Congratulations – you have made your first excellent move, picking up this magazine! Now hopefully you will make many more, after gleaning all you can from this informative publication! It is designed to be your go-to guide for university life; so cling to it tightly now, read it from cover to cover, and then file it under your pillow so that its mighty wisdom may diffuse into your brain while you sleep! Excuse my hyperbole. I always freak out a bit when I have to introduce something. But seriously, the SRC has tried to put together some really useful information that we wish we’d known when we were in first year – and, in the process, some of us have learnt things we didn’t know until now! So go on, peruse the pages that lie before you, and see if you can’t find out something you didn’t know about university life! Sincerely yours, Ali (President) on behalf of the 2011 SRC PS. Please let us know what you think of the guide! Send us an email, give us a phone call (8303 3895), or come to visit us in the SRC hub – we love company!
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The Student Representative Council (SRC) is the
Adelaide University Union (AUU)’s first point of contact for students, and, as its name implies, has the role of representing all Adelaide University students directly. The SRC has regular events and campaigns out on the grounds of the University, where students have an opportunity to make queries, suggestions or complaints to the office bearers and general councillors. The SRC Hub is on level 3 of the George Murray Building, where councillors can be approached directly by any student, with any concern.
All students are welcome at the fortnightly SRC meetings. Check our Facebook for times & venues!
Often dubbed the ‘activist’ arm of the AUU, the SRC also makes it a priority to lobby for improved student services to the University, to the government and to other relevant sectors. Charged with taking student perspectives to university bigwigs, SRC members also sit on many important and established university committees. The SRC has great success so far, as is exemplified by its FIX Student Kitchen Lounge established in 2010. Finally, the SRC is also just a great starting place if you’re wondering about where to find someone/ something somewhere in the University! Call us on 8303 3895. adelaidesrc.com
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I’m about to enter my second year of Medicine and my first year of being the President of the SRC - this is a scary prospect! I’m excited, though, because I love to get involved with the nuts and bolts of the institutions I attend. I really want to help to improve university life for students now and in the future. As President, I’ll co-ordinate the SRC’s campaigns, events, initiatives and budget over the next year. I will also chair the fortnightly SRC meetings, which all students are welcome to attend! The SRC is relatively new, so I hope to help ensure that it has a long and prosperous future!
As General Secretary, it’s my job to perform administrative tasks for the SRC. I’m also about to start a PhD in maths. The SRC should represent your views and opinions to the University and the wider community. By interacting with the University at various levels, the SRC provides a way for every student at Adelaide Uni to be involved with the decisions being made here, from which degrees are offered through to the height of the grass on the Barr Smith Lawns. Actually, the grounds keepers might have final say on that last one, but you get the point. The SRC is there for you, so get involved and have your say.
As Women’s Officer, in my second year of Social Sciences, it is my role to represent the needs of women on campus, whether it be by providing support, negotiating with the University, campaigning to the government or running events and committees. My first goal will be to re-establish the Women's Collective (WC), to run campaigns, have fun meetings (no, really), and assist in creating policies to put to the SRC and the University. If you're interested in joining, please email us at auwomenscollective@gmail. com. Other campaigns and events for the year will then be made in consensus with the WC.
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As your Welfare Officer, I will be spending the year focusing on making your university experience happier, healthier, and generally more enjoyable. Things to look out for this year include an increased focus on mental health at uni as well as the compiling of a student cookbook. Feel free to email me if you have any questions!
Hey! I’m your SRC Education Officer for 2011. Basically this means I’ll be working on improving issues like access to textbooks and other educational materials, and trying to make the ‘learningstuff’ side of uni life easier and more enjoyable. I’m a third year Law student, originally from country SA. With two years of diverse universityrelated experience under my belt, I’m looking forward to having a go at helping to shape our future university experiences. There are a few particular issues that I’m itching to get my hands on this year, but I would love to hear from anyone who has an idea about how our uni can better educate us! Please feel free to email me!
I am currently in my third year of a double degree in International Studies and Arts. I am involved in many activist groups such as Equal Love, Resistance and the Socialist Alliance, but I see my role as a way to engage with students specifically. I see the position of Social Justice Officer as important in increasing the political awareness and engagement of students in issues to do with human rights and equality, not just on campus but in the wider world. I look forward to getting to work and would appreciate any feedback or engagement from students.
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As a young, queer individual in my second year of Arts/ International Studies, it’s hard sometimes to integrate with other students on campus because of what being queer can mean. As Queer Officer, I believe it’s my job to help make this ‘integration’, for lack of a better word, easier. Making sure that queer students feel comfortable, accepted and secure in their education environment is pivotal to the role. More importantly, as Queer Officer this year, I want to focus my activities on relevant queer student issues, in particular mental health.
Hi, I will be the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer for 2011. I am a Kamilaroi woman from northern NSW and have lived, studied, worked and partied in the Adelaide Indigenous community for over ten years. I am currently in my final year of a Bachelor of Law, but have also attempted Medicine and have a Bachelor of International Studies. I look forward to representing and meeting you this year and hope that we can work together to make the campus more inclusive in 2011!
My aim for my time as Rural Officer is to make it easier for students, like me, who have to move away from home to come to uni. It's amazing the things that you don't know about living in the city! I would also like to form a Rural Collective (i.e. a reason to get together and socialise!), so if you are interested please let me know.
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Hi! I'm your Rural Officer for this year. I grew up in Kadina, which is a small town on the Yorke Peninsula about two hours north of Adelaide. I moved to Adelaide to study a double degree in Law and Accounting, and I'm in my fourth year of that now.
Hi! This year is my second year studying Science and Environmental Policy and Management. I enjoy musical theatre, Harry Potter and vegan baking. I believe that humans should respect and protect the beautiful environment we live in. I hope to help students realise that every person has the opportunity and the ability to make a difference. I'm really excited to see students actively and outwardly concerned with environmental issues on campus, and I look forward to working with anyone who wants to help out! If you would like to be involved in any campaigns, email me!
Fei, also known as Michael, currently studies Accounting. In 2011, he will be a member of the AUU Board, as well as the International Officer for the SRC. Fei is excited about establishing the SRCâ€™s inaugural International Studentsâ€™ Committee, which will supplant the now defunct Overseas Student Association.
Although not an official member of the SRC, as the Adelaide University Union President, I am your full time advocate on campus! Uni is not all lectures and tutorials! It supposed to be an experience! And the AUU is here to ensure you have an experience! As the AUU President I am your link to the AUU! I am here to ensure that you enjoy your time at university so much that your classes become a breeze!
Together, we can achieve great things!
If you have any concerns with your classes, from curriculum to costs, I want to hear from you! Because if you are not having a good time inside and outside of the classroom, then you are not getting the most out of your uni experience!
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I am a General Councillor on the SRC, and also the Vice President of the Adelaide University Union. I am in my second year of a double degree in Law/ International Studies. The SRC is an opportunity for students to make changes in the University for the better. Iâ€™m a fourth year Arts/Law student. Iâ€™m passionate about student activism and about removing the barriers that prevent students from being able to participate in and enjoy their time at university; not only the tangible things like student income support, but also the less talked about issues like student mental health. I think the role of the SRC is to make student voices heard and thus prevent our universities from becoming soulless degree factories.
Hi everyone! I will be one of your SRC General Councillors in 2011. I am a second year student in a combined degree of Economics and Arts. I am really excited to be sitting on the SRC this year, and I am keen to be involved in a whole range of student based activist campaigns. I look forward to representing you this year.
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I am studying third-year Electrical and Sustainable Energy Engineering. I am keen to achieve a sustainable campus by pursuing improvements to the campusâ€™ water, energy, and waste infrastructure, to improve our experience and give us a campus that models the future.
adelaidesrc.com Hi! This year Iâ€™m doing thirdyear International/Studies Arts. I decided to run for SRC because I believe that student bodies should represent the interests of all students at the University, rather than a select few, and that's what I aim to do. Hopefully this year will be a productive one, and if you have any ideas or issues, let us know! Born and educated in Mount Gambier, I took a gap year working in a potato factory and having a skiing season in Whistler, before moving to St. Markâ€™s College to study Law/Science. To me, the role of the SRC is to make uni a more accessible and fulfilling experience for all students.
I'm a Science student. I'm studying Genetics, Microbiology and other Molecular and Biomedical Science subjects. As an SRC General Councillor, I hope to help represent the interests of students to the University and government. I also will try to help make the University a better place for all students.
Hi! I'm studying Arts fulltime. The job of the SRC is to represent the interests of all students and to promote a vibrant campus life by hosting social events like barbecues. The SRC also lobbies the government on issues of equality, and other issues affecting students.
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Welcome to university. Who you befriend, how much and what you study, what you do with your time and the general ‘direction’ of your life are now in your hands. Don’t fuck it up. No one at university is going to force you to make friends. Due to the irregularity of classmates, making friends can be hard for some. My advice: try. Don’t just hang out with those you already know, it’s too easy and you’ll miss out on meeting some really interesting and cool people. It doesn’t take too much effort, just participate in tutorials, introduce yourself to people, make small talk while waiting for a class. It may take time, but through trial and error you’ll meet people who you identify with, and they’ll introduce you to people who they identify with, and before you know it you’ve got a cool little friendship group going. It takes some effort but it’s worth it.
No one at university is going to force you to join a club or a sporting team. There are enough clubs at uni for everyone to find at least one they’re interested in. Not only are clubs a great way to meet people, at the end of the day, they’re a great way to build what employers call ‘non-academic’ skills. In the words of Mr. Oscar Wilde, ‘nothing worth knowing can be taught’. You’re always going to have more fun out of class than in it, and it’s important to have a release. Have a walk around the stalls at O’Week and have a chat to a few of the stall holders; find one where the people seem like your kind of people and sign up. It takes some effort but it’s worth it.
No one at university is going to make you take risks. It is easy to go to uni, study, get a casual job, keep the same friends you’ve had for years, and try to sweep through university without it affecting you or you affecting it. Right now, before you really get into it, you should ask yourself why you’re here. Spend time on what you are passionate about; time is a scarce recourse, so value it. If you’re here to get a degree so you can get a job, that’s fine, but if you want university to be something than a job factory, you can’t rely on other people to make it that way.
No one at university is going to force you to study. This means that how much you do is up to you. Lecturers will tell you to do two hours at home for every contact hour. I guess you could do that if you wanted, but that seems a little stupid. Study as much or as little as you want to. Remember, university isn’t just about grades, so don’t go crazy with it, but on the other hand, make sure you pass. Most of the time, studying sucks, but just keep in It takes some effort but it’s worth it. mind the end goal; on average university graduates earn 72% more than someone with a year 12 qualification or less. It takes some effort but it’s worth it.
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(Adelaide University Union) • $25 membership • EWOs (see below) • Free copy of The Advertiser to members on week days • Resource centre with cheap document preparation facilities • Shop discounts for members • Volunteering service (vConnect) • Moshtix outlet • Dry cleaning • Employment service (helping to find you a part-time/casual job) • Lockers for $15 a semester ($10 for members) • Secure bike shed Level 4, Union House. 8303 5401. Open 9AM - 4:30PM week days.
(Education & Welfare Officers i.e. personal life coaches/lawyers) • Free legal and Centrelink advice • Free counselling (personal, academic and financial) • Financial assistance (interestfree loans from $100 - $2000) • Free tax advice • Academic advocacy (they have amazing power when it comes to fighting a student’s case against a faculty or even the University!) Ground Floor, Lady Symon Building. 8303 5430. Open 9AM - 5PM week days.
Here is a list of the most important things that are available to you, as students of Adelaide Uni. Most of them are free. All of them are lifesavers. COUNSELLING
(Counselling, Disability and Elite Athlete Services) • Professionally trained counsellors • Free appointments • Drop-ins welcome • Free workshops • Assistance in arranging special provisions for exams, assignments or timetables • Disability advice and counselling • Elite athlete advice and counselling Ground Floor, Horace Lamb Building. 8303 5663. Open 9AM - 5PM week days.
(Student Representative Council) (Clubs Association) • General enquiries • FIX Student Kitchen • Join a club relating to: • Language • Lounge • Student-to-student advice • Suggestions/ Games • Culture • Religion • Computers • complaints • Lobbying for students to the Uni, the Sciences • Maths • Hobbies • Your faculty government and other sectors • Fortnightly open • History • Drama • Music • Dancing • meetings • Semesterly All Student Meetings • Debating • Politics • Philosophy • And Campaigns and events for students • Regular free much more! • You can get involved with BBQs • Student colllectives • Computer running the Clubs Association itself donation scheme Level 3, Lady Symon Building. George Murray Building. 8303 5760. 8303 3895. SRC COUNTER GUIDE 2011 adelaidesrc.com
LIFESAVERS SPORTS ASSOCIATION • Join a club that plays sports: • Indoors • Outdoors • Recreationally • Competitively • Play in the national Uni Games •The SA Runs the Sports Hub • Annual trips (e.g. the Auski Ski Trip) • Watch sports matches (e.g. The Blacks in football) • Apply for sports scholarships Ground Floor, George Murray Building. 8303 5403.
• Student card services • Pay university fees • Scholarship enquiries • Buy more internet and printing credit • Collect graduation certificates • Collect academic transcripts • General enquiries Level 4, Wills Building. 8303 5208. Open 9AM - 5PM week days.
(Image and Copy Centre) • Reasonably priced document preparation: • Printing • Photocopying • Binding • Laminating • High volume printing • Brochure • Booklets • Invitations • Stationery • Business cards • Course readers and outlines • [The ICC is not as cheap as the AUU Resource Centre, but on the plus side, they will bind/ laminate etc. everything for you] Level 1, Hughes Building. 8303 4690. Open 9AM - 4PM week days.
SPORTS HUB • One of the cheapest gyms in Adelaide ($290/year and below) • $40 discount for AUU members • Fully-equipped and air-conditioned gym • Classes (e.g. yoga, aerobics, dance and cross-training) • Weights room • Personal training • Free fitness consultation with membership Level 5, Union House. 8303 6999. Open 6:30AM - 10PM week days, 9AM - 2PM Saturday.
Sweet Tip: Don’t forget the Uni service that could literally be a lifesaver - University Health. Free confidential doctors’ appointments weekdays. Book online or call 8303 5050. They’re on the Ground Floor, Horace Lamb Building. adelaidesrc.com
• Self-defence classes • Security guard walking escort within 2 km of uni • Shuttle bus escort within 2.5 km of uni (5:15PM 11PM) • Lost property • Emergency phones around campus • Silent witness crime reporting (online) Temporarily in a transportable on Western Drive. Non-life-threatening emergency: 8303 5444 General: 8303 5990 Open 24/7.
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As I procrastinate by reading webcomics, the irony of me writing an article on balancing my time takes on a hysterical quality. I don’t carefully plan my hours into a delicate ‘balance’ and if you’re reading this article, I doubt you do either [Editors’ note: reading the Counter Guide is a productive way to spend your time, we promise]. But I’ve survived two years of uni and have often had a good, and occasionally even satisfying, time while I’m at it.
Getting to uni can be really important. What you can get done on a bus can be surprising. It can be hard to write an essay, but the amount of your weekly reading that can be achieved on a daily bus ride really frees up a lot of time. And, even if you decide to just read for pleasure, or listen to some tunes, supposedly lost ‘travel time’ can be some of the most relaxing in your week. If you decide to ride a bicycle then bam, weekly exercise done.
Sorry to get all school-mum on you, but if you make your own lunches at home you’ll save a lot of money and time spent poking dubious food court pasta. Do you know what food you can buy in town that is delicious and healthy? Freaking expensive salads. Bring your own lunch.
obvious but joining up to a club really is a great way to meet like-minded people. There’s something for everyone and if you’re not sure if something is for you, it can be a lot better to join up than not, as most clubs are used to losing a lot of people in the first few weeks (just try and be polite about leaving).
Study and sleep. Before uni these were probably things you confined to your home. No more! Once I actually started using the library and doing a lot of my study on campus I noticed I felt a lot more connected with other students and that I was less likely to spend ‘study time’ lying in bed. Having said that, lecture time can accidentally become nap time for the best of us. The Barr Smith Library also provides some pretty comfortable couches if all your new uni activities leave you feeling a bit pooped.
There’s no easy solution to balancing work and uni. There’s a wide variety of study loads and hours of work that different people manage and it’ll be up to you to work out what’s best. Just remember, your casual job in a cafe or supermarket probably won’t be an important part of your career compared to whatever you’re at uni training to be.
Adelaide Uni isn’t just a place to grab a piece of paper on the way to a job. It’s a community, one that can be social and stimulating, and one where Most degrees involve going to crowded lecture you can learn a lot of important skills outside theatres and then a series of seminars which might all of your class. It’s not just something you can be filled with completely different people. Adelaide participate in: it’s something you can help create. University really is a community - and a good one at that - but you wouldn’t always know it from just going to your assigned contact hours. It sounds
‘I feels imbalanced...’
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For the sake of juxtaposition (see opposite page), here are some amusing websites on which to procrastinate... lamebook.com theoatmeal.com textsfromlastnight.com wtfshouldidowithmylife.com mylifeisaverage.com hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com icanhascheezburger.com fmylife.com 27bslash6.com xkcd.com
postsecret.com thedailywh.at psdisasters.com oddee.com lazypalace.com
theonion.com failblog.com nastycute.com regretsy.com unfriendable.com
straightdope.com thingsorganizedneatly.tumblr.com boredpanda.com peopleofwalmart.com trendhunter.com cakewrecks.blogspot.com faceinspace.nasa.gov awkwardfamilyphotos.com thisiswhyyourefat.com crikey.com.au
quitsa.org.au/kickit The new ‘Kick It’ site provides you with the information you’ll need to make an informed decision about your smoking. You can calculate the cost of your smoking, share your quitting story, keep up to date with the latest research and news and give us your opinions on tobacco related issues. You can also ask Quitline a question, register for a call back from the Quitline or a FREE quit pack. adelaidesrc.com
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By Ali Thompson
Student life demands thrift. Whether your income comprises a casual wage, Youth Allowance or sporadic family-derived pocket money, when you’re studying, there are two things you can pretty much guarantee about your money: 1. That its stay in your bank account will be fleeting and 2. That there will not be much of it. But student life doesn’t have to be one of budget cat food and clothes fashioned from food scraps, especially here in Adelaide, where there are many options for the frugal-but-discerning student. Read on for 20 ways to save money as a student in Adelaide!
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Costly Coiffures Curtailed: Get a
hairdressing student to cut your locks. It’s so much cheaper – and if anything goes wrong, there’s a professional supervisor on standby! Clip Joint Education Salon is in the city (8223 2400) and will do a shampoo, cut and blowdry for $15. They also do cheap colouring, treatments and styling. Another cheap academy is Parlour Education Salon.
Don’t Fork Out: Adelaide has some excellent
cheap food. Look up and try Ying Chow, Vego and Lovin’ It, Dumpling King, Raj on Taj, Genki, The Exeter Hotel and The Botanic (for its $6 pizzas!) Delicious!
Rags Without Riches: Vintage? Second-
hand? New-to-you? These are all euphemisms for a habit that suits cash-stricken students perfectly: op-shopping! Try Two 8 Four (Rundle St East) and the nearby Goodwill. If you feel like a trip, there are many op-shops on Queen St, Croyden (beware of the few pricey ones), and on Semaphore Rd, Semaphore. Also noteworthy are Vintage Carousel in Bowden
and Savers in Noarlunga. Also, look out for the Students of Sustainability Clothes Swap on campus - it’s free!
Daily Deductions: For all your miscellany,
you can’t go past The Reject Shop - ignore its tacky reputation - it is a veritable mine of useful and cheap stuff. Also, Rite Price is your best bet for cheap groceries: the products are slightly out-of-date, but they’re all items for which it doesn’t really matter (i.e. no dairy products that will give you salmonella!)
Greater Union: Join the Adelaide University
Union for $25 and receive discounts for many shops and businesses, such as Nando’s and Sumo Salad, as well as the Union’s Resource Centre and the Uni’s Fitness Hub.
Free Wheel-y: Cycling is fun, easy, ‘green’
and good for you, and you can hire a free Adelaide City bike from Bicycle SA (111 Franklin St, Adelaide) and several other outlets, too!
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Got Woes? See The EWOs!: Need tax
advice, a loan ($100-$2000), a lawyer or Centrelink advice? The AUU’s Education and Welfare Officers (EWOs) can give you all of this for free! (You don’t even have to be a member!) Call 8303 5430.
Frugal Flicks: Tuesday night is the cheapest
at most cinemas, except at the Palace Nova, where Monday before 4PM is $6 and after 4PM is $7! As for hiring DVDs - borrow from a local council library or the State Library - it’s usually very cheap, or free, and loan is often for a couple of weeks!
Net Yourself A Deal: Coupon websites
are handy for finding discounted outings, restaurants and services. Some reliable ones for Adelaide include spreets.com.au/home/ adelaide and jumponit.com/adelaide.Tip: Make a separate email account when you sign up for these, as their deals are emailed daily, and can get annoying.
Cheap Check-Ups: University Health offers
free and confidential appointments with doctors every weekday from 8:45AM - 5PM. Book online or call 8303 5050. Bring your Medicare card so that you will get bulk-billed (i.e. so it’s free).
Enterprising Entertainment: Buy the
Entertainment Book from a fund-raising group for $65 to have access to over $15,000-worth of deals and discounts in coupons. This book can be used all over Australia, and part of the proceeds will go to the fund-raiser (such as the SA Cancer Council.)
All Aboard the Member-Ship: Become
a member (for free) of studyadelaide.com for loads of deals and giveaways for students (supported by the government). Also join studentvip.com.au to find flatmates, buy and sell textbooks online cheaply, and to apply for textbook rebates, software discounts and student grants.
Fee-Free Banking: You’re a student, so
most banks will offer you an account with no account servicing fees - make the switch ASAP. The fees can be such a drain on your money.
Can It: In South Australia, bottles and cans
can be refunded for 10c at a number of depots. It may not sound like much, but it can add up. The nearest depot to uni is the Scout Recycling Centre, Payneham.
Online Finds: Buying things online save you
a hell of a lot of money. There’s obviously ebay.com.au, but for local (and sometimes free) stuff, try adelaide.gumtree.com.au and tradingpost.com.au. For all things handmade, there’s etsy.com. For books, bookdepository. co.uk - it has free shipping!
A Gasoline Routine: Petrol is usually
A Multitude of Trips: If you use public transport, buy two student multi-trip passes: one off-peak and one on-peak. It may seem odd to pay a lump some for your tickets upfront, but it’s actually a lot cheaper than buying single tickets every time. Economical Exercise: The Uni’s Fitness Hub is one of the cheapest in Adelaide. See the article Student Lifesavers. Call 8303 6999. Thrifty Therapy: The Uni’s Counselling,
Disability and Elite Athlete Service offers free counselling to all students, for all matters, big and small. Drop-ins welcome. Call 8303 5663.
When In Doubt, Ask: Wherever you go,
wherever you are, always carry your student ID card, and always ask if there is a student discount. If you flash your ID, you’ll rarely pay full price.
cheapest on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and the most expensive on Fridays or Saturdays. Use motormouth.com.au to find the cheapest stations in your area, and save dockets from supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths that have fuel discounts on the back. adelaidesrc.com
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Enrolment Hotline: 8303 3833.
1. Know your courses Find out what courses are compulsory, and which are elective, for your degree. The rules for each degree are available on the relevant faculty and school website. Find yours here: adelaide.edu. au/enrol/faculty. If you’re really stuck, make an appointment to meet someone from your school, such as the course co-ordinator. 2. Write down class numbers Once you know what courses you need to take, search for them on the Course Planner (access. adelaide.edu.au/courses/search.asp). When you find each course, open its link and read over its details. Then, take note of the different classes (lectures, tutorials, practicals etc.) that are part of the course.
Now, you’ve planned your courses. Time to start actually enrolling. To find out when enrolment opens for your subjects, check out the University’s enrolment website. Once it’s open, you’ll need to login to Access Adelaide and follow the steps in the enrolment section. The basic steps are:
3. Plan your timetable This is the tricky part: it involves not only picking subjects that fit together, but also picking all the related classes, too. So, either print out the class planner (adelaide.edu.au/enrol/docs/classplanner_ sheet.pdf) and fill in the details (in pencil), or make a spreadsheet/table on your computer that resembles it. Start with your compulsory courses first, and fill in all necessary classes at your preferred times. If something is only offered in one timeslot, mark this in first and build your timetable around it. Secondly, fill in your elective courses and all their related classes, working them around what is already locked into your timetable. Make a note of the class numbers (the codes, not the class sizes) – this will come in handy later.
3. Select any related classes This will appear below once you have selected the enrolment class. If there is only one option, you will be automatically enrolled in this. The good tutorials always fill up first, so unless you want the 6PM Friday timeslot, it’s best to complete your enrolment as soon as possible. It’s not uncommon for a tutorial to fill up in under an hour, so keep your class plan close by in case you need to make any changes. Golden rule: the earlier you enrol, the more likely it is that you will get your desired timetable!
1. Complete your enrolment checklist Before you begin enrolling in classes, Access Adelaide will ask you to fill out a bunch of administration details – contact phone numbers, addresses, next of kin, expected graduation date etc. You cannot enrol until you have completed this checklist, but you can do the checklist a few days 4. Click save in advance of enrolment opening. Once and only once, as the University stresses. 2. Enter the enrolment class number Remember how you wrote down those class numbers? This is why! Enrolling becomes a whole lot easier and quicker when you have this information on hand. But if you have forgotten any class numbers, you can always search for the course again. Click on the relevant semester, and enter the class number you wish to enrol in.
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Then, just repeat this for each subject your wish to enrol in. Don’t forget to enrol in subjects for both semesters. Congratulations, you’re done! You now have one of the most vital parts of your course: your weekly timetable! Now print it, stuff it in the bottom of your bag, and forget about it until classes start.
Getting a Job
By Hayden Tronnolone and Pranee Howland
Are you down to your last pack of instant noodles? Is your landlord asking you for something called ‘rent’? Or perhaps you’ve just seen your textbook list? Sounds like you need a job - this is where someone gives you money, but expects you to show up somewhere regularly and do whatever they say. Weird…
suitable for uni students, so some of the hard work is already done!
adelaide.careerhub.com.au The University Career Service maintains a jobs listing through the CareerHub website - you will need to login using your usual student number and university password to access it. Whilst there are casual and part-time jobs advertised here, Preparing for a Job the site is more focused on graduate positions. Now that you’ve decided to bite the bullet and surrender yourself to the mercy of the capitalist The Careers Service homepage also has some machine, what next? A great place to start is the helpful hints for résumés and job-seeking. You can also register for the Résumé Club, which AUU Employment Service, located in the Lady meets every Friday and is free to attend. For Simon Building. The employment service can more info, call 8303 5123. help you with everything you need to land the casual or part time job of your dreams, including résumés, cover letters and interview preparation. Also worth a look are seek.com.au, mycareer. com.au and careerone.com.au. To contact the employment service, call 8303 4406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. au. Employment Advice Am I being paid correctly? What is a tax return? Are my employment conditions legal? These are Finding a Job all questions we hear constantly. Feel free to Once you’ve been moulded into a model job discuss any employment related question with seeker, it’s time to start looking. Here are our favourite websites for finding casual or part-time the Adelaide University Union Employment Service - pop in, or make an appointment work: to guarantee a time. All discussions are confidential. auu.org.au The AUU website has a list of part-time and casual positions specifically for uni students and The Employment Service is located in the Lady is a great place to start looking. Everything on the website is vetted by the lovely AUU staff to Symon Building. Phone: 8303 4406. ensure the job is with a reputable employer and Email: email@example.com
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GRADES By Rhys Chataway
Ah, grades. A source of both terror and joy for anyone involved in education. At least in high school they had the common decency to put the damn things in alphabetical order,so even at a glance you’d know whether your cramming paid off or not (and in my case the glance was through one eye, at a distance, from behind my hand). In university, however, they use a rather different system, which you will soon come to adore, loathe, or not really care about.
HD: High Distinction (85-100) The best grade there is. If you get this for an assignment, or a subject, pat yourself on the back and go for a very well-earned drink/sleep/hootenanny. This grade is usually reserved for those who sit in the front row of every lecture, and actually take proper notes, instead of doodling ‘The Adventures of the Fantastic Catfishman’ in their notebook.
C: Credit (65-74) The people’s grade, and as such, a filthy communist (or a clean one, depending on your persuasion). But really, this grade usually requires a modicum of effort to achieve. Also, most degrees only require a Credit average in order for you to do Honours, so that’s a plus. Your parents will also be impressed, since when they were studying a Credit was much harder to get, or so they say.
D: Distinction (75-84) Don’t have a heart attack (like I did) the first time you see a ‘D’ on your grade list , this D is like a B+ to an A. This is a good, solid grade for those who are either brilliant but lazy, or try damn hard despite various setbacks, or a combination of the two. If you put a lot of effort into something, but don’t go all out, this is might be what you receive. It’s a good grade to tell your friends about, they’ll be impressed, and maybe a little bit jealous.
P: Pass (50-64) The bare minimum, by-the-skinof-your-teeth grade. Only aim for this one if you’re pursuing a subject simply because it’s a prerequisite, and don’t plan on going any further in it. Obviously, you still pass the subject (hence the name) but don’t expect anyone to be impressed with your efforts here. I like to call it ‘Perfect Efficiency’, namely between passing the subject and the amount of effort required to do so. And remember, Ps get degrees!
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CP: Conceded Pass Oh dear, what have we gotten ourselves into this time? This is the grade you get if you don’t carefully balance your efforts in order to get a Pass. Some degrees will still accept this as counting towards your requirements though, so make sure to check with yours before you fall into unremitting despair. Also, the nice people running the show will allow you another shot at the exam (assuming you didn’t pass the exam itself) to try to get a better mark. Isn’t that just fantastic?
if you’re at all worried that this could happen to you. But it won’t, because you’re brilliant, and everyone knows it.
F: Fail An ‘F’ is usually followed by a healthy ‘UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUU-’ until you realise you’re reading in a public place. Luckily, even with one of these (or, heaven forfend, more than one) blemishing your otherwise perfect record, you still have options. That’s right, Summer or Winter School (if you don’t want to resit the subject the following semester). No, it’s not fun, or necessarily fulfilling, but it damn sure gets the job done. Then next time, you will know exactly what nature of beastie awaits ye if you fail another subject...
IF: Incomplete Fail This is awarded when you don’t complete a compulsory assessment piece. Make sure you check your course outlines and guides to know which assignments are the really important ones, so you can avoid this!
WNF: Withdraw No Fail Sometimes called ‘Withdraw Without Fail’ (which makes more sense, honestly), this occurs when you drop out of a course after the Uni’s Census date, but before the ‘Withdraw No Fail’ date. You will not be recorded as failing the course (but you still pay for it, so don’t do too many). This can be important, since you only get a certain number of tries to pass a course, so if you really think you’re going to crash and burn, this might be a good option - just so you don’t use up one of those chances. The ‘Withdraw No Fail’ date can change from course to course, so make sure to check yours
WF: Withdraw Fail This is when you withdraw after the ‘Withdraw No Fail’ date. Not sure why you’d do this really, unless you want to avoid the exam like the plague. It’s best to talk to an Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) or counsellor before making the decision though, they’ll probably give you a few (better) options than this one.
Failure due to withdrawal is never a good option: it’s avoidable. Plan ahead and see an EWO if you need advice.
How to Contest a Mark 1.Email your tutor or lecturer, to find out who marked your work. 2. Email the marker. Keep them onside: they have the potential to make or break your mark. State that you were unsure of/disagree with their reasoning for your mark. Ask them to explain their reasoning, and what you could have done to have gained a better score. Possibly ask to have a meeting in person. 3. If you still are dissatisfied with their justification, appeal for a re-mark. If this is declined, you could contact someone more senior in the course (e.g. the co-ordinator). 4. If you deem your claim sufficiently serious, contact an EWO (8303 5430). They can advocate for you (like a lawyer would), if they believe you’ve got a legitimate case.
Try to keep it in perspective. If the mark was for a 2% quiz, consider that it might not be worth the effort. If, however, you believe that you’ve genuinely been screwed over and it’s going to significantly affect you, then go for it. For the Uni’s grievance policy, see: adelaide.edu.au/student/grievance.
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Every year we take a bunch of students and elevate them to the lofty position of late night community radio broadcaster. It’s the chance to hear the student’s voice, as well as offer an alternative to Peter Goers. This year’s crop have all spent their summer learning which buttons to push (and which ones to avoid at all costs). We think they’ve done a wonderful job. As directors, it is our great pleasure Listen on Radio Adelaide 101.5FM. Or, if you to present to you the Student Radio lineup for 2011. need your beauty sleep, visit studentradio. - Seb, Casey and Tim com.au to download audio from the shows. Student Radio Directors
11PM - Left, Right and Centre with Tom, Sam, Toby and Alex: Anchormen without an anchor, Left, Right and Centre gives you the best coverage of news and current affairs that a motley crew of students can give. Special stories and segments on student life, discussion of interesting events, listener contribution, online content and of course, the news.
1930s-50s American serials, as well as upcoming and classic movie and video game chat and reviews, all with a twisted sense of humour.
12AM - Midnight Static with Eric B and Rankin: Your hosts will guide you through this hour-long journey, covering international and local music you won’t hear anywhere else. Sprinkled throughout will be discussions of the student Union, the student newspaper and Adelaide’s local politics, with some state and international matters thrown in for good measure.
11:30PM - Arty Party with Ben and James: Crackling through the antennae in your car, home, brain etc., Ben and James take you on a cultural journey over radio waves: from the dungeons of rap, to the flickering celluloid, to the lost library shelf. Reviews, debates and tunes ensue. From the lofty heights of undergraduacy, the Arty Party 11PM - Footnote to Plato with Aaron, Alistair, Bryan debate and analyse culture (pop and otherwise), and Michael: Ever since these four discovered the joys tackling everything from Kanye to Kafka. of a well-fitted toga, they've been hooked on the big questions contemplated by Plato and others similarly 12AM - Midnight Static with Sasha: A show for the clad. Unsuited to gainful employment, they found lovers of indie, electro, and dance - the sounds that their way to community radio, where they continue define our generation. A show to get you through their search for the Meaning of Life on the air. the late nights and the study blues. If you're keen on hearing a bunch of new tracks flying out of the 11:30PM - Series of Tubes with Joel and Sujini: studios in 2011, then this is your destination each Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens once postulated that Tuesday night – a place of less talk, more noise. the internet is ‘…not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes’. In this spirit of digital analysis, Sujini and Joel adventure through these ‘tubes’ in a series 11PM - UniTunes with Marko, Rosie and Rupert: devoted to internet news and culture, featuring music This trio of Adelaide Uni students strives to keep you sourced from blogs, meme reviews, and ‘netiquette’.
up to date with what's happening on and off campus. UniTunes provides a selection of events, music 12AM - Midnight Static with Rory and Tara: and special guests, for the discerning student ear. Bringing you old Adelaide tunes, mixed in with new alt/indie ones. A cavalcade of interesting 11:30PM - Adventure Hour with Mak, Sean and Nick: co-hosts will feature throughout the year, including many local bands you love, so we can They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s get an insight into their favourite tunes and never been truer than with this bite-sized 30-minute what makes them tick. Tune in also for regular ‘hour’.We cram in a regular theatrical live studio performances by Adelaide bands. presentation, reminiscent of classic
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Yes, it's so boring it might make you want to stick a fork in your eye, but if you don't take note, you could end up with the tax man on your back (not literally, we hope... also, put down the fork). A tax file number (TFN) is a unique identification number given to you by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). You’ll need it if you ever a) fill in a tax return, b) have a HECS-HELP debt or c) receive any payments from Centrelink - so pretty much everyone is going to need one at some point. It’s quick and easy, so why not just get it over and done with now (both domestic and international students). You can apply for one by calling the ATO on 1300 720 092 or visiting ato.gov.au. You will need to provide proof of your identity. It’s free. If you’ve had one in the past but can’t remember it, you can call the ATO on 13 28 61. You do not need to apply for a new one.
Generally, if you earned money during the financial year (July 1 - June 30) you should submit a tax return. It is better to be safe than sorry, and it keeps the tax department off your back.
You will need to lodge a tax return if either: • You earned >$6000 in the last financial year •You paid tax but earned <$6000 (necessary to get your money back!) • You are a non-resident (here, a resident is when you’ve always lived in Australia, or you’ve come to Australia and live here permanently) To find out if need to lodge a tax return, it is best to contact the ATO (13 28 61) or check their website. The website has a lot of very detailed information and it is easy to lost – look for up-todate checklists to help you decide.
Because it may be used to verify your identity, you should always keep your tax file number private. Typically, you can disclose it to your employer, your bank and certain government agencies (if/when they ask for it.)
The Education and Welfare Officers (EWOs) offer free tax advice between August and October each year, with initial legal consultations between March and December. To book an appointment, contact the AUU office on 8303 5401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax drives me barking mad. adelaidesrc.com
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from EWOs (Education and Welfare Officers)
1. Don’t rush out and buy all the books on your list - find out what you really need and see if you can get them secondhand.
8. Write the due dates for all assignment and exams on a calendar somewhere you will see everyday - a diary you carry, a wall calendar - maybe both!
2. Apply for scholarships and grants if you think you might be eligible - there’s nothing to lose!
9. Read and understand the rules pertinent to your faculty’s exams in advance... and follow them!
3. Read your course outlines - these tell you exactly what you have to do to pass!
10. Ensure you know exactly what you are and aren’t allowed to take into your exams.
4. Join the Adelaide University Union to get discounts, free newspaper etc. For $25 it’s a bargain. The Union will also give you a free diary!
11. Don’t get a credit card - unless you are absolutely certain you can afford it. 12. Always keep some money aside for emergencies - say $500 - $1,000.
5. Ask for advice on essay-writing and referencing in your course. Styles can vary greatly - and simple mistakes can cost you marks.
13. Check that you have some form of ambulance cover via health insurance (or your parents/guardians’ health insurance). The University will insure you to some extent while you are enrolled…but still check.
6. Be careful letting other people see your work - the University takes plagiarism extremely seriously - and allowing someone to ‘look at’ your essay could be considered as bad as copying it yourself. 7. Apply for Centrelink if you think you’re eligible and then be clear on what you are obligated to do in order to keep receiving that payment.
14. Save a copy of the Uni’s ‘Critical Dates List’ (adelaide.edu.au/student/ dates/critical_dates_2011) – make sure they’re in your diary. 15. Always seek help as soon as you realise you need it - don’t be afraid to! Everyone needs to at some stage.
Visit the EWOs from 9AM - 5PM on weekdays, on the Ground Floor, Lady Symon Building, or call 8303 5430. EWOs provide free and confidential counselling, tax advice, legal advice, Centrelink advice, loans and academic advocacy. SRC COUNTER GUIDE 2011
LIVING OUT OF HOME
By Samantha Prendergast
The first night I moved out of home I spent the first four hours celebrating freedom and the next five crying myself to sleep. Leaving home is a bit like that (and I’m not afraid to admit it in a student publication). The comforting thing is that it’s like that for a lot of people - particularly those of us whose families are interstate or overseas. Even more comforting is the fact that it’s not like that forever. Anyone can survive life in a share-house (or other form of outof-home accommodation) so long as they’re willing to work at it and compromise. However, just in case you’re still lingering in the ‘where’smy-mum-I-want-her-now’ stage, here’s some advice regarding three things we’re all likely to encounter when we move out of home.
FOOD WARS: SHARING IS CARING
For all the time they spend teaching kids to share, it’s amazing how stingy we can be when the stakes are higher than an apple half. I know you don’t have a lot of money. Your house-mates know you don’t have a lot of money. But here’s a tip: keeping three bottles of milk in the fridge is stupid. Unless you drink a litre a day, a quarter of the bottle will go off. That’s three-quarters of a bottle wasted because no one wanted to risk putting in for one bottle when they might not get their full third. One jar of jam will do. So will one loaf of bread. Yes, sometimes your apparently starving housemate will eat the whole loaf in one sitting. But you know what’s worse than spending three dollars on some more bread? Spending an awkward half-hour dividing the price into equal thirds and fumbling through your wallet for five cent coins. Sharehouses are all about give or take; sometimes you’ll spend more money on groceries than someone else but it’s likely to even out in the long run. It’s also worth keeping in mind that there’s a difference between sharing and stealing. The chocolate at the back of the pantry isn’t yours until it’s offered to you. Neither is the four-dollar mango, the brand-name peanut butter, or anything else your parents would buy.
The fun thing about student share-houses is that there’s a certain level of unpredictability. One night you get a perfectly decent sleep, the next you
spend three hours awake listening to the rhythmic groaning of your sexy sexy house-mate. Fun? Fun. Even more fun: the morning after. While it doesn’t have to be awkward, there’s a 90% chance it will be. The best advice I can offer is that a high-five is much more conducive to house-mate love than a day spent avoiding eye contact. If your housemate’s not the high-fiving sort then it’s best to just go about business as usual. So long as it’s not seriously disrupting your sleeping pattern (and they keep the door closed) it’s best to just go with it. After all, you’ll appreciate the good-will you’ve built up when you have sexy times of your own…
CLEANING: LOWER YOUR STANDARDS
If you’re moving into a house of uni students, do not expect to be living in the same state of cleanliness you enjoyed with your parents. Plates will occasionally be left on the bench, a thin layer of dust will settle on shelves and unused floor space, and beer bottles will sit for months at a time behind, next to, or under the couch. None of these truths will cause the world to explode. In fact, a little bit of mess can be a good thing; piles of textbooks in the lounge are reminders that everyone lives in the whole house and not just their bedrooms. Of course, some cleaning is necessary. Choosing one day a week to vacuum, scrub toilets, and clean the kitchen is a good idea. It removes ambiguity and is enough to keep the house liveable. If, in the mean time, you notice the once-white stove has become a dark shade of green, it probably won’t kill you to wipe it down.
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By Ali Thompson
My uni story’s introduction is hackneyed: it reads like most do. I arrived full of vim, excited about my newfound freedom from high school, but without a semblance of purpose. Pretty burnt-out from year 12, I had no idea what I wanted to study, no idea of any potential career paths, and no idea of where my life might go from that point. All I knew was that, after an adolescence of compulsive alcohol abstinence (to think I used to care that much for my neurons’ welfare!), I finally felt entitled to a drink. By some happy freak of nature, I found myself enrolled in first year Medicine; I was kind of nonchalant, but content. Then, several months in, wearily skimming over course-work, still seeing the old high-school boyfriend, and still essentially consorting only with my high-school friends, I started to realise that not much had changed from the year before. This was a gradual but horrible revelation. Where was the allimportant ‘real life’? Wasn’t school just supposed to be preparing me for the ever enticing ‘real world’? Indeed, I had expected a dawning sense of ‘reality’: a sense of having graduated from a world of practising into one of doing. One where my actions had significance and finality. I didn’t necessarily want life to be more serious, I was just sick of drafts and dress rehearsals. I wanted to feel like my life was starting and that, for once, the things I was doing would be the ‘real deal’, and not just its experimental replica. This is all clear to me now, but at the time, I didn’t know why I was feeling so dissatisfied with uni. I was just constantly aware of a dull, blind feeling of stasis and boredom. Eventually I was so disillusioned by the whole thing that I deferred and got my first casual job. Working at a home-wares store, I had the first of a series of epiphanies: independence begets self-worth. The following year, I enrolled in Law/Arts, and decided that I would apply the lesson I’d learnt at my job to my second attempt at first-year uni: I was going to be as independent as possible, and maybe then I would be granted the hallowed transition into ‘real life’. I threw myself into my classes and joined a series of clubs. I managed to achieve decent grades and sport
a pretty bacchanalian lifestyle. By the middle of the year, the then-boyfriend and I had broken up, and I had a whole battery of fantastic and eclectic new friends: old and young, gay, straight and bi, guys and girls, even people from other unis. I started to feel closer to that precipice, which I imagined would shear away to reveal ‘real life’ and the ‘beginning of the future’. But still, nothing. I began to panic that I was never going to find my niche, and that I’d end up wasting my life. To top things off, I then contracted glandular fever. The year was drawing to a close, and I still felt like I was leading a bit of a mock-up existence. However, I had realised that Law/Arts was not for me. Despite enjoying the courses thoroughly, I now knew that I did not want a future in either. This was progress. A month in bed with glange then gave me time to think. I reflected on the joy I had reaped from my year. I then realised that, in socialising with new people and in focusing more on the enjoyment of my courses, I had, for the first time in a long time, been liberated from the fear of wasting my life. The past two years of not living my life according to my fantasised framework started to seem worthwhile. I suddenly had clarity that I’d never had before; I knew I wanted to try Medicine again, and this time focus on enjoying it. And then it struck: the moment I had been awaiting for so long. My real life began. My real life began, the moment I realised there is no such thing as ‘real life’. The idea of your ‘future’ being distinct from your ‘present’ can be a damaging one. You’re living your life now, and however you’re doing so is fine, as long as you feel independent, you feel happy and you feel like your motives align with your existence here and now, not with some imagined perfect life that you’ve always expected to end up in. Even if things aren’t going to plan now, almost all experiences at uni are ultimately useful ones. Your future never ‘begins’, it just always ‘is’. Your future is now. So forget about preparing for ‘real life’ - it’s a myth. Just live.
Solipsistic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle says:’If I know I'm real, I'm real, bitch.’
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Student Accommodation Need to move out? Want to leave the nest? Coming from the country? Here’s a basic overview of your three main options. Colleges
Stepping through the gates of one of Adelaide’s university colleges (St Mark’s, St Ann’s, Aquinas and Lincoln) is like walking into a bizarre not-quite-parallel universe. Colleges seem to have their own code of conduct, where the normal rules of society don’t apply. Think of a drunken orgiastic festival that lasts for three years, and you might start to appreciate the delightful madness that college-life seems to be. It isn’t all crazy revelry, though: you will get looked after (and your uni performance will be monitored, so you don’t just fritter away your undergraduate years with beer, sex and no study). You have a room, furniture, a constant supply of food, and an address within walking distance of uni. You also have dozens of potential friends living all around you, which can be good or bad depending on your ability to balance study with socialising. The downside is that college-living is expensive unless you have a scholarship (but you can always apply for one!)
Other uni residential accommodation, like The Village and Mattanya, seems to elicit mixed responses from students. The Village, which predominantly houses international students, is pretty expensive, especially considering the number of other students with whom you share many amenities. The Village is often claimed to be very noisy, too. Private share-housing seems to be a lot easier and usually cheaper. However, again, being in a large establishment like The Village does mean that you will never be lonely (an affliction that often plagues new home-leavers).
This seems to be the most popular way to move out. Now, if you are moving into an already shared house, it tends to be a lot easier than establishing your own share-house. If you do want to establish your own, contact the Accommodation Office for advice. To simply join an existing share-house, check out the notice boards around uni for ads. Websites like gumtree.com.au and find-housemates.com are great places to look, too. There is, of course, an element of risk that you’ll end up with a house-mate that you don’t get along with, but you’re just as likely to find your future best friend. It’s a gamble, but it’s unavoidable. The good thing about moving into an already established place is that they will usually have most utilities or furnishings already. This can help cut down your movingin expenses. If you do decide this option is for you, there are a couple things you should check first. Check the conditions of your rent. Does it include bills? Which ones? Do any of the tenants smoke? Etc. Determine these things in advance.
The AUU provides some temporary emergency housing. As you might imagine, special conditions apply, so your best bet is to see an Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) as soon as you can (call them on 8303 5430).
The Verdict: Share-house living seems to be the cheapest and most satisfying way to move out of home for the most people. However, it all depends on your needs and desires. Have a chat to the Accommodation Office for advice. The Accommodation Office is in Hughes Plaza (behind Elder Conservatorium). Call the office on 8303 5220.
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Subject Outline This is one of the best anthropology courses I have ever taken. The course explores healing systems across the world, how culture impacts our ideas of what being ‘healthy’ is, and where we gain our knowledge of health comes from. The great thing about this course is that it was really dynamic - we were able to focus on one particular thing of our choice and were free to present our findings in some very interesting ways! The lecturer was very passionate about this course and it showed - I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended. Materials No textbooks were required - just a course reader that was readily available and quite cheap. There was no specific online content we needed, it was dynamic and really up to us.
Subject Outline The censorship and iconoclasm of art throughout the ages and how it impacts upon our way of thinking. Materials There was a Course Reader. It was used every week and was incredibly useful. Assessment Everything was set out clearly. Deadlines were reasonable and help was always given when needed. An in lecture exam at the end of semester was reasonable and a good way of spreading out the assessment. Lectures Lectures were recorded, the PowerPoint presentations were well thought out and clear.
Tutorials Tutorials were based around the Assessment course reader but they also had Don’t leave your research essay to visual content that was discussed the last minute - pace yourself. The for the majority of the hour course is spread out beautifully for session. this and you get a lot of class time to conduct research. Satisfaction (1-10) 8.5 Lectures They were not fully recorded, which was good - we had to go! Tutorials They were a workshop, rather than a tutorial. But the two hours tended to pass rather quickly some weeks we were able to leave early.
Review Subject Outline The course is designed to offer students experience within a professional or more relaxed context to supplement their academic studies. It stands alongside the Parliamentary Internship as examples of more intermediate/ advanced Arts subjects that aim to imbue the student with added practical expertise.
Materials Some required reading for lectures, which was available online, but no prescribed textbooks. Host organisations were at their discretion in assigning further reading materials to students. Assessment Most of the course's problems centred on the time gap between deadlines. There were none until early October, when there was a poster and a short presentation due shortly before the final report. It made it difficult to precisely spread the workload over the semester as the format was new to most students. I think that not having any deadlines midway through semester encouraged procrastination until the final few days - it did with me, anyway. Lectures Approximately fortnightly two-hour seminars, not recorded. Attendance is compulsory. Tutorials No tutorials. Satisfaction (1-10) 8
Satisfaction (1-10) 8
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Subject Outline The course outlines Chinese history from the communist revolution until the present day. It goes in depth into the ideological background behind the decisions of the communist leadership. The course gives lots of emphasis on understand communist ideology and how it has influenced Chinese development. It also explains Chinese history and how that has led to the current situation in China. Materials Very little material was required. There was a course guide and a booklet of sources that were provided, at around $40. For the major assignment though, you will need to do more in depth research.
Tutorials There is both a tutorial and a workshop. The tutorial is based around the weekly topic, while the workshop is usually used for ADP presentations. Satisfaction (1-10) 7
Subject Outline Foundations of Anthropology is exactly that, a concise foundation of all the wonders the field of Anthropology has to offer. With the first week providing an insight to what Anthropology is about, the remainder of the course examines a new topic each week including; gift-giving, anorexia, gender and sexuality, witchcraft and religion.
Lectures I found that whilst the lectures were interesting (most of the time), they weren’t exactly essential to understanding or passing the course. Slides are also uploaded to MyUni which made me feel less guilty about the lectures I missed. Tutorials Tutorials were fairly easygoing, assuming you’ve read the readings for the week, but even if you haven’t you can still find meaningful comments to add to the discussion. Most weeks were filled with groups giving their tutorial presentation, whilst others involved tutorial activities such as a debate. Satisfaction (1-10) 9.5/10
Words of Wisdom Download and read the assessment Assessment rubric for each assignment, it’s A lot of emphasis is placed on so easy to lose marks for having proper essay writing and structure. Materials the wrong formatting, such as The lecturer spent a lot of time There is no cumbersome, heavy, spacing and font size. Try to pick explaining how to do essays to a expensive and ultimately useless a presentation topic early in the certain standard. You were required textbook required! The only material semester to get it out of the way to do two ADPs, which are mock that you need to purchase is the introductions to essays. One of these course reader, which you can pick up will have to be presented to the class at the ITC for $21. It is essential for for critique. There is also a major the course and is used in its entirety. essay due at the end of the year. For I found it best to rip the reader up, all the assignments there is a good and staple the sections for each spread of time between due dates. week, that way you don’t have so much to carry around. Lectures The lectures were not recorded, but Assessment the slides were available online. The The assessment was easy to follow lecturer asked for suggestions for the and spread evenly throughout the last lecture, so there is the ability semester, the workload is quite for students to have a say in what reasonable, and the best part is no subject they wish to be covered, exam! Tutorial group presentation whether it be national minorities 20%, tutorial participation 10%, like Tibet, or another issue. course journal 20%, research bibliography (which only takes a few hours of solid concentration) 20%, and essay 30%.
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Faculty Review title Review
Subject Outline Course covers significant moments in European and world history between 1492 (the Renaissance) and 1914 (the beginning of WWI.) Very detailed, with many readings but was overall quite good, particularly the weeks on the fall of the Aztec Empire, the French Revolution and the Slave Trade.
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Subject Outline A very brief overview of the historical events from 14921914. The course covers basically everything that happened in this period. You’d be better off just looking it all up on Wikipedia.
Materials One textbook, which was over $100. It could be used in the Materials second semester for 20th Century: A World in Turmoil too. Like the Course Guide and Reader, from memory about $30. There was also course, the textbook is a good a textbook but I didn’t buy it, again overview. But it’s not worth the from memory it was optional but it amount it costs. did come with a CD-ROM. Assessment Assessment The first assessment was a library Guidelines were easy to follow, research exercise. There were also well spread with the first exercise two essays and a quiz. (Library Exercise) due by end of week 2 or 3. The major essay, Lectures especially as an early Uni course, Lectures were very hit and miss isn’t easy as most aren’t used to you could never quite tell whether writing 2500 word essays at the they would be worth attending. Some were informative, others time, but whatever you do, do not write the essay about feminism and a complete waste of time. There the French Revolution! were a lot of guest lecturers, and it depended who was delivering the lecture, and what the topic was. Lectures All lectures recorded, except guest lectures in which only lecturer’s Tutorials notes are put up. Participation in tutorials was part of the grade, and attendance in Tutorials tutorials was recorded. Round-table discussion, tutor leads out with questions and then debate Satisfaction (1-10) following 2 Satisfaction (1-10) 6
Subject Outline Food and Drink in World History is pretty much what the name suggests. It's a bit of cook's tour (pardon the pun) of the history of eating, drinking and the associated practices that surround preparation and production of food, meals, the way we eat and who we eat with. It's a survey course, but whilst it begins chronologically (starting with pre-history, ancient civilisations, the middle ages) it then becomes more thematic (for example, food and religion or the impact on globalisation on eating patterns). Materials There was a fairly large course reader, available from the Image and Copy Centre. The readings were pretty essential to the tutorials, as discussion revolved primarily around them (they were also linked to the lecture material). There were no set readings online, but the assignments required some use of online resources (particularly websites with primary sources). Assessment The requirements were well articulated in the course outlines, and of course questions could be asked either in lectures/tutorials or via email. The first assignment, which is a tutorial presentation on the history of a particular foodstuff, requires you to do your research in your own time and so it's up to you whether to do yours earlier or later on. The sooner you get feedback on the write-up (which is like a research proposal for the mid-semester essay), the
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better (especially if you choose a particularly tricky topic). The final essay has an annotated bibliography and miniature research proposal, which gives you some very helpful preliminary feedback before you write and submit the essay itself. The assignments are very comfortably spaced out, on the whole with plenty of opportunity for further help if needed.
Lectures No lectures.
Subject Outline This course is all about breaking language down into its most basic elements and working upward. It aims to explain not only the construction of grammatical rules and processes but also of how language is acquired and functions in a global context. (Expect lots of Aboriginal language examples).
Materials Expect to rely heavily on your Tutorials textbook. The cost was quite Tutorials usually started with peo- moderate as far as textbooks go ple’s presentations and then discus- and well worth the investment. sion of the tutorial readings. You will be set regular homework exercises from the textbook also so Satisfaction (1-10) unless you have a buddy who really wants to photocopy the necessary 8 pages for you each week do yourself a favour and pony up some Words of Wisdom coin for one. Put lots of work into researching early. Food History can often be Assessment quite challenging to do with anyJust follow your course guide thing that isn’t obvious or popular (like sugar, chocolate or fast food), and it will lead you in paths of righteousness. and you will often have to approach historical sources from a Lectures more creative, sometimes abstract Lectures are recorded but it’s much angle. You might also have to look easier to attend as the lectures are into works which aren’t strictly slightly more interactive than some historical. The annotated bibliogof the other courses and you can raphies are a good opportunity to ask questions. get advice and feedback on other places to look or sources to check. Tutorials Try to approach the essays with a Tutorials involved re-examining problem or testable hypothesis in the lecture material and ensuring mind- it stops you from being sim- that we grasped the concepts. ply descriptive (which won’t serve Homework is usually set each week and checked the following week. you well). Satisfaction (1-10) 4
Words of Wisdom Foundations of Linguistics is almost certainly nothing like what you’re expecting it to be. If you’re
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expecting it to be. If you’re hoping for hours of fascinating etymological dissections expect flaming pianos of disappointment. If you’re looking for a bludge subject try Modern History.
Subject Outline A study of the French language for students continuing on from French studies at school. The course focuses on developing an understanding of the language; studying grammar, listening to the language, speaking the language and writing in French. Materials Yes we did use a textbook. I forget the price, but it was relatively costly. The textbook was used in class however I found lecture notes were more useful for studying grammar. Online content was used for laboratory classes (listening exercises). Assessment The guidelines were clear and work was spread out evenly. There were lots of pieces of assessment which meant that the exam was not worth too great a percentage. Lectures There are no lectures. Only tutorials and workshops. Tutorials Tutorials were useful for studying grammar; the tutor explained grammatical concepts and went through exercises with us. Satisfaction (1-10) 9
Subject Outline This course unpacks the issues surround food and agriculture from a global perspective. It looked at the impact of weather and soil, the global trading market, and alternative food production systems. The information is always linked back to real cases, for example the banana and sugar cane crops being severely damaged by cyclone Yasi. Materials Online articles were provided. Which were very interesting, and usually quite recently published. Assessment 65% of the course work is around a report on a specific agricultural commodity or place. There is also a 30% exam. Lectures The lectures are very fast paced. It is worth printing the lecture notes. They are not recorded. Tutorials Tutorials were based around problem solving. Often group tasks were given. Some of the tasks were quite fun. Satisfaction (1-10) 9
Subject Outline I found the first couple of weeks of this course really challenging. Learning about the extent of discrimination against Aboriginal people is horrifying. Jenni Caruso presents the course with a lot of historical detail that was completely missing from my primary and high school education on Australian history. This course made me think more about how our history is constructed. Materials There was one pretty huge reader. I found most of the readings useful but I didn't read all of them. There was some online content. Assessment The course work included; short presentation (two students presented every week), minor essay with a list of questions to choose from, and a major essay. The major essay was due first week back second semester, which lightened the load at the end of the semester. Lectures The lectures weren't recorded, and the slides didn't give much information by themselves, so most people attended the lectures. I found the lectures engaging. Tutorials Tutorials began with student presentations. Then there was general discussion. In my tute there were very few silences. Satisfaction (1-10) 9
Subject Outline This is a winter school course set over four weeks that basically covers the time period between pre-white settlement and the present. Particular attention is paid to events such as settlement, the introduction of the White Australia Policy, â€˜67 referendum and the Mabo Case. Materials No textbooks, just a reader which was about ~$20. They were incredibly useful, as the course only being four weeks long, there was a lot to cover in lectures. Tutorial presentations also relied heavily on that dayâ€™s readings. Assessment Assessment was fairly straightforward, and the guidelines were clear enough. Being a four week course, the assessment pieces were not spread over time, so if you can get an early tutorial presentation - do it! Much better than having two essays due as you head back into semester two. Lectures Lectures were not recorded, and you were required to sign an attendance roll. Tutorials Tutorials revolved around the presentation of the day (usually two presenters) and a discussion of the question posed by the presenter. Satisfaction (1-10) 7.5
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Satisfaction (1-10) 6 Subject Outline The title is fairly straightforward, covers Australian Politics from the Federation years to the present day. Very helpful for those who don't know the history of Australian political parties, as well as those who aren't up to speed with Australia's parliamentary system. A good range of guest lecturers, in my year we had Alexander Downer, Kris Hanna and Sarah Hanson-Young, plus guest lecturers from other courses.
Words of Wisdom Whatever you do, don’t be too critical of the Greens, they will outnumber you 3 to 1 in every tute! *This course’s requirements have changed slightly since this review was written. Please contact the course co-ordinator for advice.
Materials The textbook cost around $80, the new edition came out last year and the one used in 2009 only went as far as 2007, so the new edition will not have analysis from the 2010 election. Somewhat useful as it covers many issues, most of which aren't actually discussed in the course.
Subject Outline The first few weeks are devoted to explaining what politics is, and what comparative politics is. They were a dull start to a course that turned out to otherwise be really interesting. Each week the basic politics of a different country was explained in reasonable depth. There was a good selection of countries from across the globe.
Assessment Tute participation is 10%, tute presentation 20%, tutorial paper 30% and major essay 40%. Tute paper due three weeks after presentation, is a summary of your presentation. Do not include anything in the paper that you didn't discuss in your presentation!
Materials One textbook, called Comparative Politics Today: A World View. It was quite pricey, being over $100. It was a good textbook, however the lectures covered most of the material in the textbook, so it isn’t necessary to buy it.
