ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

Important information to supplement your undergraduate science course outlines.

You will also find useful tools and information sources on the School's Learning Resource page.

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Enrolment and Administrative Help

Official Communication / Email

Further Study / Research Opportunities

Attendance

Graduate Outcomes

Academic Skills

Moodle and IT Support

Handwriting

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Student Conduct

Special Consideration

Reviews and Appeals

Course Evaluation (MyExperience)

Student Support Services

Practical Classes

Health and Safety

 

ENROLMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE HELP

The Student Support Team is available to help with problems with enrolment and scheduling, and should be the first point of contact for administrative problems.

Contact information here

 

OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION

All students are advised that email is the official means by which the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW will communicate with you.

All email messages will be sent to your official UNSW email address (e.g. z1234567@unsw.edu.au) and, if you do not wish to use the University email system, you MUST arrange for your official mail to be forwarded to your chosen address. The University recommends that you check your mail at least every other day. Facilities for checking email are available in the School of Medical Sciences and in the University library.

Email correspondence with the University (including your course convenors, tutors etc) should be from your UNSW email address in order to reduce identity confusion. Please ensure your zID is included (Suggestion: create a signature line in your UNSW email account with your zID and enrolled course codes).

When emailing teaching staff, ensure the subject line begins with the course code, followed by the subject of the message (e.g., PATH2201 Media assignment).

Further information and assistance is available from the IT Service Centre (02) 9385 1333.

Students should make sure that their home address and telephone number(s) recorded by UNSW are current and may wish to provide alternative contact numbers (e.g. mobile number) in case of emergency.

FURTHER STUDY / RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

The Honours program is coordinated by Dr Greg Smith (g.smith@unsw.edu.au), Ph: 9385 8075. Any students considering an Honours year should discuss the requirements with him or the Honours Administrator: Vicky Sawatt (v.sawatt@unsw.edu.au) Ph:9385 8195.

Postgraduate degrees:

Course Work Masters: For example, Masters in Pharmaceutical Medicine. For more information contact Dr Orin Chisholm (o.chisholm@unsw.edu.au)

Research Masters / Doctorate (Ph.D): Contact the post-graduate co-ordinators A/Prof Pascal Carrive (p.carrive@unsw.edu.au) and Dr Nicole Jones (n.jones@unsw.edu.au)

Opportunities exist for all students wishing to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate cancer research program within the Faculty of Medicine. Information on the research interests of different staff members involved in the course is available through the UNSW Research Gateway (http://research.unsw.edu.au/). 

ATTENDANCE student.unsw.edu.au/attendance

It is strongly recommended that students attend all lectures as they provide the basis for the laboratory classes.

Please consult each course's requirements for lectures, tutorials and practical/laboratory classes.

GRADUATE OUTCOMES teaching.unsw.edu.au/graduate-outcomes

UNSW aspires to develop globally focussed graduates who are rigorous scholars, capable of leadership and professional practice in an international community. The university has, thus, articulated the following Graduate Outcomes as desired learning outcomes for all UNSW students.

UNSW programs aspire to graduate:

a)    Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems;

b)    Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change;

c)    Professionals capable of ethical, self- directed practice and independent lifelong learning;

d)    Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.

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For a science based general education course, the UNSW graduate attributes are as follows:

1.    Research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities. Technical competence and discipline specific knowledge. Ability to construct new concepts or create new understanding through the process of enquiry, critical analysis, problem solving, research and inquiry.

2.    Capability and motivation for intellectual development. Capacity for creativity, critical evaluation and entrepreneurship. Ability to take responsibility for and demonstrate commitment to their own learning, motivated by curiosity and an appreciation of the value of learning.

3.    Ethical, Social and Professional Understanding. Ability to critically reflect upon broad ethical principles and codes of conduct in order to behave consistently with a personal respect and commitment to ethical practice and social responsibility. Understanding of responsibility to contribute to the community. Respect and value social, multicultural, cultural and personal diversity.

4.    Communication. Effective and appropriate communication in both professional (intra and inter disciplinary) and social (local and international) contexts.

5.    Teamwork, collaborative and management skills. Ability to recognize opportunities and contribute positively to collaborative scientific research, and to perceive the potential value of ideas towards practical applications. Demonstrate a capacity for self-management, teamwork, leadership and decision making based on open-mindedness, objectivity and reasoned analysis in order to achieve common goals and further the learning of themselves and others.

6.    Information literacy. Ability to make appropriate and effective use of information and information technology relevant to their discipline.

ACADEMIC SKILLS student.unsw.edu.au/skills

Student Life and Learning provides substantial educational written materials, workshops, and tutorials to aid students, in academic skills such as:

  • correct referencing practices;
  • paraphrasing, summarizing, essay writing, and time management;
  • appropriate use of, and attribution for, a range of materials including text, images, formulae and concepts.

