Protocols and Guidelines

All UNSW Arts & Social Sciences students are required to follow UNSW Academic Policies and UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Guidelines and Protocols while they are enrolled in their program.

Details on UNSW Academic Policies are available at UNSW Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.

We encourage you to regularly to check your UNSW cloud email and myUNSW to ensure you are familiar with the latest UNSW student guidelines and policies.

UNSW policies

  • Program leave and discontinuation
    To ensure that you maintain standing in your program, you must formally apply for program leave through your student profile in myUNSW. For more information, visit the program leave web page.
  • Results
    For more information about how to access your assessment results, why results may be withheld and how to get a review of results, visit the results web page.
  • Special consideration (illness and misadventure)
    Sickness, misadventure or other circumstance beyond your control may prevent you from completing a course requirement or may significantly affect your performance in assessable work. You can apply for consideration for the affected assessments through your student profile in myUNSW. For more information, see special consideration.
  • Special permission to withdraw from a course without penalty
    To withdraw from a course after both the census date and the withdrawal without academic penalty date have passed, you need special permission. Applications must be made through your student profile in myUNSW. For more information, see the fee remission (special consideration) web page.
  • Student code of conduct
    The overarching obligation of all students is to act in the best interests of the University community at all times. For more information, see student conduct.

Arts & Social Sciences procedures

Arts & Social Sciences late submissions guidelines

Guidelines for late penalties for student work submitted after due date

Students are responsible for the submission of assessment tasks by the required dates and times. Depending of the extent of delay in the submission of an assessment task past the due date and time, one of the following late penalties will apply unless special consideration or a blanket extension due to a technical outage is granted. For the purpose of late penalty calculation, a ‘day’ is deemed to be each 24-hour period (or part thereof) past the stipulated deadline for submission.

  • Work submitted less than 10 days after the stipulated deadline is subject to a deduction of 5% of the total awardable mark from the mark that would have been achieved if not for the penalty for every day past the stipulated deadline for submission. That is, a student who submits an assignment with a stipulated deadline of 4:00pm on 13 May 2018 at 4:10pm on 14 May 2018 will incur a deduction of 10%.

Task with a non-percentage mark

If the task is marked out of 25, then late submission will attract a penalty of a deduction of 1.25 from the mark awarded to the student for every 24-hour period (or part thereof) past the stipulated deadline.

Example: A student submits an essay 48 hours and 10 minutes after the stipulated deadline. The total possible mark for the essay is 25. The essay receives a mark of 17. The student’s mark is therefore 17 – [25 (0.05 x 3)] = 13.25

Task with a percentage mark

If the task is marked out of 100%, then late submission will attract a penalty of a deduction of 5% from the mark awarded to the student for every 24-hour period (or part thereof) past the stipulated deadline.

Example: A student submits an essay 48 hours and 10 minutes after the stipulated deadline. The essay is marked out of 100%. The essay receives a mark of 68. The student’s mark is therefore 68 – 15 = 53

  • Work submitted 10 to 19 days after the stipulated deadline will be assessed and feedback provided but a mark of zero will be recorded. If the work would have received a pass mark but for the lateness and the work is a compulsory course component (hurdle requirement), a student will be deemed to have met that requirement;
  • Work submitted 20 or more days after the stipulated deadline will not be accepted for assessment and will receive no feedback, mark or grade. If the assessment task is a compulsory component of the course a student will receive an Unsatisfactory Fail (UF) grade as a result of unsatisfactory performance in an essential component of the course.

Arts & Social Sciences Review of Results guidelines

These guidelines apply to all students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate courses taught by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

These guidelines apply to all assessed tasks. 

• There is no automatic right to have an assessment reviewed, the Faculty reserves the right to make such judgements.

• An online Review of Results (RoR) application form must be lodged within five working days of receiving the result of the assessment task or the release of final results.

• The student must provide a written explanation of why they believe the work requires review. The written explanation may include the stated criteria for the assessment task indicating the exact area(s) where the assessment of their work differs from what they have received.

• Student Records will forward the application to the Deputy Head of School.

• The Deputy Head of School has the option to not recommend a re-assessment if they deem the grounds are insufficient. If this is the case the Deputy Head of School will inform Student Records (including the providing a reason or reasons why the RoR application is not approved).

• Outcomes should be finalised by the end of week two of the following term. For the review of the result of a pre-requisite, this should be completed by the end of week 1 (last day to vary enrolment).

• For a review of results request for a course undertaken in Term 3, the five working days would commence from the first working day in January.

• Student Records will inform the student of the decision and that the decision constitutes Stage 1: Local process of the Student Complaints and Appeals Process.

Arts & Social Sciences attendance and absence guidelines

Attendance and Absence

The UNSW Policy on Class Attendance and Absence can be viewed at: https://student.unsw.edu.au/attendance

From time to time, the Course Authority may vary the attendance requirements for a course. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with the specific attendance requirements stipulated in the course outline for each course in which they are enrolled.

Attendance

Students are expected to be regular and punctual in attendance at all classes in the courses in which they are enrolled. Where courses stipulate mandatory attendance requirements students who seek to be excused from attendance [or for absence] must apply to the Course Authority in writing.

