Preference Entry mode

When STAR opens in Preference Entry mode, you have the opportunity to select the activities you would prefer to attend.

STAR does not allocate your activities at this time, so as long as you enter your preferences before the preference entry period is closed, you will have equal chance of getting the place you prefer. The system will collect the preferences of all students, and attempt to allocate you to your preferred activities wherever possible.

Entering your preferences

Watch this short video for an introduction to entering your preferences in STAR.

Go to STAR to view your enrolled units and their activities.

Activities with an icon require you to enter preferences.

Select an activity to enter your preferences for on the left side panel under enrolment. You will be shown a list of the available time slots.

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. The number one (1) indicates this is your first preference, two (2) is your second preference and so on. Click on ‘Save’ when you are finished.

Section preferences

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

Auto allocation

Activities with a icon have been automatically allocated.

You will be automatically allocated to activities where there is only one option. It doesn't matter which order you make your other preference selections, eg classes or seminars.

When does STAR allocate my activities?

STAR sorts preferences and allocates your activities when preference entry mode has closed. Preferences can be changed at any stage while the preference entry window is open.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to enter my preferences on the day STAR opens in Preference Entry mode?

You can enter your preferences any time during the preference entry period (refer to the dates above), as long as you do this before STAR closes for preference sort.  It does not matter when you enter your preferences during the preference entry period, you will have an equal chance of getting the place you prefer.

What should I do if STAR says there are "no groups available"?

If STAR displays "no groups available" on your unit, and you are a postgraduate student, please contact your faculty directly.

If you are an undergraduate student, please contact Student Central for further advice.

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 Cloud (online) mode do not have activities and thus will not be visible on STAR.

If you have just enrolled in a unit, changes to enrolment can take up to 1 hour to appear in STAR.

Some subjects are switched OFF, is this normal?

Only units for the current trimester will be available for selection on STAR (Student Timetable Allocation and Registration). STAR will show units which aren't part of the current Trimester as switched off. If you are still worried, then you can contact Student Central for some assistance.

When can I view my timetable?

You can view your timetable under the 'Timetable' link after the sort is completed and Allocation Adjustment opens. Check the STAR timeline to view when Allocation Adjustment opens for the current trimester. When STAR is in Read Only you can still view your timetable but you cannot make changes.

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

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 time slots.

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