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TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Today is the start of a new and exciting part of your lives.
The University of Newcastle is one of the country’s top
research universities with world-leading experts who will teach
you new concepts and technologies that will form the basis of
In teaching and learning, we lead the higher education sector
in many areas. Our programs provide a foundation of knowledge,
skills and attributes that allow our graduates to contribute
actively and responsibly to society.
University study is also an opportunity to broaden your way
of thinking, expand your horizons, and form and enjoy new
friendships and relationships with people from a wide range
of backgrounds and nationalities.
I encourage you to become involved academically and socially
in the life of the University. Take advantage of some of the
best sporting and gym facilities in Australia and consider taking
part in our exchange programs to study for a semester in
If you find yourself having some difficulty, please ask for help.
The University is a big place, and we have many people to assist
ORIENTATION INFO ONLINE
you. We will do all we can to ensure that your time here provides
you with all you need to make your mark on this world.
Congratulations on your decision to join the University of
Newcastle. I am confident that you will find studying at our
For details on everything happening during Orientation visit University a challenging but rewarding experience, and I hope
www.newcastle.edu.au/orientation that you enjoy your time here.
Professor Nicholas Saunders
Vice-Chancellor and President
Make sure you grab a copy of the 2010 student diary,
available when you pick up your student card from a Student Hub.
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The University is made up of a Vice-Chancellor (who is the CEO of the University and leads
an Executive Committee) who manages the University under the guidance of a Council.
Below him are Faculties managed by a Pro Vice-Chancellor, who is a member of the Executive
Committee. There are five Faculties, one of which manages your program (your degree) and
related research areas. Within Faculties there are Schools (managed by a Head of School)
which manage and teach your courses (subjects). Sometimes there can be a number of
Schools responsible for teaching courses into your program.
Below is an organisational chart that shows you how this works:
FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW
Newcastle Business School
VICE- Newcastle Law School
FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND ARTS
School of Education
School of Humanities and Social Science
School of Drama, Fine Art and Music
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT
School of Architecture and Built Environment
School of Engineering
School of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science
FACULTY OF HEALTH
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
School of Health Sciences
School of Medicine and Public Health
School of Nursing and Midwifery
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
School of Design, Communication
and Information Technology
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
School of Psychology
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WHO LOOKS AFTER YOUR PROGRAM UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
FACULTY OF HEALTH
Each program has an academic staff member appointed as the Program Co-ordinator and an
administrative staff member appointed as the Program Officer. There is no mid year intake into any There is no mid year intake into on-campus
undergraduate Health programs. postgraduate Health programs.
Program Co-ordinators have overall responsibility for the conduct of a program and will provide
information to students on academic issues related to the program as well as decisions on a range
FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND ARTS
of academic matters including credit assessment.
Program Officers offer advice, assistance and support to students on issues such as: enrolment in Bachelor of Aboriginal Studies Master of Applied Linguistics (or GC)
courses and programs; re-enrolment; applications for credit for previous academic work (if applicable); Bachelor of Arts Master of Disability Studies
program structures; leave of absence; and, most importantly, the requirements for you to graduate Bachelor of Fine Art Master of Educational Studies (or GC)
from the program you are enrolled in.
