TermFinders 2020

The termbanks you access through this main TermFinder(TM) homepage have all been developed to support university students in foundation units in quantitative and descriptive sciences, ones that serve a number of different disciplines. Understanding the core terms in such units, and the technical concepts they represent, is vital for tackling more advanced work in the discipline.  For beginning students, especially international students from non-English-speaking countries, the terminology can be a big hurdle.

Each of the TermFinder termbanks has been developed in collaboration with lecturers in the discipline, who help to create a reference corpus (computerised database) of texts and teaching materials in their subject. This material allows us to identify the most commonly used terms, and prioritise them for inclusion in the termbank.

A complete list of all the terms in each termbank can be called up by putting an asterisk * in the search window after selecting a discipline from the menu in the left column.  If you search for individual words, the termbank can show all the terms compounded with them.  So searching for financial in the Accounting termbank will link you to the individual pages for financial performance, financial position, financial statement.  On those pages there are further links underlined in the examples to other important terms, e.g. asset. The asset page will link you to others for compounds such as biological asset, current asset, intangible asset, and so on.  Thus the termpages in each termbank are networked to help build your vocabulary in the discipline, and explain every term with an accessible definition and examples of its usage.

More on individual termbanks:

  • ACCOUNTING (148 term pages) The accounting terms included are those used in introductory financial accounting, and associated with the  Australian Accounting Standards  (AAS), which reference the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs),  Alternative terminology is noted where relevant, e.g. the everyday use of balance sheet alongside the professional term statement of financial position. 
  • GENETIC BIOLOGY (310 term pages) This termbank is broadly based in cellular biology and the biochemical processes that underlie animal and plant life. The termbank pages are enriched with graphics to illustrate biological concepts and detail their complex structures. The inventory of terms comes from an introductory unit, providing a solid infrastructure for studying individual branches of biology, zoology and botany.
  • GEOLOGY (178 term pages – in progress) The most common terms in introductory geology are covered in this termbank, with up-to-date definitions and selected examples of their use. Graphics and diagrams of different kinds are being added progressively to provide visual support for individual terms and the concepts they represent.
  • STATISTICS (134 term pages) This termbank includes essential terms in statistics from an introductory unit, ranging from the simple measures of central tendency, to types of variables, contingency tables, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and levels of statistical significance. Diagrams for displaying different types of statistical relationships are provided.

A small “sampler” termbank of 10 terms in NEUROPSYCHOLOGY is awaiting further development, for use in introductory units in cognitive and clinical sciences such as audiology and speech pathology.