A GLOSSARY OF KEY UNIVERSITY TERMS!
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Census Date: The last date you can withdraw from a subject, without it going on your academic transcript or on your HECS debt
Swotvac: The time between the end of the semester and the beginning of the exam period in which you revise and review material for the upcoming exams.
HECS Debt: The debt you incur when you delay the paying of fees for university subjects
Special/Supplementary Exams: Exams held after the normal exam period. Sat by students who due to illness or other extenuating circumstances could sit the normal exams.
Lecture Capture: Recordings of lectures which can be viewed online
SSAF (Melbourne Uni. Specific): Fee paid each semester on top of the regular subject payments. Covers the operation of clubs, the student’s union and the university theatre group.
Jaffy (Melbourne Uni. Specific): Term for a first year, usually used in a derogatory sense. Acronym for: Just Another F###ing First Year.
WAM: Weighed Average Mark, an average of all your subject grades out of 100.
GPA: Grade Point Average
Academic Transcript: a Formal document which serves as a record of your results
LMS: Learning Management System. An online system which allows access to all assessments and materials for a subject.
Moodle (See LMS – different systems are used at different universities)
Student Number: a Unique number that you will use to identify yourself on exams and assignments.
Commonwealth Supported Place: A higher education place (to a degree) for which the federal government makes a contribution. While the overwhelming majority of undergraduates places are supported there are only a limited number of such places in some graduate degrees.
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