Bachelor of Music Master of Leadership and
The following table lists the programs with a mid-year intake and the Faculty responsible Bachelor of Social Science Management in Education
for that program. Master of Social Change
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/ B Arts
and Development (or GC)
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/ B Arts
Master of Social Science (or GC)
Bachelor of Teaching
(Primary)/ B Early Childhood Studies Master of Social Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Teaching Master of Special Education
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS
(Secondary) B Fine Art Master of Teaching (Primary)
FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW Bachelor of Teaching Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Bachelor of Business Graduate Certificate in Business Research (Secondary)/ B Health and PE Master of Theology (or GC)
Bachelor of Commerce Master of Professional Accounting Bachelor of Teaching
(Secondary) /B Mathematics
Master of Professional Accounting
(Advanced) Bachelor of Teaching
(Secondary) / B Science
Bachelor of Theology
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT (and Diploma in Theology)
Diploma in Languages
Bachelor of Computer Science Master of Engineering Management
Bachelor of Construction Management Master of Engineering Science (or GC)
FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) Bachelor of Engineering INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Telecommunications)
Bachelor of Biotechnology Master of Information Technology
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) (International only) (and other nested MIT programs
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Bachelor of Development Studies – MIT(P) and MIT(A))
Bachelor of Engineerin (Environmental) Bachelor of Environmental Graduate Diploma in Pyschology
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) Science and Management
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) Bachelor of Food Science and
Bachelor of Engineering (Software) Human Nutrition
Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Information Technology
(Telecommunications) Bachelor of Mathematics (and combines)
Bachelor of Industrial Design Bachelor of Natural History Illustration
Bachelor of Surveying Bachelor of Science
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HOW YOUR PROGRAM WORKS HOW THE UNIVERSITY CAN HELP YOU
The University of Newcastle uses terminology a little differently. What we call a “program” may
be called a course elsewhere (UAC uses this terminology) and our “course” may be called a
subject or unit at another institution or school.
While your program is managed by one Faculty it will be built up from a number of courses
(8, 12, 24, 32 or 40 depending on the program) which can come from various Faculties and
Schools. In most cases the course has a unit value of 10 units, so a 240 unit undergraduate
program has 24 courses each of 10 unit value.
All courses have an alphanumeric code which tells you the level and discipline (an area of study)
of that course e.g. POLI1020 is a basic politics course at 1000 level. The level usually indicates
what year you take the course ie 1000 level courses are taken early in the program (first year),
2000 level courses in the second year, 3000 level in third year and so on (postgraduate courses The Enquiry Centre is your first point of contact with the Uni
are usually 6000 level courses). via phone or email between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Many undergraduate courses are also part of a sequence in a discipline, so a 2000 level course Call 02 4921 5000 or email EnquiryCentre@newcastle.edu.au
will assume that you have passed a 1000 level course in the same discipline and a 3000 level
course will assume you have passed 1000 and 2000 level courses in the same discipline. It is STUDENT HUBS
not recommended that you undertake 2000 and 3000 level courses in your first year of study at The Student Hubs provide a one-stop shop for you to access
University unless advised to do so. essential student services at four of our campus locations.
You will also find that in most programs courses are divided into: Each Hub offers a place for you to work on, submit and collect
your assignments, meet friends, buy something to eat and get
n Core courses – ones that you must undertake to pass the program advice and referrals from trained staff about issues relating to
n Directed courses – ones that are chosen from a list (e.g. choose two from the following list your studies.
of five courses) Shortland Hub – Callaghan
n Compulsory courses – courses in a major or specialisation (see below) that must be undertaken Shortland Building
to meet the requirements of that major/specialisation Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5pm
n Electives – courses that are not linked to your program but let you persue a wider interest, Hunter Hub – Callaghan
so in a business program you might like to take a couple of French courses as electives. Student Services Centre
The list of courses is available at: www.newcastle.edu.au/course/ Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5pm
Many undergraduate programs have groups of courses called “majors” and you will be required City Hub and Information Common (CHIC)
to do one or more of them. Usually a major contains a sequence of courses in one discipline (e.g. University House, King Street
biological sciences) with a couple of fundamental courses at 1000 level and then a large choice of City Hub: Monday to Friday: 9am – 6pm
courses at each of the subsequent levels. Some postgraduate programs also have lists of courses
that are known as “specialisations”. You may be required to take a number of courses from one of Student Hub – Central Coast (Ourimbah)
the specialisations. Opposite the main Cafeteria
Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5pm
Student Hub – Port Macquarie
Cnr Oxley Highway and Widderson St
Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 4pm
Friday: 8:30am – 2pm
Central Sydney location
Level 11, 60 Bathurst Street Sydney.
