# Thread: BOS University Guide: A Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni [A Work In Progress]

1. ## Re: Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni

Ali said in his first post, if you don't get something, shut up and look it up later.

Whilst yes, i agree with him in part, don't just look it up and go, I still don't get this, ask the lecturer, that's why they have contact hours where you can ask questions, or ask straight after the lecture.

If its a bit of notation or something that you've never seen before however, I do say ask as most of the class will be thinking the exact same thing as you. i can recall when our maths lecturer wrote iff, we all thought it was a typo till he did it by hand two slides later, nobody knew what it meant and somebody asked, an iff statement came up in the exam and we all got the marks cos of this one dude.

2. ## Re: Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni

Originally Posted by tommykins
WAM is simply your average mark. ie. (80 + 80 + 70 + 56)/4 = WAM

GPA is measured in 'bands' per se, depending on the uni but for simplicity lets put F = 0 , P = 1, CR = 2, DN = 3, HD = 4
F = <50
P = 50<yourmark<64
CR = 65<yourmark<74
DN = 75<yourmark<84
HD = 85<yourmark

so what ever your marks is, you get that GPA

so if you get 79 for a course, you got a DN = GPA of 3

overall GPA is the average of your GPA's
this is right

except at most australian unis it goes from 0-7

there's a calcualtor here that seems to work well http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can...alculator.html

3. ## Re: Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni

Thanks. But what are these lecture/course notes that everyone talks about. I know you can buy them but what do I do I need to bring them to class?

4. ## Re: Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni

Originally Posted by mathshelp
Thanks. But what are these lecture/course notes that everyone talks about. I know you can buy them but what do I do I need to bring them to class?
The lecture notes are great. In some courses they are just the slides with room for notes and a few extra pages. In other subjects the notes will be very comprehensive and are great for making your own notes in lectures too, if you are having trouble understanding them.

5. ## Re: Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni

Originally Posted by mathshelp
Thanks. But what are these lecture/course notes that everyone talks about. I know you can buy them but what do I do I need to bring them to class?
it all depends on your individual subjects

each semester your first priority is to get a hold of the Subject Outline, which will either be online or handed out at the first lecture. Then it tells you whether the subject has a textbook, or a set of course notes, and the lecturer should also tell you what you need to get for that subject. The subject outline is also kinda like a syllabus for each subject so it tells you what you'll learn and what you'll have to do.

You'd typically read something like course notes in your own time, and often take them to tutorials but probably not lectures

'lecture notes' are like the powerpoint slides the lecturer uses, they usually make them available online on blackboard or equivalent so you can look at them after class.

6. ## Re: Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni

Originally Posted by Chemical Ali
- Group work: my strategy was to do everything myself, and take an active role in organising the rest of the group. Tell them what to do. 99% of people are probably stupider and lazier than you. Harass them continually with emails. Demand to know their progress. Express concern when they say they've done nothing. Repeat.
God it sucks being on the receiving end of this. Last semester I had a guy email me, text me, facebook me, then come up to me while im having my lunch and ask about my part of the assignment when it was due weeks in advance, we had plenty of time and no one else had finished their parts either. To make things worse this guy was a ranga.

7. ## Re: Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni

Originally Posted by terminator69
God it sucks being on the receiving end of this. Last semester I had a guy email me, text me, facebook me, then come up to me while im having my lunch and ask about my part of the assignment when it was due weeks in advance, we had plenty of time and no one else had finished their parts either. To make things worse this guy was a ranga.
haha
but did it work?

the reason I wrote that was based off an experience in 3rd year bio, we had this fairly substantial group project that made up the majority of our grade, and about 4 weeks in no one in the group had done anything
so I took initiative to break up the project into 7 pieces and give everyone something specific
and we were still piecing each component together (presentations and a report) a few minutes before they were due each time, shit was annoying

8. ## Re: Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni

Originally Posted by Chemical Ali
this is right

except at most australian unis it goes from 0-7

there's a calcualtor here that seems to work well http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can...alculator.html
Also keep in mind if you go to Macquarie your GPA will be out of 4, rather than 7. There is somewhere else this also applies but I can't remember atm.

9. ## Re: Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni

Hey i gotta qs. I have to do eco for one of my units and its pretty much hsc knowledge. So would you think it would be ok if i just went over my hsc notes to study for it? Or should I read the uni textbook and make new notes and stuff? Have any of you done this? Not just with commerce subjects obviously.
Thanks.

10. ## Re: Complete Guide to 1st Year Uni

Do a bit of both. You can mostly get through first year with HSC knowledge.

11. ## Re: The Idiot's Guide to University (FAQ)

Just wanna add to original post:

Lectures are shit. I highly recommend not to go if you can't concentrate on a droning voice that teaches you nothing that you can't read in the textbook. I reccomend going if you want to make friends though. Tuts u should go to though. NEVER EVER MISS tutorials. You get marked on it for certain courses (participation marks etc etc) and they do q's that may be in your exam.

Anything over pass is not great. Over credit is great. Sure marks are lower... but a lot of people also score high high marks like HD's and D's and getting pass is not the way to go. Also it's a bad habit to only do the bare minimum.

12. ## Re: Things you should know about universities, and choosing.

