human right justice peace and development
SECTION 1 SOURCES OF INFORMATION
1.2 UWS Website
1.3 UWS Policies
1.4 School Hub Sites
SECTION 2 COMMUNICATING WITH THE SCHOOL
2.3 School Website
SECTION 3 MANAGING UNITS AND GETTING HELP
3.1 Tutorial Registration
3.2 Unit Workload
3.3 Getting Help
3.4 Feedback – Student feedback on units
SECTION 4 ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR UNITS
4.1 Assessment – General School procedures
4.2 Submission – Submitting assignments
4.3 Cover Sheet – Cover Sheet for Hard Copy submission
4.4 Extensions – Extensions on assessment due dates
4.5 Late Penalty – Penalites for late submission of assessment without extension
4.6 Return – Procedures for return of assignments
4.7 Re-marking – Procedure for re-marking an assessment item
SECTION 5 ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING
5.2 Copying – Direct copying of material is plagiarism unless properly quoted
5.3 Other examples of plagiarism
School of Social Sciences and Psychology (SSAP)
The companion to all unit Learning Guides
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SECTION 1 SOURCES OF INFORMATION
1.1 vUWS Your unit vUWs (pronounced ‘views’) site is accessed from this link: https://vuws.uws.edu.au/
All the information necessary for successful completion of units in the School is to be found in the vUWS site
for each unit, starting with:
• the Learning Guide and any attachments to the Learning Guide
• a copy of this SSAP Guide, which is part of the Learning Guide for each unit
Further information on vUWS can be found on the Current Students webpage (see section 1.2).
1.2 UWS Website The UWS Web Site Student Page is at this link: http://www.uws.edu.au/uws_students
This takes you to the UWS Students page – make sure you explore all the drop down menus so you are aware
of all the services and support available to you, and all the things you are required to know about as a student.
1.3 UWS Policies The UWS Policies that are most relevant for students are at this link:
• Admissions Policy
• Advanced Standing Policy
• Assessment Policy Criteria
• Complaint Handling and Resolution Policy
• Course Transfer Policy Enrolment Policy
• Examinations Policy
• Library Loans Policy
• Misconduct Student
Academic Misconduct Policy
• Misconduct – Student NonAcademic
• Progression and Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Policy
• Review of Grade Policy
• Special Consideration Policy
• Student Code of Conduct
• Teaching and Learning Fundamental
1.4 School Hub Sites In addition to vUWS sites for all units, the School of Social Sciences and Psychology provides student hub sites
on vUWS for all students.
The hub sites have lots of information about studying psychology or social science disciples at UWS, including
information on course structures, and frequently asked questions.
You will gain access to this site automatically when you are enrolled in a psychology or social sciences unit. If
you don’t have access to the site but believe you should, email the vUWS helpdesk (email@example.com).
You will also have access to the School of Social Sciences and Psychology (SSAP) Support for Study and Writing
Assignments vUWS site. It contains resources and information about academic writing, online modules to
practise skills and information about study and writing workshops.
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SECTION 2 COMMUNICATING WITH THE SCHOOL
2.1 Contact The email contact for all matters to do with the administration of your course or units is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the Bachelor of Community and Social Development
Your first point of contact is:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer
Kingswood Campus Building P, Room P.G.54
Telephone: 02 4736 0823
Fax: 02 4736 0151
2.2 Offices School Reception offices for all matters to do with your course or units
Bankstown 9:00am – 5:00pm weekdays
• Ground Floor Foyer of Building 24
• Telephone: 9772 6491
Penrith, Kingswood Campus 9:00am 5:
• Ground Floor Foyer of Building P
• Telephone: 4736 0196
Parramatta, Rydalmere Campus 9:00am 5:
• Building EI
• Telephone: 9685 9766
2.3 School Website Information specific to the School is found at the School Website: http://www.uws.edu.au/ssap
2.4 Facebook The School also has Facebook pages that are updated regularly with information.
• Psychology Facebook https://www.facebook.com/psych.uws
• Social Sciences Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SocialSciencesUws
SECTION 3 MANAGING UNITS AND GETTING HELP
3.1 Tutorial Registration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in units in the Bachelor of Community and Social
You do not need to enrol in tutorials. You attend block mode residentials and will be provided with timetables
All other units:
Unless otherwise advised, you must register for a tutorial in Allocate+ and must attend the tutorial for which
you are registered. There will be no deviation from this policy. Students who are not registered for a tutorial
cannot attend tutorials.
