Postgraduate by Coursework Orientation

SP2 2021 Orientation Planning for Postgraduate Coursework Students

To get off to a good start it helps to know the right orientation events and short courses to attend.

Click on the drop-down that best describes your background to see our recommendations.

The full list of events and their details are given below.

Recommended

  • College Postgraduate Welcome (if applicable)
  • Endnote Introduction

Useful

  • Making a Start: an academic orientation for postgraduate coursework students

Student Discretion

  • Getting the most from your reading*
  • Academic writing*
  • Maths Refresher *
  • Basic Statistics*
  • Library Workshops*

Recommended

  • JCU 101 part 2 (IT Essentials and Learn JCU)*
  • College Postgraduate Welcome (if applicable)
  • Endnote Introduction

Useful

  • Making a Start: an academic orientation for postgraduate coursework students
  • JCU 101 part 1 (Student Essentials)

Student Discretion

  • Getting the most from your reading*
  • Academic writing*
  • Maths Refresher*
  • Basic Statistics*
  • Library Workshops*

Recommended

  • JCU 101 part 1 (Student Essentials)*
  • JCU 101 part 2 (IT Essentials and Learn JCU)*
  • College Postgraduate Welcome (if applicable)
  • Making a Start: an academic orientation for postgraduate coursework students
  • Endnote Introduction self-guide

Useful

  • Mature Age Student Panel
  • Keys to success 1*
  • Keys to success 2*
  • Getting the most from your reading *
  • Academic writing*
  • Library Workshops*

Student Discretion

  • Maths Refresher
  • Basic Statistics*

Recommended

  • International Orientation
  • JCU 101 part 2 (IT Essentials and Learn JCU)*
  • Keys to success 2*
  • College Postgraduate Welcome (if applicable)
  • Making a Start: an academic orientation for postgraduate coursework students
  • Getting the most from your reading*
  • Academic writing *
  • Study Well in Australia*

Useful

  • JCU 101 part 1 (Student Essentials)*
  • Keys to success 1*
  • Library Workshops*
  • Endnote Introduction

Student Discretion

  • Maths Refresher*
  • Basic Statistics*

Many sessions are offered online and fully available to external students.  However, if you are unable to make session times, online resources are available that cover most of the orientation activities.

Follow the links to explore the online items that are of interest to you.

JCU 101 part 1 (Student Essentials)*

JCU 101 Recording: https://www.jcu.edu.au/getready4uni/orientation-week

Link: https://www.jcu.edu.au/students and   https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/student-life/jcu-contact-index
Description: Introduction to online portals, important dates, planning your time, timetables, ID cards. Wellbeing and support services available to students

JCU 101 part 2 (IT Essentials and Learn JCU)*

Link:  https://www.jcu.edu.au/information-and-communications-technology/help-and-support/student-it-essentials and https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/learning-centre/learning-online and https://www.jcu.edu.au/learn
Description: IT services, including Office365.  LearnJCU - the online teaching and learning space for your subjects; using JCU computers/printers/email/WIFI and accessing free software.

Study Well in Australia

Link:  https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/support/english-as-an-additional-language and  https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/learning-centre/develop-your-english

Description: A guide to undertaking tertiary education in Australia to support students for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL), as well as international students in general.  Help you develop your academic English vocabulary and critical reading skills

Keys to Success 1*

Recording: https://www.jcu.edu.au/getready4uni/orientation-week

Link:  https://libguides.jcu.edu.au/keys ; See also,  Managing your time efficiently and Weekly & Semester planners at https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/learning-centre/getting-started
Description: Planning your study: study planners,time management, note-taking, planning assignments

Keys to Success 2*

Link:  https://libguides.jcu.edu.au/referencing/referencing-resources
Description: Learn the basics of referencing and how to avoid plagiarism

Making a start: an academic orientation for postgraduate coursework students

Links: Postgraduate by Coursework Orientation – online modules https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/learning-centre/short-courses-and-workshops  (scroll to Self-Study Workshops)
Description: Learn what is expected academically at a postgraduate level. Topics include academic writing, academic integrity, critical thinking, writing tips, deciphering subject outlines, task sheets and assessment rubrics, help with data analysis, and useful statistics resources.

Getting the Most from your Readings Workshop

Links: Workshop presentation slides here: https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/learning-centre/short-courses-and-workshops
Description: Read more effectively and interact critically and creatively with information you have read. Bring along your subject readings.

Academic Writing Workshop

Link: Workshop presentation slides here:  https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/learning-centre/short-courses-and-workshops (scroll to Online Webinar Recordings)

PLUS https://libguides.jcu.edu.au/writing

Description: Address the skills needed to research and write various academic texts such as essays, reports and annotated bibliographies.

Maths Refresher Workshop

Link: Self guided maths refresher: Download Maths Refresher Modules, Workbooks and presentations here: https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/learning-centre/downloads
Description: Refresh basic maths skills; for students who have not completed senior maths or who are returning to maths as adults and intending to study courses where maths and statistics are required

Basic Statistics Workshop

Link: View self-help resources under the Basic Statistics tab here: https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/learning-centre/maths-and-statistics
Description: Revise basic statistical concepts such as descriptive statistics  (normal distributions, means, standard deviations), presenting data, interpreting hypothesis tests and  learning how statistics fits within the research process

Endnote Introduction self-guide

Link: View EndNote tutorials here: https://libguides.jcu.edu.au/endnote-channel
Description: Introduction to the EndNote programme. Covers the basics of: setting up a library; importing references from databases; using EndNote with Word; using EndNote to coordinate your research

Endnote Advanced Workshop

Link: View EndNote tutorials here: https://libguides.jcu.edu.au/endnote/introduction
Description: For intermediate and experienced users: advanced organisation; creating smart groups and combining groups; systematic review; advanced formatting; customising; using EndNote Online; syncing and sharing libraries

For details of activities you would like to attend scroll through the full list below.

