Lectures and classes


Many subjects at UOW have lectures where an academic staff member presents course material to a large group each week. Depending on the teaching model, lectures may be delivered in-person on campus, streamlined online or recorded. You may also need to enrol in your lecture times. 

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. The timetable will also tell you how classes will be delivered for each subject.

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, but they normally open 1 - 3 weeks before the session starts. 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 open 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 tutor 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

So it's your first session at UOW. Once you've enrolled in your degree, it's time to make your timetable.

The first step is to find out when classes are on. It is really important to make sure you will have no clashes when creating your timetable. You can create a draft timetable to check against commitments you've already locked in.

To find your subject requirements, log into SOLS, select Timetable > Subject Timetable. It is important to check the opening times for your tutorial enrolments. Opening dates and times are different for each subject. To check the times, select the 'Enrolment' menu, then 'Tutorial Enrolment' in the left-hand SOLS menu.

Closer to the start of session, your subjects will appear in a table under the 'My Timetable' menu. If there is nothing displayed on this page a week before session, you will need to check your Faculty Central webpage for information regarding your tutorials. This table shows the opening times for each subject.

Tutorials fill up quickly, so it's important to be prepared and ready at the tutorial open times. Before tutorials are available to enrol into, they will be green, when they open they will be yellow. If a tutorial is full, it will be pink. You may not get the first choice you were hoping for, so you may need to select another option. If all tutorials for a particular subject are full, you will need to contact your Faculty Central.

Once you find your preferred available class in yellow, click on it to make your selection, then click enrol now. When you have successfully enrolled in a tutorial, it will appear in 'My Timetable'.

If you need more help, you can click on 'Familiarise yourself with this process' which will take you to a range of FAQs.

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.