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Knowing the study materials you may need and where to find them will help you to be well prepared to start your studies at USC:

Course outlines

The course outline contains key information about your course, such as the course description, course schedule, learning/assessment tasks and due dates. It also has details about textbooks and recommended readings and your responsibilities as a student. You can find your course outline via Blackboard. It is usually available at least two weeks before the start of your study period.

Note: You can also access your Course outline by going to the Course Finder, typing in your course code, eg COR109 and clicking search. As it may not be the most up-to-date version, it should be used as a guide only.


Prescribed textbooks are the required reading material that supplement your lectures and tutorials. Having regular and easy access to them is important. Confirm exactly what you will need with your lecturer or tutor in Week 1.

How to buy textbooks through your campus

It is highly recommended you order your textbooks prior to the commencement of Semester.

Contact the Co-op Bookshop online and pre-order text books.

Textbook lists are available at the Co-op Bookshop online or at the store on the Sunshine Coast campus.

Purchase textbooks at the Co-op Bookshop online.

Purchase textbooks at the Co-op Bookshop online.

Students can purchase textbooks on campus from the Queensland Textbook Warehouse (QTW), located on the ground floor of B Block.

  • Opening hours are Monday - Friday: 9am – 3pm

Alternatively, resources can be ordered from the Co-op Bookshop online.

Purchase textbooks at the Co-op Bookshop online.

Alternatively, students can purchase textbooks at the Co-op book shop located in St Lucia or at USC Sunshine Coast.

Second-hand textbooks

You can buy second-hand textbooks from the following places:

  • Public noticeboards — Located at Uni Club, near the Good Bean and outside the Brasserie
  • USC Blackboard — Blackboard Login > Organisations tab > Campus Life and Student Groups > Textbooks – buy and sell here
  • USC Student Guild — has a textbook hub located at the Uni Club
    Gympie students can phone the textbook hub and purchase their books over the phone. Payment is made via EFT and the books will be available for collection from the USC Gympie Reception within 5-7 working days from the receipt of payment.
  • Online through StudentVIP Textbooks

A copy of your textbook may be found in the Library Catalogue or Course Reserve.

Course workbooks

Course workbooks are listed in your course outline and are available to order online via MyPrint Shop.

Please view the MyPrint Shop webpage for an overview, turn-around times, payment and delivery options, and detailed instructions on How to order MyPrint Shop products, including Course Workbooks online.

Online articles/chapters

Access to any required online articles/chapters are listed in your course outlines. For more information visit the Library.

Student diary and academic calendar

Keep track of your studies and important dates with the assistance of a student diary and an academic calendar. You will receive them in your welcome pack during Orientation. If you are unable to attend, they are also available through Student Central.

Note taking materials for class

Bring along note paper, pens and/or a laptop/tablet to class.

Free Microsoft Office 365 for students

Download and install Microsoft Office. It is offered free to all actively enrolled USC students to help them with their studies.

Study support workshops schedule

There are a range of academic and study support services available to you at USC, including workshops. Check out the schedule of study support workshops on offer to assist you in succeeding in your studies.

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