ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

Important information to supplement your undergraduate study, please see Course Outlines page.

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

Further Study / Research Opportunities

Class Attendance

Graduate Outcomes

Student Support Services

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Student Conduct

Special Consideration

Grades, Review of Results and Academic Standing

Course and Teaching Evaluation (myExperience)

Practical Classes

Health and Safety

 

ENROLMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE HELP

The Student Web Form portal is the first point of contact for enrolment and administrative matters. Depending on your program (e.g. B Medical Science, B Science, B Exercise Physiology or Honours year), you can find more 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, then you should arrange for your official mail to be forwarded to your preferred email address. We recommend you check your email once a day. 

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 are available from Email for Students and Staff or IT Service Centre (02) 9385 1333.

Students should make sure that their home address and telephone number(s) recorded in myUNSW are current.

 

FURTHER STUDY / RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Honours: Students considering an Honours year should email our Honours Administrative Officer, Ms Lucia Evangelista at SOMShonours@unsw.edu.au for Honours. If your interest is for Neuro Honours, please email neurhonoursadmin@unsw.edu.au. Please refer to the SoMS Honours applications webpage and the SoMS Neuro Honours applications webpage.

Postgraduate Research / PhD: Students considering PhD or Masters by Research should contact our Higher Degree Research Administrative Officer, Mr John Redmond at somshdr@unsw.edu.au. Please refer to the SoMS HDR applications webpage.

Information on the research interests of SOMS academics is available through the UNSW Research Gateway (http://research.unsw.edu.au/).

 

CLASS ATTENDANCE

Please familiarise yourself with the university’s expectation on class attendance and absence at student.unsw.edu.au/attendance

For the course you are enrolled in, please consult your course convenor/coordinator or refer to your course outline for specific attendance requirements.

 

GRADUATE OUTCOMES

Please visit teaching.unsw.edu.au/graduate-outcomes to see the UNSW Graduate Outcomes.

 

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Make the most of your time at UNSW with these student support and development services and keep connected with your student life at the UNSW Student Life Hub! A one-stop-shop website of all the following services is at student.unsw.edu.au/support

1. Academic Skills

Academic Skills team provides substantial educational written materials, workshops, and online modules to aid students in academic skills such as:

  • referencing assignments using different styles
  • plagiarism and academic integrity
  • writing reports, critical thinking, reading and note-taking, exam preparation, oral presentation, lectures/tutorial/group work
  • time management
  • English language and conversation skills
  • postgraduate research support

Individual consultations and Smarthinking tutor (online writing support) are also available.

2. Online Learning

  • Moodle Support for Students contains links to instructions on using Moodle, an open-source learning management system that is used to deliver blended and online courses throughout UNSW. Non-technical issues relating to your Moodle course should be presented to your course lecturer or convenor. For technical Moodle issues, you can visit Contacts for Moodle Help for additional Moodle advice.
  • UNSW IT provides a range of IT related issues for students, alumni, and guests, such as study remotely, Wi-Fi, Identity Manager, printing, alumni email, and VPN
  • eLearning provides support to Moodle, student emails, Lecture Recordings, Turnitin and UNSW official apps
  • Transitioning to Online Learning provides tips to help ensure that you continue to succeed in your studies as you move your study from on-campus to fully online due to COVID-19.
  • Guide to Online Study provides guidance for students on how to make the most of online study. 

3. Student Support & Success

Student Support Team is there to help with personalised advice and information about university life, student visas, wellbeing, academic performance or if you need help but don't know where to go.

Their team of Student Support Advisors provide personal support and work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to navigate and succeed at university.

Appointments are available for students from their website.

4. International Student Experience (ISE)

International Student Experience can help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life, student visa, wellbeing, academic performance or if you need help but don’t know where to go. 

