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Orientation

Orientation and Welcome programs are FREE and run from Monday 18 February 2019 - Sunday 24 February 2019

It's packed full of activities to help you kick-start both your academic and social life at UTAS. A chance for you to join a club or society, get to know more about your course and campus, meet staff and other students. Feel confident about belonging at University. 

All students are welcome to join in, whether you're undergrad, postgrad, mature-age, international or studying online.

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Things to do during Orientation week

Orientation is an opportunity to get to know your university and its surroundings, find out about your course and what’s involved in studying. You can explore and try the university’s many societies and services, as well as meet and make new friends. We also recommend working  through the information below so that everything runs smoothly for your first days at university.

Getting around campus information

Our campuses are vibrant places to study and live. For campus maps and more information on campus facilities, such as doctors, bookshops and cafés visit the campuses page.

Getting to campus

We encourage you to use sustainable transport options to get to and from campus. Not only is it better for the environment, it's also a great way to stay fit and healthy. If you wish to ride your bike, please note that it is compulsory to wear a helmet at all times. See the Government website for other regulations for bike riding.

For more information, see the articles below:

Health and Safety

The University is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its students when undertaking study, research or other work at a University campus or facility, or when undertaking approved field work activities. Student Safety information can be found on the Student WHS webpage. UTAS has security staff present on all campuses and they operate 24 hours. "Help Point" telephones are located around the University to enhance personal security. These Help Points connect you directly to UTAS security staff. Should you feel unsafe on campus or wish to report any suspicious activity or an incident, you can contact security staff through help points located around campus or by phoning the number listed on their webpage Security and Access. It would be a good idea to program your campus security number into your phone now and so it's there should you ever need to call them.

Understanding the university environment and what is expected of you takes time, but is highly important to achieving success.

Attendance requirements: All students are required to attend a range of classes every week. Depending on your units, these include lectures, tutorials, and workshop or practical sessions. Don't underestimate the importance of class attendance as much of the content taught in each unit will be completely new to you. You will be expected to keep up with the pace in which this new information is taught.  Missing a class here or there might be tempting (or necessary due to illness) but you should always ensure you catch up on any content as quickly as possible. It can be easy to fall behind.

Unit outlines – the key information and planning tool for each unit: In each unit you study, you will be given a unit outline in the first week (usually available in MyLO). Read it thoroughly and keep it somewhere easy to find to refer back to throughout the semester.  Your unit outline will list your assessment details, the topics/modules covered in the unit, information about who your teaching staff are and how you can get in touch with them, as well as many other important things.

Lecturers and tutors: Lecturers and tutors are there to help you understand the unit content and the assessment requirements, so we would encourage you to get to know them and ask them questions if you're not sure about something within your unit.  Remember that every expert was once a beginner!

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is taken very seriously at the university. Plagiarism is taking and using someone else's thoughts, writings or inventions and representing them as your own. If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your assignments, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines. The Academic Honesty module in MyLO is also a good place to learn the rules.

Behaviour as a University student: As part of our proud university community you are expected to behave in a responsible and considerate way to you fellow students and teaching staff. You can also expect to feel safe and be free from harassment and discrimination at all times. University Behaviour Contact Officers (UBCO's) are appointed under the University Behaviour Policy to provide a first point of contact for members of the University community who may have experienced harassment and/or discrimination.  Staff or students seeking assistance may contact any of the UBCO's listed here.

Please see these Ask Us articles for additional information to get you started – to explore more on this topic, type a question into Ask Us:

To succeed in your university studies, you need computing skills. At the commencement of your studies, it is generally expected that you should be able to use word processing, send emails and access online material. If you're not feeling confident about your computer skills, and would like some advice, please read the Computer Skills for Uni Advice Sheet (PDF 122KB).

  • MyLO (My Learning Online): For many units MyLO houses unit outlines, lecture recordings and is where you submit assignments. You will need to become familiar with it as soon as possible. You will need your UTAS username and password to log in to MyLO, and you will also need to have completed your enrolment before your unit information becomes available. Your Student Advisers have prepared the following guides help you become familiar with MyLO: Understanding MyLO Part One and Understanding MyLO Part Two.
  • eStudent: This is where you manage all administrative aspects of your study plan including enrolment, your contact details, fees, exams and graduation. Please ensure that your contact details in eStudent are up-to-date at all times. See ASK US for more information.
  • Webmail: The University uses UTAS webmail (within your free Office 365) as the main way of communicating with you. Please check your webmail regularly. When you have your username and password, you can use these to login to webmail using the Microsoft Outlook app or with Microsoft Office 365.
  • Wireless Internet: Join the University's wireless internet network, Eduroam. The Eduroam website has step by step instructions to help get you set up, either on your computer or smart device.
  • Office 365: As a UTAS student, you can download Office 365 for free on up to 10 devices. Enjoy a full, installed Office experience across PCs, Macs, Windows tablets and iPad and Android tablets, and most mobile devices.

The Service Desk can help you sort out any issues with University computing systems - passwords, MyLO, wireless access, etc.

