Academic Essentials

Make sure you're enrolled correctly and prepared for classes before they start. Find out how you can develop your skills and get on the path to academic success.

Choosing your classes and enrolling

Choosing your classes and enrolling

Before you enrol, check your Program Plan on myUON to see what courses you need to study each semester. Click on the course links in the plan or take a look at the Program Handbook to find out specific information about each course, including the required contact hours. Once you’re clear what courses you’re enrolling in for the semester you can start planning your timetable.

Textbooks and course readers

Textbooks and course readers

Your Course Outline will list the required textbooks and course reader you may need for your course. Textbooks can be purchased at The Co-op bookshop and Course Readers are available at the Fuji Xerox Print Centre on campus.

For second-hand books, check out Textbook Exchange – The University of Newcastle Facebook page for textbooks from other UON students, or try the national Student VIP Textbooks Exchange.

Develop your academic skills

Develop your academic skills

Preparation and Bridging Courses - UON offers a range of free resources to help you prepare and succeed academically. If you haven't studied for some time, a preparation and bridging course will help you improve your academic skills and refresh your knowledge prior to starting your degree.

Academic Survival Skills Online - All students should progress through the step-by-step modules of the Academic Survival Skills Online course. This course will help you make better sense of lectures and tutorials, improve your academic writing and introduce you to academic referencing.

Academic Integrity Module - To help students avoid plagiarism and academic fraud and to uphold academic integrity, all new students must complete an Academic Integrity Module before the end of their first term of study. The module is a 30-minute test completed in UONline.

Learning Development - The Learning Development team are there to support your study. Dedicated Learning Advisers can provide help with essay writing, study skills, English language skills and mathematics and statistics. Self-help resources, drop-in clinics, workshops and student consultations are available to prepare you for UON success.

Library

Library

No matter what campus you study at, you will have access to more than 1.3 million items including 380,000 books and eBooks, and over 80,000 electronic journals. Whether you want to study in peace or start brainstorming that group assignment, there will be an area catering to your needs with silent, quiet and group study zones available. The Information Commons are open 24/7 and are equipped with computers, microwaves, personal study areas and cafés for your convenience.