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5 tips to guarantee success at ACOM

In this Video Jon Dainton a recent graduate, talks about the 5 things that he learnt while studying at ACOM to ensure success in his studies. 




About our online library

ACOM subscribes to a number of online databases to give our students immediate and remote access to a variety of quality resources. Below is an outline of what each database contains.

ProQuest eBooks - eBook Central delivers, with breadth and depth of ebooks from scholarly sources, including University Presses and other top publishers. Designed with mobile in mind, access the site from your tablet or phone, and download ebooks for offline reading.

ProQuest Psychology and Religion Database - a collection of scholarly journals, books, videos & audio, dissertations & theses, newspapers and more.

20th Century Religious Thought: Christianity - a multivolume, cross-searchable online collection that brings together the seminal works and archival materials related to worldwide religious thinkers, from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century.

EBSCO: Religion and Philosophy - an alternate online library, which provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Contains more than 300 full text journals.

Appeal Assessment Form

Click below to download the form and submit it via email to

Appeal Assessment Form

Assessment Resources

Each resource listed is linked. Click on the link to download.

COVERSHEET: should be used as the first page of all of your written assessments.

TASK WORDS: A list of tasks words and their meanings, to help understand your assignment question. Can be printed and used as a reference.

MARKING GUIDE: should be used as a framework for your assessments. See the document "Understanding the ACOM Marking Guide" (within the Marking Guide link) for an explanation of how the guide works.

REFERENCING GUIDE: A detailed guide on how to reference in the style of Turabian. A quick guide at the end can be printed and used as a reference.

GUIDE TO ACADEMIC WRITING: A guide to be used in conjuction with the checklist below.

ASSIGNMENT WRITING CHECKLIST: A checklist designed to help you adhere to academic and formatting guidelines.

Assignment Writing Checklist

Click below to download the file.

Assignment Writing Checklist

Audio Options in Zoom

If you would like the option of joining a Zoom session by phoning in (Audio only) then please contact for the telephone number and Meeting ID. Note that joining via this method will incur the cost of a phone call to the Sydney area (area code 02).


Cohort Student Placement Supervision Resource

Click below to download the resource.

Collaborate Staff Resource

All you need to know about Participating and Moderating Collaborate; setup, troubleshooting and etiquette.

Collaborate Student Resource

All you need to know about Collaborate; setup, troubleshooting and etiquette.


Click below to download.

(Please note: .docx files are incompatible with versions of Microsoft Word prior to 2007.)

Cover Sheet


EBSCOhost Databases User Guide

Click below to access the User Guide for using EBSCO Databases:

Essay Plan Template

Click below to download. You can use this as a template for your essays.

Sourced from The Study Gurus (

Essay Writing - How do we do this thing

In this video Neale Meredith, Dean of Students talks about how to write an essay. He focusses on the importance of answering the question, how to take great notes, creating a plan for your essay, the importance of checking that you stay on track, and proofreading your work to present the best essay possible.

See also our Guide to Academic Writing and How to Write an Academic Essay


Essay Writing - Providing evidence for what you say

This video addresses the importance of referencing. It answers questions like: What sort of references should we be looking for? How many? What's the difference between using a quote or re-wording? How much is too much? How do I integrate references into my assignment? Here we also address the issue of Plagiarism. Finally, some tips are provided for keeping track of your references as you are reading, and taking notes for your assignments.

See also How to Take Notes as You Study


Essay Writing - Referencing! How to do it

In this video you will learn about ACOM’s preferred referencing style as well as where to find the ACOM Referencing Guide. Neale also works through the difference between a Footnote and a Bibliography reference.

Please note that where the "Assignment Writing Guide" is referenced in this video, we are referring to the Referencing Guide.



Essay Writing - Tips for success

Learn about what your marker is looking for and the importance of Introductions and Conclusions. Also learn how to present a clear and easy to read assignment that your marker loves to read.



