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#### VanillaRice

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##### 2020 Monash New Student Thread
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Feel free to ask any questions about getting started at Monash by hitting 'Reply' on this thread (you must have an account and be logged in).
If you would like to speak to a Monash representative, you can also call 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274), or visit Monash Connect on your campus. Where possible, have information such as your student ID number and WES transaction numbers ready. Of course, you can also post those questions in this thread, and hopefully someone here can help you out as well

Welcome and congratulations to all new 2020 Monash students!

Enrolling (VTAC applicants)
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After filling out all the administrative details, you'll be able to move on to selecting your area of study (majors, minors, specialisations, etc. - which you need to select, if any, will depend on your course) and your units (subjects). Don't stress too much about your selection here - you'll be able to change them if you change your mind (preferably before uni starts). For many courses (e.g. BSc, BCom), you'll be able to change your major later (e.g. next year).
The final date to add units is Friday 13 (spooky) March, 2020. This date is at the end of week 2, meaning that you can decide to change your subjects after classes officially start! Students will often do this if they find out they don't really like a particular subject.
The census date for Semester 1, 2020 is Tuesday March 31 (~week 4). You will be able to un-enrol in units up until this date without penalty. Be sure to keep this date in mind - the census date is the last day that you can be enrolled in a subject with no penalties for withdrawing (i.e. you do not have to pay, and your withdrawal will not be noted on your academic transcript). There is also a later deadline where you can still withdraw from a unit without paying the fee, but this will be noted on your academic transcript as a "withdrawn".

At Monash, "full time students" complete 24 points of units per semester (= 48 per year). Most units are 6 points, so you'll generally complete 4 units per semester. If you find 24 points challenging (which is totally fine - everyone adapts to uni differently, and some will also have various other commitments e.g. work, family), you can drop to 18 points, and still be considered a full time student (and maintain full time student benefits such as PTV transport concession). Anything under 18 points, and you are considered a part time student ("underloading"). You can also apply to overload in a semester, which means completing 30 points in that semester. This is an option for students who need 6 more points to complete their degree, or simply want to accelerate their degree. To overload in a semester, you must have completed at least 1 year of study, and have greater than a 60% grade average. Some degrees (e.g. Medicine, Law) have strict policies regarding overloading. The amount of points you need to complete your degree can be found on your course handbook page.

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Once you have successfully enrolled in all of your units the most important thing you will do before you start uni will be setting up your timetable (Note: Some courses (e.g. Medicine, Pharmacy, PharmSci) manage your timetable for you). At Monash, timetables are assigned via a preference system on Allocate+. Some units allow you to allocate yourself to a class immediately (on a first come, first serve basis - but this is usually restricted to lectures), but most classes in first year will ask for preferences. For the majority of classes, you will need to select preferences (e.g. 1 to 6) for class times that you would prefer. After the closing date, everything then shuts down for a few days, the timetable Gods do their magic, and you will be given your timetable (based on your preferences). The way I do my preferences is I set up a spreadsheet, and use the Monash class timetable to pick the classes I want beforehand.  However, a lot of students use this handy Timetable Finder (which basically designs a timetable for you) which was designed by a past student(?) - you can select the units you're doing, and then also add restrictions such as no morning or Friday classes. Picking first preferences which do not clash with each other will give you a good chance of getting the timetable you want. The percentage next to a class time tells you how many people picked that timeslot as their first preference, compared to how many spots are actually available in their class (e.g. if for a class of 100 people, the percentage is 100%, it means 100 people have already put that as their first preference). Picking times with lower percentages will also give you a higher chance of getting it.
For help on what all the abbreviations on Allocate+ mean, see here. Preference entry closes on Tuesday 28 January at 9am, so don't leave it too late (check full dates here)!

