School Guidelines

Here you will find details about important guidelines for the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering. If you have any further questions, you may find an answer on the relevant A-Z Guides below, or

Academic Standing

Your Academic Standing is assigned at the end of each semester and is determined by two factors:

  • Your Academic Standing at the end of the previous standard 12-week semester, and
  • Your academic achievement in the current standard 12-week semester.

Your Academic Standing results are published to your myUNSW account.

Visit myUNSW to learn more about Academic Standing.

View your Academic Standing results.

Assignment Submission

All work submitted for marking in the School must be accompanied by an appropriate coversheet, which will include a statement about its originality.

You must sign the coversheet and so agree with the statement. Unsigned work may not be marked. Unless a specific coversheet is provided in your course, use the generic coversheet provided below.  You must print your own coversheet: they will no longer be available at the School Office. For group submissions, every student in the group must include their own signed form.

Non Plagiarism Assignment Coversheet

Late Submission

If your work is submitted after a specified submission deadline, the work may or may not be marked, at the discretion of the course convenor. Similarly, there may or may not be a penalty, again at the discretion of the course convenor.

Code of Conduct

The University is committed to the pursuit of excellence in learning, teaching and research, and to community engagement. The Student Code of Conduct sets out the University's expectations of students with respect to their academic and personal conduct and outlines the University’s responsibilities to students.

See A-Z Guide for information on Student Code of Conduct.

Equity & Diversity

The Student Equity and Disabilities Unit (SEADU) is committed to ensuring that every student’s experience of UNSW is free from discrimination and harassment.

Exam Rules

Examinations are held in June/July and in November/December each year. It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with the rules governing the conduct in examinations.  Exam timetables are available on the school website under student resources prior to the exam.

See the A-Z Guide for information on Examinations.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

It is expected that all students must at all times submit their own work for assessment. Submitting the work or ideas of someone else without clearly acknowledging the source of the quotation, piece of borrowed material or ideas, is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is considered academic misconduct and severe penalties apply.

In simple English, copying is not allowed; if you copy you will lose marks and could ultimately face expulsion. If you are ever in any doubt, consult your lecturers, tutors or the Learning Centre.

All assessments which you hand in must have a Non Plagiarism Declaration Coversheet attached.  This is for both individual and group work.  You should attach your Non-plagiarism Declaration to your assessment before submitting it to the School.

If you need more information on Plagiarism, visit the Learning & Teaching Centre website for information on Plagiarism & Academic Integrity (see also Academic Misconduct).

Special Consideration – Illness and Misadventure

It may happen that a student performs far below their ability in an assessment or is unable to submit an assignment on time or attend an examination due to illness or misadventure.

You can apply for consideration for the affected assessments. To find out more including eligibility, see the A-Z Guide information on Special Consideration.

Visitor Flow Chart

If you are a visitor to the school or are interested in initiating the process of becoming a visitor please click on our visitor flowchart for further information about visiting types.

New Staff and Visitor Information

Please see the following information guides if you are a new staff member or visitor to the School.

School Governance

GSBME is supported by a comprehensive governance structure comprising a range of committees and boards representing external stakeholders and School staff. These committees provide management oversight, platforms for strategic discussion and guidance in relation to the School’s operation.The School Governance policy can be found here.

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct

The Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering endorses the University’s Managing Plagiarism for Students Enrolled in Coursework Programs – Procedure and the Student Misconduct - Procedure. The following addendum document acts as a supplement to the procedures and provides more detailed information directly pertaining to violations or infringements in courses directly managed by the School. 

Please click here for the School's Addendum to UNSW Plagiarism Guidelines.