How to use this guide This guide contains an index at the back to help you locate the information you need. Entries are in alphabetical order, and most include a web address and/or contact details of a department or staff member who can provide more detailed information. Note: The services and facilities mentioned in this guide are all available on the Bentley campus. Students at regional campuses can access these or similar services via the web and may have specialist facilities on their own campus. Information specific to international students will be presented in this way. Welcome This guide has been designed to help you settle into Curtin, both academically and socially. It contains information on services and facilities, student responsibilities and where to go for advice or help. Information in this guide is relevant to all students. 1 Semester One Feb 9 International Student Enrolment Briefing Feb 9 – 13 International Student Prep Week Feb 16 – 20 ‘O’ Week Feb 23 Classes commence Feb 23 – Apr 3 6 teaching weeks Feb 27 Last date for all enrolments Last date for addition of semester one units Last date for payment of student fees Mar 31 Semester one census date* (last date to withdraw from semester one units without academic or fee penalty) Apr 1 – May 8 Final period to withdraw from semester one units (with academic and fee penalty) Apr 6 – 15 2 Tuition-free weeks (including Easter) Apr 20 – May 31 6 teaching weeks May 11 eVALUate opens for student feedback Jun 1 – 7 Study week Jun 8 – 19 Semester one examinations For more information visit: students.curtin.edu.au/administration/dates/index.cfm The calendar below applies to the Bentley and Kalgoorlie campuses. While most regional campuses and centres adhere to the academic dates listed below, some offer courses that follow a different academic calendar. Please visit cre.curtin.edu.au for dates relevant to regional campuses. Calendar 09 2 * Refer to Census Dates on page 15 for more details. Semester Two Jul 13 International Student Enrolment Briefing Jul 13 – 17 International Student Prep Week Jul 20 – 24 ‘O’ Week Jul 27 Classes commence Jul 27 – Aug 23 4 teaching weeks Jul 31 Last date for new semester two enrolments Last date for addition of second semester units Last date for payment of student fees Aug 31 Semester two census date* (last date to withdraw from semester two units without academic or fee penalty) Aug 24 – 30 Tuition-free week Sep 1 – Oct 9 Final period to withdraw from semester two units (with academic and fee penalty) Aug 31 – Sep 27 4 teaching weeks Sep 28 – Oct 4 Tuition-free week Oct 5 – Nov 1 4 teaching weeks Oct 12 eVALUate opens for student feedback Nov 2 – 8 Study week Nov 9 – 20 Semester two examinations Dec 11 Deadline for 2010 re-enrolment 3 Student Charter Curtin University values its students and recognises the importance of the overall student experience. With this in mind, the University is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive and safe environment, conducive to learning and research and the development of individuals who display the Curtin values of Integrity, Respect, Fairness and Care. To achieve this, the University undertakes to: • Ensure that students have access to all relevant laws, University Statutes, rules, by-laws, the University’s Guiding Ethical Principles, policies and procedures relating to their rights as a student. • Provide support services which take into consideration the requirements of all students. • Provide a study environment free from unlawful discrimination, bullying or harassment. • Provide a safe environment for study, research and other university related activities and to observe all relevant legislation. • Embrace and recognise diversity. • Ensure the availability of core units and other course requirements to enable program completion within allowable timeframes. • Provide accurate and accessible information about all relevant aspects of a course including unit learning outcomes, content, assessment and timetables in a timely manner before the start of each study period. • Provide reasonable access to staff to discuss program matters, address concerns and complaints; and ensure timely fair and constructive assessment of work. • Provide appropriate facilities and equipment to support student learning. • Ensure that students have representation on University committees to enable participation in decision making. • Ensure students have opportunities to provide feedback on unit quality, teaching performance, support services and facilities. • Ensure that any campus related disruption that may affect students during their course of study is kept to a minimum and is communicated in a timely manner. • Recognise the legal rights of students including those relating to intellectual property and privacy. Stu dents also have responsibilities and are expected to: • Inform themselves of, and comply with, all relevant laws, University Statutes, rules, by-laws, the University’s Guiding Ethical Principles, policies and procedures relating to their rights as a student. • Participate constructively in the learning experience. • Be aware of course and unit requirements and their individual academic progress. • Behave in an appropriate manner within the learning environment, showing respect for both staff and fellow students at all times. • Use University facilities and services in an honest and responsible manner. • Recognise that cheating, plagiarism and fabrication or falsifications of data are not acceptable. • Embrace and recognise diversity. • Adhere to the proper use of copyright material. Student Charter 4 Administration Fees Centre 9266 3500 International Office 9266 7331 Parking and Traffic 9266 7116 / 4724 Student Central 9266 3399 Centres for regional education Albany 9824 0888 Armadale 9497 0930 Esperance 9071 9606 Geraldton 9920 4400 Kalgoorlie 9088 6742 Karratha 9159 6742 Margaret River 9780 5800 Midland 9274 5014 Port Hedland 9158 9400 Emergency numbers Curtin Security 9266 4444 Fire/Police/Ambulance 000 (Life-threatening emergencies only) Number (Internal Curtin phone) 5 On-campus Emergency Police 131 444 Faculty student service centres Centre for Aboriginal Studies 9266 7091 Curtin Business School (undergraduate) 9266 7713 (postgraduate) 9266 7715 Health Sciences 9266 4583 Humanities 9266 3400 Muresk Institute, Bentley 9266 4400 Science & Engineering 9266 4600 Regional campuses Graduate School of Business 9266 3460 Kalgoorlie (WASM) 9088 6001 Margaret River 9780 5829 Muresk Institute, Northam 9690 1576 Student services Health Services 9266 7345 Housing Services Office 9266 4430 International Stud. Advisers 9266 2434 First Year Experience Coord. 9266 4761 Student Guild 9266 2900 University Counselling Service 9266 7850 Important phone numbers 5 Things to do: Become familiar with OASIS particularly the official communication channel. Check you are enrolled in the correct units (check your enrolment advice) Register your classes via eStudent. (in OASIS). Go to the ‘O’ Week website and plan your orientation oweek.curtin.edu.au Attend O Week (Feb 16 – 20) including academic events Join a Campus & Library Tour Find out at which venues your classes will be held Organise your parking permit or public transport route Explore Curtin’s clubs & associations Classes start on February 23rd International students, need to also: Contact your family to let them know you have arrived safely Settle into permanent accommodation Apply online to obtain your Overseas Student Health Cover Card Open a bank account Attend Prep Week (Feb 9 – 14) visit the o week website: oweek.curtin.edu.au 6 Orientation checklist A-Z Directory 7 Abacus labs See Computer Access on page 17. Academic Status All students commence their course with an Academic Status of Good Standing. However, less than satisfactory academic performance will result in a review of the status to either Conditional or Terminated. Good Standing - The student is achieving satisfactory course progress and is permitted to continue in the course and re-enrol. • Students that are on a status of Good Standing have a Semester Weighted Average (SWA) of 50 or higher Conditional - The student is permitted to continue in the course and re-enrol under conditions as determined by the Head of School. • Students on a status of Conditional generally have a SWA of less than 50 or in the study period just ended, failed 50% or more of the units the student was enrolled in. Terminated - The student has not achieved satisfactory course progress and is terminated from the course. The student is not permitted to continue in the course or re-enrol in the course without approval from the Director, Student Services. Students that are on a status of Terminated: • normally would have been enrolled for at least 2 study periods • must have a current status of Conditional • a status of Conditional and a current SWA of less than 49; or • a status of Good Standing and a current SWA of less than 40. Academic support AUSAID STUDEN TS If you are an AusAID student and believe you may fail a unit, you can apply for AusAID funded tutorial support of up to 10 hours per semester. Forms are available from the International sponsored Student Unit (ISSU) or from www.ausaid.curtin.edu.au You will be required to complete the form with a recommendation from your course co-ordinator/supervisor for an appropriate tutor. Forms should be returned to the ISSU. CBS communication skills centre The CBS Communication Skills Centre provides a free support service for all students enrolled in Curtin Business School. The Centre has a number of Academic Advisers who provide communication and academic study skills support in a number of ways: Abacus labs / Academic status / Academic 8 A • Student workshops on academic writing, spoken communication, study skills and professional communication • Weekly academic writing classes • A weekly conversation class • Individual consultations to assist students with academic issues and provide guidance on how to improve their assignments and obtain better results Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm (other times by special arrangement) Location: Building 407, Room 202 Tel: 9266 3079 Fax: 9266 3096 Carmela Briguglio: [email protected] Julie Howe: [email protected] Web: cbs.curtin.edu.au/communication Help with English See English Language Support on page 29 and UniEnglish on page 78. The learning centre The Learning Centre (TLC) offers a wide variety of learning support programs designed to enhance the academic performance of students at all stages of their university studies. The Centre provides the following free academic seminars for undergraduate and postgraduate students throughout the year: • StudyPlus Program: Study Skills and Strategies Module and workshops – getting more out of lectures and tutorials, critical reading and note making, oral presentation, gathering and structuring ideas, winning assignments. Study Management Module and workshops – returning to study (for mature-age students), managing your time and keeping motivated, working in groups, academic integrity, preparing for exams. Successful Assignments Module – report writing, critiquing and reviewing, analysing case studies, reflective/journal writing, and synthesising. • StudyPlus Postgraduate Program: getting started on research, postgraduate writing, writing from sources, literature review, thesis experience, structure and cohesion, editing. • PowerPlus Writing Program: a five-seminar program covering sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, syntax, writing powerful sentences for academic and professional success. • PowerPlus Essay Program: a five-seminar program providing guidelines, formulae, hints and tips for essays, reports and other written assignments. Academic support / Cbs communication skills centre 9 A • Gateway Program: A five-seminar program especially for students for whom English is an additional language. The program covers listening, participating effectively in tutorials, preparing and practising oral presentations, and interacting with lecturers and colleagues. • Grammar Masterclass: A five seminar program especially for students for whom English is an additional language. The program covers the finer points of English usage. • Pathfinder Program: a five-seminar program designed to help students make the transition to studying at Curtin. • Customised Program: one-off short modules addressing specific learning skills, processes, and strategies as requested by students and/or lecturers. These can be arranged to run for groups of 10 or more students at a time that is convenient to them (including evenings and weekends). All seminars are conducted by expert lecturers in a relaxed and supportive environment. Students who attend five seminars and are referred by their supervisor or unit co-ordinators will have access to individual assistance. For students who cannot attend seminars: • The Learning Centre Homepage www. learningcentre.curtin.edu. au has links to StudyTrek, Start-up, Study Skill Self-Assessment, and other relevant websites. PowerPlus Writing and PowerPlus Essay Programs can also be accessed through links from the Homepage. These resources are continuously being added to, and students are encouraged to e-mail The Learning Centre on [email protected] with suggestions for additional online resources. Location: Building 105 (Library), Level 1 Tel: 9266 3825 Fax: 9266 1710 Email: [email protected] Web: www.learningcentre.curtin.edu.au University Counselling Service See page 22. Academic Transcript A full complementary Academic Transcript will be forwarded to all graduating students following the conferral of their degree by Council. Non-graduating students who require an Academic Transcript (on official Transcript paper) can contact the Customer Service Unit. The cost of an official transcript is $10. Academic Transcript / Accommodation / Alumni 10 A An unofficial Academic Transcript (Academic eRecord) can be printed through eStudent. Students who have a sanction or exclusion placed on their record (e.g. outstanding fees, library fines) will not be able to access their results or be provided with an Academic Transcript until they have cleared the sanction or exclusion. Supplementary Statement of Achievement The Supplementary Statement of Achievement is an official document issued by the University that recognises achievements or involvement in Curtin related activities. These activities may include scholarships, volunteer work, student mentoring, representing Curtin in high-level sporting events, prizes and awards. The Supplementary Statement of Achievement is issued separately from, and in addition to, the Academic Transcript. For information on other official documents, visit www.students.curtin. edu.au/administration/documents_ request.cfm Accommodation Curtin provides a comprehensive housing service to its students and staff, with nearly 1,200 places available for student accommodation on or near the Bentley campus and an extensive database of private accommodation options. Staff in the Housing Services Office can assist with applications for on-campus residency and locating off-campus accommodation, and can provide information about tenancy legislation, connecting utilities, home insurance, renting furniture and much more. Office Hours : Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.45pm Location: Building 103 Tel: 9266 4430 Fax: 9266 7455 Email: [email protected] Web: www.housing.curtin.edu.au Note: Curtin also provides on campus accommodation and advisory services in Kalgoorlie, Northam and Miri campuses. Alumni Each student granted a degree at Curtin is automatically part of the Curtin Alumni Network upon graduation, without fee and for life. Curtin Alumni has over 130,000 members in more than 100 countries, and each year welcomes over 6,000 new graduates to its global network. The Alumni Relations Office helps to maintain a strong professional and social network among graduates from all disciplines through a range of social and educational events and activities. Graduates have the opportunity to play an active part in the future direction of the University and demonstrate their support for the University and its activities. Alumni / Academic Transcript 11 A Alumni Office Hours : Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.45pm Location: Building 101, Room 208 Tel: 9266 3113 Fax: 9266 7527 Email: [email protected] Web: www.alumni.curtin.edu.au Ask Curtin Ask Curtin is a university-wide FAQ database containing extensive Student Administration FAQs. There are two separate versions of Ask Curtin; Ask Curtin for Future Students & Visitors and Ask Curtin for Current Curtin Students. Ask Curtin for Current Curtin Students has a range of FAQs relevant to the current studies of Curtin students and can only be accessed by Current Curtin students through OASIS. A link to Ask Curtin for Current Students is available from the Important Links channel on the Welcome tab. Ask Curtin for Future Students & Visitors is a public facing interface with FAQs tailored to future students & visitors of the University and is available from the Future Students website. Assessment Appeals http://policies.curtin.edu.au/students.html The Guild’s Student Assist Support Service and the University Counselling Service are also available for one-on-one advice concerning appeals. For non academic grievances/complaints see Conflict Resolution on page 20. Bookshop Curtin University Bookshop The Curtin University Bookshop stocks a wide range of textbooks, stationery, newspapers, magazines, novels, cards, art materials, computer equipment and much more. Curtin student booklists are available before the start of semester and can be accessed from the computers on the 2nd floor via OASIS. Students can access their book lists via the my studies & eValuate tab in OASIS. Students can place orders online and pay by credit card to avoid queuing. Orders can be collected from the Customer Service Counter on the first floor, or posted for a fee. Students can reserve books that are not in stock at the Customer Service Counter on the 2nd floor. A 20% non-refundable deposit is required, and customers will be notified when stock arrives. When purchasing textbooks and course material, students must present their Student ID Card. The Bookshop accepts cash, credit, cheque, money order and EFTPOS. Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday, 8.30am – 5pm (open till 6pm for the first two weeks of Semester One & first week of Semester Two) Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm Location: John Curtin Centre, Building 200 Tel: 9266 3469 Fax: 9266 3188 Web: www.bookshop.curtin.edu.au Ask Curtin / Curtin University / Assessment 12 AB GUILD SECOND -HAND BOOKSHOP The Student Guild operates a secondhand Bookshop where students can buy and sell used textbooks and other study equipment including lab coats, calculators and lecture pads. Second-hand textbooks can be purchased for a minimum of two thirds of the cost of new books. The second-hand Bookshop offers an online database via their website, which allows students to search for books. There is a small commission charged to use their services to sell books. This commission is discounted for Guild members. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm (open till 5pm for the first two weeks of each semester, and from 10.30am – 2pm during non-teaching weeks) Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9266 2909 Email: [email protected] Web: www.guild.curtin.edu.au Bookshop Grants If you are struggling financially and need assistance buying your text books, the Guild provides a number of grants each semester to students on low incomes. Applications are open in the first few weeks of semester, and are available at the Guild. See Student Guild, page 70 for contact details. Building Numbers All Curtin buildings are named and also numbered. Specific rooms or locations on campus are referred to by their building number, level then room number. For example, Building 402.310 is Curtin Business School One – Building 402, Level 3, Room 10. Calendar and Handbook The Curtin Calendar and Handbook is available at www.handbook.curtin.edu.au It contains the University’s rules and regulations as well as course outlines. Students should consult this publication for detailed information about courses and units. Campuses KALGOORLIE Curtin’s Kalgoorlie campus is located in the heart of Western Australia’s gold mining district, some 594km east of Perth. The Kalgoorlie campus offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies in mining through the historic Western Australian School of Mines. Location: 34 Cheetham Street, Kalgoorlie WA 6433 Tel: 9088 6106 Fax: 9088 6100 Email: [email protected] Web: www.kalg.curtin.edu.au Assessment Appeals / Bookshop 13 BC C 14 MARGARE T RIVER The Margaret River Education campus, located 300km South of Perth, incorporates the Centre for Wine Excellence, offering postgraduate courses in viticulture and oenology. Location: 272 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA Tel: 9780 5829 Fax: 9780 9395 Email: [email protected] Web: www.swrc.wa.edu.au/mrec MIRI , SARAWAK Curtin’s Sarawak campus is the University’s first offshore campus, and was established in 1999 in partnership with the Sarawak Government. Location: Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia Tel: +60 85 44 3939 Fax: +60 85 44 3838 mail: [email protected] Web: www.curtin.edu.my NOR THAM The Muresk Institute is located 96km east of Perth near the town of Northam. The campus operates a 1,720 hectare commercial farm which is also used for teaching, demonstrations, student projects and staff research work. Courses offered include Agribusiness Marketing, Farm Management, Agriculture and Equine Management. Location: Off Spencers Brook Road, Northam WA 6401 Tel: 9690 1576 Fax: 9690 1500 Email: [email protected] Web: www.muresk.curtin.edu.au PER TH CI TY The Graduate School of Business is located in the heart of Perth’s Central Business District. It offers a range of graduate commerce courses including the Master and Doctor of Business Administration and the acclaimed Master of Leadership and Management. Location: 78 Murray Street, Perth 6000 Tel: 9266 3460 Fax: 9266 3368 Email: [email protected] Web: www.gsb.curtin.edu.au SYDNEY , NEW SO UTH WALES Curtin Sydney is the newest edition to Curtin’s campuses. The campus offers foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various areas of Commerce, including Accounting and Management. All courses utilise the same structure and content as Curtin Business School courses offered at the Bentley campus. Location: Curtin House 39 Regent St, Chippendale, Sydney NSW Tel: 02 8399 7888 Fax: 02 8399 7899 Email: [email protected] Web: www.sydney.curtin.edu.au Career Voyage Unsure of what you can do with your degree? Want to change courses but not sure what to change to? Why not come to the Curtin Future Students Centre at Bentley and try Career Voyage. Careers Voyage / Cashiers / Census Dates C 15 This computer program assesses your likes and dislikes and then suggests up to 40 potential careers that could be for you! This is a free service and students will receive a printed report. Allow at least 45 minutes to complete the questions. Location: Curtin Future Students Centre, Building 102 Tel: 9266 1000 Fax: 9266 3331 Email: [email protected] Web: www.futurestudents.curtin.edu.au Cashiers All monies payable to the University are generally received by the University Cashiers. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are available. The Cashiers will only accept cash payments of less than $200. Students are encouraged to pay tuition fees by BPay, Post Billpay or at an Australia Post outlet to avoid long queues. The University Cashier opening hours are: Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.45pm Location: Building 101, Level 2 Tel: 9266 2041 Census Dates You will often hear the term ‘census date’ referred to in relation to enrolment. The census date is the date by which you must ensure your enrolment is correct. From this date your final financial liability is calculated and you are not permitted to change your enrolment except for withdrawing from a unit. If you withdraw after this date you will incur the financial liability and the unit will show on your Academic Transcript with a grade of ‘WD’ (Withdrawn). 2009 census dates for semester one and two are as follows: • Semester One: 31 March 2009 • Semester Two: 31 August 2009 Census dates for all other study periods (eg trimester, quarter, term) will be 14 days after commencement of class. Please refer to www.students.curtin.edu. au/administration/dates/index.cfm for current dates. Centrelink Centrelink is a government agency delivering a range of Commonwealth services to the Australian community. There is a Centrelink branch on the Bentley campus that students can go to for Youth Allowance and Austudy new claims and enquiries, as well as Pensioner Education Supplements and ABSTUDY enquiries. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm (including semester breaks) Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 13 24 90 Web: www.centrelink.gov.au Dates / Centrelink / Careers Voyage C 16 Changing Personal Details CHANGING YO UR ADDRESS Please ensure the University always has your up-to-date contact (address/phone/ email) details, both for your semester address and your permanent home address. Addresses can be updated via OASIS, however students who are exempt (those students without the ability or resources to access the internet) can change their address at Student Central by completing a Change of Address form, or at a Faculty Student Services Office. If you are a new international student, you are required to provide your Australian residential address to the University within seven days of arrival. If you change your address any time during your studies at Curtin, it is a Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) requirement that you provide this new address to the university within seven days of moving. If returning home for the semester break, you must ensure that your address is changed to your preferred address before departure. Upon returning to Perth you must also returning ensure that your address is updated to your Australian address. As well as being a condition of the student visa, maintaining current contact address details on the university system is vital for receiving tuition fee and other important correspondence relating to your studies and/or student visa. Students leaving for a short period only are advised to arrange for somebody to collect mail on their behalf. Changing Your Name Requests to change your name can be made by completing a Change of Personal Details form and providing original or certified copies of primary documentation (eg passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate). Photocopies of certified copies are not acceptable. Change of personal details forms are available from Student Central, Student Services Offices or can be downloaded from www.students.curtin. edu.au/administration/forms.html Childcare Centre Curtin has a childcare centre on the Bentley campus with places for over 100 children. The Centre has been accredited by the National Childcare Accreditation Council and meets the highest standards. Catering for the 0-6 age group, the Centre has individually tailored programs for each child. A qualified chef caters for any dietary needs. Cultural support workers ensure that parents and children settle into the Centre. The Centre has several fee programs, which make it very affordable, and meals are included. Early application is recommended. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 6pm Location: Chessell Road Bentley, Building 003 Tel: 9266 7459 Fax: 9266 3742 Email: [email protected] Web: www.curtinchildcare.com.au Changing Personal Details / Childcare Centre A C 17 Clubs and Societies There are more than 60 sporting, academic and social clubs at Curtin, with interests ranging from table tennis to chemistry. Clubs and Societies are responsible for running many student events, activities, trips and functions each semester, and collectively support around 3000 Curtin students. Students are actively supported by the Guild in establishing new clubs and societies. Students are encouraged to explore Curtin’s clubs and societies at the Guild. For an up-to-date list and more information, contact the Student Guild (see page 70). Computer Access Curtin provides open-access computer facilities in the Abacus labs, which are located on the ground floor of Buildings 303, 408 and 501. Together, these labs can accommodate over 370 students. You may use the computers in these labs for doing assignments, handling email and searching the Internet. Printing and scanning facilities are also provided. To gain access to the labs, you must swipe your Curtin Student ID card. To log on to the computers you must be currently enrolled and have activated your OASIS account. The Abacus labs are open 23 hours a day, seven days a week all year round. They are closed for cleaning between 5.30am to 6.30am daily. You must vacate the labs during this period. During semester, Abacus help desk staff are available from 9am to 9pm on weekdays and from 1pm to 5pm on weekends. The help desk staff can assist you with the following: • The OASIS student portal • Using the Internet • Printing and scanning • Software such as Microsoft Office • The WebCT learning management system • ICT resources for students • For more information visit www.abacuslab.curtin.edu.au Computer Help Pc Champs Personal Computing Coaching and Help Aimed at Mature-Age Person. Basic computer skills are essential for your success at University. For example, Curtin students need to check their OASIS account every week, use the internet for research and type their assignments. For some students computing skills can be difficult, especially mature-age students who have not had as much experience using computers. PC CHAMPS aims to bridge the gap for Mature-Age and other students finding themeselves in this situation. PC CHAMPS matches the student with Centre / Clubs and Societies A 18 Computer Access / Conciliator / Computer Computer Access / Conciliator / Computer Access C 19 volunteer mentors, who meet with the student on a one-to-one basis until they have the basic computing skill-set required to progress in their course. The day and time is flexible to fit in with the mentor and your commitments. The PC CHAMPS Program covers the following: • Basic computer use, including windows, using the mouse and the keyboard • Browsing/Searching the Internet • Sending Emails • OASIS • the Curtin Library website • Microsoft Word • Microsoft Excel • Microsoft PowerPoint If you need assistance with any of the topics mentioned or have issues with basic computer skills, PC CHAMPS can help. Contact Helen Hesselberg Building 102 Hayman Hall Email: [email protected] Tel: 9266 1233 Computers, Laptops, Servicing and Advice I.T. Works is a computer store owned and operated by Curtin Student Guild. If you require a new computer, notebook, printer or computer accessories the store will be able to help you out at very competitive prices. If it is not in stock then the staff will be able to order in the stock with minimal delay. I.T. Works also provides professional computer and notebook servicing, at extremely competitive pricing. Not sure what is wrong or what you are looking for?… then ask the staff – their advice is free. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm (limited hours of 10.30am – 2pm during non-teaching weeks) Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9266 2924 Email: [email protected] Web: www.guild.curtin.edu.au Conciliator The WA Department of Education Services has appointed Ms Anne Duncan as the Conciliator for international students. The Conciliator is available to mediate in situations where a student cannot resolve an issue between themselves and the institution at which they are studying. Students are advised to try to resolve the matter directly with their institution first, and if they are still dissatisfied with the outcome, to approach the Conciliator. Discussions Conflict Resolution / Consuls / Copyright C 20 with the Conciliator can remain confidential if the student wishes. This service is provided free of charge by the Government of Western Australia. Note: The Conciliator works part-time so students should phone to check availability for appointments. Location: Department of Education Services, 22 Hasler Rd, Osborne Park, WA Tel: 9441 1953 Fax: 9441 1950 Email: [email protected] Web: www.des.wa.gov.au/pages/ international_disputes.php Conflict Resolution A grievance is any real or perceived ground for complaint including (but not limited to) bullying, harassment and discrimination. Curtin provides a conflict resolution process that is based on the principles of transparency, confidentiality, efficiency, accessibility and no victimisation. The conflict resolution process can be found in the Grievance Resolution Policy and Protocol at www.policies.curtin.edu.au The Conflict Resolution Manager can provide: • Procedural advice regarding the process of conflict resolution • Advice about resolution techniques • Facilitation and conciliation services • Training and education Contact: Andrea Mcleod – Manager, Conflict Resolution Location: Building 100, Level 3 Tel: 9266 7454 Email: [email protected] Consuls Details of all foreign consulates in Australia can be found at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. The website lists the address, contact numbers and office hours of the consulates. Tel: 02 6261 2744 (Protocol and Consular List Enquiries) Web: www.dfat.gov.au/publications/ publications.html Copyright As a Curtin student you are subject to the provisions of the Commonwealth of Australia Copyright Act 1968 and are obliged to abide by the University’s policies and requirements on copyright. Students who deliberately disregard University policy and copyright requirements will be liable to disciplinary action under the Student Disciplinary Statute and leave themselves open to prosecution by individual copyright owners. FAIR DEALING Under copyright fair dealing provisions students are permitted to copy for the purpose of research or study, criticism or review, but certain limits apply. Copyright / Counselling Service / Conflict Resolution C 21 For example: • Books: you may copy 10% of the pages or one chapter, whichever is the greater. • Periodicals/journals/newspapers: you may copy one article in an issue (you can copy more than one if the articles in the issue relate to the same subject). • Artwork, television, radio broadcasts and audio-visual material: specific requirements and limits apply. • You should normally only make a single copy, for your own individual use. Material (including music, film, and unlicensed software) that does not support the educational purposes of the University cannot be downloaded, copied or communicated using University computer networks or equipment. Copying of software and pre-purchased or rented videos or DVDs is NOT permitted except with the express permission of the copyright owner. Further information Additional information on copyright for students can be found at: http://www.copyright.curtin.edu.au/ research/ Curtin’s copyright procedures in full are available at: http://policies.curtin.edu.au/ policies/az_index.cfm#C A handy guide to “Copyright Do’s and Don’ts” for students can be found at http:// www.copyright.curtin.edu.au/resources/ Any queries or concerns related to copyright should be directed to the University’s Copyright and Compliance Officer on (08) 9266 7494. Council for International Students of Western Australia (CISWA) The Council for International Students of Western Australia (CISWA) is an independent, voluntary, non-profit organisation that offers support and advocacy to international students. The Council consists of people from: the Education Sector, Australian voluntary organisations, student representatives from international student organisations and other groups interested in the well being of overseas students. Students can register for various trips organised by CISWA each semester. More information can be obtained from Building 102. Location: Australia Asia Association Building, 275 Stirling Street, Perth WA 6000 Tel: (08) 9227 7660 Fax: (08) 9227 7663 Email: [email protected] C 22 Counselling Service The University Counselling Service is free, confidential and available to the entire Curtin community. Psychologists, social workers, an occupational therapist and a Multi-Faith Officer staff the service. Counsellors can assist with academic matters, study and learning strategies, career and course changes, cross cultural issues and any personal issues and/or crises. The Disability Counsellor is the primary contact for advice and assistance to staff and students with disabilities. For more information see Disability Services on page 26. Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday, 8am – 6pm Friday, 8am – 5pm Location: Building 109 Tel: 9266 7850 (country callers 1800 651 878) (TTY 9266 4112) Fax: 9266 3052 Web: www.counselling.curtin.edu.au Note: Counselling is available on all Curtin campuses. For more information see your campus website or contact [email protected] Course Changing Wanting to switch courses is not uncommon, particularly in your first year. The University has a process to follow if you do want to switch. All first year students considering switching should get in touch with: • The First Year Experience Coordinator at [email protected] au or telephone 9266 4761. All other students should contact careers or counselling. • The University Counselling Service, telephone 9266 7850 to make an appointment. Further information and forms for course switching can be found at http:// students.curtin.edu.au/administration/ enrolment/amendment.cfm International students intending to change their course must contact the International Office to complete an International Application for Admission form. Once this form is submitted and the school approves the application, the International Office will issue a new Letter of Offer. As soon as tuition fees for the new course are paid, and the student has accepted the offer by signing and submitting the Acceptance of Offer form, the International Office will then issue a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for the purpose of visa issue. Note: Sponsored students must submit an updated ‘Sponsored Student Information Form’ completed by their sponsoring organisation, authorising the change of course before a new Letter of Offer can be issued. Counselling Service / Course Changing C 23 Course Completion You will receive a complementary Letter of Course Completion and Notification of Graduation once you have passed all the requirements of your degree. This letter is particularly useful for your resume and other educational providers. Additional copies can be requested at Student Central for a small fee. Courtesy Bus - Bentley The University operates a shuttle bus service during the evenings that collects students from designated points around campus and transports them to University car parks and on-campus accommodation. Students who attend classes in the evenings are encouraged to use this service. The bus service operates during Semester only: DAY bus Monday to Friday, 8am – 11pm Night bus Monday to Thursday, 5pm – 1.45am (every hour) Friday, 5pm – 11.45pm (every hour) Timetables are available online via the properties website at www.security.curtin.edu.au The bus service does not operate on weekends, however Curtin Security Officers can assist with night escorts from Curtin buildings and computer labs back to car parks and on-campus accommodation. Curtin Careers Service Increasingly, employers are looking for graduates with more than just great marks. They want someone who is passionate and enthusiastic about their chosen industry, a graduate who can think creatively and use their initiative to solve problems. Employers want an individual who can demonstrate they have a genuine desire to contribute to their business and the community as a whole. Just completing your degree won’t guarantee you the job of your choice! The Careers Service provides a range of services designed to build your professional and personal skill base throughout your studies and to assist with your career planning process. We can organise to speak to you by phone, or we can be in contact by email. If you are in Perth we can also organise one-to-one appointments for you. Services include: • Free career clinics • Employer visits to the Bentley campus throughout semester • Access to careers resources, both print and online • Your exclusive web-based Job / Courtesy Bus - Bentley C 24 Board, detailing hundreds of positions available for current students and graduates • Advice on career direction, job opportunities and labour market trends • A comprehensive Job Application Checking Service, including resumes, cover letters and selection criteria • Advice on work experience, internships, and volunteering: building skills to give you an advantage in the job market. • In addition Curtin conducts a major Careers Fair in April and a number of targeted Career Fairs throughout the year including: –– WASM Kalgoorlie (Mining) –– Muresk (Agricultural education) –– Graduate School of Business –– Global Opportunities (International opportunities) –– Faculty Specific (eg Nursing / Education) –– Expos (eg Small Business, Local Govt.) It is never too early or too late to start thinking seriously about your career. The Careers Service can offer support and advice at any stage. Take the time early in your studies to explore the website www.careers.curtin.edu.au