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.

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 Computing Supplementary Assessment Policy

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.

Applications from students, who claim to have been affected by an illness during an exam, may be considered very closely to the following criteria and offered supplementary assessment or exam; if

  • the student's composite mark in the course is less than 50; and
  • the student has submitted a fully documented request for Special Consideration to UNSW; and
  • the student has been affected by the problem for more than three consecutive days, or a total of five days during the semester; and
  • the medical or other evidence is clearly of a nature to affect the student's performance seriously. Minor ailments like a cold, headache - unless chronic or severe enough to require prescribed medication - or feeling 'unwell' does not excuse a poor result; and
  • the student's performance during the semester, particularly in any mid-semester test has been of a satisfactory standard. Students who fail such a test badly will not be granted further assessment. Assignment and laboratory marks may not carry much weight in determining whether further assessment is warranted; and
  • the student did not attend the exam due to illness or circumstance beyond their control, which is certified as being severe enough to have prevented their attendance; or
  • the student attended the exam but prior to it had an illness or other circumstance beyond their control, which, because of its duration or severity, is certified as having a significant effect on their preparation for the course.

Note: In all of these cases if the student has attained a pass in the course concerned from assessment tasks completed during semester, it may not be regarded as necessary to grant additional assessment.

Supplementary Examination Period 2019 - TBC

  • These dates will be for the majority of Supplementary exams, however there may be exceptions. If you are unsure, you need to confirm the dates with your Lecturer.
  • In some cases, other forms of supplementary assessment are arranged directly with the Lecturer in Charge, including prac exams, oral exams, and additional assessments.
  • There will be NO further supplementary exam dates set for students who do not have grounds for special consideration.

All students eligible to sit a written supplementary exam will receive notification via email in the weeks prior to the supplementary exam.

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

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) at the discretion of the lecturer only you may sit a delayed supplementary exam in this course. 

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.