At 10 am on Tuesday 4 February , Allocate+ will reopen in 'adjustment mode'. When this happens, your confirmed timetable will be available. If you forgot to do your preferences (don't forget), then you will have been allocated to the unwanted leftover class times. I would recommend having the opening date noted down, as this is a chance for you to move around your class times, provided there is space in that class (first come, first serve). If you really want a certain timeslot that is full, you can select the heart icon next to the timeslot - you will be put on a waiting list, and immediately allocated to that time (and notified via email) as soon as a space becomes free (e.g. someone changes class, or requests as swap in the other direction). I know some previous advice has said that you can just turn up to a class that is full and ask to join, but from personal experience, this generally isn't allowed in most faculties (at least, not anymore). Note: The swapping system has been changes (and integrated into Allocate+, as described above), so any older advice saying that you can privately arrange a swap with another student (e.g. by finding someone on Monash StalkerSpace) is now incorrect - swaps are only allowed through the Allocate+ system (which I think is more fair).

Note: You must set up a new timetable for Semester 2 units.
Online Resources
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For most Monash online services (my.monash, WES, Moodle), you should be able to log in with just your username (i.e. you don't need to type [email protected], just the username bit) and password. You may need to use the full email to log in to things such as your email, though.

my.monash is the student portal. From here, you will be able to access your email, WES, Moodle, ask.monash, Shuttle Bus timetables, class timetable, exam timetable and more. There is also a my.monash app available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

WES is the Web Enrolment System, and is the place to go for things such as enrolling/unenrolling/reenrolling in units/your course, applying for deferral, viewing your academic transcript/grades, discontinuing your course and more. It's also the most convenient place to find your student ID number (in case you don't have your student ID with you) - it's at the very top when you log in.

Moodle is the online learning system used at Monash. This is where everything related to your units can be found, including due dates, assignments and lecture notes. Please check this regularly. Unit coordinators will generally post information regarding assessments, etc. on here. Many unit coordinators also encourage you to ask content-related questions on the Moodle forums for your unit instead of emailing the lecturer directly (so your question can also benefit everyone else). In 2019, they also updated Moodle to give it a fresh new look (I think they also had a competition to rename it?) - personally I don't like it

Allocate+ is where you will go to set up and manage your class timetable.

CLAYTON CAMPUS

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Getting There via Public Transport
Try the PTV Journey Planner to find the best way to get to Clayton campus. The name of the (main) bus stop (the bus loop) at Clayton campus is 'Monash University/Wellington Road'.
It might also be worth getting familiar with where all the buses stop in the bus loop.
Need to top up your myki? There's a top up machine located on one of the central islands in the bus loop (near stops D and M).

To and from the city: A large proportion of students (including myself) travel to Monash from the city via train. You want to take the Cranbourne/Pakenham line and alight at Huntingdale station.

When arriving at Huntingdale Station, exit down the ramp and turn left, and then left again (basically, follow the crowd ). Head up the stairs, and ahead will be the bus stop for the 601 (statistically the busiest bus stop in Melbourne!). This bus runs direct express to Clayton campus, with the ride taking around 6-10 minutes. The 601 does not run on weekends and some public holidays - if you need to get to Clayton campus on these days, take the 900 (to Rowville) or 630 (to Monash University). Note: The 601 still runs on Labor Day and Melbourne Cup Day (because they're not "university holidays" ).

To get back to Huntingdale Station from Clayton campus, simply board the 601 where you alighted. The 900 (to Caulfield) and 630 (to Elwood) also go past Huntingdale Station - you can pick up these buses from the two bus stops in front of the 601 stop.

Note when using buses: if the bus is busy, it's always polite to move where possible towards the back of the bus to stand to allow more people to board. This is especially true for the 601, which can get very busy during peak times.
Another note: Myki ticket inspectors patrol often (in the bus loop, on buses, and on trains), so be sure to touch on. They sometimes also check for concessions (see below for how to get one).

Intercampus Travel: There are free intercampus shuttle buses to and from Clayton to Peninsula and Caulfield campuses. Be sure to have your student ID with you (sometimes the driver checks). You can view the timetable via the 'Shuttle bus' tile on my.monash.