Explanations of absences from classes or requests for permission to be absent from forthcoming classes should be addressed to the Course Authority in writing and, where applicable, should be accompanied by appropriate documentation (e.g. medical certificate). After submitting appropriate supporting documentation to the Course Authority to explain his/her absence, a student may be required to undertake supplementary class(s) or task(s) as prescribed by the Course Authority. If examinations or other forms of assessment have been missed, then the student should apply for Special Consideration.

Course Authorities must:

  • Identify in the course outline classes subject to attendance requirements
  • Keep accurate records to facilitate the enforcement of the specified attendance requirements. To ensure adequate responses to student appeals and complaints, attendance records are to be centrally stored within each school and accessible (e.g. by the Deputy Head of School or Associate Dean (Education)) for a minimum of 7 years after the completion of the course.
  • Enforce the specified attendance requirements through the application of consequence where appropriate.

Bachelor of Education - Participation and enrolment requirements

For successful completion of the Bachelor of Education program and to be eligible to apply for accreditation as a teacher in NSW, all teacher education students will need to meet the following participation and enrolment requirements.

Assessment of Suitability for Teaching

It is a NESA requirement that Initial Teacher Education providers include a continuum of non-academic evaluation of students’ suitability for teaching during programs. UNSW meets this requirement as follows.

All UNSW Bachelor of Education students must successfully complete a full year (48 UOC) of studies in their specific disciplinary content area (e.g., Maths, Science, Economics, Arts, etc.) before undertaking any discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogic studies (Methods) or professional experience placements in schools.

As a way of ensuring students are progressing through the program effectively, we undertake extensive evaluation of teacher suitability for their specific teaching areas and continually monitor and evaluate the relationship between these measures, their performance during professional experience and graduate outcomes, including a level of self-efficacy. We do this via:

  • Microteaching assessments,
  • Using direct observation of all professional experience placements, including the placement as a teaching assistant,
  • Multiple critical assessment tasks,
  • A teaching performance assessment (TPA), and
  • A set of inherent requirements used by a range of UNSW teacher education providers.

In addition to this, before their first supervised professional experience placement, all teacher education students must:

  • Undertake a Working with Children Check
    The Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 introduced mandatory requirements for background checking of people working with children. All Teacher Education Students therefore must complete a Working with Children Check.
  • Complete Anaphylaxis Training
    The Department of Education (DEC) require that all initial Teacher Education Students have training in managing anaphylaxis. Students must complete the free anaphylaxis e-training module provided by the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) in conjunction with practice using an adrenaline autoinjector training device.http://etraining.allergy.org.au/
  • Confirm that they are fit for their school placement and meet the inherent requirements of a teacher education student. This self-assessment is completed prior to EVERY placement and submitted through the online placement system (OPS)

English Language Proficiency

It is a NESA requirement that all teacher education students can effectively communicate with students, colleagues and the broader education community daily. In addition to satisfying UNSW entry requirements, (see www.unsw.edu.au/english-requirements-policy ), oral and written communication skills are assessed regularly as part of all coursework and professional experience. One of the NESA mandated ways this is assessed is via the LANTITE test.

Attendance

The School of Education (SED) requires students meet a minimum attendance requirement of 80% of all scheduled classes (i.e. lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars) for all courses. (see student policies and procedures for further information - https://education.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/EDUCFile/SED_Guidelines_on_Assessment_Policy_and_Procedures.pdf (PDF) )

Master of Teaching (Primary/Secondary) - Participation and enrolment requirements

For successful completion of the Master of Teaching Primary/Secondary Program and to be eligible to apply for accreditation as a teacher in NSW, all teacher education students will need to meet the following participation and enrolment requirements.

Assessment of Suitability for Teaching

It is a NESA requirement that Initial Teacher Education providers include a continuum of non-academic evaluation of students’ suitability for teaching during programs. UNSW meets this requirement as follows.

All UNSW Master of Teaching Primary students must successfully complete five core education courses (30 UOC) and eight disciplinary-specific curriculum and pedagogy courses (48 UOC) before undertaking their final professional experience placement in schools.

All UNSW Master of Teaching Secondary students must successfully complete a full year (48 UOC) of studies in their specific disciplinary content area (e.g., Maths, Science, Economics, Arts, etc.) before undertaking any discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogic studies (Methods) or professional experience placements in schools.

As a way of ensuring students are progressing through the program effectively, we undertake extensive evaluation of teacher suitability for their specific teaching areas and continually monitor and evaluate the relationship between these measures, their performance during professional experience and graduate outcomes, including a level of self-efficacy.We do this via:

  • Microteaching assessments,
  • Using direct observation of all professional experience placements, including the placement as a teaching assistant,
  • Multiple critical assessment tasks,
  • A teaching performance assessment (TPA), and
  • A set of inherent requirements used by a range of UNSW teacher education providers.

