Week 3: Connect with academic culture

Learning at university is different in many ways to learning at school, TAFE or in the workplace.  What counts for knowledge in an academic setting is different from everyday knowledge - it's based on research and evidence, not personal experience or private opinion.

Academic staff are engaged in a continual process of developing ideas, arguing their case and contesting others' ideas.  Now that you're at university, learning how to present ideas and reference them in an academic way is critical.

Check out the resources that will help you to learn about academic culture and how to develop your academic language and learning skills.

Things to do in your third week

  • Familiarise yourself with the range of resources on the Student Support website.
  • Talk to your tutor if you have any concerns about referencing, plagiarism, or academic integrity.
  • Find the Peer Learning Advisers in your Library, and chat to them about correct referencing for your area of study. Peer Learning Advisers are experienced and successful students.
  • Check your university email account for official messages.

The A-Z of university terminology

Universities use lots of phrases not used in other settings. Here are some you may come across.

Allowable materials are things you are allowed to take into an exam.

Plagiarism is the reproduction of someone else's words, ideas or findings and presenting them as your own without proper acknowledgment. The University takes plagiarism very seriously, and there a number of penalties for students found taking part in it.