PTV Tertiary Student Concession: Getting one of these at uni is super easy. Once you've uploaded your photo or have had it taken on campus for your student ID, a pre-filled form should become available on WES after 24 hours. All you need to do is print it out, fill out some details, give it to your nearest station, and pay the $9 fee to receive your concession card Parking The car parks around campus can get busy around 9-10 am (especially at the start of semester), so I recommend arriving earlier so that you aren't late to class. These are patrolled by parking inspectors, and the fines are enforceable by the Monash City Council, so please check the signs to ensure that you're parked in the right place. Permit parking: The most popular option for students who drive to uni often. Students are eligible to apply for a blue permit for either a half-year or full-year. Student blue permits allow you to park in blue permit bays on any campus (not only Clayton). Permits go on sale sometime in February, and sell out very quickly. Keep an eye out on this page! Blue permit parking spaces are coloured blue on this map. The best car parks for blue permits are SE4/5 and N1. Car-pooling: Car-poolers can park in any blue permit zone using the Liftango app. It also has a system to match-up people heading to/from uni that live in your area. Metered parking: There is also metered parking available on campus. Monash has recently migrated to using the CellOPark smartphone app. You can also pay using your number plate at a parking meter. Please note that these meters no longer accept cash, and do not use tickets (your ticket will be associated with your number plate). Metered parking spaces are coloured pink on this map. For on-campus parking ($2.40/hour; $12.00 all-day), the best car park is SE1/2/3. There is also cheaper ($1.00/hour; $5.00 all-day) off-campus parking at OC1 (corner Blackburn Rd/Wellington Rd), which tends to be less busy (but can still fill up). OC1 is ~15-20 minute walk away from campus. Orientation Week MSA Card: This is probably the most popular membership for (Clayton) students. The MSA is the (official) Monash Student Association, and is in charge of things such as running on campus events, and providing student support services. By becoming a member ($10-20 from memory), you'll get a range of benefits. For those considering signing up for clubs and societies, the MSA membership also gives a $5 discount on club/society memberships (some work out to be free this way), so I would recommend getting your MSA membership before signing up for the clubs/societies. Membership also gives you access to a variety of other rewards. The MSA membership signup line is probably the longest of all, so if you're on campus before O-week (e.g. for an enrolment session), the lines are pretty short/non-existent then, so I would do it then You can also register online and skip the queue. You'll also need to have your student ID card before signing up for MSA and many clubs/societies, since your membership in these cases is a sticker on your card. Prior to/during O-week, your faculty (the people in charge of your course) may hold an introductory/orientation session. Depending on the faculty, they could involve activities designed to introduce you to other students, and/or introduce you to the course itself. Apart from this, O-week will involve a festival with heaps of club/society stalls for you to talk to members and sign up. Note not all clubs/societies will have a stall during O-week, but you can view the full list here. There's also stalls for things such as on/off-campus residency, disability support services, etc. There'll also be heaps of free stuff, so take a look around! I would also recommend using this time to explore the Clayton campus, and perhaps find out where your classes are held so you don't get lost on your first day. Getting Around The Clayton campus is designed like network of streets. Each building belongs to a street, and has a street number. Click here for a map of the campus. You might feel really lost initially, but don't worry, you'll get used to it eventually! There's also a StudentVIP Lost on Campus on the App and Google Play Stores. Haven't used it personally, but apparently its quite useful. I find I can get around fine using the standard map though. If you're having trouble telling the buildings apart, most buildings should have a blue sign with a number sticking out the side. Otherwise, if you can find the entrance, there's usually a sign with the building number and name on there as well. Also, probably another thing to note is that the buildings are not always directly next to the main footpath - sometimes you might need to venture away from the main footpath a bit to find the actual building. Food & Drink Probably the most budget-friendly lunch you can have is one you have brought yourself. There are heaps of microwaves in the Campus Centre (especially next to the student lounge, right next to Boost Juice), as well as filtered cold/hot water taps. There are some microwaves on level 1, in a small room adjacent to the dining hall. There are filtered water fountains located around campus. Otherwise, there are heaps of different food options around campus. Link to the Monash Food and Retail site. Campus Centre has the biggest variety of food and drink options, with multiple fast food takeouts, cafes, and chain stores (e.g. Roll'd, Guzman y Gomez, Subway). I recommend taking the time to look around campus and see what's available (for example, there's a Schnitz and a pizzeria on Sports Walk near the Sports Centre, and a cafe within the Sports Centre itself). McDonald's, Clayton: Located along Dandenong Rd, right across the road from Clayton campus. To get there, you want to leave the bus loop/Monash College onto Wellington Rd and turn right (heading towards Huntingdale Station). Keep walking, cross Dandenong Rd, and you're there! (Note: You can get 20% off for purchases up to$20 with an MSA card)

Coffee: Don't drink coffee myself, but I'm a big fan of the BorrowCup initiative they've got running at Monash Clayton. At eligible cafes, just ask for your hot beverage in a reusable "BorrowCup", which you can then return in dedicated bins dotted around campus.