Lectures Nothing different about lectures in this course, some guest lecturers will only put their notes up on MyUni rather than recording them. Tutorials Tutorials were standard round-table debate, tutor usually asks a lot of questions in order to spark debate, especially if the group is quiet.
Assessment Standard assessment for politics subjects - an essay, a quiz, tutorial participation. Lectures Lectures were not recorded, and were held once a week for two hours, so if you missed them it was difficult to catch up. Apart from this, they were interesting and informative.
and a debate was held each tutorial. Half the class would debate, and the other half would listen. If you weren’t debating it was a waste of time. If you were debating it could still be a waste of time, because usually everyone was completely unprepared.
Satisfaction (1-10) 7
Subject Outline This course concentrated on the idea of real and imaginary in literature - we spent a lot of time covering the different layers of fiction pieces, and ways authors gave their writing different levels of meaning. Themes, recurring motifs, techniques and ideas were explored. Materials There were a lot of books to read as required texts, but as they were all fiction it was relatively easy to either buy or borrow. It was better to buy than to borrow, as you could refer back to them as needed. Assessment The reading was quite intense, but the course was well balanced, fair and the workload was manageable. Lectures Not really, the lectures weren’t recorded and to be honest, if you didn’t go to lectures but read the books well and attended all tutorials, it would have been possible to pass. Everything makes much more sense if you DO attend lectures however.
Tutorials Tutorials Each tutorial was divided into teams, There were exercises to do in the tutorial, but it was generally SRC COUNTER GUIDE 2011 adelaidesrc.com
staying safe o n ca m p u s at n i g h t University can be just as fun at night when you head up to the Unibar – or just as boring as daytime while you study in one of the 24-hour computer suites (I feel your pain!), but when walking around alone on campus, especially when everyone has gone home, it is important to take a few extra precautions.
Don't use headphones
I know it’s boring when it’s quiet, but it is so much safer to keep an ear out for trouble.
Be prepared: take a self-defence course!
The security office (located on Western Drive, next to Student Services and across from the Art Gallery) offers free courses periodically throughout the year. Contact the security office for more details on 8303 5990.
walk in well-lit areas
Some routes through the University are better lit than others. Take advantage of this.
Avoid The Parklands
If you don’t have to walk through the Torrens Park (on the other side of Victoria Drive), don’t. This area is notorious for trouble at night, and is much better avoided.
Use the FREE Security Bus Service
Check whether it will take you to your destination. It runs from 5:15PM - 11PM on weeknights (weekends must be pre-booked by 6PM) and will take students and staff up to 2.5 km from the University. Check adelaide.edu.au/ security/students/bus.html for full details and areas serviced.
Use the Free Security Escort Service
If you’re uncomfortable with walking alone, use this service to take you within 2 km of uni. The lovely security guards will be happy to assist you to reach your car, bus, or near-campus residence. Their numbers are: (North Tce) 8303 5990, (Waite) 8303 7200 and (Roseworthy) 8303 7999. They can also be contacted using the last five numbers from a campus phone, or from an Emergency Security Telephone Point (near most buildings, located on maps with an S.)
Follow this checklist
Hide valuables from plain sight Pay attention to your surroundings Have your campus emergency security number (8303 5444) programmed into your phone In case of emergency, dial 112 from your mobile phone, not 000. (112 allows them to triangulate your position, and therefore reach you faster.) adelaidesrc.com
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Places to rest, hang out with friends, study and eat around the campus. Barr Smith Lawns Ah, the lawns with their strange sculpture ‘The Fones’ (trumpets? sea creatures? bizarre flowers?) and tendency to have something going on at least once a week. Even when they’re being used for a fair or BBQ of some sort, they’re still a good place to hang out, get a little vitamin D, and study (but you probably won’t, it’s just too nice out there for studying!)
FIX student Kitchen Lounge
Next to Union House and adjacent to the Barr Smith Lawns, FIX offers comfy couches, whiteboards and chalkboards to scribble on, and best of all, a kitchen complete with sandwich press, microwave, and other general kitchen facilities. Read or study alone (headphones recommended), meet up with friends and procrastinate together, or visit the SRC on level 3!
Barr Smith Library
Napier Courtyard If you’re ever in Napier, and wonder ‘why are there windows in the middle of the building?’, you’ve probably just seen the bare and unused courtyard within. No one really goes there (most don’t know it exists), so it’ll be quiet. Maybe you’ll make it work. You enter by the pathway next to the Social Sciences office, by the way.
No, don’t laugh! Hanging out in the library isn’t as nerdy as it was in high school! This one has couches, bean bags, vending machines and you can talk all you like. This only applies to level 3 (which is confusingly the same level you enter on - level 1 is downstairs), as all other levels are serious library stuff. Also, the Reading Room is excellent for quiet study or contemplation.
Mayo, Briefs, Aroma
These cafes are pretty hard to miss - and perhaps a bit hit and miss, too. But if you’re starving and you feel like coffee/something greasy, the oncampus cafes will provide. Mayo also makes up sandwiches and cooks veggie burgers upon request. Everything is cooked in canola oil, and the meat is halal. They also serve Fair Trade Coffee. Mayo is next to the Cloisters, Briefs is in Ligertwood, Aroma is in Innova 27 and Backstage is in the Schulz Building. SRC COUNTER GUIDE 2011
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Women’s Room The Women’s Room is the designated women’s only space on campus, and is seen as a space where women can feel safe, take naps, study, read (there’s a half-stocked bookcase!), or just hang out, and there’s also a microwave for a warm lunch. The Women’s Room is located in the basement of the Lady Symon Building (across the Cloisters from FIX).
The Rainbow Room is the designated queer-friendly safe space on campus. It is run by the group Adelaide Pride and welcomes all queer and questioning students. It offers a fridge, kettle and microwave, as well as counselling information and event noticeboards. It’s on level 6 of Union House, opposite Rumours (an ex-cafe).
Nexus 10 Otherwise known as ‘the Professions hub’ or ‘that place on Pulteney St with computers and stuff’, Nexus 10 also offers a whole lot of couches and group work tables. There’s also a cafe, or walk 100 metres and you’re in Rundle Mall. Note: getting into the computer room requires a card swipe, which only works for Professions students. If you wait for someone to open the door, though...
On level 6 of Union House you will find separate male and female Prayer Rooms for students of Islamic faith. There are also rooms in the Lady Symon Building that make up the Religious Centre. Many religious groups on campus use these rooms for meetings and religious observance.
Check out the Confucius Waterfall . It makes nice noises, there are sometimes ducks in it, and there are benches. There’s also a lot of student space in the Engineering/Maths, Dental and Medical Schools, but they seem fairly exclusive. If you can get in, awesome. If you can’t, we’ve outlined enough places above to keep you busy. And the Hughes Plaza will be finished eventually, and that’s even more space. Oh...and how could we forget - the Uni Bar, level 5 of Union House. Enough said. adelaidesrc.com
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Student/Un iversity Loan s
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Emergency loans are interest-free unsecured loans of up to $100 which can be accessed immediately. These are designed to cover items such as food, transportation, medication and other (relatively) small amounts. To receive an emergency loan, you will need to fill out an application form and arrange an interview with one of the EWOs.
If you have any questions, or want to consider something even bigger (e.g. a grant or scholarship from the Uni), feel free to contact the EWOs on 8303 5430 or email@example.com. adelaidesrc.com
assignments, and the end of semester exam. Taking notes on the books was also useful, if not required.
Satisfaction (1-10) 8.5
Subject Outline Provides an overview of gender studies - from the first-wave feminists to the post-feminists, from studies of masculinities and femininities to how gender and sexuality affects health, work and lifestyle. Materials No textbook, just one reader about $25 which was really useful. No online readings, but lectures were recorded. Assessment One minor assignment (800 words) worth thirty percent - fairly easy to complete. A presentation and presentation paper (1000 words) - youâ€™ll generally lead an entire tutorial. Major essay (2200-2500) worth 50%, choice of topics - topics were well aligned with the course. Lectures Lectures were recorded, but the recordings werenâ€™t reliable - often difficult to hear. Lectures often had an interactive factor, and were really worth going to.
Subject Outline Pretty much covered the basics of international politics, but only in theory - no real coverage of real world examples with the exception of a week on the Cold War Materials Textbook: World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions - ~$100 It was good, the course was pretty much drawn from it. There were other readings, but no reader, and no links on MyUni - had to find them yourself. Assessment Pretty light load (minor short answer paper, presentation, major essay, in lecture exam), but the last major essay is a killer - start early! Lectures The lecturer has a VERY heavy accent and also stutters. Were recorded, but still difficult to understand. Tutorials Tutorials generally consisted of two presentations about the readings, and then discussion of the topic within the group. Satisfaction (1-10) 4
An introduction to the ideas in international politics. The course is very theoretical, and does not focus back on real events enough. However, it is a good introduction to the basic theories in international politics.
Materials A textbook, World Politics. Definitely worth buying. The lectures followed the chapters of the textbook, and correlated very closely with the book. If you missed a lecture you could read the chapter in the textbook and catch up. The textbook also went beyond the lectures, and clarified the ideas in the lectures with more examples. Assessment Essays, tutorial participation, short answer questions and a quiz. Lectures Powerpoints could not be accessed (or if they could, they were very difficult to find!) Lectures were recorded. Tutorials About four questions were set each tutorial and discussed. Some tutorials did individual presentations to gain their mark, while in others you just had to contribute to the discussion. Satisfaction (1-10) 6
Tutorials Tutorials were led by groups of students assigned to lead that particular tutorial, and there was lots of discussion. Depending on the tutor, there was not much tutor input. Satisfaction (1-10) 9
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Subject Outline The course was an introduction into international relations theory. It did not cover much actual international relations, politics or diplomacy. This was a disappointment as it made the theory seem very reductionist and forced since we were learning it in a vacuum.
Subject Outline This course deals with the field of language planning and policy, more specifically as it applies to Australian indigenous languages, language ecology, and the issues surrounding language standardisation. The new National Curriculum and literacy standards were also discussed.
Materials Course reader cost <$50. Supposed to do the readings for tutes, they were fairly dry and academic and tended to talk about various theories substance of international politics. Difficult to engage with.
Materials This course had no textbook, but there was a list of useful reference books and journals (all available in the Barr Smith Library) in the Course Outline. Tutorial readings were posted online each week. However, the readings for each week were often not uploaded until 10 or 11PM on Sunday night. This was not very helpful when the lecture was on at 10AM Monday, and the tutorial straight after the lecture.
Assessment Assessment guidelines etc. fairly standard, except that an annotated bibliography and abstract for the major essay were required before the major essay itself was due. Writing about the usefulness of sources and an abstract summarising the essay before actually writing the essay seemed a bizarre form of assessment. Lectures Recorded. Tutorials Participation and oral presentation marked. Tutorials were an open discussion based on the readings. Satisfaction (1-10) 3
Assessment All the assessments were evenly spread out and had fair weighting. There were two 1,000 word short assignments worth 20% each, an individual tutorial presentation worth 10%, and the 2,500 word final essay was worth 50% overall. Tutorial attendance was recorded each week but to my knowledge, no marks were deducted for nonattendance. Lectures As of the end of the semester, Lecture material from Week 6 and onwards had not yet been uploaded, despite the lecturer’s promises that all material would be uploaded. The lectures were two hours in length, but due to the small number of people in the subject, the ‘lectures’ often became more like discussions.
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To me, this was annoying and unnecessarily digressive because that week’s lecture topic then spilled into the next week, and so on, until by the end of the semester not all of the topics had been covered.
Tutorials The tutorial was straight after the lecture. The issues/ questions raised in the lecture were discussed. For the first few weeks of semester, discussion questions were posted online with the week’s tutorial readings, but not at all towards the end of semester. The week in which each student was to give their tutorial presentation was arranged at the start of semester. Presentations consisted of a tenminute presentation on the week’s lecture topic and a 500 word written summary. Satisfaction (1-10) 2 (for the sheer disorganisation)
Subject Outline Beware. If you are extremely selfmotivated and fascinated by the Middle Ages, this course could be good. However, if you are not willing to do a fair to large amount of independent research from week to week, you may very well come out of this course with a very confused view of the several centuries this course crams in. Christianity, various rulers, general society - lots is covered, and if you can keep up, you will learn a lot. There is a huge amount of material covered, with too little time spent on each concept. 2010 lectures were erratic, difficult to follow and often confusing. However, I wouldn’t entirely recommend that you avoid it if you are willing to undertake a very self-guided course.
Subject Outline It is pretty much as it says on the Materials label: it talks about Morality in its One textbook - ‘Medieval Europe’. relation to the individual and society.It is useful to clarify ideas given the the course covers the question ofin‘what anddiscusses is organised more islectures, morality?’, why far morality clearly than said lectures. However, cannot be based from Religion or from it still covers a huge amount Culture, and then discusses theoffour material for aof12 week course. main theories morality: Goal Based, Available easily, cost Contract $25. Respect Based, Social Theory, and Virtue Ethics. Assessment Guidelines clear. One topic per Materials week, generally - couldPhilosophy have been aThe Elements of Moral whole year course. Far less for should the textbook is only relevant the have been attempted. First second half of the course, andessay for its not very price, you challenging, can probablysecond get by essay from the ridiculously open-ended - very library copies.. difficult to determine what tutor wanted, not much guidance given. Assessment It’s pretty clear, and spread evenly Lectures the semester. My advice is throughout Lectures notsense recorded. just common - don’tPowerPoint leave the slidespreparation provided, but had the exam toothese late, because baregrades minimum of suffer information on your WILL as a result. them extremely to keep up Oh, and- as with anydifficult other subject, with the lecture.remember If you do take the please, PLEASE to take course, come the lecture with thein notes during thetolectures, especially lecture slides it will help to keep the first half of -the course up. Lectures I Tutorials don’t know how they’ll do it next The but usual Minor essay, major time, theformat. first half of the course essay,recorded, exam, tuteand presentation. wasn’t the second half was. Satisfaction (1-10) 2 Tutorials We had to share our notes from the lectures (a great way to make sure that you actually DO take notes.)
covers one movement, book or event a week. This course was far and away my favourite for 1st year, and I will now write as glowing a report of it as I possibly can. However, WARNING: No matter how much you may love history, do NOT take this course if you aren’t a) in love with books and art, b) at least slightly insane.
Materials Be prepared to read a couple of books, and even some poetry. Flaubert’s ‘Madame Bovary’, Kafka’s ‘The Trial’, Camus’s ‘The Outsider’ and Garcia Marquez’s ‘100 Years of Solitude’ are set texts. At most, one can be left unread if you can bullshit your way through a seminar with fair ease. The poetry isn’t too extreme, but it’s all very depressingly Baudelaire and Holocaust. The reader is $5 and makes life a lot easier, so it’s worth getting.
they were much more interesting than having to read the PowerPoints.
Tutorials The seminars are 2 hours, but very easy to get through. It’s pretty much an extended chat about whatever we’re studying, observing the delicious craziness of the Futurists/ Surrealists/Dadaists and staring out the window. It’s completely possible to get through a seminar without knowing anything about the topic, but obviously it’d help to know who the Dadaists were as it might help you make sense of them throwing cabbage at people in the playhouse. The only tutorial specific assessment is the class presentation, which takes a night of PowerPoint-making, some making friends with people in your class and having to actually read the week’s reading. Satisfaction (1-10) 10
Assessment Almost all the assessment was very relaxed and relatively straightforward. Being a wanky know-it-all, I find it hard to write detailed, clearly referenced essays Subject Outline all about what OTHER people think It is pretty much as it says on the – I’d much rather be pushing my label: it talks about Morality in its point of view onto my poor tutor. relation to the individual and society. Hence, when my tutor specifically the course covers the question of said not to worry too much about ‘what is morality?’, discusses why referencing, because he wanted to morality cannot be based from hear what we thought, I let out a Religion or from Culture, and then small snort of joy, and successfully discusses the four main theories Satisfaction (1-10) wrote a HD essay in the 2 hours of morality: Goal Based, Respect Subject Outline 8.5 ‘The Modern Imagination in Europe’ before it was due. The journal Based, Social Contract Theory, and tasks and the class presentation Virtue Ethics. is not your typical Arts student are similarly easy to wing. In fact, course. Well, it is, actually. But it takes Arts student to a whole new the exam was the only thing that Materials level. It is the Supreme Ruler of All required a light sweat of exertion, The Elements of Moral Philosophy That Is Arts, cleverly combining artsy although of the 13 or so subjects - the textbook is only relevant for only 2 or 3 need any study at all. things like literature, art, history, the second half of the course, and philosophy, insanity and not too much for its price, you can probably get by from the library copies. work into one huge ball of awesome. Lectures Basically, the course makes its way Most of the lectures were recorded, through the major European art and but I actually went to almost all of literature movements of the late them. Not just because I’m a nerd, 19th and 20th century. The course adelaidesrc.com SRC COUNTER GUIDE 2011
Assessment It’s pretty clear, and spread evenly throughout the semester. My advice is just common sense - don’t leave the exam preparation too late, because your grades WILL suffer as a result. Oh, and as with any other subject, please, PLEASE remember to take notes during the lectures, especially in the first half of the course Lectures I don’t know how they’ll do it next time, but the first half of the course wasn’t recorded, and the second half was. Tutorials We had to share our notes from the lectures (a great way to make sure that you actually DO take notes.) Satisfaction (1-10) 8.5
Subject Outline This course discusses the developments of music throughout the media industry. Key points such as the impact of recording technology, music in film, and sound quality in the modern era are all covered in some detail through the semester-long course. If you like popular music of any sorts this will appeal to you! Materials There is a course reader that needs to be purchased. It is around $20, so very affordable and you do actually need this one because many final exam questions come solely out of it and are not covered in class.
Assessment The final exam is worth 50% of your grade, the essay and mid-semester exam are each worth 25%. All assessment takes place later in the semester. The final exam may look tough being half your grade but in all honesty the questions are very basic and it’s nothing to stress over... assuming you at least bought the course reader and went to a few lectures.
Assessment Assessment included an essay plan and essay. There is a fairly short time frame to produce these so start early.
Lectures The lecture and tutorial are combined into one 3 hour class, and they are mostly open discussion therefore not recorded. Having said that the class rarely went for the full three hours, in fact the first class went for about 20 mins... which isn’t a bad thing at all.
Tutorials Tutorials were run by the lecturers or a pollie. There was no work required prior to attending, although suggested readings were provided. They were hour-long debates on every major political issue you could possibly imagine. If you love gasbagging, debating and politics, give up your winter holidays and do this course!
Tutorials As explained above, the two are combined. However this makes attendance to the combined class compulsory and attendance is noted by Steve. But compulsory is a fairly lose term here though, basically meaning: you can miss a few and not fail. Satisfaction (1-10) 7.5
Subject Outline This is a winter course that included contributions from Alexander Downer and Natasha Stott Despoja, and number of other politicians and political commentators. Materials There were none.
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Lectures Lectures were delivered by two politics lecturers, and up to three guest lecturers. Lectures were recorded - worthwhile attending in person though.
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Subject Outline This course is centred around economic policy responses to contemporary local and global environmental issues. The course discusses the rationale and methods of government intervention in environmental protection and examines an array of policy instruments to correct for environmental externalities, particularly in an Australian context. Topics include conventional command-and-control strategies (e.g. national renewable energy targets), market-based pollution control alternatives (e.g. pollution taxes) and cap-and-trade schemes (e.g. carbon emissions trading). The course also considers the ecological approach and practice for
Tutorials Double lecture, 1 hour tute (assessed on participation - as long as you prepare dot-points on your question and actively participate every week Materials you will get your 10%). One tute There was no set textbook, although has the mid-semester test, and in ‘Economics and the Environment’, one you have to share the abstract of your essay - hence why being (Goodstein 2008, 5th ed.) was prepared is key! highly recommended. I believe the book cost over $100, so I didn’t get Satisfaction (1-10) it. Instead I speed-read it during 7 swotvac and found that helped clarify several topics, but still didn’t include many of the covered topics. I would recommended reading journal articles specific to each Subject Outline topic as the semester unfolds (the This course looks at various ethical recommended readings for the course are in the guidelines). problems associated with different professions. So every two weeks Assessment a new profession is discussed. The Each tute you will get given one problem I found with this is that question to prepare an answer for, the ethical frameworks weren’t which will be verbally discussed explained very well, and I wasn’t (nothing handed in...10%). interested in all of the professional Although the essay (40%) is given ethical issues. in the first lecture and not due till week 9 or so, I highly encourage Materials you to pick your topic and start There were three readers which cost research early, and form a plan $29 it was really important to do the that way you can check if you are on readings to be able to participate in the right track (this is relevant for the tutes. every course, of course!) There is an optional debate you can participate Assessment in, in which case your exam will be There were two 50% essays on a worth less. The mid-semester test topic in each of the terms. (10%) is a good example of what the exam will be like (only a 1/4 of Lectures the size...40%). The lectures were very basic, and did not extend from the readings. There Lectures was very poor attendance at the NOT recorded - if you don’t know lectures, partly due to the late time much about policy mechanisms or slot. I wouldn’t bother attending the topics being covered I advise lectures, just look at the notes on you go to the lectures!! (If you MyUni. know about certain topics you Tutorials can miss one now and then). The lectures are a good study base Specific questions were given for the for the exam - however external class to discuss. knowledge does come in handy. Satisfaction (1-10) 3
sustainable development. Also focuses on different views of valuing resources and how this influences decision-making.
