Bachelor of Science Orientation

Science: Day 1 and Melbourne Orientation Week

Welcome to all our new Bachelor of Science students! Orientation for 2020 consists of Science: Day 1 on Tuesday 21 January and a series of BSc orientation activities during Melbourne Orientation Week, Monday 24 – Friday 28 February. Read on to learn more.

For international students, Science: Day 1 isn't compulsory. However, we strongly recommend that you attend the Bachelor of Science activities during Melbourne Orientation Week.

Science: Day 1

Science: Day 1 takes place before the start of the semester. The next Science Day 1 is taking place on Tuesday 21 January and we encourage all commencing Bachelor of Science students to attend.

Surnames A–M commence at 9am and finish at 3pm
Surnames N–Z commence at 10:30am and finish at 4:30pm

What is Science: Day 1?

Through Science: Day 1, we aim to inspire and equip you with information to enable those first steps of your exciting journey within the Bachelor of Science.

All sessions will be held in the Glyn Davis Theatre (basement), Glyn Davis Building.

You will get the opportunity to:

  • Experience your first day at the University of Melbourne with other new Bachelor of Science students
  • Explore the areas of science available within the Bachelor of Science
  • Discover the ways the subjects your study can be applied to real world situations
  • Discuss course and subject options with academics and learn how the degree can be tailored to your interests
  • Enjoy fun activities and meet our student societies and club representatives
  • Feast on free lunch at our food truck carnival.

Students enjoying Science: Day 1, January 2018.

The details

Science: Day 1 consists of four activities that are designed to help you explore the campus, engage with science and plan your degree.

Session 1: Welcome and your science options explained

The Director of the BSc will introduce you to the structure of the degree and some ways to think about planning your course. You will also learn about key first-year subject options to help guide your enrolment decisions.

Session 2: Campus tour and lunch carnival

Science 101 is an interactive student-led tour of the Campus. This is a great opportunity to find out about the best places to study, grab a coffee or where you can find a quiet spot on campus to relax between classes.

Session 3: Lunch Carnival

Grab a bite to eat (on us!) from one of the many food trucks visiting the campus that day and chat with fellow students from the Science Student Society.

Session 4: Subject expo

This is where you'll get to speak to academics from each of the different subject areas and receive advice on your subject choices and study plan. This is a great way to check that you're on track for choosing the right subjects to succeed in your degree.

Your first-year subjects

Science: Day 1 will equip you with all the information you need to understand the Bachelor of Science. However, we understand that many of you will be keen to start planning your degrees as soon as possible. Visit our Getting Started in Science page to find out all the information you will need to start selecting your first-year subjects.

It's also definitely worth having a look at the Handbook for the Bachelor of Science. You can browse all the majors and subjects available for you to choose from.

If you're not able to attend Science: Day 1, you'll be given access to online course planning materials. We strongly encourage you to attend relevant BSc orientation activities during Melbourne Orientation Week.

Melbourne Orientation Week

All new students are invited to attend Melbourne Orientation Week.

You should choose the events relevant to you during Melbourne Orientation Week, including BSc-specific orientation activities.

Plan your Orientation experience

BSc Orientation: Monday 24 February

  • Subject Orientations: Biology, Mathematics and Statistics, Chemistry and Physics Program Coordinators will be running subject specific orientation sessions on this day. These sessions run for 30 minutes and prepare students for starting in their subjects and understanding the assessments.
  • BSc Academic Skills Session – Getting started in Science: 1-hour lectures run by Academic Skills, supporting students in preparing for tertiary study in the BSc.
  • BSc Student Life Expo: get advice on a range of things including Work-Integrated Learning, Mentoring, Exchange and Student Clubs. At the same time you can relax and enjoy meeting your fellow students over some cool treats.

What to bring

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

  • A pen and paper to take notes in the information sessions
  • A bag or backpack: you’ll be given a Course Planning and Advice Guide, plus other bits and pieces on the day that you’ll want to hold onto
  • A drink bottle
  • 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 sessions will fill up, so there’s no room for anyone other than students. Orientation is also designed for new students only, and it’s your chance to meet people and make friends before University really kicks off. Plus, first year uni is all about adjusting to independent learning – that starts today!

Getting to campus

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 (before Science: Day 1).

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

Making friends

Starting university can be a daunting experience and many of you will be concerned about making friends and connections in this new environment.

The Bachelor of Science Peer Mentoring program is available to all commencing students and offers the opportunity to meet a mixture of commencing and current Bachelor of Science students in a relaxed environment.

Information for parents and supporters

The Orientation activities are designed for new students to get their first University experience, to meet new people and to understand how uni life differs from secondary school. For these reasons, we encourage parents and supporters to allow the new students to settle in together as a group and therefore ask parents and supporters to not attend the information sessions or subject expos and subject orientations.

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 can 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 Orientation?

We encourage all commencing students to attend Orientation, but we understand that it isn’t always possible. For those unable to attend Science: Day 1, we will have online course planning resources available.

Please remember, this does not replace the experience of attending Science: Day 1 and Melbourne Orientation Week. However, these resources will provide the necessary guidance to select subjects and ensure you get a good start to your degree.

Need more 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.

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