and think seriously about where you would like your university degree to take you. For further information contact : Tel: 9266 7802 Fax: 9266 3847 Email: [email protected] Web: www.careers.curtin.edu.au Curtin Connect Curtin Connect supports students, in particular international students, in their transition to university life at Curtin and Australia. Curtin Connect provides a range of services to help students participate in activities to enhance their learning and social experiences. These include: • The Personal Development Project • The e-Mate (email buddy) Program • A guide to living in Perth for International Students • Conversational English Language Classes Location: Building 102, Hayman Hall Tel: 9266 1055 Fax: 9266 3847 Email: [email protected] Web: www.connect.curtin.edu.au Curtin University Postgraduate Students Association (CUP SA) The Curtin University Postgraduate Students Association (CUPSA) is run by the Guild and is the only officially recognised university body representing Curtin University Postgraduate Students Association C 25 postgraduate students at Curtin. CUPSA is run for and by postgraduate students. Elected CUPSA committee members provide postgraduate representation on University and Guild committees and provide links to the national Council of Australian Postgraduate Association (CAPA). CUPSA provides services including: • Grievances/complaints resolution • Digital camera hire • Peer to peer support program • Seminars • Newsletter • Grants • Conference Support Grants • Social events CUPSA contact details Tel: 9266 4911 Fax: 9266 2996 (Attn: CUPSA) Email: [email protected] Web: http://www.guild.curtin.edu.au/ go/about-your-guild/organisation-chart/ guild-departments/cupsa Curtin Volunteers! Curtin Volunteers! is Australia’s first and largest student run volunteering organisation and has been operating out of Curtin University since 1995. Through CV!, volunteers can participate in a range of regular programmes in areas including youth work, working with people with disabilities, people from other cultures or working to improve our environment. Each of the opportunities offered are tailored to provide an experience promoting professional growth, in developing new skills that can be transferred to the workplace, and personal growth, in providing a social outlet and allowing networking opportunities. CV!’s largest project for the year is John Curtin Weekend, run over several weekends in September and October. This weekend involves upwards of 400 volunteers travelling to 32 rural sites to enjoy a weekend of volunteering and have some fun along the way. Our Laverton project is another significant undertaking and gives volunteers a glimpse of the various cross-cultural issues relating to white and indigenous culture that exist today. For more information or to get involved visit www.cv.curtin.edu.au Location: Building 599 Tel: 9266 3954 Email: [email protected] Association (CUPSA) / Department of D 26 Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) As an international student, you are responsible for ensuring your visa is current and visa conditions are met. You should make an appointment with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) when renewing your student visa. Visit the DIAC website for more information on visa conditions and other important information relating to student visas. (See also Visa Renewals). Opening Hours : Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9am – 4pm Wed: 9am – 1pm Location: City Central, 411 Wellington St, Perth, WA Genera l Enquiries & Appointments : 131 881 Australian Citizenship Enquiries: 131 880 Translating & Interpreting Services: 131 450 Web: www.immi.gov.au Online Visas: www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/students.htm Disability Services If you have a medical condition or disability that impacts on your studies or any other aspect of university life, you can contact a Disability Counsellor to discuss your needs. Disability Counsellors offer general assistance with study needs, specific learning accommodations including note takers and interpreters, alternative format materials (eg audio tapes, Braille documents), assistance with parking and physical access and access to library support services. You will also receive a newsletter each semester if you have indicated on enrolment or through e-student that you would like information on disability services. The Disability Counsellor can also make alternative exam arrangements to cater for individual needs. Students will need to provide supporting medical documentation. Arrangements need to be made well in advance of your exam date. For more information contact the University Counselling Service (see page 22). Distance Education Distance Education, also known as Flexible Delivery, was originally intended to cater for students who were geographically remote from university campuses. Many Distance Education students are now from urban areas, choosing this off-campus mode of study because it suits their employment situation or family commitments. Distance Education (Flexible Delivery) allows students to study in their own time without the structure of having to attend classes. However, to succeed, students need to be self-directed well organised and comfortable with technology. Distance Education (Flexible Delivery) is available to any student who is enrolled in a Curtin course that offers units in flexible mode. This mode of study is predominately for students who Department of Immigration and Citizenship DE 27 are Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents and is only available to international students under certain circumstances. Students can enrol in a combination of on-campus and flexible delivery units provided they obtain approval from their Department or school. For more information, visit www.otl.curtin.edu.au/dist-ed The Distance Education (Flexible Delivery) Office also administers Curtin’s Open Universities Australia Courses and can help you with any queries you may have, visit www.otl.curtin.edu.au/open Diversity Curtin recognises, respects and values the diversity of its students, staff and the Curtin community. The University’s Diversity policy and supporting procedures outline its commitment to valuing diversity and cultural sensitivity in teaching and all other areas of the University’s operation. It recognises and builds on the many different cultures that make up the Curtin community. For more information visit the Ethics, Equity and Social Justice website. Web: www.eesj.curtin.edu.au Doctor See Health services page 43. Drugs Students should be aware that the use, supply or possession of drugs is illegal in Australia. Heavy penalties apply for drug offences. International students should be aware of their own country’s laws regarding drugs and not carry any drugs either in to or out of Australia. For more information, and/or confidential counselling, contact The Alcohol and Drug Information Service. Tel: 9442 5000 (country callers 1800 198 024) Fax: 9442 5020 Email: [email protected] Web: www.dao.health.wa.gov.au. University Counselling Services (08 9266 7850 or 1800 651 878) Health Service: 9266 7345 EduSafe EduSafe is the department that oversees safety and health issues for students, staff, visitors and contractors at Curtin under the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act WA 1984. This Act places responsibility on everyone in the workplace, and as a student of the University you must take all reasonable care to ensure your safety and to not adversely affect the safety of those around you. To help you in meeting your responsibilities as a student, EduSafe provides a website that contains the necessary links for reporting incidents and hazards, a list of safety and health representatives (who can provide advice and support), and a large range of health and safety information including emergency evacuation procedures, policies and procedures, we also have minimum standards and guidelines. Citizenship (DIAC) / Disability Services / Drugs / E 28 If you are involved in an incident while on campus or on a fieldtrip, or spot a hazard on campus, you must immediately report it to your lecturer/tutor verbally and then via the online reporting system, which can be found at www.edusafe.edu.au/ online. Enter your lecturer/tutor’s details as the Supervisor/Manager. Please note in the event of an emergency you must call 9266 4444 immediately or dial ‘5’ from an on-campus internal Curtin phone. Tel: 9266 4900 Email: [email protected] Web: www.edusafe.edu.au Email Access Your student email account is accessed via OASIS (www.oasis.curtin.edu.au). To access your email, click on the Email Inbox link in the My Email channel on your OASIS Welcome tab. Your email account is for your own personal use, and is often used by tutors and lecturers to contact students, or for your Faculty to send information that may be of interest to you. When emailing the university, it is strongly recommended that you use your student email account, as some areas of the university will not communicate with a non-Curtin email address for privacy and security reasons. Undergraduate students receive a 20MB email quota, and postgraduate students receive 50MB. Where it can be demonstrated that you fulfill your course requirements and you require a greater quota, increases can be requested. Employment For career information and services see Curtin Careers Service on page 23. Guild Employment Service The Curtin Student Guild Student Employment Service is back and better than ever. Take a look at the huge range of casual, part-time, volunteer and work experience vacancies at the Guild Reception on the job board. As this fantastic FREE service for Full Guild members gains exposure, more local businesses are interested in hiring Curtin students. Make sure you have a look every week to check our all the new jobs that are flooding in. When you find a job you are interested in come to Reception show your current Guild membership sticker and quote the job number and we will hand over all the application details so that you can contact the employer. It’s that easy! For more information contact the Student Guild (see page 70). Employment for International Students Once international students have commenced classes, they may apply for permission to work through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) at a cost of A$60. You can lodge an application for Permission to Work via the Internet if you have a credit card. Before applying online, notify Student Central that you wish to apply Email Access / Employment / English Language E 29 for permission to work. The International Student Visa Officer will then advise DIAC that you have commenced studies. Note: If your visa was granted after 26th April 2008 you will have the right to work in Australia. If you do not wish to apply online, you must lodge Form 157P in person at the DIAC Office or by mail. Prior to lodging the form, a Customer Service Officer in Student Central must sign the form to verify that you have commenced studies. Please note that DIAC does not accept cash, however payments can be made by EFTPOS, bank cheque or credit card. A working visa allows you to work up to 20 hours per week during semester and full-time during semester breaks. Often students obtain work in restaurants and retail outlets, although competition for work is strong. Students are advised that part-time employment may distract them from their studies and that they should not rely on part-time work to pay for their tuition fees or living expenses. Scholarship or sponsored students should seek permission from their sponsoring authority before seeking casual or part-time work. For more information about permission to work, please contact DIAC (see page 26). English Language Support ENGLISH LANG UAGE SUPPOR T UNI TS Credit-bearing units (25 credits) are available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for students whose first language is not English who wish to further develop their English language and academic research and study skills. To participate in one of these units contact : Ilan Zagoria – Undergraduate Co-ordinator Tel: 9266 4251 Fax: 9266 2547 Email: [email protected] Joyce Bell – Postgraduate Co-ordinator Tel: 9266 4470 Fax: 9266 3166 Email: [email protected] UniEnglish (see page 78) SPEAKERS ’ CORNER Speakers’ Corner is an informal organisation of students and staff across Curtin who meet up for language exchange in English and other languages. Set up to create both a real-world and virtual language community, Speakers’ Corner is free of charge. For more information contact Julienne Patience Tel: 9266 4228 Email: [email protected] SPEAK UP English Conversation Classes for International Students Speak Up aims to help: • English fluency • Confidence to initiate conversations • Practical tips to improve communication skills Language Support / Employment E 30 • Overcome fear of public speaking • Understanding of Australian English culture • Converse with Aussie students • Enhance your Australian student experience Speak Up is: • Non-academic, informal, practical and fun! • Commences in Week three of the semester • Held on Wednesdays from 12pm – 2pm in teaching weeks • $120 for 10 weeks Register your interest by : • Email: [email protected] • Come to Building 102 • Call Helen on 9266 1233 The Learning Centre See page 9. CBS Communications Skills Centre See page 8. Enrolment New Stu dents All students who are Australian Citizens/ Permanent Residents should have completed these forms: • Application for Admission Form (or TISC Application) • Enrolment Form • Request for Commonwealth Support and HECS-HELP Form (undergraduate domestic students): Australian Citizens need to provide a tax file number by the census date if selecting the ‘deferred’ or ‘partial up-front’ option • Request for FEE-HELP Assistance Form (postgraduate domestic students) Enrolment sessions for international students are conducted during Prep Week. Students are required to bring their: • Letter of Offer • Proof of having paid tuition fees and Overseas Student Health Cover • Passport • Certified transcripts for Recognition of Prior Learning credits, if applicable To enrol in a course of study, students must complete an Enrolment/Change of Enrolment form. This is signed by the Head of School and lodged for processing at the relevant Faculty Student Services Office. All new international students must enrol during Prep Week in order to start their studies. Any student not enrolled before classes start will be required to defer entry to the next intake for their course of study and should contact the International Office immediately (see page 44). RE -ENROLLING STUDEN TS If you have completed a semester of study and are continuing in the same course at Curtin, you are considered to be a re-enrolling student. Your Faculty Enrolments / Enrolments Variation / Confirmation E 31 Office will advise via OCC when online re-enrolment and class registration has opened for your Course. If online re-enrolment and/or class registration is not available you will be advised of the procedure to follow for a manual re-enrolment and class registration. Students are required to enrol for both semesters. It is your responsibility to ensure that forms are lodged to the relevant Faculty Student Services Office before the deadline – usually midDecember. CONFIRMA TION OF ENROLMEN T You will receive confirmation of enrolment when you initially enrol. This confirmation will be either with an Enrolment Advice that shows your current enrolment or an Enrolment Transaction Advice, which shows not only your current enrolment but also the changes you have requested. An Enrolment Advice shows your name, contact address and the title of your course. It is vital that every detail is checked for accuracy. Any errors or omissions should be reported to Student Central or the relevant Faculty Student Services Office as soon as possible. You can also view your enrolment and print an eEnrolment Advice via your OASIS login. At the beginning of each year, students are required to enrol for units in BOTH semesters (unless completing and graduating at the end of semester one). CROSS -INS TITUTIONAL ENROLMEN T Cross-institutional studies are when a Curtin student undertakes to study a unit/s from another Australian university or vice-versa, and where the student’s School has agreed to give credit for the work undertaken. Cross-institutional enrolment is only permitted after satisfactory performance in the first year of study. For information relating to cross-institutional enrolments, contact Student Central or telephone 9266 3399. Undergraduate students who are Australian citizens undertaking cross institutional studies are eligible for HECS-HELP. Students will need to complete a Commonwealth Assistance (HECS-HELP) form with their enrolment application. Postgraduate students who are Australian citizens undertaking cross institutional studies are eligible for FEEHELP. Students will need to complete a Commonwealth Assistance (FEE-HELP) form with their enrolment application form. Permanent residents and international students must pay their fees upfront and no discount is available. Enrolment Variation If you wish to withdraw from a unit, or add another unit to your enrolment, you may do so by lodging an Enrolment/ Change of Enrolment form. These forms are available from Student Central, Faculty Student Services Offices and can also be downloaded from www.students. curtin.edu.au/administration/forms. htm l. All forms must be lodged with the relevant Faculty Student Services Office. Confirmation of Enrolment Unit additions / Unit withdrawals / Special E 32 UNI T ADDI TIONS For units held in Semester One, an Enrolment/Change of Enrolment form must be submitted by 27th February. For units held in Semester Two, forms must be submitted by 1 August. When adding a unit, payment must be made at the time of variation. There is an earlier deadline for units studied externally. Note: The Head of School or Course Co-ordinator must approve applications to add units before the enrolment variations can be processed. UNI T WI THDRAWALS Withdrawal from a Semester One unit(s) must be lodged by 31 March to ensure that the unit(s) will not show on your Academic Transcript and that you will not be liable for unit fees. The corresponding date for Semester Two is 31 August. Withdrawal from units is permitted until 9 May for Semester One and 10 October for Semester Two, however the unit(s) will be recorded on your Academic Transcript as ‘WD’ (Withdrawn) and you will be liable for unit fees. If you need to withdraw after this time see Special Late Withdraw below. International students can find more information about fee liability on the International Student Refund Agreement via www.fees.curtin.edu.au/refunds.cfm SPECIAL LA TE WI THDRAWAL After the period mentioned above and up until the last day before exams, withdrawal from units is only possible upon successful completion of a “Special Late Withdrawal Application Form”. Special late withdrawals are assessed based on you having experienced special circumstances. Student who need advice and assistance when seeking to apply for a special late withdrawal, can speak to a Student Assist Support Officer in the Student Guild page 70. Failure to complete study requirements is not considered sufficient grounds for this type of withdrawal. The Head of School may support a Special Late Withdrawal application only after establishing that a deferred assessment is not appropriate. Special Late Withdrawal Application forms are available from Student Central, Faculty Student Services Offices and via www.students.curtin.edu.au/ administration/forms.html. These forms should be completed, signed and submitted to your Head of School with supporting documentation attached. If your application is successful you will still be liable for any fees incurred for the unit(s) and ‘WD’ (Withdrawn) will be recorded on your Academic Transcript. Note: If you withdraw from all units in your first year of study, you may not be entitled to retain your place in that course. Withdrawing from units will reduce your load and, if applicable, may affect eligibility for Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY and have visa and sponsorship implications for international students. B Special late Withdrawals / Approval to Study Less E 33 APPROVAL TO STUDY LESS THAN 100 CREDI TS (IN TERNAL ) All international students wishing to enrol in less than 100 credits must seek approval from their Course Co-ordinator and the Manager of their Faculty Student Services Office. Approval is given where students are in their final semester of study, or where there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from studying 100 credits per semester. All international students wishing to enrol in less than 100 credits must complete the Request to