Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

What is PASS?

PASS offers free, weekly, out-of-class study sessions to all Undergraduate and Postgraduate students enrolled in a targeted course. They are facilitated by a leader (or leaders) who are students who have previously and successfully completed the course. Please see the course list below for the availability of courses. 

Attending PASS regularly can help you to:

  • Deepen your understanding of the course content
  • Develop skills for independent university study
  • Make friends
  • Feel more confident in your studies

Which courses are PASS offered in?

Undergraduate

  • Accounting and Financial Management 1A (ACCT1501)
  • Accounting and Financial Management 1B (ACCT1511)
  • Corporate Financial Reporting & Analysis (ACCT2542)
  • The Financial Life-Cycle (ACTL1101)
  • Foundations of Actuarial Models (ACTL2102)
  • Microeconomics 1 (ECON1101)
  • Macroeconomics 1 (ECON1102)
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business and Economics (ECON1202)
  • Business and Economics Statistics (ECON1203)
  • Introductory Econometrics (ECON2206)
  • Capital Markets & Institutions (FINS1612)
  • Business Finance (FINS1613)
  • Portfolio Management (FINS2624)
  • International Business Finance (FINS3616)
  • Applied Corporate Finance (FINS3625)
  • Information Systems in Business (INFS1602)
  • Business Databases (INFS1603)
  • Fundamentals of Business Programming (INFS1609/INFS2609)
  • Marketing Fundamentals (MARK 1012)
  • Marketing Research (MARK2052)
  • Marketing Analytics and Big Data (MARK3054)

Postgraduate

  • Financial Accounting (ACCT5930)
  • Corporate Accounting & Regulation (ACCT5942)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (COMM5005)
  • Data and Business Analysis and (COMM5011)
  • Introductory Statistics and Data Analysis (ECON5257)
  • Corporate Finance (FINS5511)
  • Financial Markets and Institutions (FINS5512)
  • Investments and Portfolio Selection (FINS5513)
  • Capital Budgeting and Financial Decisions (FINS5514)
  • Derivatives and Risk Management Techniques (FINS5535)
  • Empirical Techniques and Applications in Finance (MFIN6201)
  • Financial Theory and Policy (MFIN6214)
  • Accounting Information Systems (INFS5978)
  • Product Analytics (MARK5826)

Current PASS timetables

How can I join a PASS Group?

PASS sessions begin in week 3. Timetables for the PASS groups are handed out at lectures in the first two weeks of session and/or are made available on the course Moodle websites. There’s no need to register.

We recommend that you attend the same group regularly but there is no obligation. You can even attend more than one PASS group a week in a subject if you like. You can also choose to attend some weeks but not others.

How can I get the most out of PASS?

  • Be interactive – this is the optimum way to learn
  • Come along with questions and raise issues
  • Attend regularly

Are you interested in becoming a PASS leader?

PASS leaders are mainly 2nd and 3rd-year students who:

  • Have good results (usually a distinction) in the relevant first-year courses
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have an enthusiastic commitment to supporting first-year students

Leaders are trained by the PASS academic coordinators and the PASS coordinator. They are supported and supervised by the academic coordinator and attend weekly team meetings. Leaders are paid for participating in training, conducting PASS sessions and attending weekly meetings.

How to apply

Advertisements will appear on the School websites in October and announcements will be made in your classes. PASS leader applications need to include:

  • A cover letter/application form
  • Your CV
  • Your academic transcript

Successful applicants undergo training in late February of each year. Applications to be a PASS leader for Actuarial Studies and Commerce (ACTL1001) in session 2 open in April.

For more information contact:
Business School PASS

BUS.PASS@unsw.edu.au​​​

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