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.

Why can't I register for 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 all the classes are full: Click the 'View Full Classes' on the My Classes tab. If all classes are full please contact your Student Services Office for assistance.
  • 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. Contact your Student Services Office for assistance.

If you are still unable to register after performing these checks, contact your faculty Student Services Office for further assistance.