Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:
Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html
Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html
Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html
Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html
Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html
Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration
In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.
Student Code of Conduct
Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/
Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.
Disruption to Study and Special Consideration
PSYC105 will consume a lot of your time (hopefully you enjoy every minute you spend engaged with PSYC105!). Your best approach is to treat it as you would a part-time professional job that requires you to work set hours each week. Macquarie University and myself realise that sometimes life events will interfere with your best attempts at excellent performance. In some instances, you might be allowed some flexibility in how you complete the unit. Information about Macquarie University’s Disruption to Studies Policy is found at http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html . Please note that it is your responsibility to learn about the conditions for applying for special consideration and for understanding what circumstances may lead to special consideration. Technical difficulties are not grounds for special consideration, and in most cases, extensions to quiz deadlines will not be granted.
Computers and access to the Internet are essential for participating in this course. You must use them to access content saved on iLearn, complete quizzes, perform statistical analyses, write and submit your research report, and assemble and deliver your group presentation. If you want to avoid losing any unnecessary marks, I suggest that you take responsibility for your computing. As with any professional job, you must factor in potential computer and Internet problems when aiming to meet a deadline. This means regularly saving back-up copies of your work and submitting early. If you have planned accordingly and problems arise, you can complete your assessments online using a computer in one of Macquarie University’s many computing labs. As such, technical problems are not grounds for special consideration.
Neither the unit convenor or the tutors grant extensions, only the Faculty of Human Sciences Student Services Centre does. All requests to convenors and tutors for special consideration will be ignored.
Requests for Remarking the Research Report
In order to mark for this unit, all tutors are trained on the marking criteria and are required to match the convenor’s set standard on an example report. Additionally, a sample of all tutor’s papers are double-marked, and if required, tutors are asked to remark in order to ensure consistent marking across the unit. Thus, it is very unlikely that your paper has been unfairly marked.
Writing for psychology is vastly different than writing for many other subjects. It is not a skill that we are born with, but one that requires much cultivating. If after a 48-hour cool-down period you have assessed your paper based on the marking criteria and still believe your paper has been unjustly marked:
1.Contact the tutor who marked your paper. Ask to set-up an in-person meeting to review your paper. You must prepare for this meeting by assembling an outline of how you met each marking criteria. Please note that “spending a lot of time on the paper” and “feeling like I did better” are unacceptable reasons for remark.
2.If differences continue after this meeting, you can apply for a re-mark of an assignment by completing a request for re-mark form, which can be obtained by contacting the Undergraduate Student Services Centre. You must attach your original assignment and a fresh unmarked copy (for the new marker). The form and attachments must be lodged at the Faculty of Human Sciences Undergraduate Student Services Centre within two weeks of the date of receipt of the assignment (i.e., no later than 17/11/2017).
3.The Course Convenor will arrange for the assignment to be marked by another staff member teaching the unit, and the assignment will be returned to the student through the Faculty of Human Sciences Undergraduate Student Services Centre. Please bear in mind that your remarked paper may receive a grade that is lower than your original grade.
Academic honesty is an integral part of the core values and principles contained in the Macquarie University Ethics Statement. The Policy covering Academic Honesty is available on the web at: http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html. Plagiarism is an example of dishonest academic behaviour and is defined by the Academic Honesty Policy as: “Using the work or ideas of another person and presenting this as your own without clear acknowledgement of the source of the work or ideas”. To learn about what other sorts of behaviour constitute an act of plagiarism, please read Macquarie University's Academic Honesty Policy, http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html, and complete the online Academic Integrity Module for Students, http://students.mq.edu.au/students-level_2-3_column/?xcid=53491&preview=true.
The Academic Honesty Policy notes the following responsibilities for students:
· "Act in accordance with the principles of the Academic Honesty Policy.
· Become familiar with what academic dishonesty is and the consequences of poor practice.
· Use appropriate referencing techniques.
· Seek assistance from the unit convenor to remedy any deficits or clarify discipline specific practice.
· Submit only work of which you are the author or that properly acknowledges others.
· Do not lend or provide your original work, marked or unmarked, to any other person for any reason.
· Keep drafts of your own authored work and notes showing the authorship or source of ideas that are not your own.
· Undertake any remedial or other learning activities as directed by the Faculty Discipline Committee."
Note that while informal study groups are encouraged as a good way to assist your learning, all your independently assessed assignments must be totally independently completed. Unless you are working on the Group Presentations, in which each member contributes to producing one piece of work, using part or all of someone else's work constitutes collusion and breaches the University's Academic Honesty policy.
Do not collude with any other student by selling, giving, lending, explaining or showing all or parts of your independently assessed work/answers/past or current assignments, and do not ask to buy, borrow, see and use all or parts of the work of another student. Collusion includes working on online quizzes with someone else or giving/receiving their answers.
Significant penalties can be applied for academic dishonesty. These are outlined in the Academic Dishonesty – Schedule of Penalties, which can be found at: http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/schedule_penalties.html.
The penalties range from applying a fail grade for the assessment task or requiring the student to re-submit the assessment task for a mark no greater than 50 to applying a fail grade to the unit of study and referral to the University Discipline Committee.
University Policy on Grading
Academic Senate has a set of guidelines for the achievement of grades across the range from fail to high distinction. Your final result will include one of these grades plus a standardised numerical grade (SNG).
On occasion your raw mark for a unit (i.e., the total of your marks for each assessment item) may not be the same as the SNG that you receive. For more information please refer to the Macquarie University Handbook.
Please note that there is no "Pass Conceded" or "Concessional Pass." If you receive a 49 or lower, you will receive a Fail grade (see http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/grading/policy.html, Grading Policy). I will not address emails from students that ask me to pass them when they have obtained a Fail.
High Distinction 85 and above
Fail 49 and below
Key Student Responsibilities
1.Only use your University email account. Failure to do so will result in unread emails. It is University policy that the University issued email account will be used for official University communication.
2.Consistently devote 12 hours a week to this unit; otherwise, you may not do well in this unit. Distributed practice is one of the most helpful study strategies for ensuring that what you learn is retained over time.
3.Realise that this unit is not easy. If you regularly attend and engage with lectures, tutorials, and iLearn resources, your chances of success in this unit will be much greater than if you do not behave in that manner.
4.Arrive to lectures and tutorials prepared. Read required material before relevant lectures/tutorials.
5.Demonstrate respect for your fellow students and unit staff. Arrive to lectures and tutorials on time. Do not use mobile phones during class time. Students who arrive late, chat, or text during class may be asked to leave.
6.Read this unit guide in its entirety. You are responsible for knowing its content and applying its information. Ask questions if you are unclear on a requirement. Let the Assistant to the Convenor and I know what section of the unit guide you find confusing and why. If you are not specific, it will be difficult for us to help you.
7.Do not skim over the unit guide and then ask questions about information covered in the unit guide - it's long for a reason.
8.Ask for help from your tutors if you have queries about tutorial content. Take advantage of the relationship you have with them, they are your only opportunity for focused attention in such a large unit.
9.Make sure you get the easy points. Complete the online quiz and follow APA Style guidelines. These are the easiest points to receive, so make sure you closely check your work on these aspects (as well as other aspects).
10.Take responsibility. It is not your tutor’s responsibility, your lecturers’ responsibility, my responsibility, or your parents’ responsibility to succeed in this unit.