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Study materials

Find out about buying textbooks, course readers and accessing other study materials to assist you with your studies.

Course content on Blackboard

Your course information is uploaded to Blackboard by your Course Coordinator and should be available by Week 1, although most courses will be available earlier.

Your courses may not all appear in your Student Dashboard at the same time, so keep checking back.

Once your courses start and if you still cannot see your course on your Student Dashboard, follow these troubleshooting instructions - why isn't all of my course information for this semester appearing on Blackboard?

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 for each course you are enrolled in via Blackboard, which are made available approximately two weeks before the start of your study period. How do I find my Course Outline? 

Textbooks

Prescribed textbooks and course workbooks are the required reading material that supplement your lectures and tutorials. Having regular and easy access to them is important.

Check your course outline for a list of required textbooks and course workbooks. It is recommended that you order the items prescribed in the course outline for your relevant Semester/Session as they may change from previous study periods.

You can purchase your textbooks online, from Booktopia online via the Textbook Finder page: 

1. Select Institution and Campus
2. Select Semester
3. Select Course Code

or on-campus from;

Second-hand textbooks can also be purchased:

Course workbooks

Course workbooks can be ordered online via MyPrint Shop once available, usually three weeks before the start of classes. Check the Student News and email newsletter for a notice when they are available to order.

Check your course outline for a list of required textbooks and course workbooks. It is recommended that you order the items prescribed in the course outline for your relevant Semester/Session as they may change from previous study periods.

Free Microsoft Office 365 for all students

Microsoft Office 365 is offered free to all actively enrolled USC students to help with your studies. Download and install Microsoft Office.

Student diary and academic calendar

Keep track of your studies and important dates with the assistance of a student diary and the academic calendar. Collect your free student diary at Orientation or from Student Central at your campus.

Pre-study modules

USC is committed to embedding and fostering a culture of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. To ensure these core values are understood, new students are required to successfully complete the Academic Integrity and Respect at USC modules before they start their studies. Find out how to complete your pre-study modules.