I have a question about my online studies...

A course is made up of a number of subjects, upon which a successful completion will lead to a qualification such as a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Upon your successful enrolment into a La Trobe course, you will be required to successfully complete all of the subjects within in the course handbook to be admitted to your chosen degree. An Open Access Subject falls outside of this requirement, as they are standalone units that do form part of a specific course. This means that upon completion of your Open Access subject, no qualification can be issued.

Enrolment for subjects is completed via the StudentOnLine system. Check the University Handbook for an overview of your course structure (also known as a 'study plan'). Take the time to understand the structure as some course structures can be complicated.

La Trobe Students studying via OUA
Enrolments for subject is completed via OUA's My Study portal.

Initial enrolment

There are several options to enrol to study subjects from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. All of them involve applications through OUA:

1. Any prospective student can enrol in one or more of the four open access enrolment units in the course:

• HBS101 Introduction to Human Physiology
• DTN101 Introduction to Nutrition
• CHM101 Essentials of Chemistry (This replaces SCI18 Fundamentals of Chemistry for future enrolments)
• PHE102 Individual Determinants of Health

Students can continue to enrol in open access units until they have completed all four of them.

2. The open access units also form a 'pathway' into the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. Students who successfully complete two of four open enrolment units may apply for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition.

3. Students who meet the Course Admission Eligibility Criteria can apply for a Commonwealth supported place in the Bachelor of Food and degree, you must be:

• An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
• A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
• The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

You must also meet one of the following requirements:

• Successful completion of two of the four open access enrolment units: HBS101, DTN101, CHM101/SCI18, PHE102; OR
• Obtain a Tertiary Entrance Ranking 65.85 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent)*; OR
• Achieve a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English)

* Tertiary Education Ranking scores must also have been within the past five years. If the period has been longer potential students are encouraged to complete a STAT.

4. La Trobe students studying on campus who wish to do individual units need to apply for La Trobe CSP On Campus to Online, which includes the completion of a cross-institutional enrolment form that must be approved by the HBFN Course Coordinators.

Re-enrolment

When you study through OUA you'll always be enrol in one or more individual units at a time whether you are undertaking open access enrolment unit or units as part of your course.
However, Commonwealth supported students will be advised of the agreed structure of the degree and should enrol in units in the order that they are specified.

For open access units follow these 5 simple steps:

Add units to the study cart

Under “Enrol in units now” on the course summary page, select the units you wish to add to your study cart. You can add more than 1 unit.

2. Go to your Study Cart and register or log in

To get to your study cart click on the “Study Cart” (shopping trolley icon) on the top right hand corner of the page. If you have an account with OUA, simply log into the website. If you’re new to OUA, you will be required to create an account at this point.

3. Choose when you want to study
v Your study cart will display all units you have selected, and then you will be able to choose which study term you would like to study in. Not all units are available in every study term, and some units have prerequisites that have to be completed first as part of the degree. In such a case, you will receive an alert to check before proceeding with the enrolment.

4. Press the ENROL NOW button

Happy with your unit and study term selection? Press the ENROL NOW button at the bottom right corner.

5. Fill out the Enrol page information

Now you have to complete your personal details. Enter the information that is required by the government from all higher education students, and choose the payment option that suits you best.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) units

The enrolment process for Commonwealth supported place (CSP) units is a bit different. If you'd like to enrol in Commonwealth supported place units contact an OUA Student Advisor

You can tailor your online studies to suit your personal situation. In any one study period the minimum study load that you must undertake is one subject, which is classed as a part time study load. The maximum amount of subjects you can undertake in a study period is two, which is classed as a full time study load.

There may be a variety of alternative exits you can finish your studies with, depending on the course you're studying. If you would like further information, we encourage you to contact ASK LA TROBE or your Course Coordinator who will be in a position to assist you. 

Your course and subject material will be made available to you through the Learning Management System or LMS. The LMS will contain all of the material that you will use throughout your course, and also provides a place where you can keep in touch with other students and our Academic team, who will be there to support you through your learning journey.

La Trobe Online students may use one of three LMS'.  To access the relevant LMS for your course go to the Current Students page.

  • What is a subject and what is a course?
    A course is made up of a number of subjects, upon which a successful completion will lead to a qualification such as a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Upon your successful enrolment into a La Trobe course, you will be required to successfully complete all of the subjects within in the course handbook to be admitted to your chosen degree. An Open Access Subject falls outside of this requirement, as they are standalone units that do form part of a specific course. This means that upon completion of your Open Access subject, no qualification can be issued.
  • How do I enrol in subjects?
    Enrolment for subjects is completed via the StudentOnLine system. Check the University Handbook for an overview of your course structure (also known as a 'study plan'). Take the time to understand the structure as some course structures can be complicated.

