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2 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 3 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
4 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 5 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.
6 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 7 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
8 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 9 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!
10 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 11 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
12 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 13 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
14 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 15 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.
16 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 17 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.
18 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 19 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
20 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 21 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
22 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 23 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.
24 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 25 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
26 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 27 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).
28 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 29 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
30 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 31 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
32 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 33 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
34 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 35 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or go online at murdochguild.com.au
36 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 37 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.
38 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 39 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
40 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 41 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.email@example.com 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
42 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 43 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.
44 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 45 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.
46 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 MURDOCH NEW STUDENT GUIDE 2019 47 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- 5970ec41ab96/public
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