Enrol in Less Than 100 Credits in the Current Semester form. The form must provide an explanation of the circumstances and must be signed by the Course Co-ordinator. Forms must be lodged prior to the census date of the relevant semester at Student Central. All students will be notified of the outcome in writing – only then is a student permitted to have a study load of less than 100 credits. Note: Some courses have been approved for international student enrolment on a 75 credit point per semester basis. The above information does not apply to students enrolled in these courses. E 34 Equal Opportunity The University recognises the right of individuals to be free from discrimination and harassment while engaged in activities undertaken as part of their enrolment as a student of the University. Discrimination means denial of opportunities on grounds of sex, marital status, pregnancy, potential pregnancy, breast feeding, sexual orientation, gender history, race, nationality, colour or ethnic origin, age, religious or political conviction, impairment or disability, family responsibility or family status. Harassment consists of unwelcome, offensive, abusive, belittling, bullying or threatening behaviour directed at another person. It is usually based on some real or perceived difference such as sex, race or disability and which may lead to the person harassed being offended, humiliated, intimidated or disadvantaged. In the unfortunate circumstance where students believe discrimination or harassment has occurred, Curtin has provision for the resolution of grievances. For more information visit www.legal. curtin.edu.au/complaints/index.cfm The University will take all reasonable steps to ensure that students are able to study in an environment free from discrimination and harassment. For more information visit the Ethics, Equity and Social Justice website. Web: www.eesj.curtin.edu.au eStudent eStudent gives you online access to your official student record. It is available via the My Studies & eVALUate tab inside OASIS. eStudent provides access to your contact details, enrolment, study plan information and your complete result history. In eStudent you can also update your address, phone number and other personal details. For many courses, eStudent is also used for online enrolment and class registration. eStudent gives you access to your official student record at Curtin, and is generally where you accept or defer your offer (not relevant for international students). In eStudent you can also update your personal details, manage your enrolment and view a variety of other information relevant to your academic progress. Access to eStudent is via OASIS. Events Every year the Guild delivers an array of exciting events with a widespread appeal. Listed here are some of the bigger annual happenings but keep checking Grok, posters around the campus and the Guild website for information on other events being organised during the year. To avoid disappointment, always make sure you get your tickets on time. For major events such as Beach Bash, Evening of Elegance Ball, and Oktoberfest – tickets can be purchased from The Spot. eStudent / Events / Examinations / Deferred E 35 Semester One O-Week Monday 16 February Friday 20 February O-Day Wednesday 18 February Beach Bash Friday 6 March Clubs Day Wednesday 11 March G Games Wednesday 1 April Beer Appreciation Night Wednesday 6 May Curtin DJ Competition Friday 15 May End of Semester Tav Bash Friday 29 May Semester Two Guild Day Wednesday 29 July Blues & Roots Friday 31July National Campus Bands Wednesday 12 and 19 August Guild Ball Friday 21 August Curtin’s Got Talent Friday 11 and 18 September Oktoberfest Friday 9 October End of Semester Tav Bash Friday 30 October. Examinations A draft timetable for centrally scheduled examinations is published on the Curtin website six weeks prior to the start of the examinations period. A final timetable is published four weeks prior to the start of examinations, with venues and room allocations. Students must attend the venue that they have been assigned to via the surname allocation in the final examination timetable. The University has provisions for students with disabilities and other medical conditions to sit their examination in a more appropriate environment. Enquiries should be directed to University Counselling Services at least four weeks prior to the commencement of the examination period. Examinations may be scheduled on any day over the examinations fortnight, so students must not commit to other activities over this period. Examination timetables will be displayed on the Student Central notice board at the front of Building 101. Timetables will also be available via OASIS and via a ‘Quick Link’ on the Curtin website. Note: Examination timetable information cannot be given over the phone, however any other queries about examinations may be directed to the Examinations Office. Students who have more than two examinations scheduled on one calendar day or two examinations at the same time can arrange to have one of the examinations rescheduled. To do this, students should complete an Examination Timetable Clash form available from Student Central or via http://examinations.curtin.edu.au/ students/clashes.cfm All students are required to produce their Curtin Student ID card in examinations and can only bring in materials approved by the unit controller or lecturer. DEFERRED & SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATIONS Deferred assessment (a “DA” interim result) is the formal approval by a Board of Examiners for a student to complete Deferred & Supplementary Examinations E 36 an outstanding assessment task for a unit at a later date. Outstanding assessment tasks can include an examination or assignment or other work. Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment (an “X” interim result) is the formal approval by a Board of Examiners for a student to undertake an additional assessment task in order to provide an opportunity for the student to pass the unit. The additional assessment task could be an examination or assignment or other work. Approval for Supplementary Assessment should only be given where the Board of Examiners believe that taking into account a student’s academic record and personal circumstances, that providing the student with a second chance to pass the unit is warranted. Circumstances that may warrant approval of deferred and supplementary assessment include, but are not limited to: • Student injury, illness or medical condition • Family issues (for example, family injury or illness, bereavement etc) • Commitments to participate in elite sport or other activities that warrant favourable consideration • Commitments to assist with community service activities (for example, bushfire protection) • Unavoidable and unexpected work commitments (for example, relocation) Students must be advised not to make any other arrangements during the supplementary/deferred assessment period which would prevent them from completing an assessment A student who commits to other arrangements that prevent him or her from completing an assessment is not entitled to another opportunity to complete the assessment and will forfeit the right to the assessment. In all cases, however, the personal circumstances of the student will be taken into account. Where the student can demonstrate that the reasons he or she was not available were beyond his or her control, sympathetic consideration may be given to allowing the student to complete the assessment at another time. External Stu dents External students who live within the metropolitan area are required to attend the centrally scheduled examinations on the Bentley campus. External students living outside the metropolitan area will be required to attend one of Curtin’s recognised examination centres or, in certain circumstances, may nominate a suitable supervisor and venue. Supplementary Assessment / Extension F 37 Information regarding end of semester examinations will be sent to students during April for Semester One and September for Semester Two. If you have not received a letter advising you of your centrally scheduled examinations by the end of April or the end of September, please contact the Examinations Office. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm Location: Building 101, Level 2 Tel: 9266 7016 Fax: 9266 4108 Email: [email protected] Web: http://examinations.curtin.edu.au/ students/info.cfm Extension Studies Extension units are offered as individual units within a non-award program and do not normally lead to a recognised qualification. Extension studies do not guarantee a future place in a university award course. Units can be taken internally and externally depending on availability. The University provides extension studies as a community service primarily for Australian residents. Students enrolled in a “not for degree” program should pay their tuition fees on the day they are enrolled. Failure to do so may lead to enrolment cancellation. International students must maintain a full-time internal enrolment load at all times. Enrolment of an international student into extension units will only be considered under special/exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Director, Student Services. Students are not required to meet normal university entry requirements to undertake extension units. However, acceptance of an Extension Study Registration is dependent on approval by the School conducting the unit. An individual enrolled in extension units will have no right to continue study beyond the period for which initial enrolment is approved. Note: Australian students are not entitled to student welfare payments (such as Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or Austudy) while undertaking extension studies. External Studies External Studies There are a number of units available via Distance Education and Open Learning that allow students to enrol in external mode. Students who are enrolled via Distance Education will receive a Distance Education Handbook, which contains relevant information about matters relating to external enrolment. Note: External study is now available for international students in some circumstances. Students should contact their course co-ordinator or their International Student Advisor for more information. Studies / External Studies / Flexible Learning Environment For Curtin F 38 A list of external units is available at the Distance Education website at www.lsn.curtin.edu.au/dist-ed For more information contact the Distance Education Office (see page 26) Fax Facilities On-campus: Guild Copy Centre: Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.45pm Off-campus: All post offices Some news agencies & pharmacies. Financial Assistance Students who require a general listing of the various organisations that may be able to provide financial advice or support can visit the Curtin University Financial Help webpage at http://students.curtin.edu.au/financial/ index.cfm. Students who experience emergencies of a financial nature can approach the various areas support such as the START team, University Counselling Services or Student Central to explore the various avenues of help that may be available. First Year Experience Support Curtin has a First Year Experience/ Transition Co-ordinator. The Co-ordinator is available for one-to-one confidential chats about any issues facing new university students. The Co-ordinator has an extensive network of referral services and resources, so get in touch if you need help of any sort including course switching. All new students will receive information from the Co-ordinator regularly during their first semester via e-newsletters – check your student email regularly. Confidential, one-to-one appointments for first year students are available for: Help with course • switching and applications. • Support for transition issues such as homesickness and loneliness. • Information on orientation, transition activities and programs. • Support and information for personal, welfare and low-income issues. • Support for conditional and terminated academic status. • Any other issues that may affect your success at University. Location Building 102 Tel: 9266 4761 Email: [email protected]| Web: www.unilife.curtin.edu.au Fitness Centre Please see Sport and Recreation page 67. Flexible Learning Environment For Curtin Students (FLECS) The flexible learning environment at Curtin (FLECS) delivers units through a learning Curtin Students (FLECS) / Food Outlets F 39 management system called Blackboard. The system provides Internet access from anywhere in the world to a range of facilities provided by the lecturer in the online unit. These may include some or all of the following: • Course content: access to resources such as the unit outlines, lecture notes and materials • Communication tools: discussion forums, unit calendars and email between class members • Assessment: quizzes, surveys and online distribution and submission of assignments • Internet resources: links to relevant websites around the world • Streaming media: links to Curtin’s iLectures video streaming system. The structure of the unit will depend on the individual lecturer, requirements of the unit and mode of study. Check with your tutor, lecturer or unit co-ordinator for further information. To access, FLECS log on to OASIS and click on the ‘My Studies’ tab where you will find a link to FLECS. Food Outlets BOOKMARK CAF É A range of healthy and hearty meals is available alongside the ever-popular foccacias, home made soup and coffee by the mug to help you through the day. Look out for the home-made specials like Jenny’s Chicken Pie. Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday, 8am – 8pm Friday, 8am – 6pm Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 3pm Limited trading during semester breaks Location: Robertson Library, Building 105, Ground Floor Tel: 9266 7161 CAF É 210 – THE VEGE PA TCH Although all Guild catering outlets offer healthy food alternatives, the Veggie Patch located in the Elizabeth Jolly Building is the place to go if you want a great selection of fresh salads, pastas, sushi and vegetarian meals. Now offering a delicious range of gluten free and vegan meals! Stop in for a coffee on your way to class. Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday, 7.30am – 3.30pm Friday, 7.30am – 3pm Semester breaks, 9am – 2pm Location: Elizabeth Jolley, Building 210 Tel: 9266 7447 CAF É ANGA ZI With its funky tunes, friendly staff and vibrant colours, Angazi is the perfect place to meet up for a coffee and a bite. Chef Tracey prepares scrumptious café style dishes daily. With an ever changing array of sweet treats, you are always sure to find something delectable to satisfy those taste buds! 40 Café Concept / George’s Kebabs / Kirribilli F 41 Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday, 7.30am – 8pm Friday, 7.30am – 6pm Semester breaks, 7.30am – 4pm Location: Building 408 Tel: 9266 1177 CAF É CONCEP T Late for class and in a hurry? Need something fast? Stop at Café Concept for a coffee or a delicious fruit smoothie. While you’re there browse through the range of new and second hand CDs as well as the huge range of Curtin Student Guild merchandise. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 4pm Semester breaks, 8am – 2pm Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9266 4495 GEORGE ’S KEBABS George’s has the best chips on campus and offers a variety of tasty kebabs and burgers. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 6pm Semester breaks, 9.30am – 2.30pm Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9266 4110 KIRRIBILLI CAF É If you are looking for something a little more upmarket, visit Kirribilli Café. This award-winning café offers five-star, modern, Australian cuisine in a sophisticated setting. Kirribilli is also offering some tasty take away options, so pop in and check out what’s on the menu. Kirribilli is open for breakfast and lunch, and is also available for formal dinners. Opening Hours (during teaching weeks): Monday to Thursday, 7.30am – 4.30pm Friday, 7.30am – 4pm Location: John Curtin Building 200 Tel: 9266 4244 MAIN CAFE TERIA The Main Cafeteria offers food from around the globe to suit all tastes and diets. Choose from a selection of freshly prepared hot dishes and salads or MYO sandwich with fresh bread baked in the in-house bakery. Wallet-friendly “meal deals” are also on offer every day of the week during semester. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm Limited trading during semester breaks Location: Building 104, near STA Travel Tel: 9266 7023 SIMPLY DELICIO US Simply Delicious offers deli-style sandwiches and hot foods as well as an assortment of fresh fruit, snacks and drinks. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 7am – 5pm Semester breaks, 7am – 3pm Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9451 1170 Kirribilli Café / Main Cafeteria / Simply Delicious FG 42 TAVERN BAR & BIS TRO The Tavern Bistro offers hearty, pub style meals in a casual setting for those patrons who have time to sit down, relax and enjoy the social atmosphere. A range of delicious cakes, muffins and hot beverages are also available for morning or afternoon tea. Opening Hours (Bar ): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am – 7pm Wednesday, 10am – 12 midnight Opening Hours (Bistro ): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10.30am – 7pm Wednesday, 10.30am – 9pm Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9266 7491 THE BASEMEN T CAF É If you are in a rush and want something a bit “naughtier” than what’s on offer at The Vege Patch, this is where you need to head. The Basement Café has a range of Western dishes prepared using authentic Halal food preparation practices. All suppliers hold relevant Halal accreditation. Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday, 8.30am – 3.30pm Friday, 8.30am – 3pm Semester breaks, 9am – 2.30pm Location: Engineering, Building 204 Tel: 9266 7558 Graduation Even though you may have completed your course, graduation is not always automatic: a formal application is encouraged. Please submit an Intention to Graduate form to your School by the due date: 15 June for Semester One and 15 November for Semester Two. Once your application is assessed and approved, information on your graduation ceremony will be forwarded to you in August/January. Students can attend graduation ceremonies in Perth, which are usually held in February and October/November every year. Students are also offered the choice of participating in overseas graduation ceremonies where available. Ceremonies are usually held in Singapore and Hong Kong in October/November each year, and in Sarawak in April/May each year. Ceremonies are also held in April/ May at the Sydney Campus and at the Kalgoorlie Campus for Western Australian School of Mines and Centre for Regional Education graduates. Alternatively, students can request for their Award Certificate to be mailed. If students choose this option, they are not eligible to attend a graduation ceremony. Students with sanctions relating to unpaid fees or fines cannot attend a graduation ceremony or receive their Award Certificate until the sanction is cleared. For more information see Sanctions on page 63. Graduation / Hair Salon / Health Services GH 43 Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday, 9am – 4.30pm Friday, 9am – 3.30pm Location: Graduations Office, Building 101, Level 1 Tel: + 618 9266 7115 Fax: + 618 9266 3279 Email: [email protected] Web: www.graduations.curtin.edu.au Guild See Student Guild page 70. Hair Salon Fringe Benefits is a fresh, cutting-edge, style-driven hairdressing salon located on campus. The salon’s emphasis is on personalisation and individuality. Fringe Benefits has been at the forefront of hairstyling for over 22 years. Ashley Williams, owner and salon visionary, has 16 years of hairdressing experience and is a professional trainer for companies such as LAKME and Haircare Australia (TIGI). Services include cut, colour, treatment, blow-drying and facial waxing. Opening Hours : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm Thursday, 8.30 – 8pm Saturday, 8.30am – 4pm Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9458 1625 or when on campus ext. 3993 Web: www.fringebenefitshairsalon.com Health Services Medical advice and treatment is available for students at the Bentley Campus Health Services Centre. The Health Services Centre incorporates a doctor’s surgery where students can make appointments with either a doctor or nurse. Nursing staff are available to assist in the treatment of accidents and injuries that may occur on campus. Male and female doctors are available and all visits are strictly confidential. The Health Services Centre bulk bills all students with Medicare cards. International students can have the cost of their consultation billed directly to their insurance company. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm Nurse in attendance: Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 7.30pm (only during teaching and exam weeks) Otherwise 8.30am – 5.45pm Location: Building 109 Tel: 9266 7345 Fax: 9266 2831 Web: www.healthservices.curtin.edu.au Note: All visits to see a doctor require an appointment, except emergencies. For any medical emergency dial ‘5’ on any internal Curtin phone, during all hours. Services / Graduation / Hair Salon / Health Services Insurance / International Office / International I 44 Insurance Health Insurance See Overseas Student Health Cover on page 55. STUDEN T PERSONAL ACCIDEN T INS URANCE Enrolled students who undertake approved course-accredited work/field experience, or field trips will be covered by the University’s Personal Accident Insurance for these activities when undertaken within Australia and will be covered under the University’s Corporate Travel Insurance for the same activities when undertaken overseas. For more information visit: www.corporaterisk.curtin.edu.au Students are also covered for course related work experience and activities that do not form an essential (assessable) part of their course. Cover is provided through the Student Guild’s Personal Accident Insurance Policy for Guild members currently residing in Australia (or residents temporarily travelling overseas) who are injured while engaged in University course/sport/guild-related activities. The policy covers students while they are on campus as well as any necessary direct travel to and from such activities. As the name suggests, the cover is for accident only, not sickness. In order to receive this cover, the student must notify the Guild of their work experience before they begin. If you think you may have a Personal Accident Insurance claim, require work experience cover, or would like more information please contact Student Assist (see page 69). OTHER INS URANCES …. Other insurances such as motor insurance, travel insurance, home insurance, etc. are the students’ responsibility and to be arranged with an insurance company of their choice. International Office The International Office can provide assistance with queries relating to: • Under 18 Guardianship arrangements • Late arrivals • Airport reception • Course changes and new applications • Dependant schooling • Student exchange • Sponsorship • AusAID The International Office provides student reference material, online course information and a student exchange resource library. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday: 9am – 4.45pm Location: Building 103 Tel: 9266 7331 Fax: 9266 2605 or 9266 4013 Email: [email protected] Web: www.international.curtin.edu.au International Student Advisory Service I 45 International Sponsored Students Unit (ISSU) Curtin has a dedicated International Sponsored Students Unit (ISSU) located within the International Office. The ISSU is the first point of contact for prospective and current international students who are sponsored by AusAID and other governments or agencies. The ISSU has three dedicated staff members whose roles are to assist sponsors and act as intermediaries between students and the University. AusAID is the Australian Government’s major aid agency. As well as offering direct development assistance, AusAID provides scholarships for international students from specific targeted countries. For more information, visit www.ausaid.gov.au and www. australianscholarships.gov.au. Scholarships offered by other Australian government agencies and Curtin can be found at www.scholarships.curtin.edu.au Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.45pm Location: International Office, Building 103 Tel: 9266 3348 Fax: 9266 2605 Email: [email protected] Web: www.ausaid.curtin.edu.au International Student Advisory Service International Student Advisors International Student Advisors are here to assist you with any problem that may affect you as an international student. We are your first point of call if: • Settling in is not quite as easy as you thought • Things seem a bit overwhelming at any point during your course • you are struggling with the course and want to find out what support is available to assist you • If you have a family emergency or a medical issue and you need to leave your course for a short period • Homesick and things just not going well! We can point you in the right direction for support and help • You have been placed on Conditional Status and do not know what to do • You find you have been Terminated from your course and don’t know what your options are • Or anything else that might be on your mind Your International Student Advisors are: Sharon Woodfield or Sandra Rives Building 102 Tel: 9266 2434 IJL 46 International Students Committee (ISC) The International Students Committee (ISC) is the peak representative body for international students at the University. Through the Student Guild, the ISC works to ensure that international students have the best possible experience studying at Curtin. If you feel lost, frustrated, or simply unhappy about anything at all, you can approach the ISC. As fellow international students, they are there to assist you in finding your feet at university and to make sure you have a good time. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 11am – 2pm (teaching weeks only) Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9266 2910 Fax: 9266 2996 (Attn: ISC) Email: [email protected] John Curtin Gallery The John Curtin Gallery is a world-class gallery located within the John Curtin Centre. The Gallery regularly shows local, national and international exhibitions, and is one of Australia’s largest and best equipped university art galleries. Collaborating with artists and curators from the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, the Gallery contributes to the dynamic and changing cultures of Australia and its regional neighbours while documenting the work of contemporary Australian artists, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Admission is free. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 12pm – 5pm Also open the last Sunday of every month from 1pm – 4pm Location: Building 200 Tel: 9266 4155 Fax: 9266 3878 Email: [email protected] Web: www.johncurtingallery.curtin.edu.au Leave of Absence After enrolment has been completed, students are entitled to one or more periods of approved Leave of Absence from their course. A completed Application for Leave of Absence form must be approved and lodged with your Head of School prior to the period that you will be absent. Application forms outlining the regulations for Leave of Absence are available from your Faculty Student Services Offices, Student Central, and can be downloaded from www.students.curtin.edu.au/ administration/forms.html. Students who do not enrol for a period of 3 months and who have not had a Leave of Absence approved will have their course status set to AWOL (Absent Without Leave). Students with this status are no longer guaranteed a place in their course. In certain circumstances international students are now allowed to take a leave of absence. They are advised to seek assistance from the International Student John Curtin Gallery / Leave of Absence L 47 Adviser, Building 102 if they wish to apply for a leave of absence. Note: Students should seek advice from their Course Co-ordinator, the First Year Experience Co-ordinator, the Guild Student Assist Support Services or the University Counselling Service before applying for a leave of absence. Legal Assistance If you are an international student in a situation requiring legal advice you can make a confidential appointment with an International Student Adviser, who can refer you to an appropriate community legal service. Some organisations are able to offer basic advice, however further assistance must be sought from a solicitor for a fee. Although variable across law firms, this fee can exceed $180 per hour. Library Welcome to your library! Opening hours : During semester the Robertson Library on the Bentley Campus is open: • Mondays – Thursdays: 8am - 9.30pm • Fridays: 8am - 7.45pm • Saturdays and Sundays: 10am - 5.45pm. For other Curtin Libraries’ opening times, check “About Us” on our website. Borrowing Library items can be borrowed using the Self Service Loans machines on Level 2 of the main library or visit the Enquiries Desk, also located on Level 2. Just bring your Curtin ID card. Please check your receipt carefully as this will tell you when your items should be returned. All library items are subject to early return if required by other borrowers. If an item is recalled you will be notified electronically via the Official Communications Channel (accessible via OASIS). All library notices are sent to you via this channel. It is a condition of your enrolment that you check this channel regularly. External students living outside the Perth metro area please check: http://library.curtin.edu.au/services/ services_for_groups/off_campus/index. html for more information on library services available to you]. Recalling and Requesting If a book is already on loan, you may recall it through the library catalogue. If a book is at another Curtin Library and it is not on loan, you can request it be sent to your library for you to borrow. You will be notified via OASIS when it is ready to collect or you can check the status of your requests through your Borrower Information from the library catalogue. Computers, printers and log-ins Library computers are available for searching the catalogue, the library databases and the Internet. Software is also available for word processing / Legal Assistance / Library / L 48 including all the Microsoft applications. Most library computers link to network printers. To print or photocopy you’ll need to purchase a library copy card. To log into library computers and/or access any of the library’s online services you will need to enter a Curtin ID and Password. This is your student ID number and your oasis password (8 digits). You can also use your laptop to connect to the ‘wireless’ network and to the library network printers. The new iZone Level 2 is Bluetooth enabled, has touch screen monitors and webcams as well as graphics workstations with 30 inch, high resolution monitors and drawing tablets. Laptop lounges for access to the “wireless” network are also available. Library databases and Reserve Collection Searching a database is the best way to find journal articles on a topic. To find the most useful databases for your subject area, check the Subject Resources under “Find Information” from the library home page. It is also recommended that you check the Library’s Reserve Collection, through the library catalogue, for online articles or books that are listed for your unit. Your online library www.library.curtin.edu.au You can access all of the library’s online services and guides 24 hrs a day, seven days a week via the Internet. Even from home you can access the library catalogue and databases, read online journals and newspapers, find library tutorials, referencing guides and past exam papers and send us your questions! InfoTrekk: your guide through the information maze www.library.curtin.edu.au/infotrekk If you are not sure how to find information for assignments or how to reference, try InfoTrekk! It’s an easy, jargon-free guide. It is accessible via our website or the StartUp website and is recommended for first year students or anyone returning to study after a break. If you have any difficulty understanding our library jargon look up the terms in Library Language to find an explanation. Click on the Help link on the library website. Tours, tours, tours The Robertson Library runs 40-minute tours, including an optional introduction to the catalogue and finding journal articles, in “O” Week and the first week of each semester. Check for times on the “O” Week timetable, library posters, and on our website – you don’t need to book! Ask at other Curtin libraries for the times of their tours. Free workshops www.workshops.library.curtin.edu.au The Robertson Library runs free workshops on finding journal articles, searching the Web and using EndNote. Click on “Research and Information Skills” link on the library website to book online. Ask at other Curtin libraries to see what workshops they offer. Lost Property / Market Day / Mature-Age/C LM 49 Library Contact Details Location: Robertson Library Building 105 See “About Us” on our website for the locations and contact details of all Curtin libraries. Telephone: (08) 9266 7166 SMS: 0421 261 139 Web: www.library.curtin.edu.au (see the Contact Us link). Lost Property Student Central is the deposit and retrieval point for lost property on campus. Location: Building 101, Level 2 Tel: 9266 3399. Market Day Every Wednesday during teaching weeks, the Guild precinct is transformed into a marketplace. Stallholders offer a dazzling array of products and services to both students and staff. If you are interested in setting up a stall, you will need to complete a request booking form. For more information, contact the Student Guild. (See page 70). Mature-Age/Part-Time Students Anyone over the age of 20 who is not a high school leaver is a mature age student. Mature-age students can face many issues when studying for the first time or returning to study after a long period. For example, they may have difficulty using new technology or managing study in addition to work, social and family commitments. Specific support for mature-age students is available from the First Year Experience Co-ordinator, The Learning Centre, or the University Counselling Service. The Student Guild runs a Part-Time and Mature-Aged Department, known as PTMA. Students enrolled in less than 50 credits per semester and students who did not enrol directly via the TEE are eligible for help from the PTMA. Student Guild Part-Time Mature-Age Officer Tel: 9266 2900 Email: [email protected] Mentor Programs A mentor is a current student who is willing to assist you during your first semester at Curtin. It is really helpful to be able to take some of your queries to a fellow student - especially those questions that you might not want to ask a staff member. Mentors make you welcome, help you settle in, troubleshoot any difficulties, and can connect you to any of the University’s sources of help if you need it. You can check the whole mentor system and whether your department has a student mentor program at www.unilife.curtin.edu.au/ newtocurtin/mentoring/index.cfm. And maybe you can be a mentor in your future years at Curtin! Age/Part-Time Students / Mentor Programs M 50 Money Management After moving out of home or arriving in Perth for the first time, many students will be managing their finances without family assistance. It is important to budget realistically to ensure financial obligations are met. It is also important to save for unexpected expenses. The Student Guild can provide information on how to budget effectively, together with hints and advice on how to save money. Students who require a general listing of the various organisations that may be able to provide financial advice or support can visit the Curtin University Financial Help webpage at http://students.curtin.edu.au/ financial/index.cfm <http://students.curtin. edu.au/financial/index.cfm> . Students who experience emergencies of a financial nature can approach the various areas of support such as the START team, University Counselling Services or Student Central to explore the various avenues of help that may be available. Multi-Faith Officer and Prayer Facilities The Multi-Faith Officer (MFO) and Prayer Facilities are part of the University Counselling Service. The MFO is available for both personal support and general consultation on matters of religious belief and spirituality. The MFO does not represent any denomination, faith or religious organisation, instead providing wide-ranging support assisted by occasional visiting Chaplains (Anglican, Baha’i, Baptist, Buddhist, Muslim, Roman Catholic and others). Curtin also provides spiritual and prayer spaces in the following locations: Building 109 (all faiths), Building 510/514 Mushalla. Large groups can make bookings through the Venues office. The MFO service is provided free of charge and all consultations are kept confidential. The service is housed at the Guild. Please contact the Guild reception to make appointments. Opening Hours : Monday & Wednesday: 1pm to 5pm Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30am to 12pm (other times by appointment) Location: Building 106F Tel: 9266 2906 or (1800 063 865 for country callers) Fax: 9266 2996 Email: [email protected] Web: http://multifaith.curtin.edu.au Money Management / Multi-Faith Officer A-Z Directory 51 R Officer and Prayer Facilities M 52 Alternatively, if you are interested in a specific religious faith, the vibrant and growing team of visiting chaplains would welcome your questions and enquiries. Their contact details are listed below for your reference if you need to contact them directly regarding their specific religious services or support. Dr. Sven Östring Multi-Faith Officer Location: Building 106F Email: [email protected] Phone: +61 8 9266 2900 Anglican Archdeacon Angela Webb Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0409 886 226 Bahá’í Mrs. Monika Chang Email: [email protected] Phone: 08 9332 1580 Baptist Pastor Noal Atkinson Email: [email protected] Buddhist Kelsang Nampur Email: [email protected] Phone: 08 9430 4592 (direct) or at Dharmapala Buddhist Centre on 08 9430 7877. Islamic Imam Yahya Ibrahim Email: [email protected] or [email protected] Mobile: 0403 965 522 Roman Catholic Father John Gandini sdb Email: [email protected]arekoala.net Phone: 08 9361 7224 Music [email protected] offers a diverse range musical services to enhance your time spent at Curtin University of Technology. [email protected] Group Do you play an instrument, DJ or Sing? Join our mailing list to meet and collaborate with other like-minded musicians and plan gigs together. We hold occasional jam session during the semester and have a “musician register” if you are interested in forming a band. Lunchtime Concert Series Held every Wednesday from 12 til 2pm under the pines trees in Henderson Court. A variety of performers will perform their tunes throughout the semester. Preference is given to Curtin students that can play with basic equipment (Acoustic shows and DJ’s) due to time restrictions. Meet up with your fellow students for a lazy musical lunch break on the grass. Equipment Hire [email protected] has some quality equipment that can be hired when not in use. If you would like to enhance your next party or Guild Club event we have the solutions to your sounds needs. If you are looking for equipment for larger events we can link you to our extensive range of contacts and source the required equipment at reasonable price. Music /National Liaison Committee (NLC) NO 53 Contact: [email protected] www.music.curtin.edu.au Friend: www.myspace.com/music_at_curtin Facebook ID = [email protected] Talk with people in the purple T-shirts at Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts or visit us building 599 near the main library! National Liaison Committee (NL C) The National Liaison Committee (NLC) is the peak representative body for international students in Australia at both the state and national levels. The Committee advocates the rights of its members through lobbying, networking and campaigning. Important issues actively pursued include unethical marketing, communication of information, quality of education and welfare support services. For information about their activities visit the NLC website. Tel: 03 9650 8908 Email: [email protected] Web: www.nlc.edu.au Oasis OASIS is a secure web portal to electronic services provided to Curtin students. Curtin students log into OASIS more than 100,000 times each week. To log into OASIS, go to www.oasis.curtin.edu.au. Once logged into OASIS you will have access to a range of services including: • Official University communications • Student email • eStudent (Your student record, including your personal details, enrolment details and results) • Learning support services such as the library and Blackboard • Careers tools • Curtin news and events MUST I USE OASIS ? Yes. Curtin delivers official communications electronically via OASIS. It is your responsibility to access OASIS regularly in order to read these communications. You should be accessing OASIS at least weekly and preferably two or three times a week. Curtin monitors if and when students read their official communications. WHO HAS ACCESS TO OASIS ? Once you are offered a place in a course that is capable of leading to an award at Curtin, you will automatically have access to OASIS and its core services. Additional services will be made available to you through OASIS when you enrol. If you are terminated from your course, withdraw, defer or do not accept your offer before its lapse date, you will lose your OASIS access. After completing your course at Curtin, you will be able to access OASIS for 12 months after course completion. If you take an approved leave of absence, you will continue to have access to OASIS over your period of leave. NLC) / Oasis / National Liaison Committee (NLC) O 54 WHA T IF I CAN ’T ACCESS OASIS REG ULARLY ? If you are unable to regularly access OASIS due to a medical condition, disability, or some other compelling reason, you can apply for an eExemption from using OASIS (please note: eExemption will not be granted for slow Internet connections). To apply for an Exemption, complete an Application for eExemption form available from Student Central or online at: http:// students.curtin.edu.au/administration/ forms.html Optometrist The optometrist on campus offers eye testing examinations and stocks a large range of glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses at affordable prices. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 5pm Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9451 4130 Fax: 9451 1393 Email: [email protected] Web: www.curtineyegallery.com.au Orientation Orientation is the official start of the academic year. Centrelink recognises Orientation as the start of semester, so if you are receiving payments they will start from ‘O’ Week. Orientation runs over two weeks: International Prep Week: For international students only. Get enrolled and get familiar! ‘O’ Week: 2 components: 1. Faculty orientation 2. Social orientation Why should you attend Orientation? A lot of important information will be presented to you over these weeks giving you the best possible start. You will be introduced to your course information and faculty, find your classrooms, highlight the support services available on campus and much more… Students who participate during orientation feel less overwhelmed and anxious about what needs to be done before classes begin! Don’t miss the fun and entertainment to welcome you to Curtin! For more information on Orientation visit the Orientation website at www.oweek.curtin.edu.au or pay us a visit at Building 102. Orientation Volunteers Each semester a team of Orientation volunteers welcome new local and international students to Curtin. Being an Orientation volunteer gives students the opportunity to meet and get to know students from many different countries and cultures. Volunteers work as part Optometrist / Orientation / Overseas Student O 55 of a team and assist with the planning and preparation of Orientation events. To register as a volunteer go online : www.community.curtin.edu.au/services/ ise_volunteer.cfm Students can also become an e-Mate and correspond with new international students via email – answering their questions about Curtin and Perth. For more information see Curtin Connect on page 24. Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC ) The Australian Government requires international students to be covered by health insurance (OSHC) and maintain cover for the length of their student visa. Before your student visa is granted, you needed to buy OSHC, to cover you from when you arrive in Australia. Students must purchase an Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) policy, approved by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing, from a registered health benefits organisation. WHA T IS OSHC ? Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is health insurance. OSHC covers the costs for: • Out of Hospital Services • In Hospital Services • Prescription Medicines • Emergency ambulance transport During your stay in Australia, you may need to see a doctor at some time. Medical services in Australia are not free and visits to doctors and hospitals incur a cost. If you attend the Health Service on campus, the cost of seeing the doctor is likely to be covered by OSHC. OSHC does not cover visits to the dentist, physiotherapist, optometrist, chiropractic and Osteopathic services. It is recommended that students who may need these services speak to their health provider to obtain additional cover. WHO ARE THE APPROVED PROVIDERS ? There are four providers: • OSHC Worldcare www.oshcworldcare.com.au • Medibank Private www.medibank.com.au • BUPA Overseas Student Health Cover www.overseasstudenthealth.com • Australian Health Management Group www.oshc.com.au Curtin’s preferred provider is OSHC Worldcare. OSHC Worldcare membership cards must be ordered online at www.oshcworldcare.com.au once you have a permanent address in Perth. Your membership number is your Curtin student number. Once you have updated your information, just select the “order a Membership Card” option. Your card and policy documents will be sent directly to your Perth address. Student Health Cover (OSHC) OP 56 For further information regarding all OSCH Government-approved providers, visit www.international.curtin.edu.au/ health OSHC RENEWAL It is a requirement of your student visa to maintain your health cover for the term of your student visa. It is your responsibility to renew your health cover before it expires. An OSHC Worldcare representative is available daily on campus at Student Central in Building 101 to assist you with all OSHC enquiries including renewals, cash claims and holiday credit. Check the notice board at student central for service times. Renewal payments must be paid via EFTPOS and credit card only. No cash will be accepted. DEN TAL CARE Dental care is not covered by OSHC and students are strongly encouraged to take out additional cover through their provider. The Yellow Pages of the Perth Telephone Directory lists dental care providers and includes a locality guide. The Western Australian Government provides an after-hours emergency telephone service seven days a week between the hours of 6.30pm and 8am. This service is to be used for immediate and urgent dental attention only. For more information telephone 9325 3452. Parking If you own a car and wish to park on the Bentley campus you will need to obtain a parking permit. Prior to the commencement of first semester, you will receive a Parking Application form, which entitles you to purchase a parking permit. If you do not receive an application by the commencement of first semester you should contact the Parking and Traffic Office to request a Parking Application form. To find out the correct fee for a student parking permit, payable each semester check out the following web link: http://www.parking.curtin.edu.au/permit Payments can only be made through Australia Post using POST Billpay. Payments will not be accepted at the Cashiers in Student Central. Post Billpay 1. By Phone – Phone 131816 anytime to pay from your credit card. 2. Online – Go to www.postbillpay.com. au and follow the instructions to pay from your credit card. 3. In Person – Present your application at any Post Office to make your payment by cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS. Permits will be issued over the counter at the following Post Offices: • Victoria Park – 414 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park • East Victoria Park (Park Centre Shopping) Parking / Physiotherapy / Pharmacy / Physiotherapy P 57 • Bentley (Bentley Centre Shopping) • Cannington (Carousel Shopping Centre) • Karawara (Village Green Shopping Centre) • Riverton (Riverton Forum Shopping Centre) • Hillarys (Whitford City Shopping Centre) • Fremantle – 13 Market St, Fremantle • Joondalup (Lakeside Shopping City) Permits purchased online, by phone or at any other Post Office not listed above will be issued via postal mail. Students may only park in green (student) and temporary parking areas (refer to campus map on back page). Special arrangements are available for disabled students. Location: Parking and Traffic Office, near the Hockey Stadium, Building 115 Tel: 9266 7116 Fax: 9266 3223 Web: www.parking.curtin.edu.au Pharmacy Friendly staff at the on campus pharmacy will be happy to assist with all your pharmaceutical needs including: • Prescriptions • Western Union Money Transfer (sending only) • Medibank Private • Vitamins • Photo Processing • Digital Processing • Gifts Opening Hours : Monday to Thursday, 8.30am – 5.30pm Friday, 8.30am – 5pm Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9266 3784 Fax: 9451 4440 Physiotherapy School of Physiotherapy Treatment is provided by final year Physiotherapy students under the supervision of experienced clinicians who are academic staff at the School. The clinics offer excellent quality of care through physiotherapy assessment, accurate diagnosis, and treatment where indicated, to people with musculoskeletal problems including: • Back and neck pain • Headaches • Arthritis and joint pain • Sports/musculoskeletal injuries • Post-surgical rehabilitation • Injury rehabilitation Referrals are welcome, but not required. Opening Hours and Contact Details Bentley Clinic at Curtin University of Technology Physiotherapy / Pharmacy / Physiotherapy P 58 Building 404, Level 3, off Brand Drive, Bentley WA Please telephone 9266 1210 for enquiries and bookings. Open Monday 2:00pm to 5:30pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm Open Thursday 8:00am to 12:00pm Web: http://physiotherapy.curtin.edu.au/ clinical/physio.cfm Private physiotherapy practice on campus: Opening Hours : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8am – 6pm Wednesday, 8am – 12pm Location: The Dome, Building 111 (behind Curtin Fitness Centre) Plagiarism Plagiarism means presenting the work or property of another person as one’s own, without appropriate acknowledgement or referencing. Plagiarism includes: • Copying of sentences, paragraphs or creative products which are the work of other persons • Paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs or themes too closely • Using another person’s work/s or research data without due acknowledgment • Submitting work that has been produced by someone else • Copying or submitting computer files, code or website content in whole or in part without indicating their origin • Submitting previously assessed or published work for assessment or publication elsewhere, without permission or acknowledgement • In the case of group projects, falsely representing the individual contributions of the collaborating partners. The University regards any acts of cheating or dishonesty by way of plagiarism, very seriously. There are strong penalties for breaches (including annulment of results or termination/ expulsion from the University). For more information, visit http://students.curtin. edu.au/rights/plagiarism.cfm In particular, we recommend you take a look at the practical guide available at http://academicintegrity.curtin.edu.au/ studentbook.html Students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) can also obtain academic guidance and support from The Learning Centre by visiting http://www. learningsupport.curtin.edu.au/home/ index.cfm The Guild’s Student Assist Support Service can provide advice and assistance to all students who are dealing with any plagiarism related issue/matter. Plagiarism / Police / Printing/Photocopying/ P 59 Police The WA Police Service is committed to serving all people fairly, equitably and without prejudice. If required, the University Counselling Service can assist students in accessing police services and refer them to other agencies and organisations where necessary. The University Counselling Service will ensure that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are not disadvantaged or discriminated against in any way in accessing police services. For more information contact University Counselling Services (08 9266 7850 or 1800 651 878) West Australian Police Tel: 131 444 or for life-threatening emergencies call 000 Web: www.police.wa.gov.au Postgraduate students See CUPSA page 24. Prep Week Prep Week is the week prior to ‘O’ Week and is designed to assist international students to settle into Perth and university life. All new international students attend Prep Week. For more information visit www.oweek.curtin.edu.au Printing/Photocopying/ Design Services There are several places on campus that offer printing, photocopying and/or design services: PRIN TER FUEL For printing services and printer cartridges on campus visit Printer Fuel. Services include: • Inkjet, laser & copier cartridges • Original, generic OR refilled cartridges – “Buy 3 generics, get 1 free” • Laser printing – black and colour • Discounted self-service printing in A4, A3 and large format up to A0 • Online printing service ready for collection in 24 hours • Digital photo printing and enlargements • Thesis, lecture notes and assignment printing • Printer, fax, multi-function centres and copier sales and repairs – “no fix, no fee”. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9266 1044 Fax: 9258 8844 Email: [email protected] Web: www.printerfuelwa.com The Robertson Library also offers several card-operated self-service photocopiers and printers on each level of the library. Photocopying/Design Services / Prep Week T 60 Radio Stations / Radio Stations / Radio Stations PR 61 Colour copying and copying to overhead transparencies services are also available. Copying cards can be purchased for a one-off cost through self-service cashiers on Levels 2 and 3. Further credit can be added at any time and on any level of the library. Check with other Curtin libraries for details of the copying and printing services they offer. Guild Copy & Design Centre The Guild Copy & Design Centre offers a wealth of services including artwork and design, colour/black and white printing or copying, heat press transfers, scanning, laminating and book binding. For personalised gifts, business cards, club party tickets, membership cards, invitations, flyers, brochures or a creative job application CV, talk to the Centre’s Graphic Designer, John Hew. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.45pm Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9226 2925 Email: [email protected] CURTIN PRIN T AND DESIGN Curtin Print and Design offers a range of printing and design services including digital black and colour copying. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 8.30 – 5pm Location: John Curtin Centre, Building 200 Tel: 9266 2015 Fax: 9266 3397 Web: www.cpd.curtin.edu.au Radio Stations FM Popular Frequency Station 92.1 RTRFM 92.9 All New 929 93.7 Nova 93.7 94.5 Mix FM 96.1 96FM 98.5 Sunshine FM – Christian Radio 99.3 Triple J 100.1 Curtin FM 100.1 101.7 Groove FM FM Classical Frequency Station 97.7 ABC Fine Music AM Frequency Station 585 24hr News Station 720 Local Radio 810 6RN Radio National – news, current affairs, education, late night music. Stations / Radio Stations / Radio Stations R 62 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL ) Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is credit or advanced standing given to a student towards a course of study, on the basis of previously completed work or studies appropriate to the course of study. If you have previously passed post-secondary level subjects, or have work experience relevant to your current course, you may be eligible for RPL. Assessment Of RPL The assessment of work experience and/or previous study for the purposes of gaining credit or exemption in your course is conducted by the enrolling School/Department. Generally the Head of Area or Course Co-ordinator for your chosen course can advise you about your eligibility for RPL. If you believe you have work experience and/or previous study that could be used for RPL it is recommended that you see your Course Co-ordinator as early as possible, as the credit granted towards your course may reduce the number of units you need to study, which affects your enrolment and your student load. If submitted during your final year or semester, it may also affect your course completion and subsequent graduation. International students will have RPL assessed as part of the normal application procedure. The documents submitted for their application to Curtin will be assessed to determine whether RPL will be granted. Depending upon the institution where previous studies were completed, students may be required to provide a course syllabus and unit outlines. APPLICA TION FOR RPL Application forms for RPL are available from your enrolling School/ Department, Faculty Student Services Office, Student Central or can be found at http://students.curtin.edu. au/local/docs/rpl.pdf. All students are required to lodge an application with supporting documentation at the time of enrolment into the course of study (if not at enrolment, please see your enrolling School/Department for relevant deadlines). Please contact your enrolling School/Department for more information. Recreation Centre Please see Sports and Recreation page 67. Refund of Tuition Fees Refund policies for International, Commonwealth Supported and Domestic Fee-Paying students vary. For information on refunds, visit the Fees & Charges website at www.fees.curtin.edu.au To apply for a tuition fee refund, an Application for Refund form must be completed and submitted to University Fees Centre, Student Central. Forms can be downloaded from www.fees.curtin.edu Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Research RS 63 Research and Development Curtin aims to achieve excellence in research and development, particularly in partnership with other organisations, institutions of learning and the community. The Office of Research & Development (R&D) provides support to postgraduate research students in the following areas: • Graduate studies • Overview of the Higher Degree by Research process • Higher Degree by Research contacts • Forms, policies and guidelines • Professional development opportunities • Human research and animal ethics • Scholarships Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm Location: Building 100, Levels 1 and 2 Tel: 9266 7863 Fax: 9266 3793 Web: www.research.curtin.edu.au http://www.curtin.edu.au/research/ currentstudents/ Sanctions Sanctions are imposed when payment is outstanding for (and not limited to): • Tuition Fees/Late Fees/Amenities and Services Fee • Traffic Infringements • Library Fines • Bookshop Debts If you do not pay your fees and debts to the University by the required due date, a sanction will be placed on your student record. This sanction prevents access to your results and you will be unable to receive your official academic record or graduate until the debt is paid. Students with sanctions are also not able to re-enrol or change course until the debt is cleared. Once the sanction has been paid it will be removed from your record within 24 hours. Students can check if they have sanctions recorded against them via the ‘Sanctions Channel’ in OASIS. ENQ UIRIES ABO UT SANC TIONS : • Fees Centre – 9266 3500 • Library Fines – 9266 7166 • Parking Fines – 9266 7116 • Housing Debts – Contact the Main Office of your on-campus residence • Bookshop Debts – 9266 2315 Scholarships Information about scholarships can be found on the Scholarships website – www.scholarships.curtin.edu.au Students seeking scholarships should also approach the School in which they are enrolled for further information. Research and Development School-Age Dependants / Scholarships S 64 Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships (studying by coursework): Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 9am - 4:45pm Location: Building 101, Level 2 Tel: 9266 2992 Fax: 9266 4108 Email: [email protected] curtin.edu.au Web: www.scholarships.curtin.edu.au Postgraduate Scholarships (studying by research): Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm Location: Building 100, Level 1 Tel: 9266 4906 Fax: 9266 3793 Email: [email protected] Web: www.scholarships.curtin.edu.au Scholarships email Alert! Make sure you never miss out on scholarship opportunities by signing up for Scholarships Email Alert at http:// scholarships.curtin.edu.au/subscribe/. You will receive an email alert whenever a scholarship that matches your criteria is opened for applications. You’ll also receive a reminder email one week before applications close. School-Age Dependants While studying at Curtin, International students with school-age dependants can arrange for their dependants to attend school in Perth. A visa for the dependants will have to be obtained through the Department of Immigration and Citizenships (DIAC) or their representative. The University will assist with visa applications for dependants of Masters and PhD students if required. There are different schooling arrangements for dependants of undergraduate, Masters and PhD students and AusAID students. DEPENDAN TS OF IN TERNA TIONAL MAS TERS AND PHD STUDEN TS Dependants of international Masters or PhD students studying at Curtin can be placed in a government (public) school through the