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Student Support hub
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Important dates Welcome Your studies Your Professions hub contacting the Professions hub Your academic Progress Your World Your Future glossary and common terms 4 6 8 12 16 18 22 24 26
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mon 27 February mon 12 march Fri 16 march sat 31 march sat 31 march Fri 4 may Fri 8 June sat 16 June – sat 30 June mon 16 July – sat 21 July semester 1 regular session begins Last day to add courses online due date for payment of upfront student contributions and tuition fees Last day to delete courses from a student’s record census date: Last day to withdraw without incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees Last day to withdraw without failure (WnF) Last day to withdraw fail (WF) exam period supplementary exams
“the university of adelaide is one of australia’s oldest and most prestigious universities.”
exchange students exchange students
mon 23 July mon 6 august Fri 17 august Fri 31 august Fri 31 august Fri 14 september Fri 26 october sat 3 – sat 17 november mon 10 – sat 15 december semester 2 regular session begins Last day to add courses online due date for payment of upfront student contributions and tuition fees Last day to delete courses from a student’s record census date: Last day to withdraw without incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees Last day to withdraw without failure (WnF) Last day to withdraw fail (WF) exam period supplementary exams
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Video of Welcome Message from tom:
congratuLatIons on becomIng a student at the unIversItY oF adeLaIde
studying with the university means you’ve become part of a rich tradition of excellence in education and research, with world class academics and a vibrant student life. established in 1874, the university of adelaide is one of australia’s oldest and most prestigious universities and is widely recognised as the centre of academic learning in south australia. the Faculty of the Professions is one of five faculties at the university, established in 1996. the Faculty encompasses five separate schools including economics, Law, education, architecture and business. the Professions student support hub, also commonly known as the Professions hub, services you as a student of the business, economics or education schools. make yourself familiar with your new, exclusive surrounds and enjoy this learning journey. We look forward to sharing your successful university career with you.
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many courses have pre-requisites. If course information lists pre-requisites, the course requires prior knowledge learnt from the listed courses. Pre-requisites are listed on the course Planner. If you are unsure whether or not you have met the pre-requisites for a course you have enrolled into, the Professions hub can assist you. undergraduate students should contact email@example.com. Postgraduate students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What IF I am havIng dIFFIcuLtY enroLLIng In courses?
as an exchange student it is important that you are studying courses approved by your home university. If you are having difficulty enrolling into the courses that you have had approved, please contact the mobility officer in the Professions hub, who may be able to assist with Professions courses. If you are having difficulty with courses outside of the Faculty of the Professions, you will need to seek assistance from the relevant Faculty. If you need more information about Professions courses in order to have them approved by your home university, you can request full course outlines from the Professions hub prior to classes commencing. Full course outlines are usually provided with course materials or during the first class after the start of semester.
If a course has assumed knowledge, then the content taught in that course will expand on prior knowledge taught in another course. It is also strongly recommended that you do not take a course without having the ‘assumed Knowledge’ as specified. assumed knowledge for courses is listed on the course Planner.
can I change mY enroLment aFter cLasses start?
If you would like to change your enrolment after classes commence, it is still possible to drop and add online up until the end of the second week of semester. You should have your enrolment finalised by the end of second week, as it can be difficult to catch up after this time. If you do decide to change your enrolment, make sure you check with your home university first. have both the course Planner and access adelaide open at the same time while enrolling.
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Your InternshIP oPPortunItIes
undertaking a Professions internship provides you with invaluable experience in your field that you can’t achieve in the classroom. It is also a great way to build industry networks when you begin looking for employment and life after university. “The internship brought together a number of concepts from my undergraduate studies, but the transferable skills I gained were far more valuable: liaising with industry leaders, dealing with an ever-changing workload, and working to a deadline.” hamish ninham, student Intern, department of trade and economic development (dted) the university of adelaide has ties with a wide variety of industries and organisations, from large to small enterprises, government, not-For-Profit and other ngo’s. “I am very satisfied with the way our intern fitted in to the Axios workplace. They demonstrated a high level of professionalism at all times – always punctual, communicated appropriately and worked diligently. This research project will be of great benefit to Axios.” matt Larwood, general manager, axIos It For more information on how the internship program works and to find details on how to register your interest in being short-listed for these opportunities, go to the Faculty of the Professions Internship Program website.
“Internships provide invaluable experience and they are a great way to build industry networks.”
