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Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. Starting university doesn't need to be daunting. Let us guide you through the steps you will need to take.

Enrolment Steps

Step 1: Check your study plan

Step 2: Consider your 1st year undergraduate mathematics enrolments

Step 3: Consider your course prerequisites

Step 4: Plan your timetable

Step 5: Choose your electives

Step 6: Watch 'How to Enrol' video

Step 7: Enrol

Check your study plan

Study plans are available for all programs offered in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and outline the courses required to achieve your degree.

Domestic students: Access your study plan on the faculty's Study Plans webpage. Bachelor of Engineering (Pathway) students should contact Ask ECMS to request a tailored study plan.

International students: International students may have adjusted study plans based on credit or English course requirements. New international students should attend an ECMS Enrolment Session or contact Ask ECMS directly.

ECMS Enrolment Sessions

Where: Level 1 Ingkarni Wardli Building


  • Wednesday 11th July – Drop in – 10pm-11.30am
  • Friday 13th July – Drop in –  2pm-3.30pm
  • Monday 16th July – Drop in – 11am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 18th – Orientation day enrolment support 2pm-4pm
  • Thursday 19th July – Drop in – 2.30pm-4pm

Consider your 1st year undergraduate mathematics enrolments

Bachelor of Computer Science students have a choice to complete either MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA and MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB or MATHS 1008 Mathematics for Information Technology.

All other ECMS students are required to complete MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA and MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB.

No Specialist Maths? In order to enrol into MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA, students must have completed Specialist Mathematics. Students without Specialist Mathematics must enrol into:

  • MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in semester 1
  • MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in semester 2
  • MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in Summer School next year

Consider your course prerequisites

Some courses have prerequisite requirements, which means you will be required to pass a particular course before enrolling into another. The online enrolment system will allow you to enrol in courses that you haven’t fulfilled the prerequisites for, but please enrol carefully to avoid being dropped from your course when the Faculty performs enrolment checks. Check the prerequisites for each course using the Course Planner.

Computer science prerequisites: Computer science undergraduate students will need to acquire fundamental programming skills in order to progress through the degree. These courses must be completed in the order below:

(1) COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming*
(2) COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming
(3) COMP SCI 1103 Algorithm Design and Data Structures
(4) COMP SCI 2201 Algorithm and Data Structure Analysis

*If you already have programming experience (at least six months experience) you may skip this course.

Mathematics prerequisites: Students in the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences, Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) or Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (single degree, or double degree with engineering) have the ability to pursue a mathematics major in the third year of the program.

If you intend to enrol into third year mathematics courses, please consider the prerequisite or assumed knowledge requirements as listed on the Course Planner. Please be mindful that enrolling in second and third year courses means considering your mathematics course choices in first and second year to ensure you have completed the fundamental courses to prepare you for third year mathematics.

Plan your timeable

Two tools are available to help plan your timetable; Course Planner and/or Timetable Planner.

There may be several components for a course (for example a lecture, tutorial, workshop and practical) and you must select one of each. There may be an automated process set up so that when you select one class it automatically enrols you into another class, but generally you will select each related class from a list.

The enrolment class is the key to the whole process, you must select this class first, and then you will be presented with any related classes that you need to choose.

You should enrol into all your classes for all semesters/terms for the upcoming year.

Course planner method:

  • Use the Course Planner to find the enrolment numbers for each course you are required to enrol into.
  • Print copies of the Class Planner Worksheet, refer to your study plan, then open Course Planner to review classes for your program and develop a timetable.
  • Note down the components for each course and the corresponding numbers - you will use them later when you enrol online.

Timetable Planner method:

Timetable Planner can be accessed via Access Adelaide and is a tool that allows you to enter your courses, teaching period, campus and any breaks you want, to develop a selection of clash free timetables. Timetable Planner also allows you to:

  • generate multiple timetables and see what works for you
  • find the right one, lock the timetable or individual courses or save as your favourite.

Please note: This is a timetable planning tool only. It does not guarantee you a place in your planned classes. Your place is confirmed when you have enrolled successfully in Access Adelaide.

