Welcome! Here you'll find resources for current Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS) students.
For personalised support or assistance, get in touch with Stop 1. Stop 1 can connect you with the full range of student services to support you while studying at the University.
These services include Academic Skills, Course Planning, Student Equity and Disability Support, Special Consideration, Counselling and Psychological Services, the University Health Service, Careers and Employability, Study Overseas and more.
Congratulations on receiving your offer to study with FVAS! We know that you have lots of questions about your studies and we want to ensure that you have a smooth transition to university life here at the University of Melbourne.
Accepting your offer
Become an official University of Melbourne student with Get Started at Melbourne: your step-by-step guide to accepting your offer and completing your uni admin.
Here’s a handy checklist to make sure you’ve taken care of administrative tasks, including getting your student card, accessing your student email, and accessing the LMS.
Semester 1 Orientation: 22 – 26 February 2021
Semester 1, 2021: 1 March – 28 May 2021
Check out other key semester dates on the University dates page.
You can find out what activities are available to help you get to know the University of Melbourne at our Orientation webpage.
Important note: Some of our courses start on dates other than those above. Please check your letter of offer for your course’s start date.
Online learning in 2021
Some general notes about online delivery in the Bachelor of Agriculture:
- Broadly speaking, dual delivery in the Bachelor of Agriculture will operate along the lines outlined on the Return to campus website
- All lectures are recorded and can be viewed remotely.
- You can attend tutorials and workshops online if you are unable to make it to Parkville for in-person teaching. If you cannot be on campus for lab sessions, online lab sessions are available with video demonstrations and interactive elements like quizzes and discussions.
- It is important that you feel that you are part of a supportive community within the Bachelor of Agriculture. Online classes are opportunities to get to know your fellow students and tutors. Weekly discussion tasks in tutorials encourage regular student interaction in breakout rooms and discussion apps, which make taking an active role in class discussions less intimidating.
- We understand that learning during the COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful or make it harder to understand what is needed for assessments. Our lecturers are experienced in online teaching, and respond quickly to email enquiries. In some classes, tutors have weekly bookable “office hours” for Zoom or phone catch-ups. There are also a range of free resources and assistance available for students through the University.
- Times for online classes include those set to enable participation from other time zones, with sessions in the afternoon, Melbourne time. This means there are classes at reasonable times in the morning for students in China, India, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.
A typical week of online teaching follows this system:
As an example Dr Alexis Pang, coordinator of first-year subject Foundations of Agricultural Sciences 1 (FAS1), writes:
“For FAS1, there will be no lab practicals. Any practical-related materials will be done using video demonstrations recorded by the instructors; for online students, this will be done interactively over zoom sessions.
“Classes over Zoom will be conducted with student engagement and rapport integrated. This will be done by tutors who are particularly good at online teaching, who have already learnt and developed their skills from online tutoring in 2020. For example, we use breakout rooms so that students can work closely together in smaller groups of three–five students where some close working relationships could be formed.
“Subject coordinator and tutors are available (by appointment) for online videoconference discussions to support academic queries or via email. Lectures and tutorials online are also recorded so that students can review and revise at their own pace. Collaborative discussions via Discussion Boards and/or apps such as Perusall will be used to support academic development. We will explicitly address study skills in Week 1, and there will be links to resources including videos for students to transit to university studies.”
Subject selection and enrolment
Find out how to plan your course, enrol in subjects and set out your timetable by visiting the Manage Your Course page.
The Handbook is the University’s ultimate course and subject guide – your official source of course and subject information. You can explore your subject options, get to know the course structure, find the rules of the Bachelor of Agriculture and read information on subject timetables and prerequisites.
Detailed Bachelor of Agriculture study plans can also assist you in structuring your degree.
Several subjects offered by the University have limited enrolment numbers. These 'quota subjects' are usually laboratory or fieldwork subjects where enrolment capacity is limited by available resources.
Student Life: Peer Mentoring and Academic Advising
During your Bachelor of Agriculture, you will also have the support of a peer mentor and an academic adviser through the new Student Life program.
To help you settle in, meet new people and learn more about everything the University has to offer, you will be matched with a peer mentor and a group of first-year peers from your course who you will meet with throughout your first few weeks of Semester 1. These sessions will take place via video call for students learning online.
Having a peer mentor and group will help you get the most out of your first year. You can:
- Meet fellow students and build on your University experiences together
- Learn helpful tips and tricks from your peer mentor about studying and getting involved at the University
- Share fun and memorable experiences with your group
- Build friendships with your cohort and share your experiences to contribute to other students’ development
- Grow your skillset to complement your academic studies.
In Semester 2, you will be matched with an academic adviser. Your adviser will be an experienced member of the Faculty’s teaching team and will take an active interest in your wellbeing, progress and success throughout your degree.
Navigating opportunities and challenges at university and the options in the Bachelor of Agriculture can be a lot to think about. Your meetings with your academic adviser will be a space for you to think, share ideas, talk about your goals and explore opportunities with someone who can provide guidance and advice, and who’ll be able to help you connect with our vibrant, diverse and inclusive community outside of the classroom.
You can find out more about our Student Life programs:
If you have any questions, you can contact Lisa and Nicky from the FVAS Student Life team via email: email@example.com.
