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Murdoch New
Student Guide
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            Congratulations___________________ 4
            Get ready for university____________ 6
            Understand your
            degree and course ________________ 8
            Enrol in units
            and classes______________________10
            Pay or defer your
            tuition fees______________________14
            Orientation week
            checklist________________________16
            Week one checklist________________18
            Transport to uni__________________ 20
            Food and fun on campus__________ 22
            Learning expectations____________ 24
            Assessments____________________ 28
            Exams _________________________ 30
            Support services_________________ 32
            Additional information for
            external students________________ 36
            Additional information for
            postgraduate students____________ 40
            Uni speak_______________________ 42
            Important dates_________________ 48
            Important contact details__________ 49
            Getting help from
            family and friends________________ 50
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Congratulations
and welcome to
Murdoch University
To make your transition to university as easy as possible,
we have created this student guide to provide insider’s
advice on how to be a successful student.

Whether you are returning to study after a long time, looking for a new challenge or
are embarking on your university journey for the first time, this guide will be useful to you.
Inside, you’ll find:

    A list of key tasks to complete in your first few weeks at Murdoch

    Information on how to become a successful student

    Information on how to get help should you need it

    Descriptions of all the terminology related
    to being a student at Murdoch

On behalf of Student Services at Murdoch University,
we wish you every success with your studies.
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Get ready for university
UniReady self-assessment                     The plan will contain helpful information
                                             and guidance, including:
Complete the UniReady self-assessment
to prepare for your studies. Keep an eye     »» Additional resources to help you
on your inbox, because a link to the self-      study successfully
assessment will be emailed to you before     »» A suggested study load based on your
semester begins. After you complete the         other commitments
survey you will be sent a personalised       »» Recommended support based on your
support plan based on your responses.           individual strengths and weaknesses
                                             »» An idea of the required time and
                                                organisational skills needed for university
                                             »» How to get help and support with
                                                your studies

                                                 Update your personal
                                                 details online
                                                 It’s important to check that your
                                                 contact details are accurate and
                                                 up-to-date. You can do this by
                                                 logging into MyInfo and clicking
                                                 ‘Personal Details’
                                                 goto.murdoch.edu.au/MyInfo
                                                 You can also update your gender
                                                 (i.e. F/M/X) and title (i.e. Mr/ Miss/
                                                 Ms/Mx/etc.) by asking through
                                                 MyAnswers > ‘Ask a Question’
                                                 myanswers.custhelp.com/app/ask
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Understanding your course
We offer many different types of courses at Murdoch, all of
which have their own expertly-designed course structure. It is
important that you understand your course’s structure so you
can get the most out of your studies.

Your course requires the completion of         To find your course structure, head to the
a certain number of ‘credit points’. For       university Handbook and search for your
example, a three-year bachelor’s degree        course. The Handbook can be accessed at
requires the completion of 72 credit points,   handbook.murdoch.edu.au/
while a four-year bachelor’s degree requires
                                               If you need help understanding your
96 points.
                                               course structure, contact a Student
To achieve these credit points, you’ll         Advisor for help: goto.murdoch.edu.au/
complete individual ‘units’ that belong to     StudentAdvisors
your course. These units contribute to the
many different components that make-
up your course. Your course may have
components such as a career spine, course
core, majors, co-majors, minors and general
electives. Jump to page 44 for definitions
of these terms - you’ll be fluent in ‘uni
speak’ in no time!
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Enrol in units and classes                                                                         2) Plan and enrol in units

                                                                                                   To do

Before you begin your studies, you will need to go online to                                       01      Plan your units       »» Find the units you need to enrol in by searching your
complete your unit enrolment. We have a helpful video that will                                                                     course structure in the Handbook handbook.murdoch.
                                                                                                                                    edu.au
take you through each step of this enrolment process. Watch on
                                                                                                                                 »» Enter the name of your major in the title bar (e.g.
our website our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/My-First-Year/Get-                                                                      Accounting)
started-at-Murdoch/Enrol or follow the written instructions below.                                                               »» Be careful to choose the right version of your course by
                                                                                                                                    checking the course code and year (it should be the most
                                                                                                                                    recent offering)
                                                                                                                                 »» Click the title to open the course outline, and then click on
1) Complete the Self-Enrolment Steps                                                                                                the ‘course structure’ tab
                                                                                                                                 »» You will see the full list of units for your course. You
To do   Session                                                                                                                     only need to enrol for units one calendar year at a time.
                                                                                                                                    Look for the little codes under each unit that signify the
        Log into MyInfo                  goto.murdoch.edu.au/MyInfo                                                                 teaching periods,
                                                                                                                                    e.g. ‘S1’ (semester 1) and ‘S2’ (semester 2)
        Enrol                            Click on ‘Enrol’ to access the self-enrolment steps
                                                                                                                                 »» Note: A full time study load is 12 credit points per
        Disclaimer                       Accept the MyInfo disclaimer                                                               semester. This usually equates to four units per semester.
                                                                                                                                    See page 24 for more information on study load
        Services                         Answer the questions in order

        Government Statistics            Answer the questions in order                             02      Enrol in your units   »» Return to the ‘units’ step in the self-enrolment steps
                                                                                                                                 »» Type the unit code in the search bar and search (don’t put
        Course completion date           Estimate your course completion date                                                       a space between the letters and numbers)
                                      Complete the Commonwealth Assistance Form                                                  »» Select the unit you would like to enrol in
        Commonwealth Assistance Form
                                      and nominate if you would like to obtain a HECS-                                           »» There may be multiple versions of the same unit. Find
        (eligible students only – see
                                      HELP loan for your fees. You will need your Tax File                                          the version you need by checking the teaching period
        page 14)
                                      Number                                                                                        (e.g. S1/S2), study mode (e.g. ‘D’ for on campus or ‘X’ for
        SA-HELP Form                     Complete the SA-HELP form to pay or defer your                                             external) and campus
        (eligible students only – see    Student Services and Amenities Fee. You will again                                      »» Once you have selected the version you need, click ‘add
        page 14)                         need your Tax File Number                                                                  unit’
                                         This is the step where you enrol in your units. See the                                 »» Search and add the other units you need
        Units
                                         next page for more information                                                          »» When you are done, click on ‘save changes’
                                         This step has been pre-filled, so you don’t have to                                     »» If any units show as invalid, click on the ‘why is this
                                         do anything. If you would like to double check or                                          invalid?’ box to get more information
        Unit-Sets
                                         change your major or minors, please submit a request                                    »» Please note your enrolment status will stay as ‘inactive’
                                         through myanswers.custhelp.com/app/ask                                                     until semester begins

