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Deakin University has a detailed enrolment policy that is available at theguide.deakin.edu.au
Key elements of this policy are presented
Deakin University and the student share joint responsibility for the student’s enrolment.
Deakin University reserves the right at any time to change its offering of units or courses. Changes are made only if there is an academic or administrative imperative. Students will be notified of such changes at the earliest opportunity and alternative arrangements made to minimise any disadvantage which might be incurred.
The Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic.) prohibits the disclosure of personal information about a student to a third party. This means that the University cannot disclose a student's personal information to a relative of the student, to another educational institution or to a prospective employer, among others. Exceptions to the prohibition on disclosure include where:
For students who do not study on campus (distance education or off-campus
students) and who do not own a computer or have access to the Internet,
in most cases it will be sufficient to be able to access computing facilities
at locations such as libraries and internet cafes.
However, some courses and units require computer and internet access at a more sophisticated level, including the ability to install Deakin provided software. Students should check the course and unit requirements prior to enrolment.
This document details the minimum computer specification (as recommended by the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD)) for students studying at Deakin University from summer semester 2006-2007.
While it is possible that many of the University's IT services will function on a computer with a lower configuration, ITSD will not support computers with less than the following minimum specifications:
|CPU||Celeron 600 MHz (Or equivalent)|
|Memory||256 MB RAM|
|Hard Disk||10 GB HDD|
|Video Card capable of 800 x 600 resolution|
|IE 6.0 SP1 or Mozilla 1.7 (available from the Software library)|
|JAVA Sun JRE 1.4.2|
Windows 2000 and above (2000, XP)
|Adobe Reader 7.0|
|Hard Disk||10 GB HDD|
|Video Card capable of 800 x 600 resolution|
|Sun JAVA 1.4.2|
|Macintosh OS 10.3.9 and above|
|Adobe Reader 7.0|
The University strongly recommends the use of anti-virus software with
The following is a list of optional resources recommended by the University.
A printer is highly recommended, although printing in the computer laboratories is an option for those who can access on-campus facilities
Increasing use is being made of eLive for web-based teleconferencing. A headset (microphone with headphones) is necessary to use this software. You will be advised if this is a requirement for a particular unit.
An MP3 or MP4 player is useful for playing downloaded iLectures, podcasts or screencasts.
Deakin University students are able to access a number of negotiated offers including broadband access, software offers, and discounted computers. Details can be found at http://www.deakin.edu.au/it-offers/.
Internet service provider
In order to connect to Deakin University’s facilities you will need a modem and an Internet Service Provider (ISP) capable of at least 56 Kbps access.
Note that internet connections from your workplace may have firewalls that limit access or other restrictions placed upon them that limit some functionality, such as the installation of software. It is your responsibility to work with your employer to resolve any issues arising from this or obtain your own personal internet access
|CPU||2.6 GHZ Intel Pentium 4|
|Memory||512 MB DDR|
|Hard Disk||40 GB|
|DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive|
|1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive|
|15" Acer LCD Monitor|
In general, students at Deakin University will be required to make use of computers and other information technology at various times during their coursework and in certain aspects of academic administration.
The following list of recommended basic information technology skills is to assist the student in assessing their level of competency and outline the expectations of the University for the use of information technology resources
List of recommended basic information technology skills
Wireless networking is a way to connect personal computers to the campus network without having to plug a network cable into a wall socket. The Deakin wireless network allows students and staff to connect to the Deakin network and the Internet from various locations on campus. See the Wireless website at www.deakin.edu.au/services/computing/wireless/ for information on getting connected and wireless locations at Deakin.
The dates for Deakin University examination periods for any given semester
are finalised and available before the relevant semester begins. Students
are required to make themselves available to sit all examinations at
scheduled examination sessions during this period.
The date of an exam will be changed only in exceptional circumstances in accordance with University policy and procedures. This includes where there is a clash between two or more exams or where alternative assessment arrangements have been granted.
Assistance in preparing for exams is available from the academic support team at StudentLife.
Deakin University operates a policy of anonymous marking for all centrally organised examinations wherever reasonably practicable. Student names are hidden from the markers in order to ensure that marking is fair and is not influenced by factors other than the standard of work.
Further information regarding Deakin University’s Anonymous Marking in Examinations Policy can be obtained from The Guide theguide.deakin.edu.au
More information on the Student Complaints Procedures is available from The Guide
All courses of the University have structures which include the completion
of a set number of units and may also include completion of core units or
particular sequences of units. For many units of study there are prerequisite
units, which must be completed before enrolment in a subsequent unit will
The University will provide complete, accurate, consistent and comprehensive information regarding course rules and requirements via the university handbook and/or online repositories. Online repositories include the online handbook and StudentConnect which are both accessible through the Deakin website.
