Enrolments: 542,149

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 533,284

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: Preparing for University Study

If you’ve ever contemplated starting your tertiary studies but found yourself stumped about where to begin, we’ve created this short course which is aimed at:

  • Students who haven’t completed any tertiary studies
  • Students who have previously studied, and are looking to get back into it

Student studies hard to get to graduationThis short course will assist you in managing your time, goals, and expectations. It will also arm you with the necessary tools to complete your assessments including how to study, how to take notes, how to reference and how to prepare for exams. Lastly, you’ll be familiarised with what to expect from peer and mentor interaction, electronic tools, learning management systems, and support services that most universities will offer.

This short course ran over 5 weeks in September and October 2016.

This course is free to undertake.

Enter your details below to register:

■■■ Beginner
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Entry-level short course, suitable for those with no or little prior knowledge. May provide foundation knowledge for higher, Masters-level short courses, or for CSU Masters subjects
Duration5 Weeks
Enrolled1,084 students

Course Schedule

Week 1:

Returning to Study

  • Reasons/Motivations and identification of goals.
  • Manage expectations.
  • Time management.
  • Maintain perspective (Study-Work-Life Balance)

Week 2:

Required Skills

  • Learning styles (VARK)
  • How to Research
    • Critical thinking
  • Referencing (APA, good/bad references)
    • Plagiarism
  • Writing styles (essay, technical report, academic paper)
  • “Note” taking

Week 3:


  • Methods of assessment (online test, essay, technical report, exam etc)
  • Preparation of assessment submissions
  • Marking rubrics
  • Exam preparation

Week 4:

Online Environment

  • Embrace technology – it will help you
  • Demo of CSU online learning environment (Interact2)
  • Electronic devices can help
  • Forum engagement
    • Peer supported learning
  • Mentors/lecturers

Week 5:

Finding Help and Wrap Up

  • Student services
  • Academic Skills
  • Library
  • Career counsel
  • Lecturers/Mentors
  • Other students
  • Final thoughts

Course Information Q&A

Question 1: What is the aim of this short course?

The aim of the short course is to help you develop the skills and knowledge to successfully study a Master degree with Charles Sturt University.

Question 2: Who will present the webinars?

These webinars were presented by:

mattcMatt Constable: Matt is one of our senior industry based lecturers and has designed, developed, and delivered several subjects across several masters at Charles Sturt University, including the Master of Networking and Systems Administration, the Master of Information Systems Security, and the Master of Management (Information Technology). He has a total of 6 academic qualifications, including a Master of Computer Security, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. He has 14 years experience as a Network Engineer, Cyber Security analyst, and Communications Engineer, and he has extensive experience as a sports coach and martial arts instructor.


Chantelle Hale: Chantelle is the IT Masters Course Director, and has been working at IT Masters for the past 10 years. During that time she’s been involved in the design, development, and delivery of several IT Masters courses and subjects. She’s designed and marked tests, essays, projects, and exams for subjects in topics across all of our Masters. She has a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, a Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education, and is currently completing her Masters in Education.

Question 3: Is there a final exam?

No – there is no final exam.

Question 4: Do I get a certificate if I complete the course?

No certificates were offered for this short course. This short course was designed specifically to equip students with soft skills that will enhance their university experience. These skills are not measurable in the way that the skills our other short courses teach are, and ultimately, the decision was made to remove the certificate component solely for this short course and instead provide an extra webinar.

Question 5: Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Completion of this short course will not qualify for credit in to the Charles Sturt University degrees featured on this website.

If you would like more information on our credit program, please see our information page here.

Question 6: Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No – all materials will be supplied to you.

Question 7: Will the sessions be recorded, posted and accessible later if I was unable to attend a lecture?

Yes – the sessions were recorded and you will be able to access them if you missed the live event.