Explanation of the IGS Contract



FAQs around IGS units

Download the FAQ document below.

free Grammarly account

You should have received an email invitation to join ACOM's premium Grammarly subscription. That email provides a link for you to create a premium Grammarly account.

You will not be able to join ACOM's premium Grammarly subscription without this email invitation. If you have not received the email invitation, please let us know.

If you have created an account already, you can sign out and then use the link in your email to sign in again. This should link you to ACOM's premium Grammarly subscription.

When prompted for an access code, please enter: 87uaiN7Qn5TMfJdk

If you need any help with this please feel free to contact us at


Guide for Learning Cohorts for Proclaiming the Good News

Learning Cohort staff use.

Guide to Academic Writing

Click below to download

Guide to Academic Writing

Guides to Different Writing Styles


Help with our online library

(Note that there are several "how to" videos listed in the playlist linked above).

How to merge your old Bookshelf with your new one (as of Trimester 1 2020.)

- My Research (a personal account, which gives you the ability to save resources for future sessions)

How can I change my forum subscription

If you would like to unsubscribe from a forum, simply enter the forum, hit "manage forum subscriptions" and click the blue button that says "Yes". It will change to a "No". You cannot unsubscribe from the Announcements Lounge on the Moodle Helps and Resources page.

At any time if you would like to resubscribe, repeat the process so that the button says yes.

If you would like to unsubscribe from all forums in a unit at once:

1. Click on "Course Dashboard"
2. Scroll down to the Activities section
3. Click on "Advanced Forums"
4. At the top of the page Click "unsubscribe from all forums"

To change the types of notifications you get, check out our "How do I change my notification settings?" FAQ!


How do I change my notification settings

Click on the notification symbol, top right. 

This will show you a list of all of your notifications. Click on the cog symbol here in the top right.

This will redirect you to a page of notification preferences. Web notifications will affect those notifications you receive under the bell, and email via email.

You will notice that some of the preferences will be locked, but you can adjust any of the other preferences.


Some of these settings are fairly self-explanatory, but we will explain those that are a little vague.

  • Assignment notifications include receiving a ticket when you submit your assignment.
  • Feedback notifications include receiving a grade and or a feedback file from your marker.
  • The difference between forum "posts" and forum "digests", is based on your forum subscription settings. These can be set to receive a notification for individual posts or for a digest of posts at the end of each day.

If you need any assistance with this please contact us at

If you would like to know how to unsubscribe from a forum please see our FAQ, "How can I change my forum subscription?"

How do I get around the site

Time Topic
00:11 Menu
00:33 My Courses (including course tiles, deadlines, feedback and messages)
 See: How do I sync my Moodle calendar to another calendar?
01:50 Moodle Help and Resources page (including tools, Library and Grammarly)
02:20 Study Skills and Student Support page (including Referencing Guide)
02:52 Unit overview
 04:01 Profile Settings
 See: How do I change my notification settings? 


How do I get rid of Grammarly comments

If you upload a document to Grammarly and then download it after making a series of changes you'll find your document littered with comments made by Grammarly.

Don't lose hope!

Follow these instructions (scroll down to the heading "Delete Comments") to quickly delete all of the comments in your document.

For more detailed instructions on comments click here.


Now you can happily submit for marking!

How do I grade forums

Time  Topic
00:08  Finding the Moodlerooms Grader
00:39  Forum groups and how they work 
   (see also "How do I see which students are in a Forum Group?" for written instructions)
01:11  How to view posts in the grader
01:40  Half marks for forums

How do I grade Integrated Learning Activities

See our forum discussion with instructions here.

How do I message another user

NOTE: If you are messaging your marker about a unit, make sure you specify what unit you are talking about, as they will not have this information unless you give it to them!


How do I paste from the marking grid into an assignment

Done with your marking and ready to insert?