In all faculties and for all courses there are appointed Enrolment Officers who can assist with course planning and provide information on course requirements. These staff members can be contacted for enrolment advice by telephone, email or in person. Details of Enrolment Officers for each course will be available from the relevant faculty and through the Current Students website.
Students are required to use the functionality offered through StudentConnect to check their enrolment and personal details as recorded by the University. By using the course completion check available through StudentConnect, students can assess their academic progress against the specified enrolment rules for their course. This facility can also give an indication of additional units that must be completed in order to meet course requirements.
It is extremely important when planning enrolment details for each
year, or when making any changes to enrolment, that students seek course
advice from Enrolment
Officers, the University Handbook or StudentConnect. Units selected
for enrolment must be consistent with the requirements of the particular
course in which the student is enrolled. In the event that students make
enrolment choices that fail course and/or unit rules, such enrolments
will become invalid.
Students will be notified of any invalid enrolment choices via an Invalid Unit Enrolment Notice. Students who receive such a notice are required to contact their Enrolment Officer within three days to amend their enrolment.
Change of address
Students who change their address must inform the Division of Student Administration without delay. Most students can change their address details via StudentConnect. Alternatively, you can contact Customer Service by visiting Deakin Central, calling 03 9244 6333, 03 5227 2333 or 03 5563 3333, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If required, off-campus students should also amend their nominated examination location. The University cannot accept responsibility for problems that occur as a consequence of incorrect or inadequate address information having been provided. Where an off-campus student's change of address necessitates a change of examination location, it is the student's responsibility to advise the Assessments Group of that change of address by contacting email@example.com. Students should check address details as recorded by the University through StudentConnect.
Change of name
Students who change their name must complete an Enrolment Variation form. This form needs to be posted or delivered to the Division of Student Administration Customer Service or hand delivered to Deakin Central, together with documents to support the change, such as a marriage certificate or Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Change of Name form. Distance education students should inform the University of the change of name by writing to DSA at their home campus, quoting their student number and enclosing a copy of the above documents.
Students who wish to change their enrolment in any semester of study are required to vary their enrolment online at studentconnect.deakin.edu.au/connect/webconnect. Enrolment variations must be consistent with the relevant course and unit rules and it is therefore strongly recommended that students seek course advice prior to varying their enrolment. Variations to enrolment may result in reassessment of fees. In this situation, students should check their revised fees on StudentConnect.
Before changing their enrolment, students should check whether the changes will affect their Youth Allowance eligibility. They should also ensure that HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and University deadlines are met (refer to the Important Dates section of this handbook).
Students are responsible for ensuring that their enrolment is correct in every detail. Any changes to enrolment must be made by the relevant dates, otherwise academic and financial penalties may be incurred.
Failure to withdraw from units by the published dates will result in students being liable for their student contribution or tuition fees and all other fees and charges.
Intermission from a course of study
Intermission refers to the suspension of studies for a year or semester whilst keeping a place in the course. Intermission is normally granted for a maximum period of 12 months throughout the duration of a course.
Students who wish to intermit their studies for financial, health or other reasons should discuss their request with their Enrolment Officer. On-campus students should apply on the Enrolment Variation form, available from faculties or Deakin Central, which will be signed by their Enrolment Officer if the application is approved.
Distance education students should write to their Enrolment Officer outlining the reason for the request. The outcome of an application for intermission may be confirmed by telephoning the relevant faculty. Ten working days should be allowed for the application to be processed. In order to avoid financial and academic penalties it is necessary to adhere to the deadlines published in the Important Dates section of this handbook.
It is advisable to discuss information with a careers counsellor at the University to plan and make full benefit of the period of intermission.
Students wishing to re-enrol for the following academic year are required
to complete their re-enrolment in the manner specified for their current
For 2008, most students will be required to re-enrol online
through StudentConnect. Online re-enrolments offer the advantage of being
convenient and allowing immediate checking of details recorded.
Re-enrolment information will be made available to all eligible students in September/ October. This information will inform students of the required re-enrolment process and specific timelines applicable for their particular course (refer to the Important Dates section of this handbook). The penalties for late re-enrolment will also be listed.
On-campus students may be required to attend compulsory re-enrolment sessions arranged by faculties. Off-campus students are encouraged to seek enrolment advice from course advisers or Enrolment Officers prior to re-enrolling. Contact details for each course are provided in the Course Structure sections of this handbook.
Prior to re-enrolling, students may use the Course Completion facility on StudentConnect to determine the particular units that still need to be completed for their particular course. Students need to ensure that their selection of units is consistent with course and unit rules. Course Enrolment Officers and this handbook can assist with making such choices. Any units selected that do not meet course and unit rules will be made invalid.
When completing their re-enrolment, students must ensure that they enrol in all units they wish to study in semesters 1 and 2 of the following academic year.
