Semester 1 Orientation, 2014

Orientation for Semester 1

Welcome to your studies with us in 2014. 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.

Office for Teaching and Learning
Room 329, Level 3
Edward Ford Building (A27).

Monday and Friday - 12pm to 5pm
Tuesday to Thursday - 9am - 5pm

+61 2 9351 4366

Welcome to the School of Public Health in 2014

Things to do before classes begin on Monday 3rd March:

  • complete your formal enrolment. Enrolment information can be found here.
  • register and attend Training Sessions
  • attend the Welcome Day
  • collect a Start-Up Kit.

Here is a summary of the important dates:

Date/s  Activity

4th, 5th February
12th, 19th, 26th February

Complete your formal enrolment

Monday 24th to 27th February

Attend a set of 4 training sessions on one day or across the week:

- 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 Library (limited to 20). 15 minutes have been scheduled for you to move between the Edward Ford Building and the Medical Library.

Collect your Start-Up 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 1st March
9.30am start
Attend Welcome Day: Introduction to the School of Public Health and your course. Includes lunch - Eastern Avenue Auditorium.
Monday 3rd March
Your classes commence this week!


Training Sessions: 24th to 27th 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 four 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.

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 cover important issues around enrolment.

The School of Public Health's 2014 Orientation schedule is available to download here:

Registration for the training sessions is essential.

Using ICT on campus: These sessions will be run at a central stall during each day of Orientation Week on the main campus.
Please visit the ICT central stall to find out about 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.

Register for Training Sessions

Semester 1 2014 Orientation program

Online registrations will open in January 2014.

PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses and PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics

A link to all you to register for tutorials in PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses and PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics (if applicable) will appear here in late January 2014.

Welcome Day - Saturday 1st 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 Full Orientation Program

Unable to attend Orientation?

We strongly encourage you to attend Orientation in person if at all possible. However if you can't, you can access recordings of selected sessions online.

This is how you can do this:

  • Go to the SPH Student Support Site on the Learning Management Site (Blackboard), 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.

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
Fax: 9036 6247

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

Dr Jo Lander and Dr Sharon Reid,
Teaching and Learning
School of Public Health

Training Session Evaluation

After each training session you will be invited to submit your feedback via our online evaluation form.