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Curriculum Management System

Please note that the CMS is unavailable between 12am - 6am every Thursday for system maintenance.

Link to CMS Login page

IMPORTANT NOTE: You can now use Google Chrome (v77 or later), Firefox (v68 or later) or Safari (V12 or later) when working in CMS. There are known data integrity issues when CMS is used with other browsers including (but not limited to) Microsoft IE or Edge.


Deadlines must still be adhered to please refer to the:

Support Contacts

Key College Contacts

Email and phone
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific CAP Education Governance
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences Patricia Oxborrow
ANU College of Business and Economics Education Governance
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science Educational Governance Officer
ANU College of Law Russell Atkinson
ANU Colleges of Science Caroline Chapman

Next Level Contacts

Questions that cannot be resolved by College contacts should be directed to:
Student Business Solutions/ASQO

New Quick Reference Guides and Help Videos

Quick Reference Guides and FAQ

Updated July 2020

CMS 1 Log in and Access
CMS 2 Dashboard Overview
CMS 3 Courses, Programs, MMS
CMS 4 Class Summary
CMS 4a Class Summary Example_v3
CMS 5 Curriculum Content
CMS 6 Workflow
CMS 7 Collaboration
CMS 8 Skills and Knowledge Table
CMS 9 Mapping
CMS 10 Publish
CMS 11 Manage
CMS 12 Print to PDF
Curriculum Management System FAQs
How to find a class summary on wattle
JAWS User Guide to CMS (Word, 17KB)
JAWS User Guide to CMS (PDF, 86KB)

Help Videos

CMS 1 Log IN and Access video – June 2020 update
CMS 2 Create a Class Summary video – June 2020 update

The majority of the functionality shown in these videos is still correct. Updated versions of these videos will be posted as they are available over the next few weeks.

CMS 3 Establish Curriculum video
CMS 4 User Manage video
CMS 5 Collaboration: Review Initiator video
CMS 6 Collaboration: Reviewer & Author video
CMS 7 Publish video
CMS 8 Create Skills and Knowledge Table video
CMS 9 Mapping video

Use of CMS principles and deadlines

With the release of CMS some publishing functionality is moving from ASQO to College staff. It is important that clear principles are in place regarding curriculum content, timeframes for changes and publishing of these changes to curriculum objects.

Key principles

  • A key principle in curriculum management is maintaining a stable curriculum for students.
  • The programs and courses website is the official published information for students to use in the management of their progression through their degree including;
  • - Admission requirements
    - Course/class selection
    - Understanding the requirements for majors/minors/specialisations
    - Understanding the overall requirements for their award.
  • Adherence to the requirements of the Academic Programs and Courses Accreditation Policy and Procedure
  • Adherence to the deadlines that have been approved for submission to AQAC/AB
  • Adherence to the approved delegations framework for changes to curriculum items
  • Adherence to the schedule for changes to curriculum items.

Programs and Plans

New - published by ASQO

All new programs/plans will need to go through the required University committee approvals. All new programs/plans must come through ASQO for progression through the committees.

Amendment - published by ASQO

All amendments will be assessed by ASQO and then either: 1. Published immediately by ASQO if the amendment is a streamlined amendment and noted for AQAC/AB, or
2. If assessed as requiring University committee approvals will be published by ASQO following approval through AQAC/AB.

Majors/Minors/Specialisations (MMS)

New and Disestablished - published by ASQO

All new and disestablished MMS need to go through the required University committee approvals. All new and disestablished MMS must come through ASQO for progression through the committees and for publishing to P&C.


MMS amendments are approved by Colleges with the exception of admission requirements on Honours specialisations, which are approved by University committees. All MMS amendments come to ASQO for publishing.

All MMS are required to be self-contained i.e. a student is able to complete the requirements of the MMS without having to take any courses outside of the listed requirements of the MMS. The exceptions are undergraduate specialisations that must;

  • have a co-requisite major or
  • all required pre-requisites must be contained within the compulsory courses of the program e.g. Bachelor of Engineering


New - published by Colleges

New courses should be published prior to enrolments opening for the subsequent year.

New courses should also be published prior to submitting any new or amended program/plans where the courses are a component.

If you are not sure which catalogue number to use, please email and we will help identify an appropriate number.
If you require a course to have a second offering (i.e. where there are F and P versions of the course), these will need to be flagged to ASQO to add the additional information and publish.

Research vs Post-graduate coding
Research courses do not display on programs and courses website. This decision was made due to the majority of research courses being enrolment shells for research and have no detail to display. If you need a course to display on P&C then it will need to be given the PGRD career.

Amendment - published by Colleges

Courses need to remain stable for students to rely on.

Some course information should not change through the year e.g. course descriptions, learning outcomes, prescribed texts, assumed knowledge, requisites etc. Please refer to the Schedule for Updates to Programs and Courses (link) for deadlines.

Other information can change as required - other information, preliminary readings, indicative reading lists, and indicative assessment as per student assessment policy


Requisites will still need to be updated by P&C staff. If these are in bulk, such as towards the end of the year for the subsequent year; they can be provided in a spreadsheet format. We will update the requisite in SAS and then update the requirement number if required through CMS.

Course Inactivation

Inactivation of courses needs to be actioned by ASQO. Please send an email to requesting the inactivation and ASQO take the action.

Class summary

Published by Colleges

Updated:  2 September 2021/Responsible Officer:  Academic Standards & Quality Office /Page Contact:  Academic Standards & Quality Office