STAR

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STAR (Student Timetable Allocation and Registration) is a personalised timetabling system that allows students in campus based units to register online for classes and seminars etc.

Prior to the commencement of each teaching period all students enrolled in campus based units must login to STAR via StudentConnect to register their preferences for activities.

STAR does not operate on a "first come - first served" basis. Whether you enter your preferences on the first or last day of preference entry, you have equal chance of getting your preferences.

You will notice some changes in the way we describe your unit delivery modes and locations. For further information on this, please visit the Enrolment Modes site.

When logging out of STAR, please ensure your session of StudentConnect is also
logged off and close your browser session.

2014 STAR Dates

Activity or mode Trimester 1 2014 Trimester 2 2014 Trimester 3 2014
Opens - preference entry mode
Students enter preferences for scheduled classes.
Monday 10 February 9 am Monday 23 June 9 am Monday 27 October 9 am
Closes - preference sort
Closes to sort preferences and allocate students.
Monday 17 February 9 am Wednesday 2 July 9 am Friday 31 October 12 pm
Re-opens - allocation adjustment mode
Students can view personalised timetable and make adjustments instantaneously.
Tuesday 18 February 9 am Thursday 3 July 9 am Monday 3 November 9 am
Trimester begins Monday 10 March Monday 14 July Monday 10 November
Last day to add campus based units Sunday 23 March Sunday 27 July Sunday 23 November
Closes for final sort
A final sort will be run to assign any unallocated students to remaining available timeslots.
Monday 24 March 9 am Monday 28 July 9 am Monday 24 November 9 am
Re-opens - read only mode Monday 24 March 5 pm Monday 28 July 5 pm Monday 24 November 5 pm

 * Timetable/dates are subject to change at any time.

How does STAR work?

Once you log in to STAR, your current enrolment details are shown along the left-hand side of the screen. Each unit lists the activities you are required to attend (Class, Seminar, Practical etc.).

Each activity could contain a number of options, of which you must attend one. Where there is only one option, you will be auto-allocated to that activity.

Your task is to select each activity in turn and either register your preferences or change your allocation, if required.

Preference Entry

In this mode you may select what activities you would prefer to attend. The system will not allocate you a seat at this time, instead it will collect all your preferences and those of fellow students and attempt to allocate you to your preferred activities wherever possible.

The preference entry mode is NOT first come first served. Whether you enter your preferences on the first or last day of preference entry, you have equal chance of getting the place you prefer.

Note: Preferences can be changed at any stage while the Preference Entry window is open

Entering Preferences

When you select an activity group, you will be shown a list of the available timeslots. To register your preferences, you must select a number between 1 and 10 in the boxes provided in preference order. The number one (1) indicates this is your first preference, two (2) is your second preference and so on. There is a minimum number of preferences you must choose. The number required will be displayed when you select the group, usually it is 4.

Auto Allocation

If the activity group is labelled as auto allocated, this means that there is only one possible selection and this will be allocated for you.

Allocation Adjustment

When a subject is in Allocation Adjustment mode, you may alter your allocation where changes are instant. When you select an activity group, your current allocation is shown (if any) along with timeslots that still have free places. You may then change your allocation by simply clicking SELECT on the free place.

Note: Once you change to a new activity, your old allocation is then made available for another student!

How do I access STAR?

You can access STAR through StudentConnect using your normal student username and password. The link to STAR can then be found on the left hand menu.

If you haven't activated your username and password, or have forgotten it, visit the password webpage.

STAR can be accessed on a PC, Tablet or Mobile Phone.

FAQ

What happens if I vary my enrolment?

If you enrol in additional units while Preference Entry mode is open, you will need to login to STAR again and enter preferences for your newly enrolled units. If you enrol in additional units during Allocation Adjustment mode you will need to login to STAR and register based on remaining available timeslots.

What happens if I transfer my course?

If you perform a course transfer and the units you are transferring to are identical to your original units of study you will not need to register again for your activities. If you have new units you will need to login to STAR and register for your activities.

What is a section?

Sections are used when students are required to attend two or more particular repeating activities. For example, if a student allocates themselves to a section which contains a seminar and a practical, they will be required to attend both of these activities at the given times. This seminar and practical are referred to as a section.  

Sections can be quite large, so when entering preferences for Sections ensure you know beforehand what you want to enter to alleviate time out issues.

To enter preferences for a Section, Where there is a "1" within the section, these do not need to be touched, simply select a preference number for the overall group.

 

How do I enter preferences?

Enter a minimum of 4 preferences (if available) by placing the number 1 to 4 in the box to the left of the activity time (see example below). Click on Save when you are finished.

screen image of the preference entry screen in STAR

How do I view and change my allocations?

Login to STAR and select the Timetable link from the top of the screen. Your personal timetable will display in grid format by default. to change to list format click on the "show as list"  Show as list or show as grid buttonbutton.

To change your allocation, click on the activity listed on the left hand side to display your allocation and the other available timeslots. Click on "SELECT" to select a different timeslot. A confirmation message will appear confirming your change was successful.

How can I view or change my allocations using a phone or tablet? (Allocation Adjustment mode)

The process for changing allocation using your phone or tablet is the same as if you were using a PC.

How can I enter my preferences on a tablet or mobile phone? (Preference entry mode)

The process for entering preferences using your phone or tablet is the same as if you were using a PC.

When can I view my timetable?

You can view your timetable under the 'Timetable' link directly after the sort is completed and Allocation Adjustment opens. Check the STAR timeline to view when Allocation Adjustment opens for the current trimester.

What happens if I have a clash?

You may find you have not been allocated to an activity due to it clashing with another one of your activities. If this is the case and you are unable to select another timeslot, contact Customer Service to be directed to the appropriate Faculty contact.

What happens if I don't register online for my classes?

At the close of Allocation Adjustment mode a forced sort will be run to assign any unallocated students to remaining available timeslots.

I am enrolled in a unit that does not appear on STAR - why?

STAR will only display units that have scheduled activities. Units that are offered in the cloud mode or are offered online will not be visible on STAR as you are not required to attend activities.

Will I be notified if there is a change to my timetable?

During Preference Entry mode, if there is a change to the time or day of one of your preferences, that preference will become invalid and the next available preference will be selected.

During Allocation Adjustment mode, an automatically generated email will be sent to all affected students if:

  • there is a change in activity start time
  • there is a change of day or
  • the activity has been cancelled.

What is PASS?

PASS stands for Peer Assisted Study Sessions. They are interactive 50-minute weekly sessions designed to help students succeed in difficult subjects mainly in first year units. There is no reteaching and the sessions are designed to encourage collaborative learning.

PASS runs for ten weeks, starting in week two through to the end of the trimester. The sessions are generally offered before or after a class. Sessions are voluntary, however lecturers strongly encourage their cohort to attend

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