                                                                                                   03      Getting help and      »» If you need help planning or enrolling in your units, please
                                                                                                           support                  contact the Student Centre for guidance goto.murdoch.
                                                                                                                                    edu.au/StudentCentre
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3) Sign up for classes
                                                                                                    Tip:   Using the       »» A good way to explore the class options for different units is
                                                                                                           teaching           through the ‘teaching timetable’ timetables.murdoch.edu.au/
 To do   Session                                                                                           timetable to       teaching
                                                                                                           explore class   »» Select the upcoming semester (i.e. Semester 1 or Semester 2)
01       Understanding       »» Now that you have enrolled in your units, the next step is to
                                                                                                           options
         class sign up          sign up for your classes                                                                   »» Enter your unit codes (do not put a space between the letters
                             »» Classes are the weekly timetabled activities for each unit, such                              and numbers) and select the correct option from the drop-
                                as lectures, workshops, tutorials, labs and seminars                                          down list
                             »» Unlike unit enrolment, you can only sign up for classes one                                »» Click ‘generate timetable’
                                semester at a time                                                                         »» The timetable will display all options for the class times. You
                             »» Class sign up normally opens one to two months before                                         only need to choose one option for each class type. Use the
                                semester, and class times are selected on a on a ‘first come,                                 toggle bar on the left to show and hide different class options
                                first served’ basis
                             »» If you are studying your units in ‘external’ mode, you can skip
                                this step, because all your work will be done online

02       Sign up for         »» Go back to MyInfo goto.murdoch.edu.au/MyInfo
         classes             »» Click on the ‘class sign up’ button
                             »» Click on ‘add or change classes’
                             »» Select your lectures (note: most lectures are recorded if you
                                prefer to watch online. Please confirm with Unit Coordinator)
                             »» Select one option for each of your tutorials, workshops, labs
                                and/or seminars
                             »» Pay attention to the listed weeks for each unit. Some classes
                                are weekly, some are fortnightly and some are one-offs
                             »» Save your changes
                             »» You can click ‘view class timetable’ to see your weekly timetable

03       What if my          »» If all the class options for a unit are showing as ‘full’, please
         classes are            contact the relevant Unit Coordinator to let them know
         full, or I have a      murdoch.edu.au/goto/UnitCoordinators
         clash between       »» If a class from a unit clashes with a class from another unit,
         classes?               you may consider:
                                  »» Emailing the Unit Coordinator to explain the
                                     circumstances and seek an alternative class
                                  »» Reviewing your enrolment to see if you can change to
                                     another unit - you could potentially study the clashing
                                     unit in the following semester, if available
                                  »» If one of the clashing classes is a lecture, you can
                                     de-select the lecture and listen to the online lecture
                                     recordings instead, if available
                                  »» Consider changing the unit to external mode ‘X’,
                                     if available
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Pay or defer your tuition fees*
Tuition fees                                     Student Services Amenities
                                                 Fee (SSAF)
Domestic students - Can I defer my
fees to a HECS-HELP loan?                        What is the SSAF?
»» You can choose to defer all or part           »» The SSAF is a fee that goes towards
   of your fees to HECS-HELP if you are             student services of a non-academic
   an Australian citizen, a Permanent               nature. At Murdoch, the SSAF goes
   Humanitarian Visa Holder, or New                 towards many important services on and
   Zealand Citizen with a Special Category          off campus including health, wellbeing,
   Visa (SCV) who meets the HELP                    careers, financial and welfare support.
   residency requirements, and meets the
                                                 »» You are required to pay the SSAF for
   general eligibility criteria.
                                                    each teaching period you study. The
»» If eligible, you can obtain a HECS-HELP          exact fee varies depending if you’re
   loan through the ‘Commonwealth                   doing full-time or part-time study,
   Assistance Form’ self-enrolment step in          and your campus of study. Read
   MyInfo (see page 10).                            more at murdoch.edu.au/study/fees-
»» If you have elected to make either a             scholarships/other-fees
   partial or a full upfront payment, or if
   you’re not eligible to defer your fees, you   Can I defer my SSAF?
   must make your payment before census          »» Yes, if you are an Australian Citizen, hold
   date to avoid being excluded from your           a Humanitarian Visa or New Zealand SCV
   units.                                           eligible, and are enrolled in a Bachelor or
                                                    Graduate course. Complete and submit
International Students                              the SA-HELP form in the self-enrolment
»» International student fees are due the           steps in MyInfo (see page 10).
   Friday before the start of the teaching
   period. Students are required to make         What if I am not eligible
   payment on or before the due date.            to defer my SSAF?
»» Students can view fee details and             »» If you are not eligible to defer your
   payment due dates via their fee invoice.         SSAF, you need to pay your SSAF
   This is available in MyInfo under the            upfront before the due date. You do this
   ‘fees’ tab.                                      through the Fee section in MyInfo. Click
                                                    ‘view latest fee invoice’. You can make
                                                    payment online or at the Student Centre.
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                                                                                               ORIENTATION WEE
Orientation week checklist                                                                                           4. Familiarise yourself with
                                                                                                                        the campus
                                                                                                                                                                     5. Get your books and
                                                                                                                                                                        other resources
                                                                                                                 If you are studying on campus it is a good      You can find a booklist for your units
                                                                                                                 idea to get familiar with the campus layout.    on the Murdoch Bookshop website
    1. Attend orientation 		                          3. Obtain your                                             It is also helpful to find where your classes   murdoch.edu.au/Bookshop
       activities                                        student ID card                                         will be held so you know exactly where to
                                                                                                                                                                 »» You only need to purchase your books
Whether you’re starting undergraduate or           Your student ID card is used for                              go on the first day of semester.
                                                                                                                                                                    one semester at a time
postgraduate study, we have a range of             identification purposes and access to                         »» Check out the campus tours running in        »» Some items will be prescribed, while
orientation programs to help you settle.           services, such as borrowing resources from                       Orientation Week                                others are just recommended
Orientation usually happens a week before          the library. It may also be used for student
                                                                                                                 »» You can find a map of our campus online      »» If you are looking to save money, check
semester starts and includes:                      discounts. To get a student ID card, you can:
                                                                                                                    at maps.murdoch.edu.au                          out the Guild’s Second Hand Bookshop.
»» ‘Living in Perth’ sessions for                  »» Pre-order online and collect on campus                     »» Room numbers are signified by three             It is on campus in Building 490, or online
   international students                             goto.murdoch.edu.au/IDCard                                    numbers. The first number indicates the         at murdochguildtextbooks.com.au
»» Informative course advice sessions              »» Visit the library at the Perth or Mandurah                    building number, the second indicates        »» If you are struggling with the cost
   tailored for undergraduate students                campuses with a valid form of ID                              the level of the building, and the third        of books, the Guild also runs a Book
»» A professional orientation evening for             (Australian driver’s licence or passport)                     number signifies the room. For example,         Subsidy Scheme to support students
   students starting postgraduate studies          »» External students who are too far from                        room 450.2.021 means building 450, level        experiencing financial hardship
                                                      campus can request a card using the                           2, room 21.                                     murdochguild.com.au/student-assist/
»» A range of fun activities and workshops to
   meet new people and boost your                     form here our.murdoch.edu.au/OUA/_                                                                            book-subsidy-scheme
   study skills                                       document/Forms/idlibrarycard.pdf
»» Additional tailored orientation programs
   for specialised degrees
»» Online resources for external students

