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Lectures and classes


Most subjects at UOW have a weekly ‘lecture’ where an academic staff member presents course material to a large group. Lectures are at set times each week and you don't need to enrol in these. Depending on the teaching model, these may be delivered in-person, online or recorded.

It’s important to make the most of your lectures, which not only means attending them but also means preparing, engaging with the material and taking effective notes.


For each subject you are enrolled in you may also have one (or more) smaller group classes where you put into practice the material you learned in the lecture. These can be called tutorials, practicals or seminars. You need to enrol in these classes.

How to enrol in classes

1. Find out when classes are on

See what days and times classes are available for each subject by checking the subject timetable database. This is a really useful guide before timetable enrolments open.

TIP: Mockup a timetable so you know what tutorials you COULD enrol in (there's likely to be a few options), and which ones are out of the question because of other classes that are already set (like your lectures).

2. Find out when class enrolments open

Opening dates and times vary for each Faculty and subject. To determine your subject opening times, please select your Faculty from the list below. This information is usually updated a few weeks before session starts.

TIP: Don't miss class selection. Class selections will open at different times for different subjects. So make sure you have a few different options planned in case your preferred option is already full.

3. Secure a class

Securing class times can be very competitive. Make sure you are at a computer at the exact time enrolments opens to increase your chances of securing your preferred class times. Once the timetable enrolments open, your subjects' classes will be available to click on under 'Tutorial Enrolment' in SOLS. Each subject will detail what you need to enrol in (e.g. a workshop and a tutorial) and you can follow the prompts from there.

TIP: You can schedule your tutorials and lectures back to back even if they are at opposite ends of campus – your teachers will understand that you'll need a few minutes to get from one class to the next.

Timetable and tutorial enrolment process

For a step-by-step guide on enrolling in classes, please watch the UOW timetable and tutorial enrolment video which will walk you through the process. If you are experiencing issues and require specific Faculty advice, please refer to the Tutorial Problem web page for Faculty information.

Tutorial Problem web page

Are lectures and classes compulsory?

Attendance requirements for lectures and classes depend on your course so it is important to check your subject outline to confirm what is required. You should be able to view your subject outline from within Moodle once session has commenced.

If you are sick or injured and can’t come to class you can apply for academic consideration.