Where can I go to study?
The libraries are probably your best option (Note: Libraries have dedicated quiet zones - please take note of the signs and be respectful of others).
Otherwise, there's study spaces dotted all around the campus (have a look around!). The Learning and Teaching Building (next to the bus loop), first few levels of the Menzies building (tallest building on campus) for example, have common study spaces near the staircases. First year engineering students have a dedicated study space (in the New Horizons building), as well as Science students (Science Student Lounge). Other faculties may have similar areas for their students.

Computers: If you need to use a computer (free to use), there should be heaps in any of the Sir Louis Matheson, Hargrave-Andrews and Law Libraries. There are also various computer labs around campus. Some are dedicated to certain types of students (e.g. BusEco/Commerce students can use the computer labs on level 1 Menzies, provided there isn't a class going on). You can try find a lab here. In most cases, I've found that I can find an available library computer (sometimes after a 5-10 min wait). Computers are first come first served. Matheson library is probably the busiest and the Law Library doesn't have that many computers, so I find it easiest to find a computer in the Hargrave-Andrews library (although the decor isn't as nice).

Other Stuff
The Campus Centre houses a range of other services for students, including Monash Connect (go here for any admin-related matters), careers advice, a medical office, optometrist's office, pharmacy, post office, student travel centre, convenience store, piano rooms, and a more.
CAULFIELD CAMPUS

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Getting There via Public Transport
Try the PTV Journey Planner to find the best way to get to Caulfield campus. The campus is located right next to Caulfield Station (on the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Frankston train lines).

To and from the city: Catch a Pakenham/Cranbourne train (~20 mins) and alight at Caulfield station. As soon as your exit, cross the road, and campus is basically there! You can also catch a Frankston train, but it will be slower (as it has more stops). The number 3 tram along Swanston St (CBD) will also go directly to Caulfield campus (~40 mins).

Intercampus Travel: There are free intercampus shuttle buses to and from Caulfield to Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Be sure to have your student ID with you (sometimes the driver checks). You can view the timetable via the 'Shuttle bus' tile on my.monash.

PTV Tertiary Student Concession: Getting one of these at uni is super easy. Once you've uploaded your photo or have had it taken on campus for your student ID, a pre-filled form should become available somewhere on WES after 24 hours. All you need to do is print it out, fill out some details, give it to your nearest station, and pay the \$9 fee to receive your concession card

Parking
There is a multi-level car park on campus (for both Monash staff/students and the public). Enter via Princes Avenue.

Orientation Week
O-week will involve a festival with club/society stalls for you to talk to members and sign up. Note not all clubs/societies will have a stall during O-week (or for the entirety of O-week), but you can view the full list here. There's also stalls for things such as on/off-campus residency, disability support services, etc. There'll also be heaps of free stuff, so take a look around! I would also recommend using this time to explore the Caulfield campus, and perhaps find out where your classes are held so you don't get lost on your first day.

Prior to/during O-week, your faculty (the people in charge of your course) may hold an introductory/orientation session. Depending on the faculty, they could involve activities designed to introduce you to other students, and/or introduce you to the course itself.

Getting Around
Each building is named with a letter. Click here for a map. There's also a StudentVIP Lost on Campus on the App and Google Play Stores.

Food & Drink
Click here for food and drink options on Caulfield campus. The microwaves that I'm aware of are located on the ground floor of building C and on the first floor of building S (hidden behind the red MONSU sign in the main lounge, facing out the window).
There is also a small shopping centre (with a Coles) next door to campus, with restaurants and stores along Sir John Monash Drive.

