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Orientation Program Townsville Campus STUDY PERIOD 1, 2018

Prepare for Success

Prepare for success

Welcome to James Cook University As you’ll discover, it is an exciting

In fact, over the next three years more than 400 JCU

place to be – whether you are studying

students will be travelling in the Asia-Pacific as part of

on campus, by distance or on-line.

their studies to learn more about the Asia-Pacific region

With an international reputation among the world’s top tertiary institutions – JCU is ranked

thanks to nearly $1.4 million awarded to JCU through the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. Our Work Integrated Learning program has extended the

in the top 2% of universities in the world – you can be

opportunities for you to experience what it will be like in the

confident about choosing JCU as your university.

workplace of your chosen career. Work placements are no longer

During your time with us you will discover and explore new ideas, subjects, people and possibilities. You will learn how to build on the core expertise you acquire to adapt to the demands of a changing world while meeting students from all over the world and interacting with JCU’s world renowned researchers dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics, locally and world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference. With main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Townsville and Singapore, and many exchange partners around the

confined to the traditional areas of medical science and teaching. And it all begins with Orientation. The Orientation program is designed to help you learn about JCU and all that it has to offer so that you can reap the full benefits of your university experience from the very first day. Our staff are here to assist you to reach your personal academic goals during your time at JCU, and your professional goals once you graduate. Enjoy your time at JCU and make the most of the opportunities that a fine university education can provide. I wish you every success in your studies in 2018.

world, there are opportunities for you to choose to do part of

Professor Sandra Harding

your studies on campuses other than your home campus.

Vice Chancellor and President

Orientation Week, or O Week celebrates the beginning of your uni life and is packed with essential information and fun activities. O Week runs from 12–16 February 2018 – the week before teaching starts in Study Period 1. Taking part in O Week will give you the information, contacts and campus knowledge you need to successfully start your studies. As well, O Week includes great opportunities to meet with fellow students through a number of social activities. So make the most of O Week – it’s your week!

Fun Fact Attending JCU O Week and having a Student Mentor increases your success rates by up to 17%! (2016 JCU Retention Data)

At James Cook University we acknowledge Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our campuses are located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and future. JCU is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to the University and society.

New Student Checklist At university, you will further develop your skills in organising and prioritising a number of competing and difficult tasks. Start managing your time now to help with your success. BEFORE O WEEK 

Visit the New Students website,, and follow the six steps under the ‘Activate’ button to finalise your enrolment at JCU – email [email protected] if you require assistance

Check your ‘Current Enrolment’ is correct in eStudent under ‘My Study Plans’ –

Order your Student Identification Card – go to the Student ID Card webpage and upload your photo to collect at the Student Centre

Investigate scholarship options at JCU –

Register for classes (tutorials and workshops) in eStudent under ‘My Timetable’ to create your personalised timetable – some subjects have automatically allocated classes, while others give you some choice –

Register for a free short course in Unistart, Maths Refresher, Getting the Most from your Readings, English for Academic Purposes, Basic Statistics or Academic Writing to kickstart your studies –

Log into your JCU student email account and read your emails and online Student Bulletins

Explore GetReady4Uni on the New Students website –


Attend Orientation Week information sessions and social activities and get to know your lecturers, your classmates and your campus

Check your fees and charges in eStudent under ‘My Finances’ and make a note of payment due dates and how you can make or defer payments. For more information visit and watch the ‘Costs of going to University’ presentation under ‘More help?’

Log on to LearnJCU to find out information from your lecturers about your subjects, including text book lists, assessment topics, deadlines and grading information –

Get connected to the JCU network at the ‘Go Wireless – Drop In Session’ or ‘IT Essentials’ workshop

Download the JCU Mobile App to access everything at your fingertips and become part of our virtual community through JCU Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn

Register for AccessAbility services if you have a disability, health condition or injury that might impact your studies –

Familiarise yourself with free student services at JCU – Student Centre, Library, Counselling, Student Wellbeing, AccessAbility, Accommodation, Careers and Employment, Learning Advisors and Student Mentors

Investigate the various options for transportation to and from JCU, including paid parking and tertiary transport concessions

Ask for help - if you have any queries access ‘Ask Us’ on the JCU website to find out answers to commonly asked questions, contact Infohelp for IT assistance, or contact the Student Centre for help –


Download the Week 1 to Week 4 checklist at the New Students website to help you stay on track and succeed in your studies –

Free JCU App The app has been developed to help you make the most out of your university experience both on and off campus.