    La Trobe Students studying via OUA
    Enrolments for subject is completed via OUA's My Study portal.
  • As a HBFN student, how do I enrol for the first time?
    Initial enrolment

    There are several options to enrol to study subjects from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. All of them involve applications through OUA:

    1. Any prospective student can enrol in one or more of the four open access enrolment units in the course:

    • HBS101 Introduction to Human Physiology
    • DTN101 Introduction to Nutrition
    • CHM101 Essentials of Chemistry (This replaces SCI18 Fundamentals of Chemistry for future enrolments)
    • PHE102 Individual Determinants of Health

    Students can continue to enrol in open access units until they have completed all four of them.

    2. The open access units also form a 'pathway' into the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. Students who successfully complete two of four open enrolment units may apply for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition.

    3. Students who meet the Course Admission Eligibility Criteria can apply for a Commonwealth supported place in the Bachelor of Food and degree, you must be:

    • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
    • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
    • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

    You must also meet one of the following requirements:

    • Successful completion of two of the four open access enrolment units: HBS101, DTN101, CHM101/SCI18, PHE102; OR
    • Obtain a Tertiary Entrance Ranking 65.85 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent)*; OR
    • Achieve a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English)

    * Tertiary Education Ranking scores must also have been within the past five years. If the period has been longer potential students are encouraged to complete a STAT.

    4. La Trobe students studying on campus who wish to do individual units need to apply for La Trobe CSP On Campus to Online, which includes the completion of a cross-institutional enrolment form that must be approved by the HBFN Course Coordinators.
  • As a HBFN student, how do I re-enrol?
    Re-enrolment

    When you study through OUA you'll always be enrol in one or more individual units at a time whether you are undertaking open access enrolment unit or units as part of your course.
    However, Commonwealth supported students will be advised of the agreed structure of the degree and should enrol in units in the order that they are specified.

    For open access units follow these 5 simple steps:

    Add units to the study cart

    Under “Enrol in units now” on the course summary page, select the units you wish to add to your study cart. You can add more than 1 unit.

    2. Go to your Study Cart and register or log in

    To get to your study cart click on the “Study Cart” (shopping trolley icon) on the top right hand corner of the page. If you have an account with OUA, simply log into the website. If you’re new to OUA, you will be required to create an account at this point.

    3. Choose when you want to study
    v Your study cart will display all units you have selected, and then you will be able to choose which study term you would like to study in. Not all units are available in every study term, and some units have prerequisites that have to be completed first as part of the degree. In such a case, you will receive an alert to check before proceeding with the enrolment.

    4. Press the ENROL NOW button

    Happy with your unit and study term selection? Press the ENROL NOW button at the bottom right corner.

    5. Fill out the Enrol page information

    Now you have to complete your personal details. Enter the information that is required by the government from all higher education students, and choose the payment option that suits you best.

    Commonwealth supported place (CSP) units

    The enrolment process for Commonwealth supported place (CSP) units is a bit different. If you'd like to enrol in Commonwealth supported place units contact an OUA Student Advisor
  • Can I study one subject at a time?
    You can tailor your online studies to suit your personal situation. In any one study period the minimum study load that you must undertake is one subject, which is classed as a part time study load. The maximum amount of subjects you can undertake in a study period is two, which is classed as a full time study load.
  • What are the exit points for the course?
    There may be a variety of alternative exits you can finish your studies with, depending on the course you're studying. If you would like further information, we encourage you to contact ASK LA TROBE or your Course Coordinator who will be in a position to assist you. 
  • What is the Learning Management System (LMS)?
    Your course and subject material will be made available to you through the Learning Management System or LMS. The LMS will contain all of the material that you will use throughout your course, and also provides a place where you can keep in touch with other students and our Academic team, who will be there to support you through your learning journey.

    La Trobe Online students may use one of three LMS'.  To access the relevant LMS for your course go to the Current Students page.

I have a question about assessments and results...

Throughout your course, you will be tasked with a variety of assessments designed to give you the chance to exercise the theories and concepts you will be exposed to within your subject. These can take the form of academic essays, reports and case studies, to mention a few. Some subjects also contain group assignments that will give you the chance to collaborate in preparation for your chosen career. You can find more information about assessment on the course pages . Upon the commencement of your subject you will be informed of the specific assessment outlines and expectations.

