General guidelines


The University Policy Register is the formal location for all formal university policies and procedures. We recommend that students be aware of formal policies and procedures relevant to any issues you experience during your candidature.

Communication channels

From time to time, the School needs to inform students about important matters, e.g. of changes to existing arrangements (such as tutorial locations or deadlines for submitting assignments). This information will be posted on the official web sites. These sites should be checked regularly (at least once every week). Electronic mail should also be checked regularly (at least twice weekly).

Students may also wish to inform the School of their concerns. Students are asked to elect a representative to the School Board and also several representatives to School student-staff liaison committees. The committees will meet at least once each semester to consider matters that the student members wish to raise and to inform them of relevant decisions, including those made at School Board Meetings. Student representatives are also invited to attend the School Meeting held on the first Wednesday of each month.

Any student who has suggestions, complaints or comments about any aspect of the unit should tell the lecturer (or they may ask the student representative to talk to the lecturer). In a case where the lecturer is unable to resolve matters, the Director of Postgraduate Coursework is the next authority; students will need to make an appointment to see the Director of Postgraduate Coursework. Students are also welcome to attend one of the School’s liaison meetings (two take place each semester) and raise the issue there.

Attendance at lectures, tutorials etc

Whilst students are generally expected to manage their own affairs in relation to study, regular attendance at lectures, tutorials and/or laboratory classes is a requirement for all units, since it is here that students have the opportunity to put theory into practice.

Students should attend as:

  • Additional explanations and supplementary material presented at lectures is often not available from other sources. It may be the result of current research. If the student misses out on this then they have missed an important part of the course.
  • Finding and studying material by the student themselves is a much more time consuming process than attending a lecture.

A record is kept of attendance at lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

Applying for a letter of continuing completion

Students who are enrolled in the Master of IT and who reach a point where they have satisfied the requirements of the Graduate Diploma of IT can apply for a Continuing Completion letter confirming their progress for the purposes of ACS skills assessment:

  • Collect a Continuing Completion form from the Faculty office. Complete the form, attach an enrolment history or copy of your transcript to the back of it, and return it to the School of IT, where it will be checked prior to being forwarded to the Faculty. The Faculty will produce the letter.
  • The Letter of Continuing Completion will be sent to your mailing address once your form has been processed by the Graduate School of Engineering and IT.

The ACS will conduct the Skills Assessment on a Graduate Diploma Continuing Completion letter, however, students must meet the ACS guidelines. If a student enrolled in the course after the 1st October 2002, they need to have completed three semesters of their course on a full-time basis, unless they hold a Bachelor degree with a Major in IT, then two semesters will be sufficient (see the ACS for further details).