Class registration

When you enrol in your units in eStudent you may also need to register for classes such as lectures and tutorials.

If you are new to your course you will be guided through this process as you progress through EnrolNow.

If you are studying online or externally you will not need to register for classes.

The information provided below will give you an idea of what you can expect or guide you if you experience any problems with your class registration.

What kind of classes will I attend?

Teaching at university is done in many different ways - via lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, clinical practice and fieldwork excursions!

Lectures are presentations given by a subject matter expert, intended to convey critical information, history, background, theories and/or equations to a group of people about a particular subject area relevant to a course of study. Lectures may run from 50 minutes up to three hours in length. Curtin lectures are often recorded and available to view and listen on the online student platform. This is for students who couldn't attend, are enrolled in the unit externally, or perhaps need to be able to pause the lecture to make notes.

Tutorials are small discussion groups lead by a tutor. Students are usually required to attend one tutorial per week for each unit. Weekly assessments are often set and may involve a presentation to the group, a written exercise or participation in group discussion. Tutorials are designed to be interactive and students are encouraged to ask questions of their tutors if they do not understand certain aspects of the teaching program. These periods are the times when students can clarify ideas and concepts that are raised in lectures.

Laboratory or Clinical Practice focuses on the technical and practical aspects of a course, whether that be in science, computing, health or audiovisual.

Seminars are a small to medium-size group meeting between students and a lecturer or tutor for 1-3 hours. Some of this time will involve a presentation of information by the lecturer or tutor or by a student or group of students. Seminars tend to be more interactive than lectures.

What happens if there is a clash of activities on my timetable?

If you have a timetable clash, please check the following:

  • Ensure that you are enrolled correctly by following the course structure on the University Handbook.
  • Check that there are no alternative times available for the clashing units.
  • If one of the clashing units is an optional/elective unit, you may need to choose an alternative optional/elective unit.
  • If your clash is between two lectures, you may wish to watch one of the units online via iLecture on your Blackboard account. You do not need to register for that lecture if you wish to use iLecture.
  • If your clash is between two core units, you may wish to select another unit
If you are unable to resolve the clash, please contact your Student Services Office.

How do I register for classes?

Follow the steps below to register for your classes. Please note, before you can register into any classes you first need to be enrolled into your units. Please complete your enrolment within the 'My Enrolment' tab within eStudent.

You can only register into classes if you are enrolled 'internally', that is you are not required to class register if you are enrolled into your units as an online student.

  1. Navigate to My Classes within eStudent to commence your class registration.
  2. You will be provided with a grid containing your enrolled units. In some instances, you will already be registered into classes where there are no further options (ie: a lecture).
  3. If you see a cross, exclamation or a half filled hour glass it means that you are required to complete further registrations.  Click on one of your units and read the information at the top, it will advise you if you are required to register into a laboratory (or two) or a tutorial.
  4. To register into an available class, click register, then save.
  5. If you wish to amend a registration, click change and eStudent will only allow you to do so if there are places available in that class. Save.
  6. Check to see that you have a tick against each of your enrolled classes with the words 'All Class Registered'.

Where to get further help

Unable to register in classes

You may not be able to class register due to a number of reasons.


  • You are enrolled in the unit
  • Your Official Communications (OC) via OASIS when the class registration system opens.
  • Your attendance mode - online or internal. If you are studying online units you do not need to register in classes.
  • If you have a timetable clash. You may need to Swap Classes.
  • If you are enrolled in the correct semester.
  • If your unit has streamed classes as this may affect the registration process. Please note students studying first year Engineering (EFY) are grouped into streams for class registration and this is created and monitored by the School. If you are studying EFY and have any queries regarding class registration please contact the School. Please be advised changes to class registration for EFY are rare and considered on the basis of exceptional circumstances.
  • If all the classes are full: Click the 'View Full Classes' on the My Classes tab. If you wish to attend a specific class time (no other times are available) we recommend the following advice based on the class type:
Lecture: You do not have to officially register for lectures via eStudent and instead can access and watch them online via iLecture
Tutorial: Consult with either the Unit Coordinator (UC) or Tutor to enquire whether you are able to be added to the class list. Generally speaking class lists change over the first few weeks of the study period based on other student enrolment amendments etc. If you have recently enrolled into a unit after the study period commencement date and not been able to consult with the UC or tutor we recommend you attend the required class time and enquire whether you can attend the class.
Laboratory: You will need to consult with the UC prior to attending class. Please note these classes hold strict places and manually adding students to class lists for this class type is never approved.
Workshop: Follow the advice given for a tutorial class type mentioned above.

If you are facing any ‘technical errors’ in eStudent MyClasses please contact Curtin Connect for further assistance.