Appendix 5 – student expectations

Prior  to applying for candidature and the commencement of semester, students are  required to discuss potential research topics with appropriate school staff. In  consultation with the Course Coordinator, the applicant should identify areas  of interest and, after discussion with an appropriate potential supervisor,  nominate a suitable topic for research in their application.

Students  should be made aware, and accept, from the start that their level of success is  their responsibility. The supervisor is responsible for suggesting, guiding,  advising, assisting, and providing constructive criticism.

Students  have a right to receive:

  • An appropriate work environment, including desk space,  storage facilities, lab space (where required), and access to IT and library resources and services (for honours students only);
  • Adequate supervision. They should meet with their  supervisor at least once every fortnight for full time students and once a  month for part time students to discuss the topic and work through any problems associated with it;
  • Constructive and critical assessment of work submitted. In particular students have a right to know when a supervisor considers progress  as inadequate or standards of work as being below that generally expected;
  • Constructive written feedback on at least one draft but no  more than two drafts of the thesis;
  • Individual marks for all assigned assessment tasks, and  all relevant information on the overall assessment requirements and standards  required.

On the other hand, it is the responsibility of the student  to:

  • Dedicate to Honours an average  of 48 hours (full time students) or 24 hours (part-time students) per week;
  • Attend the school/department induction session;
  • Play an informed part in planning the research project  within the time limits identified by the school/department;
  • Establish agreed methods of working and a schedule of  meetings with the supervisor;
  • Keep the supervisor informed of any difficulties and  problems being experienced and take an active role in seeking solutions;
  • Maintain the progress of work in accordance with the  stages and timelines determined by the particular pattern of enrolment;
  • Participate in the opportunities offered by the  school/department which may include attendance at and presentations in non-assessable research seminars;
  • Be familiar with and comply with all requirements relating  to ethical conduct, intellectual property, privacy, and occupational health and  safety procedures;
  • Conform to the faculty’s administrative requirements for  enrolment, leave of absence, re-enrolment and extensions;
  • Understand and comply with relevant university and faculty  policies and procedures, including those on:
  • Special consideration
  • Plagiarism
  • Conflict of interest
  • Acceptable use of information technology facilities by  students; and
  • Accept responsibility for preparing an Honours thesis for examination.