Administrative staff are available
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Your responsibilities Academic Integrity In addition, career pathways showing sequences
You are entirely responsible for your study patterns and Academic integrity is taken very seriously in of study leading to particular careers are
performance. You are expected to attend lectures and tutorials our University. You will be required to use the available for students in some programs. These
EXPECT and a lot of assessment takes place in these sessions.
Participation in your education, however, involves much more
referencing system recommended by your
lecturer and will need to cite your references
are available through the Faculty website (e.g
for the Faculty of Science and Information
than just attending lectures and tutorials. You will be expected correctly using that particular style (e.g. the Technology programs visit www.newcastle.edu.
to contribute, actively participate, have opinions, take part in Harvard style). Copying of material, including au/faculty/science-it/degree-programs/
discussions and give presentations. from the internet, is not acceptable. Further index.html )
information on referencing and style guides
The University also assumes that you have a good level of How much should I study each week?
can be found on the Library website at: www.
computer literacy. If you are not comfortable with using a PC, Most students work part-time and it is important
the web, email, etc. then you should enrol in one of the bridging to manage your time to balance work, study and
courses to help you become familiar. social activities. A full-time enrolment (40 units a
Academic Integrity Module semester) at University carries at least the same
Independence This module is an educational tool designed time commitment (40 hours or more per week,
There are no text books which contain the whole course. to help you avoid plagiarism, understand depending on your circumstances) as a full-time
You may have a prescribed text book but you will need to referencing style, and hence improve your marks. job. It is expected that you will spend a significant
read widely, take comprehensive class notes and gather your Although the questions in the module do not amount of time on your studies outside of
own information. Essential material not covered in text books count towards your mark for any of the courses class. Therefore, if you have extensive work
is discussed in lectures and tutorials. Lecturers may pose in which you are enrolled, it is University policy commitments you should consider reducing your
questions but not necessarily give all the answers; you will be that you complete this module. Most Faculties enrolment. It is much better to take an extra year
expected to find information and develop a point of view based will require you to indicate on assessment item and do well, than to fail courses and still need to
on your reading and critical thinking. All interactions are in cover sheets that you have taken this module. take an extra year. The latter will cost you more
English and a strong competence in English is assumed in all (the last Faculty, Education and Arts, will be and be a much greater strain for everyone.
programs. introducing this in 2011). Your assignments
Blackboard may not be accepted if you have not
On the University’s website at “Current Students”
Blackboard is the web-based online learning system that completed this module.
you can find answers to almost all routine
enables you to access, engage and interact with fellow Access to the Academic Integrity module is questions about administrative matters relating
students and lecturers. In most cases each course you through Blackboard and will appear when to your program, assessment, forms, and other
undertake will have a Blackboard site where you will be able you first log-in to Blackboard. Once you have general information. Visit: www.newcastle.
to find out what is happening in the course as well as access completed the module, it will disappear from your edu.au/students/current/ Some Faculties
lecture, reading, and assessment material. It is often used as Blackboard site. will also provide a student guide for you on your
the primary means of communication between students and Blackboard site.
the course co-ordinator. How do I know which courses to enrol in?
At University you are responsible for ensuring NUmail
There are workshops on Blackboard during Orientation and that you are enrolled in appropriate courses to You will automatically be granted a student email
the first week of semester. See page 17 for details. meet the requirements of the program. To help account on completion of your enrolment and
Progressive assessment with this, we have provided Program Enrolment you will be able to keep this account for the rest
End of semester examinations are used in many programs Checklists (PECs) to guide you in what you need of your life. Official University correspondence
but they will only form part of your overall assessment. You to do to complete your program. Copies of these will be sent via this email account, so you should
will have to complete an assessment task such as an essay, a checklists can be found on the web site for each check your student email account regularly.
report or a tutorial presentation, every few weeks. program under the heading “Further Information” The student email system is hosted by
at the top of the page. You can locate your Microsoft’s Live@edu and is referred to as
Studying at university is an Enrolling, registering and dropping program in the Program Handbook located at NUmail. Access to NUmail is via a web browser.
