Academic advice

Academic Advising

As a result of your current term’s results, you are may not be in good academic standing. For more information on what this means, please visit the link below. The page will explain what your standing means and the consequences of not taking the steps to better your results in future terms.

Please be aware of the following steps you must take now if you are not in GOOD standing

Student responsibilities

  1. All students are expected to make an appointment and meet with their advisor (advisor details below) before the end of the 1st week of next term.
  2. Before seeing your advisor please complete Section one of the academic advising form (below) and visit NavigateMe and fill in the action plan.

    The academic advising form

  3. Email the NavigateMe action plan and the academic advising form to your advisor at the time of organising your appointment.
  4. All students on probation, provisional suspension or provisional exclusion are strongly suggested to drop to 18UOC.

If the above student responsibilities are not followed we will not be able to support your appeal should you reach suspension/exclusion later in your program. The purpose of the meeting is to help you so that you do not fall below your current standing.

At your academic advising appointment you will have the opportunity to discuss any academic/personal issues you are facing that are hindering your studies and find the appropriate services/resources to assist you.

Advisor and Appointment information:

Year 1:

Your academic Advisor is Milad Ghasrikhouzani
Please arrange an appointment with Milad directly.
Phone: 9385-6045

Year 2:

Your academic Advisor is David Rey or Hamid Valipour
Please arrange an appointment with David or Hamid directly.
Email: or 
Phone: David Rey 9385-5056 , Hamid Valipour 9385-6191

David Rey is available Monday- Friday 9am-5pm. Please email him directly to set up an appointment. 
Hamid Valipour, please email him directly to set up an appointment.

Year 3:

Your academic Advisor is Ehab Hamed or Juan Pablo Alvarez Gaitan
Please arrange an appointment with Ehab directly or Juan Pablo Alvarez Gaitan.
Email: or
Phone: Ehab Hamed 9385-9765, Juan Pablo Alvarez Gaitan 9385 5073

Ehab Hamed, please email him directly to set up an appointment. 

Year 4 onwards:

Your academic Advisor is Robert Holdom
Please arrange an appointment with Robert directly.
Phone: 9385-5773

All years UG Surveying:

Your academic Advisor is Bruce Harvey
Please arrange an appointment with Bruce directly.
Phone: 9385-4178

Postgraduate Students:

Your academic advisor is Thomas Wiedmann
Phone: 9385-0142

Please arrange an appointment with Tommy directly by emailing him. 

These steps are in place so that the school can assist with getting you back on track with your studies. We would like to see all of our students succeed and complete their programs!

University Services

The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre provides assistance for study-related problems. They have a range of services for all students.

Student Counsellor

The UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services provides a free and confidential service to all students enrolled at UNSW. A range of services are offered to assist students to make the most of their university experiences

Student Support Services

Those students who have a disability that requires some adjustment in their teaching or learning environment are encouraged to discuss their study needs with the course coordinator prior to, or at the commencement of, their course, or with the Equity Officer (Disability) at SEADU [phone: 9385 4734]. Issues to be discussed may include access to materials, signers or note-takers, the provision of services and additional exam and assessment arrangements. Early notification is essential to enable any necessary adjustments to be made.

Engineering Student Support Services

Visit the Engineering Student Support Services website

For grievances, which the Year Coordinators cannot resolve please, contact the School Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework Grievance Officer: A/Professor Mario Attard [phone 9385-5075] [email].  Please see the following site for further information on student complaint procedures 

Advanced Standing: A/Professor Mario Attard [phone 9385-5075] [email:]

Library Representative: Dr Martin Andersen [phone 8071 9824] [email:]

Peer-Mentoring Program Coordinator: TBA. Please contact school student office.

Civil Engineering Program Coordinator: A/Professor Mario Attard [phone 9385-5075] [email:]

Civil with Architecture Program Coordinator A/Professor Mario Attard [phone 9385-5075] [email:]

Environmental Engineering Program Coordinator: Professor Stuart Khan [phone 9385-5070] [email:]

Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Program Coordinator: Dr Bruce Harvey [phone 9385-4178] [email:]

Course Requirement

The minimum attendance requirement is 80% of all classes, including lectures, workshops, and problem solving classes. You may fail the course if more than 20% absences are recorded. Please see the section on Special Consideration.

You are required to prepare for, and actively participate in seminar/tutorial discussions.

Completion of Assignment Work, Quizzes and Examinations
All set work must be completed. You may fail the course if you do not submit all set work to a satisfactory standard.

Notes on Assessment

Beware! An assignment that includes plagiarized material will receive a 0% Fail, and students who plagiarize may fail the course. Students who plagiarize are also liable to disciplinary action, including exclusion from enrolment.

Plagiarism is the use of another person's work or ideas as if they were your own. When it is necessary or desirable to use other people's material you should adequately acknowledge whose words or ideas they are and where you found them [giving the complete reference details, including page number(s)]. The Learning Centre provides further information on what constitutes plagiarism at:

Keep a Copy of All Written Assignments
Please keep a copy of written assignments (in case your assignment is misplaced).

Submitting Assignments
Assignments should be either handed to the lecturer or demonstrator personally in class, submitted via Blackboard or Moodle, or in assignment boxes as nominated by the course coordinator.

Late Submission
Late work may not be accepted or assessed, or may be penalized. If you have a good reason for being unable to submit your work on time, it is important that you let your demonstrator, lecturer or course coordinator know promptly.

There are two kinds of provisions made for students who have good reasons for late submission:

  1. Extensions. Students who are late with assignments may apply to their lecturer, demonstrator or course coordinator for an extension. You must apply for an extension before the due date. Extensions may be refused if you do not present documented medical or other evidence of illness or misadventure. An extension is only for a short period, usually no more than a week.
  2. Special Consideration. Where a longer period is needed, you should apply for Special Consideration (see below).

Supplementary Examinations

Refer to Supplementary Examinations page.

Special Considerations

You must make formal application for Consideration for the course/s affected as soon as practicable after the problem occurs and within three working days of the assessment to which it refers. The application must be made on the ‘Request for Consideration’ form available from Student Central. The completed application form must be submitted to Student Central.

For full details please check:

The School has and will continue to consider such requests with compassion. However, no favourable consideration will be granted to students who have failed mid-terms quizzes, assignments and laboratory classes, or, who have failed to attend lectures, laboratory classes and/or tutorials.

Student Misconduct

The Student Conduct Policy and the Student Misconduct Procedures outline what the university’s expectations of students are and how misconduct is investigated. You can obtain further information on MyUNSW:

Students are referred to the following for a statement on academic misconduct