Originally Posted by poloktim
I've been receiving questions recently, on BOS and IRC, and they're normally about choosing a uni, and a degree. I have a feeling in my opinion (others might think totally different to the way I am) that a lot of HSC school leavers are a little confused about university itself.

Tips to choosing a degree at a university (this also goes for majors in degrees, such as Arts):
1). Load up the university webpage.
2). Open up the Course Handbook.
3). Load up the description of the degree you want to do.
4). Open up another browser and repeat steps 1-3 for each university and for each degree you're intending on doing which have similar attributes. (For example, you wish to study Computing, you could load up decriptions from the one university about IT degrees, Computer/Software Engineering degrees, Computer Science degrees, or Internet Science degrees. You can do the same for all the universities you're looking at studying the respective courses at.
5). Compare the courses of study. Decide which ones seem the most promising, and stick with those.
6). Look at the outlines for core subjects, and electives you might want to do, from each of these degrees/universities. These may help you make a more educated decision.
7). If possible consult the universities about these degrees. ALSO try to consult current students enrolled in the degrees.
8). Based on the Information given, you might decide that you'll include another degree in your pool to determine which one you want. If so, then add it and repeat step 6 for it.
9). Once you've made a decision on which degree to do, and where, alter your preferences.

Here is an important note:
University is not about getting a job. If you want a job, consult the newspaper on a Saturday, or seek.com.au or something. You go to university because you want to get an education about a chosen field that you could likely enter the workforce in. The reason this is important is because there are many people who'll choose a course of study at university having absolutely no interest in it, never getting an interest in it, only because of future job prospects. More often than not, these people fail.

Getting into USyd, UNSW, or ANU is not the most important thing in your life. Why would you choose such a university if you don't like the structure being offered? IF the structure/degree offered at USyd, UNSW or ANU is what you want, then by all means go for it. I recommend you do the degree you want, no matter where it is at. If it is not, and you're just wanting to get into a certain university, then chances are you'll get bored and dawdle in getting work completed.

Degrees, majors, minors, and even subjects are different at each university. The best advice I can give (and I was given) is ignore the name, or prestige of a university, and choose what's good for you. Ignore the job prospects, because an Honours looks nicer than a normal bachelor, and if you do what you want where you want, you'll have a better chance of getting one. If you have a BCompSc at UWS with Honours, you'll likely be preferred over someone with just a normal BCompSc anywhere else.

I hope this helps our future first-years make their choice.
Excellent post! I particularly liked the parts in bold. So true. Also as a 1st year uni student in 2012, I found that definitely reading online handbooks of all the similar courses I looked at, gave me more of an insight of the different courses offered by various institutions and help me make my decision that way. Course structure is very important, because if you hate the subjects, then you'll find your uni years very painfully slow. I also found that visiting unis on their open and info days as well as just normal days to hand documents in, also gave me a feel for the student life at different unis.

Thank God I've always liked what I want to do.

Thanks for the very reassuring post. I hate people who only choose a course just because a particular uni has more "prestige" and then they brag about it. You should choose a course based on what you mentioned (from most important to less) ---> interests, course structure and what the uni specialise in and student life.

13. ## Re: The Idiot's Guide to University (FAQ)

I'm gearing up for my second year now and one of the best tips I got was to not get books brand new. It's too expensive... you can get them second hand or even rent them from places like www.unidbooks.com.au

14. ## Re: Things you should know about universities, and choosing.

You might be interested in this article : How to choose a university

15. ## Re: Things you should know about universities, and choosing.

I get the idea about studying something you enjoy but having never been to uni or not having the slightest clue of what a course would be like realistically, how would you be able to decide on a course you know you will enjoy? I want to study something I enjoy and job prospects aren't too big a deal but I'm seriously clueless. I've read and done my research and they all sound quite interesting so I am unable to decide. The only thing I could decide was rule out what I know I wouldn't like and pick a course that sounds interesting and hope to god that I will enjoy it. Would that be a good choice or no?

16. ## Re: Things you should know about universities, and choosing.

Originally Posted by Chronicole
I get the idea about studying something you enjoy but having never been to uni or not having the slightest clue of what a course would be like realistically, how would you be able to decide on a course you know you will enjoy? I want to study something I enjoy and job prospects aren't too big a deal but I'm seriously clueless. I've read and done my research and they all sound quite interesting so I am unable to decide. The only thing I could decide was rule out what I know I wouldn't like and pick a course that sounds interesting and hope to god that I will enjoy it. Would that be a good choice or no?
Try looking at double degrees which give you the choice of many different majors (e.g. B Sci/Arts).

17. ## Re: Things you should know about universities, and choosing.

Originally Posted by OzKo
Try looking at double degrees which give you the choice of many different majors (e.g. B Sci/Arts).
That is a good suggestion. Also if you look at some unis like UMELB, you'll see there is quite a degree of flexibility in the course structure. Also at UMELB, there is mandatory breadth into an area outside your main degree area, which could be good if you aren't sold on one thing.

Always remember you can change your path somewhat with transfers and also once you do your undergrad, you can always change paths by going back and doing Masters etc. Alot of people chop and change in uni as they are exposed to new experiences.

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