Frequently Asked Questions
Questions Asked by Commencing Students
- How do I enrol in tutorials/seminars/workshop/computer labs?
- How do I find a lecture/tutorial room or office?
- What is the difference between a lecture and a tutorial and do I need to attend them?
- What do I do if all tutorials/lab classes are full and I haven’t enrolled into a class yet?
- Are there any deadlines I need to be aware of?
- Who do I see about advanced standing?
- When can I speak to an academic?
- How do I find out who is the subject coordinator?
- Where can I get copies of subject outlines?
- What is plagiarism and why is it important for me to understand what it means?
- What is copyright and how does it affect me?
- Where can I go for assistance with my studies?
Questions Asked by Current Students
- Where do I get my timetable?
- My enrolment in one of my subjects shows ‘provisional’. What does this mean?
- What is a prerequisite and what is a co-requisite?
- Can I change my degree?
- My subject requires industry / clinical placement, how is this arranged?
- What is academic consideration?
- How is entry to honours determined?
- What do I need to graduate?
Questions Asked by Commencing Students
How do I enrol in tutorials/seminars/workshop/computer labs?
Tutorial enrolment for undergraduate subjects is done through the SOLS enrolment system.
How do I find a lecture/tutorial room or office?
Rooms at the University are coded according to a building, floor and room number e.g.
• 15.G22 is located in building 15 ground floor level in room 22
• 41.152 is located in building 41 first floor level in room 152 and
• 67.202 is located in building 67 second floor level in room 202
What is the difference between a lecture and a tutorial and do I need to attend them?
Lectures are only given once, to all the students enrolled in the subject at the same time. Tutorials are classes run in smaller groups than the lectures, designed to complement or extend the material taught in the lectures. The subject outline indicates which lectures and /or tutorials are compulsory. SHS encourages students to be involved in both lectures and tutorials.
What do I do if all tutorials/lab classes are full and I haven’t enrolled into a class yet?
You will need to see your subject coordinator who will manually enrol you into a class or will arrange for more class times to become available.
Are there any deadlines I need to be aware of?
All students should familiarise themselves with key dates http://www.uow.edu.au/student/dates/index.html throughout each session e.g. there are deadlines relating to:
• Enrolment in a subject and how students can enrol in a subject
• Withdrawal from a subject to avoid either financial or academic penalties being imposed
• Payment of fees
Who do I see about advanced standing?
Students enrolling for courses may seek advanced standing (or credit) on the basis of tertiary studies completed prior to their enrolment at the University of Wollongong. Studies undertaken at other universities, colleges of advanced education, other domestic providers and TAFE may be considered for advanced standing. Applications for advanced standing must be accompanied by full documentation of previous studies, with photocopies of the relevant pages from the Handbook/Calendar of the institution concerned and a certified transcript of results.
On enrolment day:
All issues relating to advanced standing should be discussed with the Faculty’s Sub-Dean.
Students should initially see the degree coordinator. In all cases the Head of School then Sub Dean must authorise any recommended advanced standing.
When can I speak to an academic?
If you are experiencing a significant problem with a subject and need an individual consultation academics have consultation times available. These times are listed in the subject outline. Staff in HBS Central Enquiries Office (located in 41.152) also has the details. Academics can also arrange alternative times via email.
How do I find out who is the subject coordinator?
If you are unsure of your subject coordinator, staff in HBS Central Enquiries Office (located in 41.152) can advise you and also give consultation times. Information on subject Coordinators are also available from the Timetable.
Where can I get copies of subject outlines?
Subject Outlines are usually distributed at the first lecture. If you miss the first lecture, you may obtain a copy from the subject coordinator or from your e-learning site.
What is plagiarism and why is it important for me to understand what it means?
Plagiarism means using the ideas of someone else without giving them proper credit. There are penalties for plagiarising so you must be aware of what it means and how to avoid it. More information can be obtained from http://www.uow.edu.au/about/policy/UOW058648.html
What is copyright and how does it affect me?
