Navigating the Student Portal
Navigating your course
Watch the tutorial below for an overview of how to navigate your course.
Once you know how to navigate around a piece of legislation, it is easier to find what you are looking for.
When searching for information, it is useful to know how to move around sections of an act or regulation and then back to the main piece of legislation.
The following short videos show how to navigate legislation on the Austlii website and government legislation websites.
In our courses, we refer to legislation using a combination of Austlii and government legislation pages.
When looking for particular information within a learner resource or piece of legislation, you can also use a search function, such as Ctrl+F on your keyboard, to search for key terms.
To do this in learner resources:
- Go to the learner resource you wish to search
- Click on the red settings cog
- Click 'Print book'
- Use the Ctrl+F function to search the whole book.
Prompt words direct you and tell you how to go about answering a question. Here is a list of prompt words that you will come across frequently within your course assessment tasks.
|Prompt||What it might mean|
|Analyse||Break an issue down into its component parts, discuss them and show how they interrelate.|
|Assess||Consider the value or importance of something, paying due attention to positive, negative and disputable aspects, and citing the judgements of any known authorities as well as your own.|
|Compare||Identify the characteristics or qualities two or more things have in common (but probably point out their differences as well).|
|Define||Make a statement as to the meaning or interpretation of something, giving sufficient detail as to allow it to be distinguished from similar things.|
|Describe||Spell out the main aspects of an idea or topic or the sequence in which a series of things happened.|
|Discuss||Investigate or examine by argument. Examine key points and possible interpretations, sift and debate, giving reasons for and against. Draw a conclusion.|
|Evaluate||Make an appraisal of the worth of something, in the light of its apparent truth; include your personal opinion. Like 'assess'.|
|Explain||Tell how things work or how they came to be the way they are, including perhaps some need to 'describe' and to 'analyse' (see above).|
|Identify||Pick out what you regard as the key features of something, perhaps making clear the criteria you use.|
|Interpret||Clarify something or 'explain' (see above), perhaps indicating how the thing relates to some other thing or perspective.|
|Outline||Indicate the main features of a topic or sequence of events, possibly setting them within a clear structure or framework to show how they interrelate.|
|State||Express the main points of an idea or topic, perhaps in the manner of 'describe' or 'enumerate' (see above).|
|Summarise||'State' (see above) the main features of an argument, omitting all superfluous detail and side issues.|