School of Indigenous Studies

Guidelines and forms


Assignment coversheet




When you enroll at UWA you are automatically assigned an email address.This address is then used for official electronic correspondence unless you advise in writing that this is not acceptable. For more information about your UWA Student Email account and services available you should visit UWA Information Services.

Staff may communicate with students by email, either directly or through the unit?s LMS portal, so all students should ensure that they:

  • activate their Pheme account and student email account immediately on commencement of a Unit.
  • check their account and Unit LMS site regularly (at least twice per week).
  • communicate with University staff ONLY through their student email account (staff are not required to respond by email to any other addresses.)

Additional readings and resources will be made available on the Learning Management System (LMS)

For assistance with LMS consult the help page or contact Student IT support. You can also browse answers online anytime or ask a question through Ipoint.

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Student Support

Student Services offers services and programmes that complement the university experience and promote links with the broader community. Information about the services offered is available on the Student Support website.

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Student Guild

Information about the University Student Guild is available on the Guild website.

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All newly enrolled students (at any level) are required to complete the Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) unit. 

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Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Charter of Student Rights upholds the fundamental rights of students who undertake their education at the University of Western Australia. It recognises that excellence in teaching and learning requires students to be active participants in their educational experience.  It upholds the ethos that, in addition to the University's role of awarding formal academic qualifications to students, the University must strive to instill in all students independent scholarly learning, critical judgement, academic integrity and ethical sensitivity. Please refer to the Guild website for the full charter of student rights. The University?s Charter of Student Rights is available from the Policies website

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Unit Attendance, Engagement and Participation

In accordance with University regulations, attendance of a unit and all its associated classes is compulsory (see General Rule .2.1.16). Under General Rule, students are required to attend prescribed classes and submit work of a satisfactory standard. Under General Rule a student may be prohibited by the School from undertaking further study or examination in the unit concerned if the requirements of are not met.

Many units contain an assessment component based on unit attendance and participation. Participation calls for an active engagement with all the materials presented in the class whether delivered by staff or by fellow students. Active engagements call for prior reading and preparation for all classes with questions prepared ahead of time to assist with class discussions and seminar debates. Staff will monitor and document this engagement, as well as ask for seminar feedback during every class to assist with the unit participation assessment. If any student cannot make class then they are advised to email the Unit Coordinator or Tutor as soon as possible.

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Return of Student Work

Marked assessments submitted on time will be made available for collection by students at least one week before the next assessment in the unit is due, or no more than four weeks after submission, whichever is sooner.

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Use of Student Feedback

Students are invited and encouraged to complete a SURF questionnaire at the end of the course. Further, students are welcome throughout the semester to discuss any issues raised in class that require further clarification. Don?t hesitate to ask during or after class!

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Academic Writing

Student Services provides an online guide to assist you in writing essays and general academic writing. Tools, techniques and tips on how to complete your written assignments are available on the STUDYSmarter website. Further essay writing advice and a guide to appropriate language and terminology is provided on the ***SIS website***.

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Special Consideration

We know that personal issues like illness or other significant situations can affect your academic performance. Special Consideration allows the students? Allocated Course Advice Office to take into account significant and unforeseen factors that may have affected student academic preparation or performance, such as: 

  • significant personal illness.
  • death or serious illness of someone close to you.
  • other significant circumstances.
Your Allocated Course Advice Office can consider:

  • extensions for assignments
  • withdrawal or changes to courses
  • changes to your final grade in a unit of study
  • deferred examinations.

Students applying for special consideration must:


(a)          submit their complete application as soon as possible but no later than three University working days after the date on which the work for assessment was due or class held; or provide evidence to substantiate incapacity to meet the submission deadline;

(b)          submit their complete application, for withdrawal from a unit without academic penalty, no later than the end of the exam period in which the unit being taught is offered; and

(c)          provide clear and appropriate documentary evidence, in English or in professional English translations, that demonstrates impact on their academic performance in, or preparation of, work for assessment; in accordance with the following:


Grounds for Special Consideration

Required evidentiary support demonstrating impact from:


Illness impacting on student wellbeing

Appropriate and verifiable health professional, dependent on the type of illness


Misadventure impacting on student wellbeing and/or study

Appropriate and verifiable health professional and/or legal authority, dependent on the type of misadventure


Obligations impacting on study

Appropriate and verifiable documentation from authorised professional/personnel, dependent on the nature of the obligation


Pre-arranged holiday travel, social events (such as birthdays), usual rostered work commitments, student’s study load, misunderstanding/misreading of an examination timetable or assessment deadline, computer and/or IT (Information Technology) failure are not grounds for special consideration.


Students who are entitled to reasonable adjustments by virtue of being registered with the University’s Disability Office are not precluded from applying for special consideration under this policy.


Where an applicant experiences worsening of their circumstances, a further application may be submitted

For further information on special consideration click on the policy below:
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This procedure provides guidance for students on the timely and suitable completion of assignment work and the penalties that apply to the submission of late work:

If your assessment item is late, or you have been granted an extension, you still submit your assignment online via LMS in the same way you would as if it were on time.

A penalty of 10% of the total mark allocated for the assessment item is deducted per day for the first 7 days (including weekends and public holidays) after which the assigned work is not accepted. Assessments submitted later than 7 days after the deadline receive a mark of zero, unless an application for Special Consideration is approved.

If the LMS system is closed for late submissions then email the assignment direct to the Unit Coordinator as soon as possible. You can find the Unit Coordinators contact details in the unit outline on LMS.

Physical submissions must be accompanied by a completed assignment cover sheet available from this page.

For further information please see the Policy on Assessment


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Ethical Scholarship, Academic Literacy and Academic Misconduct

Ethical scholarship is the pursuit of scholarly enquiry marked by honesty and integrity.

Academic Literacy is the capacity to undertake study and research, and to communicate findings and knowledge, in a manner appropriate to the particular disciplinary conventions and scholarly standards expected at university level.  

Academic misconduct includes plagiarism, collusion and other forms of cheating. The University of Western Australia defines Academic Misconduct as "any activity or practice engaged in by a student that breaches explicit guidelines relating to the production of work for assessment, in a manner that compromises or defeats the purpose of that assessment".  Guidelines for avoiding plagiarism are also provided on ***the Essay Writing Advice page***. The full University misconduct policy is available on the UWA Policies site.

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If students feel they have been unfairly assessed, they have the right to appeal their mark by submitting an Appeal Against Academic Assessment form to the Head of School at their respective Allocated Course Advice Office. Submit through the School's reception office. 

Every student has the right:

(a) to be able to appeal or register a complaint or grievance against any academic assessment, academic procedure, administrative procedure, perceived discrimination or harassment, or the abrogation of any right stated in this Charter;

(b) to a clearly-documented process for dealing with a review and an appeal, complaint or grievance which is confidential, non-discriminatory, unbiased, and accountable; offers the opportunity for them to be accompanied to hearings by a person of their choice; and leads to resolution within a reasonable time;

(c) in respect to an appeal, complaint or grievance, to receive reasons for resulting decisions; to be advised of opportunity for further appeal; and to experience no repercussions as a result of participation in the process; and

(d) to seek guidance from a Student Assist Officer, faculty staff, and/or an Equity and Diversity Adviser as appropriate when submitting an appeal, complaint or grievance.

Every student has the responsibility:

(a) to familiarise themselves and comply with the review, appeal, complaint or grievance procedures
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