Many of our online courses do not have any exams as assessments. Rather, your assessments will be facilitated through your Learning Management System. If you have any concerns about your assessments we would encourage you to contact your Course Coordinator, who will be introduced to you at the beginning of the Study Period.

La Trobe University Students studying via OUA
Exams are arranged by OUA Exam Services and conducted in the exam venue closest to you.  For more information please visit the OUA website.

Results are available through StudentOnLine.

Special consideration can be granted for a serious illness, which can be physical or mental, requiring treatment by a doctor or other health care professional.

You may have been unwell:

• on the day of your exam
• the period leading up to your exam or
• the period available for completion of an assignment.

Any applications for special consideration on medical grounds need to include a Medical Impact Statement from your doctor or health care professional.

If you have a long-term illness you may be eligible for disability support to seek a Reasonable Adjustment. Use this support rather than lodging a Special Consideration application for each assessment task.

For further information and to submit and application please visit the La Trobe University Special Consideration webpage.

Special Consideration does not apply if you are unable to complete your assessment due to:

• Armed services duty
• Jury duty / court appearance
• Responsibilities as an emergency services employee or volunteer
• Religious or cultural obligations
• Artistic commitments
• An exam clash with an exam at another institution

For exams, these are covered under Alternative Examination Arrangements.

Elite Athletes are covered under the Elite Athlete Procedure.

If you have a disability, ongoing medical condition or mental health issue you may be entitled to support from Equity & Diversity.

For other assessment tasks, including individual assessment tasks worth less than 15% of the total for the subject, you must negotiate directly with your lecturer(s).

  • How do assessments work?
    Throughout your course, you will be tasked with a variety of assessments designed to give you the chance to exercise the theories and concepts you will be exposed to within your subject. These can take the form of academic essays, reports and case studies, to mention a few. Some subjects also contain group assignments that will give you the chance to collaborate in preparation for your chosen career. You can find more information about assessment on the course pages . Upon the commencement of your subject you will be informed of the specific assessment outlines and expectations.
  • How do exams work?
    Many of our online courses do not have any exams as assessments. Rather, your assessments will be facilitated through your Learning Management System. If you have any concerns about your assessments we would encourage you to contact your Course Coordinator, who will be introduced to you at the beginning of the Study Period.

    La Trobe University Students studying via OUA
    Exams are arranged by OUA Exam Services and conducted in the exam venue closest to you.  For more information please visit the OUA website.
  • Where do I find my results?
    Results are available through StudentOnLine.
  • What is Special Consideration and how do I apply?
    Special consideration can be granted for a serious illness, which can be physical or mental, requiring treatment by a doctor or other health care professional.

    You may have been unwell:

    • on the day of your exam
    • the period leading up to your exam or
    • the period available for completion of an assignment.

    Any applications for special consideration on medical grounds need to include a Medical Impact Statement from your doctor or health care professional.

    If you have a long-term illness you may be eligible for disability support to seek a Reasonable Adjustment. Use this support rather than lodging a Special Consideration application for each assessment task.

    For further information and to submit and application please visit the La Trobe University Special Consideration webpage.
  • I'm not eligible for special consideration, are there any other options?
    Special Consideration does not apply if you are unable to complete your assessment due to:

    • Armed services duty
    • Jury duty / court appearance
    • Responsibilities as an emergency services employee or volunteer
    • Religious or cultural obligations
    • Artistic commitments
    • An exam clash with an exam at another institution

    For exams, these are covered under Alternative Examination Arrangements.

    Elite Athletes are covered under the Elite Athlete Procedure.

    If you have a disability, ongoing medical condition or mental health issue you may be entitled to support from Equity & Diversity.

    For other assessment tasks, including individual assessment tasks worth less than 15% of the total for the subject, you must negotiate directly with your lecturer(s).

I am a current La Trobe Online student, and ...

Answering your questions about studying with La Trobe Online and how it differs from face to face. You’ll also find information on how to enrol, assessments and results.

   1. Online Study Questions
   2. Enrolment, Assessment and Results

Answering your questions on key dates, credit for previous studies and managing your enrolment (variation, withdrawals, fees).

   1. Key dates
   2. Take leave, defer, vary or withdraw
   3. Credit/Advanced Standing

Answering your questions about accessing your learning materials, student email and University student systems.

   1. Student IT support

Answering your questions about student support services the University offers.

   1. General help and support
   2. Student Services
   3. Student Assistance
   4. Student Union Services

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