Essential Advice for CSE Students

Students should read these notes carefully if enrolling in a UNSW Computing course for the first time in either semester this year.  You will be emailed a copy of this information each semester, and accordingly, you will be expected to follow the advice outlined here especially in relation to dates for supplementary exams.

Responsible Use of Laboratories

The workstation laboratories are usually comfortable areas in which to work, but in order to maintain the working environment the full co-operation of all students is essential. Computing resources are made available only to support the academic enrolment program of the student. A full copy of the University's Acceptable Use of Computing and Information Technologies (ICT) can be found at:

Special Consideration – Illness and Misadventure

On some occasion sickness, misadventure, or other circumstance beyond your control may prevent you from completing a course requirement or attending or submitting assessable work for a course. Such assessable requirements may include formal end of semester examination, class test, laboratory test, seminar presentation, etc. It is also possible that such situations may significantly affect your performance in an assessable task. The University has procedures that allow you to apply for consideration for the affected assessments. Depending on the circumstances, the University may take action to allow you to overcome the disadvantage eg. give you additional assessment or extend a deadline.

You should note that merely submitting a request for Consideration does not automatically mean that you will be granted additional assessment, or that you will be awarded an amended result. For example, if you have a poor record of attendance or performance throughout a semester/year in a course you may be failed regardless of illness or other reason affecting a final examination in that course.

The University has a centralised procedure for Consideration applications.

The full University policy on special consideration can be found here:

Be aware that you must make formal application for Consideration for the course/s affected as soon as practicable after the problem occurs. UNSW operates under a Fit to Sit/ Submit rule for all assessments. If a student wishes to submit an application for special consideration for an exam or assessment, the application must be submitted prior to the start of the exam or before an assessment is submitted. If a student sits the exam/ submits an assignment, they are declaring themselves well enough to do so. The application must be made through myUNSW with documents scanned and uploaded, or submitted in person. Where misadventure has prevented you from submitting or sitting for an assessment, applications must be made within three working days of the assessment or the period covered by the supporting documentation.

UNSW Computing does not give special consideration for work related purposes or booked travel. All students are expected to give priority to their university studies and the exam period is advertised well in advance.

UNSW Supplementary Assessment Policy

You can find information regarding UNSW's policy on supplementary assessment at this link:

If an application for illness or misadventure is submitted to UNSW, the following action may ensue:

  1. No action – if the illness or misadventure is not considered severe.
  2. Additional assessment or a supplementary examination. Additional assessment may take a different form from the original. If you are granted additional assessment, the original assessment may be ignored at the discretion of the Lecturer in Charge. Consequently, a revised mark based on additional assessment may be greater or less than the original mark.
  3. Marks obtained for completed assessment tasks may be aggregated or averaged to achieve a percentage.
  4. The deadline for assessment may be extended.

Supplementary Examination Period 

Please see the UNSW Exams Key Dates page to find when the Supplementary Exams period will be running:

If you have submitted a request for special consideration, it is your responsibility to check your student email during that period, and to be prepared to complete an exam and/or other assessment within the dates indicated on this website.

In the case of illness, if you are still too sick to attend the supplementary exam (and you have documentary evidence indicating the seriousness of the problem) in exceptional circumstances only you may be given the opportunity to sit a delayed supplementary exam in this course. You will need to submit additional special consideration applications for this process.

The supplementary examination may take a different form from the usual final examination in a course, possibly including oral and/or practical components held on a day prior to the written component as advised by individual course administrators. Students are expected to perform at a higher standard in the supplementary exam than that established in the final, in consideration of the additional preparation time. Any scaling procedures used to benefit the class as a whole during the normal assessment period may not be applied to supplementary results.

Responsible Use of Online Services - myUNSW

Online enrolment gives you greater flexibility in how and when you enrol, and also to some extent in what classes you may enrol in. With this flexibility comes the responsibility to ensure that you enrol in accordance with the University's rules and that the courses you enrol in will count towards your program requirements. You should take care to enrol only in classes, which are defined as core units or electives for your academic program. If you enrol in classes, which cannot be counted, you may have to enrol in extra classes, or for an extra semester. You may also incur additional fees.

Further you must ensure when you enrol into courses you observe and meet the required pre-requisites, failure to do so may result in poor performance and special consideration will not be granted to students who enrol into a course without meeting the required pre-requisite. You are responsible for your own enrolment and following the recommended enrolment pathway.

If you are in any doubt as to whether the courses you wish to enrol in will count towards your program requirements or if you have met the pre-requisite for a course, seek advice from your program office prior to enrolment. Your program office will not give you credit for courses, which are not formally approved.