Individual assistance is available on request from The Learning Centre.  Careful time management is an important part of study and one of the identified causes of plagiarism is poor time management.  Allow sufficient time for research, drafting, and the proper referencing of sources in preparing all assessment items. 

MOODLE and IT SUPPORT student.unsw.edu.au/elearning

The University's IT Helpdesk will be your first point of contact for a range of IT-related issues, including learning systems like Moodle and UNSW Lecture Recordings+ 

Moodle self-help resources are available at student.unsw.edu.au/moodle-support. Non-technical concerns should be presented to your course lecturer or convenor.  

See student.unsw.edu.au/contacts-and-where-get-moodle-help for additional Moodle advice.

HANDWRITING

Students whose writing is difficult to understand will disadvantage themselves in their written assessment. Make every effort to write clearly and legibly. Do not use your own abbreviations.

ACADEMIC HONESTY AND PLAGIARISM student.unsw.edu.au/plagiarism

The School of Medical Sciences will not tolerate plagiarism in submitted written work.  The University regards this as academic misconduct and imposes severe penalties.  Evidence of plagiarism in submitted assignments, etc. will be thoroughly investigated and may be penalized by the award of a score of zero for the assessable work.  Flagrant plagiarism will be directly referred to the Division of the Registrar for disciplinary action under UNSW rules. 

STUDENT CONDUCT student.unsw.edu.au/conduct

The Student Code (pdf) sets out what the University expects from students. All students must accept at enrolment their shared responsibility for maintaining a safe, harmonious and tolerant University environment.

Please take note of the UNSW student social media guidelines: student.unsw.edu.au/social-media-guidelines

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION student.unsw.edu.au/special-consideration

Failure to complete an assessment

Failure to sit a test without lodgement of an application for Special Consideration with Student Central will lead to automatic failure of the test. A student may be required to sit a separate exam or written assignment in place of a missed test.

Guidelines on Extra-curricular Activities (pdf) relating to employment, voluntary work, recreational (sports, music) and academic activities (conferences, courses etc)

REVIEWS AND APPEALS student.unsw.edu.au/results

To have a result reviewed (checking of mark and/or reassessment) go to student.unsw.edu.au/results

To appeal academic standing or ability to progress go to student.unsw.edu.au/academic-standing-appeal

Each year feedback is sought from students about the courses offered in the School of Medical Sciences and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. myExperience is the way in which student feedback is evaluated and significant changes to the course will be communicated to subsequent cohorts of students. Also a staff-student liaison group will be set up and students will be invited to become class representatives to seek feedback from colleagues and meet with academic staff to discuss any issues that arise.  

Improvements to SoMS courses are made based on feedback given in the previous year, which may include modification of the lecture content, addition of a practical laboratory or an increase of tutorial groups to reduce student numbers in each tutorial class.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Those students who have a disability that requires some adjustment in their teaching or learning environment are encouraged to discuss their study needs with the course convener prior to, or at the commencement of their course, or with the SEADU (Student Equity and Disability Unit) Officer:  9385 4734 or seadu@unsw.edu.au

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a free and confidential service to help students make the most of their university experiences. Services include free individual counselling, specific programs, workshops and seminars for skills development and self-help resources that promote wellbeing and adjustment to university life. 

  • GRIEVANCE OFFICER

If you have any problems or grievances with a course you should, in the first instance, consult the Course Organiser or the appropriate Head of Department. If the grievance cannot be resolved in this way, contact the SoMS Grievance Officer, Prof Nick di Girolamo (n.digirolamo@unsw.edu.au), Room 419, Fourth Floor, Wallace Wurth building. Please make an appointment. Note that Level 4 has restricted access.

PRACTICAL CLASSES

Practicals involving the use of animal or human specimens are a privilege, and must be treated with respect and professionalism. Students are expected to adhere to NH&MRC guidelines for ethics in animal and human studies, available at:

Students must take due care with biological and hazardous material and make sure all equipment is left clean and functional. Those unwilling to follow these basic laboratory rules will be marked absent. Enclosed shoes are compulsory in all practical classes. Punctual arrival is expected, and mobile phones must be switched off before entering the class. Practical classes that involve student participation may require the subject to sign a witnessed, informed consent form.

See the document Dissecting Room Rules (SoMS Health & Safetyfor specific guidance on working in the Dissecting Room and with prosected material. 

HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES safety.unsw.edu.au

Class activities must comply with the NSW Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000 and the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Regulations 2001. It is expected that students will conduct themselves in an appropriate and responsible manner in order not to breach OHS regulations. Further information on relevant OHS policies and expectations is outlined at: safety.unsw.edu.au

All students must come prepared for active participation in laboratories. No open footwear is permitted. No consumption of food is permitted in class.

More information may be found at medicalsciences.med.unsw.edu.au/students/health-safety