exciting and worthwhile You are responsible for enrolling, through Myhub, in your www.newcastle.edu.au/program/ You can get there by clicking on any of the links
experience but you need courses and registering, (through the registration system), in provided on the University web pages, or by
to be aware of what your labs and tutorials you may be required to undertake. If you want You may already have a career mapped out for typing in the URL www.outlook.com. When you
lecturers and tutors will to drop a course, this can also be done through Myhub. If you yourself but, if you haven’t, contact the Careers sign in to your NUmail account, you must use
expect from you, and stop studying a course and don’t drop it, you may incur a HECS Service in Student Support Services. They are on you student number in the format c1234567@
your obligations and debt or be charged by the University. the web at www.newcastle.edu.au/service/ uon.edu.au as your Windows Live ID.
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Student ID cards There are a restricted number of allowable
Your Student ID card is your passport to our special circumstances, and a limited number of
Libraries, computer access, examinations, possible options (and extra marks is not one of
discounts at the Student Union shops and them), identified in the Special Circumstances
(where applicable) transport concessions. Affecting Assessment Items Procedure 000641
Your card remains current for the duration of which can be found in the Policy Library at
your enrolment at the University of Newcastle. www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/. Applications
To obtain your card, you will need to attend a for special circumstances are done on-line, with
Student Hub at either the Callaghan campus, documentary evidence supplied to one of the
University House or the Ourimbah campus, Hubs after submitting the application. You must
provide the required ID and have a log in at https://intraweb.newcastle.edu.au/
photograph taken. To obtain a student ID card sc/Pages/Login.aspx
you need to provide 100 points of identification
Credit, Cross Institutional
to verify your identity.
Study and Study Abroad
If you are a Sydney CBD or Port Macquarie The University will allow you to undertake, or
student please complete a Student ID to bring into your UoN program, some courses
Card Mail Request form send it to the undertaken at another University but only if
Administration office. they have been approved and conform to the
University’s Credit and Articulation Policy
Maths Diagnostic Quiz www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000861.
Many programs assume some knowledge of html . You should always check with your
mathematics. It is often difficult, however, for Program Officer before applying for credit
students to predict whether their mathematics or to undertake study at another University
background is adequate. The Maths Diagnostic (here or overseas). Again, once this has been
Quiz allows you to gauge your understanding confirmed, you can apply online at https://
of basic mathematical concepts and processes, intraweb.newcastle.edu.au/catso/pages/
and provides feedback to help you choose what credittransferhome.aspx
action to take. There are three levels in the quiz
and some programs require you to undertake a If you are transferring from one UoN program to
particular level of the quiz – your program co- another, you may be able to apply for credit from
ordinator will tell you which one. the first program into the second.
You are strongly urged to take the quiz, no Student parking:
matter which program you are enrolled in. The Newcastle and City precincts
quiz is there solely to help you and if you follow Parking is free at Ourimbah and Port Macquarie.
the advice that is provided with your result in There is very little free parking on campus at
this quiz then you have a chance to significantly Callaghan and none in the City during business
improve your marks and success hours. Parking at all campuses is limited,
in your program. especially at Callaghan and the City. Parking
Permits are available for purchase by students
Access to the MDQ is through Blackboard. at the Student Hubs. These allow parking in the
It should come up as an option when you General Parking areas only – these are clearly
first go into Blackboard. marked. When you collect your permit, a charge
Special Circumstances – will be raised against your student account
when things go wrong and an email invoice advice will be sent to your
The University acknowledges the need of NUmail address. This invoice can be paid using
students to seek consideration for the possible BPay, at any Post Office or to the University
impact of adverse circumstances, especially Cashier located on the third floor of the Student
medical conditions, on their assessment items. Services Centre. Half yearly or annual permits
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BRIDGING COURSES BRIDGING COURSE TIMETABLE – OURIMBAH CAMPUS
Course Name Course Dates Venue
Why do a bridging course? Computer Literacy Monday 5 – Thursday 8 July IT Lab 2
To get a head-start on your studies you can enrol in a bridging course. These courses are designed Code: EPWB065 D (day) 9am – 12pm
to provide the knowledge and skills necessary or desirable for students entering various courses
of tertiary study. Studies indicate that the first year of university is the most critical period in Writing Academic Essays Monday 12 – Friday 16 July CN2104
determining the success of your career as a student. If you believe that you could benefit from Code: EPWB062 C 9am – 12pm Classrooms North 2
assistance with your studies at university or beyond, or wish to improve your academic interests and
An Introduction to Monday 12 – Friday 16 July CS103
skills, you may find a selection of courses from the following list useful.
