Starting university with Adelaide’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences doesn't need to be daunting. Here are some important steps to take to ensure a smooth enrolment.
Check your study plan
Study plans outline the courses required to achieve your degree, and are available for all programs offered in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS). You should use your study plan as a guide when enrolling to ensure you enrol in the correct courses, in the right order.
Are you an international student?
If you’re a new international student, you may need an adjusted study plan taking account of any credit you’ve received for previous studies, or English language course requirements. You can learn how to make these adjustments at an ECMS Enrolment Session—we hold them at the beginning of each semester—or contact us at Ask ECMS.
Are you an Engineering Pathway Program student?
If you’re undertaking the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Engineering Pathway program, you’ll need to enrol in the courses from your engineering degree of choice. Use the Engineering Pathway Study Plan to help you select your courses. Or, if you’re unsure, contact Ask ECMS.
Have you completed the prerequisites?
There are two types of prerequisites students need to be aware of. These are:
- Prerequisite courses required for entry into our degrees
- Prerequisites for enrolment into specific courses
1. Prerequisite courses required for entry into our degrees
All Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS) degrees have prerequisite courses that are required for direct entry. If you have not completed these prerequisites prior to university, you will need to enrol into our on-campus prerequisite courses under the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Engineering Pathway program. Upon successful completion of these prerequisite courses, you can apply for an internal transfer into your preferred engineering degree.
If you have not completed SACE Stage 2 Year 12 Specialist Mathematics
If you have not completed SACE Stage 2 Year 12 Specialist Mathematics at high school, you must enrol in the following courses:
- MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM in your first semester (available in Semester 1 and Semester 2)
- MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA in your second semester (available in Semester 1 and Semester 2)
- MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB in your third semester (available in Semester 1, Semester 2 and Summer School)
The exception is if you’re studying undergraduate Computer Science. In that case you can choose to complete MATHS 1008 Mathematics for Information Technology, which does not have a prerequisite, instead of MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA and MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB.
If you have not completed SACE Stage 2 Year 12 Physics
Students have two pathways based on their background in Physics.
Option 1 - For students who have completed SACE 1 Physics in Year 11, you need to complete one course:
- PHYSICS 1101 - Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences 1A - Only available in Semester 1
Option 2 - If you have no Physics background you will need to complete the two courses:
- PHYSICS 1008 - Physical Aspects of Nature I – Only available in Semester 1
- PHYSICS 1201 - Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IB – Only available in Semester 2
If you have completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (with a grade of B- or better) and SACE Stage 1 Physics (Year 11 Physics), you will need to complete:
- PHYSICS 1101 - Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IA (can complete in one semester)
If you have completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (with a grade of B+ or better) and SACE Stage 2 Specialist Maths (B+ or better) but no SACE Stage 1 Physics, you will need to complete:
- PHYSICS 1101 - Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IA (can complete in one semester)
If you have completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods but not SACE Stage 1 Physics, you will need to complete:
- PHYSICS 1008 - Physical Aspects of Nature I (Semester 1) and PHYSICS 1201 - Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IB (Semester 2) (traditional advice)
If you have not completed SACE Stage 2 Year 12 Chemistry
If you have not completed SACE Stage 2 Year 12 Chemistry at high school, you must enrol in the following courses:
- CHEM 1101 - Foundations of Chemistry IA (only available in Semester 1)
- CHEM 1201 - Foundations of Chemistry IB (only available in Semester 2)
Note: If you studied Chemistry in Year 12 and received a grade of C+ or SACE score below 13, you must complete the above subjects.
2. Prerequisites for enrolment into specific courses
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 of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences performs enrolment checks. Check the prerequisites for each course using the University Course Planner.
There are three types of elective choices for engineering, mathematical and computer sciences students:
- general electives from any discipline across the University
- specific electives chosen from a specific discipline for example COMP SCI, MATHS and MECH ENG
- broadening electives from any discipline across the University that does not have the following course codes: ELEC ENG, MATHS or COMP SCI.