Your grid should look something like this in your excel file, with all the relevant fields filled out:

Click this yellow cell underneath the grid:

Then, go to the file you wish to insert the grid into, click where you want to insert it and then right click. You should see something like this:

Select "paste special" and you will see something like this:

You can select either "picture" or "PDF", but I find that "PDF" gives a cleaner image. Then, hit "ok" and your grid will be inserted!

How do I replace an assignment file?

If you have accidentally uploaded the wrong file to your assignment, navigate to the Assignment in Moodle and hit Edit Submission:

Then hit the file icon:

and then hit delete:

You will now be able to upload a new file. Please note that if you update your file past the due date your submission will be considered late.

How do I see my grades

Time  Topic
00:11  Seeing an overview of grades for your current units
00:32  Viewing individual assignment grades and feedback


How do I see which students are in a Forum Group

When marking forums, you may find that your students are in distinct conversations. We have set up some Learning Centres to be in a separate stream from anyone else, so as a marker you will need to be able to see who can interact with whom.

This is how.

In the Moodlerooms Grader you will see three drop down menus. The first is the assessment, the second is the group, and the third a list of students.

1. Select the Assessment:

2. Select the Group (note this will only be the groups that start with "1 - ". As these are at the top of the list, they are default groups for students to participate in. If you do not see any groups with a "1 - " they will all be grouped together in the SAME conversation):

3. Select the student to see their conversation and award a grade:

Using this method ensures that you as a marker are aware of the number of students in the conversation, if a student is the only one contributing to their group, or if they are the only student in their group.

How do I submit an assignment

Time Topic
00:11 Where to find your assignment in Moodle
00:38 Where to upload your file
00:52 Uploading a file without using drag and drop
01:23 Confirming that your file has been successfully uploaded

See: How do I replace an assignment file?

Please contact us at if you have difficulties submitting your assignment file.



How do I sync my Moodle calendar to another calendar

It's possible to sync your Moodle calendar with an iCalendar, or a Google calendar (or any other kind of calendar that allows subscriptions). Read on to find out how:

Go to "My Courses". 

Click on "View my Calendar".  

Now, scroll down to "Export Calendar". 

You will be presented with a number of options. You can select the following to sync your entire Moodle Calendar. This will include all assessment dates barring forums. You will need to enter forum dates manually.

As you can see, the custom range syncs until the next year, however, once the sync is set the dates and events will continue to update indefinitely. Click "Get calendar URL" and copy the URL.


Go to Calendar: File. Select "New Calendar Subscription".

Paste the URL into the field provided. 


Go to Google Calendar. Under Other Calendar's dropdown menu select "Add by URL".

Paste the URL into the field provided.

How do I view the first attempt after a student has failed an assignment

If an assignment receives a fail grade, Moodle automatically re-opens that assessment in preparation for a resubmission. The student will see a pop-up giving them instructions regarding our policy for resubmission and their eligibility.

The grading table automatically "clears" the first attempt, in preparation for the second, so it seems that information that the marker inserted has vanished. This is not so.

To view the first attempt from the grading table, click on Grade.

From here, you can scroll down to the bottom and click on "view a different attempt".

If you wish to view a different attempt in the Moodlerooms Grader, simply use the dropdown on the far left:

How to merge your old Bookshelf with your new one

To merge your old Bookshelf from the ProQuest eBook Central database to your new account, submit a case with the following information:

In the description, you must provide your old username (probably your email address) and your current username. To find your current username, navigate to ProQuest eBook Central via MyAthens (the library portal) > Settings (top right) > Profile.  


Hi. Our library has just changed authentication methods, and I would like my old bookshelf merged with my new.

My old username is:

My current username is: athens_049a200000be674



Copy this URL into the last field:

How to Take Notes as You Study

Writing any kind of assessment not only requires copious reading and also effective note taking. This Fact Sheet will help you establish your own system.