Undergraduate Chemistry 9am – 12pm Classroom South 1
Code: EPWB094 B
Academic Survival Skills Monday 12 – Friday 16 July CN2104
BRIDGING COURSE TIMETABLE – CALLAGHAN CAMPUS Code: EPWB060 B 1pm – 4pm Classrooms North 2
Course Name Course Dates Venue Surviving Stats: Monday 12 – Friday 16 July CS103
Statistics for Tertiary Studies 2pm – 5pm Classroom South 1
Academic Survival Skills Monday 5 – Friday 9 July V01, Mathematics Building
Code: EPWB095 B
Code: EPWB060 A (day) 1pm – 4pm
Computer Literacy Monday 12 – Thursday 15 July ITLab 2
Computer Literacy Monday 12 – Thursday 15 July CT218, CT Building
Code: EPWB065 E 6pm – 9 pm
Code: EPWB065A (day) 9am – 12pm
Surviving Stats: Statistics Monday 12 – Friday 16 July C124, Chemistry Building
for Tertiary Studies 10am – 1pm How to enrol – Online registration Be sure to avoid timetable clashes. There
Code: EPWB095 A Registrations open at 9am on Friday 25 June are optional times (day or evening) for
2010. Enrol in advance, preferably at least some courses.
Foundation Mathematics Monday 12 – Friday 16 July V101, Mathematics Building
five days before the commencement of the
Code: EPWB063 10am – 1pm Costs
There are no charges for the undergraduate
An Introduction to Monday 12 – Friday 16 July SRLT3,
1. Log in at http://webapps.newcastle.edu.au/ bridging courses in 2010.
Undergraduate Mathematics 10am – 1pm Social Sciences Building
Code: EPWB093 Course cancellations
2. Click on ‘Other Registrations’ on the left Please note that if there are insufficient
Writing Academic Essays Monday 12 – Friday 16 July V101, Mathematics Building hand menu enrolments in any course(s), the course may
Code: EPWB062 A 2pm – 5pm
3. Look under English Language and be cancelled. Students will be notified of any
An Introduction to Monday 12 – Friday 16 July SRLT3, Foundation Studies Centre and identify course cancellations by email.
Undergraduate Chemistry 2pm – 5pm Social Sciences Building the EPWB course code and course name –
Code: EPWB094 A click ‘Register’
The record of your enrolment can be found
Academic Survival Skills Monday 12 – Friday 16 July V01, Mathematics Building 4. Identify the ‘Session’ you wish to attend – under current registrations on the left hand
Code: EPWB06C (evening) 6pm – 9pm click ‘Book’. menu of the registration system. If, after
5. This will return you to your home page and registration, you find that are unable to
Computer Literacy Monday 12 – Thursday 15 July CT218, CT building a message will appear in a box at the top participate in the bridging course(s) please
Code: EPWB065 B (evening) 6pm – 9pm of the screen indicating that you are now drop your registration on the registration system
Computer Literacy Monday 19 – Thursday 22 July CT218, CT Building registered for this activity. immediately so that your place can be allocated
Code: EPSB065 C (day) 2pm – 5pm to another student.
Please note: bridging courses start on the day
Writing Academic Essays Monday 19 – Friday 23 July V101 Mathematics Building and time published on the Registration System Further information
Code: EPWB062 B 2pm – 5pm and, in most cases, run over a number of Full details and course descriptions can be
consecutive days. found at: www.newcastle.edu.au/bridging
T: 02 4921 5558
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LIBRARY GET FAMILIAR WITH BLACKBOARD
The library is an important resource that you’ll use regularly at
uni. There are extensive book and journal collections held in
each library, as well as a range of online resources and services
that you’ll need to be familiar with as you commence your Enrol in a ‘Building Familiarity with Blackboard workshop’.