Subject Outline This course covered three aspects of psychology: intercultural (addressing the importance of the acceptance of another’s culture, with reference to indigenous culture and refugees); social (media violence and social stigmas); and organisational (a branch of psychology which focuses on optimising the workplace). Materials There was a lack of consensus right up until exams as to whether the proscribed texts were actually needed. I would avoid purchasing the very expensive texts as anything that was actually required knowledge was posted on MyUni. Assessment The assessment was spread across the three topics are covered. Although there was a good mix of types of assessment (an essay, a minor assignment and an online quiz), guidelines for what was expected were fuzzy. In particular, the essay question was vague. Even tutors struggled to explain what was expected. Advice for the essay: don’t panic, no one else understands the question either! Lectures Most lectures were recorded and the lecturers were well-informed and engaging. However, the lack of guidance outside of lectures, such as the noticeable absence of lecturers/tutors from the discussion board frustrated and limited the effectiveness of the course. Tutorials No preparation really expected for tutorials, marks given just for turning up. Typical psych course! Satisfaction (1-10) 3.5
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Subject Outline This course is about developing practical social science skills; collecting, analysing, and interpreting data. Its good to have something practical on your rĂŠsumĂŠ. Materials Some readings were suggested, and available online. Some of the readings I relied on heavily to understand the course work. Assessment End of year exam is 40%, if you can do the practice exams you should be fine. 45% is workshop exercises. Lectures The lectures were given in a monotone voice. The slides are more than adequate. Some of the course work is pretty easy to understand. Tutorials The workshop exercises take longer than the allocated time. I would skip lectures to complete the exercises. Satisfaction (1-10) 6
Subject Outline This is a final year topic for students majoring in politics. There are limited spaces available, so there is some paperwork before the start of the semester. The subject is worth two subjects. You are matched with a politician in state parliament. With discussion with this politician and their chief of staff you are given a brief. Then you have the semester to write a 8500 word brief. This is the sort of subject where the more you put in the more you will get out of it. So I strongly recommend that you negotiate a topic you are really interested in. Materials It is up to you to independently carry out research for the study. There is the opportunity to use interviews for your research. You will not be studying in the politicianâ€™s office. If you want to know more about what politicians get up to, you will have to hassle their chief of staff to tag along to things. It depends very much on who your politician is, as to how much support you will have. Assessment The brief at the end is quite a daunting process, but it is discussed extensively at the beginning. Clem is also a very approachable person for more specific advice. Lectures Some lectures are given at parliament house which I found very interesting. Tutorials No tutorials.
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Subject Outline Exactly as the name of the course says, it covers the events of the 20th century. It is a huge amount to cover in one semester, and as a consequence each event is only briefly explored. However, by the end of the semester you do have a basic understanding of the main historical events of the 20th century. Materials An optional textbook, The World: A History. It cost over $100 and was not worth purchasing. However, if you did Europe, Empire and the World in the first semester you could use the textbook twice. Also a course reader, at the standard price of about $20-$30. Assessment The usual history assessments essays and tutorial participation. Lectures One of the lecturers was excellent, and was the highlight of the subject. The other was very average. They did about half of the lectures each. Tutorials The tutorial participation mark was made up through two debates and two document exercises. You had to be there in the week of the assessment, otherwise it was hard to make up your grade. Satisfaction (1-10) 6
The following courses are not available in 2011 (but may be available in 2012):
Subject Outline The course covers a large portion of 20th-century European history and a variety of issues, including women's rights, civil rights and nuclear warfare.
Subject Outline The Course begins at the end of the Peloponnesian war and the defeat of Athens. It goes through to cover Materials the rise of Spartan Imperialism and There may have been a textbook details how it replaced Athens as the for the course but I didn't buy it dominant power in Greece. However and that wasn't a problem. The due to the Spartan situation at home reader was plenty, and online and the actions of its leaders it lost content was good. control of Greece, to be replaced by Thebes. Thebes soon declined Assessment as a hegemon in Greece, leaving All pretty good, two essays and the city states of Greece weak class participation. The two and divided. At this time Philip essays were very useful because II of Macedon managed to unite it gave students a good chance to the kingdom of Macedonia, forge improve for the second time, which it into a great power and subdue was appropriately more heavily the Greek city States. With the weighted. Workload was pretty assassination of Philip II, under suspicious circumstances, his son light. Alexander rose to the throne and began his campaign against the Lectures Persian Empire. The course details Lectures were largely recorded, the campaign against the Persians, although sometimes the content Alexander’s motivations and the did not match up with tutorials. effects they had on the ancient world. Tutorials
A casual format, with debate assessment. Good fun :)
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on many subjects: worth about 10%. Make sure to do this every week and it’s an easy set of marks. Tutorial Paper: tutorial essay of approximately 1250 words to cover one of the subjects in first semester. Usually about 20%. Major Paper: major essay about 2000 words on a subject during the second semester, worth about 30%. part of the 30% also consists of a ‘wiki page’ where each student will have to write 300 words on one part of the subject their essay is on. e.g. Assassination of Philip II: official story of murder, unofficial suspects, background. Exam: The exam consists of two essays and two small paragraphs analysing source material. It counts for 40%. It is a major part of the yearly mark but the work during the year sets you up well for the exam. Overall the workload is average, and the way it is spread out over the course of the year makes it very manageable.
Lectures The lectures were not recorded, but there were slides available online. Each lecture also had a handout that gave important quotations from the sources and gave a rundown of the events in their order.
Tutorials Materials Each tutorial involved discussing One textbook is generally required, the weeks topic and going through problems with the material. Tutorials but others may also be purchased. Primary sources also need to be were set aside to discuss the essays bought, these are Penguin Classics so and exams. are quite cheap. These will be used very frequently. A large amount of Satisfaction (1-10) online content is used, with sources 9 each week to read and comment on. Words of Wisdom Assessment Start your essays early, if it is at Weekly blogs: students must read least the research. Always try and a source on the week’s subject and get your sources together early. write approximately 150 words on it. This gives students a good set of background knowledge
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Subject Outline The course looks at a variety of texts from the modernist period, from the start to some early post-modernist writings look at various styles and philosophies of the era. Materials A course reader was required. Most of the texts are available in libraries but some were difficult to find and had to be bought Assessment The reading load was relatively heavy compared to some other English courses, not necessarily because the books were long but because they are written in a style which can be slow to read. There is usually a text every week as well as readings for the seminars. Lectures Most lectures were recorded and were quite interesting. There was a different lecturer for most weeks so the quality/complexity varied. I recommend having a good nights sleep before Heather Kerr's lectures. They were quite complex Tutorials The course consisted of a one hour lecture and 2 hour seminar per week. Tutorial participation was marked. From memory there was a seminar paper, a major essay and an exam. Satisfaction (1-10) 8.5
Subject Outline The course is a critical analysis of the entire medium of film. Drawing on specific examples, various lecturers go through films which best depict their hobbyhorse, be is sexism, racism or whatever. Materials There is a reader, a thick one, but it's not too bad. Some of the stuff is even pretty interesting. I also hired at least one of the films up for discussion each week. Assessment As with most arts subjects, the assessment is essay-heavy, with a small percentage of tutorial presentation. The essays are easy, and usually okay to write, because you want to watch the film(s) a couple of times to ‘get to know them’. Lectures Lectures might have been recorded; I didn't know because I was keen to go to every one. Guest lecturers were all very interesting, and there were always lots of clips each week. Tutorials Tutorials were fun - once we'd moved to a room with audio-visual equipment, we chatted about the three set films, most of which everyone's seen, and I'd usually heard of all of them. It was very casual, and at the end you'd think, ‘I actually learnt a lot.’
Words of Wisdom Satisfaction (1-10) The reading load took me a little by 8 surprise, but if you set aside time per week it isn't so bad.
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Rachel Ankeny Not only does she have a great handle on the topic, but she’s also analytically very sharp and extremely thorough. She leads tutorial discussions extremely deftly (an underrated skill). She’s also very good at getting back to students about research problems and what’s more, is full of ideas for how to approach the often challenging world of food history research. Shannon Burns The metaphorical cherry on top of the cream-covered cake that was ˜The Modern Imagination in Europe’ was my tutor, Shannon Burns. Shannon - if this review somehow makes its way into your possession, please don’t be too terrified and shoot me worried glances in next year’s Postmodernism lectures, I’m sorry if we come across creepily. The best way to describe the class response to Shannon was, well, sort of a communal crush. We would turn to each other and giggle like schoolgirls whenever a comment of ours warranted a ‘yes, yes, yes, yes, YES, yes, YES’ (which was almost a guarantee whenever we dared opening our mouths). By the end of the semester, we were basking in his intense enthusiasm like cats in the sun and keeping quiet tallies of whether or not he’d hit the golden 100 (yes mark) in the space of two hours. Top marks to Shannon for pure awesome. David Cannon We disagreed on many things in the course but he’s very smart and understands the Australian political system inside out. Jenni Caruso Courageous to teach Indigenous Studies to some pretty ignorant people.
Naiya Cominos She has a firm grip on how to direct a tutorial group, making them fun, productive and educational. If it wasn’t for Naiya I’m sure I would have failed. David Cox Brilliant tutor, knew everything there was to know and had a great way of explaining it. Tried to link the course back to the real world which was greatly appreciated. Had an affable manner and warm, witty sense of humour.
Eoghan Moloney A fantastic lecturer and tutorial teacher. Though expletives are common, he manages to explain the material very well. He is fair in dealing with lateness of essays and other issues. However he does not accept those who attempt to deliberately get out of work or who make false excuses.
It’s painful, but really do start your research for essays early. It’s a hard slog, but it can result in a much better essay.
Nathalie Patterson Knowledgeable, good at explaining and lovely personality.
Check how many tutorials your course allows you to miss before you automatically fail. Many humanities courses are very unforgiving here
Dorothy Driver Excellent. She was very empathetic and knew the material very well and A piece of advice I simply must got that information across. pass on to Adelaide's First Years of the Glorious Future, is to overcome Steph Hester your fear of scary new people as She was my tutor and to this day speedily as possible. You are not in she is my favourite. She struck high school any more, and your new the perfect mix of work and fun, assignment group/the kid with big endeared herself to the entire hair sitting next to you/the clumsy group, knew the course material stranger who tipped their pint on back to front and developed positive your shirt at Unibar will NOT judge relationships with us as individuals, you based on your fashion sense, not just students. how much alcohol you can drink in a sitting, or whether you like Steven Knopoff memorising pi in your spare time. He loves his music, he is very Not making friends? Join a CLUB! I knowledgeable on the subject in all promise, it's fun, and the people are forms. I’ve had him as a teacher in friendly. my first and second year of uni and Consider taking a winter school both years I enjoyed his classes the most. Funny guy too, cool accent! subject
Full-time course loads are crazy. Remain a full-time student, but consider doing your fourth course as a winter/summer school course each semester.
The ‘Unified’ website is your friend. Use it.
Rod Lucas An excellent lecturer and tutor who is passionate about his field.
Make sure you keep a diary and write in due dates because lecturers won't necessarily remind you when pieces of assessment are due. To do your assignments early, use Lisa Mansfield An inspiration, her honesty, clear every bit of advice your tutors give explanations and well thought-out you and DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT. lectures encourage students to Making exam revision material participate during tutorials. Her easily accessible from the beginning tutorials become a group of friends by taking thorough notes is also a discussing relevant issues rather than good tip. a structured bore. If there's a major essay for your course, pick a question early, and
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Subject Outline The course covers legislation and cases related to anti-discrimination and equality. While the focus is mostly on contemporary Australian and South Australian legislation and cases there is also discussion of International issues. Materials I did buy the text for this course and it was pretty expensive for a thin book. However, I did find it useful. The library doesn't have many copies but you could probably get away with photocopying the important bits since there are plenty of readings that will give you enough of a background. If this is an area of interest for you, though, it’s not a bad tool to invest in. Assessment I found this tough because you actually had to go along to your tutes and there were a couple of assessments. I felt I worked pretty hard for the exam and still only managed an average mark, so you need to stay on top of things in this course. Anne is lovely but she won't just pass you because she's nice; you actually have to think in this course. Lectures The lectures were recorded – however, they were usually just before the tutes. The fact that the tutorials are so small means that if you haven’t attended the lecture it’s likely to show. There's also a bit of group interaction so I found myself doing some of the readings before showing up at these lectures so I didn't look like a complete idiot when the lecturer singled me out.
Tutorials The tutes were tough if you hadn’t done the readings but they were good preparation for the exam and were interesting. I would devote some time to preparing for these tutorials – especially as they helped me to develop my understanding of other subjects as well. Satisfaction (1-10) 7
Subject Outline This is generally thought of as one of the more enjoyable courses you’ll be required to take at Law School. If you have any interest whatsoever in politics then you’re likely to find the cases and commentary relatively interesting. The course, despite being three units, is quite heavy and requires a lot of reading. Materials The textbook is essential and worth buying in any case. We were required to bring it to all tutorials and you’re likely to find yourself quickly lost if you don’t have a copy. Assessment The assessment in 2010 involved an optional problem question and the exam. There was no grade awarded for tutorial participation but it’s strongly recommended that you attend as the concepts you’ll deal with in constitutional are significantly more complex than those you encounter in your earlier years at Law School. Lectures The lecturers for this course are very enthusiastic and engaging. It is certainly worth attending the lectures rather than simply listening to the recordings - it’s also a lot
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easier to follow along if you’ve printed out the slides before hand.
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Subject Outline Learn a lot on contracts, and I mean A LOT. Several real ( and thorough) cases from the past are involved in the course. Subtle variations and timing issues with contracts keep you guessing. Materials Textbook was Law in Commerce, is basically an expensive paperweight. Totally useless. Course guide is also used, which is just the slides for every lecture! Assessment Essay 10%, tutorial attendance 10%, tutorial exercise 10%, exam 70%! For the exam you’re allowed to take in the course guide providing there’s no writing in it, examiners do check! Get stick-it tabs and tab like crazy! Lectures Lectures are BORING! I stopped going after week 3 and still got a good credit. In one lecture I actually fell asleep. No kidding. Tutorials You do a case study, and you’re divided into two groups, plaintiff or defendant and you have to make your case why your side is correct. At first is quite fun but after a while it becomes tedious. Satisfaction (1-10) 2
Subject Online The course teaches you the basics of Corporate Law, with a focus on stuff to do with shares, the duties of directors, and - you get the idea, boring stuff. Materials There was one textbook as well as the Corporate law legislation. You definitely need the textbook. You could probably scrape by without a hard copy of the legislation, but it's convenient to have it, and it's pretty cheap as textbooks go.
Subject Outline This is a course people tend to love or hate. Theoretically, it does deal with ‘interesting’ subject matter (though I didn't find it interesting so much as disturbing). Also, it's not a very conceptually difficult course; it's almost too simple. So long as you can overlook its simplicity and just do the work (or join the mass of students who like to pretend they're a character from CSI), you should be fine.
Materials Assessment The textbook for this course was Assessment is pretty standard - a optional for a good reason: you don’t middle of semester essay, and then need it. The reader you'll buy from an end of semester exam. It is made the ICC is large enough to keep you pretty clear what is expected of you. occupied and has everything that you'll need to do well in the course. Lectures Lectures recorded. There are a panel Assessment of lecturers, with varying degrees of They're likely to change the midexcellence. They all seem to know semester assignment in 2011 after their stuff, but Jim Hambrook is widespread complaint in 2010. Our pretty difficult not to fall asleep to, assignment appeared to be designed while Beth Nosworthy is the best. for first-year philosophy rather law students. This would not have been Tutorials too great a problem if the course Tutorials are optional - that is, no co-ordinators hadn't been so vague marks depend on attendance. But about what it actually entailed. Other than that, there is a three hour they are pretty useful - so long as you don't attend Jim Hambrook's, exam at the end of the semester. where you will be given a lot of stimulating food for thought about Lectures Corporate Law, almost none of which The lectures for criminal law are ‘interactive’. If you're curious, will be examinable or relevant. Google the ‘Socratic method’. Satisfaction (1-10) 7 Tutorials Tutorials were compulsory and, again, very ‘interactive’. They were conceptually interesting if not a little confronting - particularly when you dealing with crimes of sexual assault and rape. Satisfaction (1-10) 5
Subject Outline This was not what I expected rather than being a study of specific crimes, it’s a more philosophical consideration of human nature and the history of different theories of human behaviour. It’s not suited to someone who likes to be able to cite cases and give solid arguments in their law exams, but great for those who like the philosophical side of the justice system. Materials There’s no textbook but a lot of materials are available either online or from ICC in the form of articles and chapters extracted from books. Many of them offered useful perspectives – even if a few trees were killed in the process. Assessment Other than the exam, the main piece of assessment is a research essay. My best tip: regurgitate the opinions presented by the lecturer, using the examples from the articles provided to support an argument you've already heard - a lot of broad opinions are expressed in the lectures so if you make a note of them they can be used to structure your essay. Ditto for the exam, which is also essay-style. Lectures Not recorded and a little tricky to note: they're dictated without any PowerPoints or visual aids. Tutorials The tutorials are essentially minilectures on a particular aspect of the justice system, focusing on the broad themes that could be gleaned from the readings, rather than answering specific questions or problems. Satisfaction (1-10) 4
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Subject Outline This is a final year course dealing with civil litigation procedure. It's the new CCP less Criminal stuff. I learned the procedures of Civil Law, but the course is woeful. Materials I didn't buy anything apart from some materials (like the Supreme Court rules), which I printed off.
Subject Outline Family Law is basically about the law of marriage and divorce. Luckily, the lecturer has a fair bit of personal experience with both. It also covers child welfare and some matrimonial property law. But it isn't too stressful and is taught with reference to cases, which keeps it interesting. Materials I never bought the text and don't know that anyone did. However, it was useful to check it out at the library to write the assignment and check up on anything. Most of the readings were cases accessible online or at the ICC. The lecture outlines are helpful for exam study.
Assessment All the of assessment that is conducted during the term focuses on little administrative exercises surrounding supreme court forms. This has nothing to do with the substantive law covered in the exam, where actual legal principles came Assessment into play. The lecturer basically likes to hear what he has said repeated back to Lectures him; therefore, it is important to I am not sure, I have not attended keep on top of things. It’s not a lot any. of work but there's no last minute cramming. Also this stuff is changing Tutorials all the time so be aware that you Each tutorial would focus on can't rely on notes from someone applying the material covered in the who has done the subject in the past. lecture and apply it to an ongoing fictitious case given to us at the start Lectures of the year. Be clear the LECTURES ARE NOT RECORDED, so don't pick Satisfaction (1-10) this subject if you work during the 5 day!! It is the one subject for which I made sure I went to lectures! Words of Wisdom They are usually short and quite Ensure you’re in a good group interesting as they are filled with otherwise the course will be amusing personal anecdotes. unbearable – because it focuses so heavily on mind-numbing, timeTutorials consuming paper shuffling. If you do There were no tutes, I think. Or not study for the exam you may well at least I didn't go to any, so they fail because none of the assessment mustn't be compulsory,. There is a prepares you for it. tour of the courts in the first few weeks. Sign up for this if you've never been to the courts before.
