Welcome to the Postgraduate Coursework Getting Started
Congratulations on gaining a place at UNSW Canberra. We are delighted that you have chosen to study with us.
Our aim is to provide you with an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience at UNSW Canberra in a supportive environment where you will have the opportunity, and be encouraged, to excel.
Accepting Your Offer
Accepting online is a 2 part-process:
Accept or defer your offer in myUNSW to ensure your place in the program.
PG Coursework Direct and Deferred S1 2016
Acceptance is open now.
To accept or defer your offer you need:
- Your UNSW Student ID - the 7-digit number at the top right corner of your offer letter or deferment confirmation letter.
- Your UNSW Program code, also on your offer letter or deferment confirmation letter.
- To create your UniPass, available here.
Go to myUNSW and sign on (top right hand corner). Click on the ‘My Applications’ Tab where you will see your offer listed and click 'Proceed with Offer'.
Please note: students may only defer the commencement of their program for a maximum of 12 months.
1) Return to myUNSW and log in. Your Login ID is 'z' followed by your ID number. Your Unipass is the password you just created.
2) Click on the 'My Student Profile' tab in the top left-hand and corner of the page.
3) Click on 'Update Your Enrolment' on the left of the screen.
4) If you are logging in for the first time this year, you may be required to indicate that you have read various UNSW or Government policies. You can do this by following the relevant links and checking the boxes to indicate you have read the information. You may also be required to confirm your contact details before continuing.
5) Click on 'Update Enrolment' for the corresponding semester. If the semester you wish to enrol in does not appear, please contact Student Administrative Services (contact details are below).
6) Click on 'Search by Catalogue' on the right of screen.
7) Type the codes of the courses in which you wish to enrol (e.g. ZBUS8001, ZPEM8765) in the top box labeled 'Multiple Course(s).' You can find a list of all course codes in the UNSW Online Handbook (http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/current/).
8) Search results will now be displayed. Confirm you have entered the correct courses and then check the 'Add' box beside each one. You may click 'Search Again' to choose more courses which will take you to the previous step. Click 'Continue'.
9) Click 'Proceed to Enrol'
10) Some students will need to click on the 'Add Classes' button. If this button does not appear, click on 'Enrol in ALL courses' and proceed to step 13.
11) If you are studying via distance, select 'DM02'. If you wish to study by intensive delivery select IDM3, please check dates and your availability to attend courses in this mode. To identify the study mode and dates for IDM, you will need to look under the relevant Postgraduate Coursework Program. Click 'Continue' once the correct classes are selected.
12) Click 'Enrol in Course' or 'Enrol in ALL Courses'.
13) You are now enrolled. You can check your enrolment at any time by clicking on 'Class Timetable' in your student profile (see step six). If you are an undergraduate student, your tutorials will be automatically allocated before the start of the session.
The UNSW Online Handbook will help you select which courses you want to study and find out when they are offered.
Student ID/ ZPASS and ADFAPASS
UNSW Canberra requires students to utilise three different computer systems, each using different accounts. These are named zPASS, UNIPASS and ADFAPASS. The Username for all 3 accounts is your student ID number preceded by a lowercase 'z'. The password management for each of the systems is different as detailed below.
The UNIPASS password provides initial access to myUNSW for enrolment.
Initial UNIPASS Password
To gain initial UNIPASS access go to:
and follow the Enrolment Procedures. Both the student ID number and program code are required to create the online UNIPASS login. This information is contained in the student letter of offer. UNIPASS passwords criteria are detailed in Step 3 at:
Changing your UNIPASS Password
The UNIPASS password is able to be changed online by visiting:
www.idm.unsw.edu.au and following the instructions.
If you have forgotten the password, and you have not previously registered a secret question and answer online, then you must visit the Information Communication and Technology Services (ICTS) Service Desk in person with your UNSW Canberra ID card. The ICTS Service Desk is located in Building 14. If you are unable to attend the ICTS Service Desk in person, your identity needs to be established before an ICTS Client Services Officer is able to reset the UNIPASS password. Telephone the ICTS Service Desk on:
Phone: 02 6268 8140
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (send your contact details)
Locked UNIPASS Password / zPASS Password
Your UNIPASS account will be locked following five unsuccessful login attempts. Please visit the website below to reset or unlock your Unipass and zPASS account :
The identity management website (IDM) can be accessed using UNIPASS and zPASS.
Your zPASS is used to access myUNSW where you can enrol (add, drop, or swap courses), change contact details, and check your academic record and results. It is also used to access the Librarys' electronic resources, MOODLE and your ELISE library tutorial.
Initial zPASS Password
To gain your initial zPASS access go to:
www.it.unsw.edu.au/students/zpass/create_zpass.html and follow the instructions.
To reset zPASS/uniPASS online, visit: www.idm.unsw.edu.au
Your ADFAPASS password provides access to your UNSW Canberra student email account, on-campus computer and wireless access.
Initial ADFAPASS Password
Your initial password must be changed before you can access services. After you have received your enrolment confirmation, visit:
The initial ADFAPASS password is your date of birth in the format of ddmmyyyy.
Your username is your student number preceded by a 'z'. At your first login, you will be prompted to reset your password.
Changing Your ADFAPASS Password
The ADFAPASS password is able to be changed online by visiting:www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/passwordreset
and following the instructions. The online change password facility can only be used following the registration of a secret question and answer by the user. ADFAPASS passwords must be between 8 and 255 characters long, and can only contain alphabetic and numeric characters.
Re-setting Your UNIPASS or ADFAPASS Passwords
If you have forgotten the password, and have not previously registered a secret question and answer online, then you must visit the ICTS Service Desk in person with your UNSW Canberra ID card. The ICTS Service Desk is located in Building 14. If you are unable to attend the ICTS Service Desk in person, your identity needs to be established before an ICTS Client Services Officer is able to reset the UNIPASS password. You must contact the ICTS Service Desk on:
Phone: 02 6268 8140
Email: email@example.com (send your contact details)
Getting your Student ID Card
Students should note that it is a condition of enrolment at UNSW Canberra that you obtain and retain an ADFA Card for the entirety of your study with UNSW Canberra. Failure to obtain a card will severely limit your access to services. While on campus you should display your ID card at all times. If you are Canberra based, present yourself to the ICTS Helpdesk (Building 14) and have a photo taken. If we can verify that you are a valid student we can give you a card immediately. If you cannot come to the ICTS Helpdesk, send a passport photo of yourself, together with your student number and contact details, to the ICTS Helpdesk.
The address to post this information to is:
ICT Services, UNSW Canberra,
Australian Defence Force Academy,
Canberra ACT 2600
Alternatively, you can email a passport photo of yourself, along with your student number and contact details to: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The JPEG file needs the following minimum specifications: 328 pixels wide x 370 pixels high in true colour. Students who expect to complete their program in 2013 should have their final course selection checked for eligibility purposes.
In all instances the card will be mailed to you unless you advise the ICTS Helpdesk that you wish to collect the card, so please make sure your mailing address in myUNSW is correct. The PIN code can be requested from ICTS.
phone: 02 6268 8140
This number must be kept secure, in the same way that you would treat the PIN for your credit card. For information about lost, stolen or damaged cards and accessing buildings using your ADFA Card visit: https://gateway.unsw.adfa.edu.au/isas/current_students/idcard
Study Modes: Distance and Intensive
Distance and Intensive Delivery Mode
Postgraduate Courses are delivered in the Distance or Intensive Delivery Mode (and sometimes in both modes).
Distance Mode: Distance students are not required to be physically present on campus throughout the semester. Many distance courses are often referred to as 'online courses', because this is the main method of delivering learning resources via the Learning Management System called MOODLE. Guidelines for Distance Edcuation Students can be found on the following link: https://gateway.unsw.adfa.edu.au/iteaching/online/
Intensive Delivery Mode (IDM): Students undertaking IDM courses will attend the UNSW Canberra Campus for a period of face-to-face instruction generally in the form of a one week intensive module during the semester (often at the start of the semester) or weekend delivery. This on-campus component is preceded and followed by a period of online interaction and assessment via MOODLE.
