Orientation is an essential part of your transition to university life. Attending orientation will enable you to make important connections with your studies, peers and networks, and with the campus community at Swinburne Sarawak. Attend the range of events and programs offered throughout orientation and you will be ready to hit the ground running in your first week of classes.
Orientation offers you social, sporting, study and support sessions, and events to help you get familiar with the campus, meet people, get prepared for study, find out who’s there to help.
For details, please refer to Student Experience & Activities – Orientation
1. Academic and Learning Skills
In order to have a smooth transition into university life, you need to have at least some the following skills and strategies.
Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with them. For Foundation students, these skills and strategies will be covered in foundation units such as Academic and Communication Skills Part A and B.
For Year One students who need help with academic writing skills, you are highly recommended to enrol onto Supplementary English 2 (SE2), a unit that helps you with academic reading and writing skills.
2. Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is about honest presentation of your academic work. It means acknowledging the work of others while developing your own insights, knowledge and ideas.
2.1 Why is academic integrity important?
Academic work in a university depends on the practice of academic integrity as a core value. It is an important part of academic life for both staff and students, and essential to academic thought and practice. All work produced must contain acknowledgement/s concerning the sources of ideas presented and citation/s of the original work which informed it.
2.2 How do I ensure my own academic integrity?
You can achieve academic integrity by honestly submitting work that is your own. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. This includes:
2.3 How do I maintain academic integrity?
You also need to know the following information on plagiarism:
For details, please refer to Student Administration – Plagiarism
3. Strategies for Success Program
All new Foundation and Year One Undergraduate Students are expected to attend the Strategies for Success Program arranged on Wednesday afternoons. For details of the program and schedule, you may refer to the announcement posted on Blackboard site by Student HQ under Swinburne Announcement Central.
English Proficiency and Supplementary English courses
English Proficiency (EP) and Supplementary English (SE) are supporting English courses designed to improve your English language skills to enable you to cope with your Foundation studies or undergraduate courses.
Subject-specific consultation is offered either on a one-to-one basis or in small groups to students in a specific venue (clinic). Personalised guidance is provided by academic staff to support students who are having difficulties with a particular unit of study. These units include Mathematics, Physics and English.
A copy of the clinic schedule will be posted on the Blackboard site under Swinburne Announcement Central.
Online Study Skills Resources
View advice and tips on how to write essays and reports, and download sample assignments.
For details, please refer to Online Study Skills Resources, made available by the Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) Centre at Melbourne Campus.
Remember you are never alone. There are people on campus that can assist you with your academic progress and student life. The university also offers various sessions, activities, events and/or workshops to help you.
For updates of activities/events/workshops, please refer to Student Development & Counselling - Workshop
Students with Special Needs
Student counsellors provide support service for students with special needs. The counsellors assist students with physical disabilities, mental disability, as well as those with medical conditions in order to manage their studies better.
Students with special needs will have to notify the counsellors for validation purposes before further assistance is provided.
For more information, kindly meet with the student counsellors.
The following is information about the library:
Using the library
Finding what you need
For details, please refer to Library Orientation
The library also provides free 45 to 90-minute training workshops at the Electronic Resources Training (ERT) Room, Library. Examples of the workshops are as the following:
Free 45-90 minute workshops. Meet at the Electronic Resources Training (ERT) Room, Library. No booking required.
a) How do I search using library e-resources?
b) How do I reference my assignments?
For details, please refer to Library Training Workshop
You are required to be available for the entire exam period and special exam period. This is to allow for the rescheduling of exams that were cancelled, interrupted or ceased due to unforeseeable circumstances.
You should take this into account when committing to travel, work and/or other activities that you are planning to undertake after exams.
You must understand the conduct expected of you during exams, including what you are allowed to bring into the examination room.
For details, please refer to Student Administration - Examination
Viewing your timetable
You can view your timetable via Blackboard announcement when it’s available. The timetable is published in 2 formats, (i) Overall Listing and (ii) Individual Student View.
For help on viewing your individual timetable, please see our Student Guides
The Provisional timetable is published for students to report on examination clashes (if any) and is subject to frequent changes. Therefore, it is advisable that students do not make travel arrangements based on the Provisional Timetable.
The Final timetable is confirmed, and shows complete details of an exam including the venue.
All students must be available for examinations during the entire examination period. The examination period is designed to include provision for re-scheduling of examinations which were cancelled, interrupted or ceased due to unforeseeable circumstances.
Special Needs Students
Special Needs students registered with Student Development and Counselling will have their examination on the same date of the published examination scheduled. A personalised timetable, including all your alternative assessment arrangements, will be sent to your Swinburne student email address. Please make sure you are familiar with this before the exam.
For details, please refer to Student Business System - Exam Timetable Publication
Contacts and Appointments
To arrange for counselling and consultation, you can send an email, call or walk in to request an appointment.
If you are in an emergency situation where urgent help is needed, you cannot contact a counsellor, you can ring security on 5001 with the red phone on campus or +60 82 260 600 ext. 5001 if you are using your mobile.
Student Development & Counselling Unit offers short-term counselling for Swinburne’s students with both academic and personal issues, at no cost. The following are some of the areas:
Swin-eCounselling is an online counselling service made available for individuals who do not feel comfortable meeting a counsellor face-to-face. Students can express their concerns to a counsellor via email. Counsellors on duty will respond to the email within 3 working days to guide the students through an issue. Swin-eCounselling also serves as a channel for students to make an appointment to meet a counsellor face-to-face, and to book a seat to attend any student development programs in the campus.
Swin-eCounsellors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. All information shared in the emails will be regarded as confidential.
For details, please refer to Student Development & Counselling - Swin-eCounselling
Self-Help – Resources
The university also provides all kinds of materials for self-help. Please refer to the following resources on various topics:
For details, please refer to Student Development & Counselling - Self Help
You are encouraged to take advantage of the wealth of support and resources available to Swinburne students designed to help you with all aspects of your life as a student. It is always best to seek help or advice when you first recognize a problem rather than waiting for it to overwhelm you.
Swinburne studentHQ gives you easy, low-cost access to a wide range of support services, including housing and accommodation, employment, financial planning and assistance and etc.