First Five - Section contents

Find your feet in the first five weeks of semester with our week-by-week guide. Keep on top of key dates and reminders to ensure that you are up-to-date on the important things.

BEFORE YOU START CLASSES

KEY DATES

Enrolment Lapse Date: The last date to enrol in your course (degree) including subjects. This date is found in your offer letter.

Orientation:
Monday 12 February – Friday 23 February

Carnival Day:
Tuesday 20 February

Clubs and Societies Days:
Wednesday 21 February – Thursday 22 February

MUST DO'S

Complete all the steps in Get Started at Melbourne

Book your First Year at Melbourne appointment
Designed for first year undergraduate students to help you transition to uni life.

Book now

Appointments run until 2 March 2018.

Get familiar with the LMS: The LMS is where you will find all the resources you need to be prepared for your subjects. Your subject coordinator has probably posted a welcome message and some information on what to prepare for your first week of classes!

Plan your course: If you haven’t already, plan your degree by completing a course map.

GOOD TO KNOW

Get to know Stop 1: Familiarise yourself with the services available at Stop 1 and go in the draw to win a bike!

Download the my.unimelb app: Your timetable will now be on your phone.


WEEK 1

26 February – 2 March

KEY DATES

Semester 1 commences: 26 February

Concurrent Diploma: Semester 1, 2018 applications close 4 March.

MUST DO'S

Attend classes: Know your timetable and attend classes. If one class finishes at the same time your next class starts – remember there are 10 minutes allowed for travel between classes.

Decide on your subjects: Now is the time to decide if you're happy with your subjects for the semester or if you need to make a change. Course planning support is available if you need advice on choosing the right subjects for you.

Do your subject readings: Check out your reading requirements on LMS. If you need to do a reading for your first class and haven’t ordered your readers/textbooks yet, check Readings Online through the LMS or search for it online using the Library search engine: Discovery.

Get that WiFi: Connect to Campus WiFi, it’s unlimited and free!

GOOD TO KNOW

Download the Lost on Campus app: It’ll help you find your classrooms and lecture theatres!

Familiarise yourself with University terms

Get to know the Library: Check out the Library Guide to find out all you need to know about borrowing, collections, research skills and more.

Find out how Student IT can help: Student IT can assist you with troubleshooting my.unimelb, setting up UniWireless and a wide variety of other IT matters. Chat with Student IT online or drop in to a service point at the Baillieu Library, Giblin Eunson Library, Eastern Resource Centre (Level 3).

Participate in mid-week mindfulness: Running every Wednesday until 27 June, come along to a mindfulness drop-in session. Try some guided mindfulness exercises and find out how paying attention to the present moment can help improve your concentration and reduce stress.

Get skills advice from students: Check out the range of drop-in sessions run by students throughout semester where you can get help with academic writing, maths skills, or employability.


WEEK 2

5–9 March

KEY DATES

‘Last date to self-enrol’ in Semester 1 subjects: 9 March. After this date you will need approval to enrol in a Semester 1 subject. Check your subject key dates in the Handbook.

Careers Festival: 5-9 March. The Careers Festival features a week-long schedule of careers & employability events so you can get advice about how to work on your career and meet potential employers before you finish your course. The Festival includes the annual Careers Fairs, featuring 80+ employers from around Australia and overseas who are eager to meet you!

MUST DO'S

Get your books: Order your readers/textbooks from the Co-op bookshop, or visit StudentVIP for second-hand books.

Check your emails: You are required to check your emails at least twice a week. You can check them through my.unimelb. Don’t forget to keep checking!

GOOD TO KNOW

Book your free Health Check: Get a snapshot of how healthy you are and learn how to improve your health and wellbeing. If you book and attend your appointment, you will enter the monthly prize draw for a chance to win a $50 Rebel Sport gift voucher!

Check out your Student Union (UMSU): Take a look at extracurricular groups which represent your interests – such as Queer, People of Colour, Women’s and Indigenous collectives.

Download UniSafe for campus security contact information.

Go to a counselling workshop: Enhance your learning experience with a lunchtime workshop run by Counselling and Psychological Services. Learn how to improve your confidence, optimise your focus, and more. View the program.


