses for student personal computers.

ArcGIS is available to all current students enrolled in Australia. The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Please read the License Terms.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows

How can I access the software?

Please enquire with your Faculty for specific computer lab availability.

To find out how to get a copy on your personal device, contact CITS Service Desk.

IBM SPSS

SPSS is a software package used for interactive, or batched, statistical analysis.

How can I access the software?
Please note the software is only available on Windows.
 
Terms and conditions

Software is available to all current students enrolled in Australia.

The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Discounted pricing is only available to current students enrolled at Curtin Australia.

Please read the License Terms.

AutoDesk Education Software

AutoDesk Education software is a suite of software including AutoCAD available architecture, engineering and construction applications.

Availability

  • Faculties of Science and Engineering and Humanities
  • Students personal computers (free offering from vendor)

Terms and Conditions

The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Please read the License Terms.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows

How can I access the software?

Please enquire with your Faculty for specific computer labs.

To install on your personal device, visit the vendor website for instructions.

ChemSketch

ACD/ChemSketch Freeware is a drawing package that allows you to draw chemical structures including organics, organometallics, polymers, and Markush structures. It also includes features such as calculation of molecular properties (e.g., molecular weight, density, molar refractivity etc.), 2D and 3D structure cleaning and viewing, functionality for naming structures (fewer than 50 atoms and 3 rings), and prediction of logP.

Availability

  • All Curtin computers
  • Students personal computers (Free offering from vendor)

Terms and Conditions

Software is available to all current students enrolled in Australia.

The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Please read the License Terms

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows

How can I access the software?

Chemsketch is available as a virtualised application on all Curtin computers.

To obtain a copy for install on your personal device, you can submit a request on the Vendor site.

Matlab

MATLAB is a computing environment and proprietary programming language used by engineers and scientists. Toolboxes can be added to this platform that provides capabilities such as machine learning, neural networks, statistical analysis and charting.

Availability

  • All Curtin computers
  • Students personal computers

Terms and Conditions

Software is available to all current students enrolled in Australia.

The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux

How can I access the software?

To obtain a copy for install on your personal device, refer to this Install Guide.

Bentley Software Academic SELECT Software Portfolio

The Bentley Software Academic SELECT Software Portfolio provides access to more than 50 applications across architecture, engineering, construction and operations (AECO) disciplines. The list of available applications is available via the Bentley website.

Availability

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering and Humanities
  • Students personal computers (Limited licenses)

Terms and Conditions

Priority is given to students who require software from Bentley Systems for their course work as there are limited licenses for student's personal computers.

Bentley Systems Portfolio is available to all current students enrolled in Australia. The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Please read the License Terms.

Supported Operating Systems

Windows (Version supported is dependant on the specific application being installed).

How can I access the software?

Only the commonly used Bentley software have been made available at the computer labs. Please enquire with your Faculty for specific computer lab availability.

To find out how to get a copy on your personal device, refer to the Install Guide.

 

NVivo

NVivo by QSR provides tools to assist with organisation, storage and retrieval of data, and includes tools for visualising your data.

Availability

  • All Curtin computers
  • Students personal computers

Terms and Conditions

Software is available to all current students enrolled in Australia. The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Please read the License Terms.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows
  • MacOS

How can I access the software?

To find out how to get a copy on your personal device, please follow the steps on this article before contacting CITS Service Desk.

SPSS and AMOS software

All Curtin students and staff can use the SPSS site-licensed software which is already available on some library computers. More information on what software is available on our library computers is available via the Find Lab Software tool.

Additionally, Curtin staff are permitted to use SPSS and the module AMOS at home on a personally owned computer. Information is available from Digital and Technology Solutions (DTS) webpage through the Self Service Hub.

Training sessions for SPSS software

The Library offers an Introduction to SPSS series of workshops during semester and you can browse the available workshops. These workshop are also available online, and introductory assistance is available by contacting tlc@curtin.edu.au.

NVivo software for your home computer

NVIVO software is installed on all library computers. In order to download this software, you will need to contact Digital and Technology Solutions (DTS) Service Desk for a home-use form and have it endorsed by your supervisor. You will then need to return the form to DTS who will start the process for downloading.

Using IRIS

Curtin is using IRIS to ensure that students are not breaching academic integrity standards when they are taking online tests and exams. IRIS facilitates invigilation for online students during assessments, regardless of their location and helps to ensure assessment integrity and fairness for all students.

Regular student surveys suggests that students generally become comfortable with IRIS once they have used it, and they value the ability to take tests remotely.

In 2017, Curtin had been developing and using IRIS with a partner institution. Curtin now owns the software outright and there is no partner involvement. This means that there is no external party that has access to any of your data. Student data is protected and kept securely in the same manner as all other assessment data at Curtin. Recordings are deleted as soon as practicable after review or within 12 months of the recording date unless further retention is required (e.g. due to a suspected academic integrity breach).

Productivity tools

Microsoft Office Professional Plus

Microsoft Office Professional is a suite of productivity products, including Outlook, Excel, Word and Powerpoint.

Availability

  • All Curtin computers
  • Students personal computers

Terms and Conditions

Office is available to all current students enrolled at Curtin Australia.

Please read the License Terms

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Android
  • iOS

How can I access the software?

