29 Aug to 02 Sep

Go for the gold

You worked hard to make it to UQ, and you've worked hard to make it to Week 6 of your first semester. Keep building on the strong foundation that you have set up for yourself.

Celebrate your achievements, and keep aiming high. 

We'll see you at the finish line!

  • Decide if you want to drop a course by census date
    Thu 31 Aug (without academic penalty)

    If you are considering dropping a course entirely, there are a few things to be aware of before you do:

    • 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.

    If you have considered these and still feel you need to drop a course, you can still withdraw without academic penalty before 30 September. (You will still incur a financial liability, since the census date of 31 August has passed.) If you drop the course after 30 September, you will incur an academic penalty on your official transcript.

    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 or speak to a Careers Advisor for first-year students to work through your options. Student Services also offer an online workshop on Decision Making to help you walk through the basic steps of making a decision about your program.

    MyAdvisor has information on withdrawing from a program or course, as well as information about appeals and special circumstances.

    You can find independent advice for withdrawal applications through SHOC.

    Check your program rules on the Courses and Programs website

    Learn about withdrawing from courses on myAdvisor

    Get advice from SHOC

    Check out our online Decision Making workshop

  • Check your Blackboard and UQ email

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

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

    Remember - Blackboard (Learn.UQ) is the eLearning system at UQ for electronic course delivery, where you can access course materials; submit your assignments; take quizzes; view your results; contact your instructors, and collaborate with other students in the class through the discussion board.

    Hopefully, you have gotten familiar with Blackboard over the first few weeks; if not, it's not too late! Check out the Library's 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) 

    Learn more about using Blackboard

    Log onto your UQ email

  • Study and keep up with your assignments

    Most courses will have assessments that are weighted towards the second half of the semester. It is important that you are aware of your due dates, and plan ahead for the increased workload.

    Student Services also provide resources such as semester planners and weekly planners that can help you budget your time and map out assessments.

    Get familiar with the marking criteria for upcoming assessments, and be aware of the weighting of each assessment (e.g. this essay is worth 20% of my mark for this course). You can find this information in the Electronic Course Profile (ECP) in Blackboard. This is important if you have several assessments due in the same week. If one is worth 20%, and another is worth 50%, allocate your time appropriately for each.

    Double check due dates and times. Not all assignments will be due at the same time of day.

    If you need clarification on any requirements, book a consultation time with your lecturer/tutor, or email them as soon as possible.

    Most importantly, budget enough time to finish the assignment and have a break (at least overnight), so that you can do a final check over it with a fresh set of eyes before you submit.

    Get together with other students to collaborate or just drop in to relax between classes!