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
New Assessment Policy in effect from Session 2 2016 http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html. For more information visit http://students.mq.edu.au/events/2016/07/19/new_assessment_policy_in_place_from_session_2/
Assessment Policy prior to Session 2 2016 http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy.html
Grading Policy prior to Session 2 2016 http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/grading/policy.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 http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.
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.
UNIT REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS
You will be expected to evaluate critical responses to media issues and to apply critical perspectives to additional empirical material. You will be identifying and evaluating major arguments, based on course material as well as wider reading, in order to develop coherent, concise and well-supported arguments.
Extensions and special consideration
An ability to meet deadlines is an important aspect of media courses. Extensions will only be considered by the tutor if: they are requested BEFORE the due date; and they're accompanied by evidence of either illness or misadventure/misfortune. Otherwise, late assignments will be penalised by 5% per day (including weekends and public holidays). Please don't refer to your professional/work commitments: it's your responsibility to factor in your university workload and manage your time accordingly. However, we do appreciate that your university time might be disrupted or destabilised for various serious reasons. If this is the case, and you find yourself overwhelmed to the extent that you are struggling to meet an essay deadline (or even come to class) PLEASE speak to your tutor. You will be either referred to the appropriate student services on campus, or you can negotiate a mutually agreeable arrangement.
The Essay Plan and Major Essay for this unit must be submitted electronically, to the Assessments folder in iLearn. Clearly marked Turnitin links will be open for these assessments closer to the due dates. Tutorial quizzes take place in class and answer sheets will be provided for these.
Special Consideration Policy
Please see http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/special_consideration/policy.html
Students applying for Special Consideration must submit an on-line application with the Faculty of Arts. For an application to be valid, it must include a completed Application for Special Consideration form and all supporting documentation. The on-line Special Consideration application is found at: http://www.arts.mq.edu.au/current_students/undergraduate/admin_central/special_consideration.
UNIVERSITY POLICY ON GRADING
See the University Grading Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/grading/policy.html
The grade a student receives will signify their overall performance in meeting the learning outcomes of a unit of study. Grades will not be awarded by reference to the achievement of other students nor allocated to fit a predetermined distribution. In determining a grade, due weight will be given to the learning outcomes and level of a unit (ie 100, 200, 300, 800 etc). Graded units will use the following grades:
HD High Distinction 85-100
D Distinction 75-84
Cr Credit 65-74
P Pass 50-64
F Fail 0-49
Academic honesty is an integral part of the core values and principles contained in the Macquarie University Ethics Statement (http://www.mq.edu.au/ethics/ethic-statement-final.html). Its fundamental principle is that all staff and students act with integrity in the creation, development, application and use of ideas and information. This means that: • All academic work claimed as original is the work of the author making the claim. • All academic collaborations are acknowledged. • Academic work is not falsified in any way • When the ideas of others are used, these ideas are acknowledged appropriately. The link below has more details about the policy, procedure and schedule of penalties that will apply to breaches of the Academic Honesty policy.
Academic Honesty Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html
Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/
Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.
For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au
Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.
For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/.
When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.