Important: The Timetable Planner will only generate clash-free timetables. If you have unavoidable clashes, use the Course Planner method to plan your enrolment and refer to the below FAQs for how to resolve a timetable clash.

Choose your electives

Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences students

There are two types of elective choices for Computer Science or Mathematical Sciences students:

  • Free choice electives from any discipline across the University
  • Specific electives chosen from a specific discipline.

Refer to your study plan to see what type of electives are available in your program.

Free choice/broadening electives: Use the Course Planner to search for courses by discipline to help find any elective course that interests you, keeping in mind any prerequisite requirements the course may have.

Specific electives: Use the Course Planner to search by the specific discipline and level listed on your study plan (eg COMP SCI) to choose a suitable elective.

Refer to the below example of a student who is interested in studying a level 1 History subject.

Engineering students

Elective choices for engineering students are generally only available in their fourth or final year of study and are chosen from a closed group of electives, which are listed on the study plan. Please refer to your study plan to see the list of courses you may choose from.

New students who are in their first year of an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree are able to complete a ‘broadening elective’ each year. Broadening electives can be chosen as any University of Adelaide undergraduate course for which the student meets the prerequisites, is available to be taken by the student, has compatible timetabling and does not have the following course codes: ELEC ENG, MATHS or COMP SCI. Please refer to your study plan for more details and use the Course Planner to choose a course that interests you.

Refer to the below example of a student who is interested in studying a level 1 History subject.

Watch 'How to Enrol' video

Now that you have prepared your timetable, please watch the How to Enrol video to guide you through the process of enrolling in your courses using Access Adelaide.


Now you have completed your timetable preparation using either the Class Planner Worksheet or the Timetable Planner tool (see step 4) and watched the enrolment video (see step 6), you are ready to enrol in your courses online.

1: Log on to UNIFIED and choose the Access Adelaide icon. Your username and password for UNIFIED and Access Adelaide is the same as your username and password for email, MyUni and logging on to on-campus computers. The university provides your username and password after you first receive an offer for a place at our university.

2: Complete your Enrolment Checklist. Before you can enrol into classes, you must complete each item on a checklist that requires you to add or update information about yourself including your address, telephone numbers, emergency contact, request for financial support such as HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP and your expected completion year.

3: Begin enrolling in your classes:

  • In Access Adelaide, click on the Students link and select Enrolment. From there, choose your semester and begin adding your classes using the class numbers you have noted on the Timetable Planner tool or the Class Planner Worksheet that you have prepared.
  • The details of each class are listed, as well as the dates, days, times and locations. All classes will have multiple rows of information because of the mid semester break, and if the class is taught in alternate weeks. Look carefully at the exact days, times and weeks that a class is taught to help you with your selection.
  • Note that formal teaching activities commence 10 minutes after the start time for that class. This is primarily to allow for travelling time to venues across the campus.
  • When you enrol, you may need to choose a 'Related Class' such as a tutorial, practical or laboratory. In some cases you may be automatically enrolled into a related class and this will be identified on the screen.
  • Select 'Save' after each course if you are happy with your choices. As this process can take a few seconds, DON'T click repeatedly on the save button - this won't speed things up. You will see on the screen if your class add has been successful (this means you are enrolled), or unsuccessful (this means you are not enrolled and will need to seek a different class, or course).
  • If your enrolment has been unsuccessful and you are unable to choose a different class or course, you may need help. Refer to the FAQs below.
  • Continue to enrol until you have finished adding all of your classes for the semester. You then have the option to select another semester or term to add further enrolments.

4: Check and print your timetable. Once you have finished adding all of your classes for the whole year, print out your Enrolment List (select printer friendly version) from the top menu bar or save the details electronically for your own records. You can also view and print a full class timetable list (via 'Show Class Times') or a week-by-week timetable grid (via 'Weekly Timetable').

The University also has a Student Timetable Smart Phone App that can be downloaded on the App Store or through Google Play. Please click on the above link for more information on how to download and use this app on your smart phone.