Like our Facebook page

Follow us on Instagram @jamescookuniversity

Follow us on Twitter @jcu

Follow us on Snapchat @jculife

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Prepare for Study Unistart is a highly successful two-day course that has been running at JCU for 20 years and improves retention and success into ratesuniversity of new students. Experienced Transitioning life students and staff will help you with your transition to university life and provide additional tips not covered in O Week. The aim of Unistart is to reduce anxiety levels by providing insights into academic writing, learning styles, time management, study skills, learning technologies, as well as help you meet new students and lecturers in the same course.

Unistart Transitioning into university life


Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th February


9.00am - 4.00pm

Location: Education Central, Building 134.010 To register for the event, please visit

Enrolment help Need help to plan or enrol in your subjects? Simply email [email protected] or call 07 4781 5255 and press option ‘3’. You can also drop into the Student Centre. For enrolment steps and help videos go online to

Ask Us provides answers to commonly asked questions at any time of the day or night. These answers are designed especially to help future and current students.

This online orientation website is designed to be user-friendly for new students and contains helpful modules about commencing university study and tips on how to succeed.   Kickstart your studies with vital information about Student Essentials, Academic Success, Student Support, Orientation and Uni Life.

Parents and Partners of New Students Information Session

James Cook University invites parents and partners of new students to attend an informal session covering the following information: • • • •

Student ID cards

The University experience Student support services A student identification (ID) card is a must for all students. You will need one to access buildings on campus, borrow Library,and printing services, and for exams. To order your ID card simply log into the Student ID Card webpage How you can helpfrom yourthe student, upload your photo. The Student Centre will contact you once it is ready to collect. For full instructions, go to Costs of going to and university There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and take a short tour of the campus. Light refreshments will be provided and RSVPs are not required - simply attend on the day.

Your email account


Saturday 10th February Your JCU email account is your primary source of communication. You must check it at least twice a week (as per your Contract) to ensure you receive official communication regarding your classes, enrolment, fees or academic 1.30pmStudent - 3.30pm progression. You should already have your JCU email address. If not, log into eStudent and click on the My Details Location: Sir George Auditorium, Building 26 down to My Email Addresses. tab.Kneipp Go to Contact Details and scroll Time:

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Before O Week TIME



Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301

Indigenous Australian Students’ Induction

TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 9.00am – 4.00pm

The Indigenous Education and Research Centre hosts a program that provides the opportunity for commencing Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to meet each other. The program delivers academic skills, social and cultural activities, enrolment and transition support, as well as an introduction to JCU services and systems.

WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 9.00am – 4.00pm

Education Central, Building 134.010

Unistart (Day 1 of 2) – Short course

Unistart is a two-day program to help you with the transition to university life. Refer to previous page for more details.

THURSDAY 8 FEBRUARY 9.00am – 4.00pm

Education Central, Building 134.010

Unistart (Day 2 of 2) – Short course

10.00am – 4.30pm

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Diploma of Higher Education Induction

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

International Orientation

Refer to previous page for more details.

Induction prepares Diploma students for their transition to university life. You will have the opportunity to meet staff and students in your course, receive information vital to your success, and link up with a range of services to support your study success. Contact [email protected] with any queries.

FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY 8.00am – 2.00pm

This is a mandatory session for all international students studying at JCU, and will contain information you need to know about your visa, enrolment, studies, staying safe and your new life in Australia. Please bring photo ID – morning tea and lunch are provided.

SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Parents and Partners of New Students’ Information Session

This is a must session for parents and partners supporting a new student’s transition to university. For further info see details below or visit

Parents and Partners of New Students’ Information Session James Cook University invites parents and partners of new students to attend an informal session covering the following information: • • • •

The University experience Student support services How you can help your student, and Costs of going to university

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and take a short tour of the campus. Light refreshments will be provided and RSVPs are not required - simply attend on the day. Date:

Saturday 10th February


1.30pm - 3.30pm

Location: Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

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Monday 12 February Your Course Introduction sessions are held on Monday and Tuesday and it is essential that students attend. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet your lecturers and learn about your course. You will also take a tour of the campus and meet fellow students. Orientation Programs and lunch will be provided. Bring: Hat, comfortable shoes, water bottle.

Tropical Weather Townsville is located in the tropics of North Queensland and has an average maximum temperature of 31 degrees Celsius in Summer and 25 degrees Celsius in Winter. TIP: Dress according to the weather in light clothing, use sun protection and always stay hydrated.

Your Course Introduction Division of Tropical Health and Medicine COURSE



Biomedical Sciences

8.30am – 2.30pm

Building 45

Clinical Sciences

8.30am – 2.30pm

Building 45

Exercise Physiology

8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26

Medical Laboratory Science

8.30am – 2.30pm

Building 45

Medicine & Surgery

9.30am – 5.00pm

Building 45

Nursing Science & Midwifery

9.30am – 5.00pm

Building 26

Occupational Therapy

8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26


9.30am – 4.00pm

Building 45


8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26

Psychology & Psychological Science

8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26

Speech Pathology

8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26

Sport & Exercise Science

8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26

Veterinary Science

8.30am – 3.00pm

Building 45

Information Sessions TIME



2.00pm – 3.30pm

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18.002A

Go Wireless – Drop In Session (repeat session)

Drop in with your portable devices to get connected to the JCU wireless network.

Parking on campus Townsville campus has provision for parking for staff, students and visitors. Parking information is available at The University promotes sustainable transport to reduce carbon emissions.

The Co-op Located in the Student Mall, the Co-op is your go-to place for textbooks, stationery, JCU apparel and other study essentials. Join the Co-op for member discounts.

Win a $100 Voucher! We want feedback on your O Week experience! From Monday 19 February – just log onto and complete the short five-minute survey telling us about your O Week experience and you will go into the draw to win a $100 voucher!

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Tuesday 13 February Your Course Introduction Division of Tropical Environments and Societies and Diploma of Higher Education COURSE



*Advanced Science

8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26


9.30am – 3.00pm

Building 26


8.30am – 4.00pm

Building 5

*Business and Environmental Science

8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26

Creative Arts and Media

9.30am – 3.00pm

Building 26

Diploma of Higher Education

1.00pm – 5.00pm

Building 26


9.30am – 3.00pm

Building 26


8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26

*Environmental Practice

8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26


8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26

Information Technology

8.30am – 4.00pm

Building 5


8.30am – 4.00pm

Building 5

*Marine Science

8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26


8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26


8.30am – 2.00pm

Building 26

Social Work

9.30am – 3.00pm

Building 26

*For Science and Engineering sessions enclosed shoes must be worn, as it is a lab entry requirement.

Information Sessions TIME



10.00am – 12.30pm

Building 97 Undercroft

Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Sciences (Honours) and Medical Laboratory Science Student Welcome Activities

Building on “Your Course Introduction”, today includes a tour of the Biomedicine precinct, online lab safety inductions, lunch and scavenger hunt. Closed in shoes mandatory.

Go Wireless – Drop In Session (repeat session)

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18.002A

3.00pm – 6.30pm

JCUSA Office, Building 133

5.30pm – 6.00pm

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18, foyer

Library Tour

6.00pm – 7.00pm

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18.002A

Top 10 Assignment Tips

6.30pm – 8.00pm

Uni Bar, Student Mall

JCUSA Toga Trivia

8.00pm onwards

Uni Bar, Student Mall

JCUSA Toga Party

Drop in with your portable devices to get connected to the JCU wireless network.

Touring Townsville

Discover the sights Townsville has to offer. Book your free spot at the JCUSA office. Did you miss the Library during your campus tour? If so, come along for a short tour.

