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.
 

Scheduling a Webex meeting

The best way to schedule a meeting is by linking Webex to Outlook by using the Cisco Productivity tools. See how to do this in the user guide below.
 

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.
 

Webex Meetings

The Webex Meetings application allows you to conduct both audio and video calls, as well as share content with both local and international participants. Every Curtin University student has an enterprise Webex Meetings account, allowing all students to create meetings to collaborate with other students and staff members. Learn more in our the Quickstart Guide below.
 

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.

IRIS gives an error message and fails to start, what do I do?

If the error text/message is similar to: An unexpected error has occurred! Please close this window and try again by refreshing the first page of the assessment. If the issue persists, contact your lecturer.  This often happens when you do not have your permissions settings correct.
  1. Restart your computer
  2. Uninstall the IRIS Chrome plugin and reinstall. Please note that this will wipe any stored session recordings you might have.
  3. Next, ensure that you have given permission for IRIS to access your Camera and Microphone.
  4. If you use a MAC, ensure permission is given to IRIS for Screen Recording. Learn more.

Does IRIS self-submit my test or should I be pressing the submit button in Blackboard?

Students should ensure that they submit their test within the Learning Management System (Blackboard). IRIS is triggered to upload the recording of the test when you submit your assessment within Blackboard.

There was an error while IRIS was uploading my invigilation video. What should I do?

This sometimes happens if the internet is slow or disrupted. 
  1. Please take a screenshot of the error or the recordings page if possible.
  2. In another browser tab, go back into Blackboard to your assessment.
  3. In the upper right hand corner of your browser you should see the orange and blue IRIS icon.
  4. Click on the IRIS icon and select Finalise Recordings if it is available.
  5. Then contact your lecturer or tutor to let them know about the issue. Attach the screenshot for troubleshooting and evidence of your attempt.

I do not have my student ID card with me, can I still take my test with IRIS?

Students are required to use a valid student ID to take a test using IRIS. If you do not have your ID and the test is time dependent, use another form of identification such as a drivers licence or passport. Contact the lecturer as soon as possible and let them know about the issue. Students should ensure that they order a student ID here.

I closed the browser window by mistake as IRIS was still uploading my test video. What do I do?

Please follow these steps:
  1. Re-open the plugin by navigating back to the assessment start page (or by clicking the Open Plugin button in the top-right context icon)
  2. Then click the [Finalise Recording] button and then click [Manual Upload]

When I navigate to the test, IRIS does not prefill the password for me. What do I do?

  1. Ensure you are using Google Chrome and have downloaded the IRIS@Curtin extension. Learn more.
  2. Please ensure you have properly completed the setup and clicked [Start Invigilation]. Sometimes this requires you to click on the image of the screen before you are select the [Start Invigilation] button.
  3. Restart your machine and try again.
  4. If you still face the same issue, contact your lecturer/support.

IRIS is telling me that that password is incorrect. What do I do?

Sometimes this occurs if you do the demo test directly before an assessment and have saved the password on your machine, or you select Begin too quickly before IRIS has had a chance to update the password. To fix this: 
  1. Close your browser and reopen the assessment and go through the setup process again.
  2. When IRIS populates the password for you, wait approximately five seconds before you select Begin to ensure that IRIS has had enough time to populate the correct password.
  3. If this does not solve the issue you can clear your cache, then restart your computer and try again.
  4. If this is still not resolved contact your lecturer/support.

My mic and or webcam is still not being detected by IRIS after I have given IRIS permission, what do I do?

Most webcam issues have to do with permission settings. If you are sure your permissions are correct, you can try following solutions for general mic and or webcam issues irrespective of the Operating System you are using.
  1. Do a test using https://webcammictest.com/.
  2. If your webcam or microphone cannot be detected with this website, this indicates that there is a hardware issue on your computer. This means you will need to source another device or use another webcam.
  3. You can use a smartphone as a webcam.

My internet dropped out while taking a Blackboard test and I can't submit my test. How do I end the IRIS recording?

You can manually stop IRIS by closing the browser tab. Please ensure that you go back into your assessment in Blackboard and manually upload the IRIS recording.
  1. Within Blackboard, look for the IRIS icon in the upper right hand corner of the browser. 
  2. Click on the orange and blue IRIS icon and select [Finalise Recording]

Can I use my work computer to take my test using IRIS?

To conduct a hassle free test via IRIS, it is recommended that you avoid using your work computer and use a personal/home device instead. Work computers might be locked down by corporate security departments in many different ways. This could cause issues, as could the corporate VPN or WIFI if you are doing the test from work.

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.

Availability

  • All Curtin computers
  • Discounted pricing for students to be installed on their 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.

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

Please read the License Terms.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows

How can I access the software?

To purchase a copy for install on your personal device, a redemption code can be obtained from CITS Service Desk to purchase at this website.

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.

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

IBM SPSS software is available for use on all library computers. To install on your personal computer please see the Software for students webpage under Statistical and data tools.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.