TOURS studies. The library tours introduce you to the services
Thursday 22 July – Ourimbah 2pm-2.30pm
and study spaces available. Please meet in the library foyer
10 minutes before the tour commences. Friday 23 July – Callaghan 10am-10.30am, 11.30am-12pm, 3pm-3.30pm
Monday 26 July – Callaghan 9.30am-10am, 2.30pm-3pm
UNISTART DAYS Monday 26 July – Ourimbah 2pm-2.30pm
Auchmuty Library, Huxley Library Wednesday 28 July – Callaghan 9.30am-10am, 2.30pm-3pm
Wednesday 21 July @ 2pm, 3pm Wednesday 28 July – Ourimbah 2pm-2.30pm
Ourimbah Library To enrol in these sessions log into http://webapps.newcastle.edu.au/rego/index.cfm
Thursday 22 July @ 2pm When you enrol please note the venue for the activity.
Go to the section called “To register for a non enrolment based activity, click here”.
WEEK ONE OF SEMESTER You will see several frames including:
Auchmuty Library, Huxley Library, Ourimbah Library Learning Development – Callaghan
Tuesday 27 July @ 2pm, 11am, 11am
Learning Development – Central Coast Ourimbah campus
Wednesday 28 July @ 11am, 11am, 11am
Look for the title “Blackboard”. Select “register” on the right of the screen. You will see a list of
activities, times and dates. Register by clicking ‘book ‘. You will receive a confirmation email.
SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
The Diagnostic Academic English Language Tool (DAELT) is an English language test designed
for students with non-English-speaking backgrounds. The online DAELT is designed to provide you
with an indication of your level of English language competency so you can independently assess
and improve your academic language skills.
DAELT is designed to be used primarily by first year students. DAELT enables you to assess your
competency in reading, listening, writing and speaking. After completing the sessions, you are
provided with detailed feedback regarding your level of English language proficiency and are
provided with information about relevant English language follow-up workshops.
The DAELT testing sessions will be scheduled for the first weeks of Semester Two. Students will
receive further information about these sessions during Orientation.
T: 02 4921 5350
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GETTING STARTED ORIENTATION UNISTART DAYS OTHER FUN THINGS
Monday 12 – Friday 16 July AND Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 July, 2010 AND ENROLMENT TO DO AND SEE
Monday 19 – Thursday 22 July Wednesday 21 July (Callaghan) Friday 23 July
Monday 19: The first compulsory session
Come to the International Student Welcome for international students is the International Thursday 22 July (Ourimbah)
Daytrip to Port Stephens – Sign up at The
Lounge to get helpful information, meet other Student Orientation session on Monday 19 July You should join the domestic students Glasshouse by Wednesday 21 July @ 12pm.
new students or just relax. Located at The at 10am in CT202. Here you will be welcomed for all the day’s activities including For more information see www.newcastle.
Glasshouse at the Bar on the Hill, students and receive essential information about living the Enrolment Help Sessions edu.au/students/new/orientation-2010/
will be ready to welcome you, help you to find and studying in Newcastle, Australian culture, (see next page).
accommodation and sign you up for social visa conditions you must follow, safety and
activities. Ask about library tours specially
designed for new international students to
support services. Full degree students – Your enrolment
session will be held with your Faculty on
WHAT IF I MISS
get you ready for your studies.
Tuesday 20: The second interactive and
entertaining activity will be The Amazing Race.