Please see these Ask Us articles for additional information to get you started – to explore more on this topic, type a question into Ask Us:

There are a wide range of support services to assist with every aspect of your university life.  Be sure to connect early on with these services to ensure that you have the support you need, when you need it.

  • U Connect is the first place to go when you need assistance. Staff at the counter and over the phone can help with administrative questions and issues and can also provide you with a referral to other services as needed. Visit U Connect at your local campus, or call 1300 361 928.
  • International Student Advisers: located on both our Sandy Bay and Newnham campuses, the International Student Advisers are here to assist you in a variety of ways.  Make an appointment with an ISA here. If you do not yet have your student login details, you will need to email ISA.Hobart@utas.edu.au or ISA.Launceston@utas.edu.au to make an appointment.
  • Student Advisers: to help ensure you have a smooth transition to university life and find the support you need.  Make an appointment with an Adviser here.
  • Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students: provide a welcoming space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to meet, study and access academic and pastoral support and assistance.
  • Disability Advisers: provide access to support and services for students with a disability and/or health condition.
  • Counselling: service offers confidential and professional counselling to students experiencing a range of academic, mental health and personal concerns including (but not limited to) anxiety, stress, depression, motivational problems and relationship difficulties.
  • Student Learning Advisers and Librarians: work with all students, domestic and international, to develop academic skills, information literacy and English language skills.  They offer peer assisted study sessions (PASS), a drop-in service and more. Visit Student Learning for more information.
  • Career Advisers: can help you make informed decisions about your career, and can be of benefit if you are uncertain about your preferred career direction. Make an appointment with a Career Adviser here.
  • Tasmania University Union (the TUU): provide a wide range of services from student representation and advocacy, to events and concerts, facilitation and support for student clubs and societies and publishing student media.

Please see these Ask Us articles for additional information to get you started – to explore more on this topic, type a question into Ask Us:

Distance study gives you the flexibility to combine study with family and work commitments. To succeed as a distance student you will need to develop good organisational skills and stay focused and self-disciplined.

Good preparation is key to your success. UniStart online is a flexible program designed to help you succeed, and we highly recommend that you register now. We also encourage you to attend orientation on campus. Orientation provides vital information, but is also a great way to connect in with your lecturers, and with other students.

Most of your learning activities and interaction will be through MyLO (My Learning Online). Utilise the Discussion Boards in MyLO to ask questions and discuss class content. Discussion boards are also an opportunity for students to connect with one another. Make the most of any study groups or Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) available in your faculty.

The big challenge for many students is the feeling of isolation from fellow students and staff. One way to make connections is through the UTAS Life Distance Group on Facebook. UTASLife provide social events on and off campus throughout the year which students are encouraged to attend. TUU also have Clubs and Societies where students with similar interests come together - sometimes after hours and off-campus.

All UTAS services such as Personal Counselling, Academic Skills Development, Career Advisers and Student Advisers can be accessed via email, phone or Skype/Lync. The UTAS Flexible Library Service offer an extensive range of services to distance students, so don't forget to access the library when preparing for your assessments.

If you are able to make it to one of the UTAS campuses you are welcome to access all our services on-campus as well.

Please see these Ask Us articles for additional information to get you started – to explore more on this topic, type a question into Ask Us:

To keep on track with your studies you should be dedicating approximately 10 hours per unit per week (including class time/listening to lectures online). Regularly reviewing your unit content will help you to grasp difficult concepts and better understand new information. University students quickly discover that good time management skills are required to successfully balance study, work and life.

The Time Management (PDF 86KB) fact sheet provides useful advice on how to best manage your time. There are also a few other online tools available to you to help with time management:

Please see these Ask Us articles for additional information to get you started – to explore more on this topic, type a question into Ask Us:

At times university life can be difficult as the study/work/life balance can become outbalanced. One of the tricks is learning to make stress your friend! Stress can help motivate and add to your creativity and problem solving.

To learn about stress and how to make it work for you, professional counselling services are available to you. This service is free and confidential, and can be accessed in person, via phone or online.

There are a range of resources on the Personal Counselling website that you may wish to access, including fact sheets on Stress Management (PDF 85KB) and other topics as well as free downloadable audio resources to help make stress work for you.

Developing a social connection with other students, staff, and the university as a whole, can have a positive impact on your overall study experience. The good news is, there are many opportunities for you to connect with others at UTAS:

  • UTAS Life run many social events throughout the year to assist students from across the University meet one another.
  • The UTAS Life Facebook page is a great way for students to meet one another, and to keep up to date with what's happening on and around campus.
  • TUU Clubs and Societies also offer a way for students with similar interests to engage with one another.
  • Don't be afraid to talk to others in your class, or form a study group! Whatever it might be, get involved in all that university life has to offer.

Please see these Ask Us articles for additional information to get you started – to explore more on this topic, type a question into Ask Us:

What's Next for International Students

We hope you've found this information helpful, and you feel ready and excited to commence your journey with us.

International Students can access more information, crucial services and systems at the University of Tasmania’s International Students page.

If you are having any trouble at all, or would simply like some more information, you should contact an International Student Adviser. Our staff are here to help you!