Find more information online at murdoch.
edu.au/life-at-murdoch/campus-life-
culture/orientation

    2. Explore the Learning
       Management System
       (LMS)
The Learning Management System (LMS),
sometimes referred to as ‘Moodle’, is the
online space where most of the materials
for your unit will be located.
»» You can access the LMS through
   MyUnits goto.murdoch.edu.au/MyUnits
   - click on the light blue pencil icon next to
   each unit.
»» Note: the LMS for each unit will open the
                                                                                                                       MentorMe
   week before semester starts. If you have                                                                            Get advice from friendly, experienced mentor students by joining MentorMe.
   only just enrolled in a unit, it can take                                                                           Mentors catch-up with new students once a week during semester to share
   up to 24 hours for the unit to appear in                                                                            their advice on student life. Find out more at goto.murdoch.edu.au/MentorMe
   MyUnits.
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Week one checklist
     1. Get prepared for classes                    4. Check out the
Before your first class, access the LMS for            UniEdge calendar
each unit (see page 16) and explore the          ‘UniEdge’ is Murdoch’s support program
resources for your first class. In particular:   for new students. Find out what events are
»» Check if your Unit Coordinator                happening on campus and explore great
   has posted anything in the                    online resources by visiting the UniEdge
   announcements forum.                          website goto.murdoch.edu.au/uniedge

»» Locate the Unit Information and Learning
   Guide (UILG) and save a copy so it is
   easily accessible.
»» Within the UILG, read the study               Get Free Software
   schedule for the unit, including the
   assessment dates.                             Microsoft Office 365
»» Check and complete the required               Microsoft Office 365 is a full version of the
   readings before the first class.              Microsoft Office suite (including Word,
»» Some Unit Coordinators share the              Powerpoint and Excel) and is available free
   lecture slides early, so you can print        of charge to all enrolled Murdoch University
   a copy for notes.                             students. Each student is allowed to install
                                                 Microsoft Office on up to five devices
     2. Participate in your                      (Windows, Mac, iPad, Android). For more
                                                 information, including how to get Office 365
        classes for each unit                    ProPlus for free, visit goto.murdoch.edu.au/
It’s important to start the semester on          GetOffice.
the right foot by not missing any classes.
The first week of classes provide a great        Endnote
introduction to the unit, and a chance to        EndNote is a bibliography citation
meet your peers. For external students,          management software program, developed
ensure you are participating in the online       by Thomson Reuters, that allows you to:
forums as needed, so you don’t fall behind.      create a database of references; search
                                                 and download references from electronic
     3. If available, enrol in                   databases and library catalogues; store
                                                 downloaded PDFs with their relevant
     Peer Assisted Study                         references; insert in-text citations into your
     Sessions (PASS)                             thesis, assignments, publications, etc.;
PASS is an optional additional support class     generate bibliographies in specific styles;
available for select units, and is facilitated   and share your library or group of references
by high-achieving 2nd, 3rd and 4th year          with others. To download Endnote visit
students in your field of study. More            libguides.murdoch.edu.au/EndNote
information about PASS is available online
our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/Study-
successfully/PASS
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Transport to uni
Public transport (Transperth)                  Parking at Murdoch
University students studying full-time are     There are a variety of parking options at
eligible for a concessional SmartRider card.   Murdoch University. At the Perth campus,
Transperth accepts enrolment in at least 9     you may purchase an annual or semester
credit points per semester as proof of full-   parking permit, purchase a day permit, or
time enrolment. A concessional SmartRider      purchase a ticket from a ticket machine at
card gives discounted fees for travel on       an hourly rate. Permits may be purchased
Transperth buses, trains and ferries in the    from the Student Centre or online.
metropolitan area.                             our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/Get-
                                               organised/Getting-your-parking-permit/
SmartRider cards may be purchased from
the Student Guild Kiosk which is located in    To find out more about parking at the
the Perth Campus Library. To register your     Mandurah campus visit our.murdoch.edu.
Tertiary SmartRider login to MyInfo and        au/Campus-and-Facilities-Management-
click on ‘Enrol’ then select ‘Services’.       Office/Our-services/Parking-on-campus/
If you do not register your SmartRider, you    Parking-permits-and-fees
are not eligible for a travel concession.
Your student card alone is not accepted.
                                               ACROD
If you pay a concession fare without a
Tertiary SmartRider you face a $100            If you are the holder of an ACROD sticker
on-the-spot fine.                              you do not need to apply for a parking
                                               permit. Please display your ACROD sticker
Students who are eligible for concession
                                               when parking in any of the signed ACROD
and are enrolled at our Mandurah campus
                                               bays across campus.
can purchase a new SmartRider over the
phone. Please call the Guild Kiosk on (08)     To find out more about parking at Murdoch
9360 6776 and have your student number         visit our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/Get-
and a credit/debit card number handy. Your     organised/Getting-your-parking-permit
card will then be posted out for collection
from the Mandurah Student Centre.
                                               Cycling to Murdoch
For more information about Transperth
and Tertiary SmartRiders, please visit         Ride your bike to university and secure it in
transperth.wa.gov.au/SmartRider/Types-         our purpose-built bicycle lockers. To obtain
of-SmartRider                                  a pin code for the lockers contact the
                                               Student Centre. For full details, please go
                                               MyAnswers (FAQ #806)
                                               myanswers.custhelp.com/app/answers/
                                               detail/a_id/806/kw/806
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Food and fun on campus
Fun
The Murdoch University Student Guild helps
students get involved in campus life. You can
join a club or society, work out at our sports
centre, or have a drink with your friends at
the tavern. Special events are also held on
campus each year including Festival Day,
Multicultural Day, and the Stamp Out Stress
Day. To get involved, go to the Murdoch
University Student Guild’s website at
murdochguild.com.au