Wednesday 21July. You will receive academic INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION?
advice and be shown how to complete your
STEP 1: Go to the Hunter Hub, get your You will be placed in groups with other new If you miss orientation, contact international-
enrolment online. Details of these sessions will
Student ID card and pick up a diary. students and complete a day of fun challenges, email@example.com for an
be provided at Monday’s International Student
Then register for OSHC Health connecting with other new students and getting appointment so that one of the International
Cover at the OSHC Worldcare equipped to study and live in Newcastle. Great Office staff can help orientate you.
counter. You will need to bring your prizes to be won! Study Abroad and Exchange students
passport and a copy of your Offer – You are a Study Abroad and Exchange
The Welcome Party at the Bar on the Hill student if you will be studying at the University
Letter with you when you do this.
is for you. Find out where the fun happens of Newcastle for one or two semesters while
Ask Hub staff for directions to The
on campus and make some new friends. completing a degree at your home university/
institution. You can enrol in your pre-approved
STEP 2: Visit the International Student courses as soon as you arrive, by logging into
Welcome Lounge located in The MyHub at any of the computers at the Hubs
Glasshouse at the Bar on the Hill. or libraries on campus. You are welcome to
STEP 3: Visit the Accommodation Hub at come to the Enrolment Help Session of the
Evatt House for advice on off- Faculty that is looking after the majority of your
campus housing. courses.
INTERNATIONAL Student ID card Student diary Enrolment Help Session
Mobile/ Cell Phone
CHECKLIST Accommodation Welcome Party Amazing Race
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UNISTART DAYS UNIVERSITY LIFE
FAMILIARISE YOURSELF If you want discounts, you can purchase a
FOR ALL STUDENTS
Ucard. This will cost you $25 for the semester
WITH THE FORUM and gives you 10% discount at all the “U”
Make the most of your time at Uni by joining outlets and Gloria Jean’s, the Bar on the Hill
in the fun at The Forum (Newcastle campus). and the GT Bar, as well as discounted entry
to any event that is not free. A Ucard even
There are heaps of sporting clubs to get gets you a 5% discount on groceries at
involved with including cricket, baseball, rugby Coles and Woolies!
Unistart orientation days Sessions will include:
and hockey as well as a 50 metre indoor
are being held to step you n Faculty welcome heated pool and an 18 metre high climbing wall.
through the key things
you need to know before n Q&A sessions with current students and University Have a go at indoor netball, basketball, touch CAMPUS CENTRAL
commencing your studies. staff – A chance to ask any questions about your program
and courses and participate in a general discussion about
football, squash and soccer in The Forum’s (OURIMBAH CAMPUS)
social sporting competitions each semester. Campus Central provides non-academic
A free morning tea university life.
and BBQ lunch will be You can access all of The Forum’s facilities at services for Ourimbah campus students,
n An introduction to learning development and the including entertainment, sport, welfare issues,
provided on the day. the University and Harbourside (close to the
University’s online learning environment – Information retail, food and beverage.
Newcastle CBD) for the whole semester for
regarding Blackboard and other university systems and
only $299. Our other services include:
support services for students.
n Social activities – Get to know other students enrolled in n Assistance with grievances – advice
your program, make some new friends. UoN SERVICES on the procedures to take, who to talk to,
and we can accompany students to meetings
n Campus tours – Familiarise yourself with our campus, get to
know your way around.
(CALLAGHAN CAMPUS) if required
UoN Services Limited (UoNS) is the n Clubs and societies – there are a number
n Enrolment Help session – for those who did not attend the organisation on the Callaghan campus that of clubs and societies or you can create your
specific Enrolment Help sessions in early July provides and manages a range of services own club – funding is available to new clubs
n Helpful workshops and seminars. and facilities, a functions centre as well as and for activities/events of existing clubs
the common meeting grounds and social
For further information and activities during the n Student Representative Committee
centres for students and staff of the University.
Orientation days, check out our Orientation website: (SRC) – is an avenue for students to discuss
Facilities and services include the bars, food
www.newcastle.edu.au/orientation issues relating to welfare, safety and equity
outlets, personal services (like Hunter Area
Campus maps can be found in your Student Diary or visit Pathology Service and the dental surgery) n Collectives – get involved in awareness
www.newcastle.edu.au/service/campus-maps/ and the retail outlets like the Ushops, Uprint, raising and/or fundraising for causes and
UniMemorabilia, the United Campus Bookshop social activities.