How to use our online library

Time  Topic
00:10  Where to find the library
00:49  Library databases
01:10  Searching with filters
02:29  What to do once you find an article
02:44  Saving articles for later
02:56  Sign in with a free EBSCO account
03:23  Borrowing ebooks
   (see also "How to borrow ebooks from the library" and "eBooks App Instructions" for written instructions)

How to Write a Book Review

Download the following document for details

How to Write a Literature Review

Download the following document for details

How to Write an Academic Essay

This guide provides you with a step-by-step method of breaking down the assignment question and answering it fully. 

Use this link to download a printable list of Task Words.



How to Write an Annotated Bibliography

Download the following document for details

How to Write an Exegetical Essay

Download the following document for details

How to Write an Historical Document Study

Download the following document for details

How to write an introduction and conclusion


I've made a mistake in grading, how do I correct it

Please be aware of the notification settings when you are grading, each time you update a grade the student will receive a notification.

Time  Topic
00:32  Overriding a grade
00:39  Replacing a feedback file
01:00  What to do when a fail grade has been incorrectly awarded


Joule Grader

This has been renamed the "Moodlerooms Grader".


Learning Cohort

What is a Learning Cohort?

A Learning Cohort is a group of students who are participating in a program designed in partnership with ACOM. They are distinct from direct students and internal cohorts.

Examples of a Learning Cohort include the Freshhope Navigate program as well as CRC College of Ministry.

Learning Cohorts do not include the following, internal, ACOM cohorts:

The Formation Experience
Freshhope Spiritual Mentoring
Professional Mentoring
Leading the Multi-Staff Church
Community Sector Management

If you are not sure if this applies to you, please contact your SEM for advice.

Learning Cohort Covenants

Download below

Learning Cohort Spiritual Formation Handbook (Mentors)

The Learning Cohort Spiritual Formation Handbook (Mentors) gives an overview of the expectations of the Mentor relationship.

Learning Cohort Spiritual Formation Handbooks

These handbooks give an overview of the unit and the expectations of the people involved.

Learning Cohort Trainer Moodle Orientation Resource

Download below

Learning Cohort Trainer Moodle Reports

Download below.


Marking Grid for Preaching Unit

Learning Cohort staff use.

Marking Guide

Mentor Covenant and Handbook

Download and print this covenant for your first mentor meeting.

Moodle Help and Resources page

The Moodle Help and Resources page is an online centre for all of our current students. You will find many resources here, including:

  • Forums to help connect you to staff and other students
  • FAQ's and Tutorials
  • Access to our Online Library
  • Software links including Accordance Bible Software, Grammarly and Zoom.

Click here to go to the Moodle Help and Resources page


"Moodlerooms" has now been superseded by "Open LMS". This means that the "Moodlerooms Grader" is now displayed as the "Open Grader" and so forth.


New Student Key Dates

Download the file below


Opening Slide

Share this powerpoint file as Students are setting up for your Collaborate session. It walks through, orientation, troubleshooting and etiquette.


Referencing Guide

Click below to download

Referencing Guide

Referencing Workshop Recording

Click the link below to download a .mov format video.



Please see below for a guide on how to perform a S.W.O.T. analysis.

Sample Essay


Sample Essays

Download the Sample Essays below.

Sample Mentoring Log

Sample Mentoring Log

Sample Poor Essay with Comments



Your Student Engagement Manager (SEM) is available to provide supportive, proactive advice, encouragement and timely reminders, and to help keep you on track with your studies. They are your point of contact to help you receive the academic and pastoral support you need throughout your course of studies.

SEM's are listed by region below. Click on the name to contact:


If you are studying with a Learning Cohort, you will need to contact your Student Support Person for assistance. 

If you are not sure whom you should contact please email and we will connect you to the right person.

Session 1 - Patricia Weerakoon

Watch in HD here:

Watch the video in SD below.

Session 2 - Keith Farmer

Watch in HD here:

Watch the video in SD below.

Setting up a Zoom Session

Zoom sessions are managed by ACOM's Moodle Team. Once you know when you would like to host your session, email with the time and date (bearing in mind all sessions are set to AEDT/AEST). 

