Getting Started for Honours students

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Getting Started for Honours students

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Congratulations on your offer to study at USC. Follow the steps below to get started with your studies by selecting what you are studying:

This information is for: Domestic End-on Honours students only who have been offered a place in one of the following programs:

If you have been offered a place to study in one of the Embedded Honours (Four Year) programs listed below, follow the Getting started steps for Undergraduate and TPP students:

Get online at USC

While studying at USC, there are three online services that you will be able to access using the username and password provided in your USC letter of offer - USC Central, student email and Blackboard. It is important you become familiar with these services to manage your progress and support your studies.

Follow these instructions to:

  • Check your enrolment in USC Central
  • Change your password
  • Access your USC student email
  • Log in to Blackboard
Questions? askUSC 

askUSC provides online help with any questions you may have about the getting started steps, plus much more. Access askUSC online - anytime.

This information is for: Domestic students only who have been offered a place in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours).

Respond to your offer

After receiving your letter of offer, you must respond via USC Central as soon as possible. If you do not respond before the start of the study period in which you were made an offer, your offer may lapse. Follow the instructions below to accept or decline.

USC Central is the online self-service system you use to manage your enrolment and personal details. This includes responding to your offer, planning your timetable, enrolling in your classes, updating your personal information and viewing your financial details, grades and exam timetables.

Select your response below to access instructions for how to:

  • Accept your offer
  • Decline your offer
  • Change your response

Password change: For security reasons, your initial password provided in your letter of offer should be changed to a new one of your choice after you have accepted your offer.

  1. Go to Blackboard (do not login)
  2. Select Change your Password. You must have supplied your mobile phone number in USC Central to use this service.

Alternatively, if you are on a university managed computer (eg a workstation in the library or computer lab) you can change your password by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del and following the prompts.

Need help? Access 24/7 IT Support via askUSC, or if you're still having trouble contact the Student IT Help Desk.

How to enrol

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for the full year (Study periods 1 and 2). This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

If you enrol in your courses on time you have the advantage of selecting your class times earlier than those who don't (Step 2). View Key dates below. View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner to plan your class times.

Once Class selection opens (view Key dates below), select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

  • Key dates
  • Need help?

Access your student email and Blackboard

Your student email and Blackboard are two student systems you will use regularly during your studies.

Follow these instructions to:

  • Access your USC student email
  • Log in to Blackboard

Check your fees

As a university student, you will be charged fees for the course/s you study. These fees will vary according to the courses you enrol in and whether you are a Commonwealth supported or fee-paying student, as advised in your letter of offer. Refer to what will I pay? for more information.

If eligible, you can defer payment to a HELP loan/s for your:

  • Student contributions (HECS-HELP)
    • You request HECS-HELP when completing your electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) and enter your Tax File Number (TFN) in USC Central.
  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SA-HELP)
    • You request SA-HELP when completing your electronic Student Services and Amenities Form (eSAF) and enter your Tax File Number (TFN) in USC Central.

All students in a Commonwealth supported place must complete the Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) and the Student Services and Amenities Fees Form (eSAF). Ensure you have completed both and provided your Tax File Number in your To-Do list when you logged in to USC Central.

If you are not eligible for HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP, you must pay your fees in full by the due date shown on your invoice. Please refer to Study costs to understand your financial obligations.

If you are eligible for HECS-HELP but have not completed your eCAF, or paid your student contribution, or provided your tax file number by the fee due date, your enrolment will be cancelled.

How to pay your fees

It is your responsibility to access your invoice via USC Central and note the due date for payment of student contributions or tuition fees. Invoices are not posted tostudents. The fee due date can also be viewed in the Academic Calendar.

Follow the steps at How to pay your fees to generate and print your invoice and check your payment due date.

Please noteIf you change your enrolment at anytime this may change your fee liability. Check your account after your enrolment changes and regenerate an invoice if necessary.

Bachelor Honours degree - Academic policy and procedures

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the Bachelor Honours degree Academic policy and Procedures which will assist in clarifying the mutual responsibilities of supervisors and candidates and will increase the quality of your Honours experience.

Prepare for uni

Get off to a flying start with your studies at USC – Visit Preparing for uni to find out about getting your ID card, organising your transport and parking, finding your way around campus, downloading Microsoft Office for free, accessing your Course Outline, deciding on what study materials you may need and where to find them and attending study support workshops.USC Central

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