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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Health and Safety



The Education Support Team is the first point of contact for enrolment and administrative matters. Please find contact information here


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. 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 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.


Honours: Students considering an Honours year should email

Postgraduate Research / PhD: Students considering Masters by Resarch or PhD should contact our HDR Administrative Officer, Mr John Redmond ( Ph:9385 8195.

Information on the research interests of SOMS academics is available through the UNSW Research Gateway (


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.


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.


The Learning & Career Hub 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. 


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 Non-technical concerns should be presented to your course lecturer or convenor.  

See for additional Moodle advice.


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. 


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 take note of the UNSW student social media guidelines:


You can apply for special consideration when illness or other circumstances beyond your control, interfere with your assessment performance. Failure to sit a test or submit an assessment without lodgement of an application for Special Consideration will lead to automatic failure of the test or assessment.


To have a result reviewed (checking of mark and/or reassessment) go to

To appeal academic standing or ability to progress go to

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.


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, and with the Equitable Learning Services by calling 02 9385 4734 or emailing

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services 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. 


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 (, Room 419, Fourth Floor, Wallace Wurth building. Please make an appointment, as Level 4 has restricted access.


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. 


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:

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