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Subject Outline A general introduction to the legal system, reading cases, reading legislation, the hierarchy of the courts and jurisprudence. An introductory course like this is necessary; however, at times it was vague. A lot of basic information about the legal system was left out, and if you had not done either legal studies at school or your readings it would have been hard to keep up. Materials An expensive textbook (it’s law, what did you expect?) and a course reader. Assessment Two assignments and an exam. Lectures Lectures were recorded, and PowerPoints were available at least a few hours before the lectures. Both lecturers were competent, gave relevant information and spoke clearly. Tutorials The format depended on the tutor. From the feedback I heard, most tutors were good. Satisfaction (1-10) 8
group assessment piece or practicing how to use Excel or Access. Other Subject Outline than that it’s really like any other This is a basic IT course with a focus tutorial, going over the previous on the applications for business week’s topics. owners and managers. You learn how to use the more esoteric functions Satisfaction (1-10) of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft 5 Access, as well. Words of Wisdom Materials Read your textbook, one chapter There was one textbook required every week. It’ll take you about and the cost was relatively high an hour but it’ll make everything a ($70-100) – though you get good lot easier. Take notes while you do mileage out of it. Reading each so, it’ll increase your information chapter is required since in each retention and if you do it with a weekly seminar a test on the latest colourful pen, the pretty colours will chapter is conducted. If I recall get you through the bad times! correctly, the marks for these tests constitute a fair chunk of your overall grade, so getting this textbook is as close to compulsory as you'll get. Subject Outline Assessment The opposite to microeconomics, I found the various assessment Macroeconomics II is a compulsory pieces relatively simple to achieve, course which teaches you all about the requirements were explained interest rates, GDP, unemployment clearly. The only thing I'd warn you and all those big things you read about is the two tests on Microsoft about in the paper. Excel and Access. The tasks they ask you to perform are quite complex Materials and if you don't have a good handle This was the first subject ever for on both programs you might as well which I have not bought the text not do either of the tests. The guides book. ($150 or something stupid.) I they put up on MyUni don't really do not regret it. I went to the library help (they don't revisit the topics in the last week and photocopied they cover) and some functions are all the tutorial questions; that was not explained clearly. So watch out enough to study with. All lectures for those tests! are posted online.
Lectures The lectures were recorded but you must attend them anyway since the tests on each chapter are conducted in them. I reiterate, the chapter tests contribute a large percentage to your overall grade, so not doing them isn't really a feasible option. Tutorials They are set in the computer labs, since most of the time you will be using a computer, either for your
Assessment The exam is worth 90%, and the 10% in-lecture test is not, I don’t think, redeemable. So either keep up with your weekly tutorials or be really good at cramming. The tutors were great fellows. Lectures The course suffers a high level of truancy, because the subject matter is so tedious. But all lectures are
recorded, so you can cram; watch all of them at the end of the semester.
Tutorials In tutorials we were given answers (so, we answered if we were brave enough) to questions taken from the text book. Attendance is not compulsory, but unless you’re pretty sure you got the answers right, you should go. Satisfaction (1-10) 5
Subject Outline This course builds on to Principles of Microeconomics I, there is a large jump between the two courses. Principles is relatively easy, Microeconomics II is a lot harder but only because there is a lot of algebra, which microeconomics does not touch on at all. So, if you are good at algebra (particularly calculus) this is a good course to do. It is very interesting and I learned a lot about learning in this course, it teaches you how to learn! If you’re not good at algebra it is still a manageable course as you will be able to pick up enough marks to pass without knowing a lot about algebra. Materials One text book packaged with a homework book, probably cost between $150 and $200. You could not pass this course without the textbook and homework book. Assessment The exam is moderately weighted, probably 45 - 55%, but the best thing is the minimum mark needed for the exam was about 40% so it took the pressure off!
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Lectures Lectures were recorded and very useful during exam revision. Tutorials Each student was awarded a mark out of 5% for demonstrating to the class an incorrect answer to a homework problem, you only had to answer 1 question correctly to gain 5%. There was a test each tute and this made up another 5% of the total assessment mark. Satisfaction (1-10) 8
Subject Outline An overview of the common law relating to contracts with a look at some relevant legislation. It’s a six unit subject so there is a lot of material to cover, although it’s dealt with in a fairly manageable manner. This is an essential course for your law degree as contracts underpin most of the areas you’ll go on to study. The course also has a more theoretical component to the exam so don’t tune out during the more speculative or academic bits that might seem irrelevant!
Assessment A redeemable problem question in the semester and an exam which includes problem questions and a compulsory essay. In previous years, the exam has not featured material from the first few weeks of the course, that being dealt with in the mid-semester assessment. Double check this as it may save you a lot of effort studying things you won’t need to know. Lectures Lectures are recorded and Andrew Stuart is an excellent lecturer. He gives very clear and thorough explanations so they’re worth relistening! Note though, if you’ve not had a two hour lecture before, it can be mighty hard to stay focused especially if the subject matter is pretty dry.
Subject Outline This course covers the tort of negligence in great depth. It was an enjoyable course with a reasonable workload and interesting legal cases to study. For most students this is one of the first law courses they do, and it is a good introduction to the degree. Materials As is always the case with law, there were very expensive textbooks. For those doing first year law, there are also the general legal books that you use throughout your degree, such as legal dictionaries and the Australian Guide to Legal Citation to purchase as well. The books for this course will empty your bank account. They are available in the library, but they are in reserve and under high demand.
Tutorials Two lectures, one going for one hour, the other for two hours. Also a two Assessment hour seminar. No seminar specific Assignments and an exam. As far as assessment. law assignments and exams go, they aren't too strenuous. Satisfaction (1-10) 9 Lectures Lectures were recorded, and Words of Wisdom Powerpoint slides were available. Check what material is covered in the exam! Also, try and pay Tutorials some attention to any readings or In tutorials you went through Materials problem questions. The usefulness Two text books. The contract law and moments in lectures that do start to focus on more speculative or and quality really depended who principles book is a lot more useful than the case book. Many people will academic matters such as law reform your tutor was. or the theory behind contract law as get through the course fine without these can be assessed. Satisfaction (1-10) referring to the casebook although 7 if you get it, it has some very useful summaries of the facts and the law. All lectures and lecture slides are put online and tend to be some of the clearer and easier to follow that you’ll encounter.
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Subject Outline This subjects covers all of the torts except negligence. It covers about one tort per week, but you still come out with an in depth understanding of each tort. Materials The best thing about this course is that if you did Torts I in the first semester you can use the same textbooks. Win! The worst bit is the course reader. It is scarily huge. You will probably break an arm carrying it home. And it is pretty expensive too. But it does have a lot of useful readings in it. Assessment An essay worth a little bit and exam worth a lot.
Subject Outline This subject is an introduction to the ideas and principles in public law. It looks at the Constitution, the division of powers and the separation of powers in detail. It is an important and interesting subject, but it is taught in a very theoretical way, so it is easy to get lost in the ideas. If you keep up with the readings and regularly review what was taught earlier in the semester, you should understand what the subject is about by the end of the semester. Or if that fails you can make up some theoretical jargon in the exam and you will probably still pass. Just.
Materials There is a recommended textbook, but no one bought it. You don't need a textbook, the course reader has Lectures everything you need in it to pass. Lectures were all recorded, and And there are plenty of books in the PowerPoint slides were available. law library available if you want The lectures were straight to the point and relevant. The only problem more information. was that the lecturer often took questions from students throughout Assessment A legal citation quiz worth 5%, an the lecture. If you were listening to the recording you could hear her optional essay, and an exam. If you fail to do the optional essay the answers, but not the questions. exam will be worth 95%. Tutorials Lectures Tutorials were voluntary, so you Lectures were recorded, except for didn't have to go. But if you had a one which was delivered by a guest good tutor they were very useful lecturer. All PowerPoint slides are and worth attending. The tutorials available before the lecture. were spent going through problem questions and applying the laws you had learnt about in the lectures. The Tutorials tutorials were very good practice for Attendance was recorded and compulsory. If you missed too many the exam. you failed, and the lecturer was not generous about giving other ways Satisfaction (1-10) to catch up and avoid failure. The 8 questions discussed in the tutorials were similar to the questions in the exams. Satisfaction (1-10) 7 adelaidesrc.com
Subject Outline A study of property law, focusing on how the Torrens System operates in Australia. Also, a study of property law in a wider sense; what property actually is and how it affects the world around us. Materials Yes, two textbooks, easy to find at Unibooks; however, they were quite costly. I did use them frequently. Lectures were recorded and put up online, same with power point slides. Assessment Guidelines were clear, the exam was heavily weighted. There was also a group assignment (redeemable) and an essay. Lectures Lectures were recorded. Tutorials Tutorials were spent watching movies/ documentaries which focus on property law issues and then discussing the issues presented. Satisfaction (1-10) 8
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Paul Babie Very knowledgeable and good at explaining difficult concepts. Anne Hewitt Really nice and eager to help. If you're interested in this area she is a great person to get to know as she is a wealth of knowledge and contacts. She appears to have put a lot of effort into making her course interesting so although it’s a fair bit of work, it’s worth it. Virginie Mason Always very thorough and knew what she was talking about! Andrew Stewart An excellent lecturer and extremely knowledgeable. He’s also fairly friendly and approachable. Matthew Stubbs He might drive you crazy for the first few weeks but you will learn to love this man. His guide to legal citation is worth a special mention, sit down to listen with your friends and a bucket of popcorn then be prepared to laugh. His raw material made an unedited appearance at law review and had the audiences in stitches, and remember DON’T FORGET THE FULL STOP!!!
Kellie Toole Awesome. She’s had real world experience which has equipped her with simple mechanisms for remembering how the legal system works. Without her tips I would have failed this course for sure. The tutorials were long and sometimes boring and complex but she was a champ and stumbled through with the group, respecting every one of us. Jen Travers A great tutor who understood the importance of getting an introduction to the initially scary world of uni and getting to know the other students in your tutorials. She somehow managed to teach us a lot and encourage us to strike up friendships with one another at the same time. With her recent experience in the legal field she was able to provide us with valuable knowledge.
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Sometimes all the readings in law courses can be overwhelming, but try and give them a skim through because it will pay off. Also, make sure you're clear on the differences between state and federal legislation because it will come back to bite you. Lecturers like people who turn up to their boring lectures. It makes it easy to ask for extensions when they think you enjoy listening to them rabbit on for 50 minutes about whatever it is. Find out whether your tutorials are compulsory and if so, how many you’re allowed to miss.
Tutorials Problem-based learning sessions and learning laboratories with Subject Outline dissected specimens, microscope Pretty self-explanatory - If you want slides etc. Tutors assess performance/ to be a dentist, come here. Not all interaction in tutorials, weekly or the subjects are as joyously dentally bi-weekly submitted material and relevant as you'd wish, but as far attendance at these. as dental schools in Australia go its pretty good - you're in clinic from Satisfaction (1-10) week three of first year! Not for the 6 faint of heart - if you don't like blood don't bother. Words of Wisdom Don’t let them frighten you about the Materials workload - it’s definitely a good idea Standard range of required text to get in early with prep because books. The dental student society the exams are rough, but 1-1.5 AUDSS has second hand sales that hours of homework per contact hour are definitely a wise choice. Also is a considerable overstatement, expensive equipment for practical especially in first year. Also make tasks -instruments (first year onward an effort to go to events - especially -$1000 plus), loupes (~$300-1500 Fresher’s BBQ - it’s free for first can use from second year onwards years and making contact with the but many don't purchase until third older years can prove invaluable for year), dissection kit - all are worth tips and tricks, past exam paper info buying from past students (except and often lasting friendships. you'll need your own loupes). Assessment Clarity of guidelines can be highly variable depending on who is coordinating the year. Some years they will really spell things out while others are largely disorganised and you will find out details of lectures etc. One to two days in advance. Weightings and assessment details along with other key details are clearly outlined in year book provided at the start of the year. Hint: if you think formatting, lecture content or lecturer delivery is unclear or unfair - act early and contact your year coordinator, you may be able to make real changes before exams roll around. Lectures Lectures are not recorded (apart from the human biology stream) and attendance is compulsory.
Subject Outline MBBS I is both about introducing students to the world of medical studies and practice, whilst also giving them a solid foundation in sciences, particularly biochemistry. These studies are all integrated to ensure that relevance is always present. Materials Textbooks are an essential; in fact, it is vital to have access to a good supply. Relying on the Library’s books alone will not be enough; it is imperative to have a good anatomy, physiology, pathology and clinical medicine book at home for all students. These are accessible, but the price will escalate quickly depending on how many books you purchase. There are plenty of online
materials accessible through the University’s library, but these are meant to complement the textbooks. Laptops are handy for taking the mountains of notes quickly during lectures.
Assessment The guidelines are quite clear for assessment, as are the weightings and the spread. There is a summative block of assessments which need to be completed, but do not contribute to the overall grade. These need to be completed to sit all of the exams. To achieve the best results in assessment, I would recommend studying thoroughly throughout the year and organising notes as well as possible. Lectures Most lectures were not recorded, and hence attendance is essential. Many students took opportunities to leave uni early, but found that they were haunted for this decision come the exams. Lectures are almost all useful for the tutorial preparation; the lectures are meant to be directed at the CBL tutorials. Tutorials Tutorials are set in group discussion with minimal tutor input (case-based learning, or CBL); the students are driven in a directed discussion with regards to case studies, and expected to all contribute to assist in each other’s learning. Clinical skills tutorials are set out as a larger group observing and preparing for sessions with regards to a specific clinical skill (e.g. history-taking). Students are then organised into smaller groups for the opportunity to demonstrate their skills (which are formatively assessed). Resource sessions are required to read up for anatomy and physiology are
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the major focal points in first year. Larger groups of students are able to examine and practically learn about human anatomy and physiology - all of which assists in the CBL preparation. Finally, MPPD/Medical Ethics tutorials are all helpful in the Doctor-Patient relationship development.
Satisfaction (1-10) 10 Words of Wisdom Ask the right questions when studying; do not go off on tangents that will not ultimately achieve anything. Don’t take that to mean to only study the actual diagnosis in each case; you are studying to be a doctor, not just to pass a degree and hence you should apply yourself to thinking as a doctor; differential diagnoses, what tests to run, why to run them, etc.
Subject Outline Our learning was focussed around 10 or so clinical cases per semester. This provided the clinical context to our learning which our studies revolved around. To understand the cases, we needed to learn about different areas of medicine including: medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology etc.), clinical medicine (historytaking, physical examination, investigations, management), ethics and communication skills Materials We used textbooks with lecture notes as well as internet resources. The cost varied depending on the book. They were very accessible
in the first few weeks due to the presence of Ramsey’s Medical Books outside the lecture hall. There was plenty other resources to supplement the textbooks.
Subject Outline As an introduction to medicine the course is pretty full-on, be prepared for a lot of contact hours and a lot Assessment Assessment guidelines were provided of hours spent at home preparing for your case based learning tutorials. by the Medical Learning and You will surprise yourself at the Teaching Unit. The weightings of each exam were clear, although how amount of information you can pack in one year. Other tutorials include the exams were marked and scored ethics and personal/professional was unclear. development. You will also have clinical skills sessions where Lectures you begin to learn how to take a Lectures were not recorded. The history and examine a patient and quality of the lectures varied significantly. Some were in a context resource sessions in the anatomy laboratories with the cadavers (it's which was helpful to our studies, where as some were not particularly not as scary as you might think!) A definite upside to the course is the useful. comradeship amongst the students from all year levels and the social Tutorials calendar. Find some friends fast The main tutorials were Cased they are what make the work load Based Learning (CBL) tutorials. bearable. These were student directed- with very little tutor input. Materials You will definitely need to invest Satisfaction (1-10) in some textbooks, unfortunately, 8 there are no set books. Don't rush in to purchasing your books or you Words of Wisdom will waste a lot of money (they Try not to panic too much if you can be very expensive). Talk to become overwhelmed, most people are in the same boat. Adapting to the some older students and look out learning style of medical school will for a textbook guide put out by the medical students’ society. Try come with time and commitment. before you buy, investigate second hand books and the textbooks which can be accessed online through the library for free. You will also need a lab coat, a stethoscope and a pen torch. A tendon hammer and a sphygmomanometer (for measuring blood pressure) are also useful.
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Assessment There are a number of things you must pass to pass the year including tutor assessments from all your tutorials, an indigenous health assignment and a reflective learning task. You must also register with the medical board and submit a
valid senior first aid certificate. There is an OSCE (a practical clinical skills exam) held at the beginning of fourth term. It has ten, six minute stations. Although terrifying, few people fail. Just remember to wash your hands!!!! Last year, three exams were held after each semester; modified essay questions, multiple choice/ short answer and resource (using a booklet of photographs about which you have to answer questions). No academic supplementary exams are offered in Medicine subjects. It has been proposed that this year the mid-years will become optional and formative with the semester 2 exams examining the whole year. Also, the resource exam will be incorporated into the other exams by the introduction of photographs. However, none of these changes were finalised at the writing of this guide. Ultimately, whether you pass or fail is decided by a board of examiners who meet three times a year. You will be given unofficial bandings A-E but your transcript will record a Non-Graded Pass.
Lectures Most lectures are not recorded so it is a good idea to go along. Many exam questions, particularly for the MCQ/SAQ come straight from lectures. Unfortunately in first year there are a lot of 8AM starts. The lectures vary in content and in interest and you will have many lecturers throughout the year, many of whom are practicing doctors.
discuss it with your peers. The tutor in these sessions does not ‘teach’ you anything; they distribute the information about the case, ensure your group remains focused and marks each person’s participation. You will also be required to give oral case presentations at the beginning of the sessions. In clinical skills you are normally shown how to take a history/perform an examination, and then you are given an opportunity to practice. This is done in small groups with a tutor to give you feed back. The following week the tutors will assess you. You practice on standardised patients (people who are not actually sick). You are also required to write guidelines each week which are marked once a semester. Ethics and professional development sessions are not held every week and are more of a discussion forum.
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Materials To count, I have 14 texts books and a set of anatomy flash cards for my first year of medicine. Although many of these textbook were not essential, they were all very helpful. Textbooks can be quite expensive, however they are available in packs, which can save you money. Many are also available online at discounted prices. Flash cards for anatomy are not essential, however many people found them quite helpful. As well as textbooks, you also require a stethoscope and a lab coat. It is also quite helpful, but not essential, to have a pen torch, a tendon hammer and a sphygmomanometer. Assessment Medicine has a strong focus on independent learning. In saying this, first year is quite directed with prompts given at tutorials. There is a number of summative assessments which include tutorial marks for participation and a compulsory essay, which require a non-graded pass mark to pass first year. There are also midyear exams (40%) and end of year exams (80%). Advice? You don’t need to know everything in first year! You have to remember, to pass first year you need to pass the exams; so it’s no use pondering over details if you don’t yet know the essentials. It may take some time and it can be difficult (because you’re not particularly told how much detail you need to learn), but you need to find the balance.
Subject Outline The medical course is structured so to give a holistic approach to medicine. Not only do you learn about the basic science of medicine, anatomy and physiology, but you immediately start learn about pathology, the process of disease, and a little of pharmacology. As well as the science, there is also a clinical approach, where you learn how to Lectures Tutorials take histories and examinations Unfortunately lectures are not Case based Learning tutorials are of patients. We also have a weekly recorded. I recommend going to held every Monday, Wednesday and tutorial which involves looking all of them, because they are all Friday. In these sessions you work at cadavers, which assists with examinable. through clinical cases to diagnose all aspects of the course. Lastly, Tutorials and treat your patient (in 1st year tutorials are held to discuss ethical, the focus is diagnosis). 1st years get personal and professional dilemmas Case-based learning. 4, 2 hour sessions to each case. Most that doctors may face. of the learning you are required to Satisfaction (1-10) do by yourself, in the tutorials you 10 present what you have learned and adelaidesrc.com SRC COUNTER GUIDE 2011
Subject Outline The medical course is really three individual courses (Scientific Basis of Medicine, Clinical Skills, and Medical Professional and Personal Development). While each of the courses relates to a different area of knowledge they are essentially taught as one integrated course. The course is structured into clinical cases (7-8 per semester), with the related anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, epidemiology, and clinical science and practice, being taught during each case. In first semester, you learn the basis of cardiac, respiratory and gastrointestinal anatomy and physiology. The second semester has more of a focus on neurological and musculoskeletal material, as well a reproductive case. Materials Unlike other many university courses, there are no core textbooks or textbook list. However, textbooks form an essential resource for the course. The AMSS (the medical students' society) provides a booklet during O'Week with reviews on different textbook options. I would suggest also talking with other students and looking through the options to see which ones suit you. As textbooks are quite expensive (expect to spend up to $1000), it is best to do your research before making any purchases. I found that textbooks tended to be cheaper if bought online from overseas on websites such as the Book Depository. It is possible to view some textbooks online through the Barr Smith Library website, so take a look there too.
