ILP Student

ILP Student

Roles and responsibilities of the ILP student

As for all UNSW students, those students enrolled in the ILP course are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct. This Code sets out the expectations of students with respect to the primary obligations, academic integrity and behaviour. It also provides a clear statement of the responsibilities of the University towards students in providing an environment that enables the students to achieve their full potential. There are five primary student responsibilities under this code:

  1. A condition of enrolment is that students inform themselves of the University’s rules and policies affecting them.
  2. An obligation to act with integrity in academic work, to ensure that all academic work is conducted ethically and safely.
  3. An obligation to observe standards of equity and respect in dealing with every member of the University community.
  4. An obligation to use and care for University resources in a lawful and appropriate manner.
  5. An obligation to not diminish the University’s reputation in the carrying out of academic and other associated University activities.

Students should make themselves familiar with the responsibilities and principles that are described in the Code of Conduct. Students who breach the responsibilities and principles set out in the Code of Conduct will be handled according to the Student Misconduct Procedure.

Specific aspects of this Code of Conduct in the context of the ILP course are expanded upon in the sub-sections below.

Workplace health and safety

In line with the UNSW Student Code of Conduct and Workplace Health and Safety policy, students are expected to follow all relevant procedures to ensure that their conduct does not endanger themselves, others or the environment. Students are required to complete all safety training that is necessary to undertake the research project in a safe fashion. Students are expected to apply themselves to this training, achieve the expected competency level and do so within an appropriate time frame.

Responsibility for engaging with the research project

While the structure and nature of the research project is often determined by the supervisor, there is opportunity for the student to be involved in the design of the project. The extent of this involvement will be determined by the prior experience and the level of expertise of the student and will be undertaken by negotiation with the supervisor. It is the responsibility of the student to actively engage with the research project to the best of their ability, to learn aspects of undertaking research, specialised training relating to the research tasks, and develop skills in critical thinking and scientific communication. This aligns with the course aims.

It is the student’s responsibility when engaged in the ILP course to manage their time to ensure they can meet each of the deadlines for assessment items and to complete the other requirements of the course. These include (but not limited to): meeting the reasonable milestones set out in the research plan; meeting the deadlines for the Literature Review, Poster, 3MT and Final Project Report; attendance at seminars and workshops; and attendance at research related activities, such as training sessions, laboratory/group meetings, scheduled research activities and supervisor meetings. In completing these activities and assessment items, there will often be times when feedback will be sought from the supervisor/co-supervisor. Students need to be aware that supervisors/co-supervisors are engaged in a variety of activities and may not be able to provide feedback at short notice. The time required to provide feedback at key stages of the ILP year needs to be included in the research plan and take account of the other commitments of the student and supervisor/co-supervisor (for example, attending conferences). This is balanced by the responsibilities of the supervisor (see section 3 ‘Expectations and Responsibilities of Supervisors’), in ensuring that the attendance requirements are met and providing guidance to students in the best use of their time to meet the assessment deadlines.

Changes in circumstances

If there is a change in circumstances that could impact upon the ability of students to meet the expectations and responsibilities of the ILP, then they need to communicate this to their supervisor as soon as practicable. The supervisor will then convey the change in circumstances to the ILP Committee. Where this is not possible or if the student prefers, the change in circumstances may be communicated directly to the course convenor and coordinator. Where the change in circumstances involves illness or misadventure, the student will be advised as to the process for special consideration. In other circumstances, the convenor, in consultation with other parties as appropriate, will assist the student in finding a solution, where possible, to meet the expectations and responsibilities of the course in the changed circumstances. In considering any solutions, the best interests of the student will be the guiding principle and needs to be within the guidelines and policies of UNSW Sydney.

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