Where to study
The primary study space would probably be Caulfield Library (although there are study spaces located throughout the buildings, which I've yet to explore). Caulfield library would also be main location for computers.
Accessing internet on campus
Click for info on  accessing the wifi on campus
The best wifi network to use on campus is eduroam. To connect, your username is your student email ([email protected]) and your password is your Monash account password. You will also be able to connect to the eduroam network at any other (non-Monash!) university that uses eduroam - username and password are the same The eduroam network can be a bit sketchy at times, but has been mostly reliable in my opinion (e.g. you can watch lecture recordings comfortably).
Printing
Click for info on printing on campus
You can print from either your own device (including mobile!) or a Monash computer, see the instructions here. Printing is relatively cheap (prices here), 10c for a double-sided black/white page. Pro tip: if you're going to print lecture notes, make them ~6 slides/page

Once you've sent the print job, you can access it at a printer by tapping your student ID card on the blue box on the side of the printer (or manually enter your username/pass on the screen, although the touchscreen keyboard sucks ), and selecting the print job.

To add money onto your M-pass (student ID card), you can either top up online, or at a kiosk (you can find them in the libraries, usually somewhere near the printers - they're blue, and look like a myki top up machine) using a credit/debit card. If you want to pay using cash (Clayton campus), you can head to the MSA Student Union Recreational Library on Level 1 campus centre and do it there.

Scanning is also free at Monash printers - simply scan your card and select scan.
If you have an urgent question for Monash directly, you can call Monash Connect on +61 3 9902 601, or ask a question on ask.monash (replies within 2-3 business days).

As always, I encourage other current/past students to add on to this! If you think there's anything that should  be added, please suggest it below! Again, feel free to post any questions, or even just let us know what you're studying below. Otherwise, good luck in your first few weeks at Monash!

Some tips:
- There’s a trick to increase your chances of getting the timetable you want. The trick is usually to force clashes in as many middle preferences as possible.
- Try not to have too many 1hr gaps if you can.
- Watch out for construction and fire drills. They happen quite frequently and it means that half the maps around Clayton campus are usually out of date by mid-year.
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##### Re: 2020 Monash New Student Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2019, 02:43:35 pm »
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Hi guys. Was wondering whether I would be able to change majors after enrolment. I know that you can change units until late February but can you change your majors as well? Thanks!
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2019, 03:39:37 pm »
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Hi guys. Was wondering whether I would be able to change majors after enrolment. I know that you can change units until late February but can you change your majors as well? Thanks!

I know that for science at least you don't need to nominate majors until 2nd year and you can change them after nominating them as well

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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2019, 04:52:27 pm »
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I know that for science at least you don't need to nominate majors until 2nd year and you can change them after nominating them as well

Thank you very much Bri. I am actually planning to enrol at Bsc at Monash Uni. Does that mean that I am able to make changes to my majors and minors after the 3rd of February (Last day I can enrol in my units)? Cheers
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2019, 05:40:29 pm »
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Hello!

Currently, students undertaking an Arts degree in 2020 are unable to select certain 'Areas of Study' (ie. majors/minors, according to WES). Is this section of enrolment really important, as we're still able to select units that are available in the unavailable area of study (eg. Philosophy).

If it is, how do you suggest we go about addressing it? Contact Monash on the 2nd?

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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2019, 05:59:52 pm »
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Thank you very much Bri. I am actually planning to enrol at Bsc at Monash Uni. Does that mean that I am able to make changes to my majors and minors after the 3rd of February (Last day I can enrol in my units)? Cheers
No worries at all!

You are able to make changes to majors and minors well after 3rd Feb

Hello!

Currently, students undertaking an Arts degree in 2020 are unable to select certain 'Areas of Study' (ie. majors/minors, according to WES). Is this section of enrolment really important, as we're still able to select units that are available in the unavailable area of study (eg. Philosophy).

If it is, how do you suggest we go about addressing it? Contact Monash on the 2nd?

Thanks!

Hey!

Not an arts student but I doubt this section is compulsory for you in 1st year and if it is WES should tell you that that's the case

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##### Re: 2020 Monash New Student Thread
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2019, 07:25:56 pm »
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Thank you very much Bri. I am actually planning to enrol at Bsc at Monash Uni. Does that mean that I am able to make changes to my majors and minors after the 3rd of February (Last day I can enrol in my units)? Cheers
I did the BSci at Monash and was able to change minors at the end of my third year, as I didn’t realise I actually fulfilled a Japanese minor! Took a bit longer as this was out of faculty, but it did make my testamur well before graduation! (Took maybe a week or two via Ask.Monash?)