Learn how to successfully find information for your assignments. You will be able to solve the assignment case by dissecting your topic, flushing out good resources and referencing. Please note, if you are attending the “Keys to Academic Success” program on Thursday, you do not need to attend this session. Eat, dress and play like a Roman God. Open age event. Book at the JCUSA office. JCUSA’s biggest night of the year. See JCUSA for more details (18+ event).

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Wednesday 14 February TIME



8.00am – 9.00am

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

9.00am – 9.45am

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Student Essentials

9.45am – 10.30am

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Balancing Life and Uni

10.30am – 11.00am

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Budgeting 101

11.00am – 11.30am

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Career Advice for First Year Students

11.30am – 12.00pm

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

IT Essentials

12.00pm – 3.00pm

Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301

Indigenous Australian Students - Meet and Greet BBQ

12.00pm – 3.00pm

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Lawns

Pancake Breakfast

Start the day off in style with delicious free pancakes.

Covers the essentials you need before lectures start. You will be introduced to online student portals, important dates, study plans, timetables, ID cards, as well as your financial obligations and where to go for help. Meet our friendly Equity and Wellbeing staff and learn about the range of support services to help you get started and succeed in your studies. Find out how to successfully manage transition and build strategies to overcome obstacles. Come and learn some simple tips and tricks to survive on a student budget. Learn what you can do to kickstart your career from your first day at university and how we can help. This session will introduce you to the IT Services available to you as a student of JCU. Learn how to find and use JCU computers, access printers, free software, email and the wireless network. Come and meet fellow students and support staff from the Indigenous Education and Research Centre. Our team will be able to answer questions you may have and also provide information on student support programs and services, such as tutoring and scholarships.

Market Day

Come and check out the huge range of stalls, and clubs and societies, as well as all the freebies on offer. A must-do for all students.

James Cook University values and celebrates the diversity of our community and is committed to ensuring our learning and working environments are safe and welcoming. JCU is proud to be part of the Respect. Now. Always. campaign – a national initiative led by Universities Australia to highlight our determination to ensure our students and staff are safe from discrimination and sexual harassment. Further information about the campaign and free services available for students can be found at

Do you have a disability or health condition? Contact our AccessAbility Services ahead of Orientation Week to talk about support services available to you. For information email [email protected] or drop in to the Accessing AccessAbility session on Thursday.

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Thursday 15 February Keys to Academic Success Active Learning is the key to success at university and this series of interactive sessions are designed to guide you through your first year of study. TIME



9.00am – 9.30am

Central Lecture Theatre, Building 5

Special Interest Group: English as an Additional Language Students

9.30am – 10.00am

Central Lecture Theatre, Building 5

Special Interest Group: Mature Age Students

9.30am – 10.00am

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18.002C

Accessing AccessAbility - Drop In Session

10.15am – 11.00am

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Up and Running with LearnJCU

11.00am – 11.30am

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Every Second Counts

11.30am – 12.00pm

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

7 Steps to Success: Assessment

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Library lawns

Mad Chats - Chillout Zone Check out JCUSA’s free lunch and mad chat chillout zone.

1.00pm – 1.30pm

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Successful Students Connect: What A-grade Students Do

1.30pm – 2.00pm

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Power Up Your Assignment Research

2.00pm – 2.45pm

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Referencing Bootcamp

5.30pm – 7.00pm

Joe Baker Field

Sport and Rec - Come and Try

7.00pm onwards

JCU Pool, Adjacent to Building 242

Find out how you can develop your English language skills at JCU and learn top tips for success. Join our group of mature age students to discuss the issues they have faced in their return to study, such as balancing study/family/work, and share some of their strategies for success.

Hear from our staff about tips for success when studying at university managing various permanent or temporary health considerations / challenges.

Your teaching and study at JCU will include a mix of face-to-face and online activities. Come along for a tour of LearnJCU, your online subject portal for accessing learning resources, interacting with peers and submitting assessments. Organise yourself for success through strategic and purposeful planning.

Use your subject outline, map out assessment, and understand what success requires.

Make connections through reading, notetaking, assessment tasks, exam preparation and peer learning.

Your assignment is only as good as your research. Come to this session to build up some serious research muscle. Learn the nitty gritty details of referencing and how to avoid plagiarism.

Get your game on and come and see what JCUSA sport has to offer.