Re-enrolments must be completed by the specified dates or a place in the course may not be available.
For the small number of courses utilising paper-based re-enrolments, a minimum of 21 days should be allowed for faculty approval and processing by Admissions, Enrolments and Records, DSA. After this period of time students are required to use StudentConnect to check the enrolment details that have been entered for the following year.
Withdrawing from a course of study is a serious matter. Students considering
taking this step are advised to discuss the issue with a student counsellor
or their Enrolment Officer or a career counsellor who will be able to advise on alternative study or career options. Students often withdraw due to financial or personal reasons without seeking the assistance that is available to help them make an informed choice. This assistance is available through the Division of Student Life website. If a decision to withdraw is made, an Enrolment
Variation form, available from faculties or DSA, must be completed and returned
by the relevant date. Distance education students should write to their Enrolment
Officer, quoting their student number and requesting withdrawal from their
International tuition fee-paying students should note that they may be liable for a retention fee if they withdraw from their studies (refer to the Important Dates section to determine when retention fee rates increase). HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP students should note that if they withdraw after the census date, they will be liable for the full amount of their fees including student contributions and tuition fees.
Students who wish to transfer to a different course should contact their Enrolment
Officer as early as possible for further information. Closing dates for applications
apply. Students should also check with the Selection Officer of the intended
Domestic students wishing to transfer from a fee-paying place in an undergraduate course to a Commonwealth-supported place in the same course should contact their faculty for information on the specified procedures.
Students who do not follow University procedures and timelines for
fees, library borrowing, loans etc. will have encumbrances placed on
Such encumbrances block provision of a range of important services such as library access, results release and graduation. Where such encumbrances have been applied, students will be advised of the reason for this encumbrance and the steps required to have the encumbrance removed.
Students who fail to pay fees, submit an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) (if applicable) or supply their Tax File Number by the due date will have their enrolment terminated.
Fee-paying students whose enrolments are terminated for non-payment of fees may apply for re-instatement of their enrolment in the same academic year provided that they pay all outstanding fees and charges and the prescribed reinstatement charge. It is important to note that reinstatement is possible only if these requirements are met within specified time frames.
Failure of Commonwealth supported students to complete the eCAF by census date will result in termination of enrolment. Students may apply for re-instatement in the following year.
Commonwealth supported students who fail to advise their Tax File Number or do not pay their fees upfront will result in termination of enrolment. Students may apply for re-instatement in the following year.
Students who voluntarily withdraw from studies while owing fees may apply for reinstatement of their enrolment in the same academic year provided that they pay all outstanding fees and charges.
Students whose enrolment ceases for any reason (e.g. termination for non-payment of fees, withdrawal from studies or allowing enrolment to lapse) may apply for re-admission in subsequent years, provided that they pay all outstanding fees and charges applicable to those prior studies. All applicants for re-admission will be considered on the basis of their academic performance and the availability of the course, and will compete for selection with the total applicant pool at the time.
A non-award unit is a unit which does not lead to an award, but which:
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered at another Australian
tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree.
Prior approval from the relevant faculty is necessary. Units approved for
cross-institutional study will normally be restricted to those not offered
by Deakin University. Each application is assessed individually. Distance
education students normally cannot study units from another university in their first
year of enrolment.
Interested students should discuss their proposed cross-institutional study with their Enrolment Officer. If the Enrolment Officer grants approval, a form should be obtained from Deakin Central. The completed documentation should be submitted to the Enrolment Officer by 4 February for semester 1 and 23 June for semester 2.
Students who have entered their course with advanced standing, may find there are restrictions in the number of cross-institutional units they can study. These should be checked with their Enrolment Officer.
Approval from the host institution is also required. Early enquiries are necessary to ensure meeting the deadlines of the host institution.
Students’ results from cross-institutional enrolment at other institutions will be recorded on their Deakin University academic records as EP (External Pass) or N (Fail) and must be submitted by 13 March for summer semester studies, 11 August for semester 1 and 9 January for semester 2.
Students may wish to enrol in subjects, units or components offered on another campus, by their own faculty or another faculty, as part of their Deakin degree. In such situations, students are strongly encouraged to discuss this intention with their Enrolment Officer to ensure compliance with faculty and course enrolment rules.
Distance education students may enrol in on-campus units, and on-campus students may enrol in off-campus units. The number of cross-mode enrolments allowed varies from faculty to faculty and from course to course and depends on unit availability. Enrolment Officers can provide further information.
Every student is issued with a Deakin Card (ID card) when enrolling. Students should always have their Deakin Card with them. Deakin Cards will be required for:
The Deakin Card website www.deakin.edu.au/studentlife/deakincard enables card holders to view their transaction history and obtain the latest information about Deakin Card including terms and conditions and promotions.