Food
There is also a variety of food options
available on campus. At Perth campus
you’ll find vibrant cafés and restaurants.
You can grab a bite to eat from one of the
daily local food trucks, or explore the brand
new Student Hub with a range of choices.
Mandurah and Rockingham campuses both
have student cafés for coffee and snacks.
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Learning expectations
Full-time or part-time studies                   Unit workload
At Murdoch, the normal full-time enrolment       When planning your study schedule, you
is 12 credit points per semester, or 24 credit   should allocate approximately 10 hours
points over a year. International students       per week for each unit you study. These 10
studying under a student visa are required       hours may include:
by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
                                                 »» Completing the required readings and
to study full-time so they complete their
                                                    preparing for classes
course within the CoE and visa length.
                                                 »» Going along to lectures or listening to
Domestic students have the option to                lectures online
study part-time and enrol in as little as
                                                 »» Taking notes during the lecture and
one unit (2-3 credit points) per semester,
                                                    revising them after the lecture
as long as their course permits it. You can
check this under ‘duration’ in the course        »» Attending and participating in classes (or
description in the Handbook                         in online forums)
handbook.murdoch.edu.au/                         »» Completing assessments on LMS (such
                                                    as online quizzes)
Note: Centrelink and Transperth both
accept 9 credit points per semester              »» Meeting up with other students to
as a ‘full-time’ load for benefits and              discuss group projects
concession rates.                                »» Researching and writing assignments
                                                 »» Creating and practising
                                                    oral presentations
                                                 »» Studying for exams
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Enhancing your online                             Get fit physically and mentally                  Unit Information and                          Using the Library
learning experience                               Murdoch University’s Perth campus has a          Learning Guides                               The Library is filled with useful resources
Whether you are studying internally or            gym and offers social team sports. Students      Each unit has a Unit Information and          that are available to all students, which
externally, most of your unit resources           can join the gym at a discounted rate. Daily     Learning Guide (UILG) located on its          allows you to:
and learning essentials are integrated into       exercise is a fantastic way to clear your head   LMS page.                                     »» Access all the materials you need for
the Learning Management System (LMS).             and stay healthy, and social sport is a great
                                                                                                   UILGs are an excellent resource. Use             your studies, including high demand
                                                  way to make friends. Visit the website to see
The following are some key things you                                                              them to form your study schedule and             learning materials, unit readings, online
                                                  what’s on offer
can do to help you succeed in the online                                                           and plan ahead for a successful semester.        journals, e-books and past exam papers
                                                  murdoch.edu.au/Murdoch-Sports
learning environment.                                                                              Make sure you download and read each          »» Access and borrow materials from
                                                  The Murdoch University Counselling Service       guide thoroughly at the beginning of the         other libraries
»» If you are listening to a lecture online, do   has lots of information about taking care of     semester. You will refer to them so           »» Explore subject guides and receive
   so without other distractions                  your mental health whilst studying, including    often that you might like to consider            assistance from Library staff
»» Print out a copy of the lecture slides and     online resources and mindfulness apps.           printing them.
   write notes on them as you listen to the       Visit the Counselling website at                                                               »» Learn APA, Chicago, MLA and other
   lecture                                        murdoch.edu.au/Counselling.                      UILGs contain everything you need to know        referencing styles
                                                                                                   about each unit, including:                   »» Access computers, internet, copying,
»» Be courteous when engaging with others
   on LMS                                                                                          »» Names and contact details for the Unit        scanning and printing
»» Engage and discuss ideas and topics                                                                Coordinator (and Unit Manager if it is a   »» Access the 24/7 learning common area
   with fellow students in the online forum                                                           large unit)
   (don’t just put forward your own opinion,                                                       »» Names and contact details for tutors       For more information on the Library, or to
   try to engage with ideas from the                                                               »» Learning outcomes for the unit             contact the Library, visit library.murdoch.
   readings and lectures too)                                                                                                                    edu.au/
                                                                                                   »» Assessment instructions and deadlines
»» Read important messages posted by                                                                  (including allocated marks for each
   your Unit Coordinator or tutor                                                                     assessment)
LMS might look slightly different for each                                                         »» Policy regarding late submission of
unit depending on how Unit Coordinators                                                               assessments (including penalties)
have chosen to lay out their unit. Make sure                                                       »» An overview of each week’s topics
you have a good look at each unit’s LMS                                                            »» Information about your course materials
page to know what to look for when you                                                                and recommended readings
need it.
                                                                                                   »» Information about the required
                                                                                                      referencing style and academic conduct
                                                                                                   »» Information about exams (if applicable).
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Assessments                                                                                    Support for students with a disability
                                                                                               and/or medical condition
                                                                                               If you have a disability and/or medical condition, you can apply for alternative
                                                                                               arrangements for assessments and exams. This will enable you to undertake
As a university student you are expected to complete one or                                    assessments and exams on an equitable basis. To discuss and arrange support, contact
more assessments for each unit that you are enrolled in. These                                 the Equity and Social Inclusion Office as soon as possible on (08) 9360 6084 or
can include, but are not limited to, online quizzes, essays, oral                              equity@murdoch.edu.au.
presentations, mid-semester tests, group projects, and portfolios.
Details and instructions for each assessment are outlined in
your Unit Information and Learning Guides. Make a note of the
assessment deadlines in your calendar and develop a plan to finish
your assessments before the due date.                                                        Submitting assessments                          Returning assessments
                                                                                             Directions on how to submit assessments         Graded assessments are usually returned
Questions about assessments                     Support with assessments                     are provided in each Unit Information and       to you no later than two weeks after
                                                                                             Learning Guide (UILG). For most units,          submission. Understanding assessment
If you are having difficulty understanding      The Support for Learning (SFL) team          assessments are submitted electronically        feedback is very important as it will