Dive-in Movie Night

Cool down at our popular dive-in movie night. This is a free, open age, and alcoholfree event.

Did you miss a session or workshop from The Learning Centre? A live webinar will be held on Thursday 15 February from 6.30pm - 8.00pm to deliver repeat sessions: Every Second Counts, 7 Steps to Success: Assessment & Successful Students Connect: What A-grade Students Do. There will also be a series of live webinars in Week 1 on Academic Writing, which will be repeated in Week 2 on campus. See Page 9 for registration details.

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Friday 16 February TIME



9.00am – 3.00pm

Education Central, Building 134.010

Education Induction

9.00am - 11.00am

Padua Theatre, Building 40.105

Speech Pathology Pre-Placement Session

9.00am – 12.00pm

Padua Theatre, Building 40.109

Physiotherapy Students Induction

12.00pm - 4.00pm

JCUSA Office, Building 133

Billabong Sanctuary

4.00pm - onwards

Uni Bar, Student Mall

Uni Bar

This induction offers a social, professional and academic orientation for first year students studying Education. Face-to-face attendance (internal or external students) or online attendance (external students) is essential for all new students studying Education. Clinical placements form a fundamental part of the Speech Pathology course. There are many things you’ll need to understand and complete prior to commencing your placements, and this session is your opportunity to learn and ask questions. Develop Individual Learning Plans, designed to help students to set their own goals for university and personal areas in the first year. Be introduced to the Clinical Placements and Observations throughout the program, focusing on what to expect in the first year.

Cuddle a koala and pat a kangaroo at North Queensland’s premier native wildlife park. Tickets available at JCUSA.

Chill out with mates listening to live music in the Uni Bar. Prizes and giveaways up for grabs as well as free food.

Townsville City Campus As a JCU student, you have access to our City Campus, located in the heart of the CBD at 383 Flinders Street, next to City Lane. Our city campus boasts a range of innovative, flexible study, learning and teaching, meeting and informal gathering spaces. The campus features extremely high speed internet and students can bring their own devices or use the computers and printer available in the Student Spaces. Students can access the facility 7 days a week from 7.30am to 12 midnight. For more information, search ‘Townsville City Campus’ on the JCU website .

Accommodation Finding the right accommodation to suit your individual needs is an important step in preparing for life at JCU. There are heaps of accommodation options available to you and our team can help you search for a place that suits your needs. Drop in anytime during O Week to the Accommodation office located in Education Central, Building 134.111A. Visit

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After O Week TIME



SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 10.00am - 4.00pm

JCUSA Office, Building 133

9.00am – 2.00pm

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18.002B/C

Crystal Creek Day Trip

With world class views, stunning rainforest and spectacular swimming holes, Crystal Creek is a must. Book at the JCUSA office.

Maths Refresher – Day 1 of 2 (The Learning Centre Workshop*)

This course is designed for students who have not completed senior maths or who are returning to maths as adults. This course is particularly helpful for students intending to study courses where mathematics and statistics are required.

SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 9.00am – 2.00pm

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18.002B/C

Maths Refresher – Day 2 of 2 (The Learning Centre Workshop*) Please see above for details.

MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY 11.00am – 1.00pm

The Science Place Lawns, Building 142

11.30am – 12.30pm (Repeat 5pm-6pm)

Social Sciences, Building 4.132

All for One & One for All

Come and meet your JCUSA Student Representatives at the first free BBQ of 2018.

Getting the Most from your Readings (The Learning Centre Workshop*)

This workshop will focus on helping you to read more efficiently and develop strategies to interact creatively and critically with the information you have read. Bring along one of your subject readings.

TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 11.30am – 12.30pm (Repeat 5pm-6pm)

Social Sciences, Building 4.132

6.00pm - onwards

Uni Bar, Student Mall

Getting the Most from your Readings (The Learning Centre Workshop*) Please see above for details.

JCUSA Pub Crawl

Discover what Townsville’s night life has to offer. See JCUSA for full details (18+ event).

SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY 9.00am - 4.00pm

Indigenous Education and Research Centre, Building 301

Indigenous Australian Students’ Induction (repeat session)

9.30am – 2.30pm

Education Central, Building 134.010

English for Academic Purposes (The Learning Centre Workshop*)

10.00am - 12.30pm

JCUSA Office, Building 133

The Indigenous Education and Research Centre will run a repeat induction for those students who were unable to attend on 6 February. Please refer to session details on Page 3. This course is intended to assist students from diverse cultural and language backgrounds to develop English for academic purposes and understand the Australian academic context.

Reef HQ Trip

Experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. Book at the JCUSA office.

SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 10.00am – 2.00pm

Education Central, Building 134.021

Basic Statistics (The Learning Centre Workshop*)

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26

Academic Writing (The Learning Centre Workshop*)

Come along to revise basic statistics concepts that will support future learning throughout your degree. You will learn how to collect, organise, analyse and interpret information.

SATURDAY 3 MARCH 9.00am – 3.00pm

This informative and hands-on course is designed to address the skills needed to research and write various academic texts such as essays, reports and annotated bibliographies. Bring along your subject outline and get a head start on your assignments with help from our facilitators.

*To register for workshops offered by the The Learning Centre, go to and click on CareerHub Students. Please note in order to register you must have a JCU username and password. Assistance will be available throughout O Week to help you register or email [email protected]

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Stay and Succeed Commencing university is an exciting time and students commonly feel happy and enthusiastic about their decision to study a chosen field. Your first study period at university will be a stimulating experience, but it is also an especially busy time as you learn about the university environment, academic expectations, learning technologies, where to go for help, as well as your course content. These new and exciting challenges can cause students to feel anxious and unsure at various times, particularly around assessment periods.

As shown in the graphic below, students can feel like they are on an emotional roller coaster in their first study period at university, which is 100% normal. The good news is that if you come along to O Week you will learn lots of tips and strategies to help you smoothly navigate your transition into university and that there are a lot of free support services available to help you succeed. Remember to always ask questions and seek help early if you need it – that is the true key to success at university.

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Study period event


O Week

Lectures begin

Pre-Census date blues

First assignment back

Lecture recess

More assignments back


Results published

Mid year break

This table was developed in consultation with JCU’s Student Services and Counselling Service.

Tips for easing the transition Costs of going to University

Missed a Library workshop?

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Safety on campus The University’s campuses are public spaces and students must take responsibility for their belongings and personal safety. Security staff are on campus 24/7. They can escort students to their cars after hours (Ph 1800 675 559).

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especially in the first weeks at uni. They can also use AskUs – JCU’s online enquiry database at

InfoHelp Rovers

Enquiries 1800 246 446 |


Can’t attend a ‘Go Wireless’ session? Don’t worry, our InfoHelp Rovers (located in the Library), are available all week to help connect your portable devices to the JCU wireless network.

Top Twenty Tips for Success Study, Stop and Revive

Helpful Habits

Attend to Achieve

Stay Ahead

Plan university in “shifts”. Let your brain and body have a complete break between shifts to recharge.

Aim to stick to a healthy routine with regular sleep patterns, exercise and eating. Study regularly and start assessments early – they often take longer than you think!

Students who attend ALL classes maximise their learning and success (we have the stats!), which includes orientation sessions – this vital info doesn’t get repeated in Week 1.

Read all the set materials and complete any tutorial/workshop activities before classes start each week to help give context for the information you are learning.

Subject Guidelines

Study Strategically

Life Lessons

Regular Rewards

Read all your subject outlines multiple times throughout the study period – they contain vital information about how to succeed in your subject and academic expectations.

Summarise your notes and readings each week into a one-page typed sheet – it will help consolidate your learning and these will become your exam prep notes (win-win)!

Step out of your comfort zone. Gaining a higher education means being open to new experiences, perspectives, concepts and people – embrace your brave new world at JCU.

Celebrate your achievements (big and small) and reward yourself regularly for your hard work and efforts. Remind yourself regularly of your strengths and long-term goals.

Mentor Magic

Super-Sized Study Sessions

Independent Learner

The Learning Centre

You will get a Student Mentor in O Week. They are here to help and have been in your shoes. They are happy to catch up for coffee and a chat and point you in the right direction.

