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.

Minor thesis applicants are required to complete a Minor Thesis Application form and submit this to the relevant School/Department for approval. This is available from the Moodle site.

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:

  • 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 thesis or project studies 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 thesis/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 a Minor Thesis or Research Project for examination.