Learning Resources - Accounting and Information Systems - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Learning Resources

Learning resources specific to courses are provided to students by their lecturers, including through LEARN. There are some general resources that suit all or many ACIS courses, and that may apply to learning and assessment in other disciplines. These resources may also be useful to other publics besides students.

Excelling in Assessment

Assessment is an integral part of your learning. Plan to do well in your assessment and you'll learn an awful lot more. Here are some Test and Exam Secrets. You should also visit the Learning Skills Centre.

Assessed work from a 100-level undergraduate essay through to a PhD thesis gets a lot higher marks if it includes authoritative sources and proper referencing (e.g. Einstein (1950) said . . . ). There are many different styles of referencing. ACIS recommends the following styles, Harvard and APA (which stands for American Psychological Association).

Studying to Learn

University study should never be dull and boring, or overly stressful and chaotic. But avoiding these circumstances requires effort on your part and acquiring and applying learning skills, many different from school, polytechnic and other forms of organised study.

  • UC's Learning Skills Centre has plenty of ways to help you acquire all the necessary skills to suit all sorts of things you'll find yourself doing, whether it's participating in a lecture, writing a report, making a presentation or being involved in group work.
  • Focus on Study Skills – a series of quick guides and strategies from De Montfort University on everything from note making through organising private study to being a successful group worker.
  • Open University Study Skills – a series of short courses you can engage in free at any time of the day or night on a wide range of learning and assessment skills.
  • A guide to grammar - a guide to grammar for use in all courses at all levels, although it was prepared for postgraduate courses especially.
  • Guide to case studies (Word, 43KB)- some ACIS courses use case studies to learn from and in assessment.
  • UC Library resources
    • Business and commercial law resources
    • And of course, there are the UC Library facilities – now this is not just a monolithic building full of dusty books. In fact, you can use many of the facilities and document collections from home or on campus without going near the actual library buildings. Going there is worthwhile, however, because apart from everything else, there are experts there to help find what you are looking for, even if you don’t know what it is that you’ll really need for that vital A grade assignment.

Computing Facilities

Although everyone is encouraged to have their own laptop or PC at home, ACIS, and UC have a range of computer facilities to suit most needs. These are located and available as follows:

  • Kirkwood Village
    Room KB04: 36 dual boot computers, open Mon-Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
    Room KC03: 36 PC's, open 24 hours, 7 days
  • Erskine building
    Crypt 1: 70 workstations, open 24 hours, 7 days
    Crypt 2: 28 Mac computers, open 24 hours, 7 days
    Erskine 248: 52 PC's, open Mon-Fri 8:00am-6:00pm

Following the Right Course

It's all very well studying courses effectively and passing the assessments, tests and exams, but how can anyone be sure that they are on the right course or studying for the right qualification. Course advice is available about selecting the right way through a programme and putting yourself in a position to do the next programme too (e.g. you may want to study for a BCom (Hons), not only a BCom). Many people have an eye on employment and a career when considering what qualifications to study for, and you can get careers advice too.

What's On to Broaden Your Ideas

University is not just about attending lectures and tutorials for particular courses, or teaching same. There’s plenty more to see, do and get involved in, socially as well as intellectually. Be aware that many intellectual events are also major social opportunities. To find out what's on by way of concerts, exhibitions, seminars and so on, visit UC Events.

ACIS Policies

To be fair to everyone, the Department of Accounting and Information Systems has devised policies on several important matters that affect students and teachers. The matters include course outlines, student workload expectations, assessments, marking and aegrotats, academic honesty, rules re combining assignment, test and exam scores into a final course score and grade, and miscellaneous matters. It is ESSENTIAL that students and teachers are familiar with these. So, please read the ACIS Course Policies.

UC Policies

The University has a wide ranging set of policies affecting students, teachers, researchers, managerial, administrative, technical and general staff. For more information visit the UC Policy Library.