All enquiries about tutorial registrations should be directed to email@example.com or the School Reception
offices in Section 2.2.
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3.2 Unit Workload A unit’s workload is indicated by its credit point value. One credit point equates to 1hour
of required study
per week over 15 weeks (i.e., 15 hours per semester).
Most units are worth 10 credit points, indicating that success in the unit requires an average of 10 hours per
week of study or 150 hours in total over the course of a semester. In addition to the hours required for
lectures and tutorial, much of this time is student selfdirected
study to read and study textbooks and other
materials, prepare for and complete assessments, and revise for examinations.
A unit worth 20 credit points, for example, would require double this workload (20creditpoint
Students completing summer session units or any with irregular timetables need to plan how they will
accommodate the 150 hours over a different timeframe.
The workload guidelines are tailored to the “average” student, but we are all different, and work at different
speeds. If you are lucky and can read and absorb material quickly, you may be able to achieve success in less
time. If you need more time to read and absorb material – and there is nothing wrong with this – you may
need to allocate more time to your units. Each student needs to make their own assessment of how they work
and how much time they will need to devote to study.
Consult the University Counselling Service if you need help in making this assessment, or if you feel you need
help to develop better study habits or better time management skills. Effective time management is critical to
success at University or anywhere – especially as everything in life, not just at University, moves more and
The convenience of material online can be a trap, as it can be too easy to put things off until later, not to
mention how easy it is to become distracted by other things online. Control of your online activity and of
technology generally is vital to time management, and to your mental wellbeing.
3.3 Consultation If you need help with a unit, and require a Consultation with staff members, please ensure you have first met
your responsibilities by following the steps and guidelines below:
Step 1: Read this SSAPguide, the Unit Learning Guide, and any attachments very carefully to see if the help you
need is already provided.
Step 2: Check the unit vUWS site for the information you need.
Step 3: Direct your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the School as explained in Section 2.2.
We expect you to have searched for answers to any administrative questions as explained in Step 1, before
contacting any member of staff. Staff may not respond to emails, questions, or requests for help where
answers are readily obtainable in the Learning Guides, or through links provided to other sources of
For advice regarding unit content, consult your tutor during class time, or consult with the Unit Coordinator as
per their Consultation details. Students are expected to be adequately prepared when they seek advice from
teaching staff, having done sufficient background work themselves, and with clear questions rather than
vague requests about what to do.
It is very important (especially for first year students) that in the first week of semester you set sufficient time
aside to read your Learning Guides fully and carefully. You need to ensure you are completely familiar with the
requirements of your units and all the support services and sources of information available to you.
Each unit has a Learning Guide available in vUWS. It is the key unit document and includes: unit coordinator,
contact and consultation details; the weekly schedule of activities; attendance requirements; the textbook and
essential readings; and assessments and submission requirements.
You must also be aware of the key UWS policies and information affecting students (see Section 1.3).
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First year Students:
First year students experiencing difficulties, or needing assistance or support to adjust to University life,
should contact the School for guidance in the first instance at email@example.com, or visit one of the Reception
2.2 for details.
First year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the Bachelor of Community and Social
Development (BCSD) should contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer (see Section
If you are a new student coming straight from school, please understand that being a university student is very
different to being a school student. Your first day at University is the start of your professional career where
you take more responsibility for your own learning.
To have a satisfying University experience, and to maximise your prospects for success, you will develop skills
through your studies, to be a more independent, reflective learner.
Students with disabilities and chronic health conditions
In line with UWS’ longstanding commitment to the principles of equity, the School of Social Sciences and
Psychology is committed to ensuring an equitable teaching and learning environment for all students enrolled
in its courses.
If you identify as a student in need of support or/and assistance due to a disability or chronic health condition
in order to achieve your full academic potential please contact the UWS Disability Service on (02) 9852 5199 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information is available on the UWS Disability Services Website at
3.4 Feedback Student feedback on units is important for improving the quality and educational effectiveness of UWS units,
and in ensuring academic staff keep in touch with the student experience. At the end of each semester you
have the opportunity to complete an online Student Feedback on Units (SFU) questionnaire to provide your
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