NIODA has a range of resources and services to support learning and to help you get the most out of your study experience at NIODA.
NIODA’s classes are held at the Melbourne Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders Lane. The CAE building is located in an exciting, vibrant, student oriented area of the Melbourne CBD. Next door to CAE is the Melbourne City Library. This is a very well used library and has small meeting room availability. Degraves Street, which is two minutes away from the CAE building, is an alleyway full of coffee and food opportunities for before and after class or during breaks. On the ground floor of the CAE building you will find Journal Café. When you come to NIODA classes, you can feel like a student again.
The CAE building itself also houses amenities for students such as student lounge areas, kitchen facilities, study areas, with free access to computers and Wi-Fi, washroom facilities and a first aid room.
The building is also staffed with security officers.
During your orientation workshop, you can expect a tour of the CAE building to familiarise yourself with its amenities.
Student Advisory Service
Academic Writing Workshops
Each Semester, the Student Advisor will host two academic writing workshops. These will be held from 5.30-7.30 and the dates will be advertised at the beginning of each semester. The emphasis in these workshops will be upon:
- sharing writing resources and tips
- developing reflection and editing skills
- giving and receive feedback on drafts
- building confidence and independence
- meeting other students and peer review
Introduction to EndNote and Academic Referencing
An introductory training session in the use of referencing software such as EndNote and NIODA’s requisite referencing style will be run at the beginning of each academic year. Students will be advised of the date for this session at the time of being offered a place in the course and the date will be advertised to all enrolled students.
Web-based Resources for Academic Writing
A number of organisations offer an abundance of student support resources that can be freely accessed online. These include:
Learning Lab (RMIT University)
Features free interactive tutorials and printable handouts on general academic study and writing skills.
Referencing Guides (RMIT University Library)
Access to all online referencing guides (including Harvard).
Academic Skills Resources (University of Melbourne)
Features printable handouts on a range of topics (including specific topics for Graduate students).
Language & Learning Online (Monash University)
Features comprehensive online tutorial to assist with essay and academic writing.
Introduction to Academic Literacy (Victoria University)
Features a series of short entertaining videos on topics such as: the road to academic literacy; critical thinking; creativity and academic honesty.
Due to the experiential nature of the course and training in analytical skills in group and organisational dynamics, from time-to-time the study can surface unexpected issues for students. In the event that a student is experiencing difficulties of a personal nature, the Student Advisor may refer you to NIODA’s Student Counsellor. The Student Counsellor is well versed in systems psychodynamic approaches and has a good understanding of the nature of issues that can occasionally surface in this context.
Should you wish to make your own arrangements for additional counselling or support, you are welcome to contact the Student Advisor for referrals.
All set readings and ancillary readings will be accessible to you via the student portal library resources link. There are approximately 180 set readings and more than 330 ancillary readings in the form of journal articles and book chapters. These are catalogued according to the subject that they relate to.
In addition, NIODA has a small library room at CAE with a special collection of books related to systems psychodynamics. The library will be open 2 hours before class for you to browse and borrow books.
RMIT Library Access
All enrolled students will receive public membership of the RMIT library. This allows you to borrow up to eight books or audio-visual items at a time for two week periods. As the NIODA master program precursor course was at RMIT the library collection has many relevant references for this discipline. RMIT is also conveniently close to the CAE.
Online Library Resources
Once enrolled you will have access to a vast range of academic e-journals via the student portal.
External Library Access
Swinburne University Library is another excellent source of reference books and journals.
Public Membership of the State Library Victoria is free and gives you excellent access to online databases and journals.