Students should read these notes carefully if enrolling in a CSE course for the first time in either semester this year. You are also required to accept these conditions and acknowledge receipt of the information online before your computer account can be activated.
This document contains the following sections:
The workstation laboratories are usually comfortable areas in which to work, but in order to maintain the working environment the full co-operation of all students is essential. Computing resources are made available only to support the academic enrolment program of the student. A full copy of the University's Acceptable Use of Computing and Information Technologies (ICT) can be found at:
Be advised that the following are not allowed:
Users found indulging in such activities will be subject to disciplinary action, including fines ranging from $50 to $400 or more. Serious or repeated offences can result in students being, suspended from use of facilities, or being excluded from the University. This is not meant to imply that you can't experiment with the network facilities.
However, if you want to experiment with any network or security facility, you must first discuss it with the Manager, Computing Facilities.
Each student is responsible for complying with all legislation and all UNSW OHS policies, procedures and instructions. The full policies, guidelines and procedures are available at http://www.hr.unsw.edu.au/ohswc/ohs/ohs_policies.html. To prevent back, neck and arm pain when using your computer, some guidelines are recommended and they can be found at http://do.cse.unsw.edu.au/students/ergonomics/ergoadjust.html.
All students enrolled in an Engineering degree program offered by the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), UNSW must undertake at least 60 days of Industrial Training (IT) as part of their program. This IT must be paid employment. Full details are available on the IT website:
As CSE does not recognise unpaid work experience with companies as satisfying program requirements, the University does not offer insurance cover to CSE students for participation in unpaid work. Further, companies are not required to have insurance for unpaid work experience either. Thus, legal liability will lie solely with the student in the case of unpaid work.
Students are strongly advised *not* to participate in unpaid work, or if unpaid work is undertaken, we strongly advise students to take out adequate personal liability insurance. It should be noted, however, that this insurance is likely to be very costly.
Students should note that legal advice is available for free to student members of professional associations. For example, APESMA offers free student membership, and legal advice on contracts and employment conditions. More details on the benefits and costs of membership with some professional associations can be found at:
The UNIX Primer includes an important discussion of the School policy on assignments. Assignments must be substantially your own work.
If you contravene these rules, you are liable to a penalty. This penalty is determined by the lecturer, and might take the form of reduced marks for the assignment, or zero marks for the assignment, or negative marks for the assignment, or zero marks for the course, depending on the severity of the offence.
These rules are not designed to isolate you from other students, but to ensure that marks are a fair reflection of each student's work. You are encouraged to discuss assignment problems and possible solutions with your friends, but you must independently compose your solution in its final form. If in doubt, err on the side of caution, or consult your lecturer.
Note that plagiarism checking may not be conducted until the end of the teaching semester, when the class administrator or lecturer has the time to do it. Students found guilty of plagiarism in more than one assignment at that time are regarded as having committed multiple offences under the UNSW discipline rules, and thus may find themselves subject to immediate expulsion from the University.
On some occasion sickness, misadventure, or other circumstance beyond your control may prevent you from completing a course requirement or attending or submitting assessable work for a course. Such assessable requirements may include formal end of semester examination, class test, laboratory test, seminar presentation, etc. It is also possible that such situations may significantly affect your performance in an assessable task. The University has procedures that allow you to apply for consideration for the affected assessments. Depending on the circumstances, the University may take action to allow you to overcome the disadvantage eg. give you additional assessment or extend a deadline.
You should note that merely submitting a request for Consideration does not automatically mean that you will be granted additional assessment, or that you will be awarded an amended result. For example, if you have a poor record of attendance or performance throughout a semester/year in a course you may be failed regardless of illness or other reason affecting a final examination in that course.
The University has a centralised procedure for Consideration applications. You should consult UNSW Student Central for an official statement on this procedure.
The full University policy on special consideration can be found here:
Be aware that you must make formal application for Consideration for the course/s affected as soon as practicable after the problem occurs and within three working days of the assessment to which it refers. The application must be made on the 'Request for Consideration' form available from UNSW Student Central, program and course offices, or you can download a copy of the form (pdf format). The completed application form must be submitted to UNSW Student Central.
The School of CSE does not give special consideration for work related purposes. All students are expected to give priority to their university studies.
If an application for illness or misadventure is accepted by UNSW Student Central and forwarded to the School, the following action may ensue:
Applications from students, who claim to have been affected by an illness during an exam, may be considered very closely to the following criteria and offered supplementary assessment or exam; if
The term certified refers to the submission of a document reliably endorsed, such as a medical certificate. E.g. if the student is ill during an exam period, the medical certificate must state the illness and dates the student was affected, the severity of the illness, and the impact on the student's ability to prepare for or sit for an exam.