Form study groups and find out about PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) – they will help you study more effectively and efficiently, and are enjoyable.

JCU is an adult learning environment and students are expected to become self-directed learners and access online learning resources, such as The Learning Centre, Library, LearnJCU and

Visit for resources to help you develop your academic writing, learning, language and mathematic skills. They also have free workshops and short courses and a drop-in Learning Advice Desk for help.

Plan for Success

Timely Tips


Drop Down – Not Out

Create a weekly and a semester planner and stick to them – templates are on The Learning Centre website. Allow extra time for each activity in your first study period as things often take longer than you expect first time around.

Treat university like a job and commit to your ‘weekly roster’ of study like you would paid employment – after all, it is an investment in your future. Set your phone timer and dive into your study session, and then relax and reward yourself when time is up.

Regularly take the time to stop and be in the present moment and take a few deep breaths. Challenge negative, critical thoughts that may creep in and replace them with positive, encouraging ones. Treat yourself the way you would treat a friend.

Review your study load before Census Date and decide whether you need to drop a subject (or two) in order to be successful and remain at university. Always seek advice about which subject/s to drop and impact on financial assistance payments.

Academic Health Check

Practice Period

Give yourself a weekly check-up each Friday and reflect on how you are coping with different elements of your study and life. Seek out friendly JCU academic and professional staff if you need some helpful fine tuning in any area.

Give yourself one full study period to settle into university – you have to invest a lot of time initially learning about academic expectations, researching, writing and technologies, as well as your course content. Be kind and cut yourself some slack if you have a few hiccups.

Procrastinations and Distractions Have a quiet, designated study space at home to help you study undisturbed. To overcome road blocks in motivation, try setting your phone timer to 10 minutes and start a task – quite often you will keep going after the timer sounds.

Create Connections Be brave and introduce yourself to people around you. Find some like-minded peers and form informal study groups – help each other to succeed and feel a sense of belonging at university. Also, schedule regular time with friends and family to stay connected.

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Contacts Student Centre

The Learning Centre

Student Equity & Wellbeing

Your number one point of contact. Go to the Student Centre for general enquiries including enrolment, fees, student loans, scholarships, course and subject information and timetable issues.

Your one-stop-shop for academic assistance. See our website or drop into the Learning Advice Desk for advice about any aspect of university study - from getting organised to assignment help. You can also use our ‘Contact Us’ form on the website to ask a question.

Provides free and confidential AccessAbility (for students with a disability, illness or health condition), Counselling, Equity and Wellbeing, and Chaplaincy services for students.

 Ground floor, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18

 07 4781 4711  [email protected]

 Education Central, Building 134  07 4781 5255  [email protected] 

[email protected] 

 Level 1, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18



IT Help Desk

Student Mentor Program

JCU Library services include the InfoHelp desk where you can get assistance with assignment research & referencing. The Library provides access to print & online resources, as well as learning and study spaces. Get in touch using our Chat Service or visit us at:

Provides a quality first level support service to the JCU community in relation to all IT Services delivered by Information and Communications Technology.

Our award-winning Student Mentor Program links new students with Student Mentors during O Week, who are experienced, trained student volunteers in the same course of study as you.

 07 4781 5500 (option 1)  [email protected]

 Level 1, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18

 Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18  07 4781 5500 (option 2)


[email protected] 

 07 4781 6592  [email protected] 

International Student Support

Indigenous Education and Research Centre

JCU Student Association (JCUSA)

Assistance with arrival and transition support, international orientation, Visa and Confirmation of Enrolment enquiries, Overseas Student Health Cover, social activities and welfare support.

The Centre’s staff are here to support you through your whole journey while at University by providing assistance with your studies, develop strategies for time management and planning, gain access to free coaching to help with assignments, or prepare for exams.

Elected students that represent the interests of students at JCU. JCUSA also runs sporting programs, fitness centres, clubs & societies and social events. Student Advocacy and Welfare Officers offer independent, non-judgemental advice and representation.

