Current Students

Academic matters


University lectures often have more than 100 students. These are complemented by smaller weekly tutorials, seminars, laboratories and workshops where you will be expected to actively participate in discussion or debate.

Studying at university may be different to your previous study experiences. UWA encourages an academic culture of active student learning, and your work may be assessed in a variety of ways.

Expectations when studying at UWA

  • Emphasis is on learning independently and continuing your study outside classes.
  • You will be expected to take an active part in learning rather than rote learning.
  • Critical thinking is necessary.
  • It is important to voice your own opinion and to be able to support your opinions with facts and references.
  • You will receive less direction from lecturers.
  • There will be fewer assessments but they will have heavier weighting.

Students are asked to:

  • collect and analyse data
  • ask questions
  • develop an argument in a logical form
  • participate in discussion and debate with other students and teachers.

Academic assessment

Depending on the course you are enrolled in, assessment takes various forms. In some courses, assessment comprises final examinations, short tests and essays.

Others are based on continuous assessment of assignments, short essays, field trips, tutorial papers, oral examinations and seminars. Most units will have one or two large assignments rather than lots of smaller ones.

Examination timetables are published about three weeks before the start of examinations. Your personal exam timetable is accessed through your student website - StudentConnect.

Find out what the grade codes in your results mean.

Ask for help if you are having problems

Your tutors, lecturers, course co-ordinator and faculty adviser are there to help you, so talk to them about any difficulties.

Alternatively, a counsellor or learning skills adviser from Student Wellbeing and Success can provide assistance with developing your study skills.

You can also contact the International Student Adviser or our Global Learning office.