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The Macquarie Dictionary is the University's default reference for spelling.

A

  • Aboriginal — adjective, upper case in all uses of the word
  • Aborigine — noun, upper case in all uses of the word
  • adviser — not advisor, but advisory
  • affect — affect is the verb, to act upon or influence
  • after — not subsequently, following
  • AHEGS — Australian Higher Eduction Graduation Statement
  • ALTC — Australian Learning and Teaching Council
  • alternative entry — use instead of mature-age
  • am — no punctuation and no space between the time and 'am'
  • application form — lower case
  • AQF — Australian Qualifications Framework
  • ARC — Australian Research Council
  • Associate Professor — do not abbreviate, use Dr after the first reference of Associate Professor

B

  • Bachelor — degree (capitalise for specific degree reference)
  • bachelor’s degree — not bachelors, bachelor degree courses (use lower case for generic reference)
  • barbecue — not barbeque, preferred instead of BBQ
  • before — not prior to, ahead of
  • benefited — not benefitted
  • bookshop — one word

C

  • Career Development — two words (note: caps)
  • carpark — one word
  • CD-ROM — all caps, hyphenate
  • childcare — one word
  • committed — not commited
  • computer-based — hyphenate
  • cooperation — no hyphen
  • coordinator — no hyphen
  • coursework — one word
  • CRC — Cooperative Research Centres
  • CRICOS — Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students
  • cross-disciplinary — hyphenate, note no hyphen in multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary

D

  • Dean — initial capital
  • decision-making — hyphenate (noun)
  • DEEWR — Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • dietitian — not dietician
  • Doctoral — initial capital
  • Dr — not Dr.

E

  • e-commerce — or e-Commerce at the start of a sentence
  • ecotourism — one word
  • effect — is the noun, the result or cause of something else
  • ELP — English Language Programs (when referring to the name of the department, otherwise English language programs)
  • ELICOS — English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students
  • email — not e-mail
  • enrolled — not enroled
  • enrolment — not enrollment
  • enquiry — not inquiry
  • ESOS — Education Services for Overseas Students
  • except — not with the exception of

F

  • faculty — lower case, but University of the Sunshine Coast Faculty of Business
  • Faculty of Arts, Business and Law — never use an ampersand (&)
  • Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering — never use an ampersand (&)
  • Far North Queensland — region
  • fast-track — hyphenate verb and adjective
  • fee-based — hyphenate
  • fee-paying — hyphenate
  • few — not a small percentage of
  • fieldwork — one word
  • first-class — hyphenate adjective
  • first class — noun, two words, no hyphen
  • focused — not focussed
  • fulfil — not fulfill
  • full-time — hyphenate adjective ie full-time student
  • full time — noun, two words, no hyphen ie to study full time

G

  • Graduate Diploma — capitalise for specific degree reference, otherwise lower case
  • government — lower case unless it is part of a name

H

  • health care — two words
  • HECS — Higher Education Contribution Scheme
  • homepage — one word
  • honour — not honor
  • Honours — degree not program (proper University terminology is Bachelor Honours degree), capitalise

I

  • IELTS — International English Language Testing System
  • in-depth — hyphenate
  • Indigenous — upper case in all uses of the word
  • instalment — not installment
  • internet/intranet — lower case

L

  • lifelong — one word
  • log-off — hyphenate
  • log-on — hyphenate
  • lower case – two words

M

  • many — not numerous, a great number
  • Master's — degree (capitalise for specific degree reference)
  • master's degree – master's courses (use lower case for generic reference)
  • mature-age — hyphenate (preferred term is alternative entry)
  • MBA — Master of Business Administration
  • mid-year — hyphenate, lower case
  • more information — as opposed to further information
  • most — not the majority of
  • multicultural, multimedia — no hyphen

N

  • NEAS — National ELT Accreditation Scheme
  • north-east — hyphenate (direction lower case)
  • now — not at the moment, at this point in time

O

  • off campus — two words
  • on campus — generally two words, but depends on context: on-campus — hyphenate adjective (ie, on-campus students)
  • online — one word
  • OP — Overall Position, stands on its own, not OP score
  • OP ineligible — no hyphen

P

  • paediatric — retain digraph
  • part-time — hyphenate adjective (ie part-time study)
  • part time — noun, two words, no hyphen (ie to study part time)
  • percent — one word, do not use symbol (%) unless in a table
  • PhD — do not punctuate as Ph.D
  • pm — no punctuation and no space between the time and 'pm'
  • PO Box — capitalise
  • postgraduate — one word
  • practice — noun: I do a lot of practice. Both doctors and lawyers have practices.
  • practise — verb: I practise a lot. A doctor practises medicine.
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor — hyphenate Vice-Chancellor, not Pro-Vice-Chancellor
  • problem-solving — hyphenate (noun)
  • Professor — never abbreviate to Prof.
  • program — not programme

Q

  • Qld – not QLD on letters
  • QTAC — Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre

R

  • re-apply — hyphenate
  • resource-based — hyphenate

S

  • school-leavers — hyphenate
  • semester — but Semester 1, 2006
  • ‘s’ not ‘z’ — eg, analyse not analyze
  • shops — not retail outlets
  • soon — not in the near future, shortly
  • south-east — hyphenate (direction lower case)
  • South East Asia — region (capitalise)
  • South-East Queensland — region (capitalise and hyphenate)
  • start — not begin
  • STAT — Special Tertiary Admissions Test
  • state — lower case when used on its own, capitalised in State Government
  • statewide — one word
  • Student visa — note: Cap “S” lower case “v”

T

  • Targeted — not targetted
  • TESOL — Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • textbooks — one word
  • thank you — two words, no hyphen
  • time — 5.30pm, 9.27am, 6am (not 6.00am)
  • timeframe — one word
  • to — not in order to, with the intention of
  • TOEFL — Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • travelled — not traveled

U

  • upfront — one word (adjective): upfront fees
  • up-to-date — hyphenate adjective, but not hyphenated after verb (ie, keep up to date)
  • use — not utilise (definitely not utilize)

V

Vice-Chancellor — hyphenate

W

  • World Wide Web or Web — capitalise
  • website — one word, lower case
  • web page — two words, lower case
  • weekdays — one word
  • wellbeing — one word

Y

  • Year — Year 12 student, not Grade 12, Cap ‘Y’, not hyphenated: Senior-phase students from Years 10-12 visited the campus
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