FAQs - Commencing students

I have just paid the relevant fee to accept the offer. What happens next?

You may now set up your Monash account using your Monash ID which is stated in your offer letter. Once your Monash account is created, you can login to register your details in the enrolment systems. You will be required to attend orientation events. Click here for details of the orientation program.

Can I enrol in units (subjects) online?

No. All new students are required to attend the Course Advice Session on campus during the orientation week. You are required to submit a Course Enrolment Form after the Course Advice Session and staff will help you to enrol in units.

How many units of study are studied in a year?

Students are expected to undertake 4 units of study each semester in a year, i.e., eight units of study for the year.

How do I know when I am enrolled?

You know you are enrolled in units when you see the status ENROLLED, next to your units in the Web Enrolment System (WES).

What should I do after my enrolment is completed?

After you have enrolled, you can create your personal semester class timetable in Allocate+. You may then proceed to obtain your student ID card from the Student Services counter located at Building 2 Level 2.

Are there any FAQs regarding timetables?

Yes, please click here.

If I decide to change my unit, what should I do?

Before making changes to your enrolment, you should check your course rules (for core units, pre-requisites or co-requisites) or talk to staff at the School of Science Course Management Office. To make changes to your unit enrolment, login to the Web Enrolment System ( WES ) and go to the Enrolment section where you entered your units. You can add new units until the end of week two.

What do I do if I am unavailable on the day I am supposed to complete my enrolment?

It is important for you to attend the Course Advice Session on campus to complete your enrolment. In the event of you not being available during orientation week you should present yourself to the School of Science Course Management Office (Building 4 Level 8) as soon as you start your course. We will then officially enrol you in the course.

How many hours of face-to-face teaching are there in first-year?

This varies significantly between faculties. It depends very much on the nature of the discipline and the method of teaching, for example, faculties that require students to undertake laboratory work, studio work, practicum, field work, etc., have more contact hours than other faculties that require their students undertake more independent research. Some faculties also have a portion of their teaching delivered on-line - this may be in addition to face-to-face classes or instead of face-to-face classes. Although in some instances you may not be required to be present physically to undertake these courses, you will still be expected to keep up-to-date. Do not succumb to the temptation of 'mañana' (tomorrow) - only to find that 'tomorrow' never comes! Irrespective of whether the majority of time is spent in class or on independent study outside class, the number of hours students need to commit to their studies will be the same for all courses.

How many hours should be spent on private study?

This will depend very much not only on the individual student but also on the course being studied (see Question above). Some courses have extensive reading to be undertaken in preparation for class as well as for the completion of assigned assessment tasks, other courses focus on practical application of the discipline content. Full-time students are expected to commit to a total of 40 hours of study per week, per semester during teaching and examination periods. Although this may sound like a significant commitment of time, it is equivalent to the time commitment of a typical Year 12 student (undertaking five subjects with about 3-4 contact hours per week, 3 hours per night and 6-7 hours on weekends of study - this too amounts to 40 hours of study per week).

What is the nature of learning at university?

Students at university are expected to be "independent learners". For this reason, learning at university generally has the following characteristics:

  • responsibility rests with the student (lecturers present, and tutors discuss, course content with students; however, it is students themselves who are responsible for reaching an understanding of the course content);
  • course content is covered at a rapid rate, generally without repetition for reinforcement;
  • unless sought specifically, contact with, and support from, teaching staff may appear to be limited (compared with students' former school experience); students are advised to meet informally with their peers in small study groups to enhance their understanding of what they are learning;
  • guidance for assessment tasks may be limited also, e.g., detailed criteria for assessment tasks are not always provided; and,
  • draft work is not accepted for review by staff prior to final submission of assessable work.