NEWCASTLE (CALLAGHAN) and STA Travel.
Your Unistart day is Wednesday 21 July @ 9am Campus Central has many outlets on campus:
Venues: Our student mentors will meet you at the UoNS puts on all the fun events at Callaghan, n Campus Central Office and Help Desk
Mathematics bus stop and direct you to the relevant venue like the trivia and poker comps, wii wars and – come in for all your Campus Central
crab racing, free lunchtime gigs as well as enquiries and many services
CENTRAL COAST (OURIMBAH) student party nights on Wednesdays and the
Your Unistart day is Thursday 22 July @ 9am
n Campus Essentials – a retail shop
big gigs at the Bar on the Hill. UoNS also does
Venue: Our student mentors will meet you outside LT1/2 great parties – landmark Callaghan events, like
n Food Outlets at Lakes Complex, Cafe
Lecture Theatres and direct you to the relevant venue the O’Ball, Autonomy Day, Toga Party, Snow Express, Cafe East and the Coffee Cart
PORT MACQUARIE Ball, Halloween, Beach Party and the Cultural n Studio Central – for beauty, massage
Your Unistart day is Thursday 22 July @ 9am Awakenings Festival. Get a “What’s On?” every and hairdressing.
Venue: K Block – look for the map at the main entrance week of semester to see all the fun stuff
As a member you are entitled to discounts and
happening on campus.
subsidies on Campus Central services as well
as many benefits off-campus.
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NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (NUPSA)
ASSOCIATION (NUSA) If you are a postgraduate student enrolled at
The Newcastle University Students’ Association the University of Newcastle then NUPSA is
exists on campus to provide effective your student association. By being enrolled in a
representation and advocacy, support for clubs postgraduate program (Honours students are
and societies, activities and the provision of also welcome) you are a member of NUPSA.
necessary services, ensure a climate conducive There is no charge for being a member.
to student excellence in academic performance
and personal development. NUPSA:
n supports postgraduate students with issues A range of presentations and workshops are available
Essentially NUSA is just like your student
of concern, such as grievances to assist with your transition to university and to help
representative council from your school days
with one big difference – we do stuff!!! n represents postgraduate students on a you settle into life as a student. These are usually
number of University Committees, working held during the Unistart days and in the first week of
Whilst on campus make sure you pop into the parties and sub-committees semester.
NUSA Building and make use of: n conducts seminars/workshops during the For more details about these sessions, please go to the
n FREE All Day Breakfasts semesters for postgraduate students orientation website at:
n Free tea and coffee facilities n holds social activities, which provide
n Grab a free lunch every Thursday from networking opportunities as well as the
12:30pm chance to raise issues with the NUPSA
n Pick up some tickets to see a Newcastle executive
Knights or Jets game n distributes a newsletter on a regular basis
n Buy your bus passes in advance with Ten via the NUmail email.
Ride passes The NUPSA office is located in Room HA150,
n Get a box of fruit and veg for just $10!!!! Hunter Building, Callaghan campus. The office
n Enrol in a Senior First Aid Course for just is open on a part-time basis (9.30am to 2.30pm
$120 (you may need this for your degree) Monday to Friday).
There are also heaps more benefits for our T: 02 4921 8894
financial members like discounts, prizes and E: firstname.lastname@example.org
exclusive access to some of our promotions Check out the NUPSA web site –
and events. nupsa.org.au
For the best deal around join NUSA for Or join our facebook page www.facebook.
Semester 2 for JUST $20. com/group.php?gid=264598005764
A full list of the clubs, societies, collectives,
services and activities promoted by NUSA OURIMBAH
can be found at our website at: At the Ourimbah campus student union matters
http://nusa.org.au/ are covered by Campus Central (see page 21).
Students can receive benefits and savings by
joining the student association on campus. We hope this booklet has been
of help. If you still have questions,
call in at a Hub and ask one of our
helpful Frontline staff.
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