Frequently Asked Questions
PASS involves a voluntary hour seminar each week that is complementary to your lectures and tutorials. Sessions are lead by a qualified Peer Facilitator who recently excelled in the same Unit of Study.
You work interactively with your peers, benefiting not only from group learning but also from the recent experience of your facilitator.
As a peer group, generally you decide what is covered in each session. That way, PASS is a direct response to your needs and feedback so the most can be made of your time.
PASS facilitators do not re-teach the lecture content; they are not 'experts' in the same way that academics are. Nor will they simply 'answer questions' for you. Rather, the emphasis is on group interaction as a mean of tapping into the group's knowledge to solve problems.
The Facilitator's role in the sessions is to GUIDE student discussion and develop understanding rather than to merely provide them answers. Tutorials and consultation times with staff should be used to find the answers to tutorial questions, assessments and exams.
PASS sessions start in the second week of semester, although some sessions may be opened up in the following weeks to deal with unexpected student demand. When you are formally registered into your PASS session, you will receive an email with the details of your session. Once you receive your confirmation letter, you may start attending immediately.
Although we would prefer that you formally register to attend PASS so we can keep accurate records of attendance in the program, it is possible to attend a PASS session as a 'guest'. For example, if you miss your regular session, you can attend another session that week as a guest and sign into that new session as a 'guest' on the attendance sheet.
If you are on a waiting list, you are also able to attend a session as a guest. However, due to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&'S) regulations, we cannot have more than a certain number of students in the room at any one point in time. This means that if you do 'show up' to a session as a 'guest', you run the risk of being unable to participate if the facilitator deems it to be an OH&S risk.
Please send all emails to: email@example.com. As with any correspondence with the university, you should always use your usyd email account and at the beginning of your email you should state your:
- Full Name
- SID (the 9 digit number on the front of your student card)
- Contact phone number
Without these details, we may not be able to attend to your enquiry.
Login to PASS Registration. You should see a screen that lists your current PASS registrations and what room they are held in.
Once you have done that, if you are still having trouble, contact the PASS office and we will help you.
Come along with ALL your lecture notes & your text book- you will be using them in your sessions.
Think about the questions you already have about your lecture content- bring these as well because your PASS facilitator (the senior student who leads the sessions) will be asking you what you want to focus on in PASS.
Your questions can relate to your Unit of Study (e.g., how best can I study in BUSS1020? What's the best way to take lecture notes in CLAW?) or they may relate to settling into University in general (e.g., Are the library tours worth attending? Where is the cheapest place to get textbooks?).
I was told by my PASS facilitator that our group-developed notes are up on Blackboard but I can't find it.
It may be that you have not yet registered for the PASS Blackboard Course. For instructions to enrol, please go to the PASS Blackboard page.
Students who attempt to register for a PASS session that is already full will be placed on a waiting list for that session. Your waiting list number tells you how far away you are from getting a confirmed position in the program. If you are close to the front of the waiting list (e.g. between 1 and 5), you have a good chance of gaining a place in the program. The waiting lists are revised regularly as students change sessions. If you on the waiting list, the PASS Coordinator may also email you directly to offer you a new session before it is offered to all students.
Yes. Login to PASS Registration. Find the session you are currently on the waiting list for and click on 'deregister'.
Simply log on to the PASS Registration system as normal. Find the relevant UoS and your name in the relevant session you want to deregister from and click 'deregister'. You will receive an email that confirms that your deregistration was successful.
How do I deregister from one PASS session and register for another PASS session in the same subject?
You can only change PASS session times that you are registered in by:
Deregistering from the current session, by logging on to the PASS Registration system as normal. Then, find the relevant Unit of Study and your name in the relevant session you want to deregister from and click 'deregister'. You will receive an email that confirms that your deregistration was successful.
Now you can enrol in the new PASS session.
However, we must make it clear that you are not guaranteed a place in another PASS session. If there is a waiting list, you will have to join it. Immediate enrolment is only possible if the PASS session is not full.
If you are a registered participant in a Business School PASS session and have missed 3 consecutive sessions, you will receive an email stating that you have been deregistered. The next person on the waiting list will then receive an invitation to take your place in this session.
Although you may be on the waiting list, there are still opportunities to attend the session as a 'guest'.
However, due to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations, we cannot have more than a certain number of students in the room at any one point in time. This means that if you do 'show up' to a session as a 'guest', you run the risk of being unable to participate if the facilitator deems it to be an OH&S risk.
Nevertheless, keep checking the PASS website, as more sessions may have been opened.
If you are wait listed and are near the top of the waiting list (e.g. number 5 or less) there is a relatively good chance of getting into the session in the near future.
If you are successful in gaining a position in the PASS program from the waiting list, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.
I am currently in the waiting list. What is the likelihood of getting a confirmed position in the PASS program?
If you are near the top of the waiting list, e.g. number 5 or less, there is a relatively good chance of getting a confirmed place in the session. If you are successful in gaining a position in the PASS program from the waiting list, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. If demand is heavier than expected, the PASS Coordinator will open new sessions if it is possible to do so.
Alternatively, there may be opportunities to attend PASS as a 'guest'. However, due to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations, we cannot have more than a certain number of students in the room at any one point in time. This means that if you do 'show up' to a session as a ‘guest’, you run the risk of being unable to participate if the facilitator deems it to be an OH&S risk.
Accessing PASS Blackboard is very simple; follow the PASS Blackboard self-enrolment process.
No. The PASS program is optional but highly recommended. Statistics from past programs show that most students who attend PASS regularly, achieve significantly better grades than those who do not and students who attend are less likely to fail the subject.
Students would normally attend only the session they are registered into in each unit of study (e.g., you might attend three PASS sessions each week: one for BUSS1030, CLAW1001 and INFS1000). If you would like to attend more than one PASS session in the same UoS, then make a request via email to the PASS Coordinator.
The content that you focus on in PASS is directly related to your Unit of Study but the PASS facilitators are instructed NOT to directly address or answer assessment or tutorial questions. However, they can discuss topics generally related to assessments or tutorial problems.
We monitor attendance so we can accurately report on the effects of the PASS program. Unit of Study coordinators do not see the attendance records and no individual student's record is used in reports about the PASS program- only trends are reported.
I have attended all my PASS sessions. Why do I keep getting emails telling me that my place will be forfeited for not attending the last two weeks of PASS?
One possibility is that you do not consistently fill the attendance sheet during your PASS sessions.
If, however, this doesn't apply to you, the problem may be a result of bugs in our database or human error. Send us an email explaining your situation and we will try and get to the bottom of it!