Prepare for classes

Explore Wattle

Course pages for Wattle usually open one week before classes start. After you enrol in each course for the semester, you should have access within 48 hours.

Familiarise yourself with your course material and course policies (for example, whether the course allows for late submission of assessments) before classes start.

More information on Wattle

Get to know your timetable

The ANU Timetable can appear confusing at first, so we recommend you spend some time familiarising yourself with the Timetable Viewer.

This tool allows you to generate your timetable and check class locations for lectures, tutes and labs, so that you're prepared for your first classes.

Organise your course materials

Required and recommended materials for individual courses are listed on Programs and Courses as well as in the Course Summary in Wattle.

You may wish to purchase text books new or second hand (chat to ANUSA/PARSA or search Student VIP textbooks). Or you can borrow the required materials from one of the libraries on campus (borrowing criteria and eligibility applies). Check the required materials and books for your courses on Wattle.

Read the ANU rules on academic integrity and plagiarism

Academic Misconduct includes, among other acts, acting dishonestly or unfairly including deliberate plagiarism, copying or cheating in relation to an assessment for admission or the presentation or preparation of assignments for assessment.

In an examination, academic misconduct can include cheating, plagiarism, or taking a prohibited document into an exam.

The tricky part – and the thing that unfortunately catches most students out – is being unfamiliar with what the University defines as Academic Misconduct and the penalties that students can face when they’re found to have breached the Academic Misconduct Rules.

As an ANU student, it’s your responsibility to familiarise yourself with these rules so don’t get caught out for what may be a simple, honest mistake. The possible outcomes of an allegation being considered by an Academic Misconduct Inquiry may include failing the specific course related to the allegation, suspension from study for 12 months or even exclusion from the University.

The University has put together some tips and resources for students to draw upon to help you complete your studies without accidently breaching the university’s Academic Integrity Principles and Academic Misconduct Rules.


The College regards plagiarism as any appropriation of the ideas or expressions of another without relevant and appropriate acknowledgment. This includes un-attributed appropriation of text or content and may extend to improper referencing. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any course and all discovered instances would be pursued to the full extent allowable under the rules.

If you have doubts on how to deal with or acknowledge source materials in course assignments, consult your lecturer or tutor.

The penalties and administrative procedures regarding plagiarism are incorporated in the Code of Practice for Student Academic Integrity (PDF, 272KB).

Online material discussing plagiarism and referencing styles is available from the Academic Skills and Learning Centre.

Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing