Curtin OUA Orientation

Orientation is your opportunity to find your way around your online learning environment, explore what support services are available to you and connect with the Curtin community.

As a Curtin OUA student, there are a three steps in your Orientation:

  1. Completing key tasks before classes begin
  2. Exploring Curtin’s online platforms
  3. Developing your study skills through our online workshops and learning more about the support services available

Complete the key tasks prior to your study period

OASIS is where you access your student email and Blackboard, Curtin’s learning management system.

Download your unit outlines

Unit outlines give you details of tasks, assessments and contact details for each unit you are enrolled in.

Find your unit outlines in the ‘My Studies’ tab in OASIS. If they’re not available to view yet, check back closer to the start of the study period.

Check your messages and emails in OASIS

Important messages and updates come via two channels: your student email and your Official Communications Channel (OCC), both accessible through OASIS. Check these channels at least once a week to ensure you don’t miss important information.

Download your free copy of Microsoft Office

As a Curtin OUA student, you have access to a range of free and discounted software. Follow the steps below to download your free copy of Microsoft Office 365.

  1. Within the OASIS ‘Welcome’ tab, click on ‘Open your OASIS email’.
  2. Click ‘Office 365’ in the top left corner of the page.
  3. Select ‘Install Office’ and follow the prompts.

If you need help, see the Microsoft Office help page.

Complete AIP and Respectful Relationships

The compulsory Academic Integrity Program will help you learn about concepts of academic integrity, Curtin’s values and your obligations as a member of Curtin’s academic community. Log in to Blackboard to complete.

Respectful Relationships is a compulsory program that will equip you with a clear understanding of consent in relationships and help you effectively understand and communication with others regarding sexual relationships. Log in to Curtin Challenge to complete.

Explore Curtin’s online platforms

Completed your tasks in OASIS? Get familiar with Curtin’s online platforms before your first week of the study period.

Learn how to use Blackboard and iLecture

Blackboard is Curtin’s learning management system and is where you’ll find the learning resources for your units. Read through the Blackboard student guides and get familiar with Blackboard’s online tools and functions

iLecture allows you to access recordings of your unit lecturers or other video-based resources prepared by your lecturers. Learn about how to use iLecture’s features in the iLecture student guide.

For more information, you can watch our video and discover what’s in Curtin’s Blackboard.

Communicate while you study

There are plenty of ways you can communicate with your tutors, lecturers and fellow students, which will make online studying a rich and interactive experience.

Learn how to use your student email and discussion boards to communicate with your peers.

Develop your study skills

Check out our resources for studying online and learn more about the support services available to you.

Complete the Time Management workshop

Successful online students are able to balance studying with other life commitments. Boost your time management skills with the free Study Skills online Time Management workshop.

Learn about UniSkills

Need help with your study or assignments? UniSkills modules will assist you throughout your university journey! Find out what services UniSkills offers.

Access support for online students

Studying online has lots of benefits, but there can be some unique challenges too. We’re here to support you throughout your online study journey with a range of guides, tools and resources.

Frequently asked questions

Got a question? Read through some of our frequently asked questions for OUA students.

How do I apply for a requisite waiver?

Requisite waiver requests need to be submitted Curtin Connect for assessment using the online enquiry form. When submitting your request include:

•    The unit title and unit code of the unit you are seeking permission to enrol into
•    The reason you have not met the requisite requirements (e.g. failed unit, commencing course in second semester).

If you are studying through Open Universities Australia (OUA), you can request a prerequisite waiver for the next study period if:

•    You are enrolled in the prerequisite unit in the current study period
•    The final date for withdrawal has passed for the pre-requisite unit 
•    It is at least week 6 of the current study period and the waiver is required for your next study period.

What is the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF)?

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) supports the provision of a wide range of non-academic services and amenities to students at Curtin. 

Open Universities Australia (OUA) students in a Commonwealth Supported Place are required to pay the SSAF. OUA students are charged at 50% the rate of students studying on campus. The SSAF is charged per unit/subject each study period. 

If you are required to pay the SSAF, you must make payment by the due date listed on your eInvoice. If you are an Australian citizen, or otherwise eligible to defer your fees, you can complete an SA-HELP electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) to defer the SSAF, and make no up front payment. Please note that the SSAF is not deferred under the HECS-HELP loan. 

Further information can be found on the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) webpage

How do I change my enrolment?

OUA students make amendments to their enrolment through the OUA Student Hub or by contacting an OUA Student Advisor directly.

Please note that you can not make changes to your enrolment via eStudent in OASIS. 

How do I update my contact details?

You can change your contact information through the OUA Student Hub or by contacting an OUA Student Advisor directly. OUA will then notify Curtin of your updated details. 
Please note that you can not update your personal details via eStudent in OASIS. 

How do I apply for Credit of Recognised Learning (CRL)?

A request for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) can be submitted as part of your course application. CRL requests cannot be assessed until you have applied for a course. 

If you wish to apply for CRL after accepting your offer, or further on during your studies, you can apply via the Apply for CRL webpage. Supporting documentation submitted with your request must meet the documentation requirements

Further information can be found on the Credit for Recognised Learning (Advanced Standing) webpage

Do I need a student ID card?

If you are required to sit an exam at the Curtin Perth campus or via IRIS, or wish to access the computer labs or library on campus, you will require a Curtin student ID card. View How do I get my student ID card? to order your card. 
If you are sitting an exam at home or at a location other than Curtin, it is recommended that you obtain a Curtin student ID card for identification purposes. However, if you are unable to obtain one in time, you are permitted to use an alternative form of photo ID, such as a Driver's Licence or passport.

How do I find my booklist?

Required and recommended text books for a unit are listed in the Unit Outline. Unit Outlines will be posted under the My Studies tab in OASIS in the week prior to the study period. 
Required texts may also be located on the The School Locker website using the steps below:
  1. Select Subjects
  2. Select the relevant study period
  3. Search by unit code or unit name
School Locker is Curtin’s recommended supplier of books.
Further information can be found on The School Locker website.
Curtin Open Universities Australia (OUA) students can also find textbook information on the OUA website.