Student accounts

How are CSE student accounts created?

Almost all student accounts are created and updated automatically from UNSW enrolment data from the New South Student (NSS) System. This is initially processed a fortnight before each session starts with regular updates thereafter. Your student account will contain your name, date of birth, student ID and enrolment details, all of which are taken from NSS. If you are enrolled in a CSE program (degree) don't forget to register a plan as failure to do so will result in an incorrect account being created. If the details are wrong you need to go the School Student Office or UNSW Student Central to fix your enrolment. If you've just received a CSE account, there are instructions on how to initialise it. All students have to accept CSE's Conditions of Use or their CSE account will be disabled (or not initialised, if it's new).

Is my CSE account the same as my UNSW account?

Your CSE account is different to your UNSW account. The School of Computer Science manages its own computer systems and these run with our own accounts. You can use your UNSW zId and zPass with the CSE computers and this will log you into your CSE account. Please note that this does not work on all login methods yet, but it does when logging in at lab computers or with SSH. Your personal and enrolment details are copied from NSS to your CSE account. Your CSE account also has its own password, home directory and disk quota. The console command to show your account is acc. This displays some usage values for your quota, though these figures aren't updated instantly and should only be used as a guide. Your date of birth is not displayed.

What Types of Student Account are there?

Undergraduate and Masters by Coursework

These are automatically created from NSS data and have the lowest levels of privilege and quotas.

Higher-Degree Research (HDR)

Masters-by-Research and Ph.D. with more privileges and higher quotas.

HDR students typically need resources such as a desk and office access so the supervisor should enter their details into a "new person form" webpage at myCSE.

The computer accounts will be automatically created from NSS data. However, the student may start ahead of official enrolment so early account creation may be requested by the supervisor to System Support. This happens when the "new person form" is used. It is important to tell System Support the student ID and date of birth as soon as practical so the account can be set up with full information.

Other situations arise where a HDR student does not have an official enrolment but is still working with a supervisor. System Support can extend their thesis account at CSE.

Summer Research and Practicum Exchange

These have privileges intermediate between the above 2 categories.

Presently, REGZ9024 (Professional Practicum) student accounts will be created automatically from NSS data. Other exchange student accounts must be requested by the Supervisor by using the "new person form" webpage at myCSE. System Support will create an account in the class Exchange_Student: the role title will be extrapolated from the class (ie. Student Exchange).

Summer Research Students are rare these days and there is no designated title on the new person form. SS can extend undergraduate accounts between sessions where the students are working as casual research assistants for an academic. The account class applied is SummerResearch_Student. Often academics will employ students as short-term research assistants instead.

Casual Teaching Staff (Tutors)

Students who are employed as tutors have extra resources and access rights added to their accounts. Completing and returning your tutor employment paperwork will cause your details to be entered into the Teachadmin System. Your account will then be updated automatically the next night.

Other privileges

Elected student representative or society executives, have extra resources and access rights added to their accounts. The CSE Development Office will generally request such account changes.

When do CSE student accounts expire?

Accounts only remain active from one session to the next for students enrolled in a CSE degree. If you are enrolled in another school's degree, your CSE account will expire at the end of the session. It will be revived when you enrol in another CSE course. This also applies to students who defer their CSE degree. There is a page about what to do when your account going to expire. You will be sent warning emails before your account expires and should take the opportunity to save your files. You may also setup a mail redirection, which will last for 6 months or so, and should look into creating a alumni mail account if a permanent redirection is desired.
Last edited by robertd 19/07/2015

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