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:
- Completing key tasks before classes begin
- Exploring Curtin’s online platforms
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Within the OASIS ‘Welcome’ tab, click on ‘Open your OASIS email’.
- Click ‘Office 365’ in the top left corner of the page.
- Select ‘Install Office’ and follow the prompts.
If you need help, see the Microsoft Office help page.
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.
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.
Develop your study skills
Check out our resources for studying online and learn more about the support services available to you.
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.
Need help with your study or assignments? UniSkills modules will assist you throughout your university journey! Find out what services UniSkills offers.
Frequently asked questions
Got a question? Read through some of our frequently asked questions for OUA students.
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.
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.
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.
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