26 Feb to 02 Mar

Find your stride

Get a sense of where you fit in your program and at UQ. Create links with peers, your faculty, and the existing network of people at UQ who are here to help you. 

Start carving your niche at UQ, and surround yourself with those who will help you create change in yourself and the community.

Important dates in Week 2

  • Friday, 02 Mar: Due date for payment of fees and charges for Semester 1. Make sure to pay before 11:55pm!
  • Pay fees Fri, 02 Mar (11:55pm)

    After you have added your courses, wait overnight, log into mySI-net, and select the Financial tab to view your invoice and see the amount you owe.

    When do I pay?

    Due date for Semester 1, 2018: Friday, 2 March 2018 (before 11:55pm!)

    What methods can I use to pay?

    • BPAY
    • Credit card through the UQ Pay link in mySI-net
    • By post via cheque or money order
    • In person at the Student Centre

    Late fees

    Late fees apply if you pay after the due date, and you risk your enrolment being cancelled.

    Up to week 2

    Until the end of the second week of each semester, you can add, drop or change courses via mySI-net without incurring any charges. Just click on the link for the appropriate semester under the add course/drop course heading, and follow the links.

    Tip: If you are substituting one course for another, always add the new course before you drop the old one.
    After Week 2 and before the census date

    If you add courses after the second week of semester, you will have to pay an administrative charge. To add a course after the second week of semester you also need to complete a Late addition of course(s) form and get approval from your faculty. The form is also available in print from any Student Centre. You do not need permission and there is no charge for dropping a course but there could be some academic or financial implications

    After the census date

    Except in very exceptional circumstances, the University does not allow students to enrol or add courses after the census date.

    Check myAdvisor on how to pay fees

    Check myAdvisor for info on census dates

  • Do your assignments

    By now, you should have mapped out all of your assignments on your semester planner and will be able to see any due dates that may be approaching. You should print out and read the assignment requirements and marking criteria from Blackboard, and understand what you need to do before you start any research.

    Now is a good time to start familiarising yourself with these requirements so that you have time to consider them carefully to give you the best chance to producing a high quality final product.

    The Student Services website has some useful information on the different types of assignments you may be asked to write, as well as tips to break down the assignment into smaller chunks of work. You can also work through their online workshop on the 9 steps of assignment writing.

    Start allocating your time in your semester planner or diary to work on these assignments now, leaving time for the regular weekly requirements of each of your courses.

    Get advice on assignment writing

    Check out our online workshop on the 9 steps of assignment writing

    Download a blank semester planner

  • Get to know the people in your program

    Regardless of what you are studying, the people around you at UQ will be some of the best resources for your future success.

    When you attend classes in your first week, say hello to students around you, and introduce yourself to your tutors and lecturers. Depending on what you are studying, it is likely you will see these people a lot as you move through your degree.

    Getting to your classes regularly will not only help in your academic success but will mean you get to know people who will be important resources (and possibly, good friends) during your studies.

  • Know where to go for academic advice

    UQ has 6 academic faculties:

    Your degree will fall under one of these faculties - or possibly multiple, if you are studying a dual degree. Knowing which you fall under is important, because this is where you will go for degree-specific academic guidance and resources.

    Visit your faculty's websites, and familiarise yourself with the Contact page. If you are unsure about any elements of your degree, or if you want to transfer into a different degree, book an appointment with an Academic Advisor to discuss your options.

    Your faculty staff will also be able to redirect you to other support services or facilities on campus to help you with your academic success.

    For course-specific academic advice (such as questions about an assignment), log in to my.UQ and click on the Blackboard link for a particular course. Your lecturer/tutor contact details will be in the electronic course profile (ECP).

    For general academic advice, visit the myAdvisor site. If you are unsure about any of this information, always clarify it with your faculty.

    Visit Blackboard for course-specific academic advice

    Visit myAdvisor for general academic advice

  • Decide if you want to add or drop courses by census date
    Sat 31 March (without financial liability); Mon 30 April (without academic penalty)

    This is a good time to evaluate the courses you are studying for this semester. For whatever reason, you may have found that a course you are studying is not right for you - e.g. you may have accidentally enrolled in a course that has prerequisites you have not completed - and you want to enrol in another course. 

    However, there a few things that you should be aware of before you change a course:

    • Some courses, particularly in your first year, will be core courses for your degree. This means they are compulsory for your degree (or program) and must be completed for you to graduate. It is important to check your degree/program rules and requirements.
    • Some courses later in your degree will have prerequisite subjects – that is, you must have successfully completed another subject(s) before you can enrol in a more advanced course. Many of these prerequisites will stem from your first year courses, so be aware of the impact that changing out of a course may have on later subjects.
    • As above, some later year courses will have 'recommended subjects’ for you to study first. While these aren’t compulsory, they are designed to provide much of the foundational knowledge for later subjects.

    Once you have considered the points above, you may still want to change into another course. Whatever your reason for wanting to change, know that picking a different course is the best thing to consider in the first instance, rather than deciding to drop a course entirely.

    It is a good idea to speak to your faculty and/or the academic staff in your course to identify why you want to change courses.

    This gives you the opportunity to consider all of your options, including dropping a course, before the census date. After census date, any dropped or changed courses will incur a financial liability (i.e. you are still obliged to pay for the course) AND academic penalty on your official transcript.

    MyAdvisor has information on withdrawing from a program or course.

    Book in for a free consultation to discuss "Is this degree for me?" to help you work through your options.

    Student Services offer an online workshop on Decision Making to help you walk through the basic steps of making a decision about your program.

    Check your program rules

    Visit myAdvisor to learn more about withdrawing from a course

    "Is this degree me?" free consultation

    Check out our online Decision Making workshop

  • Check Blackboard and your UQ email

    This is how your instructors, your faculty or school and UQ will keep in touch with you.

    Learn.UQ is the name of the Blackboard-based eLearning system at UQ. It has many uses, such as:

    • Delivery of course materials, including lecture/tutorial notes, lecture recordings or assignments,
    • Electronic assignment submission, electronic quizzes and viewing of course results, and
    • Course collaboration through the discussion board, blog or wiki tools.

    To ensure a successful first semester, keep up to date with your readings and assessments on Blackboard and any announcements that come through.

    If you have trouble using Blackboard, don't forget that the Library has online tutorials on how to use Blackboard. For further help, the Library's I.T. service can assist you.

    Your UQ email is where we will send important notices. You can log-in through Microsoft 365. If you prefer to use your existing email, you can forward your UQ email to your current email. ITS has detailed instructions on how to forward your email.

    Check your Blackboard (Learn.UQ) 

    Log onto your UQ email

    Find out how to redirect your UQ student email