Science: Day 1


Science: Day 1 – Course Planning and Advice is your first day of university. It is an academic orientation day that introduces you to the structure of the Bachelor of Science, the subjects that you can complete in first year and different ideas about how you might plan your course and develop a pathway towards a major. It is also a great opportunity to meet some of your future classmates.

Science: Day 1 will be held on Wednesday 19 July 2017 in the Laby Theatre, Physics South building.

All commencing BSc students are strongly encouraged to attend Science Day 1, where you will be officially welcomed to the BSc community by academics, professional staff and current students.

On Science Day 1 you will:

  • Receive advice about enrolment, subject selection and the requirements of your degree
  • Discover enrichment opportunities designed exclusively  for BSc students
  • Enjoy a lunchtime festival with lunch and entertainment, and meet our student volunteers, clubs and societies, and mingle with your new cohort
  • Familiarise yourself with key campus locations for first year BSc students

Students enjoying Science: Day 1, January 2017.

Structure of the day

The day will consist of a number of sessions to help introduce you to your course.

The first session of your day will be held in the Laby Theatre, Physics South building at 9.30am. You will be guided to the other activities of the day.

9:30am - 11:30am Welcome and Your Science Options Explained
11:30pm - 2:00pmScience 101 Tour and Science Student Society BBQ
2:00pm - 3:30pm Subject Expo
2:00pm - 2:30pm Science Course Planning with Credit


Welcome and Your Science Options Explained

The Director of the Bachelor of Science will introduce you to the structure of the Bachelor of Science and some ways to think about planning your course. Our First Year Science Subject Coordinators will then explain their subject areas and why you should think about studying them.

This session will be held in the Laby Theatre, Physics South building. You will be guided to the other activities of the day.

Science 101, Lunch and UMSU Carnival Day

This is a combined campus tour and an activity-based session to get you thinking about your own course planning. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and become familiar with the (sometimes confusing!) campus. This will be followed by a free BBQ lunch hosted by the Science Students' Society, and an opportunity to explore the University Carnival with your new friends!

Subject Expo

This is where you will get to speak to academics from each of the different subject areas to get some personalised advice on your subject choices and study plan structure. This is a great way to check that you are on track for choosing the right subjects to succeed in your degree. You can also have specific questions answered by Faculty of Science staff. The subject expo will be held in the Level 2 foyer in the David Caro Building, Physics South.

Science Course Planning with Credit

This session is specifically designed for students commencing the Bachelor of Science with advanced standing (credit) from previous study. We will explain the choices you have and some useful strategies for course planning with credit. This session will be held at 2:00pm in the Laby Theatre, Physics South building.

What to bring

Science: Day 1 will include information sessions and social activities, so you’ll need to be prepared for both. We suggest that you bring:

  • A pen to take notes in the information sessions. Notepaper will be provided by us
  • A bag or backpack: you’ll be given a Course Planning & Advice Guide, plus other bits and pieces on the day that you’ll want to hold onto
  • A drink bottle and warm clothes, as you’ll be spending time outside
  • An umbrella (just in case)
  • A positive attitude: we know that meeting new people in a new place can be daunting, but come with an open mind, ready to get to know the University and your Bachelor of Science cohort!

What not to bring

  • Mum, Dad, friends etc. The information session will fill up, so there’s really no room for anyone other than students. Science: Day 1 is also designed for new students only, and it’s your chance to meet people and make friends before orientation, lectures and tutorials really kick-off. Plus, first year uni is all about adjusting to independent learning – that starts today!

Getting to campus

Please ensure you allow enough time to travel to campus and find your first lecture in the Laby Theatre, Physics South building. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your session starting so you aren’t rushing.

We encourage you to use public transport, walk or ride as first options.

If arriving at Stop 1- Melbourne University on Swanston Street, staff will be there to guide you to the Physics South building.

If you do need to drive to the Parkville campus there are carparks for staff, students and visitors nearby.

How to travel to Melbourne University on public transport

Parking at Parkville campus

Resources for students

First year course planning video

This will get you thinking about your first year course planning, while our other videos will tell you everything you need to know about choosing and enrolling in subjects.

Watch more helpful videos

Other orientation activities

As well as attending the designated Science: Day 1 academic orientation, we encourage you to also attend activities during the University’s Orientation: Make the most of Melbourne, for all  University of Melbourne students, with activities and information sessions running from Monday 10 July to Friday, 21 July.

If you want to start your course planning early, checking out the Handbook for the Bachelor of Science is a great place to start. You can browse all of the majors and subjects available for you to choose from.

We also encourage you to join the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) Mentoring Network. This free program matches you with a trained student mentor who will help you make a smooth transition into university life.

Information for parents and supporters

The Science: Day 1 sessions are designed for new students to get their first university experience, to meet new people and to understand how life at uni differs from secondary school. For these reasons, we encourage parents and supporters to allow the new students to settle in as group together and therefore not attend the information sessions or subject expo. The Bachelor of Science cohort is very large, and spaces are limited. Parents and supporters who enter the lecture theatre will be asked to vacate to ensure that all new students have a chance to hear the information being provided, and to participate.

Parents and supporters are welcome to drop off and pick up their new student for the day and either stay on campus, wander through vibrant Lygon Street for a coffee, lunch or shopping, or catch any tram from Tram Stop 1 down to the CBD.

Useful links for parents

Unable to attend Science Day 1?

If you cannot attend Science Day 1, please make the most of the Undergraduate Orientation activities available across campus during Orientation: Make the most of Melbourne.

There are many other sessions to help you live well and succeed in study during your degree, so check out the website and plan your itinerary.

Still need help?

Stop 1: Connecting Students and Services

Stop 1 offers a range of services including:

  • Administrative and information services including student ID cards, fees, transcripts, scholarships and graduations.
  • Enrolment services such as course planning, enrolment assistance, special consideration and student equity.
  • Skills and development services including employability, global experience, academic development, and student development.
  • Support services including disability, housing, financial aid and the Safer Community Program.

Contact Stop 1 online, on the phone or in person.

Other useful links

Subject Orientation Sessions

Subject Orientation sessions will be held on Friday 21st of July. Plan to come on campus for the day, and take note of the schedule here.