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Your ProFessIons hub
the Professions hub, or hub, is an exclusive service for undergraduate and Postgraduate students enrolled in commerce, Finance, economics and education. Front counter – open Monday to Friday 9am–5pm the ug and Pg front counters offer a range of services, including help with enrolment, study plans, completing forms and critical date information. You can also book appointments with Program advisers, as well as get answers to general enquiries. at the front counters, you can seek advice about: • Specific programs from Program Advisers • Overseas study from our specialised Mobility Officer • Questions specific to international students from our International Executive Officer, such as advanced standing assignment drop boxes the drop boxes are where you submit your assignments on or before the submission date. overdue assignments should be submitted in the late submission box next to the drop boxes, or can be submitted over the front counter. You can download an assignment cover sheet here or find one on your usb!
comPuters avaILabLe around the unIversItY
Barr Smith Library 24 hour suite: 30 computers Rest of library: various times available
Hub Central 200+ computers Open 24 hours
Plaza (Hub Central)
Professions Student Hub UG Student Lounge: 40 computers Open 24 hours First Year Learning Centre: 21 computers Mon-Fri 7am-7pm Level 2 Computer Labs: 200+ computers Mon-Fri 7am-7pm
Security House 233 North Terrace Basement: 64 computers Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Level 1: 20 computers Open 24 hours
Professions Student Hub
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Your PLaces to reLax and studY
ground Floor FIrst Floor
• Outdoor and indoor seating areas • Monday to Thursday 8am–6.30pm • Friday 8am–5pm • Closed weekends & public holidays
Computer and study areas
UG Front Counter
• Monday to Friday 9am–5pm
Professions Hub Foyer
• Lounges, study tables and short term computers • Open 24 hours
Undergraduate Student Lounge
• Quiet study area with computers, study booths and lounges • Swipe card access • Open 24 hours
Stairs down to ground floor and basement study area
STAIRS Down to Professions Hub Basement
• Red, blue and green seminar rooms • Quiet study area with study booths and lounges • Open 24 hours
Outside seated area with data and electricty ports
(Teaching purposes only)
Lounges, study tables and short-term computers. Open 24 hours
LIFTS Up to Level 2 Computer Suites
First Year Learning Centre (FYLC)
• Quiet study area with computers, study booths and lounges, just for first year Professions students • Open Monday to Friday 7am–7pm
Toilets Santos Room Santos Room
PG Front Counter
Open Mon-Fri 9am–5pm
(Teaching purposes only) (Teaching purposes only)
Professions Learning Centre (PLC) Offices
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contactIng the ProFessIons hub
Face to Face suPPort
the Professions hub administrative staff can provide you with general advice and information on your program, while course specific questions can be answered by a Program adviser. to make an appointment with a Program adviser, contact the hub via email, phone or come and see us at the front counter. office hours: monday – Friday , 9am–5pm, including semester breaks Location: ug: ground Floor Pg: First Floor Marjoribanks Wing of nexus 10 (corner Pulteney and north terrace)
ProFessIons hub bLog
constantly updated, the Professions hub blog is full of event info and important information.
the official website of the Professions hub. here you will find your enrolment information, all downloads and forms and much, much more. Video walk through of the undergraduate and Postgraduate Facilities:
Want to speak to someone but can’t come in to the Professions hub? ug Phone: 8313 4755 / 8313 8131 monday to Friday 9am–5pm. Pg Phone: 8313 6455 monday to Friday 9am–5pm.
If you can’t find your answer on our website, you can email your question to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a response from a staff member within 2 business days.
FacebooK and tWItter
like us on Facebook and Follow us on twitter to stay up to date on critical dates, events and announcements.
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Your academIc Progress
If you achieve outstanding academic grades throughout your program, then you may be awarded a prize which will also be recorded on your academic transcript.
as a student of the university, it is important that you are familiar with the academic honesty & assessment obligations coursework student Policy, which includes issues associated with plagiarism and cheating in exams and, in turn, your responsibilities. the university has devised a list of resources to help you with your studies, such as strategies to avoid plagiarism. In the Professions hub, you also have access to an academic Integrity officer if you would like to speak to someone directly, and can make an appointment at the front counter.
at the end of each semester, many courses require you to sit an exam. the official examination timetable will be available on the web towards the end of each semester. university staff are not permitted to provide examination times to you over the telephone or in response to your personal enquiries. You are encouraged to remain in adelaide until the end of the supplementary examination period.
Full time You are expected to treat full-time study like a full-time job. this requires 40 + hours of your time each week spent on both contact time (attending tutorials, lectures and workshops) and non-contact time (spent completing the set readings, writing assignments and revising for examinations). as an International student, you must study full time as per the requirements stated on your student visa.
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ug Your exPerIence
Your experience is designed to empower you throughout your university studies and future professional career. It provides all Professions ug hub students with opportunities to enhance and build their own university experience through academic and social events. Your transition this features the BEE Connected Peer Mentor Program and Introduction to the First Year Learning Centre (FYLC). Your studies events to enhance your academic skills, pathway information sessions and sessions on such topics as Surviving the first year of teaching. Your World For study abroad / tour information sessions and events such as harmony day celebrations. Your Future hosts career session, Professional body engagement and further study sessions.