Note: In all of these cases if the student has attained a pass in the course concerned from assessment tasks completed during semester, it may not be regarded as necessary to grant additional assessment.
The following illustrates further examples to give an indication of the outcomes students can expect in the most common circumstances. (Many Lecturers include similar examples for the special types of assessment used by them in their course information sheets.)
Class tests, laboratory examinations, vivas, etc:
The same types of outcomes as outlined above for formal end of semester examinations normally will apply in the circumstances listed.
Assignments: essays, reports, projects, etc:
If an illness or other circumstance beyond your control occurs which, because of its duration or severity, is certified as having a significant effect on your ability to submit the work by the deadline given, you will generally be granted an extension of the deadline. You should not, however, expect the deadline to be extended for a time in excess of the period for which the certification was given.
In the above circumstances students should follow the University's Special Consideration Procedure before contacting their Lecturer in charge with a copy of the documentation regarding their illness or misadventure. In the case of assignments, individual arrangements should be made between the Lecturer in Charge and the student.
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A WC or WD code for your result in the course indicates further assessment or that the lecturer in charge needs to speak with the student. All students will receive notification regarding the purpose of their withheld mark (eg. see LiC, oral exam, sup exam, other assessment) via email to their CSE account at least 1-2 days prior to the supplementary exam. The Student Office, however, will endeavour to make this information available as soon as the Assessment Committees have made the decision (usually one week prior to the supplementary exam). If you have submitted a request for special consideration, it is your responsibility to check your email during that period, and to be prepared to complete an exam and/or other assessment on the dates indicated above. You will NOT be sent a letter or other advice. You are not entitled to extra study assistance, or extra study time. If you are still too ill to attend the supplementary exam (and you have documentary evidence indicating the seriousness of the problem) at the discretion of the lecturer only you may sit for the next final examination in this course. Students may not enrol in any course for which the unresolved course is a prerequisite.
The supplementary examination may take a different form from the usual final examination in a course, possibly including oral and/or practical components held on a day prior to the written component as advised by individual course administrators. Students are expected to perform at a higher standard in the supplementary exam than that established in the final, in consideration of the additional preparation time. Any scaling procedures used to benefit the class as a whole during the normal assessment period may not be applied to supplementary results. If you have been granted further assessment for two courses, you will have to complete both on the same day - the first one in course number sequence in the morning and the second one in the afternoon. Bring your lunch, as you will be supervised for the period (about an hour) between them. If you have only one supplementary exam, you must attend in the morning.
What is Academic Standing?
Academic Standing is an indication of a student's current progress towards completion of their Program. At the end of each semester an academic standing is assigned to each student. This is calculated according to the proportion of load passed (undergraduate students), or cumulative number of failures (postgraduate students). Research and non-award students do not participate in the Academic Standing scheme. The Program Authority assigns an adviser to each student not in good standing.
Students are strongly advised to check the information about Academic Standing and what to do if their Academic Standing is something else other than GOOD: https://my.unsw.edu.au/student/atoz/AcademicStanding.html
Academic Standing has many levels. All students start with GOOD standing, but continued poor progress can lead to other standing levels, each with its own implications for their progress towards completion of their Program.
Academic Standing is displayed on the Results Summary screen available via 'my UNSW'. For information on how to view your academic standing on myUNSW see: https://my.unsw.edu.au/help/ACT/results_summary.html
On-line enrolment gives you greater flexibility in how and when you enrol, and also to some extent in what classes you may enrol in. With this flexibility comes the responsibility to ensure that you enrol in accordance with the University's rules and that the courses you enrol in will count towards your program requirements. You should take care to enrol only in classes, which are defined as core units or electives for your academic program. If you enrol in classes, which cannot be counted, you may have to enrol in extra classes, or for an extra semester. You may also incur additional fees.
If you are in any doubt as to whether the courses you wish to enrol in will count towards your program requirements, seek advice from your program office prior to enrolment. Your program office will not give you credit for courses, which are not formally approved.
While myUNSW may allow enrolment with timetable clashes, the School of CSE does not; you will need to check your timetables carefully. CSE timetables are available at: http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/courses/index.html
Evacuation exercises are conducted in most buildings at least once a year. If you are advised that an evacuation is in progress, immediately stop what you are doing, gather your personal belongings, and proceed tothe nearest stairwell.
DO NOT USE THE LIFTS. Obey all directions by Emergency Staff (they are the ones wearing coloured hats).
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