Coursework postgrad online orientation

First things first

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Now you've done that, have a read through this page to find out what you need to know about being a postgrad at Monash University. We'll cover both the facilities and services available to you and give you information on the academic journey.

Facilities and services

Parking

Before you even set foot on campus, you will need to work out how you’re going to get here. If you plan to drive, you will need to purchase a  parking permit to park on any of the campuses during the semesters (and yes, you will get fined if you don’t have one). Some courses require attendance at two different campuses, in which case you can apply for a cross campus parking permit. Check the link on that page for the list of specified courses that qualify for a cross campus permit. Note that students who select an elective based on another campus by choice are not eligible for a cross campus permit

Study space

Let’s start with the basics, that is, a place to work. Departments don’t have the capacity to provide study space for coursework postgraduates, but there are some postgraduate-only study spaces around the various campuses which you’ll need to know about.

IT

It’s important to make sure you’re connected to the Monash IT network, so you’ll need to get your username and passwords set up. Once you have your Monash account, you can log in to the university-wide intranet portal, called my.monash.

Library

If you haven’t been in a library for a while, you’ll definitely need some help familiarising yourself with the search systems, resources and library services available today.

The library runs programs and drop-in sessions or make an appointment with your subject librarian, who can help you to find and use discipline-specific information. Coursework postgraduates can borrow up to 60 items at a time, and can make use of the document delivery service which can locate and deliver material that is only available from external libraries. Obtain a CAVAL card, which allows you to borrow from other university libraries.

Seminars

Seminars are run on all five Victorian campuses and at off-campus locations - you are welcome to attend any seminar on any campus. If you are on one of the smaller campuses you should know about the free shuttle bus that runs between the metropolitan campuses.

Social events and staying informed

After all that intellectual stimulation you’ll need to debrief and share experiences with other postgraduates at the MPA's social events such as free lunches & postgrad outings.

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The academic journey

You should receive your course outline in the first week of semester. It contains important information about the course content, intended outcomes, assignments, assessment criteria and attendance requirements.

Allocate+

Use Allocate+, the university online allocation system, to submit your preferences for timeslots for lectures and tutorials.

Moodle

For many courses you will be able to access lecture notes, assessment tasks, grades and unit outlines on Moodle, a web-based course management system. You can access Moodle through your portal.

Missed a lecture?

The library also provides a large number of lectures online as audio recordings through MULO.

Stuck for words?

The library has some great online resources about language and learning that are worth a look, and also offer appointments with learning skills advisors.

Referencing

It’s important to properly reference and cite
other people’s work used in your assignments. Plagiarism, even when unintended, is taken very seriously and the consequences can be severe.

Concerns?

Your experience at Monash should be academically challenging and stimulating. If you have any concerns or comments about your course you should speak to your course coordinator. Whatever you do, don’t let the situation deteriorate without acting. If you do find yourself in need of some independent, confidential advice, make an appointment with one of our Advocates.

Advice & advocacy

Finally, if you need some advice or advocacy, drop into one of the MPA offices to speak with the MPA staff or make an appointment to see an MPA Advocate to help get you back on track. You can also check out our advice & advocacy pages.

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Some graduating postgrads!

Frequently asked questions

If you are wondering what is involved in being a committee member, or about the annual election process, vist our Committee FAQ page and our election process FAQ page.

Facebook

Follow us on Facebook. You can also join the student-run MPA Facebook group.

Postgrad groups

There are a number of postgraduate groups operating on various campuses - check them out there may be on for your discipline.