General electives: If you are studying a computer science or mathematical sciences degree, you are required to complete general electives as part of your study plan. General electives can be chosen from any discipline and any level across the University, for example: arts, sciences or professions. To choose an elective course you will need to use the University Course Planner to search for courses by discipline and by level to help find elective courses that interest you. You can choose from level I, level II or level III elective courses and each level is determined by the relevant catalogue number for example HIST 1107 is a level I elective course, JAPN 2201 is a level II elective course and CHEM 3111 is a level III elective course. When choosing a general elective course, check for any prerequisite requirements the course may have using the information listed in the University Course Planner.
Specific electives: If you are studying an engineering, computer science or mathematical sciences degree, you are required to complete specific electives as part of your study plan. If you are a computer science or mathematical sciences student, you should use the University Course Planner to search by the specific discipline and level listed on your study plan (e.g. Level I, II or III COMP SCI, Level I, II or III MATHS) to choose a suitable elective.
If you are an engineering student, elective choices are generally only available in your fourth or final year of study and are chosen from a closed group of engineering electives, which are listed on the study plan. Please refer to your study plan to see the electives you may choose from.
Broadening electives: If you are enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Electrical and Electronic) Engineering degree, you can complete a broadening elective each year. You can choose available broadening electives:
- from any undergraduate degree in the University
- for which you meet the prerequisites
- with compatible timetabling
- which do not have the following course codes: ELEC ENG, MATHS or COMP SCI.
Please refer to your study plan for more details and use the University Course Planner to choose from broadening electives which interest you.
Consider your study load
If you’re a domestic student you can choose to study full- or part-time. Anything less than 9 units per semester is considered part-time.
If you’re an international student you must complete your degree according to the duration specified in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). It’s expected you’ll be enrolled full-time in order to complete your degree on time. At the beginning of semester, International Student Support (ISS) will contact all students who are under-enrolled, but it remains your responsibility to ensure you’re correctly enrolled. Please contact ISS for any student visa-related enquiries.
Handling common enrolment problems
There are three common problems that can prevent you enrolling successfully: timetable clashes; study unit overload; and full classes.
This error message appears when the class you’re trying to enrol in has a time conflicting with another class you’ve already enrolled in. The timetable clash will cause the enrolment to fail, and Access Adelaide will display a 10-digit Enrolment Request ID Number (0007______) at the top right-hand side of the screen.
If this happens to you, please enter this number in the following form and submit:
If you wish to enrol in more than 15 units in a semester, you’ll need to seek approval. Approval for a unit overload is based on previous academic performance and takes into consideration your future study pathways. The attempted overload will cause the enrolment to fail, and Access Adelaide will display a 10-digit Enrolment Request ID Number (0007______) at the top right hand side of the screen.
Please enter this number, and your reasons for the overload, in the following form and submit:
Please note that it’s your responsibility to manage your workload if an overload request is approved.
Course / class full
Once enrolment opens, students enrol in classes on a 'first come, first served' basis. Popular class times fill up quickly, so we suggest that you enrol as soon as possible to maximise your chances of a suitable timetable. You can enrol in semester 2 courses at the start of the year.
If a course is full, you won’t be able to find it in Access Adelaide. If you are unable to enrol because all classes in a course are full, please lodge a request for consideration using the following form:
Please note that, due to occupational health, safety and welfare requirements, you cannot be enrolled in classes where the maximum room capacity has already been reached.
If your Class Full enquiry relates to a course, or courses, outside the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, such as ENTREP, ECON, ACCT etc., please forward your enquiry to the relevant faculty office. For e.g. a PHYSICS course enquiry should be forwarded to the Faculty of Sciences, and an ENTREP course enquiry should be forwarded to the Faculty of the Professions.
Tools to help you find course information and plan your timetable
Use Course Outlines to find information about courses offered by the University. You can search by subject area and term (semester). Course Outlines are useful when you are trying to plan your enrolment based on course availability.
University Course Planner
Use the University Course Planner to find information about courses, including course fees and critical dates, such as the last day to enrol or withdraw. You can search by course title, subject area, catalogue number, semester and more.
The University Calendar lists program rules and study plans for all programs within the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. It links to course information that study plans don’t have.
Enrolment assistance forms
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How to apply for credit
If you’ve completed study at another university or institution, you can apply for credit towards your University of Adelaide degree. Please contact Ask ECMS for further information either in person between 10am and 4pm weekdays at Level 1, Ingkarni Wardli building, or email us at email@example.com.