or completing an assessment, your tutor         offers help with assessments, including      through the Learning Management System          highlight what you did well and how you
should be your first point of contact.          literacy, numeracy and English support. In   (LMS).                                          can improve.
Your Unit Coordinator should be the next        addition to one-on-one support from Peer
person you speak to if your tutor cannot        Academic Coaches (PACs) and learning         The UILG will outline the fine details          Sometimes it is difficult to take on
answer your specific question. Additional       consultants, SFL also offers workshops       for submitting assessments, including           feedback, especially if you didn’t do as
info about tutors and Unit Coordinators is      on a variety of topics including academic    cover sheets, plagiarism checks and late        well as expected. If after a few days, and
available on page 42.                           writing, referencing, oral presentations,    penalties. Late submissions normally have       after re-reading the feedback, you would
                                                mathematics and statistics. Support is       marks deducted per day overdue, and             like some further explanation about your
                                                available on and off campus. Find out more   some units require that all assessments be      marks, ask your tutor for some time to
Academic integrity
                                                online at our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/   submitted in order to pass the unit.            discuss your assignment and the feedback.
Murdoch University is an academic               Study-successfully
                                                                                             If you are unable to submit an assessment       If your tutor suggests you need to improve
community based on trust, fairness and
                                                                                             due to unforeseen circumstances such            specific academic skills, the Support for
honesty, and you are required to respect
                                                                                             as illness, you should contact your tutor       Learning (SFL) team can help. See page 34
these values in all of your work by following
                                                                                             as soon as possible. You will need to           for more information.
the rules of academic integrity. Visit the
                                                                                             provide supporting documentation, such
website for more information our.murdoch.
                                                                                             as a medical certificate or letter from a
edu.au/Educational-technologies/
                                                                                             counsellor, to be granted an extension.
Academic-integrity
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Exams                                                                                         Items allowed in the exam                         If you are sick on the day of the exam and
                                                                                              Some units allow students to bring                unable to sit the exam, you should visit a
                                                                                              additional materials such as dictionaries,        doctor and obtain a medical certificate and
                                                                                              textbooks, notes, or calculators into the         apply for deferred assessment. You have up
                                                                                              exam. This information will be listed in          to three (3) working days after the exam to
General information                             Read and practise past
                                                                                              your Unit Information and Learning Guides         lodge an application, including supporting
about exams                                     exam papers                                                                                     documentation, to the Exams Office.
                                                                                              as well as on the exam timetable. A clear
                                                Past exam papers (where released by           water bottle with all labels removed is
Many units at Murdoch require students to       the School) for the previous five years
sit a final exam at the end of each semester.                                                 allowed. Make sure you arrive at the venue        Exam results
                                                are available online library.murdoch.edu.     at least 15 minutes before the official start
Exams occur during weeks 16 and 17 of           au/Borrowing-and-access/Search-and-                                                             Exam results are incorporated into the
each semester, and each exam may run for                                                      time. You will need to bring a valid form
                                                browse-resources/Exam-papers                  of ID (Murdoch student ID card, driver’s          overall grade of the unit. Final grades
2-3 hours. The exact weighting for each                                                                                                         for all units can be accessed in MyInfo.
exam will be detailed in the Unit Learning      Ask your tutor or Unit Coordinator if the     license or valid passport) to be admitted
                                                                                              into the exam venue. Leave your valuables         Exam papers are not typically returned
and Information Guide. Some units require       upcoming exam will be similar to previous                                                       to students, however students may
students to pass the final exam in order to     exams. If so, you may also want to practise   at home. Turn off your mobile phone and
                                                                                              leave it in your bag.                             request to see their exam paper. To
pass the unit.                                  completing the past paper in exam                                                               access an exam paper, contact your Unit
                                                conditions - see how you go!                                                                    Coordinator and make an appointment
Exam timetable                                  Find out about exam anxiety and how to        Feeling unwell during the exam                    within 10 university business days
                                                use nervous energy to your advantage          If you commence an exam but cannot                from the release of results. For more
The exam timetable is posted online and on                                                                                                      information about exams, visit the Exams
                                                on the Getting through Exams fact sheet       complete it due to ill health or other factors,
noticeboards on each campus. Semester                                                                                                           website at our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-
                                                murdoch.edu.au/Counselling/Find-out-          you can apply to defer the exam if you
timetables are released in Week 9; trimester                                                                                                    life/Get-organised/About-exams/
                                                about...You may also like to attend the       report your illness to the exam supervisor.
weeks 7-8; and summer and winter units
                                                Exam Success workshops offered through
in weeks 3-4. The timetable will contain                                                      If you are on campus, a University Nurse or
                                                UniEdge.
details such as exam dates, times, and                                                        Security Officer will attend the exam venue
locations. Students may search for the                                                        and provide a certificate confirming your
exam timetable online at murdoch.edu.au/        Exam anxiety                                  inability to complete the exam.
admin/timetables/exams/.
                                                If you suffer with exam anxiety, help
                                                                                              You may submit an application to defer the
                                                is available. Our Counselling Service
                                                                                              exam with a supporting medical certificate
Preparing for exams                             provided one-on-one support and many
                                                                                              (which must be issued on the day of the
                                                online resources to help you maximise
                                                                                              exam) within three (3) university
Revision                                        exam success. Check them out online at
                                                                                              business days.
»» Familiarise yourself with the learning       murdoch.edu.au/Counselling/Find-out-
   outcomes for each unit.                      about...

