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.

If you have been offered a place in one of the following End-on Honours programs USC enrols you in your courses. Click on the 'Getting started for End-on Honours students - enrolled by USC' tab below and follow the instructions to get started with your studies:

If you have been offered a place in one of the following End-on Honours programs, you must enrol in your own courses. Click on the 'Getting started for End-on Honours students - self-enrol' tab below-right to get started.

If you have been offered a place to study in an Embedded Honours (3 or 4 Year) program, 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

USC Central is where you provide and amend your personal and contact details, manage your enrolment, view your fees and access your financial information, grades (results), class and exam timetable.

You have been enrolled in your course/s. Log in to USC Central to check that all of your details are up to date including your personal and contact details and your course enrolment/s is correct.

We will contact you by email in early January to let you know when and how you can nominate your preferrd class times.

How do I log in to USC Central?

  1. From the USC homepage footer menu select on Login > USC Central. Login using the username and password in your USC letter of offer letter.
    • Watch the Login to USC Central video in the USC Central Guide for a demonstration.
  2. Your Student Centre will now be displayed. Check that your details are correct including your personal and contact details listed under the My Personal Information heading.
    • Watch the Navigate your USC Central Student Centre video in the USC Central Guide for a instructions

You will also have a ‘To Do’ list requiring you to complete your online Enrolment Declaration and confirm your statistical details. If you are a Commonwealth Supported Honours student, you are required to complete both the electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) and the Student Services and Amenities Form (eSAF) and provide your Tax File Number.

Prior to completing the eCAF and eSAF please refer to the following information to understand your financial obligations:

Access your USC student email

You have a USC student email account which the University will use to communicate with you. You are required to check your USC student email account regularly to stay informed.

How do I login to my student email?

From the USC home page footer menu select Login > Email, or sign in directly via Email using the email address provided in your letter of offer and your new password. Consider bookmarking the log in page on your computers web browser to access important student notifications conveniently.

Need help?

For help using your student email, search 'student email' in askUSC.

For assistance with any technical issues (eg logging in, password difficulties, or trouble accessing your course materials on Blackboard) contact the Student IT Help Desk.

Log in to Blackboard

Blackboard is the Learning Management system that delivers web access to:

  • online study materials for lectures and tutorials
  • student announcements and notifications
  • additional course information and online training resources

How do I login to Blackboard?

From the USC home page footer menu select Login > Blackboard, or sign in directly via Blackboard using the username provided in your letter of offer and your new password. Explore your course under the My Courses tab, access your Course Outline and view student notifications.

Need Blackboard help?

For help using Blackboard search 'Blackboard' in askUSC.

For assistance with any technical issues (eg logging in, password difficulties, or trouble accessing your course materials on Blackboard) contact the Student IT Help Desk.

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

  • Bachelor of Business (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours)
  • 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

Log in to USC Central using the username and password provided in your letter of offer. Follow the prompts to accept your offer.

  • Watch the Respond to your offer video in the USC Central Guide for the steps to be completed.

Complete compulsory To-Do items

You will also have a ‘To Do’ list requiring you to complete your online Enrolment Declaration, confirm your statistical details and if you are a Commonwealth Supported Honours student (refer to your letter of offer), you are required to complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) and the Student Services and Amenities form (eSAF) and provide your Tax File Number.

Prior to completing the eCAF and eSAF please refer to the following information to understand your financial obligations:

Decline your offer

Decline your offer via USC Central using the username and password provided in your letter of offer. Follow the prompts to decline your offer before the study period commences. No further action is required.

Change your response

If your circumstances change after you have responded to your offer and you wish to change your response you may do so by following the process that suits your situation below. Changes of response must be made before census date.

  • To accept your offer after initially declining – if you would like to request that your offer be reinstated, email information@usc.edu.au. Your request will be considered by the Program Coordinator if places are still available in the program.
  • To decline your offer after initially accepting, log in to USC Central > Select Program > click the Take a Break/Defer/Withdraw tab > select Withdraw.

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you will be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the Academic Calendar.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide. If Class selection has already opened, follow the instructions for How to enrol when Class selection has opened.

Step 2 - Select your class times

Use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

Once Class selection opens*, 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.

*We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

 

Need help?

For enrolment assistance contact Student Central.

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

You have a USC student email account which the University will use to communicate with you. You are required to check your USC student email account regularly to stay informed.

How do I login to my student email?

From the USC home page footer menu select Login > Webmail, or sign in directly via USC Webmail (students) using the email address provided in your letter of offer and your new password. Consider bookmarking the log in page on your computers web browser to access important student notifications conveniently.

Need help?

For help using your student email, search 'student email' in askUSC.

For assistance with any technical issues (eg logging in, password difficulties, or trouble accessing your course materials on Blackboard) contact the Student IT Help Desk.

Log in to Blackboard

Blackboard is the Learning Management system that delivers web access to:

  • online study materials for lectures and tutorials
  • student announcements and notifications
  • additional course information and online training resources

How do I login to Blackboard?

From the USC home page footer menu select Login > Blackboard, or sign in directly via Blackboard using the username provided in your letter of offer and your new password. Explore your course under the My Courses tab, access your Course Outline and view student notifications.

Need Blackboard help?

For help using Blackboard search 'Blackboard' in askUSC.

For assistance with any technical issues (eg logging in, password difficulties, or trouble accessing your course materials on Blackboard) contact the Student IT Help Desk.

Change your password

Select one of the options below to change the password provided in your email offer as soon as you have checked your enrolment and completed your To Do items.

USC password reset via mobile

If you have registered your mobile phone in either USC Central (students) then you can change your password via the self-service USC password reset page. To use this service:

  • Go to the self-service USC password reset page.
  • Enter your username in the text box.
  • A security code will be sent to your registered mobile phone.
  • Enter the security code in the field.
  • Enter your new password.

The USC password reset page can also be accessed by clicking on the ‘Change your password’ link (located below the Login/Sign in button) on the home pages of Blackboard, USC Central and USC Staff.

Here are instructions on how you can update your mobile number in USC Central.

On a USC workstation

If you are on a USC managed computer (eg workstation, computer lab, library commons) you can change your password by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del after you logon.

  • Logon to the computer.
  • Press Ctrl-Alt-Del
  • Select 'Change a Password'.
  • Enter your old password and your new password in the text boxes, making sure you follow the password requirements as described below.

Password requirements

  • Your password is case-sensitive.
  • Your password MUST be between 8 and 16 characters in length.
  • Your password MUST have at least one UPPERCASE character.
  • Your password MUST have at least one LOWERCASE character.
  • Your password MUST have at least one number.
  • Your password MUST have at least one Special (Non-Alphanumeric) character eg ! @ # $ % ^ & *
  • Your password MUST be different from any used previously.
  • Your password MUST NOT contain spaces.
  • Your password MUST NOT contain part of your name or username.

Please allow up to 10 minutes for your password to synchronise to all University systems you have access to. This includes web services and campus computers. If you have trouble using a campus computer after changing your password, log off and log back on.

Need help?

If you have not registered your mobile phone and do not have access to a University workstation, then assistance can be provided. Please contact the Student IT Help Desk.

Alternatively, if you need help logging in, access 24/7 IT support via askUSC, or contact the Student IT Help Desk.

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.

Questions? askUSC 

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

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