Knowing the study materials you may need and where to find them will help you to be well prepared to start your studies at USC:
- Course outlines
- Course readers
- Online articles/chapters
- Student diary and academic calendar
- Note taking materials for class
- Study support workshops schedule
The course outline contains key information about your course, such as the course description, course schedule, learning/assessment tasks and due dates. It also has details about textbooks and recommended readings and your responsibilities as a student. You can find your course outline via Blackboard. It is usually available at least two weeks before the start of your study period.
Note: You can also access your Course outline by going to the Course Finder, typing in your course code, eg COR109 and clicking search. As it may not be the most up-to-date version, it should be used as a guide only.
Prescribed textbooks are the required reading material that supplement your lectures and tutorials. Having regular and easy access to them is important. Confirm exactly what you will need with your lecturer or tutor in Week 1.
You can buy second-hand text books from the following places:
- Public noticeboards — Located at Uni Club, near the Good Bean and outside the Brasserie
- USC Blackboard — Blackboard Login > USC Community Tab > Campus Life and Student Groups > Textbooks – buy and sell here
- USC Student Guild — has a textbook hub located at the Uni Club
- Online through StudentVIP Textbooks
Course readers are listed in your course outline and are available for purchase either online or in store at Mail and Print Services (MaPS) at the Sippy Downs campus.
- Order Course readers online to avoid queues (free postage)
Access to any required online articles/chapters are listed in your course outlines. For more information visit the Library.
Keep track of your studies and important dates with the assistance of a student diary and an academic calendar. You will receive them in your welcome pack during Orientation. If you are unable to attend, they are also available through Student Central.
Bring along note paper, pens and/or a laptop/tablet to class.
There are a range of academic and study support services available to you at USC, including workshops. Check out the schedule of study support workshops on offer to assist you in succeeding in your studies.