In addition to this, before their first supervised professional experience placement , all teacher education students must:

    • Undertake and pass The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). For further details please visit the NESA website. Tests are available through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.
    • Undertake a Working with Children Check
      The Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 introduced mandatory requirements for background checking of people working with children. All Teacher Education Students therefore must complete a Working with Children Check.
    • Complete Anaphylaxis Training
      The Department of Education (DEC) require that all initial Teacher Education Students have training in managing anaphylaxis. Students must complete the free anaphylaxis e-training module provided by the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) in conjunction with practice using an adrenaline autoinjector training device.http://etraining.allergy.org.au/
    • Confirm that they are fit for their school placement and meet the inherent requirements of a teacher education student. This self-assessment is completed prior to EVERY placement and submitted through the online placement system (OPS)

English Language Proficiency

It is a NESA requirement that all teacher education students can effectively communicate with students, colleagues and the broader education community daily. In addition to satisfying UNSW entry requirements, (see www.unsw.edu.au/english-requirements-policy ), oral and written communication skills are assessed regularly as part of all coursework and professional experience. One of the NESA mandated ways this is assessed is via the LANTITE test.

Attendance

The School of Education (SED) requires students meet a minimum attendance requirement of 80% of all scheduled classes (i.e. lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars) for all courses. (see student policies and procedures for further information - https://education.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/EDUCFile/SED_Guidelines_on_Assessment_Policy_and_Procedures.pdf (PDF) )

Cross-Institutional Study/Intensive Exchange

• The maximum limit for cross-institutional study/intensive exchange is 12 units of credit.

• Cross-institutional study/intensive exchange can only be undertaken after completing at least 48 units of credit.

• You should have at least a credit average and no more than one fail (Academic Withdrawal (AW) is considered the same way as a failure) if you are undertaking overseas cross-institutional study/intensive exchange.

• The discipline (specialisation) is appropriate to your program.

• The course content is not taught at UNSW; or

• You are unable to enrol in UNSW course for good reason, for example, failed a UNSW prerequisite course which might impact on your progression in your program.

• Core courses must be completed at UNSW and cannot be substituted for a cross-institutional course/intensive exchange.

• Credit for study will not be granted if the cross-institutional study/intensive exchange was not approved prior to your study

Credit Transfer

Students admitted with credit transfer are given credit towards the degree for all appropriate courses in accordance with UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning (Coursework Programs) Procedure.

Students seeking credit transfer for courses completed elsewhere must submit documentary evidence and specify the courses they wish to complete within the Faculty. Faculty will then determine the number of units of credit to be granted.

A student who has been granted credit transfer for courses in their specialisation (major or minor) is required to complete the following at UNSW:

Major (60 units of credit) - complete at least 18 units of credit at UNSW, including the capstone course, if applicable

Minor (24 units of credit) - complete at least 6 units of credit at UNSW

Extended minor (36 units of credit) - complete at least 12 units of credit UNSW

Limitations on Student Exchange Program

1. Maximum exchange period for students in double degrees

1.1 A one-year exchange is the maximum period allowed by the UNSW International Exchange rules, with the exception of the International Studies double degrees (for example, International Studies/Law or International Studies/Media) where students can undertake an additional 18 uoc - 24 uoc for their degree other than International Studies.

1.2 Students in Arts and Social Sciences double degrees with an external faculty (for example, Arts/Law or Science/Arts) are limited to 18 uoc - 24 uoc.

1.3 Students in Arts and Social Sciences double degrees within the Faculty can participate in a one-year exchange program (48 uoc) but cannot count more than 24 uoc towards each degree. However, in some programs such as Arts/Education (Secondary), the core courses cannot be completed on exchange. This may limit the period of exchange in some dual degrees to 18 uoc - 24 uoc.

2. Exchange Program in the final term of study

Students undertaking an exchange program in their final term of study must bring back credit transfer of at least 18 uoc, that is, the equivalent full-time load per term at UNSW.

Enrolment Overload Conditions

Arts and Social Sciences students must meet the following conditions to overload:

  • Completed at least 48 uoc overall
  • Completed a full course load (18 uoc) in the previous term
  • Good academic standing
  • 65 WAM overall

Applications to overload are only considered for the following term. Applications will be assessed after the official result release of the current term. You will be notified of the outcome of your application through your student email.

Permissible Timetable Clashes

The Faculty allows permissible timetable clashes only in certain circumstances:

a) The timetable clash can only be between lectures or between a lecture and a tutorial or seminar. Only

the lecture can be missed.

b) Where the clash is between two lectures the course convenor will determine whether full waiver of

attendance or partial attendance is permitted.

c) A timetable clash will not be granted when the clash is the result of overloading.

d) Timetable clashes are not available to students in their first term of study at University.

e) You take full responsibility for the timetable clash and ensure that you meet the course learning

outcomes.

h) All timetable clash requests must be submitted using the Timetable Clash Request Form


If your permissible timetable clash request is approved you must fulfil the following requirements:

a) You must attend the clashed lecture on a specific date if that lecture contains an assessment task for the

course such as a quiz or test. If you miss the said lecture there is no obligation on the Course Convenor to

schedule a make-up quiz or test and you can receive zero for the assessment task. It should be noted that

in many courses a failure to complete an assessment task can be grounds for course failure.