The Student Guide has all of the information you need to find your way around SWTAFE and where to seek any help you may need.
It is expected that you will attend 100 percent of your scheduled classes.
In the event that classes are missed due to illness or other personal reasons, you must inform the teacher concerned. Messages may be left on your teacher’s voicemail or via email. Your teacher will inform you of their preferred method of communication.
If you do not attend at least 80 percent of the scheduled classes for a subject, you may be ineligible to complete the subject.
Students failing to attend more than 80 percent of prerequisite subjects will be ineligible for practical placement (if applicable to course).
Punctuality is expected. If you arrive late for class you may be excluded from that class.
In the event of class absence, you are expected to make arrangements with another student to obtain copies of handouts or any other documentation received in the class. Teaching staff are not responsible for ensuring that documentation is available in subsequent classes.
In cases of illness over extended periods, a doctor's certificate is necessary. This will not automatically cover the lack of attendance but will enable staff to arrange alternative assessment if appropriate.
It is not permissible to eat, drink or smoke in classrooms. Classes over two hours duration will normally include a break for refreshments.
South West TAFE has a strict policy that mobile telephones must be switched off before classes commence.
Only in exceptional circumstances will you be given permission to leave a mobile telephone on during class. Permission must be obtained from the class teacher prior to the commencement of class.
There will be occasions when staff are absent from class. Some absences will be planned but others may be unexpected. For planned absences, the teacher will prepare work to be undertaken. This may be with a replacement teacher present or without the teacher in attendance.
Each teacher will discuss with class members at the commencement of the course, a strategy that will enable you to be contacted prior to the scheduled class.
While every effort will be made, it may not always be possible to contact students who travel some distance, as they may have already left for the organisation.
The assessment required for each course will vary and may include assignments, tests, exams, group work, research work and on-the-job assessment. Your teachers will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.
As a student you are expected to:
As a student you can expect that:
Assignment/Assessment work is mandatory and must be submitted by the due date. All assignments must be submitted with an assessment cover sheet as the first page of your assignment. You can download a copy of the assessment cover sheet from the Student Lounge website.
If you are unable to complete an assignment or assessment by the due date, please speak to your teacher as soon as the issue becomes obvious. An extension is reliant on showing your work in progress to the teacher. Do not leave it to the last minute.
You should prepare for assignments early by:
It is not necessary to submit assignments in folders or plastic covers (refer to sustainability commitment on page six of this manual). However, it is important that assignment work is submitted by the due date on your training plan or as advised by your teacher.
Submitting assignments and assessments
For written work in hard copy or for items produced, created and/or manufactured, students are required to use the assessment cover sheet which records the requirements needed to manage and control the care of student assessment items.
Assignments or assessment may be submitted directly to your teacher using email or Moodle - your teacher will advise you of the appropriate method.
Remember to proofread and check your assignment carefully prior to sending. When emailing assignments, it is recommended that the subject line or email content include your name, the assessment title and unit code and name.
Your teacher will acknowledge receipt of an assignment by return email. If you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours, please telephone your teacher to confirm receipt.
Remember to print your name and student number on each page of your assignment and retain a copy for your records.
Attach an assignment or assessment cover sheet to your assignment (a template is available on the Handy resources, policies and procedures website).
Collection of assignments
The collection of assignments for on-campus students will be negotiated with your teachers.
An extension of time to submit an assignment may be granted under special circumstances. Note that extensions are granted at the teacher’s discretion. Extensions are not an automatic right. Application form for an extension can be obtained from the Student Lounge website or from your course teacher.
Additional assessment attempts/re-submissions
Practical considerations and the availability of teaching resources affect the number of times you may be assessed. You are allowed at least two attempts to demonstrate competence in a particular area. Further attempts and the timing are set at the discretion of your teaching senior educator.
If a student is acting dishonestly or unfairly in respect to an examination, test, assignment or other means of assessment conducted by or on behalf of South West TAFE, the action shall be regarded as misconduct under the Standards of Behaviour and the matter will be processed according to that policy.
Plagiarism is the presentation of another person’s work as though it is your own by failing to properly acknowledge that person.
Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism is a practice which runs counter to the very purpose of learning and training. It is expected that you will prepare and submit work which is your own and which, where appropriate, acknowledges the work of others.
Without full and appropriate acknowledgment to the original source(s) plagiarism includes any of the following:
Consequences of plagiarism
South West TAFE takes the integrity and honesty of its students very seriously. Acts of plagiarism are unacceptable and all forms of plagiarism have severe penalties.
Copyright laws apply to original material, whether in hard copy or electronic format. Copyright applies to:
It doesn’t apply to:
(Source: ‘An introduction to copyright in Australia’, Australian Copyright Council, Strawberry Hills, 2007)
You must keep track of any sources quoted and reference them in your assignments. Additional copyright information can be found at the SWTAFE Library website.
All assignment work must be referenced. Assignments will not be assessed if materials are not referenced. For tips on referencing please visit SWTAFE Library website.