ProFessIons LearnIng centre
business hours: monday to Friday 9am-5pm Located on Level 1, nexus 10, majoribanks Wing the Professions Learning centre provides learning and academic support to students, such as: • How to structure your assignment • Written language structures • Listening and note-taking skills • Time management • Examination preparation • Writing a covering letter and CV Just email the Professions Learning centre to make an appointment time, or visit the website.
communIcatIon sKILLs guIde
download your copy of the communication skills guide or grab a hard copy from the Professions hub. It has been designed to help you when it comes to writing and presenting assessment pieces, such as writing short answer questions and how to structure various forms of assessment.
Pg mentor Program
the mentoring program offers first year Postgraduate students in business, economics and education the chance to benefit from the experiences of senior postgraduate students. the program incorporates social activities and practical information sessions for students. there will be all sorts of fun and interesting activities in 2012, so stay tuned and check your inbox for upcoming events! For more information and how to be involved visit the website.
remember to check your student email daily as important information from your academics and the Professions hub is sent through here.
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The Adelaide Business Students’ Society
The ABSS is the main student body for the University of Adelaide’s Business School Students. ABSS runs both professional and social events, ranging from careers nights and BBQs to end of term celebrations and the Business Students’ Ball. Go to our website: www.abss.org.au or like us on Facebook.
exchange student netWorK
exchange student network (esn) is a club run by adelaide students who have all been on exchange and understand how the exchange process works. It is for students who are currently on exchange in adelaide as well as for students who have returned to australia. esn adelaide runs events (specifically “australian” themed events), mentor programs and are very happy to answer any of your questions in regards to exchange from a students’ perspective. It is a great place for exchange and current students to get to know one another!
student representatives are peer elected to represent all students from the Faculty of the Professions. If you have any issues or concerns, then you can contact a student representative as they play an active role in policy-making and student expectations on behalf of the student body.
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adelaide onlIon is a professional networking site that provides opportunities for university of adelaide alumni to connect with the university and fellow alumni within a safe and secure online environment. the main features of adelaide onLIon include: • Alumni Search facility • Career Centre (job search, post a resume, find an employee) • Perpetual Email forwarding service • Exclusive Alumni Benefits and more…
Who Is eLIgIbLe?
adelaide onLIon is open to graduates, current and former staff and current and former students of the university.
during your studies, you may be interested in some of the professional bodies who support the Faculty of the Professions. teachIng • The Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) • The Teachers Registration Board • The Teachers Credit Union accountIng • CPA Australia • Chartered Accounts (CA) Australia FInance • CFA Australia (Chartered Financial Analysist)
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gLossarY & common terms
academic transcript – Your academic transcript contains the complete record of all of the courses that you have studied and the grades that you have received at the university of adelaide. academic Year – the academic year (or academic cycle) is divided into two 12–13 week semesters, each followed by an examination period. semester 1 runs from late February to mid June, and semester 2 from late July to early november. there is a two week midsemester break in each semester. access adelaide – access adelaide is a web-based information interface for students and academic teaching staff. students use access adelaide to enrol online, change contact details, view personal information, view examination times, obtain official results and enter graduation details. advanced standing – similar to recognition of prior study or recognition of prior learning that may lead to a student being granted admission to a program at an advanced level. bachelor’s degree – the bachelor’s degree is an undergraduate award requiring successful completion of 72–144 units of credit (depending upon the award requirements). census date – the last day a student can withdraw from a course(s) without incurring liability for student contributions or tuition fees. class – Within each course there are classes that students enrol into. these are identified by the class number. such classes could be lectures, tutorials or practicals etc. class number – unique identifying number for individual classes (lectures and tutorials) used when enrolling in a class at a specific day, time and location. combined degree – a combined degree is an academic program that leads to the award of one university of adelaide degree that includes components from two degree programs and satisfies the minimum requirements of one but not both individual degrees. upon graduation a single parchment will be received, awarding only the combined degree.