To install on your personal device

  1. Go to Student OASIS and open your Curtin provided email from the ‘My Email’ channel on the Welcome tab.
  2. Click on ‘Office 365’ in the top left corner of the page
  3. On your Office 365 home page, select Install Office and follow the prompts.

Please note if you are told you do not have a licence for the 365 software please visit the following Microsoft webpage and follow the instructions. Once you have completed this please follow the above steps 1 - 3 again.

If at any stage you are asked to activate or authenticate your licence you will need to use studentID@student.curtin.edu.au and your OASIS password.

Contact Curtin Connect for further assistance.

Training sessions for Microsoft Office

The Library offers introductory Word, PowerPoint and Excel workshops during semester, and you can browse the available workshops on UniHub. These workshops are also available online, and introductory assistance is available by contacting tlc@curtin.edu.au

Downloading Microsoft Office

To download Microsoft Office for free:

Step 1. Go to Student OASIS and open your Curtin provided email from the 'My Email' channel on the Welcome tab.
Step 2. Click 'Office 365' in the top left corner of the page.
Step 3. On your Office 365 home page, select Install Office and follow the prompts.

If you are told you do not have a licence for the 356 software go to the Microsoft Office page and follow the prompts. Once you have completed this you can follow the above steps 1 - 3 again.

If at any stage you are asked to activate or authenticate your licence you will need to use studentID@student.curtin.edu.au and your OASIS password.

Please contact Curtin Connect for further assistance.

Using IRIS

Curtin is using IRIS to ensure that students are not breaching academic integrity standards when they are taking online tests and exams. IRIS facilitates invigilation for online students during assessments, regardless of their location and helps to ensure assessment integrity and fairness for all students.

Regular student surveys suggests that students generally become comfortable with IRIS once they have used it, and they value the ability to take tests remotely.

In 2017, Curtin had been developing and using IRIS with a partner institution. Curtin now owns the software outright and there is no partner involvement. This means that there is no external party that has access to any of your data. Student data is protected and kept securely in the same manner as all other assessment data at Curtin. Recordings are deleted as soon as practicable after review or within 12 months of the recording date unless further retention is required (e.g. due to a suspected academic integrity breach).

Media tools

SigmaPlot

SigmaPlot by Systat produces high quality graphs without spending hours in front of a computer. Access data from Microsoft Excel and present results in Microsoft PowerPoint.

Availability

  • All Curtin computers

Terms and Conditions

Software is available to all current students enrolled in Australia.

The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Please read the License Terms.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows

How can I access the software?

Sigmaplot is available as a virtualised application on all Curtin computers and may require installation if not pre-installed. Contact CITS Service Desk for instructions.

Using IRIS

Curtin is using IRIS to ensure that students are not breaching academic integrity standards when they are taking online tests and exams. IRIS facilitates invigilation for online students during assessments, regardless of their location and helps to ensure assessment integrity and fairness for all students.

Regular student surveys suggests that students generally become comfortable with IRIS once they have used it, and they value the ability to take tests remotely.

In 2017, Curtin had been developing and using IRIS with a partner institution. Curtin now owns the software outright and there is no partner involvement. This means that there is no external party that has access to any of your data. Student data is protected and kept securely in the same manner as all other assessment data at Curtin. Recordings are deleted as soon as practicable after review or within 12 months of the recording date unless further retention is required (e.g. due to a suspected academic integrity breach).

Specialist software

Homer

Homer provides tools to optimise microgrids and distributed energy resources to help simplify the design process for identifying least-cost options.

Availability

  • All Curtin computers
  • Students personal computers (Discounted pricing from vendor)

Terms and Conditions

This is only available to current students enrolled at Curtin Australia.

The software must be used for educational and research purposes only, not for commercial work.

Please read the License Terms.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows

How can I access the software?

Software is available as a virtualised application on all Curtin computers.

To purchase a copy for install on your personal device, you can find pricing information on Vendor site.

Using IRIS

Curtin is using IRIS to ensure that students are not breaching academic integrity standards when they are taking online tests and exams. IRIS facilitates invigilation for online students during assessments, regardless of their location and helps to ensure assessment integrity and fairness for all students.

Regular student surveys suggests that students generally become comfortable with IRIS once they have used it, and they value the ability to take tests remotely.

In 2017, Curtin had been developing and using IRIS with a partner institution. Curtin now owns the software outright and there is no partner involvement. This means that there is no external party that has access to any of your data. Student data is protected and kept securely in the same manner as all other assessment data at Curtin. Recordings are deleted as soon as practicable after review or within 12 months of the recording date unless further retention is required (e.g. due to a suspected academic integrity breach).

Academic Integrity tools

IRIS – Curtin's remote invigilation system

IRIS@Curtin (Intelligent Remote Invigilation System) helps deter and detect academic dishonesty in online tests and exams.

How does IRIS work?

During an online test or exam, IRIS records the audio signal from your computer’s microphone, video signal from your webcam and takes successive screenshots of what you see on your computer screen. IRIS analyses the recorded information and flags behaviour that may indicate potential academic dishonesty.

Why do I need to use IRIS?

Curtin is using IRIS to ensure that students are not breaching academic integrity standards when they are taking online tests and exams. IRIS facilitates invigilation for online students during assessments, regardless of their location and helps to ensure assessment integrity and fairness for all students.

See system help and guides for information on how to download and use IRIS.