Distance Education coursework postgrad online orientation

First things first

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You may also like to apply for a student ID card which which you can Register for swipe card access to postgraduate spaces on Monash campuses. Registering for access to one space will give access to all other postgraduate spaces at Monash with the exception of the PhD Hub on Clayton, which requires separate registration. to postgrad spaces when you visit on campus.

Personalise your student calendar by subscribing to our postgraduate calendar feeds - you can also add your timetable and other useful info. See how in our guide to GoogleApps calendars.

Now you've done that, have a read through this page to find out what all you need to know about being a postgrad at Monash University. We'll cover both the facilities and services available to you and give you information on the academic journey. (Please note that the term ‘distance education’ is not used consistently throughout the university, so when searching for information, you also may find the terms ‘off-campus’ and ‘open and distance learning’ used on various websites.)

Facilities and services


It’s important to make sure you’re connected to the Monash IT network, so you’ll need to get your username and passwords set up. Once you have your Monash account, you can log in to the university-wide intranet portal, called my.monash.

Once you have your authcate and username, you can log in to the university-wide intranet portal, called my.monash,
where you will be able to access all relevant information and resources.


If you haven’t used a library for a while, you’ll definitely need some help familiarising yourself with the search systems, resources and library services available today. Subject librarians can help you to find and use discipline-specific information, and can be contacted by email or phone.

The library offers specialised services for distance education students including a postal loan service, online. Coursework postgraduates can borrow up to 60 items at a time, with some restrictions applying depending on your location, and can make use of the document delivery service which can locate and deliver material that is only available from external libraries.

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The academic journey

The library provides a large number of lectures online as audio recordings through MULO.


For many courses you will be able to access lecture notes, assessment tasks, grades and unit outlines on Moodle, a web-based course management system.

Learning skills help

Stuck for words? The library has some great online resources about language and learning, and you can email the library-based learning skills advisors .

The learning support page for distance education students is also worth a look.


It’s important to properly reference and cite
other people’s work used in your assignments. Plagiarism, even when unintended, is taken very seriously and the consequences can be severe.

Advice & advocacy

Your experience at Monash should be academically challenging and stimulating. If you have any concerns or comments about your course you should speak to your course coordinator. Whatever you do, don’t let the situation deteriorate without acting. If you do find yourself in need of some independent, confidential advice contact one of the MPA Advocates.

Finally, if you need some general advice or help with managing any of the university processes from a distance, email any one of the MPA staff for assistance. If you have any suggestions for improvements to services and support for DE postgraduates, please let us know as we have conducted research in this area but are always open to new ideas and feedback from postgraduates.

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Some graduating coursework postgrads

Useful websites - quick links

Distance Education postgraduate page, MPA website

Frequently asked questions

If you are wondering what is involved in being a committee member, or about the annual election process, vist our Committee FAQ page and our election process FAQ page. Being a distance student does not mean you cannot be on the committee.