Education Department of Western Australia. Once dependants are placed in the government system, no school fees will apply (other than incidental costs) unless the dependants require extra English language support or disability support. In this case, the associated costs are paid by the student, NOT Curtin or the Education Department. The International Office at Curtin must process applications for a place in a WA government school. The International Office will make the application on behalf of the student. Applications can only be D Scholarships email Alert! / Dependants Of All Other S 65 made once the dependant has arrived in Perth and the student has a permanent residential address. The Education Department will look for a school that has room for the dependants. They will try to locate a school close to the residential address but there is no guarantee that schools in the area will have the room to accommodate the dependants. It is not possible to choose a government school or approach government schools independently. All applications MUST come through the International Office. Once dependants are placed in the government system minimal voluntary school fees will apply. If dependants require extra English language studies or support for a disability the associated costs are paid by the international Masters or PhD student NOT Curtin or the Education Department of Western Australia. For more information about this placement program please contact an ISSU staff member at the International Office. AUSAID DEPENDAN TS All school-aged dependants of AusAID scholarship students are eligible to attend the free public school system in Western Australia. The International Sponsored Student Unit [ISSU] will assist all AusAID scholarship students with school enrolments. Minimum school charges apply to all government primary and secondary schools. There is a voluntary fee of approx A$60 for primary school and $200 – 500 for secondary schools. Evidence of AusAID scholarship status must be provided before admission to a government school will be granted. A letter from the ISSU at Curtin is considered satisfactory evidence. A fee for English language support for dependants also applies, however some selected state schools may include English language support in their tuition fees. AusAID dependants can also attend private, non-government schools which will incur fees. For more information, contact the ISSU (see page 45). DEPENDAN TS OF ALL OTHER MAINS TREAM IN TERNA TIONAL STUDEN TS All other international students are able to enrol their dependants in either government (public) or non-government (private) schools registered by the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). The International Office is not involved in placement of these students. Application is made directly through the school and is the responsibility of the international student. Tuition fees will apply for each dependant and any additional support, for example, English language support or support for a disability, will incur additional charges. Although tuition fees for private schools vary substantially, the fee structure for government schools ranges from A$2,250 to A$5,800 per year (or part Security and Safety / Sexuality and Gender S 66 thereof) depending upon the age and educational level of the child. For more information visit www.eti.wa.edu.au For a list of CRICOS registered schools visit www.cricos.dest.gov.au ADDI TIONAL FEES FOR SCHOOL -AGE DEPENDAN TS Additional fees for school age dependants may include textbooks, stationery, laboratory clothes, school uniforms and computer hardware/ software. Some courses may also have additional fees for consumable items in subjects such as photography. It is the responsibility of the parents to familiarise themselves with any additional fees. SPO USE DEPENDAN TS All spouses of students on a student visa must apply for a working visa if they wish to work. Spouses of Masters and PhD students can obtain visas with unlimited work hours, while spouses of other international students will obtain a visa with a limit of 20 hours per week according to DIAC regulations. AusAID spouses who wish to study full-time must apply for a student visa and must meet all student visa requirements. Security and Safety Perth is like any other city in the world and it is important to use common sense regarding personal safety and security. A safe environment requires individual awareness of safety and security issues. Students should recognise and avoid any potentially risky situations and report suspicious behaviour to Curtin Security. Always carry your Curtin ID card – this card may give you access to certain buildings as well as providing you with identification. Students who need to access a building after hours should contact the Security Office on 9266 4444. Securing your property Never leave personal belongings unattended, whether you are in a lab, library, etc. regardless of how long you will be gone, even a couple of minutes, unwatched articles invite thieves. If someone attempts to steal your property, don’t physically resist. No amount of money or property is worth the risk of serious injury. Securing your vehicle Theft of property from parked vehicles is a major concern to Police and the University. Do not leave any valuables in your car and lock it when you leave. Security Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day. A Courtesy Bus is available on and around campus to help get you safely to your car or your on-campus accommodation after hours. Gender Diversity / Shopping Hours / S 67 For more information see Campus Courtesy Bus on page 23. Opening Hours : 24 hours, 7 days a week Location: Security Office, near the Hockey Stadium, Building 115 Tel: 9266 4444 (Dial 5 from any internal Curtin phone in an emergency) Fax: 9266 2739 Email: [email protected] Web: www.security.curtin.edu.au <http:// www.security.curtin.edu.au/> Sexuality and Gender Diversity Sexuality and Gender Diversity Curtin respects and values the diversity of its students and staff, and welcomes people of diverse sexuality and gender identity. ALLY PROGRAM Curtin has an Ally Program to support GLBTI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex) students and staff. An Ally is simply any person, who is informed about, is sensitive toward and has an understanding of GLBTI people and their issues. For information about Allies and various resources and research visit Curtin’s Sexuality and Gender Diversity website: http://unilife.curtin.edu.au/sexualdiversity/ index.cfm guild Sexuality department The Guild’s Sexuality department ensures that all LGBTI students at Curtin are well presented and supported. The main goal of the department is to continue to advance social, economic and educational access for LGTBI students as well as maintaining gender equity on campus. For more information about this Department or to access the Guild’s Sexuality Department room, contact the Student Guild (see page 70). Shopping Hours Shopping hours in Perth are generally as follows: Monday to Friday: 8/9am – 6pm Thursday: 8/9am – 9pm (suburban shops only) Friday: 8/9am – 5pm (Perth city and Fremantle) Sunday: 12pm 6pm (Perth city) 10am – 4pm (Fremantle) Sport and Recreation CURTIN STADI UM (Health, Recreation & Events) Pride in Health, Recreation & Sports for all ages, Students, Staff & Community all welcome. Our qualified friendly team is on hand to assist you with high quality service. Get into shape whilst utilizing our state of the art facilities which include: Gym, Spin, Ladies Studio, Group Fitness Student Assist / Student Assist Special S 68 energy zone, 3 International size multisports courts, Beach Volleyball, Events Centre & Café. Gym & Ladies Studio memberships include free initial fitness appraisal & program so that progress can be monitored in achieving client health & fitness goals. Personal Training is also available for those requiring assistance from exercise & motivational specialists. Our Group Fitness program features Les Mills classes, one of the best group fitness formulas for results & fun. Sports Hall is equipped for Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Social Sports. All enquiries welcome on: 9266-7870/ 9266-2160, website: http://recreation. curtin.edu.au/ Please Note: conditions apply on all memberships and usage of the Curtin Stadium (Health, Recreation & Events) University Staff, Students, Alumni & Community all welcomed. Experience the great health & fitness benefits whilst utilising our state of the art Gym with Spin Room, Group Fitness area, Ladies Gym, 3 International grade sports courts, Beach Volleyball, café & seating capacity of 2500 for graduation & special events. Our qualified friendly team take pride in providing high quality service for individual, group fitness, sports & social events to enhance the collective wellbeing of Curtin’s Students, Staff & the Community. Location: Curtin Stadium, Dumas Road (Curtin Campus) Tel: 9266 7870 Fax: 9458 6589 Email: [email protected] Web: www.recreation.curtin.edu.au University Sport Australian University Sport (AUS) is the governing body for university sport in Australia. Each year, Curtin students compete in the local Tertiary Sports WA weekly intervarsity competition and the Australian University Games. STUDEN T GUILD RECREA TION Each semester, the Curtin Student Guild offers a diverse range of sport and recreation activities to the Curtin community. From beginners to those that just want to brush up on their skills. There is something for everyone! The majority of courses commence in the 3rd – 4th week of the semester and generally run for around 6 weeks at various times and locations – every effort has been made to keep as many courses on campus to ensure they are convenient for everyone to attend. For contact details see Student Guild on page 63. Student Assist Student Assist is the welfare, support and advocacy service of the Curtin Student Guild, available for all students with any personal, welfare or academic issues. A small team of Student Assist Officers can provide a wealth of helpful information to all Curtin students, along E Projects and Events/ Student Central S 69 with a comprehensive referral service. The Guild is independent from the University and the Student Assist service is completely confidential and will assist with any difficulties you are facing during your time at University. The Student Assist service is particularly useful in helping to inform you of your rights and responsibilities with regards to University policy and the Student Assist officers can help you understand better, any decisions made in relation to your enrolment, academic progress and assessments. They can also provide you with advice and guidance about the best people to see to resolve any academic issues and the best way to go about it. They are particularly well positioned to provide support on matters such as appealing an assessment grade, dealing with findings of academic misconduct and plagiarism and appealing a termination. The Student Assist service has produced a series of “Helpful Handy Hints” fact sheets which cover a wide variety of popular topics ranging from academic tips, to health and lifestyle and finding work. These can be found in Guild reception, Bldg 106 and on the Guild Website http://guild.curtin.edu.au Stu dent Assist Special Projects and Events Bookshop Grants up to the value of $250, are available to students on low incomes at the beginning of each semester. Applications close early, so students need to keep an eye out for promotional material around campus and on the Guild Website well before semester starts. The ‘On Show’ Arts Grant is an initiative which aims to support the artistic and creative projects of any individuals or groups of enrolled Curtin students. The program currently provides 2 grants per year, of up to $2000 each, for the selected students to put towards the presentation, installation, catalogue production and publicity costs for their exhibition of work. Reboot is a computer recycling and redistribution scheme for those on a low income and in need of a computer. To meet with a Student Assist Support Officer, just pop in to Bldg 106 or call Guild Reception for an appointment on 9266 2900 or 1800 063 865 for country callers. Student Central Administrative Fees and Charges The most common fees and charges are listed here, however there are other fees and charges that apply to you as a Curtin student. See Tuition Fees on page 76. • Letter of course completion or course conferral – $15 • Letter confirming student enrolment – $25 • Academic Record – $10 (first copy), $2 (addition copies requested at the same time) • Certified photocopy of course outline Student Feedback / Student Guild / Student S 70 – $2 per unit (up to a maximum of $40) • Fee for change of student details after conferral date – $75 • Re-issue of Curtin Award – $100 • Replacement Student ID & Library Card – $15 (no fee for damaged or stolen cards if a police report number is produced) • Certification of documents – $2 per page Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.45pm (extended hours for ‘O’ Week and first week of semester, 8am – 5.30pm) Location: Building 101 Tel: 9266 3399 Fax: 9266 4108 Ask us: www.ask.studentcentral.curtin. edu.au Web: www.students.curtin.edu.au Student Feedback CASS Curtin Annual Student Satisfaction (CASS) Survey, is an annual online survey that gives students the opportunity to tell us about their experience with the services and facilities offered to them as a Curtin student. Results are used to identify areas where students are satisfied and to identify areas where improvements can be made. To find out how Curtin has responded to student feedback visit http://planning.curtin.edu. au/mir/response/cfm. This survey is available via OASIS and the Curtin Homepage. Student Guild The Curtin Student Guild plays a vital role in representing the interests of students by providing educational, commercial and social services to its members. The Guild represents all students on the major boards and committees of the University and represents international students specifically through its subsidiary council, the International Students Committee (ISC) and postgraduate students through its CUPSA department (see page 24). The Guild operates many essential services on campus, including a Tavern and Bistro, Second-hand Bookshop, Curtin Concept and Copy & Design Centre and The Spot. The Food and Beverage division of the Guild operates all cafeterias and cafes on campus and, in consultation with the International Office, has established the availability of Halal food at Curtin. The Guild also provides avenues for students to network outside the classroom, with over 80 international, religious, academic, sporting and special interest clubs registered each year, and a healthy events calendar offering a wide range of social activities for students from all backgrounds. Guild members will enjoy discounts at all on-campus Guild outlets in 2008. Off campus, Guild members receive Student Identification (ID) and Library Card S 71 discounts from more than 160 Guild affiliated companies through the Discount Provider Scheme, providing savings on items such as car services, veterinary bills and dining out. The Guild offers an independent and confidential welfare, advocacy, support and referral service to assist all students with any personal, welfare or academic issue that they may have. For more information see Student Assist on page 69. Opening Hours : Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106F Tel: 9266 2900 Fax: 9266 2996 Email: [email protected] Web: www.guild.curtin.edu.au Student Identification (ID) and Library Card To obtain a Student ID Card, take your Enrolment Advice to Student Central. A Curtin Student Card: • Gives you access to University buildings after hours. You must apply directly to your school for access (except CBS students) • Allows use of the Abacus Lab in Building 501, 408 and 303. • Helps with campus security • Acts as identification when conducting business at Faculty Student Services Offices and ID Counters. Your Student Card is required when: • Borrowing library books • Setting up an email account • Sitting examinations • Having your SmartRider application endorsed. The replacement fee is $15 if you lose your Student Card. Damaged or stolen cards (with a Police Crime Reference Number) will be replaced free of charge. Note: A Student Card is NOT proof of enrolment. Students MUST carry their ID card at all times when on campus. Student Number Student numbers are allocated on your original Letter of Offer. This number is your identification number at Curtin. It is the means by which student records can be carried forward each year. Please ensure that your student number is entered on every enrolment, amendment, change of address form and correspondence submitted while studying at Curtin. Student One Student One is the core administrative system for student information and progression. The University uses the system to record a variety of details for all Curtin students including admission and enrolment, examination results, demographics, financial liability and transactions, and graduation details. Tax File Number / Telecommunications /ST 72 Surveys See Student Feedback page 70. Tax File Number The Australian Federal Government requires anyone working in Australia or with an Australian bank account to have a Tax File Number. Banks must be provided with a Tax File Number to ensure that the correct tax is charged on any interest earned on an account. Tax File Number application forms are available from Student Central. Forms must be lodged at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and students must take their passport and Student ID Card with them. You may also apply online via the ATO website. International students are generally treated the same as Australian residents for taxation purposes, however, they may be entitled to a rebate when returning home. For more information contact the ATO. Australian Taxation Office Location: 45 Francis Street, Northbridge WA 6003 Tel: 13 28 69 Web: www.ato.gov.au Telecommunications Telstra currently operates the Australian National telephone system. However, due to deregulation, consumers have the choice of using Optus Communications and other telecommunication providers for a number of services. It is possible to get very good rates on international calls from these competitors. International students must pay a bond in order to arrange telephone connection. Currently, only Telstra will do this. Local calls have a set fee regardless of the duration of the call, however calls outside the Perth Metropolitan area, interstate and overseas are timed. Details of call costs are in the front of the White Pages Telephone Directory. IN TERNA TIONAL CALLS International calls can be very costly, so it is wise to check the cheapest time to call before dialing. It is possible to have a bar put on any telephone to stop timed-call numbers being dialed. This is particularly useful if sharing a house where there are concerns about splitting call costs. Timed call charges are itemised on each phone bill. Phone cards are sold at the Guild Front Counter, Vickery House Office and at most newsagents. Cards are available in A$5, A$10, A$20 and A$50 denominations and can be used to make local or international calls. Most international students find this a very convenient way of tracking their expenses. Telecommunications brochures are available in the reading area of the International Office. /Traffic and Road Safety T 73 Traffic and Road Safety For safety reasons, international students must familiarise themselves with Western Australian road rules. • Vehicles travel on the left hand side of the road • When crossing roads, look to the right, then left, then right again before proceeding • Pedestrians are encouraged to cross at traffic lights or designated pedestrian crossings • Pedestrians must walk straight across the road, not diagonally, and exercise caution when stepping out from behind buses and other objects at the roadside • Exercise particular caution if you are from a country where traffic drives on the opposite side of the road. DRIVING A MO TOR VEHICLE IN AUSTRALIA (SEE ALSO MO TOR VEHICLES ) As an international student, you can drive on your overseas licence for up to 12 months from your arrival or until the licence expires (whichever comes first). If you intend staying longer than 12 months or your overseas licence expires within that time, you should apply for a WA licence. If your overseas licence is not in English, it is advisable to carry an International Driving Permit or an approved English translation of your licence (if you have either of these) with you when you drive. If you are driving with an international licence, you should ensure that your insurance policy covers you in the event of an accident. Students have had insurance claims rejected by their insurance company because they have not had a Western Australian Driver’s Licence. Ensure that you adhere to the speed limits at all times. In built-up areas the speed limit is 40 km/h. Drivers should always be mindful of the safety of other road users and children near schools and recreation areas. SEA T BEL TS AND MOBILE PHONES In Australia, it is compulsory for passengers and drivers to wear a seatbelt. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all passengers have fastened their seat belts. Usage of mobile phones while driving is an offence. DIS TANCE TRAVEL Although international students may be competent drivers, they are not necessarily experienced with long distance travel in Australia. Students may also be inexperienced travelling at country speed limits. Country roads are often narrow and are used by large trucks and long ‘road trains’ travelling at high speeds. Overtaking must be executed with great caution. The great distances and long straight roads in regional areas often cause drivers to become easily fatigued, often resulting in impaired judgement and slower reflexes. There is also a risk of having an accident when driving in rural areas at night due Transport/ Bus / Taxi / Travelsmart Guide T 74 to various wildlife that may be crossing the road. Drivers should stop and rest at least once every two hours to have a brief walk or refreshment when driving long distances. ALCOHOL Drink driving is not tolerated. It is prohibited to drive any vehicle (including a bicycle) when under the influence of alcohol. Police will frequently administer a breath analysis to determine whether alcohol has been consumed. The legal limit in Western Australia is 0.05%, the equivalent of approximately one standard drink. For more information on ‘standard’ drinks and alcohol limits visit www.drugaware.com.au BICYCLES Students purchasing a bicycle must also purchase a safety helmet. It is compulsory to wear an approved safety helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle in Western Australia. Police can issue a fine if you fail to do so. Safety approved helmets are available from sports stores or department stores at a reasonable cost. Transport Transperth In Western Australia, all full-time students are entitled to Transperth concessions. The SmartRider Card will entitle full-time students to discounted travel on all bus, train and ferry services within the metropolitan area, and discount on all 2009 regional rail and coach services. Currently the Transperth SmartRider Card is issued separately to your Curtin Student ID. To obtain a SmartRider Card, please visit the Transperth website. Staff at Student Central will endorse your SmartRider application form based on your enrolment status. You will need to provide your Curtin Student ID Card and proof of fulltime enrolment for your application to be endorsed. Tel: 13 62 13 Web: www.transperth.wa.gov.au BUS The Curtin Bus Station is the principal pedestrian gateway into the Bentley Campus. Its frequent services provide easy access into Perth City. The Curtin Bus Station is one of the bus stops on Transperth’s Circle Route, which facilitates travel around the city fringe between universities, train stations and shopping centres. The Circle Route departs every 15 minutes between the hours of 6.30am and 6pm Monday to Friday and at other frequencies outside of these hours. For detailed bus route information visit the Transperth website. If you are on campus and not sure of bus routes or departure times, visit the Student Guild. They can provide bus timetables to help you plan your journey. You can purchase a SmartRider ticket at the Copy Centre and the University Bookshop, or at any newsagency in the area. SmartRiders entitle you to cheaper rates and are swiped each time you use the bus, train or ferry. Guide / Curtin University Bicycle Users Group T 75 TAXI Swan Taxis and Black & White Taxis are the most widely used taxis in Western Australia. All taxis are meter operated by time and distance, and operate 24 hours a day. Taxis are indicated as being vacant by an illuminated sign on the roof and can be pre-booked by phone or on the Internet. Taxis can also be hailed on the street or found at taxi ranks throughout the city and at the airport. It is recommended that you book your taxi in advance to avoid delays, particularly on weekends. A taxi service is available for disabled passengers. The service operates 24 hours a day. This service can be booked by telephone on 9333 3377. Swan Taxis – 131 330 Web: www.swantaxis.com.au Black and White Taxis – 131 008 Web: www.blackandwhitecabs.com.au CURTIN UNIVERSI TY BICYCLE USERS GRO UP The bicycle is a healthy, clean, quiet, non-polluting, affordable form of transport. The objective of the Curtin University Bicycle Users Group (CUBUG) is to facilitate the usage of bicycles as a means of transport to, from and within Curtin. The group encourages staff and students to come along to meetings and get involved with helping to improve local facilities for cyclists. For cyclist facilities on campus see the Curtin Parking and Traffic website at www.parking.curtin.edu.au/ alternative transport TRAVELSMAR T GUIDE There are alternatives to driving a car. Free printed copies of the local TravelSmart Guide are available from the Curtin Hub (Building 599). The Guide shows local facilities such as supermarkets, delis, public toilets, skate parks, playgrounds and post boxes. One side of the guide is for public transport - it shows bus routes, train stations, bus stops, wheelchair accessible services and train frequencies. The other side of the guide is for walking and cycling - it shows Perth Bike Network routes, shared paths (for cyclists and walkers), bike lanes, walking trails, bike shops and bike parking. Travel There are two travel agents on the Bentley campus. STA Travel Student Guild Building 104 Tel: +61 8 9266 7000 Email: [email protected] Web: www.statravel.com.au Kristend Travel Can be found in Building 201. Tuition Fees / Enrolment Variations after T 76 Tuition Fees Students are responsible for ensuring all tuition fees are paid by the due date. Any enquiries about tuition fees should be addressed to the Fees Centre. FEE CALC ULA TION Tuition fees are calculated and charged on a semester basis. For an estimate of your course’s tuition fees, visit the fee calculator on the Fees website at www.fees.curtin.edu OTHER STUDEN T CHARGES AND LEVIES Some courses require payment of incidental fees for items such as laboratory coats, field trip accommodation costs, or material costs for project work, etc. These additional costs are detailed in the Curtin Courses Handbook 2009 with further information available from your School or Department and on the fees website at www.fees.curtin.edu.au HOW TO PAY FEES AND CHARGES Payment should be made in accordance with the options indicated on your Tax Invoice. These options include BPay, Post Billpay, Credit Card, Cheque, and Money Order. Please be advised that BPay and Post Billpay payments may take up to four working days to reach your account. Payment in person can be made at any Australia Post office or at the Curtin Cashiers at Student Central building ($200 cash limit applies). For further information, visit www.fees.curtin.edu.au Note: Inability to pay semester tuition fees on time, due to money being held in a fixed term deposit account will not be accepted as a reason for late payment of tuition fees. ENROLMEN T VARIA TIONS AF TER DISPA TCH OF INVOICE Payment must still be made by the due date. If a unit is added after the generation of the first invoice, additional monies owed must be paid at the time of amendment. COMMONWEAL TH SUPPOR TED STUDEN TS Students who are enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported place are required to pay their tuition fees in full by the due date or if eligible submit a HECSHELP form with a valid tax file number by the due date. For eligibility requirements please refer to www.fees.curtin.edu.au. Please note one HECS-HELP form per course is required to be completed. DOMES TIC FEE -PAYING STUDEN TS The University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses on a fee-paying basis for Australian Citizens/Permanent Residents. Students will be invoiced according to the units in which they are enrolled on a semester basis. Payment of fees will be required by: • Semester One: 27th February, 2009 • Semester Two: 31st July, 2009 Eligible students may submit a FEEHELP form with a valid tax file number by the due date. For eligibility requirements please visit www.fee.curtin.edu.au. Dispatch of Invoice / International Please note one FEE-HELP form per course is required to be completed. IN TERNA TIONAL STUDEN TS International students should inform their parents and/or sponsors that living expenses should not be sent with tuition fee payments as the University does not disburse student living expenses. Students should also expect that their indicative semester course fee, shown on their Letter of Offer, may vary from the actual tuition fee according to the units (subjects) undertaken. The indicative fee is only a guide as the actual tuition fee is not calculated until enrolment is completed. Masters by Research and Doctoral students may enrol at any time during the academic year and must submit a thesis for examination by the due date set by the school/faculty. Research degree tuition fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis. Therefore initial and final determination of the fee liability is dependant on the daily rate calculated between the date of enrolment and the date of submission of the thesis. Tuition fee payments must be made by the due date for each study period. Please refer to http://students.curtin. edu.au/administration/dates/index. cfm for relevant due dates. If payment is not received by the due date a $150 late payment fee will apply. International students who fail to pay their tuition fees by the due date risk having their enrolment cancelled. Students with special circumstances who are having difficulty making payment by the due date and have incurred a late payment fee or have had their enrolment cancelled may lodge an appeal in writing to the Manager, Fees Centre who will assess their circumstances. Any appeals must be accompanied by relevant supporting documentation and can be lodged either by mail or in person at Student Central. Cancelled students who have not lodged an appeal or are unsuccessful in their appeal will be reported to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). This will affect visas and eligibility to remain in Australia. SPONSORED STUDEN TS Students who are sponsored by a private organisation or foreign government must ensure that the sponsoring body completes the Sponsored Student Agreement form. Only one form is required per sponsor and this agreement is valid for three years. Sponsors must also complete the Sponsored Student Information form (one form per student) and provide an original financial guarantee to confirm sponsorship arrangements. If the sponsoring body does not return the Sponsored Student Agreement and Sponsored Student Information forms to the International Office, the student will be liable for payment of their own tuition fees. Please see www.international.curtin.edu.au for relevant forms and more information for sponsored students. T 77 UniEnglish / Vice-Chancellor’s List / Visa TUV 78 Alternatively you can visit the International Sponsored Student Unit in the International Office (Building 103). Sponsored students will have an invoice sent to their sponsor who will pay the tuition fees on the students’ behalf. Sponsors can expect to receive an invoice prior to the due date. Tuition fee payments for sponsored students are required by the due date in accordance with the invoice. The University does not invoice sponsors for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) renewal. Students must pay their own OSHC renewal and, if required, send their OSHC receipt to the sponsor for reimbursement. If a student’s sponsorship expires and an extension of the sponsorship is required it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are granted an extension by their sponsor. In such instances the sponsor must complete new sponsorship forms which reflect the new end date of sponsorship. The form must then be returned to the International Office as soon as possible. Sponsored students should inform their sponsors that living expenses should not be paid with tuition fees, as the University does not disburse student living expenses. For matters relating to student fees, including sponsor fees, please contact the Fees Centre at Student Central. For all other matters relating to sponsored international students please contact the International Office (see page 44). UniEnglish UniEnglish is an online tool that will help you to analyse your strengths and weaknesses in using the English language so that you can decide whether you would benefit from English support programs. It is primarily aimed at students who come from backgrounds where English is not the main language of communication, but all students can have access to the tool on request. UniEnglish comprises three sections: Use of English/Reading, Listening and Writing. It is voluntary, free of charge, and provides instant results online. It is accessible from any computer with internet access. For more information visit the UniEnglish website at: http://unienglish.curtin.edu.au or contact Associate Professor Katie Dunworth by email at [email protected] or by phone on 9266 4227. Vice-Chancellor’s List Each semester, high academic achievers are recognised by means of membership of the Vice Chancellor’s List (VC List). To gain membership, a student must be in the top 1% of students within their teaching School. Membership entitles students to attend functions and receive special considerations in the use of the library, as well as many other privileges. For more information visit www.vclist.curtin.edu.au or contact the Graduations Office. Visa Officer / Volunteering V 79 Visa Officer The International Student Visa Officer is available to assist with any student visa enquiries and provide general advice regarding current immigration rules and regulations. The Visa Officer can also assist with renewing and extending international student visas. Location: Building 101, Level 2 Tel: 9266 3399 Email: [email protected] Visa Renewal Students whose visas are due to expire but have not yet completed their current course will need to apply for a new student visa. A Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) document is required for a student visa application. eCoEs are issued by the International Student Visa Officer at Student Central. Appropriate visa advice will be provided at the time of making your appointment. You should start your student visa application process at least four weeks before your current student visa expires. It is your responsibility to have a valid visa. For more information concerning the renewal of your student visa or to apply online, visit www.immi.gov.au Volunteering Give volunteering a go – there are many benefits for you! You can gain new skills, meet new people, work as part of a team, feel good about helping others and have the opportunity to be innovative. In addition, you may gain valuable experience and skills that will make you more attractive to potential employers when you graduate. Curtin Volunteers See Page 25. Orientation Volunteers See page 54. Volunteer for Curtin Community Projects Consider volunteering your time to work on Curtin’s community project it’s a great way for students and staff to have fun and make a real contribution to the wider community. Volunteer opportunities include fundraising for charity, working on environmental projects, getting involved in stress management activities and participating in unique social events. Organisations you will be helping include the Australian Red Cross, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Cancer Foundation, Leukaemia Foundation, Wheelchairs for Kids, SIDS and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Women’s Department VW 80 Curtin Community Liaison Location: Curtin Hub, Building 599 Tel: 9266 2118 or 0401 103 154 Fax: 9266 3847 Email: [email protected] Web: www.community.curtin.edu.au/ services/cc_cat.cfm John Curtin Weekend See Curtin Volunteering page 79. Women’s Department The Guild’s Women’s Department provides representation for the concerns of female students both on and off campus. The Department office, which doubles as a women’s common room, can be found in the Guild Precinct next to the Curtin University Postgraduate Students Association (CUPSA). The women’s room is a safe space for female students to relax, plan activities, hold small meetings and get information on women’s issues. The room is also a space for women to study on campus with their children, providing a computer, television, nappy change table, books and toys for use by mothers with children up to the age of 10 years. The Women’s Department organises female only social events and holds meetings once a month to discuss women’s issues. The Department is affiliated with the National Union of Students and their Women’s Departments on both state and national levels. This allows them to work with other Women’s Departments to develop cross campus campaigns. Location: Guild Precinct, Building 106 Tel: 9266 3386 Email: [email protected] 81 Index a Abacus Labs (see computer Labs) 8 Academic Status 8 Academic Support 8 Academic Transcript 10 Accommodation 11 Alumni 11 Ask Curtin 12 Assessment Appeals 12 b Bookshops 12 Building Numbers 13 c Calendar & Handbook 13 Campuses 13 Career Voyage 14 Cashiers 15 Census Dates 15 Centrelink 15 Changing Personal Details 16 Childcare Centre 16 Clubs & Societies 17 Computer Access 17 Computer Help 17 Computers, Laptops, Servicing and Advice 19 Conciliator 19 Conflict Resolution 20 Consuls 20 Copyright 20 Council for International Students of Western Australia (CISWA) 21 Counselling Service 22 Course Changing 22 Course Completion 23 Courtesy Bus - Bentley 23 Curtin Careers Service 23 Curtin Connect 24 Curtin University Postgraduate Students Association (CUPSA) 24 Curtin Volunteers 25 d Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) 26 Disability Services 26 Distance Education 26 Diversity 27 Doctor (see Health services) 43 Drugs 27 e EduSafe 27 Email Access 28 Employment 28 Employment for International Students 28 English Language Support 29 Enrolment 30 Enrolment Variation 31 Equal Opportunity 34 eStudent 34 Events 34 Examinations 35 Extension Studies 37 External Studies 37 f Fax Facilities 38 Financial Assistance 38 First Year Experience Support 38 Fitness Centre (see Sport & Recreation) 67 Index 82 Flexible Learning Environment for Curtin Students (FLECS) 38 Food Outlets 39 g Graduation 42 Guild (see Student Guild) 70 h Hair Salon 43 Health Services 43 i Insurance 44 International Office 44 International Sponsored Students Unit (ISSU) 45 International Student Advisory Service 45 International Students Committee (ISC) 46 j John Curtin Gallery 46 l Leave of Absence 46 Legal Assistance 47 Library 47 Lost Property 49 m Market Day 49 Mature-Age/Part-Time Students 49 Mentor Programs 49 Money Management 50 Multi-faith Officer and Prayer Facilities 50 [email protected] 52 n National Liaison Committee (NLC) 53 o OASIS 53 Optometrist 54 Orientation 54 Orientation Volunteers 54 Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) 55 p Parking 56 Pharmacy 57 Physiotherapy 57 Plagiarism 58 Police 59 Post Graduate Students (see CUPSA) 24 Prep Week 59 Printing/Photocopying/Design Services 59 r Radio Stations 61 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 62 Recreation Centre (see Sports and Recreation) 67 Refund of Tuition Fees 62 Research & Development 63 s Sanctions 63 Scholarships 63 Scholarships email Alert! 64 School-Age Dependants 64 Security & Safety 66 Sexuality and Gender and Diversity 67 Shopping Hours 67 Sport & Recreation 67 83 Student Assist 68 Student Central 69 Student Feedback 70 Student Guild 70 Student Identification (ID) and Library Card 71 Student Number 71 Student One 71 Surveys see Student Feedback 70 t Tax File Number 72 Telecommunications 72 Traffic & Road Safety 73 Transport 74 Tuition Fees 76 u UniEnglish 78 v Vice Chancellor’s List 78 Visa Officer 79 Visa Renewal 79 Volunteering 79 w Women’s Department 80 84 PER TH F Curtin’s Bentley Campus Curtin University of Technology GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845 Tel: + 61 8 9266 3399 Fax: + 61 8 9266 4108 Ask Us: Available on the welcome tab in OASIS Curtin University of Technology CRICOS Provider Code 00301J Information in this publication is correct at the time of printing and valid for 2009, but may change from time to time. 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