Planning your course
Remember to regularly check in on the University’s Current Students page, where you can access a range of study resources and information.
Before you enrol in subjects you will need to start planning your course. This involves checking the course rules and structure in the Handbook and your faculty resources before deciding which subjects you will study. If you need assistance choosing or enrolling in your subjects, you can book an appointment with a Course Adviser.
Course planning tool
To make the most of your course, it’s important to understand your course structure, choose the right subjects and explore the options available to you. These tools do not replace the normal enrolment process. They are to be used as a guide only to plan out your subjects and specialisations. You will still need to add and enrol in subjects via your Study Plan.
MyTimetable is the tool you use to plan and build your class timetable. Class timetabling is a preference-based process where you rank your preferred class times, and MyTimetable's sorting process finds the best fit for everyone's individual timetable. Each step has a deadline, so be aware of the key dates.
Learning Management System (LMS)
The Learning Management System (LMS) is the online home of everything related to your enrolled subjects. Once you've enrolled in subjects, you'll use the LMS to access readings, lecture recordings and assignment information, and to submit your assignments as well as check your grades.
What you’ll need to know
Q Fever screening and vaccination
Some FVAS courses and subjects require you to be vaccinated against Q Fever. Learn which courses and subjects require vaccination, how to obtain vaccination, and find out about the Q Fever register.
Moving to Melbourne
Many of you will be moving to Melbourne for the first time next year and for some of you it may be the first time you are living away from home.
Looking for a trusted and comfortable place to call home? University Accommodation offers graduate-only residences, including The Lofts at Melbourne Connect. Other options include shared apartments, studio rooms, dorms and colleges.
To apply and for more details, view accommodation options.
Aim to submit your visa application at least 6 weeks prior to your course commencement date, which you can find on your offer letter. You are expected to be on campus in time for Melbourne Orientation [link to orientation section of ‘getting started’ page]. If you can’t commence your course on time (e.g. due to visa processing delays), you may be required to defer to a later intake.
Find a detailed guide to student visa processing.
The Welcome to Melbourne webinars are designed to support international students with their transition to Melbourne with the opportunity to ask questions.
Thousands of international students move to Melbourne every year and it can take some time to understand the city and the culture. Read the University's International Student Checklist to find everything you need to know about studying and living in Australia.
Find out about transport options in and around Melbourne.
Want to get to know your campus better? Check out the some maps and key campus services at Campus information page.
Your fees will vary depending on what type of student you are (e.g. domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate) and the course you are studying. Learn more about what fees you're required to pay and how they're calculated here:
If you are intending to use FEE-HELP to pay your tuition fees, please lodge your FEE-HELP application immediately after you enrol in subjects. Some subjects have early census dates. Applications for FEE-HELP must be lodged by the subject census date if you wish to defer payment to a FEE-HELP loan. If the census date has passed you must pay the fee for the subject upfront to the University.
When you accept your offer to study, you must pay a minimum tuition fee deposit of $10,000 (AUD). This fee deposit will be deducted from your remaining tuition fees. The deposit can be paid with your Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) as outlined in your offer letter.
Fees for international students
Keeping track of your academic progress is important during your time as a student. At the end of each semester you should be aware of your results in each subject and know what to do if you have any problems.
An overview of what happens if you do not meet academic requirements can be found on the University’s Academic Progress webpage.
You may find extra information on the conditions of your academic progression in the ‘notes’ section of the Handbook entry for your course.
Changing your study load
If you withdraw from a subject, make sure it is not required as a pre-requisite for subjects you intend to study in the future or that it is not required as a co-requisite for subjects you are currently studying.
Find information on withdrawing from a subject.
For information about changing from full-time to part-time study, read the Stop 1 FAQs
International students, read more here: Reduced study load information and application form
Failing a subject
If you have failed a single subject, you can read about the steps you can take here
If you have failed more than one subject, failed a core or compulsory subject, or withdrawn from all your subjects after the census date, you may be at risk of unsatisfactory progress. For more information about unsatisfactory progress, please see the University's Academic Progress page.
Leave of absence
Sometimes life is unpredictable. If circumstances arise that mean you need to take a break from study, you will need to apply for a leave of absence.
Course withdrawal means you have permanently withdrawn from your course prior to completion with no plans for readmission.
Find out more about course withdrawal.
Before you apply to withdraw from your course, it is recommended that you seek course advice to ensure that course withdrawal is right for you. If you withdraw from your course but decide in the future to resume your studies in the same course, you will need to reapply.
For more information, see: Course withdrawal and re-admission.
If you want to discuss strategies to improve your academic progress, please contact Stop 1.
Relevant Policy: Academic Progress Policy (MPF1291)
Assessment information and policies
Find information about assessment, including extensions, academic integrity, and more.
FVAS Exam Procedure
Important information on the procedures for exams, including e-Exams, as it relates specifically to subjects within the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.
Social Media and Photography Guidelines
Information and guidelines regarding photography, video/audio recordings and social media within the faculty.
Student code of conduct
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences students must abide by the following standards of behaviour. This Code is to be used alongside and in addition to the following University of Melbourne documents:
Writing style guide
A guide to help you achieve consistency and accuracy in your writing, formatting and referencing of essays and reports.