Some tips:
- There’s a trick to increase your chances of getting the timetable you want. The trick is usually to force clashes in as many middle preferences as possible.
- Try not to have too many 1hr gaps if you can.
- Watch out for construction and fire drills. They happen quite frequently and it means that half the maps around Clayton campus are usually out of date by mid-year.
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2019, 06:13:12 am »
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Hey guys, some assistance would be highly required )
So I'm gonna be doing a Bachelor of Business, and am trying to pick my majors. SSOOOOO i wanted to do accounting and banking & finance as my majors, but accounting was not there for me to select??
Could anyone assist me xd??

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2019, 02:05:16 pm »
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Hey guys, some assistance would be highly required )
So I'm gonna be doing a Bachelor of Business, and am trying to pick my majors. SSOOOOO i wanted to do accounting and banking & finance as my majors, but accounting was not there for me to select??
Could anyone assist me xd??
I’m guessing it’s either not possible or it’s not on the list for some reason. Would probably contact Monash when they come back from the break to find out what’s going on and why this is happening.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2020, 07:42:47 pm »
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I’m guessing it’s either not possible or it’s not on the list for some reason. Would probably contact Monash when they come back from the break to find out what’s going on and why this is happening.
I know that some Arts majors/minors weren't available before New Years, so I'd suggest checking again since Monash opened again on Jan 2.

On another topic, I have a question about the orientation planner that has recently come out. There are a number of MONSU Caufield social events that have appeared. Does this mean there will be MONSU Clayton equivalents coming soon?
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2020, 07:51:52 pm »
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On another topic, I have a question about the orientation planner that has recently come out. There are a number of MONSU Caufield social events that have appeared. Does this mean there will be MONSU Clayton equivalents coming soon?
MONSU (Monash Student Union) is the Caulfield version of the MSA (Monash Student Association) at Clayton. So, unless the MSA events haven't appeared yet, that's a no.

Edit: I just checked. MSA events are available on the Orientation Planner under "Uni life essentials (transition/ support)" and "Social Activities". Try those.
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2020, 08:40:54 pm »
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MONSU (Monash Student Union) is the Caulfield version of the MSA (Monash Student Association) at Clayton. So, unless the MSA events haven't appeared yet, that's a no.

Edit: I just checked. MSA events are available on the Orientation Planner under "Uni life essentials (transition/ support)" and "Social Activities". Try those.
Ah, that makes sense! I didn't even realise they were separate.

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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2020, 11:20:50 pm »
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Quick question in terms of a law degree,

For LAW1114, or any law unit, what's the difference between a workshop, tutorial and what is an 'APPLIED_PASS'? Where's the best place to preference these on my timetable? Should workshops be before tutorials or is it better to be preferenced after, given the APPLIED block appears to be auto-allocated to a Friday afternoon (according to will.io)

#### VanillaRice

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Quick question in terms of a law degree,

For LAW1114, or any law unit, what's the difference between a workshop, tutorial and what is an 'APPLIED_PASS'? Where's the best place to preference these on my timetable? Should workshops be before tutorials or is it better to be preferenced after, given the APPLIED block appears to be auto-allocated to a Friday afternoon (according to will.io)

Hey there!

I often find it useful to look up last year's unit guide to find out more about a unit (2020 unit guides are usually not published until very close to or at the start of semester, which is not really helpful when you're picking your units).

According to the 2019 unit guide for LAW1114, it seems workshops are larger classes where you do some pre-readings before class, and then come into class to participate in various activities to learn and explore the content. Meanwhile, tutorials are smaller classes where you practise problem solving and answer questions. I'm not a law student, but based on the fact that there are some workshops held at the very end of the week (after most of the tutorials have finished), I would guess that the order of workshops and tutorials during the week wouldn't matter too much.

In terms of the Applied_PASS classes, I would guess that these are the Peer Assisted Study Sessions, which are optional revision/study classes run by senior law students who have recently done LAW1114. PASS is only available for some units (e.g. LAW1114/1113). If you look up the LAW1114 class times on the official class timetable, it seems that there are various PASS class times available.

Hope that helps!
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