When you start your course and during each enrolment, you'll usually need to select your units of study in Sydney Student.
Selecting units for remote delivery
Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, many units of study will continue to be available for remote learning (online delivery) during 2021. Make sure you check the location code when choosing your units of study in Sydney Student. Find out more about what these codes mean.
If you are unable to travel to campus to attend classes, you need to select units where the location is ‘RE’, meaning Remote. This means your timetable will then only display remote classes (delivered online).
If you choose a unit with the wrong location, find out how to change your units of study. You will need to make any changes to your units by the deadline to add a unit of study for the session.
Special permission has changed
The new process notifies you in real time, through a pop-up message, if you select a unit during unit of study selection that breaks a course or unit rule. If you decide to proceed with your unit selection, you can then submit an enrolment exception request where you will need to provide evidence that you're eligible for an exception. Find out more about unit and course rules, and eligibility for enrolment exception requests.
Selecting your units of study is an important part of your online enrolment in most courses at the University.
First, you’ll need to read our information on planning your course and your handbook so you know the requirements of your course and can plan which units of study you're going to choose. If you’re enrolling for Semester 1, you will also select units for Semester 2 so it’s important to plan ahead before enrolment starts.
During enrolment you’ll be taken to the unit of study selection screen automatically.
Once you’re enrolled, you can access this screen to review or change your units by logging in to Sydney Student and going to ‘ My studies’, ‘Units of study’ then ‘Change your units of study’.
You can download a detailed guide to the unit of study screen (pdf, 643KB) to reference as you complete the task.
The unit of study selection screen is structured based on your course rules, so it will look slightly different depending on your course.
At the top, you’ll see your course rules outlining your requirements. See your handbook for more information. It’s important you understand these rules so that you meet your course requirements.
The collections that you select units from are the different groups of units available for your course, divided up according to your course rules. e.g. junior units of study.
This Tracking totals section tracks the credit points or total units that you have selected against what is required for your course. The green tick turns grey if you make selections that do not meet the requirements of your course.
When you’re selecting your units and in the ‘Your selected unit(s) of study’ box, you will see a series of different codes next to each unit. It’s important to check these codes before you select a unit, as they tell you important information about how that unit will be delivered.
The codes refer to the session, mode of attendance (MoA), location and credit points (CP) of each unit. Session dates are available on the Study dates page and the codes for mode of attendance and location are listed below.
|DI||Distance education / campus intensive|
|ND||Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day|
|NE||Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening|
|RE||Remote - online delivery|
|ZZ||No information on location|
|BS||Burren Street, Sydney|
|CD||Concord Clinical School|
|CE||Central Clinical School|
|CH||Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School|
|CS||Surry Hills, Sydney|
|LC||Cumberland Campus (in Lidcombe), Sydney|
|MS||Mallett Street Campus, Sydney|
|NE||Nepean Clinical School|
|NO||Northern Clinical School|
|RC||Rozelle Campus, Sydney|
|SA||Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School|
|SJ||St James Campus, Sydney CBD|
|WN||Western Clinical School, Westmead|
|AE||United Arab Emirates|
|DB||Distance education (via Burren Street Campus)|
|DC||Distance education (via Camperdown Campus)|
|DF||Distance education (via Camden Campus)|
|DL||Distance education (via Cumberland Campus)|
|DM||Distance education (via Mallett Street Campus)|
|DO||Distance education (via Orange Campus)|
|DR||Distance education (via Rozelle Campus)|
|DS||Distance education (via Surry Hills Campus)|
|DW||Distance education (via Westmead Campus)|
|DY||Distance education (via Sydney Campus)|
To choose your units of study, select ‘View’ in the relevant collection. You can either browse all the units in the collection or search for a specific one using the unit of study code, such as NURS5081.
When you select a unit, you will see it added to the unit of study box on the right.
To remove a unit select the rubbish bin symbol next to that unit. If you can’t see a rubbish bin symbol, you need to contact us.
Once you have chosen your units, you need to select 'Continue' and then 'Confirm' your selection on the next screen.
If you are selecting units as part of enrolment, you need to make sure you continue through the task and complete all steps to be properly enrolled in your units.
After you’ve enrolled, you will be able to change your units as long as you haven’t passed the relevant unit deadlines.
Important dates you need to be aware of for each session are:
You can find a full list of dates on our Study dates page.
All the units of study you select need to be allocated to a specific unit collection within your course, for example ‘Table A junior’. If you have units of study that are unallocated, you will be prompted to allocate these units before you can make selections in the units of study screen.
During your studies you might want to reallocate units to different unit collections or change either your major (undergraduate) or specialisation (postgraduate). You can reallocate your units of study by logging in to Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Units of study’, ‘Other options’, then ‘Reallocate units’).
If you decide later in your course that you’d like to change your program, major or specialisation, log in to Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Units of study’, then ‘Change your major’). This may also require reallocating units of study.
Make sure you check your course requirements in your handbook, to confirm you are eligible to change your major.
You should only change your majors/minors/programs/specialisations before the start of semester or after the release of results. Making changes during semester can cause system errors.
During the unit of study selection task, there are certain conditions based on your course structure, that may prevent you from being able to confirm your unit of study selections.
Unit of study rules
Collection rules – if you exceed the maximum credit points allowed from a collection or group of collections.
Course rules – if you’ve selected more or less than the required units for a course rule (you can see these in your Tracking totals section)
These rules are in place to ensure that you enrol according to your course requirements and can progress successfully through your course. You can find more information on these rules in your handbook.
If you select a unit that breaks one of these rules, a pop-up message will display with more information about the rule. You’ll have the option to proceed with submitting an enrolment exception request if you believe you are eligible, or cancelling the action so you can choose alternate units of study.
Some units of study require faculty or school approval for any student wanting to enrol, for example it may be an advanced-level unit, have special registration requirements or limited places. If you need departmental permission to enrol in a unit of study, you will be prompted to make a request after selecting your units of study. If you have also submitted any enrolment exception requests, you won’t be prompted to complete your departmental permission applications until after you’ve received outcomes for your enrolment exception requests.
Find out how to request departmental permission.
If you can’t find a unit of study, it is most likely because it is not a requirement of your course or you are not eligible to complete that unit. Check the course rules in your handbook to confirm that the unit is listed a requirement of your course.
Make sure you’re trying to select the unit from the collection of units you intend for it to count towards.
If you still can’t find the unit, and you believe it’s a requirement of your course, you can submit an enquiry through the Unit of study selection issues form.
If you’re an international student and you don’t have a rubbish bin available next to a unit, it may be because you’ve had an application to reduce your study load approved. The bin is removed in this case, to prevent your from reducing your study load any further.
If this is not your situation and you can’t see a rubbish bin symbol next to a unit you want to remove, you need to contact us.
If you see a ‘system error’ message when you try to access your unit of study selection screen, it is usually because you’re enrolled in a course that has fixed units of study requirements. This may be the case for example, if you’re enrolling as a cross-institutional, non-award or study abroad/exchange student. In these situations we will enrol you in the unit(s) of study on your behalf and you won’t be able to change these units.
If you believe you should have access to the unit of study selection screen, you will need to submit an enquiry through the Unit of study selection issues form.