Course guide: Diploma in General Studies (DiGS and DiGS Extended)

Everything you need to know about studying in the Diploma in General Studies and Diploma in General Studies (Extended). We recommend bookmarking this page and referring back to it often.

Getting started

Congratulations on receiving your offer to study the Diploma in General Studies or the Diploma in General Studies (Extended)! We know that you have lots of questions about your studies and we want to ensure that you have a smooth transition to university life.

If you haven't already, make sure you accept your offer to confirm your place here and sign up to Orientation and other important events, then check out the useful resources on this page to help you in your first week of study.

Getting started at Melbourne Melbourne Orientation

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Planning your course

Brief rundown of how course planning works, followed by a number of links – make sure to explain that this includes central University resources.

University of Melbourne Handbook

The University of Melbourne Handbook is the official source of course and subject information – you'll consult it every year to learn about subject prerequisites, assessment, contact hours and timetable details.

DiGS in the Handbook DiGS (Extended) in the Handbook

Q fever screening and vaccination

If you are undertaking subjects at the Dookie campus, providing evidence of Q Fever inoculation is compulsory as part of your enrolment and participation in the course. Find out how to arrange and register your vaccination before you start your study.

Q fever vaccinations

Stay with us in Dookie

Dookie campus is your home away from home, where you'll experience a cohesive community of peers, with supportive and inspiring teachers on hand to provide guidance.

Learn more about Dookie Accommodation at Dookie

More subject planning information

Some subjects require vaccinations and special equipment like lab equipment and PPE, while others have limited capacity – some of them are available on a "first come, first served" basis, while others have selection criteria.

Quota subjects

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Need help planning your course?

If you're having any trouble, get in touch with Stop 1 for a course planning appointment or to access the full range of student services. You're welcome to call, visit or chat online.

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Studying and student life

Brief introduction to this section – again, making clear that we're linking off to a lot of central University resources.

The Learning Management System

The Learning Management System (LMS) is where you access subjects, watch lectures and submit assignments. Log in to the LMS


My.unimelb is where you can access your student email, calendar and personal and enrolment details. Visit My.unimelb

Stop 1 and student services

We offer one of the most comprehensive student support networks in Australia, including health and welfare, careers and employability and administrative and learning support services and resources. Stop 1 can connect you with the full range of student services to support your success, either online or in-person.

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Support and contacts for students

Find contact information for a range of teams, support channels and student services from across the Faculty and the University.

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