The Student Support team includes International Student Support Advisors who can help you with any of the following: 

  • Adjusting to life at UNSW and the broader community (home sickness, cultural, social, and academic adjustment) 
  • Understanding your student visa conditions 
  • Advice about UNSW services and where to get help 
  • Understanding UNSW policies and procedures 
  • Incidents or issues causing you distress (emergencies, accidents, natural disasters). 
  • Accommodation  
  • Study Support  
  • Personal and Health Issues  
  • Financial difficulties

5. Psychology and Wellness (formerly Counselling & Psychological Services, CAPS)

Psychology and Wellness provides confidential telehealth and face to face counselling sessions to all students at UNSW.  Please also check out Mental Health Connect, a new service that helps students find the help and support they need. They take student's confidentiality very seriously. They are open from Monday to Friday and can help by providing a broad range of services including:

6. Equitable Learning Services (ELS)

If you are living with a health / mental health condition or disability that impacts your studies, please find Equitable Learning Services (formerly Disability Support Unit) which is a free and confidential service that provides practical support to ensure your health condition doesn't adversely affect your studies.

7. Additional Support Services

UNSW offers a number of support and development services for all students, including 

  • new student support
  • peer support
  • LGBTQI+ support
  • harassment and discrimination
  • Nura Gili - Centre for Indigenous Programs
  • religious centre
  • Muslin student support 

8. 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, as Level 4 has restricted access.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY AND PLAGIARISM

Please visit student.unsw.edu.au/plagiarism for Academic Integrity at UNSW, examples of plagiarism, how to avoid plagiarism and a six-lesson interactive self-paced 'Working with Academic Integrity' online module.

Plagiarism is presenting another person's work or ideas as your own. Plagiarism is a serious breach of ethics at UNSW and is not taken lightly. 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 will be thoroughly investigated and may be penalised 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

Please visit student.unsw.edu.au/conduct to learn about what actions or behaviours may constitute misconduct, how UNSW handles student misconduct and who can help you with conduct questions.

The Student Code 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 familiarise yourself with the UNSW Student Social Media Guide: student.unsw.edu.au/social-media-guide

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

Please visit student.unsw.edu.au/special-consideration for eligibility check, application process and FAQs.

Special consideration is the process for assessing the impact of short-term events beyond your control (exceptional circumstances), on your performance in a specific assessment task. You should get in touch with your course convenor or lecturer/tutor/lab instructor as early in the course of your study as possible to ensure you receive timely guidance and assistance.

 

 GRADES, REVIEW OF RESULTS AND ACADEMIC STANDING

Please visit student.unsw.edu.au/grade to find out what your grades mean: HD, DN, CR, PS, AW, LE...

Please visit student.unsw.edu.au/results to find out how to access your assessment results, why results may be withheld and how to get a review of results.

Please visit student.unsw.edu.au/academic-standing to find out what your academic standing means: Good, Academic Risk level 1/2/3/4, suspension and exclusion, and the support services available. The website also provides information on how you can appeal against Suspension or Exclusion.

 

COURSE AND TEACHING EVALUATION (myExperience)

Please visit student.unsw.edu.au/myExperience to find out what myExperience survey is, how it works and how your identity is protected to give you the confidence to provide feedback.

Each term 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.

 

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:

Practicals involving human subjects have ethics approval from a committee comprised of members of the school and faculty with experience in health & safety, education, and ethics. Practical classes that involve student participation may require the subject to sign a witnessed, informed consent form.

Students must read and follow the instructions mentioned in the Student Risk assessment in the practical class notes. 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.

For Anatomy practical classes, please see "Health and Safety Rules for Students in the Anatomy Teaching Laboratory"

 

HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

Class activities must comply with the NSW Work Health & Safety Act 2011 and the NSW Work Health & Safety Regulation 2017: www.safework.nsw.gov.au/legal-obligations/legislation. It is expected that students will conduct themselves in an appropriate and responsible manner in order not to breach Work Health & Safety (WHS) regulations. Further information on relevant UNSW WHS 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