the award is economical in terms of time and expense, but generally allows for little or no elective study. those who wish to complete more than one award can study two degrees concurrently, but the combined and double degree pathways do provide packages that can generally be completed in less time and with fewer courses than if the awards were being studied concurrently. see also double degree. concurrent degree – this is similar to a double degree in that the assembly entitles the graduate to two separate degrees. It differs in that the assembly is ‘built’ by the student over time, first gaining entry to one of the degree programs and, at a later time, gaining entry to another program. concurrent degrees generally have no guarantee of a particular length of time in which the award is achievable and are not nominated as ‘double degrees’ with their own admission centre code. over time some of these constructions become formalised as double degrees as institutions realise that many students wish to take those particular pathways. core course – compulsory courses which must be passed in order for the student to graduate from a program of study. co-requisite – a course that must be studied in the same semester as another, usually related or dependent, course. credit for previous study – In some cases students may receive credit for previous tertiary study (also referred to as advanced standing/status/exemptions) on the basis of studies successfully completed at another institution. this is particularly the case with studies taken at other universities, but some taFe studies are also accepted for credit towards university programs. degree – a degree is any of a wide range of university programs, including bachelor, honours, masters and other awards, also called a program. discipline – discipline is a term used interchangeably with ‘area of study’.
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double degree – this term is often used loosely to describe the assembling of two different degrees. the arrangement provides for broad career options and great depth, however some students undertaking these degrees may not be able to select all the courses they want to do due to timetable restrictions. however, they may extend the length of their program to capture their preferred courses. the satac guide makes it clear which stream leads to a combined award and which to a double, using stream codes. see also combined degree. Faculty – the university is sectioned into principal academic divisions in which teaching and research are conducted and are called ‘faculties’. there are five academic faculties that make up the university of adelaide. grade Point average (gPa) – Your gPa is the average of the grades obtained in all courses, weighted by the unit value of each course. If you are enrolled in more than one program, you will have a Program gPa for each, calculated using the final grades for the courses associated with each program. honours degree – obtaining an honours award involves an additional full-time year of study (or equivalent) following completion of a bachelor program, or additional study with a research element included in the final year (or years) of a bachelor program. lecture – a lecture is an oral and audio-visual presentation, usually given by a subject matter expert (the lecturer), intended to convey critical information, history, background, theories and equations to a group of people about a particular subject area relevant to a course of study. Lectures run from 50 minutes up to two hours in length and can contain anywhere from 2–200 people. students are expected to listen carefully and take notes with little guidance from the lecturer in identifying what should be recorded. lecturer – Lecturers are instructors or presenters that deliver information to groups of students in a lecture or seminar setting. they are similar to tutors, as most lecturers also teach. Major – a major is a part of an academic program consisting of a set of defined courses, from a recognised discipline area and, if appropriate, supporting courses from other discipline areas, which form a significant part of an academic program. students select and transfer between majors according to their selection of units of study. one or more majors may be prescribed in order to satisfy course requirements.
Myuni – Myuni is a personalised online space for students. It delivers information and services directly through a central location, while also allowing users to customise certain information. students are able to access details such as examination seat numbers, results, timetables and enrolment variations. Parchment – a parchment is the official certification of a student’s completion of a degree, diploma or certificate. It contains the signatures of the chancellor and vice-chancellor, and bears the official seal of the university. Plan (or academic plan; study plan) – each program must have at least one defined plan. a plan defines each of the specialisations/streams which might be available in a degree/diploma. as a result of this specialisation, you are required to complete a number of core courses and may have some choice of non-core courses (or electives). as you move through each semester of study, the plan should indicate the units that you have completed, the courses that you are currently studying, and those you are still yet to complete for your selected majors, sub-majors or minors. Plans are also used when applying for exchange study or credit for previous study to demonstrate how a specific course or unit of study fits into a prescribed plan of study. Postgraduate (Pg) – Postgraduate students have completed an undergraduate qualification such as a bachelor’s degree and are continuing their studies by completing an award such as a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree, Phd or doctorate. Program – Program is the award you are working towards. It is made up of courses, each of which are attributed a unit value. to earn your award, you need to have successfully completed a certain number of study units. the way these are put together for your award is called your ‘program’. see also degree. school – Faculties are divided into schools, which are defined by disciplines. For example, the Faculty of the Professions has five schools. business, economics, education, architecture and Law. transition – movement or change from one state to another. For example, the transition from school to university, or from first year to second year, or undergraduate to postgraduate.
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true double degree – to be accurate, a double degree is such an assembly that has been identified by the institution as being an approved combination, one that can be done within a certain number of years of full-time study, given the timetabling limitations of the institution. In this process, cross credit is awarded between the degrees for subjects undertaken in each. this enables the student to complete their studies with less expense than would be necessary if they were to undertake a concurrent degree. the assembly entitles the graduate to the award of two separate degrees. undergraduate (ug) – a student studying a foundation university program, such as a bachelor’s degree. students who go on to do honours are classified as graduate students, having completed an undergraduate program. unified – unified is the student portal that allows you access access adelaide, myuni and your student email all with a single log in. units – each course is given a unit value and each program requires the accumulation of a total number of units according to the degree pattern.
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