Assessment Assessment is 100% based on summative examinations at the end of each semester. In first year, the distribution is 30% first semester and 70% second semester. There are three types of exams: MCQ/ SAQ (multiple choice and short answer questions), MEQ (modified essay questions - made up of longer answer questions) and Resource (questions focusing on anatomy, histology and pathology). This may change, however, as changes to the assessment structure are currently being considered. There is a formative exam at the end of the first term to give you an idea for what the exams involve. In addition to exams, you need to complete several other assessments successfully. These involve 95% attendance to all tutorials and CBL sessions, positive reports from tutors, a successful result in the OSCE (objective structured clinical examination - a practical exam testing your clinical skills held in the third term), a reflective report and an essay on indigenous health. Unlike other courses in the University, assessment is not purely on the basis of achieving the pass mark. All students are reviewed by the Board of Examiners at the end of each semester and take into account a student’s holistic performance in the course. Lectures There are up to twelve hours of lectures each week. This tends to vary depending on what case you are doing. I would recommend checking the MLTU (Medical Learning and Teaching Unit - the body that administer and coordinate the course) website each day for any timetable changes. They are very, very rarely recorded. Generally the slides get put up before of after the lectures.
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Tutorials There are several tutorial type classes that form part of the medical course: 1) CBL (case-based learning) These a group sessions (8-9 students and a tutor). You work through the case and as a group investigate and discuss the symptoms, signs and management of the patients given. CBL ties the course together and includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, epidemiology and clinical practice. You get a report back on your tutor at the end of each term on your progress. 2) Resource These are held in the anatomy labs twice a week. They are not a tutorial as such. Cadavers, prosections and pathology pots are available, as well as several lectures. It gives you a hands-on opportunity to learn anatomy, pathology and histology. 3) MPPD (medical professional and personal development) These usually last one hour and involve the discussion of issues relating to medical professionalism, e.g. confidentiality, informed consent. In the first semester, there are a series of tutorials on ethics. You also need to complete an online set of tutorials called communicology. 4) Clinical skills These are weekly two hour sessions held in the clinical skills laboratories. It’s here that you learn clinical skills such as taking blood pressure, the procedures of physical examinations and how to take a history from a patient. Satisfaction (1-10) 8 Words of Wisdom Be better organised and keep up to date with your workload (especially the Resource part of the course). It make suck at the time, but if you don’t it’ll come back to bite you. Plus, enjoy yourself and make the most of the Uni social life. The AMSS put on great events - get involved in as many as you can!
Subject Outline Well, in just a year, I feel like the medical program at Adelaide pretty much covered everything from head to toe! The course is divided into three streams: the 'scientific basis of medicine', which covers anatomy, physiology, pathology... all the scientific nuts and bolts! 'clinical skills' gives you actual hands-on experience with physical examination on standardised patients, and 'medical personal and professional development' is designed to build your interpersonal, ethical and communication skills. Materials Admittedly, the amount (and cost!) of suggested textbooks in med is huge. There is no set textbook list only suggestions - which means the problems can arise when everyone is referring to different sources! You may be tempted to get as many textbooks as possible to cover all your bases...but this is mostly unnecesary (and expensive!) You can avoid paying an arm and a leg in a few ways - ask around helpful older students as to which textbooks they found most relevant and accessible in first year, and limit your buying. You simply won't have time to read every single reference out there, so only buy a few! Use the library, and importantly the library website to access online textbooks a great money and time saver.
time goes into this preparation. Your big assessment for the year is the end-of-year exam - luckily there are some formative exams (exams that don't count towards your final grade; practice exams) to assist in your preparation!
Lectures Lectures are unfortunately NOT recorded, which means that you must find your way to every one of them to keep up! But this isn't as bad as it sounds - often the lectures tie in well with what you need to study to prepare for tutorials; the ideal situation is when going to a lecture saves you pre-reading! Tutorials The largest component of the MBBS course are the CBL (case based learning) sessions. Self-directed learning at it's best (and worst!), these 2 hour sessions occur 3 times a week, and allow you to discuss and study a hypothetical clinical 'case'. From anaemia to broken legs, a different case is issued every week or so. Small pieces of information (eg. the patient's symptoms, lab test results) are fed to you by your regular tutor, to guide your learning. Otherwise, the rest is up to you! Satisfaction (1-10) 9 Words of Wisdom Preparation is the key - read broadly and deeply before every CBL and Resource (lab) session. Be brave in clinical skills sessions - it's okay to make mistakes the first time round!
Assessment Assessments in MBBS are thin on the ground, but deadlines are not. While you may only have to write one essay this year, you are expected to come prepared to every tutorial and lab session throughout the Subject Outline week - a considerable amount of The course was about a number of major diseases both acute and chronic. It was basically a crash
course on what can go wrong in the human body, what it looks like macro- and microscopically, the aetiology, pathogenesis etc.
Materials We had a textbook which was quite large and expensive but since I had one, we shared it among a number of people. There were also photos of histopathology on MyUni for reference and revision, which were free, and past exams when the time came for revision which were quite helpful. There was also lab time where we had structured laboratory sessions every week in which there were path pots set up and we had to examine them & answer questions which weren't graded. Assessment Everything was very easy to understand, there were lots of MCQ tests and a mid-semester test that made revision at the end of the semester easier to understand. There was a great guidelines booklet on MyUni that had everything we needed to know with the weightings which were very fair. Lectures Most were recorded although it was up to the lecturer or technology. More often than not the slides were available to print out from MyUni, although some were ridiculously long (<20 pages for a 50 minute lecture). Tutorials One every two weeks with no real questions, unless there was an assignment due in a week. The tutors brought in pathology specimens and made us examine them, identify the disease, its cause and course etc. Satisfaction (1-10) 10
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Words of Wisdom You can get an HD in this course if you work hard enough, it’s quite possible (i.e. if only I’d worked a bit harder...)
one rather than spending $150 bucks entertaining. Look out for bears on a book you will hardly open. and Arnold Schwarzenegger in her lectures! Assessment You get the assignments 10 weeks Lynn Rogers before they are due, and the I always look forward to seeing Lynn temptation is to leave them till the Rogers on the lecture timetable last minute, which isn’t really a always relevant and entertaining, problem. she tackles difficult biochemical Subject Outline concepts with ease. Psychology is very broad. Lectures All lectures are recorded, and the Dr. Peter Zilm exam questions do come straight Materials Shows obvious care for student from the lectures. So while they may welfare and is proactive facilitating I bought two text books and used seem like a waste of time, try to go. a good student/staff rapport with the them only twice. whole faculty. Many of the dental Assessment Tutorials staff are friendly and approachable, They were very well set out and well One tutorial every two to three and there is a wealth of real-world directed and lots of guidance was weeks with voluntary attendance. knowledge provided by lecturers offered. and tutors who are also practising Satisfaction (1-10) dentists. Lectures 3 Most were recorded. A/Prof. Anthony Pohl Words of Wisdom A/Prof. Pohl is equally legendary Tutorials Nearly all of the exam questions - clearly caring so much Self-directed learning tests. came straight out of the lectures, about students gaining a deep meaning that extra reading won’t understanding about his subject of Satisfaction (1-10) add to your mark. orthopaedics, he throws himself into 3 the subject. Let alone occasionally telling his Indiana-Jones-esque stories of working as a doctor in 3rd world countries. Truly legendary.
Subject Outline Psychology is the study of the mind, and is also pretty much the easiest subject to pass at university. The exam in an hour and a half and multiple choice, there is one assignment in psych 1B, and 2 in psych 1A, then a smattering of online quizzes which reveal the answers on completion, meaning that working in groups allows full marks most of the time. Materials The text book makes an excellent dust collector. If you are going to get it, make sure you grab a second-hand
A/Prof. Hubertus Jersmann Absolutely awesome. Also known as The Muco Lama. His advice: ‘Air goes in and out, blood goes round and round; oxygen is good!’ A/Prof. Anthony Pohl His enthusiasm and his expertise on human anatomy was second to none of our lecturers, and he was a delightful teacher and helped all students in developing their knowledge.
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Being in Health Sciences usually means you’re on the eastern side of Frome Rd. Venture over to the western side, to the main campus. The Barr Smith Lawns are great. Invest in some anatomical posters to put around your room. There’s nothing like seeing a giant renal corpuscle every day, to teach you the structure of a nephron! Try to meet some people from other courses - it’ll give you a greater sense of university camaraderie, a self-confidence boost and it will broaden your perspective.
Course Outline Civil engineering covers the mathematical concepts, analytical skills, problem solving, and communication skills required in the engineering field. Materials Text books were only necessary if the lecturer made it compulsory - as certain tables of figures etc. are required. Otherwise, lecture slides and notes are the most useful tools. Textbooks are invariably expensive ($100+), which is partly buying them for all subjects is totally unnecessary. Availability is generally not an issue, providing students go buy the textbooks nearing the start of semester, and not halfway through. Assessment Almost all material that is marked in engineering is essential to complete (in order to sustain credit averages). Not only does it guarantee you marks towards your final grade, it gives a fundamental understanding of the required concepts, meaning come exam time (there are exams for every subject), studying is far easier. Lectures Civil Engineering lectures are not recorded regularly (less than 50% of subjects do it). Consequently, going to lectures and taking notes is highly important and can be detrimental to your knowledge of the subject - particularly because engineering subjects build on themselves lecture to lecture, meaning one or two missed lectures means that next lecture you may have no understanding of what the course is up to.
Tutorials Civil engineering usually has weekly tutorials, handed up and graded (usually not worth more than 5% per tute). Often there would be a group project, involving the design of a particular structure (depending on the subject). And the final piece of assessment is an exam, worth 50% or more. Satisfaction (1-10) 8
Subject Outline An extension from Engineering Mathematics I, topics in this Engineering Mathematics II include Laplace Transforms, Vector Calculus and Complex Numbers. This course should be undertaken after completing the first year subjects Mathematics IA and IB, as assumed knowledge on these topics is required. Lectures make up most of the contact hours for this course, with a tutorial once every second week. Lecturers are friendly and approachable, willing to assist students with the content in the course. Weekly assignments submitted are very useful learning tools throughout the course. The final exam contributes to the majority of a studentâ€™s grade, together with a midsemester test. I found the content of this course very interesting and the lectures enjoyable. Notes were thorough and information regarding the course was readily accessible. Materials The textbook for this course is â€˜Advanced Engineering Mathematicsâ€™ (9th Ed.) by E. Kreyszig. Whilst this textbook contains everything you need to know, it is not necessary to purchase it as thorough notes are provided in
lectures. The textbook can be found in the library (however beware it will be unavailable around test/ exam times!) and is very useful to provide many further examples, several proofs and a different view on the content. Notes are either copied down in lectures from the board or are displayed electronically then posted on MyUni. Every second assignment is electronically submitted using MapleTA.
Assessment Whilst the exam accounts for 70% of the grade for this course, submitting all the assignments is very important not just for the marks they provide but also for continual practice of the course work. Students will have no difficulties with the final exam if they are diligent throughout the semester, organising and reviewing notes and examples as they are presented in lectures. Lectures Attending as many lectures as possible is recommended as whilst many of the notes were posted on MyUni, those students who did not attend lectures missed extra explanations and hints given verbally or written on the board by the lectures. Tutorials One tutorial every second week was accompanied by a worksheet. Examples from this worksheet were explained during the tutorial, with tutors also willing to review any course content that students asked for. A record of attendance was kept. Satisfaction (1-10) 9
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Words of Wisdom There are several textbooks in the library (not just the one suggested) that contain very useful explanations, examples and practice questions.
Subject Outline Dynamics is a continuation of Statics from first semester and is basically the same sort of content but instead of studying stationary structures, everything involves movement. There’s circular motion, gears, momentum, pulley systems etc. You learn how to analyse these systems and work out certain unknowns. Materials There was a textbook available for sale but I didn’t buy it. I didn���t feel I needed it. My friend had it and we used some of the extra questions which were actually quite helpful for practice. The extra descriptions may have been helpful; it just depends on your learning style; if you like reading heaps of background information.
Lectures The lectures are recorded. There is a lecture notebook with all the slides in it but they don’t make any sense if you don’t go to the lecture (they still don’t make a lot of sense though...). In the lectures, there were a lot of notes and diagrams he drew on paper which was projected up which you could copy down but these weren’t always clear and easy to read. Tutorials There are tutes every week but they alternate in content. One week is an explanation tute where your tutor just goes through some questions relevant to that section and you just sit there and copy down the process. You can ask some questions but its mainly listening. Then the alternating week, it’s a question tute where you go and there are 3 or 4 people in the room to come work with you individually. These weeks are really beneficial. Satisfaction (1-10) 7
Words of Wisdom Don’t let the subject overwhelm you. It seems like it doesn’t make Assessment any sense and there are just loads The fortnightly assignments are of information coming at you and really good to do! At the start none of it seems to make sense or they are quite easy but it’s really fit together. But if you just take important to keep doing them! Don’t in what you can, mainly focus on think that you can skip learning the assignment questions and from one week’s content and catch up them you can see what you should because the course can be a bit be learning that week. Towards the end it starts to fall into place. Don’t overwhelming, and there is quite a lot of information coming at you. You panic if you don’t get it straight have to get a certain mark in the away. Just do lots of practice assignments to pass the course, so questions and get your tutor to go you can’t ignore them. There’s a mid through questions one on one until semester test on the ‘easy’ first half you get it. of the semester and an exam on the last half, which is built on the first half.
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Subject Outline Course gives an in-depth introduction into the ways in which objects and systems of objects work when in equilibrium. Topics include forces in equilibrium, moments, and analysis of structures. The course is paramount for students of Civil Engineering and is beneficial to students of other engineering disciplines. Materials Textbooks were used. They were quite expensive and I seldom used them. The course notes were extensive and were very cheap :) All of the lectures were recorded and VERY promptly posted to MyUni Assessment Predominantly exam based. Final exam: study very hard for it. It is in a multiple choice format. Past exams are very useful here. Mid-semester exam also multiple choice. Two in-class tests, both count for a large portion of the grade so pay attention in lectures and in tutorials. Lectures Dr. Willis is an exceptional lecturer. He was very organised and an effective teacher. Every lecture was recorded. Tutorials One phrase used extensively to describe them is ‘Crash Course’ as they are packed with examples and helpful hints. Satisfaction (1-10) 8.5
Lectures projects (completed in partners, The lectures were recorded and 20% total) Lecture quizzes (really videoed. Very clear to watch again short ones, 1 or less per week, 10% Subject Outline and revise (or see a lecture you total) Practice exam (2% just for You learn how to calculate the forces skipped). Really good. At the end turning up, staying for the entire acting on different (static i.e. not of semester revision lectures were 2 hours and making an ‘attempt’) moving) members, such as beams given. Final exam (60%, on computer, open and trusses. book/any USB allowed to be used) Tutorials All submissions equally spread out, Materials One tute per week, the tutor would no sudden jumps in workload, which A booklet with all lecture slides, write a question on the board, all is pleasant. The total workload is exams and examples was available students would attempt individually not enormous, giving you more time from the Copy Centre. This was to solve it, then the answer would to spend on other, more arduous, highly recommended. 'Engineering be given. (Willis took several, so subjects. Mechanics Statics', Hibbeler (12th crashing his tutes was useful, he ed.) was also recommended. It actively encouraged it if you weren’t Lectures was useful for extra exercises understanding something.) MidAll lectures were recorded/filmed once you had exhausted all the semester tests were done in the and all materials that Nicole Arbon practice examples in the booklet, tutes. used/programs she demonstrated in but solutions were done a slightly lectures were available on MyUni different way from those taught in after. That was sweet when exam Satisfaction (1-10) lectures. There were CD and online time came, as everything was 10 video solutions to the textbook too, completely open book (including but I barely used those (due to bringing in any saved files on a USB/ different method, as stated above). external harddrive). The textbook was purchased new for $100+. Tutorials Subject Outline You were left to work in peace on Assessment You learn how to write computer your assignment sheets and projects Two summative tute quizzes (10% code in the languages of Fortran, during the tutes, with a tutor walking each, evenly spread apart), two around answering questions/fixing up Visual Basic and later Matlab. formative tute quizzes, one lecture your code/debugging issues when you You use these languages to write test (20%), one final exam (60%). algorithms to solve mathematical put your hand up. You are told of the tests well in problems with real-life applications. advance and have enough time to Satisfaction (1-10) be pretty well-prepared for both. Materials 7 Relatively little homework in There was a booklet with theory between, as long as you keep up notes and tute sheets available from Words of Wisdom with the questions to do, which are the Copy Centre. Lecture slides were Lectures are boring as hell. By all all in the booklet (with answers). available online through MyUni. (It means, go to them to keep up to As long as Craig Willis keeps cowas useful if you printed these off date, but it really helps more to ordinating the course, everything before the lecture and then scribbled actually write the programs yourself, is really well-organised. He makes notes on them, rather than trying rather than listen to the theory sure that everything is explained to copy the notes separately.) The as to how to write them. Do the entirely (several times over recommended textbook ‘Engineering tute sheets, no matter how little consecutive lectures). This gradually Modelling and Analysis’, Walker, they’re worth - it will help you later. gets irritating, because if you pay Leonard et al, was a complete waste Don’t rely upon your partner in the attention, you don't need the later of money ($96). It was never used, projects to do all the work for you repetitions. The course is not that or even referred to in lectures. if you don’t know how to write code hard, considering the amount of by the end of the semester, you will prep and 'hints' that Willis gives you, Assessment then fail the exam. especially before the final exam. Have examples of All clearly stated in the course Listen to Willis, do the questions and profile. Tute sheets (8%) Three you should be fine. adelaidesrc.com SRC COUNTER GUIDE 2011
all the types of programs that you could possibly be asked to write on your USB/external harddrive that you bring into the exam, just in case.
Subject Outline This course provides students with an introduction on the nature, states and behaviours of soils. Some of the topics covered include the origin and composition of soils, phase relationships, Atterberg limits, soil classification, vertical stress in soils, flow of water through soils, consolidation, strength of soils, soil improvement and the stability of slopes. Materials At the commencement of the course, students were required to purchase a booklet created by the lecturer containing all the lecture notes. Sold at the School Office, the notes were approximately $30. This booklet is essential to the course and is used extensively in lectures, with spaces to fill in solutions to examples. Lecture slides and audio recordings are also posted on MyUni. Whilst not essential, it is suggested that students purchase one of three textbooks. These textbooks are ‘Soil Mechanics’ by R. F. Craig, ‘Applied Analyses in Geotechnics’ by F. Azizi and ‘Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundations’ by D. F. McCarthy. Although not required for this course, these textbooks are thorough and would be useful for students wishing to complete further study in the field of geotechnical engineering.
Assessment The final exam contributed to 70% of a student’s final grade, with 15% attributing to five tutorials and the remaining 15% from three practicals. Both the tutorials and practicals are spread out over the semester, with tutorials submitted individually and practicals completed in groups of up to four students. Completing all the tutorials on time is thoroughly recommended to ensure students apply themselves throughout the semester and identify any areas of difficulty before the final exam. Lectures Lectures were recorded, however it is recommended that students attend all lectures to keep up with the workload and to view any demonstrations, worked examples or videos that are presented in lectures and unable to be posted on MyUni. Tutorials Whilst there were no formal times allocated to tutorials, some lectures were presented in a similar manner to a tutorial. Answers to problem sets included in the book of lecture notes were often presented in lectures. Satisfaction (1-10) 8
Materials There were two textbooks, but although useful, neither of them were vital or used much at all. The Maths Drop-In Centre had copies of both textbooks which you could use whilst there, so owning them wasn’t really necessary. Assessment There was an assignment each week on the topics covered in lectures, which were worth 15% all together. Although each assignment was only worth a little, they were important to do as basically the only opportunity to practise doing questions. Lectures Lectures weren’t recorded, but I think they are now. It is still best to attend lectures because sometimes the lecturers would forget to switch the camera back to the board after showing a sheet on the projector, so although you could hear the lecture you couldn’t see the notes on the board to copy. Tutorials There is one tutorial a week. At the beginning of each there was a short quiz on the previous week’s lecture, but it wasn’t assessed. Then usually for the rest of the tutorial the tutor would go through difficult questions in the assignments and give hints, both as a class and individually. Satisfaction (1-10) 8
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Subject Outline The course involved four lectures a week - two algebra and two calculus and cover a fairly broad range of topics.
