Preparatory (PREP) units

Preparatory (PREP) units

Preparatory (PREP) units get you ready for online learning at university level, sharpening the skills you already have, and giving you new tools that will help you succeed in your studies.

Why should I think about PREP units?

If you're new to uni or haven't studied for a while, PREP units can help you get back into the study groove. In fact, students who start with a PREP unit are one and a half times more likely to pass their undergrad units and achieve higher grades than those who don't.

Are PREP units compulsory?

If you're a new student, we strongly encourage you to consider one or more PREP units. They are not a mandatory part of OUA study, though. 

Preparing you for academic success

These units look at different learning skills and can be done at different times during your study.

Unit name Code Provider Availability
Start for Success
PREP02 OUA Continuous
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT1 PT2 PT3 PT4 PT5 PT6 PT7 PT8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT1 PT3 PT5 PT7

When to Enrol

Each unit has been designed to support you at different stages of your studies. A quick guide to availability is below. You can enrol in these units using the same easy enrolment process as for all OUA units.

PREP02 START FOR SUCCESS

Study Term
Close of Enrolment
Start date
End date
PREP02 is available any time throughout the study term.

PREP03 PREPARING FOR UNIVERSITY LEARNING - 4 weeks of study

Study Term
Close of Enrolment
Start date   (Monday)
End date   (Sunday)
Prep Term 7 2016
17 Oct 2016
24 Oct 2016
20 Nov 2016
Prep Term 8 2016
5 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016
8 Jan 2017
Prep Term 1 2017
16 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017
19 Feb 2017
Prep Term 2 2017
6 Mar 2017
13 Mar 2017
9 Apr 2017
Prep Term 3 2017
17 Apr 2017
24 Apr 2017
21 May 2017
Prep Term 4 2017
5 Jun 2017
12 Jun 2017
9 Jul 2017
Prep Term 5 2017
17 Jul 2017
24 Jul 2017
20 Aug 2017
Prep Term 6 2017
4 Sep 2017
11 Sep 2017
8 Oct 2017
Prep Term 7 2017
16 Oct 2017
23 Oct 2017
19 Nov 2017
Prep Term 8 2017
4 Dec 2017
11 Dec 2017
7 Jan 2018

PREP04 PREPARING FOR ACADEMIC WRITING - 6 weeks of study

Study Term
Close of Enrolment
Start date   (Monday)
End date   (Sunday)
SP4 2016
21 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016
8 Jan 2017
SP1 2017
20 Feb 2017
27 Feb 2017
9 Apr 2017
SP2 2017
22 May 2017
29 May 2017
9 Jul 2017
SP3 2017
21 Aug 2017
28 Aug 2017
8 Oct 2017
SP4 2017
20 Nov 2017
27 Nov 2017
7 Jan 2018

PREP05 BASIC PREPARATORY MATHEMATICS- 4 weeks of study

Study Term
Close of Enrolment
Start date (Monday)
End date (Sunday)
PREP05 is available 4 times a year:
Prep Term 7 2016
17 Oct 2016
24 Oct 2016
20 Nov 2016
Prep Term 1 2017
16 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017
19 Feb 2017
Prep Term 3 2017
17 Apr 2017
24 Apr 2017
21 May 2017
Prep Term 5 2017
17 Jul 2017
24 Jul 2017
20 Aug 2017
Prep Term 7 2017
16 Oct 2017
23 Oct 2017
19 Nov 2017



Withdrawing from PREP units

The withdrawal rules for each of the PREP units are in the following table:

Financial Penalties

Unit
Full refund
Financial penalty (deducted from refund)
No refund
PREP02
No refund available
No refund available
No refund available
PREP03
Until close of enrolment
-
After close of enrolment
PREP03b
Until close of enrolment
-
After close of enrolment
PREP04
Until close of enrolment
-
After close of enrolment
PREP05
Until close of enrolment
-
After close of enrolment


Getting Help

You have access to the normal student support contacts:

  • OUA Student Advisors can help you plan your studies, change your enrolment, or check your records.
  • Your unit tutor is the best person to answer questions about your studies, such as understanding the topics or completing assignments.

In addition, if you are having trouble logging in or accessing these PREP units you can contact our special PREP units Technical Helpdesk for assistance.

Technical Helpdesk

Phone: 1300 780 060

Email: he-support@open.edu.au

We aim to respond within 1 day if you make contact with us on a weekday and 3 days if you make contact during a weekend.

The Technical Helpdesk will only be able to help you with technical issues relating to these PREP units. Helpdesk staff will not be able to assist with enrolment or academic issues, or with queries relating to other units. When contacting OUA, please remember to provide your full name and OUA ID.

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