Orientation – Admissions – Southern Cross University

Orientation and enrolment

Orientation checklist

Get the most out of your orientation and be prepared. The Orientation Checklist will help you be as ready as you can be.

An introduction to orientation. What is it, what is covered and why is it necessary?

Please refer to the Orientation Schedule for your Campus at the links above for specific information about dates and times. Late Orientation will be offered during weeks 1 and 2 of the session as well for those late offer acceptances.

Here is what you need to know:

Step 1: Attend Orientation

Step 2: Enrolment confirmed and checked (you will now have access to the important systems to begin your journey. My Enrolment, MySCU, SCU email, SCU BLackboard/Collaborate)

Step 3: Attend the Academic Integrity Workshop

Step 4: Access Blackboard/Collaborate and start your studies

Step 5: Access “New to Southern Cross University” for handy tips and guidance on starting your journey. https://learn.scu.edu.au/bbcswebdav/orgs/SERT-SCU/click-me.html

An outline of the orientation process and what is involved

Orientation is an important event that starts your journey as a university student. Whether we are online or on campus this is your chance to learn how things work at the university, familiarise yourself with your course requirements and meet other students as well as faculty and staff members.

We will provide you with important information related to your enrolment, important timelines and dates[ e.g. Census date] , reminders of your visa obligations, your rights and avenues for seeking advice and assistance and of course there will be lots of useful information and tips to assist you settling into Australia and to your new home city.

Orientation social events are a great opportunity for you to meet other students and engage with your campus.

Orientation is delivered the week before teaching starts so you have time to prepare and be completely organised and ready for when teaching starts in week 1.

We will also present helpful sessions that provide you with essential tools to succeed in your degree.

Orientation is your key to a smooth transition to your studies and an important step in setting you up with the best opportunity to feel excited, prepared and organised for your studies.

Instructions for attending orientation

How do I prepare for orientation?

  1. Please ensure that you have received the Orientation schedule.
  2. Orientation will be held on campus for all onshore students as well as online for offshore students.
  3. Make sure you keep this day free. Consider this Day 1 in your university calendar. You will need to be present and focused for the day. Do not schedule other activities or arrangements. Set this day aside as the first step of preparation for your university journey – take it seriously.
  4. If you are not onshore and joining the Orientation on campus, you will need to join the online session. You will be provided Zoom links for each session. Ensure you are seated comfortably at a desk in front of your computer. You will need to use a computer in order to successfully engage with the orientation program. If you are offshore and joining the online Orientation, you should not use your phone to join these sessions.
  5. Refer to the instructions on how to join the zoom session.
  6. Log in 10 minutes early to ensure that you have sorted out any technical issues and are ready on time, prepared for the session. You will need to remain logged in for all the session. Attendance is recorded.
  7. Turn your camera on, listen carefully, take notes if you need to and be ready to ask questions and engage with the session.

During Orientation, presenters will take you through a lot of information – but don’t worry, there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions, to have information repeated or to clarify your understanding.

You will also receive a follow up Student Guide in your email which contains the important information AND don’t forget all that you need to know is also on the SCU website www.scu.edu.au

An introduction to the systems you will need to access

Here is an introductory list of essential systems that you will need to access after orientation.

We will take you through each of these systems and explain how you log in to these during the orientation sessions.

  1. My Enrolment: *My Enrolment is the web service that allows you to self-manage your studies, including grades, fees and more. (*Please note: This link will not work until you are enrolled)
  2. MySCU: This is your portal to all University systems including your Blackboard Learning Sites, SCU Email, Library Services and much more.Access to MySCU is available once you are enrolled.
  3. SCU email: It is vital to check this daily as you will be given important information that affects your studies.
  4. SCU Blackboard: All the units you are enrolled in will appear in your BB site within 24 hours after you have been enrolled in these. You can access your Blackboard through MySCU. This Learning Site is where your Lecturer will provide you with information regarding your studies including assessments, unit guides, readings list and more. Please note if you do not see your Learning Sites by the commencement of the study period you may not be enrolled correctly. You should contact student services immediately.This is where you will also find your Unit Information Guide, the Study Guide and all unit announcementshttps://spark.scu.edu.au/kb/ts/logging-in-or-getting-access/how-where-do-i-login/how-do-i-login-to-myscu-aka-blackboard/

Note:

The program below is indicative only at this stage. Further information and links will be provided closer to the commencement date.