UWA Handbook 2017

Starting out

Planning your enrolment

Spending some time researching the options available in your UWA undergraduate course will be time well spent. It will ensure that you are familiar with your course, aware of the choices open to you and prepared when it comes to completing your enrolment.

Understanding your degree requirements

To gain a full understanding of the requirements of your undergraduate course read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

Choosing your major(s) and units

As a requirement of your course you need to include a degree-specific major from within your degree course. You also have the option of choosing a second major from any undergraduate course.

Remember, you do not need to nominate your degree-specific major in first year.

If you already have an idea of what you would like to study, browse the majors to discover:

  • the degree-specific majors available in your course;
  • the second majors available to you; and
  • examples of recommended major combinations.

Alternatively, if you are not sure what major(s) to choose, it is a good idea to select Level 1 units that can lead to more than one major in a range of areas that interest you. You are also encouraged to take one or two broadening units in your first year.

When choosing your units think about:

  • what activities you enjoy
  • what subjects you like studying
  • what activities and subjects you perform well in
  • what you would like to learn more about
  • what careers interest you

Check out the Careers Centre for information, advice and resources on planning your career.

To help you choose your units, a number of sample first-year study plans are provided that will allow you to experience a variety of subjects and find out what you enjoy most. Each of the first-year study plans leads to a choice of majors. Remember, study plans are examples only, and many other enrolment options are open to you.

A standard full-time enrolment is eight units per year. A standard part-time enrolment is four units per year.

The advising team from your assigned Student Office can help with any further course advice and information you may need.

Enrolment toolbox

A number of useful tools have been developed to help you understand the requirements of your course, consider your choice of units and plan your first-year enrolment. There are:

  • First-year study plans (leading to a choice of at least two majors);
  • Course study plans (including all the years of a standard undergraduate course);

and blank study plans for you to fill out online or in print:

There is also an online custom study plan tool that allows you to create, edit and save a PDF of your personalised own study plan.

You can have your study plan checked by your Faculty Student Office, to make sure that you meet your course requirements.

Using these tools will help you to confidently and independently manage your enrolment choices.

Browse the study plan examples and explore the possibilities of your course.


The UWA orientation program has three dimensions—orientation to the campus, to the University community and to your academic studies. Orientation Week (O Week) is all about exploring, discovering and experiencing.

Discover the campus, from your student advising office to the Recreation Centre, from the new high-tech Science Library to where to find the best coffee.

Learn about transition programs and support services including the award-winning UniMentor program and the StudySmarter Learning, Language and Research Skills workshops. Familiarise yourself with the libraries and resources. Make the most of the opportunity to network with other students and staff and to join clubs and societies in areas that interest you. There is something for everyone, from debating to pantomimes, and even juggling.

Your academic orientation includes three online self-paced units which you must complete within the first 10 weeks of your enrolment:

Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE)

AACE1000 Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) introduces you to the basic issues of ethical scholarship and the expectations of correct academic conduct at this University. The fostering of academic integrity is given high priority at UWA and is supported by institutional policies and practices. This unit is compulsory for students enrolling in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course irrespective of whether you have previously been enrolled in another course at the University.

Indigenous Study Essentials (ISE)

INDG1000 Indigenous Study Essentials introduces you to the shared learning space that The University of Western Australia embodies. This learning space includes both Western and Indigenous knowledge systems. This unit is compulsory for students enrolling in an undergraduate degree course irrespective of whether you have previously been enrolled in another course at the University.

Communication and Research Skills (CaRS)

CARS1000 Communication and Research Skills assists you in developing the ability to find and analyse information and to express and articulate your ideas within an academic context, through a series of online tutorials. This unit is compulsory for students enrolling in an undergraduate degree course irrespective of whether you have previously been enrolled in another course at the University.

You have been pre-enrolled in ACE, ISE and CaRS, so get online and begin your degree early.

ACE, ISE and CaRS are accessed through the University's Learning Management System (LMS).

Introduction to the University's Learning Management System (LMS) and Lecture Capture System (LCS)

During Orientation you will also be introduced to the University's Learning Management System (LMS), which is integrated with the Lecture Capture System (LCS). It is important to become familiar with these tools, as they will allow you to access online course materials, including lecture recordings, slides and handouts, and online discussions.


The UniStart website will guide you through the enrolment and orientation process, step by step. It provides detailed instructions and information which can be personalised to your course, as well as links to further information, resources, scheduled enrolment and orientation sessions and contact details, if you need assistance.

Completing a comprehensive orientation will provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools to succeed in your studies.

Planning your Timetable and Class Allocation System

Planning your timetable is a tool to allow both prospective and current students to plan a potential timetable for different combinations of units. Once you are enrolled in units, the Class Allocation System (CAS) will allow you to select your preferred class timetable for most units using a preference system. CAS considers your time preferences for tutorials, laboratories, lectures, seminars and workshops so that you can minimise potential clashes between commitments like study and work.