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Study and assessment and graduation

Academic Progress
If you have failed a piece of assessment or a unit or you are struggling academically it is very important that you seek help. Your lecturer, unit chair, faculty course adviser and staff from the Division of Student Life can give you advice and support to help you reach your academic potential. It is important that you get help because if you continue to fail units you may be at risk of unsatisfactory academic progress.\n\nFind out more at DeakinSync under studying or go directly to the academic progress website.
Academic transcript
A chronological record of a student's enrolment and official assessment results in units and courses.
Advocacy
Advocacy is support. Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) employs Advocacy Support Officers who are experienced in giving support and advice to students who need it. The advocacy service at DUSA can assist with any academic concerns, issues or questions,  including:\n\n        responding to allegations of academic misconduct and appeals\n        show cause to a proposed restriction or exclusion\n        special consideration and review of results applications\n        anything that is impacting on a student's study\n\nThe Advocacy service is free and confidential to all Deakin students and remains independent from the University. Deakin imposes strict timelines for ALL academic issues, so it is vital that students contact DUSA as soon as possible in order for us to be able to help\n\nT:            1300 555 528\nE:            dusa-advocacy@deakin.edu.au\n\nFind out more at DeakinSync under Help & feedback  or go directly to the Advocacy website.
Appeals
The University offers an appeals process against discipline and exclusion decisions.  Faculty Student Offices can provide details on appeals processes related to Academic Progress and Discipline Committee outcomes. Students can also get help, independent advice and support from the advocacy service provided by DUSA.\n\nDUSA employs experienced Advocates who can assist  with any academic concerns, issues or questions including appeals. This service is free to all Deakin students, confidential and remains independent from the University. For assistance visit the DUSA office on campus.\n\nT:            1300 555 528\nE:           dusa-advocacy@deakin.edu.au,\n\nFind out more at  DeakinSync under Help & feedback  or go directly to the appeals website
Assignment extensions
The unit chair can provide students with information about assignment extensions for the unit. Students can also check the unit guide for details.
Books
DUSA Bookshops dusa-bookshop@deakin.edu.au\n\nSecond-hand books\nDUSA Bookshops sell second-hand books for 65% of the new book price, with 50% of this going to the seller. The Bookshops will only accept limited numbers of each title, so it is recommended to get in early. Books must be in an acceptable condition for re-sale (subject to the Bookshop's discretion).
class
A  general meeting for all enrolled students, in a particular unit, for which you do not need to register (if you're enrolled in the unit which has a 'class', it will appear on your timetable), and where teaching staff engage you through presentations and learning activities.   Formerly called a 'lecture'.
Computer standards
Deakin recommends computer standards which you should check to ensure you can make the most out of your learning experience.
Course advisers
A Faculty course adviser  can help students with unit selection. Students should contact a course adviser before varying enrolment to make sure the course and unit rules are being followed.\n\nFind out more at DeakinSync under help & feedback or go to Faculty course advisers and enrolment officers.
Course guides
Course rules can be accessed online through the Deakin handbook.
Deakin research
See  the  Research  website.
Encumbrance
A restriction placed on a student's enrolment for breaching specified due dates or conditions relating to matters such as enrolment fees library loans residential fees or student loans. Encumbrances limit students' access to services provided by the University. Such encumbrances may block provision of a range of important services such as library access result release re-enrolment variation to enrolment and graduation.
Graduation
If you are identified as a prospective graduate at the end of each study period, you will be sent a graduation invitation. You are then required to apply to graduate via StudentConnect.\n\nFind out more at DeakinSync under  Enrolment, fees & money or go directly to  StudentConnect.
lecture
Now known as a class. A session where an academic presents to students enrolled in a unit of study  generally in a lecture theatre.
Library
The Library is vibrant and technology-rich, provides access to inviting learning spaces on every campus (catering to both quiet and group study), and has a supportive presence in the Cloud.  \n\nOur extensive collection offers a range of resources to support your learning, including e-books, books, streaming videos, and journals, much of which is available online. Visit  Library: Collections Statistics for more information about our collection. \n\nFor help finding and accessing information for your studies, check out our ‘Getting Started’ resources at Library: Getting Started, or ask one of our friendly library staff members in the Library or via Contact Us\n\nLiaison Librarians – your library information specialists – are available to help you to discover the latest and most appropriate scholarly information resources and tools.  They’ll also help you to develop your digital literacy skills, enhancing your learning and research. \n\nGet started with digital literacy tutorials and Library Resource Guides at Library: Study\n\nFind out more and contact us at DeakinSync under Library  or go directly to the Library website
Notetakers
See Disability Resource Centre
Online Learning
See CloudDeakin
Plagiarism
Plagiarism: Using other people's words, ideas, research findings or information without acknowledgment, that is, without indicating the source. (Refer Plagiarism and Collusion in Assessment procedure)
Referencing
One of the key features of writing at University is referencing - using the work of others to support your own arguments and correctly acknowledging those works. Find out about your required referencing style in your unit guide, then consult the online Deakin guide to referencing. For further help with understanding what and how to reference, consult a Student Mentor or ask a Language and Learning Adviser.\n\nFind out more at DeakinSync under Studying  or go directly to Referencing 
Results release
Results are available online on the official day of results release for each study period. You can also register to receive your results by SMS.\n\nFind out more at DeakinSync under  Studying or go directly to  Result release 
seminar
An interactive meeting for smaller groups of students. Formerly referred to as a 'tutorial' or 'workshop'.
Short courses
DUSA offers a range of professional development and recreational short courses. Courses are run each trimester and may include first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), responsible service of alcohol (RSA), coffee making, self-defence and much more. If there is a short course that is not currently on offer, contact Deakin University Student Association and they can look into organising it for you.
Statutory Declarations (Stat Dec)
See Statutory Declarations and Affidavits
Students Helping Students
University can be challenging, and no one understands students better than students. Experienced Deakin students are trained to help, whether you want academic, practical or social support.\n\nFind out more at Students Helping Students Hub.
Study Support
Language and Learning Advisers support students to develop the study skills they need to succeed at University. They offer workshops on topics such as organising your studies, research, writing and referencing.  Language and Learning Advisers are also available for individual and small group consultations at your campus or online. \n\nWriting Mentors are also available at each campus and online to assist with aspects of studying.  \n\nWeekly Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are also available in a select number of units. PASS sessions allow student to work together facilitated by a student leader who has previously done well in the unit to improve their understanding of the unit requirements.  To find out if there is a PASS session available for your unit check the Students Helping Students website.\n\nDetails on how to access Study Support services can be found at: sync.deakin.edu.au/studying
SWOT Vac
Study Without Teaching Vacation (SWOT Vac) is the week of private study given before exams begin. During this time there are no classes.
Timetable
See STAR
Transcripts
See Academic transcript
Trimester
The method of organisation of the teaching year. At Deakin there are three trimesters; trimester 1 runs from February to July; trimester 2 runs from July to November; trimester 3 runs from November to February.
Turnitin
Turnitin is a program that allows you and/or your teacher to check whether there is any unoriginal material in your work by comparing it to a database of print and online materials.
Tutorial
Now known as a seminar. A session with a small group of students who meet with an academic to discuss topics within a unit of study.
Unit Chair
Unit Chair: The person appointed by the Principal of the School to be responsible for coordinating the curriculum, teaching and assessment in a Unit.
Weighted Average Mark (WAM)
See WAM
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