Subject Outline The course gives you the understanding and skills to determine how beams, columns and structures as a whole deflect and move when subjected to different loads. You learn methods of determining resulting forces and moments at points in a structure due to loads being applied elsewhere. Materials There is a text book available which I didn't buy until exam revision, but once I did it was quite helpful. The best materials were the lecture slides because being able to print them off gave the opportunity to read them through in your own time and get a better understanding. Assessment Guidelines are extremely clear to follow and it is made clear at the start of the semester what the assessments are. It is important to attempt and submit all weekly assignments because even if they are only worth a few percent each it all helps in the end and can get you that higher grade. Lectures None of the lectures are recorded. The most important resources are the powerpoint presentation slides as well as the notes printed out from the school office.
Words of Wisdom It’s best to not be overwhelmed with the different style of learning. By the end of first semester it will seem like you have been doing it for ages. Everyone else is going through the same transition and as long as you do weekly assignments revision won’t be hard at all.
June A civil and environmental engineering 4th year (I think!) was a good tutor who genuinely tried to help and was really approachable. Dr. Adrian Koerber Enthusisatic and keen to show his students the fun side of this subject. He challenged students to think beyond the content of this course. A/Prof. Mark Jaksa Extremely knowledgeable on this subject and is eager to share this knowledge with students. Through his enthusiasm, cheerfulness and hands-on approach, he assists students to enjoy this subject and develop an appreciation for geotechnical engineering work.
Enrolment will get easier the second time. Promise. Make good use of the textbooks, after all, they cost enough! I wish I'd known that the Uni bar, although lovely, does not improve your performance as a student. The Maths Drop-In Centre in the Schulz building is really useful. The people there are great and can help you with assignment questions you're stuck on, and you can also use it as a place to go do your assignment because help is just there. Try not to go the day the assignment is due though, as it is usually full of people then. Reread lecture notes after each lecture to revise the content covered before it is extended upon in the next lecture.
Dr. Craig Willis. He’s organised and simplified the course considerably. He’s also a clear and engaging communicator, which makes it so much easier. Once he started to lecture in Week 4, Tutorials everything to do with moments etc. Tutorials are more for working on (which Peter Veitch teaches in the the weekly assignments and they are first part of the course), becomes so helpful to answer any questions you much clearer. might have. Dr. Craig Willis Satisfaction (1-10) Legend!! Even has his own Facebook 8 appreciation society :) Dr. Raymond Vozzo The calculus lecturer. Hilarious and a really interesting lecturer. adelaidesrc.com SRC COUNTER GUIDE 2011
practical, in order to allow students feedback on their writing. The final four are due at the end of the Subject Outline semester. It is therefore important Astronomy is a first year, one semester course run in semester one to insure that practical writing is not left to the final week! The of the academic year. The course lecturers are very willing to answer covers many aspects of Astronomy including the Sun, Stars, Telescopes, questions about practicals as long as it is not left to the last minute. The Galaxies and the Solar System. end of semester exam is based upon the lecture series, and therefore Materials as long as you have prepared The main textbook recommended using the lecture notes, it is quite for this course was ‘Horizons straightforward. There is an entire Exploring the Universe’ by Seeds and Backman. Whilst it was a useful lecture dedicated to explaining the exam, including the use of a ‘cheat textbook, it was not particularly sheet’. This is one handwritten necessary and I personally only double-sided A4 piece of paper that used it once during the semester. can be taken into the exam. You can There are copies readily available write anything you think you will in the library. MyUni was a necessary resource for this course, as find useful during the exam on it. information regarding practicals was Formulas, definitions and examples are particularly useful. often posted on the Announcements page. Lectures Lectures were not recorded. The Assessment Solar System lectures in particular The main assessment tasks for often had further information given Astronomy were an essay worth in lectures than was available on 10%, five practical write-ups printable lecture notes. which in total formed 20% of the final grade and the end of semester exam worth 70%. The essay was fairly well explained, with a choice of topics to choose from. Whilst not overly complex topics, allowing enough time to research is important, as they are not necessarily ideas covered in the lectures. It is important to pick a subject the interests you, as this will hopefully stop you from leaving writing it to the last minute. There are five practicals over the semester; three computer practicals, one on campus moon observation and one off-campus night sky observation. All take place at night and must be written up in the form of a practical report. The first is due within 3 - 4 weeks of completing the first
Tutorials Tutorials occurred every week. Every other week was a question and answer format, with a sheet to be filled out beforehand, whilst other weeks were an optional tutorial in which a relevant movie was shown. Tutorials were not marked, although a certain level of attendance was necessary to qualify for an academic supplementary exam. The Q&A style tutorials were helpful in understanding the lecture material, however, although the videos were interesting, their content wasn’t marked in the end of semester exam. Satisfaction (1-10) 7
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Subject Outline This course examines the origins and evolution of Australia's flora and fauna, and the way it has been shaped by historical and contemporary events. Topics included continental connections and isolation; past climates and geology; past vegetation assemblages and 'ancient' habitats; the Unique Tertiary fauna; the Pleistocene megafauna; the Quaternary 'filter' and how it has shaped the present day biota; composition of the present day flora including the impact of poor soils and fire; the dominance of Myrtaceae and Proteaceae, and their pollination systems; origins and unique aspects of the vertebrate fauna; Australian marine organisms, the impact of aboriginal people and the effect of European settlement on the continent's biota. Materials I didn't use the two suggested plant textbooks and did fine. However because the lecture notes are scanty (mainly images) I found a few other textbooks beneficial which I found in the relevant sections in the library. There was no online content. I recommend you do lots of research for the do assignments. Assessment The first assignment is worth 10%, the next two are 15% and require a lot of research rather than report writing. The lecturers are happy to help during the forming of these assignments - use their help so you don't get off track. The midterm test and final exam are both worth 30%, except the latter is double the time. I advise for the tests: look at the past tests and figure out which topics you want to write about as it is pretty guaranteed they'll come up again.
Lectures Lectures were recorded, but mostly the lecture notes are not very useful without your added notes from hearing the lecture - they are mainly pictures, with important bits of text. I advise read any journal articles they suggest to go with each topic. Tutorials Pracs generally go for 1-2 hours (even though you have been allocated 4 hours), and there is only one in which you actually do your own tests etc. The rest are more like extended lectures or tutorials. Use this time to ask questions on how your assignments are going. In second term some of the prac hours are used as excursions to the Herbarium or Museum. Satisfaction (1-10) 7
Subject Outline The semester is more medicineoriented and focuses on issues relating to human biology.
Lectures Lectures are useful. Like first semester, 8AM starts suck but it’s best to keep on top of the lecture material otherwise it’s easy to fall behind. They are recorded for your viewing pleasure, however.
Subject Outline The course is very general and provides a basis in biological concepts. It is a slight extension from year 12 SACE and IB biology, and if you have done either of these Tutorials you'll probably find the course quite Tutorials are structured around question papers given out beforehand straightforward. Content mainly involves macromolecules, basic on the week’s lecture material. They are not compulsory but you get cellular biology and genetics. attendance marks so they’re worth attending. How useful the actual tute Materials There is one textbook necessary for is depends on the tutor. the course, fittingly called 'Biology'. Check with the Faculty for what Satisfaction (1-10) edition is being used this year. 6 The book was reasonably priced - Unibooks gives good discounted Words of Wisdom prices or try online sites like the Do all the non-exam assessment Book Depository. I didn't find it options. They’re easy to skip and necessary to do the prereading not worry about, but they make a each week but it comes in handy great difference in providing some for coming to terms with difficult breathing room come exam times. concepts (the diagrams are really handy), especially if you've miss a few lectures come exam time. Assessment There is an end of semester exam which makes up the majority of the grade. The rest of the mark is made up from tutorial performance and attendance, three online multiple choice tests and one inclass multiple choice test, and a 10 minute presentation of a Nobel Prize winner and their discovery. I'd recommend putting in the effort into the non-exam assessment items. It may seem hard at the time, but if like me you get freaked-out by the though of exams, it really helps in giving you a buffer for your exam mark.
Materials The textbook is the same as for the first semester biology course (Campbell). Assessment Assessment structure is very similar to first semester. The majority of the grade comes from the final exams. The rest comes from tutorial attendance and participation (marked variable depending on who your tutor is and what they expect), two practical reports, several online and one paper multiple choice test and a group project.
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Lectures Lectures are worth attending. If you miss them for some reason, make sure to attend the review lectures at the end of the semester which are really well done and often give clues to potential exam questions. With 8AM starts, it can be easy to miss lectures. They are fortunately recorded and can be viewed through MyUni. Tutorials Weekly tutorials are oriented around questions given out beforehand about the week’s lectures. My tutor was really strict about us completing them in writing and handing them up at the start of each session, but I heard of other groups where the tutor was really relaxed. Satisfaction (1-10) 6 Words of Wisdom Go to the lectures and keep up with the work. They may suck being at 8AM but it sucks even more hyperventilating in exams when you realise you know nothing about half of the questions in the paper.
Subject Outline Overview of biology: molecules, genes and cells. Materials Lecture notes and handouts and printable material (free). This is very, very handy. Exams are based upon this information. The recommended textbook is extremely well-written, but not vital. It helps a lot when researching, and trying to understand difficult concepts such
as photosynthesis cycles. Secondhand books are totally fine. The Library has copies you can borrow.
Assessment Final exam is ~ 60%. There are practical/lab classes which have assessment. There are about four multiple-choice quizzes (done online). One report to write up. One in class MCQ test. Lectures Lectures are repeated and recorded. If you miss a lecture you can get the recording, but it’s worth turning up as some aspects and exam hints are not recorded (they will stop recording while giving out exam hints and resume recording afterwards). They give really good handouts at the beginning of the lecture. Tutorials Tute classes are fun and entertaining. The material covered mirrors the exam. if you can complete the tutorial questions, you can complete the exam. No assessments in tutes. Satisfaction (1-10) 10
Subject Outline This course is amazing - you will learn so much about both the theoretical and practical aspects of conservation biology, focussing on terrestrial systems. David Paton shares his extensive personal research knowledge and all that is available on environmental issues which stem from vegetation clearance and introduced organisms, habitat degradation and remediation - giving realistic options for restoration to degraded habitats. While this course is a sad eye-opener to all the problems to the environment, it also gives hope and the opportunity to participate in research which aims to fix the problems. Materials No textbook required, David's lecture notes were basically essays which will (and already have for me!) come in useful for other subjects and future references. Reading widely on the topics presented will help ground the information, particularly the readings being referred to in the lectures. Several textbooks are listed for relevant background - I didn't look at any (and they're not available on Google Books), although any Practical or Principles of Conservation Biology would be a handy reference.
Words of Wisdom The final exam is based upon the weekly tute questions. Do them, study for them, take lots of notes for them. Re-write those notes. This is your exam study guide. You don’t *need* to buy the textbook, if money Assessment 45% of assessment is based on a is an issue. The notes in the course group research project - about three are more than enough. to four in a group, get choice of 12 or so assignments. Oral and written components are included in this assessment - An oral both before and after the practical component is carried out to explain your project and how you will go about doing it. This is a mini prep for Honours in that you have to think about the
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OH&S and logistics for your own field work, and have to come up with ways to do sampling etc. yourself (with help from Paton). It pays to be very organised before undertaking the field work, don’t slack off on being prepared for anything (especially weather changes) when in the field to inhibit random and systematic sampling, as well as being uncomfortable. The population and Genetics part of the course with Andy Lowe is quite tedious and has only a small 5% weighting, and can avoid answering these questions in the exam by being extra knowledgeable about Paton’s topics. Three-hour exam is worth 50%.
Lectures Lectures recorded, lecture slides are pictures, graphs and basic summaries, the lectures notes are in excellent essay format - easy to read and interesting. David Paton loves people asking questions.
Subject Outline This subject repeats a lot of what is learnt in other GEST subjects, but is a good overall broad spectrum of environmental issues and management for those who aren't majoring in the subject. There is good scope to do research on interesting relevant environmental topics for a debate in tutes, and an essay with presentations to the class. You will learn about the principles of Sustainable development from the Bruntland report, Natural Resource Management, Urbanisation, Risk society, incorporating agriculture, energy, and very interesting case studies of Switzerland.
Materials No textbooks or readers were necessary. There are readings associated with each weeks lectures, however are not necessary for tutes - just may give a deeper or better Tutorials understanding of lecture content. Practical sessions are more like workshops. In first term, gearing up Most of it had to be searched via for field work, including some boring the online journals. Try to stay up to date with current environmental but necessary talks about OH&S, management issues and concerns, and a identifying plants trip to the especially regarding Climate Change, hills. Also the Orals are conducted in these sessions. Only goes for max the Murray Darling Basin and Coorong, Desalination plants etc. two hours, but use this time for preparation with your group. Assessment Do start your essay as soon as you Satisfaction (1-10) can - it's not due until after mid10 semester break but it does require a lot of research (both primary and secondary sources). Debates are teams of 3 in tutes, spread over a 3 week presentation time. Read EIS's if appropriate, get quotes from government bodies and representatives to give better emphasis to your points - be articulate and prepare for rebuttal. Make sure you work with your teammates so there's no repetition and you are getting the same points
across! Debate worth 15%, essay 40%, exam 40%, tute participation 5%. Exam has a multiple choice (based on lectures) and long answer section.
Lectures Lectures NOT recorded - Doug Bardsley doesn’t like recording lectures. Don’t try to pass exam based on lecture notes only - ask questions when you don’t understand something, and a deeper knowledge from doing the readings will get you through. Lots of content in each lecture, Doug talks fast. Tutorials Tutes weren’t that informative, basically preparing for debate, doing the debates, and preparing for essays. Lots of good discussion though. There are only 3 contact hours, so go to your tutes. Satisfaction (1-10) 7
Subject Outline Overview of chemistry. Materials Lecture notes provided, which are really good to study from. There is a textbook, a lot of people bought it, but hardly anyone opened it. It’s available in the library. You can buy 2nd hand copies. Old editions are totally fine. Assessment Lots of online assessment, make notes of the dates this is due, as once the cut off hour passes you cannot do them. The lab/prac classes are rushed, three hours, lots of work
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to do. Best be very prepared and complete as much of it at home as you can before the class so you can get it all done.
Lectures Lectures recorded. Worth turning up to. Tutorials Tutorials are the best part. Vital to understanding difficult concepts. You can attend more then one tute per week. Just keep turning up to them until you get it. Don’t miss these! Satisfaction (1-10) 9 Words of Wisdom Complete the lab classes before you turn up. Not just the online questions, but the actual lab class work book. Do all of it before you turn up.
to study on your own if you haven’t been paying attention! 4. Molecular evolution Starts easy with phylogeny, but gets a little tricky with lots of equations. Again, pay attention, you need to know how to derive and explain all the equations you’re given. And there are heaps.
Materials No textbook (yay!), but printed journal articles relevant to the lecture material were provided.
Subject Outline It's physics, much like high school level. Goes into slightly more detail but if you did physics in HS then this is not going to be much of a surprise. There are plenty of calculations to do, especially in tutorial sessions. Lectures are really dull, but the teachers try to perform a few cool experiments to keep you awake.
Assessment Prac write-ups are easy marks if you put in the effort. Other than those, the exam is the only other assessment so the investment is worth it! Weighting is 40% prac write-ups, 60% exam.
Materials Buying the textbook is necessary, you will refer to it a lot, but this doesn't mean you need to buy it. You can borrow from library or buy a secondhand copy. Old editions are no problem, the content doesn't change.
Lectures All lectures were recorded, but it’s worth going because some of the material’s a bit heavy to work through on your own.
Assessment Obtain the last two years of past exams (from the library) and use them as a semester-long study guide. This is vital for a stress-free course as the tutorials do not reflect the exam *at all*. Practical classes are frustrating: complete as much as you can at home before you turn up. The marks from prac classes are worth the effort.
Tutorials Tutes run about once a fortnight, taken by the lecturer for that section. Usually there are sample questions to work through provided beforehand and then the tutor goes over the answers. (Do the questions before going - it makes a massive difference to how you understand the stuff).
Subject Outline Four main topics covered, nine lectures each. One lecturer per section: 1. Chromosome structure and function Fairly straightforward concepts, interesting stuff. 2. Organellar gene transfer Most of the material in this section centres on some cornerstone experiments, easy enough to understand if you go over them thoroughly. As long as you Satisfaction (1-10) understand and can explain these 9 experiments and the associated theories you’re set for this section! 3. Genomics No molecular biology here. This section is more focussed on techniques in genomic analysis mainly sequencing. Interesting but for the sake of your sanity during swotvac, go to the lectures and sit by yourself if need be. This stuff is hard
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Lectures Lectures are not recorded. You should turn up to all of them if you are uneasy with physics. Read over the past exam questions that are relative to the current lecture topic before and during that lecture block - so you can see how they expect you to be able to present this information in the finals. Tutorials Tutorials were horrible. Basically a one hour overview of the homework you finished during the week. If you did well, you already know that turning up and listening to a PhD student rush through the questions is not helpful at all. If you aren't going well with your homework, turning up
to the tutorials is not going to help as the work is rushed through at speedy pace, and your work is simply marked as correct/incorrect. Tutes are a waste of time.
Satisfaction (1-10) 2 Words of Wisdom Get past exams at the start of the course, and read through them every week = life saving advice.
Subject Outline Having a basic background of Statistics would be ideal, as it would save a lot of extra revision and learning you need to do this course. Unfortunately in 2010 the program was run with the hard part in Semester One and the easier part in Semester Two, if this is the case, at least you know it does get a bit easier. The You will learn about statistical tests, assumptions, limitations of statistical methods, t-test, correlation, generalised linear models, Errors, methods for detecting environmental impact... etc. The pracs are on computers, and are quite tedious - using a program called R (which is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever done) and Anova - which definitely will come in use in other courses (i.e. Ecology subjects). Materials I advise you use a textbook - to understand basic concepts especially as the lecturers aren’t very creative in teaching different ways to understand concepts. Statistics for Dummies and Wikipedia came in quite useful. Just keep asking questions when you don’t understand something, they are overly keen to ensure you understand! This course is relevant
on top of it all! Online content used for computer pracs.
Assessment There was a 5% quiz after each topic - which is good because it makes you revise topics as the course progresses. Exam is 80%, two hours, was pretty difficult, and you draw largely on lab work (not including R) only using simple calculations. Try and rote-learn definitions of concepts/principles / some equations for these tests/exam, this will get you the marks.
Subject Outline Surveying, mapping techniques, evaluating landforms.
Lectures Lectures recorded. Two hours, very difficult to sit through, even with a short break in between. Probably better to listen at home when you can space it out if you know you’re just going to fall asleep. But you don’t get to ask questions, and have to follow where they’re up to on slides which move along inconsistently.
Assessment We weren't told over the course of the lectures what we had to know and some of the stuff that was important was only talked about briefly. That made it really difficult to study at exam time. The marking of the pracs for the mapping section was ridiculously pedantic, and there were never any feedback comments given.
Tutorials Labs in computer rooms - no tutes. Up to four hours. Take some lollies and water.
Lectures Rowl Twidale's lectures aren't recorded or posted; apparently he only learnt how to use Powerpoint last year.
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Materials Textbook by Rowl Twidale (the lecturer) is pretty much essential because he publishes no notes on MyUni and the textbook is a great summary since it is written by him. It's cheap from online bookstores like fishpond.com.
Tutorials No tutes. Satisfaction (1-10) 3
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Hilary Coleman If there is something you don’t get, she will make sense of it. David Paton He is one of Australia’s Ecology experts, highly knowledgeable in birds, the Coorong, bees and all ecological issues. He has done extensive research including observations of birds and insects in the Adelaide region, and presents it humbly to the class. He’s happy to help and give hints, is a no-nonsense but humorous person, He’s just amazing, and if you’ve ever had him as a lecturer, you’ll know why! Velta Vingelis In first semester, while she never actually gives lectures, she knows the material better than anyone as is always there to help. Velta Vingelis She co-ordinates the tutorials and is an all-round crazily, cool person. She has a heart of gold and will go out of her way to help if you have any questions or problems. Velta Vingelis She is a god. Become friends with her.
Past exam papers will be your saviour in the Sciences. Ask for some from your course co-ordinator, look for them on MyUni and borrow some from the library. It’s easy to skip online quizzes and mini-tests... but the few marks you lose will always add up. Put up with the small inconvenience of doing a presentation or a report, because it may look like only a few marks now, but if end up with 44%, and you skipped a 6% test... you’ve just gotten yourself a fail, when you could’ve passed. A lot of first-year science subjects are similar to year-12 level ones... but it’s still a good idea to refresh your mind about them. Make friends with your tutor - it will come in handy if you ever run into strife and need an extension etc. Make sure you find out whether your lectures are recorded or not before you miss one... nothing sucks more than realising that a topic has disappeared into the aether when you’re going to be examined on it!
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