The Moodle Team will then set up your session and provide links in Moodle. Once the session is set up, it's always a good idea to let your students know  the time and date, and to send them a link to Zoom (provided by the Moodle Team) with your notification.

Some of my older units have disappeared, why

From 2018 Trimester 1* onwards, units with past end dates will be displayed in a separate tab under “My Courses”, listed by year.


*Units prior to 2018 Trimester 1 will be unavailable.

Spiritual Formation Handbook

The Spiritual Formation Handbook gives an overview of the unit and the expectations of the people involved.

Student Development Chart

This is the Student Development Chart. It will be a good idea to download the file and read through the instructions before the year begins. It will be a part of the end of year interview conducted between a student and their Formation Director.

The Student Development Chart Areas document is designed to give you a framework as you think about the areas of growth that should be developed or focussed on throughout the year.

Student Handbook

You can see a copy of our current handbook on our website here:

Student Ministry Placement

Each unit* requires 30 hours of Ministry Placement. If you are registered for two units at the same time, you must complete the forms in both units to satisfy the demand hours for each unit. This includes if you spent 60 hours on the same tasks to cover the required hours for both units. 

See the Student Placement section of the Study Skills and Student Support page, and your Introductory booklet for details on what is required.

If you are a part of a Learning Cohort this does not apply to you.

*exceptions include Supervised Ministry and Spiritual Formation

Student Placement Supervision Resource

Have questions about Student Placement and Supervisors? Download this resource to find out more.

Please note that the forms in this document may be helpful in guiding you through your Student Ministry Placement. These are not compulsory, but they may aid you in completing the compulsory forms in each of your units.

Study Skills and Student Support

Study Tips for success at ACOM

In this video Neale provides some insight into what it takes to study successfully at ACOM. He addresses questions like: How much time do you need to put in per week? How do you plan a study timetable? Why is it important to get into good habits early?



Studying Spiritual Formation

Watch this short video to hear about studying Spiritual Formation!




Task Words

Click below to download the resource.

Task Words for Assignments

Textbook Lists


Various Guides to Academic Writing


Welcome to Research

Take a few minutes to listen to Darren Cronshaw, our Head of Research, talk to you about research with ACOM.

Please note: word counts are subject to change from what is mentioned in the video below. Please check the ACOM Higher Education Handbook for up to date information.


Welcome to Spiritual Formation

 Watch this short video for a welcome to the Spiritual Formation Program


What are the basics of marking assessments

Please note that at the end of the final marking period (two weeks after the end of the Trimester) ACOM will export grades from Moodle. You can assist us in this process by ensuring that your gradebook is complete. This means that all submissions have been graded1 and when looking at the gradebook:

  • All assignment type assessments2 have a grade included
  • All forum3 totals have a grade included (meaning the student has contributed to, and been graded for, at least one forum)
  • All quiz totals have a grade included (please contact if this is not the case)
  • Any students who are grouped to "External" have an unsatisfactory/satisfactory grade entered for their Integrative Learning Activities (see "How do I grade Integrated Learning Activities?" for details)

1] Note that according to our Student Handbook (see section "Late Submission Policy"), any assignments submitted past 10 days after the due date will be accepted for purposes of meeting the requirement for submission, but will receive a zero mark and will NOT be annotated by the marker.
2] These are as opposed to quiz or forum type assessments.
3] For details on marking forums watch our tutorial How do I grade forums?

Time  Topic
00:15  Notifications
01:00  Option 1 - Shortcut to the Assignment Grader
01:35  Option 2 - The Grading Table
02:24  Download all submissions
03:00  Marking via mobile devices
03:09  Marking via the Moodlerooms Grader (and Groups)
03:58  Fail grades and resubmissions
   (please ensure you are familiar with our Resubmission policy in our Student Handbook)
04:28  Viewing the first attempt in the assignment grader
   (see also "How do I view the first attempt after a student has failed an assignment?" for written instructions)
04:43  Fail grades in the Moodlerooms Grader

What are the various types of ACOM Research Units

There are various types of research that are available to our undergraduate and postgraduate students. The following video will outline the various types of research available to our students.



