We warmly welcome you to study at Charles Sturt University.
This page brings together all the basic information you’ll need as a new student studying with CSU and IT Masters. We know it can be confusing studying online across two different providers (you’re probably getting a whole lot of emails!) so we’ve tried to condense it to the important stuff.
Good communication is the key to online learning, so make sure you keep in contact with teachers and admin staff. Let us know as soon as any problems or questions arise – we can help you address them straight away and support you to stay track.
IT Masters/CSU student Induction Video
Presented by Chantelle Hale (IT Masters Education Manager) and Guy Coward (IT Masters Student Support), this video is a recording from the induction of the September 2019 (201975) intake students.
It covers everything you need to know to get started, and students who attend our orientations always report feeling more prepared and settled in their first weeks of study.
All 2020 courses can be viewed in CSU’s 2020 Handbook.
Please make sure you know which are your core subjects and your electives (which can be Academic or Industry) via this link. It’s very important that you complete the right amount of core and elective subjects on this course to allow you to graduate – otherwise it may create issues at graduation time!
You will have to follow the course structure of the year that you are enrolled in and should always refer back to the relevant year handbook (i.e. if you started in 2019 you have keep referring back to the 2019 handbook until you are finished).
If you want to select a different subject to what is set out in your handbook (for example, if a new subject has been included in a following year’s handbook), please contact us to ensure that subject would be still leave you eligible for graduation – we can check it with the CSU Course Director.
Studying with both IT Masters and CSU can make knowing where to ask questions confusing at times. You can get some further direction on this page:
Or if you’re not sure, contact Anna as she is your new student support:
Anna Le Gondar
Senior Admissions Officer
PH: 1300 885 685
INT PH: +61 3 9581 2600
However, if you contact either CSU or IT Masters we will always be happy to redirect your inquiry.
202015 (called Term 2)*
20 January – 24 April (census date: 7 Feb)
202030 (called Session 1)~
2 March – 19 June (census date: 27 March)
202045 (called Term 3)*
18 May – 21 August (census date: 12 June)
202060 (called Session 2)~
13 July – 30 October (census date: 7 August)
(*Intake only – only new students can study in these extra sessions)
(~Main study sessions – most subject run at these times)
All Principal Dates for CSU study can be found here.
You will have had your subjects automatically added when you enrolled, but you can check your subjects any time by viewing your online transcript.
For enrolment and results, sessions are numbered as the year followed by a session code:
Session 1 2020 202030
Session 2 2020 202060
Session 3 2020 202090
Apart from your enrolled subjects for your Graduate Certificate or Masters, one subject you’ll notice in your transcript is Introduction to Learning Online (SSS032)
With your course delivered online, this subject introduces you to the skills and tools you will need to access study materials.
Areas covered include:
- using Interact2 (CSU’s online learning management system)
- finding your subject outline
- accessing modules
- communicating with your subject coordinator
- finding online resources
- joining an online classroom
- submitting assessment items online
This short course is delivered online and can be completed when it suits you, and although it’s not compulsory, we really recommend completing it before you start your studies.
Instructions on how to change your enrolment can be found on Student.CSU.
- Along the top menu bar, select “Administration”, followed by “Your Enrolment”
- This page will feature detailed instructions on how you might add or delete subjects.
- This page also links to the Online Administration Office which is where the subject adding and deletion is done. You will be asked to enter your password.
- From the main menu, click the Enrol Online “Start” button. This will take you step-by-step through the re-enrolment process.
If you are having problems after trying these steps please let us know.
Your recommended study load is two subjects each session (apart from the Term intakes where students start with one subject and add another partway through). But it is perfectly fine to drop to one subject and continue at this pace, particularly if it helps you balance your work and personal life with study. Many postgraduate students do this – it takes longer but they often find they receive better results and get more out of their study.
If you do find the workload is too high, you have until census date each session to withdraw from a subject or take leave without being charged for it. On the other hand, if you’re interested in studying more than two subjects at a time please contact email@example.com and we can walk you through it.
If things get tough and you’re struggling (for academic or personal reasons), you can apply for a break from study. You can have up to four “leave of absence” periods, so contact us as early as possible and we can develop a plan together.
As a student at IT Masters and Charles Sturt, you will have access to a range of great support services such as library access, academic skills support as well as health and wellbeing services. Just because you’re studying by distance, don’t think you have to do it alone.
For more information, check out all your support options.
Credits can be obtained any time until graduation, and there is no charge for subjects that you receive credit for. Credit is capped at 50% of your course, according to government regulations. Note that no credit substitution is possible (i.e. for subjects outside your course) as credit is only given for subjects in your selected course.
You can now also gain recognition for your IT experience and skills through the Australian Computer Society (ACS) credit assessment. Find out more here.
If you have any difficulties working out what credit you may be eligible for please contact the IT Masters Administration team.
Not every subject is available in every session – you can use our Subject Availability List to plan out what subjects to study when. Remember to take into account any credit you might receive.
If you want to know more about what is in a subject you can request a copy of the official “Subject Outline” on any of our course pages. For example, if you’re looking at the Master of Cyber Security and click on ITI581 – Cyber Security Fundamentals, you can fill out the form that appears under the description and we’ll email it to you.
The textbooks required for each of your subjects will be listed on the Student Portal Textbooks page.
You will need to purchase a copy for your studies – this can be in the form of an eBook or hard copy, via sellers such as the Co-Op Bookshop, Amazon or eBooks.com, depending on availability and the format you prefer. The CSU library ensures that it has eCopies of all required texts available for students, though note that some (not all) library copies have a limit to the number of concurrent borrowers.
EBOOKS.COM has provided IT Masters students with an exclusive 15% off Coupon code, which will be given to you on your subject (I2) site. This coupon is also valid for all subject categories.
If you have any further questions or concerns call IT Masters on 1300 885 685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interact2 is CSU’s interactive learning environment – where all your subject resources, info, and forum are. You will need to enter your user name and password at the single sign-on page in order to log into Interact2 (sometimes also referred to as I2). Once you are within the Interact2 workspace you can go to each of your subject sites by clicking its site tab along the top of the main workspace site. These sites will be available 14 days before the start of the session – you should log in and explore your subject site to get ready and excited for your studies. Here you will find:
- Announcements from your teaching and admin staff.
- All your study resources.
- The forum, where you can communicate with the other students and your mentor. The forums start up a few days before the session does.
We really hope you enjoy your studies and can’t wait to see you at graduation!