Staff and students must comply with copyright law. It is important that you are aware of what you can copy and how much you can copy. More information can be obtained from http://www.library.uow.edu.au/copyright/index.html
Where can I go for assistance with my studies?
The University provides a number of services for students experiencing difficulties or requiring assistance with their studies. If you are experiencing problems, you are encouraged to seek advice from any of the following services:
• Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/pass/index.html
• Learning Development Centre http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/ld/index.html
• Student Support Advisers (SSA) http://www.uow.edu.au/commerce/sedlo/index.html
• Disability Advisors http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/ds/index.html
• Counselling services http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/cs/index.html
Questions Asked by Current Students
Where do I get my timetable?
You can access your timetable via SOLS.
My enrolment in one of my subjects shows ‘provisional’. What does this mean?
Many second and third year subjects offered by the School of Health Sciences have prerequisites. Students who have enrolled in a subject but do not meet the prerequisites for that subject will show a ‘provisional’ enrolment status. In order to change your status to "enrolled", you must complete an Academic Approval form,
which must be signed by the Head of the relevant Academic Unit, and lodge it with HBS Central in Building 41.
What is a prerequisite and what is a co-requisite?
Some subjects have prerequisites. A prerequisite is a requirement which must be completed before enrolling in the next level of subject e.g. completing SHS111 prior to enrolling in SHS211..
A co-requisite is a subject that must be taken at the same time as another subject.
Can I change my degree?
Yes, you can by completing the Application to Vary Course Registration form,
and submitting it to Student Central. From there it is sent to the relevant Head of School for consideration.
My subject requires industry / clinical placement, how is this arranged?
If your subject requires that you participate in an industry / clinical placement you will need to contact the following people:
If you are a Nutrition student you contact Meredith Kennedy – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an Exercise Science and Rehabilitation student you contact Angela Douglas – email@example.com
If you are a Public Health student you need to contact Deanne Condon-Paoloni – firstname.lastname@example.org
What is academic consideration?
Academic consideration is the term for applying for consideration in relation to your responsibilities as a student to attend classes, submit assignments and sit tests on time. Consideration may take the form of an extension on an assignment, or being allowed to sit a quiz late. Consideration is given for unusual circumstances such as illness, accident or on compassionate grounds. Consideration cannot be requested for other foreseeable demands such as having other assignments due or normal work demands.
To apply for academic consideration, students need to log onto SOLS to create an Academic Consideration Application (see link). The online application form is divided into four sections. Once students have completed and submitted the application, a Confirmation Page is automatically generated. Applications should normally be made in advance of the due date or on the due date of an assessment task, including the scheduled date for an in-session test or end-of-session examination. Students must provide relevant supporting documentation. Your Subject Coordinator should respond through SMP within five working days of receiving the email notification of the application.
How is entry to honours determined?
An undergraduate Honours degree is an intensive year of study designed to enhance the research skills of undergraduate students. The degree provides a pathway to further higher degree research, a research career or a competitive edge when applying for future employment. Entry into the honours program (an additional 4th year of study) is competitive and based on a credit average in subjects undertaken during your undergraduate degree . More information is available at http://www.uow.edu.au/health/healthsciences/honours/UOW053720.html
What do I need to graduate?
To graduate, you need to have met the requirements of any major studied and the credit point requirements for the degree. It is recommended that you keep a check on your credit point tally. You can complete more than the minimum credit points required for a degree but never less than the minimum, even if it is 2 credit points. The Application to Graduate form can be downloaded as a PDF from the following address: http://www.uow.edu.au/student/graduation/apply/index.html
News & Media
Mark Solomons, a member of the School of Health Sciences first MSC Occupational Hygiene Practice graduating class (2010) recently took out the coveted Dräger Safety Pacific Young Hygienist Award. He will attend the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) conference in 2013 with associated visits to Europe. Mark is a Senior Occupational Hygienist at BHP Billiton Roxby Downs Olympic Dam and was also the first UOW MSc OHP graduate to gain Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) status in 2011.