Semester 1 Orientation, 2013

Orientation for Semester 1

Welcome to your studies with us in 2013.To help you get started, we have arranged an orientation program which consists of training sessions giving you practical skills and an understanding of relevant policies and procedures as well as a Welcome for new students, which will introduce you to lecturers and other staff and to your courses as well as a chance to network with other students.

The Orientation program appears below.

After completing each session, please take the time to tell us about your experience.

Please contact your subject co-ordinator or email the if you have any questions.

Student Office in Room 329, Level 3
Edward Ford Building (A27).

Monday to Thursday - 10am to 5pm
Friday - 1pm to 5pm

+61 2 9036 5487
+61 2 9351 4366

Welcome to the School of Public Health in 2013

Things to do before classes begin on Monday 4th March:

  • complete your formal enrolment
  • register and attend Training Sessions
  • attend the Welcome Day
  • collect an orientation pack

Here is a summary of the important dates:

Date/s  Activity

4th, 5th February
13th, 20th, 27th February

Complete your formal enrolment

Monday 25th to 28th February

Attend a set of 5 training sessions on one day or across the week:

- Using ICT on campus
- Learning online
- Literature Searching
- Using the library
- Assignments, extensions and academic honesty

Note: You must register to attend the technical sessions. Sessions run strictly to schedule so please make sure you are on time. There is a limit of 16 students per session, apart from the library introduction in the Medical libray (limited to 19). 15 minutes have been scheduled for you to move between the Edward Ford Building and the Medical Library.

Collect your Orientation kit and course notes (where available) in Room 308, Edward Ford Building from 9am to 4.30pm. After Orientation week, these will be available from the SPH Student Office for one week, and then area administrative staff.

Saturday 2nd March
9.30am start
Attend Welcome Day: Introduction to the School of Public Health and your course. Includes lunch - Eastern Avenue Auditorium.
Monday 4th March
Your classes commence this week!


Training Sessions: 25th to 28th February

There are numerous practical skills and administrative procedures related to studying with the School of Public Health (SPH) that all students need to know. To tell you about them, we have organised a program of training in the week before Semester 1 starts. This program will give you a flying start in your studies with us.

We strongly recommend that all new students attend one of each of the five training sessions. Please note: Training is ONLY available during this week. It is unlikely these sessions will be repeated at a later stage in the Semester.

Using ICT on campus: This session will cover accessing and using the University and SPH computer networks, accessing the internet, printing, the University’s IT policy and getting help. Strongly recommended if you haven't studied at the University of Sydney in the last year or two.

Learning online: All SPH units of study have their own e-learning site – so you will need to know how to access the sites (logins and passwords) and navigate through them, access online resources, contribute to discussion boards, complete online quizzes and submit assessment tasks via the e-learning site. Strongly recommended if you have little experience with online study.

Using the Library – strongly recommended if you are not familiar with University’s library system, using the online catalogue, borrowing and renewing, document delivery and accessing reserve items.

Literature searching – strongly recommended if you have never used Medline or you are not familiar with the range of databases available and online search techniques – vital knowledge for any SPH student.

Assessments, extensions and academic honesty – strongly recommended. This session will cover assessment requirements, how to submit, how to reference, what to do if you can't submit your assignment on time, what we mean by academic honesty and how to ensure your assignments comply with academic honesty requirements. It will also ocver important issues around enrolment.

Register for Training Sessions

Registration for the training sessions is essential.

The registration form will be available soon.

PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses and PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics

The tutorial registration link for PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses and PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics will be available on Friday 1st February 2013.

Welcome Day - Saturday 2nd March

9:30am - 1:30pm
Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre - Map

Our Welcome Day gives you a chance to find out more about the School, its teaching and research and some of our key policies and procedures (for example the assessment policy). You will also find out about the support services the School/university offers.

The Welcome Day is a great opportunity for you to meet key staff members as well as your fellow students and ask any questions you may have.

We strongly recommend all new students attend this day. Morning tea and lunch are provided. There is no need to register.

Download the Welcome Day Program

Unable to attend Orientation?

We strongly encourage you to attend Orientation in person if at all possible. However, if you can't, this is what you can do:

  • Go to the SPH Student Support Site, where recordings of selected sessions will be available.
  • At the end of the Training Sessions registration form, you can provide an email address to receive a PDF of the training notes and a Virtual Orientation to online learning on CD ROM.

Once you have registered

When you complete the registration form, you will receive an email confirmation of your choices. Please call us if you do not receive this confirmation.

If you have any queries about the contents of this email or the orientation program generally, please contact us at:

Phone: 9351 4366 or 9036 5487
Fax: 9036 6247

We look forward to meeting you and supporting you in your studies.

Jo Lander,
Teaching and Learning
School of Public Health