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Services for OUA Students

Student Portal and Email

The University uses email and the student portal myUniSA as the primary method of communication. Therefore, it is essential that you visit myUniSA regularly to keep up to date with important information once you are enrolled. myUniSA is a personalised web-based information service which will provide you with information and updates relating to your study with UniSA. You will be able to log in at www.unisa.edu.au/myunisa

Study Materials

You can access your study materials online through the myUniSA student portal by clicking on the My Current Studies tab. Resources specific to your unit are available from the first day of the study period. Please also check myUniSA for details of despatch of your printed copy of the Unit Outline and any other printed materials.


OUA Students enrolled in UniSA courses are eligible to use the Library to support their study.  Regardless of where you live, UniSA's Off Campus Library Service can help you.  Services include phone and online assistance, electronic document delivery to your desk top and postal delivery of loan items and documents.


Please refer to the textbook requirements for your unit on the Unibooks website to ensure that you have obtained these prior to the commencement of the study period.  Online purchase is also available via the website.


If you have indicated you have a disability when you enrolled through Open Universities Australia, you will be sent a letter about UniSA services for students with disabilities.  UniSA encourages you to develop a Disability Access Plan with the Learning and Teaching Disability Service.

OUA Student Card

Your student card identifies you as an OUA student.  It carries your name and OUA ID number.  You should receive your student card in week five of the study period you have enrolled in and is valid until March of the following year.  If you do not receive your ID card please contact Open Universities Australia

Learning Resources

You can access a wide range of study skills resources from the UniSA Learning and Teaching Unit website. In particular, the following specific sections of this website are recommended:

Learning Advice
This section provides links to a wide range of online resources which have been designed to help you develop and enhance the general learning skills you require for successful study.

Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism
Adopting a correct approach to referencing (and avoiding plagiarism) are key issues which need to be addressed by students undertaking assignments at university level. Therefore, we recommend that you spend some time working through the various guides incorporated in this section of the Learning and Teaching Unit website.

Referencing using the Harvard author-date system (PDF 132.45KB - download Adobe Acrobat)
This downloadable file is located in the Referencing section of the Learning and Teaching Unit website. It provides detailed information about how to reference correctly using the Harvard author-date system.

Please note: a number of the pages and downloadable files on the UniSA Learning and Teaching Unit website refer students to contact staff from the Learning and Teaching Unit if they need further assistance with their studies. Unfortunately, this option is not available to students enrolled through Open Universities Australia but for eligible units, help and advice from the SMARTHINKING online tutors is available to OUA students 24 hours a day.