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Student expectations

The School of Environment has clear expectations of all our students. These student expectations are listed below, along with PDF resources available to assist students in meeting these expectations. These are a guideline for all our students to assist in actively orienting themselves to academic performance, culture and practices in the School of Environment. Meeting these expectations will ensure that students achieve academic success, foster productive and collegial relationships with lecturing staff and find their candidature period rewarding and enjoyable.

By providing these resources, we also aim to encourage students to seek help. Actively seeking help is normal, expected and essential to personal and academic success.

Don’t hesitate to contact your Course Coordinator or School Administration if you have any questions.

Undergraduate courses

Your first semester at University is both exciting and overwhelming.  This resources list below will help you navigate the support available to help meet the goals of your academic study. It is expected that all students actively develop awareness about help they need, in order to acquire these skills during their candidature. While studying your selected units you will have opportunities to develop these skills.

Resources list: School of Environment Undergraduate Student Expectations (PDF 190KB)

Master of Environmental Management

It is expected that commencing MEM students already have or are immediately preparing to acquire these skills. While studying your selected units you will have opportunities to develop these skills further.

Resources list: School of Environment MEM Student Expectations (PDF 189KB)

Preparation for Learning Expectations.

These activities should be completed by the start of Week 2.

  1. Ensuring your contact details are up to date in the CDU database.
  2. Linking your CDU email to your private email address to ensure you receive all CDU emails.
  3. Knowing how to access, navigate and use Learnline, by undertaking the Learnline module.
  4. Knowing where and how to get IT support.
  5. Read your Unit Information Guide for each unit.
  6. Knowing where to get personal support and advice if you develop personal problems that may impact on your ability to study.


Academic Performance and Practice Expectations.

These are ongoing throughout semester.

  1. Regularly checking emails for academic or administrative messages from CDU staff, including your lecturers.
  2. Carefully reading weekly unit announcements for instructions or guidelines to assist with learning, planning and assessment items.
  3. Committing approximately 10 hours of study per week to each unit. This may include class attendance, field activities, study planning, reading, completing learning activities requested in unit materials, private investigation and research, planning and completing assignments, attending ALLSP, Library or Study Skills online workshops. Note that the amount of study required may vary among units, depending on your previous experience with the topic, scholarships skills etc.
  4. For internal students: Attending weekly tutorials and practical activities as appropriate for your unit - tutorials are an opportunity to seek clarification about concepts and ideas, get advice on learning activities or assignments, or explore and develop your ideas in discussion.
  5. For external and internal students: checking Discussion Boards for posts and making posts of questions  or comments yourself, or participating in Online Classroom sessions (via Collaborate ) – these too are an opportunity to seek clarification about concepts and ideas, get advice on learning activities or assignments, or explore and develop your ideas in discussion.
  6. Preparing for tutorials and completing weekly activities. This may involve reading recommended texts, completing online or research activities provided in the learning materials, completing Discussion Board tasks, writing tasks, or submitting drafts.
  7. Continuously developing your writing skills, appropriate to the task requested, including ensuring you know how to construct sentences and  paragraphs, and to structure writing tasks such as addressing questions, critiquing or building arguments, reporting on findings, reviewing literature etc.
  8. Correctly citing sources and constructing reference lists in all written documents.
  9. Avoiding plagiarism, by knowing how to search for relevant scientific literature, take notes and identify key points and construct arguments. Please take advantage of these resources to find out what plagiarism is. If you are unsure, please check with ALLSP, your unit lecturers. Plagiarism is academic theft.
  10. Developing self-awareness about academic progress, noticing problems with performance, planning or workload management, and actively seeking help from peers, your lecturer, course coordinator or Equity Services staff.
  11. Continuously reviewing and balancing study and non-study commitments, and seeking advice and support if experiencing difficulties.

Professional Skills and Practices Expectations

These are ongoing throughout semester.

  1. Knowing how to present a professionally formatted document, using Word or similar software.
  2. Managing time so that you are aware of semester week numbers, semester dates (including start, end and mid-semester breaks) and assignment due dates and tutorial times. You may find a hard copy diary or electronic calendar on your device helpful.
  3. Successfully arranging appointments with academic staff, using lecturer preferences for arranging meetings – e.g. emailing to make a specific time for an appointment, using scheduled drop-in times or as otherwise advised by your lecturer (see contact details provided within each Learnline unit).


Career Development and Networking Expectations

For when you have settled in academically and over the course of your degree.

  1. Identifying opportunities to build your networks, such as attending on campus research seminars at CDU or elsewhere (depending on your location or study mode).  If you are an external student you may want to check for local events and seminars that will assist you in networking.
  2. Consider applying for membership of professional bodies and NGOs.
  3. Actively seeking voluntary opportunities with CDU researchers, external agencies or consultancies.
  4. Keeping your CV up to date, and include the skills and expertise gained during your study.
  5. Consider taking a professional practice placement as an elective during your coursework.