»» Make thorough notes all semester, and
   condense key ideas
»» Revise key ideas
»» Revise information from presentations
   and lectures
»» Develop revision aids according to
   your learning style. For example, visual
   learners may wish to draw pictures to
   illustrate key ideas
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Support Services
Murdoch University has many dedicated teams who provide
tailored support to all students, including support for
external and postgraduate students. It is important to ask for
assistance if you need help with any aspect of your studies,
and it is always best to ask for help early.

General queries
The Student Centre                             Special Programs: Elite Athlete
Best for: general questions regarding          and Defence Force
enrolment, fees, parking and more.             Best for: specialised study support for
How to contact: Drop by the Student Centre     students who are elite athletes and defence
on campus, call 1300 Murdoch (1300 687         force personnel.
3624) or email studentcentre@murdoch.          How to contact: email specialprograms@
edu.au                                         murdoch.edu.au or visit the website for
                                               more information our.murdoch.edu.au/
Student Success Advisors                       Student-life/My-First-Year/Support-
                                               Services/Special-Programs
Best for: friendly, one-on-one support for
academic and personal wellbeing support -
a great place to start when you’re not sure    IT Support
where to go or you need someone to listen.     Best for: issues with your student ID card,
How to contact: Student Success Advisors       trouble logging into your online account,
are located across the university, visit the   problems with online lectures in ECHO360
website for contact details goto.murdoch.      or the Learning Management System (LMS)
edu.au/StudentAdvisors                         How to contact: visit the IT service desk in
                                               the Perth campus library, call (08) 9360
International Student Support                  2000 or lodge a query online murdochuni.
                                               service-now.com/its
Best for: tailored support for studies as
an international student, including cultural
support, academic guidance, questions
about visa conditions and more. One-on-one
support is available.
How to contact: StudentSupport@
murdoch.edu.au
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Academic and career                                                                           Health, equity and wellbeing
Support for Learning (SFL)                     The Library                                    Equity and Social Inclusion                        Counselling Service
Best for: learning support to build academic   Best for: sourcing useful resources such as    Best for: support for students with disabilities   Best for: support with mental health,
skills such as time management, essay          books and journals for your studies, getting   and/or medical conditions, as well as support      wellbeing, motivation and resilience.
writing, referencing, maths, statistics and    support with research, as well as being a      for students who are carers. Students can          Students can access confidential
                                               great space for silent or group study.         gain an Equity Quality Assisted Learning           appointments with accredited psychologists
English language support. SFL offer one-
                                                                                              (EQAL) support plan to enable equitable            and counsellors, either on campus or over
on-one consultations, group workshops and      How to contact: Visit in person or go to the
                                                                                              access to study.                                   the phone.
online resources.                              website for resources and to ask a librarian
                                               a question www.murdoch.edu.au/library/         How to contact: make an appointment as             Contact us: call (08) 9360 1227, email
How to contact: call (08) 9360 2142 or visit
                                               help-support/ask-our-librarians                early in the semester as possible by calling
the website to book a consultation and view                                                                                                      CounsellingService@murdoch.edu.au or
resources our.murdoch.edu.au/Studentlife/                                                     (08) 9360 6084 or emailing equity@                 visit online to view many great resources
Study-successfully/Seeing-someonefor-          Careers and                                    murdoch.edu.au                                     www.murdoch.edu.au/Counselling
help                                           Employment Centre
                                               Best for: enhancing your employability         ALLY                                               Medical Service
Peer Assisted Study Sessions                   through career advice such as help with job    Best for: information and support for queries      Best for: confidential, high-quality medical
(PASS)                                         applications, interview skills, gaining work   related to sexual orientation and gender           consultations from qualified and experienced
                                               experience and more.                           identity at the university.                        doctors and nurses, usually with no out-of-
Best for: group study support for
traditionally difficult units. Ran as weekly   How to contact: call (08) 9360 2596, email                                                        pocket expense for students.
                                                                                              How to contact: Through the Equity
50-minute sessions, led by students who        careers@murdoch.edu.au or visit the Career     and Social Inclusion office (above). More          How to contact: Call (08) 9360 2293 or
have achieved high grades in the unit.         Connect portal online www.murdoch.edu.         information available at goto.murdoch.edu.         visit the website to book online and view
                                               au/Careers-and-employment-centre               au/Ally                                            resources www.murdoch.edu.au/Medical/
For more information: visit our.murdoch.
edu.au/Student-life/Study-successfully/                                                                                                          Making-anappointment
                                                                                              Also check out: the Murdoch Queer
PASS                                                                                          Collective facebook.com/murdochqc
                                                                                                                                                 Student Financial Support
Peer Academic Coaches (PAC)                                                                   Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre                         Office
Best for: friendly, drop-in academic                                                          Best for: academic and cultural support and        Best for: financial support and scholarship
assistance - no appointment necessary!                                                        community for students Aboriginal and              advice for students – there are so many
                                                                                                                                                 scholarships on offer!
Great for when you need some quick                                                            Torres Strait Islander students, including
academic help on short notice.                                                                tutoring and mentorship opportunities.             How to contact: call (08) 9360 2733, email
                                                                                                                                                 scholarships@murdoch.edu.au or browse
How to contact: drop-in on campus                                                             How to contact: Visit on Perth campus,             online at our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/
or online, view the schedule online at                                                        Building 490, call (08) 9360 2128, email           Finances
our.murdoch.edu.au/Studentlife/                                                               Kulbardi@murdoch.edu.au or visit the
Studysuccessfully/Peer-Academic-                                                              website murdoch.edu.au/Kulbardi
Coaches                                                                                                                                          Student Guild
                                                                                                                                                 Best for: student advocacy, including
                                                                                                                                                 emergency welfare support and help with
                                                                                                                                                 academic processes such as appeals, as well
                                                                                                                                                 as lots of awesome initiatives such as student
                                                                                                                                                 clubs and societies, student events and
                                                                                                                                                 representing the student voice on campus.
                                                                                                                                                 How to contact: call (08) 9360 2158, email
                                                                                                                                                 contact@the-guild.com.au or go online at
                                                                                                                                                 murdochguild.com.au
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Additional information for
external students
Students studying externally do not attend classes on campus.
Instead, teaching and discussion with other students occurs
through the online Learning Management System (LMS).

Benefits of studying externally                  Access to the internet
Studying externally (online) provides a          All students, regardless of their location
more flexible mode of learning. Students         or mode of study, will need access to a
have the benefit of listening to lectures,       computer with internet browsing capability
engaging in discussion with other students,      and a connection to the internet via
and studying at a time that suits them.          broadband (cable, ADSL or mobile)
Studying externally suits students who may       or wireless.
live remotely, have chronic disabilities, and/
                                                 The internet connection should be readily
or have work commitments, families, or
                                                 available and allow large amounts of
other responsibilities. Students can choose
                                                 data to be streamed or downloaded
to study all of their units online, or study a
                                                 (approximately 100MB per lecture
mixture of internal and external units in the
                                                 recording). Students also need to be able
same semester.
                                                 to enter into online discussions and submit
Students who study externally and live           assignments online.
nearby are welcome to attend lectures
and events on campus. If you would               Using the Library
like to attend other classes, you need to
contact your Unit Coordinator to seek their      As an external student at Murdoch
permission. You can find their details in        University, you are eligible to use:
your Unit Information and Learning Guide
                                                 »» Findit - Search and access online books
on the LMS.
                                                    and journal articles
It is important to keep in mind that             »» Databases - Find subject-specific
studying externally is just as demanding            journals and articles
as studying on campus. Internal and
                                                 »» My Unit Readings - Access your unit
external students generally have the
                                                    readings
same assessments, so you will need to be
organised, self-motivated, and disciplined.      »» Ask A Librarian - For help with
                                                    your research.
As your life circumstances change, you
can also change your mode of study each          To find more information about using the
semester. You can change from internal           library as an external student, visit
(D) to external (X) mode via the Enrolment       library.murdoch.edu.au/Students/External-
Steps within MyInfo until the end of week        students
two. If you would like to change your mode
of study after week two, you must obtain
approval from the Unit Coordinator.
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Additional information for
external students (continued)
Exams
If you are enrolled externally, your exam location is determined by your postal address. If you do
not reside at your postal address, please email the Exams Office at exams@murdoch.edu.au with
your new location before the end of week 12 for normal semester exams, or at least 10 business
days prior to the start of the exam period for all other exam periods.
Requests received after the deadline will not be accepted.