What is Grammarly

Grammarly is the world’s leading automated proofreader. It checks for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances vocabulary usage, and suggests citations.

For more information, see the FAQ section of the Grammarly site:

What web browser should I use

The highest recommended web browsers for Moodle are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. This software is free to download from the following sites.



The latest versions of Apple Safari and Microsoft Internet Explorer are also compatible. 

Where are the unit registration, unit change, withdrawal and extension request forms

You'll find the online forms in the blue menu at the top of the page under "Forms". If the blue menu does not appear at the top of the page, scroll right down to the bottom to the grey footer instead.

Where can I find the assessment coversheet

The assessment cover sheet can be found in the blue menu at the top of the page under "Resources", or in any of your units, underneath the "Assessments" banner.

It should look something like this:

Click on the link "Assessment Resources" and a pop-up will appear where you can download the files.

Which library database should I choose

While each of our databases contains a range of sources available for your studies, some may be more relevant to you than others. Here's a brief guide of what each library contains and which disciplines they may be most useful for.

ProQuest Religion eBook Collection
This database contains in excess of 16000 ebooks related to Bible, Theology and Ministry. 

ProQuest Psychology and Religion 


This database contains specific full-text information for health and social care professionals. This is provided to assist students in their Pastoral and Counselling studies.


This database contains over 200 journals (many of which are different to the EBSCO database) and can be searched for journal articles relevant to Bible, Theology and Pastoral subjects.

EBSCO: Religion and Philosophy
This database contains over 200 journals which can be searched for articles relevant to Bible, Theology and Pastoral subjects. 

20th Century Religious Thought: Christianity
This database contains key works from several 20th Century theologians. Many of these works have been pivotal in forming the landscape of contemporary theology. Over 150,000 pages of material is collated here. 

Who do I contact

If I'm having difficulty with my studies?

If you're having trouble with understanding a unit, you can contact your Academic Coordinator for help. You'll find their contact listed at the bottom of your unit page. You can also find your marker's contact at the bottom of the unit page if you have questions about assessment items. Have a look at our tutorial "How do I message another user?" for further instructions.

If you're having trouble with your studies, in general, please contact: 

If you don't know who that is, you can email and we can connect you.

If I'm having difficulty using the Moodle site?

If you have trouble using Moodle please feel free to contact us at OR 1800 672 692 OR (02) 8573 6006.

If you have any other general enquiries please send them through to

Why can't I edit some fields in my profile

It may appear that you can edit some of the fields in your profile, such as your email address, but when you hit save the changes don't stick!

This is because some of your profile fields are locked for administrative purposes. Those fields include:

- Username

- ID number

- Email

- Authentication

- Suspended

- First name

- Last name

- Institution

- Department

- City

- Country

If you need to change any of these fields please email us at


Zoom Instructions

If you have not used Zoom before, you will need to download the program (for free!) here. Download the first option, “Zoom Client for Meetings”.

Alternatively, if you are using a mobile device you can locate the app Zoom Cloud Meetings via the App Store (Apple devices) or Google Play Store (Android devices).

Once the software is on your computer/device all you will need is the link to the session, provided on Moodle. Click on the link when it’s time to join and Zoom will automatically launch.

Zoom is an audio/video conferencing program, so if you would like to share your video and audio in a session make sure you have a microphone and camera on your device or computer (note that using the Zoom app on a smartphone will guarantee these two options are available). There is also the option to communicate via the chat function. For more information see Audio Options in Zoom.

All of our Zoom sessions will be automatically recorded as soon as any participant enters, so please be aware of this. If you accidentally join the session before the time or date, don't worry. You can hit "Leave Meeting" and our admin team will take care of the false recording. After the session has occurred the recording will be uploaded to Moodle.

Email us at or call (02) 8573 6006

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