 Building 301  07 4781 4676

 Student Services Mall, Building 133  07 4781 4400


[email protected] 

[email protected] 

Careers and Employment


Our friendly service staff can help you with career advice and action plans, job search strategies, resume checking and LinkedIn profile development. Students can also find casual employment, volunteer opportunities or graduate positions on CareerHub.

The JCU Accommodation Service is a resource available to all JCU students seeking assistance with housing requirements. Whether it be on or off campus, for short or long term, the Accommodation Services team can point you in the right direction.

First Year Experience Coordinators

 Level 1, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18

 07 4781 4148  [email protected]

 Level 1, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18  07 4781 5601  [email protected]

 07 4781 4711  [email protected] 

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Every course at JCU has a designated First Year Experience Coordinator who is an academic staff member that teaches commencing students and understand the challenges that new students often face when transitioning into university. These coordinators can help provide advice about your course, support service referrals, and strategies for success in your studies. 

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Building number shown on map

Floor level 0 = ground floor 1 = first floor 2 = second floor

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301 Indigenous Education and Research Centre

134 Education Central (inc. Student Centre) College of Arts, Society and Education

133 James Cook University Student Association

97 College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences

45 Medical Lecture Theatre

43 College of Healthcare Sciences

39 College of Medicine and Dentistry

27 College of Business, Law and Governance

26 Sir George Kneipp Auditorium

18 Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

College of Science and Engineering

5 Central Lecture Theatre

4 Social Sciences


Townsville campus

Social Sciences Central Lecture Theatre The Green Plate International Admissions James Cook International Multi-purpose Building 1 and Audio Visual Services International Recruitment and GATCF Lab Refectory Student Association Engineering and Physical Sciences 2 Engineering and Physical Sciences 1 Store Faculty of Science and Engineering Eddie Koiki Mabo Library End of Ride Facility Kevin Stark Research Building Molecular Genetics Laboratory Molecular Sciences Glass House A Nursing Sciences Sir George Kneipp Auditorium Law, Business & Creative Arts Marine and Tropical Biology 2 Student Mall School of Indigenous Australian Studies Immunogenetics Research Facility Sir George Fisher Research Building School of Indigenous Australian Studies Media Centre Earth and Environmental Sciences Solvent Store Medical 1 Padua Theatre Public and Indigenous 15 & Health 34 Anton Breinl Centre Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences Medical Lecture Theatre Anatomy and Clinical Skills Pharmacy and Medical Research Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine Equipment Shed - Estate Office Cyclone Testing Station Wind Tunnel Demountable C Demountables A and B Facilities Workshop Estate Office Mechanical Engineering Workshop Bulk Store 1 Bulk Store 2 Engineering Lab and Pilot Plant Chemical Engineering Garage Chemical Waste Storage ATSIP General Store [email protected] Aqua Shed Garden Shed Marine and Aquaculture Research CO2 Research Glass House Animal and Entomology House Aquaculture Research Zoology Freshwater Research Amphibian Research The North Queensland Controlled Environment Facility Cattle Pens Metabolism Unit Hay Shed Aquatic Pathology Lab Small Animal House Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Barra Shed Microbiology Teaching Lab Medical Laboratory Science Teaching Lab Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Store Physiology and Pharmacology Research Lab Central Solvent Store Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Unicare Centre Pump House Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Sport and Recreation Centre Squash Courts Cricket Pavillion Veterinary Anatomy and Pathology Lamb Shed Veterinary Emergency Centre and Hospital Veterinary Amenities Building Veterinary Reproduction Facility Veterinary Post-Grad Facility Veterinary Pathology and Biomedical Sciences MARFU Teaching Facility University Hall - A and B Wings University Hall - Administration University Hall - Store University Hall - Townhouse 5 University Hall - Townhouse 4 University Hall - Townhouse 3 University Hall - Townhouse 2 University Hall - Townhouse 1 University Hall - Manager's Residence

Western Campus

Veterinary Sciences

University Colleges

Science and Engineering


Marine Sciences

Health Sciences

Estate Services

University Central


© JCU Division of Academic and Student Life, November 2017 CRICOS Provider Code: 00117J This publication is intended as a general guide. The information is correct at the time of printing. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirement and course availability. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.