 Postal address and distance from campus          Exam Location
Less than 100 kms from campus                     On campus
More than 100 kms from campus                     Exam Centre
More than 100kms from                             Nominated Supervisor
Australian exam centre
                                                                                                     On-campus intensives                           On-campus accommodation
                                                                                                     For some units, particularly science units,    for short-term stays
More than 300kms from                             Nominated Supervisor
                                                                                                     external students must attend compulsory       The Murdoch University Village provides
Overseas exam Centre
                                                                                                     on-campus laboratory sessions or               affordable self-catered accommodation
                                                                                                     placements. These labs are ‘intensive’         for short stays, which is a great option if
                                                                                                     over two to four days, or up to two weeks      you need to stay close to Perth campus for
You can find more information about Exam Centres and nominating supervisors on the
                                                                                                     depending on the unit. During this time,       your intensive study component.
External Exams webpage our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/Get-organised/About-exams/
                                                                                                     you are expected to come to Perth and          Visit their website for more information
External-exams
                                                                                                     study on campus.                               www.mystudentvillage.com/au/murdoch-
                                                                                                     Certain units may also require you to          university-village/short-stays
                                                                                                     attend practicums on campus or at another
                                                                                                     location, undertake work experience,
                                                                                                     conduct research, or complete fieldwork.
                                                                                                     It is important to plan ahead if your units
                                                                                                     have intensives. Lock these dates in your
                                                                                                     schedule so you can organise things such
                                                                                                     as time off work and transport ahead
                                                                                                     of time.
                                                                                                     For more information about on-campus
                                                                                                     intensive components, refer to the
                                                                                                     Handbook under the ‘timetabled learning
                                                                                                     activities’ or contact the Unit Coordinator.
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Additional information for
postgraduate students
Postgraduate study requires specialised support, and Murdoch
University offers specialised support to help students advance
their academic and research skills.

Support for Learning (SFL)                   Guild Postgraduate Student
The SFL team offer a suite of postgraduate   Assist Officer
support, especially for students with        The Guild has a dedicated Postgraduate
English as a second language. This           Assist officer who provides advice and
support includes individual consultations,   advocacy to all postgraduate students on
postgraduate writing sessions, GREAT         academic policies, procedures and disputes
(Graduate Research, Education and            including appeals, re-marking, deferred/
Training) seminars, the Flying Start         supplementary assessment, retrospective
program for beginning researchers and        withdrawal, academic/research
the unit ‘TLC501 Communication skills for    misconduct, research ethics, candidature
postgraduate study’. Find out more on the    issues and supervisor problems.
website our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/     Assistance in the search for scholarships
Study-successfully/Postgraduate-Students     is also available.
                                             Email Postgrad.assist@the-guild.com.au
Murdoch University
Postgraduate Student
Association (MUPSA)
The Murdoch University Postgraduate
Student Association (MUPSA) is an
association of the Murdoch University
Guild of Students. MUPSA is dedicated to
representing postgraduates, their needs
and their interests on campus. More
information about MUPSA services can be
found at our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/
Join-in/Clubs-and-societies/MUPSA
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Uni speak
Below you can find a list of the key terms and definitions
you will need to know as a Murdoch student.

