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GPA: Stands for Grade Point Average. A GPA is the average of all grades achieved in a degree, measured on a 7 point grading scale. Search ‘GPA calculator’ on the Uni website to estimate your GPA online.

Hub: Now known as Student Central, these are places on campus where you can ask questions about anything student related, get your student ID, pick up your parking permit, submit printed versions of your assignments, and use computer and printing facilities. UON has Hubs in five locations across our City, Newcastle, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie campuses.

Journals and journal articles: A journal is an academic magazine containing articles based on research written by experts in a particular field, e.g. medicine, history, communication or literature analysis. Journals at UON are accessible in print and online through the Library’s catalogue search engine NewCat+.

Labs: Practical, hands-on version of a tutorial.

Lecture: A lecture is a formal delivery of teaching material by a lecturer, usually in a large group in a lecture theatre with minimal group discussion.

Major: sometimes referred to as a Major Sequence. A major is a concentration of your studies in a particular subject area or discipline. In programs that have majors, you will take courses from across a number of different subject areas in your first year. After your first year, you will decide your main area(s) of study and focus your studies in this area.

Maximum Time for Completion of Your Program: is the maximum amount of time (in calendar years) you are allowed to study a specific program at the University. The period refers to elapsed calendar years from admission, inclusive of periods of leave of absence or academic suspension. For information on your program duration, visit your Program Handbook or talk to your Program Advisor

Minor: is a sequence of courses providing depth of study in a second or third area of specialisation, comprising fewer units of study than a major. You should check your Program Handbook to confirm.

Multi-Term Sequence course: is a special course type where the course is split over two consecutive terms of study (usually within the same calendar year). For example, LAWS1001A and LAWS1001B: You must enrol in Part A (for Semester 1) and Part B (for Semester 2) in the same academic year.

myHub: Online system used by students to enrol in courses, pay course fees and view timetables.

myUON: The myUON Student Portal is your first port-of-call for all things online as a UON student. When you sign in to myUON, you will have easy access to many of the essential tools that you will use while you’re at uni.

Negative service indicator: if you are indebted to the University you will receive a negative service indicator (NSI) on your student record. The NSI will block some privileges until the debt is paid, such as obtaining a testamur, transcript or exam results. Once you pay the account the NSI is removed.

NewCat+: The University Library’s catalogue search engine.

NUmail: This is your uni email account and is the primary way that the University will contact you. It is very important that you get into the habit of checking it regularly so you don’t miss important messages. This email address will be yours forever.

Orientation: Orientation is in the week prior to semester starting. Orientation is a great way to get to know UON and also meet new people.

PASS: Stands for Peer Assisted Study Sessions. These are one-hour weekly review sessions for you to compare notes, discuss difficult concepts and review weekly material with other students.

Placement: means a clinical placement, practicum, internship and any other form of professional, industrial or vocational experience included in a course or required for a program.

Plagiarism: The wrongful publication of another’s ideas or words without acknowledging the source. All students are required to take the Academic Integrity Module before the end of their first enrolment period. This will help them learn how to avoid plagiarism and academic fraud and to uphold academic integrity.

Practicals: some of the courses that you do will involve practicals (sometimes called ‘pracs’). Pracs give you a practical understanding of specific methodologies and skills appropriate to the course.

Program: this refers to the degree in which you are enrolled. For example the Bachelor of Science is a program.

Program Advisor: Program Advisor is a professional staff member that has thorough knowledge of your program. Your Program Advisor can help ensure that you are following the requirements and structure of the program. Duties include; specialist program advice, applications for cross-institutional study, as well as qualifying students when they are ready to graduate. You should contact your Program Advisor if you have any enquiries of an administrative manner regarding your program at UON.

Program Convenor: Your Program Convenor is an academic staff member with overall responsibility for the management and quality of your program. They’re a good person to contact for advice on academic matters, including career advice and course recommendations to suit your interests and study plans.

Program v Course: Program is another name for degree. Course is the name of the subjects you need to complete in order to fulfil the requirements of your program (degree).

Recess: this is the mid-semester break.

Requisites also referred to as pre-requisites and/or anti-requisites: means that there are some pre-enrolment conditions to be met before you can enrol in certain courses. Such as:

  • Pre-requisite refers to the course(s) or other activity you MUST have successfully completed prior to enrolment in the course. For example MIDI2201 is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery program. Pre-requisite- successful completion of MIDI1201, MIDI1202, MIDI2102, MIDI2103.
  • Anti-requisite means if you have completed certain course(s) or are enrolled in a specific program, you may not be able to complete the course as the content is too similar to a course in your program or a course has been replaced by another. Refer to the Course Handbook entry for details on requisites for each course.