Credit for Previous Studies (Advanced Standing)
Students who have previously completed courses at a recognised university can apply for credit. Limited credit may be granted for courses which are considered equivalent in standard, level, objectives and relevance to the program in which they are enrolling or enrolled at UNSW Canberra.
Preparing to Study Online
Establishing your calendar
What device do you use the most often: your phone, tablet, laptop or desk computer? Whichever one you use, it almost certainly has a calendar app on it. Setting up your study calendar is easy. You can find all of the important dates on the:
» Student Assistance page , and in your
» Course Outlines on the Student Gateway.
Using Moodle and Collaborate
Moodle is the Learning Management System used at UNSW Canberra. All courses have a Moodle site to manage and deliver course content. Course sites are usually available to students one week before the start of semester and you should make a habit of logging into your courses' Moodle sites on a regular basis.
Need some help navigating your way around Moodle?
The Moodle Support page has a range of instructions for using Moodle, including logging in and editing your profile, orienting yourself, uploading files, submitting assignments, and using Blackboard Collaborate (a virtual classroom).
Setting up your ICT environment
Before you start your courses, it's a great idea to check your system requirements and find out whether you will need other peripheral devices such as a headset, microphone or webcamera.
Without the right set up, you might not be able to view multimedia content (such as pre-recorded lectures), access all of the content or join your class in online tutorials or collaborative activities.
Familiarising yourself with academic expectations
Thriving Online: Understanding Academic Expectations
A few short tips for getting the most out of your studies
Citing Well and Knowing Why
These two short tutorials address the importance of acknowledging the sources of your information and introduce you to the basic skills of citation and referencing.
A 12 minute introduction to smart, critical reading and note-taking strategies.
Connecting with the scholarly information you will need in your studies
As an off-campus student of UNSW Canberra, you have access to a full range of resources to support your studies through the Academy Library
» Use electronic and print resources including journals, books, reports, theses, standards, streaming video, and more with your zPass username and password.
» Learn about information and its use at university with the ELISE tutorial.
» Order physical items like books to be sent to your home or office via the Home Delivery service
» Discover a starting point into researching your area of study with the Subject Guides, and
» Learn more about what services are available to you on the Academy Library Off-Campus Students webpage.
In addition, we encourage you to contact the Library Outreach Team via the AskUs service, should you need assistance finding resources or want help getting familiar with how to use your library.
Having issues with Moodle or your ICT set up?
For enrolment and login issues please contact:
IT Service Centre
Phone: (02) 9385-1333
International: +61 2 9385 1333
For ALL other Moodle issues please contact:
External TELT Support
Phone: (02) 9385-3331
International: +61 2 938 53331
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 9:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am – 4:30pm
Needing some help with your studies?
Make an individual appointment with one of the ALL staff or register for a workshop if you need help to:
» develop or revise a logical essay argument
» read critically and take effective notes
» plan and structure your writing (such as essays, reports, and theses)
» integrate source materials and references into text
» use different referencing styles
» improve your grammar and expression, or to
» deliver successful oral presentations.
Appointments can be conducted by phone, email or Skype or face-to-face in our office if you happen to live in Canberra. Please note that you will need your ADFApass username and password to log into the booking system.
You can also contact the ALL Unit directly:
Phone: (02) 6268 9514 (Fiona Richmond, LTG)
Looking for some assistance with the enrolment process and advice on course selection?
The Student Administrative Services office is located on the top floor, Administration Building at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.
Phone: +61 2 6268 6000
Fax: +61 2 6268 8666
Monday to Thursday – 08.30 to 16.30
Friday* - 08.30 - 16.00
* On the first Friday of each month Student Administrative Services closes at 13.00.
Looking for assessment or academic advice?
View the school contact page for the relevant administrative or academic advisor?