Useful people
Academic Chair                                     Unit Coordinator
Academic Chairs are senior academics               Unit Coordinators are responsible for the
who are responsible for a particular course,       design and delivery of a specific unit. They
major, co-major or minor. They can provide         manage the content and assessments
detailed course advice and may approve             in the unit(s) they coordinate. Your Unit
course variations, late enrolment into units,      Coordinator is often your lecturer and on
and course transfer applications. It is a good     occasion, may also be your tutor.
idea to get to know your Academic Chair;
                                                   If you have questions about the content or
they can often provide career advice and
                                                   assessments in your units, or need approval
may even introduce you to networks in
                                                   for late enrolment into a unit, you can
your field of study. Contact your Academic
                                                   contact your Unit Coordinator by email. If
Chair by email goto.murdoch.edu.au/
                                                   you have an issue with the unit or your tutor,
AcademicContacts
                                                   you are welcome to discuss this with the Unit
                                                   Coordinator. To find your Unit Coordinator’s
Tutor                                              contact details, look in your Unit Guide or
Tutors facilitate classes (workshops, tutorials    type in the unit code in the online Handbook.
and/or labs) and provide guidance on your
assignments. Your tutor is your first point of     Supervisor
contact for any questions you have about
                                                   Students enrolled in courses with a research
the unit. They also mark your assessments.
                                                   component will be assigned a supervisor.
You will be assigned a tutor for each unit
                                                   Your supervisor will typically specialise
you are enrolled in, regardless of whether
                                                   in an area related to your research. They
you are enrolled internally or externally.
                                                   normally approve your topic, and support
Your tutor will provide their contact details
                                                   your research. Honours students normally
usually during the first class. If you are going
                                                   arrange their own supervisor before
to be absent or late for a class, please email
                                                   studies begin. For more information about
your tutor to let them know. If you do not
                                                   Honours, visit handbook.murdoch.edu.au/
know who your tutor is, or do not have
                                                   study/?section=2c_honours
their contact details, you may contact the
Unit Coordinator.
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Course components
Career Learning Spine                           Majors                                               Second Majors
The Career Learning Spine forms part of the     A major is a set of units that students study        Within many degree courses it is possible
curriculum in our undergraduate degrees.        to gain specialised in-depth knowledge               to study a second major, which may be
It provides learning opportunities and real     in an area related to their degree. A major          complementary to the degree. For example,
world experiences tailored to the area of       is recorded on the Degree Testamur. For              a student studying a Bachelor of Creative
study to ensure graduates have the skills and   example, within a Bachelor of Science a              Media may choose to study a major in
attributes employers are looking for.           student may choose to study a major in               Screen Production and an additional related
                                                Biological Sciences and be awarded a                 major in Sound and be awarded a Bachelor
                                                Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences).           of Creative Media (Screen Production and
Co-Majors
                                                                                                     Sound). In some instances, choosing to
A co-major is a set of units which students                                                          study a second major may increase the time
                                                Minors
study to gain specialised knowledge with                                                             required to complete the degree course. It
less depth than a major. Only one co-major      A minor is a small set of units which students       is important when choosing to complete a
may be studied in a degree course. A            study to gain specialised knowledge                  second major, that you discuss a study plan
co-major is recorded on the Academic            with less depth than a major or co-major.            with the Academic Chair of the course.
Transcript but not the degree testamur. To      Up to two minors may be recorded on
add a second major, co-major or minor, ask a    the academic transcript. Students may                Prerequisite Units
question through MyAnswers.                     choose to study minors that are related,
                                                or complementary to a chosen major. For              These are units that you must successfully
                                                example, a student may choose to study               complete prior to enrolling in a subsequent
Course Core
                                                a major in Sound and a related minor in              unit. For example, BIO246 Microbiology
A course core is a set of units which all       Radio or a major in Sound and an unrelated           has BIO152 Cell Biology as a prerequisite;
students studying a particular degree course    minor in Sustainable Development. To add             therefore, a student must successfully
must successfully complete. They provide        a second major, co-major or minor, ask a             complete BIO152 before enrolling in
the opportunity to master fundamental           question through MyAnswers.
                                                                                                     BIO246. To add a second major, co-major or
disciplinary knowledge, learn how to think
                                                                                                     minor, ask a question through MyAnswers.
critically about key issues and engage with
                                                Required, Specified and
important research.
                                                General units                                        Units
Degree                                          Within a course each unit is either a ‘required      A unit is an individual subject that is studied
                                                unit’, ‘specified elective’ or ‘general elective’.   within a course. Each unit has a code and a
A degree is a qualification awarded by a        Required units are compulsory units that             name. For example, PSY101 Introduction to
university. There are two types of degrees,     must be successfully completed prior to              Cultural Psychology. Most units are worth
undergraduate and graduate. Undergraduate       graduation in that course. Specified elective        three credit points. Full-time students
degrees, also known as Bachelor degrees,        units are offered as a list from which a             typically complete four units (12 credit
typically require a minimum of three or four    specified number must be successfully                points) each semester while part-time
years of full-time study. Combined degrees,     completed prior to graduation in that course.        students complete less.
where two Bachelor degrees are studied          General elective units are all remaining units
concurrently, may take up to five years of      that are not nominated as either required
full-time study. Graduate degrees, which        or specified electives. You may use general
include Graduate Certificates, Graduate         electives to help you complete the total
Diplomas, Masters and Doctoral degrees,         number of credit points required for your
may require as little as one year or as much    course (e.g. 72 credit points are required for
as four years of full-time study, usually in    a three year undergraduate degree).
addition to the completion of a Bachelor
degree or equivalent professional experience.
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Study slang
Echo360                                            MyAnswers                                         My Unit Readings                                   Teaching Periods
Echo360 (sometimes called the Lecture              MyAnswers is an enquiry tool that can             My Unit Readings is your gateway to                Murdoch University runs according to an
Capture System – LCS) contains recordings          assist you to find information and send           accessing essential and recommended                academic calendar that divides the year into
of your lectures, and is accessible through        requests about all things related to university   readings for your units.                           teaching periods. The most common teaching
LMS. You can stream audio or video                 administration. The ‘ask a question’ function                                                        periods are semester one (S1) and semester
recordings with a live internet connection, or     is especially helpful for study questions and     Peer Academic Coaches (PACs)                       two (S2) and the summer and winter. Most
you can download them to your computer             sending requests about your enrolment                                                                courses run units in S1 and S2, however
or tablet to watch later. Recordings are           myanswers.custhelp.com                            Peer Academic Coaches (PACs) are friendly,         as some courses and units have different
usually available on LMS within 24 hours of                                                          high-achieving students who offer drop-in          teaching periods students need to take care
being recorded.                                    Myfeedback                                        support with anything academic. Find the           to check the teaching period for each unit
                                                                                                     PAC schedule on the webpage our.murdoch.           when enrolling. A full list of teaching periods
                                                   Myfeedback is the way you can have                edu.au/Studentlife/Studysuccessfully/Peer-
Learning Management System                                                                                                                              can be found online handbook.murdoch.edu.
                                                   your say about the units you study - what         Academic-Coaches                                   au/dates/teaching_periods
(LMS)                                              you liked about them and what needs to
                                                   improve. You will receive an email when           Peer Assisted Study Sessions
The Learning Management System
                                                   Myfeedback is open and then you log in to
                                                                                                                                                        User name and MAIS password
(LMS), sometimes referred to as Moodle,                                                              (PASS)
is your online virtual classroom. You will         complete the unit and teaching surveys.                                                              Logging into the Murdoch system MyInfo
access this almost every day. Accessible           Your feedback is used to improve the quality      Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are            requires a username and MAIS password.
through MyUnits, LMS contains important            of the learning experience for you and            group study sessions for traditionally difficult   Your username is your student number.
information and helps guide you through the        your peers.                                       units. Ran as weekly 50-minute sessions, led
                                                                                                                                                        Make sure you keep a record of your
units you are studying during the semester.                                                          by students who have achieved high grades
                                                                                                                                                        password somewhere, and do not share
Unit Information and Learning Guides,              MyInfo                                            in the unit. Visit the website to find out more
                                                                                                                                                        it with anyone. If you need help with your
lecture recordings, lecture slides, a discussion                                                     our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/Study-
                                                   MyInfo is the online student portal where                                                            password go to our.murdoch.edu.au/IT/Get-
forum, and other electronic resources (such                                                          successfully/PASS
                                                   you can access and modify all of your                                                                help-with-IT/Student-support
as reading materials) are located in LMS.
                                                   information related to enrolments and fees.
                                                   You can update your contact details, enrol
Modes of Study                                     in and change your units, sign-up for classes
You can study in a mode that is either             (tutorials, workshops and labs), change
internal, external or a combination of both        between internal and external study mode,
(studying in fully external mode is not            register your Transperth Tertiary SmartRider,
available to international students). The          check your unit results at the end of each
internal mode (D) allows students to study         semester, pay your fees and more.
the unit on campus with the added benefit
of face-to-face lectures, workshops, tutorials,    MyMurdoch
and/or laboratory sessions.
                                                   MyMurdoch is your gateway to accessing
The external mode (X) allows students to           online resources available to you as a
study the unit off campus with the added           Murdoch student. Through MyMurdoch
benefit of being able to study when and            you have access to MyInfo, MyUnits
where time is available. By choosing to            and MyAnswers. Check out the video
study some units internally and some units         presentation providing a complete overview
externally, students can tailor their study to     of all Murdoch’s online portals. echo360.org.
meet their lifestyle.                              au/media/20987999-b67a-4ad8-92b5-
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