WEEK 3

12–16 March

KEY DATES

Class timetabling closes: 16 March (5pm)

Apply for a grant: Do you have an idea that could help improve the University and its wider community? Get funding to have an impact in your community. Grant applications open on 12 March and close on 15 April.

MUST DO'S

Get your Tax File Number: If you are a domestic student, did you accept your offer without a Tax File Number? If you want to defer your fees through a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, apply now for a Tax File Number and make sure you submit it via my.unimelb by 31 March. Find out more.

Finalise your timetable: If you need to swap tutorial or lecture groups, do so before the end of the week!

GOOD TO KNOW

Tuesday bands: Every Tuesday, there is a free BBQ and band performances from 1pm at North Court.

Join the gym: There’s a free class each week and lunchtime sports!

Check out what’s on at Stop 1: Find out about studying overseas, academic-building, careers and employability, and much more.

Book an appointment with Student Connect: Open to all students, whether you’re at the beginning of your degree or the end of it. It’s never too late to start a conversation about your goals.

Improve your essay writing skills: Attend an Academic Writing drop-in session throughout the semester to get feedback on your work. Open to coursework students.


WEEK 4

19–23 March

KEY DATES

Respect Week: From 19 – 23 March, Respect Week celebrates the University’s commitment to providing a safe, inclusive and respectful community that embraces diversity and is free from behaviours that place people at risk of harm.

MUST DO'S

Finalise your subjects: Think about whether you need to withdraw from a subject and take action soon. If you stay enrolled in a subject after its census date, you will incur its fees. Don't assume 31 March is the census date, as this can vary for all subjects. Find out how to check your census dates.

First assessments: Get ready for your first assessment.

GOOD TO KNOW

Rowden White Library: Borrow DVDs, listen to Vinyl records and nap in the Beanbag room at the most relaxing library on campus.

Find out how Stop 1 can help: It's okay if you still have questions now that semester has kicked off. Stop 1 is here to help you with enrolment and wellbeing, as well as advice on building your skills and experiences. Learn more about student services at Stop 1.

Snap, Send, Solve: Noticed any maintenance issues with facilities or equipment on campus? Download the Snap Send Solve app and get it fixed!

Enrol in the Academic Skills Hub: Develop your writing, referencing and study skills at your own pace with these independent study modules in the LMS. Learn all the essential skills you need to do well in your studies this semester: time management, researching, note taking, structuring a paper, proofing, referencing, exams and more!

Find out why we’re a tobacco-free university: To promote a healthier environment to students, staff and visitors to our campuses, smoking on all campuses is prohibited.


WEEK 5

26–30 March

KEY DATES

Employability Week: From 11–17 April, Employability Week is packed with sessions and events to help you prepare for employment opportunities ahead. This includes a keynote address from Academy Award winning animator and alumni Adam Elliot, as well as our Volunteering and Experience Fair.

Study Overseas Fair: Thursday 12 April from 11am–2pm, South Lawn. Come along to the Study Overseas Fair to discover your dream study destination, find the right overseas study program for you, and chat to returned students and representatives from partner host institutions.

MUST DO'S

Check your subject key dates in the Handbook: If you want to drop a subject, make sure you withdraw before its key deadlines. If you stay enrolled in a subject after its census date, you will incur its fees. If you drop a subject after the 'last date to withdraw without fail', you will need to pay its fees and it will appear as a fail grade on your transcript.

GOOD TO KNOW

Farmers Market: Every Wednesday at Union Lawn there’s fresh food and cute dogs galore.

Sign up for the Leaders in Communities Award: Are you passionate about volunteering, developing professional skills and wanting to add extracurricular activities to your transcript? Find out more about the Leadership in Communities Award, which you can start at any time during your degree.

Find your edge: The skills you gain outside the classroom are just as important as your degree. It’s never too soon to discover extracurricular activities, communities and work experience to give you an edge when it comes to getting a job after university.

Study overseas: Applications for Exchange and Fee-paying programs are opening soon. If you are interested in studying overseas, experiencing a new culture and expanding your global network, start researching study destinations and learn more about the overseas programs available to you.