*part of the undergraduate orientation program but postgraduates welcome

JCU 101 part 1 (JCU Student Essentials)*

When: Wed 21 July, 2021
Time: 9am - 10.30am
Location: CNS Building A3.3; TSV Building 134.010
Description: Introduction to online portals; important dates, timetables, study plans, parking, ID cards; Student Equity and Wellbeing.

JCU 101 part 2 (JCU IT Essentials and LearnJCU, the online learning environment)*

When: Wed 21st July, 2021
Time: 10.45am - 12.noon
Location: CNS Building A3.3; TSV Building 134.010
Description: IT services, Office365, JCU computers and printers, free software, JCU wireless network. Accessing your subject content through LearnJCU; online classes using Collaborate

Keys to Academic Success 1*

When: Thurs 22nd July, 2021
Time: 9am - 10.15am, 6pm - 7pm (repeat)
Location:  CNS Building A3.3; TSV Building 134.010

Online: 6-7pm am session join the Collaborate session by clicking here
Description: Planning your study: study planners, steps for assignment success, building an online learning community.

Keys to Academic Success 2*

When: Thurs 22nd July, 20211
Time: 10.30am - 11.45pm
Location: CNS Building A3.3; TSV Building 134.010

Online: 7-8pm am session join the Collaborate session by clicking here
Description: Learn research search skills and the basics of referencing and how to avoid plagiarism.

Mature Age students panel

When: Thurs 22nd July, 2021
Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Location: CNS The Boathouse Building A22; TSV Building 18.002C
Repeat session Online 5-6pm: Click here to register and for online links
Description: Meet other mature age students (undergraduate and postgraduate); hear from current students and discuss strategies for successful return to study, particularly balancing study, family and work.

Study Well in Australia*

When: anytime
How: online modules
Online: Go to Shortcourses and Workshops at The Learning Centre
Description: For students with English as an additional language; skills and strategies to help you develop your academic English vocabulary and critical reading skills.

Making a start: an academic orientation for postgraduate coursework students

When: Fri 23rd July, 2021
Time: 12pm - 1.30pm
Location: CNS B001-106    ; TSV Building 18-002A&B           Click here to register.
Description: Learn what is expected academically at a postgraduate level. Topics include academic writing and writing genres; critical thinking; writing tips; how to approach writing tasks; deciphering subject outlines, task sheets and assessment rubrics/criteria, and tips on data analysis and useful statistics resources.

Getting the Most from your Readings Workshop*

When: anytime
How: online
Online: Go to Shortcourses and Workshops at The Learning Centre
Description: Read more effectively and interact critically and creatively with information you have read. Bring along your subject readings.

Academic Writing Workshop*

Part 1  Unpacking task question and searching library databases
Time: Tuesday 27th July, 2021
12 noon - 1pm,  repeat session at 6pm - 7pm

Part 2  Taking notes and planning for writing
Time: Wednesday 28th July, 2021
12 noon - 1pm,  repeat session at 6pm - 7pm

Part 3  Integrating evidence, editing and referencing
Time: Thursday 29th July, 2021
12 noon - 1pm,  repeat session at 6pm - 7pm

Online: Click here to register and for online links
Description: Three-part webinar series addresses skills for researching and writing various academic texts such as essays, reports and annotated bibliographies.

Maths Refresher Workshop*

Introduction session: Online Introduction  session 22nd July, 2021; 1.30pm-2.30pm
On campus workshop session: Sat 4th July 9am to 3pm (with lunch break);  Room details will be available upon registration
External student workshop: Online Wed 28th July 5pm-6pm
Description: Refresh basic maths skills; for students who have not completed senior maths or who are returning to maths as adults and intending to study courses where maths and statistics are required

Registration: Click here to register. Room details and online links will be forwarded once registered

Basic Statistics Workshop*

When: Introductory online session: Friday 23rd July : 2pm-3pm
Then: work through the online modules at your own pace.
Description: Revise basic statistical concepts such as descriptive statistics  (normal distributions, means, standard deviations), presenting data, interpreting hypothesis tests and  learning how statistics fits within the research process

Registration: Click here to register. Online links will be forwarded once registered

Library workshops*

When and Where: View this link for all session times and registration -  https://www.jcu.edu.au/library/training,-guides-and-workshops

Getting the most from the library
Description: A brief introduction to library resources and services followed by a question and answer session.

Finding information for assignments
Description: Defining your topic, searching and evaluating resources, followed by question and answer.

Exploring the Digital Library
Description: Learn how to make the most of digital resources, including navigating ebook platforms and their features.

APA7 Referencing
Description: An introduction to the basics of APA7 referencing followed by a question and answer session with your examples.

AMA Referencing
Description: An introduction to the basics of AMA referencing followed by a question and answer session with your examples.

Introduction to Endnote
Description: Learn the basics of creating a personal library of references collected during your research and how to apply them to your assignment writing.