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Student Q Manual
Nell Kimberley and Glenda Crosling
Faculty of Business and Economics Monash University

First published 1994 Reprinted 1995 Second edition 1997 Reprinted with revisions 1998 Third edition 2005 Fourth edition 2008 Copyright © Monash University 2008 Published by the Faculty of Business and Economics Monash University Caulfield East Victoria 3145 Australia

Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 1.2 1.3 Welcome Monash University Faculty of Business and Economics 1.3.1 Goals 1.3.2 Faculty structure 1.3.3 Departments and centres 1.3.4 Aims for learning at Monash University and in the Faculty of Business and Economics 1.3.5 Units 1.3.6 Role of lecturers/tutors 1.3.7 Role of on-line sources of information 1.3.8 Role of course directors/coordinators Additional important information 1.3.9 Faculty expectations of student performance 1.4.1 Attendance and participation at lectures and tutorials 1.4.2 Special consideration and extension of time for submission of an assessment task 1.4.3 Workload 1.4.4 Self-reliance 1.4.5 Time management Student assessment 1.5.1 Examinations 1.5.2 Use of English dictionaries and calculators 1.5.3 Results 1.5.4 Marks and grades 1.5.5 Honours grading 1.5.6 Examples of grades and corresponding achievement levels

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Chapter 2 Approaching study in the Faculty of Business and Economics 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The study “mindset” Academic enquiry, discovery and independence in study Approaching study in the faculty disciplines Lectures and your learning 2.4.1 Preparing for the lecture 2.4.2 Reading before the lecture 2.4.3 Using Powerpoint slides 2.4.4 Thinking about the topic and the subject 2.4.5 Talking to your classmates about your weekly topics Taking notes in the lecture 2.5.1 Recognising and recording the main points 2.5.2 Using abbreviations 2.5.3 Learning styles 2.5.4 Managing visual and spoken information 2.5.5 Losing concentration in the lecture

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After the lecture Tutorials and your learning Reading in your study 2.8.1 Reading to understand or comprehend 2.8.2 Reading for critical comment Checklist for studying faculty units and courses

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Chapter 3 The research process: A basic guide
3.1 The research process 3.1.1 Step 1: Understand the assignment topic/question(s) 3.1.2 Step 2: Decide what sort of information you need to complete the assignment 3.1.3 Step 3: Decide where to look for this information 3.1.4 Step 4: Develop and use a search strategy for database searching 3.1.5 Step 5: Evaluate the information found and revise the plan 3.1.6 Step 6: Presentation 3.1.7 Step 7: Final evaluation Using the Internet for research 3.2.1 Some further tips for productive Internet research

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Chapter 4 Academic writing skills
4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Characteristics of successful writing 4.1.1 Responding to the task Exam question, Accounting and Finance 4.2.1 Initial analysis, key terms and directions Structuring your writing clearly 4.3.1 Writing structure Forming and expressing your perspective on the task 4.4.1 “Crystallised response” 4.4.2 Plan the response Supporting your perspective 4.5.1 Paragraph structure 4.5.2 Use of references Presenting a consistent and logical response Expressing your ideas clearly 4.7.1 Formal academic language 4.7.2 Some other features of academic language Checklist for academic writing skills

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Chapter 5 Writing essays
5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Analyse the task Synthesise your information Plan the essay Reference the sources of information

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Chapter 6 Writing a literature review
6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 The nature of a literature review Procedure for completing a literature review Writing the literature review Checklist for a literature review...
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