Enrolment FAQs

  • I'm having trouble enrolling. Where can I get help?

    If you have planned your timetable and are having difficulties enrolling, you can:

    • Review the How Do I Enrol guide.

    • Call the Enrolment Hotline for assistance on 8313 3833 or email Assistance is also available in person from Ask Adelaide at Hub Central, Level 3, North Terrace Campus.

    • Attend one of the ECMS Enrolment Sessions (see Step 1 for details). Both international and domestic students can attend.

    • Contact Ask ECMS directly at or visit the team on Level 3 The Hub between 10am – 4pm weekdays.

  • I’m trying to enrol into my core courses but all class combinations clash. What do I do?

    Timetable Clash Resolution Form

    • If a clash is unavoidable or there are no other class times to pick, you will need to fill out the Timetable Clash Resolution Form.
    • Please provide the 'Enrolment Request ID number' (found in the top right-hand corner in Access Adelaide on the screen displaying the error).

    Full Course Resolution Form

    • If the class component you wish to enrol into is full, you will need to check the course planner and pick another time.
    • If a component of a course is completely full, you will be blocked from enrolling and you will need to fill out the Course Full Resolution Form.
    • If possible, more space will be opened in the course for you to enroll in.

    Unit Overload Resolution Form

    • If you are looking at studying more than the recommended 12 unit load, you will need to fill out the Unit Overload Request Form.
    • A Program Advisor will assess the request and make a decision to approve or deny your Unit Overload request based on your GPA and previous grades.
  • I've completed previous study at another tertiary institution, can I claim credit?

    Once you have become a University of Adelaide student with a student ID number, you are eligible to apply for academic credit for related studies previously completed at another institution.

    To apply, you will need to fill out the Application for Academic Credit form. Following the instructions on the form, you will also need to attach an Official Academic Transcript and syllabus information from the other university for each course that you using to apply for credit.

    Please note: All overseas transcripts and course outlines must be certified copies of the original document if they are translated into English.

    Once you have organised your application package, please hand it in to the Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Faculty Office on Level 1, Ingkarni Wardli Building. The office works on a two week turnaround for credit applications.

  • Do I have to enrol full-time or can I study part-time?

    Domestic Students: Domestic students can choose to study full-time or part-time. Anything less than 9 units per semester or 18 units per year is considered part-time. For Centrelink purposes you must be enrolled as a full-time student, which requires at least 9 units per semester or 18 units per year.

    International Students: International students must complete their degree according to the duration on their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) documentation. It is expected you will be enrolled full-time, in order to complete your degree on time. At the beginning of semester, the International Student Centre (ISC) will contact all students who are under-enrolled but it is your responsibility to ensure you are correctly enrolled. Please contact the ISC for any student visa related enquiries.

  • I'm studying Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Pathway as a pathway into engineering (as I don't have the prerequisites). What do I enrol into?

    If you are in a pathway program because you intend to eventually transfer to a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, you need to focus on building up the prerequisites needed in order to transfer.

    • Students who need Specialist Mathematics need to complete the course MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in semester 1.
    • Students who need Physics need to complete PHYSICS 1101 Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IA in Semester 1. 

    A full-time enrolment may be achieved by enrolling into the other courses required for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program you are intending to transfer into. This allows you to still complete some engineering courses that will be counted towards your degree once you transfer. The below example represents enrolment for a student who needs Physics and Specialist Mathematics in order to transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical):

    Semester 1 Semester 2
    MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics
    PHYSICS 1101 Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)
    ELEC ENG 1101Electronic Systems (3 units) CHEM ENG 1009 Materials I (3 units)
    MECH ENG 1100 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (3 units) MECH ENG 1006 Design Graphics and Communication (3 units)

Further information

Please visit the University's Enrolment pages or to speak with a staff member, contact us on 08 8313 4148 or by email.

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Ask ECMS Level 1, Ingkarni Wardli



T: +61 8 8313 4148
F: +61 8 8313 6492

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