Study and assessment and graduation

Academic Progress

A student's progress towards successful completion of the academic requirements of the course in which they are enrolled.

If you are failing assessments and/or don't feel that you are doing as well as you could be, please seek help. Your lecturer, unit chair, Student Advisers and the Division of Student Life - Study support can give you advice and support to help you reach your academic potential.

Find 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 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:

  • responding to allegations of academic misconduct and appeals
  • show cause to a proposed restriction or exclusion
  • special consideration and review of results applications
  • anything that is impacting on a student's study

The 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

T: 1300 555 528

Find out more at DeakinSync under Help & feedback or go directly to the Advocacy website.

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.

DUSA 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.

T: 1300 555 528

Find 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.

DUSA Bookshops are located on all campuses and provide all academic text required whilst studying at Deakin. They also provide a broad range of general store items including drinks, snacks, stationery and MYKI. DUSA also offers the convenience of an online bookstore and a phone order centre. Books can be sent to customers anywhere in Australia or overseas. DUSA Bookshops also provide a special order service if a book is not available, it can be ordered.

Booklists are posted in DUSA Bookshops and can be viewed online, one week before each trimester commences. The Bookshops stock all required textbooks, reference books, Deakin course materials, stationery, gifts and DVDs, as well as a great range of general books.

T: 1800 686 681

Second-hand books

DUSA 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).

Formerly called a 'lecture'. Is 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.
Computer standards
Deakin recommends computer standards which you should check to ensure you can make the most out of your learning experience.
Course advice

A Student Adviser can help students with course advice including unit selection. Students should contact a Student Adviser before varying enrolment to make sure the course and unit rules are being followed.

Find out more at DeakinSync under help & feedback or go to the Student Central or Ask Student Central websites.
Course guides
Course rules can be accessed online through the Deakin handbook.
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.

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.

Find out more at DeakinSync under Enrolment, fees & money or go directly to StudentConnect.
Now known as a class. A session where an academic presents to students enrolled in a unit of study  generally in a lecture theatre.
The library is a vibrant and technology-rich service that provides access to resources and learning spaces for Deakin students and the community. Read more about resources, services, and campus locations and hours on the library website.
Online Learning
More than 160 undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses are available to study online with Deakin. Studying online at our Cloud Campus enables you to learn at your own pace without compromising quality or support. Plus, our intuitive online learning tools will help you keep on top of your studies and stay connected to the Deakin community. Find out more about online learning on our study online website.
Using other people's words, ideas, research findings or information without acknowledgment, that is, without indicating the source - The Deakin Guide to Referencing website provides information on how to acknowledge other people's works.

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.

Find 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 in StudentConnect.

Find out more at DeakinSync under Studying or go directly to result release website.
Formerly referred to as a 'tutorial' or 'workshop'. Is an interactive meeting for smaller groups of students. All other contact hours descriptors remain unchanged (eg. practicums, studio work).
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)
A Statutory Declaration is a legal document which the maker must sign in the presence of an authorised witness, declaring that the information it contains is true and correct. The University Solicitor's Office provides a Statutory Declaration and document certification service to students if the documents are required in relation to studies. Visit statutory declarations and document certification for more information.
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.

Find 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.

Writing Mentors are also available at each campus and online to assist with aspects of studying.

Weekly Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are also available in a select number of units. PASS sessions allow students 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.

Details on how to access Study Support services can be found at: and the Study support website.
Study Without Teaching Vacation (SWOT Vac) is the week of private study given before exams begin. During this time there are no classes.
Deakin uses STAR (Student Timetable Allocation and Registration) for timetables, which is a personalised timetabling system that allows students in campus based units to register online for classes and seminars etc.
An academic transcript is a chronological record of a student's enrolment and official assessment results in units and courses.
Deakin University uses Turnitin as the 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. Any matching text is detailed in an originality report. Learn more about using Turnitin in our CloudDeakin guides.
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
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)
The weighted average mark (WAM) is a calculation of all your relevant unit outcomes within a course. The WAM is weighted by taking into consideration the credit points of a unit and the result. For how to calculate a WAM and more information visit our Weighted Average Mark website.
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