The first thing to know is that the term 'Orientation' doesn't just refer to the tradition Week 0 event. It's important to think about a students' orientation as a process that takes place over a number of weeks and not just as a moment in time.
What are Course Information Sessions?
My Course Planning (MCP) has been renamed as Course Information sessions. These sessions provide students with important information about the structure of their course and the units they should enrol in. They are held before the start of the teaching session, and before Orientation. They are compulsory for most courses. Students should also get advice about specialisations, course requirements, special requirements and applying for Advanced Standing for previous study.
What is Orientation? How does it fit into initiatives run by schools?
Orientation assists first year students with information about their course, their campus and the services offered by Western Sydney University. Attending Orientation ensures that students are ready to start their classes and know what to expect when studying at university.
What is the difference between what I should cover in My Course Planning and Orientation Sessions?
Your Course Information session is where you should provide the key information for students to enrol successfully and understand the overall course structure. The key points you should cover are:
- Which units to enrol in
- What each specialisation covers and what career prospects they're linked to (if relevant)
- Course and special requirements
- Advanced Standing applications and the affect it may have on enrolment
Orientation is about ensuring commencing students know what to expect at university, in an out of the lecture theatre. It provides an opportunity for them to interact with you (their teaching staff), other students in their course, hear from senior students and find out about services and facilities available.
When does Orientation take place?
Orientation course sessions and activities are usually held on campus the week before Autumn, Spring and Summer sessions start.
What support do we offer students before commencing study?
There's plenty of support available from when students get their offer of study, throughout Week 0, and beyond, including:
A great way for students to get the brush up on academic skills. Find out more about academic preparation programs.
They can help students with the enrolment process and fee information and applying for their student ID card and travel concession (if eligible). Students can also pick up or lodging a form and get help lodging an eForm. Find out more about Student Central.
'Ask Us' assistants:
They'll be wandering around campus during Orientation. They're senior students wearing bright green t-shirts, library staff or the Orientation course session presenter. 'Ask Us' assistants will also be available during the first week of session.
Through the MATES program, students can connect with other first year students and mentors in later years of study to share experiences on their campus. As part of the MATES community students can connect with other students via the MATES Facebook group, weekly emails and competitions, online forums and MATES events. Find out more about MATES.
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a free and voluntary program where students meet and work with other students to understand the content of your unit/s and develop study strategies to help improve academic performance. Find out more about PASS.
Help and support:
Students can access free (and confidential) academic and life skills advice, counselling, disability and welfare support. Find out about services and support for students.