PDU students can access Deakin Library's electronic resources using their Deakin username and password. Alternatively, they can borrow in person from any of the Deakin Libraries. The library helpsheet(PDF, 312.5 KB)  will guide you on gaining access, searching the Library's electronic resources, and where to go for more information or help.

Academic skills & return to study CDROM

    Academic skills:

     Return to study CD-ROM

    The Professional Development Unit (PDU) offers a Return to Study CD-ROM designed to assist those who have not studied for a significant period of time and wish to refresh their academic skills. This resource focuses on preparing you to undertake further study by addressing: skills in reading critically, writing, and use of computers; study strategies and motivation.It is free of charge to all students enrolled to study with the PDU (by request) and may also be purchased by non PDU students.

    CD-ROM Order Form (PDF, 37.2 KB)

Additional Resources

Prescribed texts for learning packages (PDF, 127.8 KB)

Academic Skills

PDU students can access Deakin Library's electronic resources using their Deakin username and password. Alternatively, they can borrow in person from any of the Deakin Libraries. 
The library helpsheet will guide you on gaining access, searching the Library's electronic resources, and where to go for more information or help.

Plagiarism and confidentiality

Plagiarism and collusion

Deakin University defines plagiarism and collusion as follows:

Plagiarism occurs when a student passes off as the student's own work, or copies without acknowledgement as to its authorship, the work of any other person.

Collusion occurs when a student obtains the agreement of another person for a fraudulent purpose with the intent of obtaining an advantage in submitting an assignment or other work.

Plagariam and collusion self-test

The Students' gateway to Campus website has an online plagiarism and collusion self-test to help students understand and avoid plagiarism and collusion.

Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

The 'Avoiding plagiarism and collusion' page on the Students' gateway to Campus web site provides information on what plagiarism is, Deakin University's policy on plagiarism, ways to avoid plagiarism, and referencing systems.

Acknowledging the work of others

Whilst being aware of plagiarism, do not be afraid to use points made by other people in the references you have accessed or to make comment and draw analogies of your own from your reading. But remember, you must always acknowledge your sources. The aim of any written work submitted for assessment is to present one's own argument in one's own words. Quotations should, therefore, be employed sparingly and should always be accompanied by a reference to that source.

For further information and Deakin's policy regarding summarising, paraphrasing and quoting

Privacy and confidentiality

Except where there is a legal exception, the PDU will not release any personal information to a third party without written permission to do so.

The PDU has processes and procedures to ensure the confidentiality and security of any personal information held.

Student complaints

  • The University is committed to providing an environment that supports all   students having a positive relationship with the University and its staff   members.
  • The University aims to provide a fair and just working and learning   environment by ensuring that students have access to processes that allow for   complaints and grievances to be resolved.
  • The University shall ensure that its complaints processes are conducted in   accordance with the principles of natural justice.
  • The University shall provide an environment that encourages student   complaints to be resolved within the University.
  • The University recognises a student's right to apply to the Victorian   Ombudsman or other external bodies for resolution of a complaint regarding   administrative actions and decisions of the University.

More information on the Student complaints procedures is available from
The Guide
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Assessment policy
(select 'Policies, procedures and rules', then on the alphabetical listing, scroll to Assessment-Higher Education)


HD: high distinction - 80% and over

D: distinction - 70% - 79%

C: credit - 60% - 69%

P: pass - 50% - 59%

N: fail - Below 50%

High Distinction [HD]

  • Comprehensive introduction, sets the scene by a clearly stated interpretation of essay question, gives the reader good direction by explanation or description of plan for essay which is followed throughout the paper in a smooth flowing style
  • Topic is addressed in depth with critical judgement of issues
  • Original, creative or insightful arguments
  • Writing style, - stimulating, provocative, critical analysis and/or creative argument
  • Wide reading evidenced by use of literature to support the argument
  • Current and classic primary sources cited
  • Comprehensively and correctly referenced
  • Logical conclusion to argument presented, makes a specific point or articulates the point of the essay

Distinction [D]

  • Gives reader direction by clearly stated interpretation of essay question which is addressed throughout paper
  • Comprehension of concepts and presentation of underlying theory
  • Concept/aspect explored in a novel way or shows some originality
  • Clear logical argument, explored throughout essay
  • Adequate and appropriate literature used to support the argument
  • Writing style/argument or critical analysis presented, fluent and well expressed
  • Current and classic primary and secondary sources utilized and correctly referenced.

Credit [C]

  • Gives reader direction by clearly stated interpretation of essay
  • Concepts and underlying theory presented with evidence of their connection to the topic
  • Descriptive account of components of essay topic
  • Clear and logical progression of description
  • Writing style - descriptive, fluent and well expressed
  • Adequate and appropriate literature used for discussion, correctly referenced
  • Summarises findings, issues raised

Pass [P]

  • Attempts to introduce essay by whatever means
  • Some evidence of understanding of concepts and/or some theory presented
  • Descriptive account of some of the concepts and theory
  • Writing style - descriptive but problems with fluency or expression
  • Mostly referenced
  • Conclusion present in some form

Fail [N]

  • Poor or no introduction
  • Little evidence of understanding of concepts and/or theory or not presented
  • Disjointed, confused argument, poor description
  • Incorrectly referenced or not referenced
  • Conclusion - not logical or not present
  • Does not meet the required/recommended word limit

Extensions and special consideration

Due dates

The due date of the assignment is the last day on which your assessment must reach the PDU office in Burwood.

Failure to comply with this requirement may affect the assessment process and your final result for the learning package.

Assessments are stamped and registered with the date of their arrival.  Your stamped self addressed acknowledgement card will be posted out to you the day your assessment is received. Late submission may incur a penalty in assessment.


If for any reason you cannot meet the specified due date, you should telephone the PDU as soon as possible to determine whether you have grounds for a possible extension on the date of submission.

Please do not contact your learning package tutor.

The PDU will advise your tutor once your new assessment due date has been decided.

When submitting a late assessment following approval after the due date, please ensure that you clearly record the new approval date for submission of the assessment on your assessment coversheet.  It is each student's personal responsibility to ensure that the assessment coversheet is attached.  If not, the marking and return of your assessment will be delayed.

Special consideration

Students should approach the PDU to discuss any concerns as soon as possible.  In many circumstances an extension of time granted by the PDU may be sufficient to assist the student through their particular difficulty.

Special Consideration is only given in serious and exceptional circumstances, which are beyond the student's control and these circumstances prevent the student from performing at their best for a particular piece of assessment.

The reasons for application must be classified under one of the following categories:

  • Medical - To cover medical conditions of a serious nature, eg. hospitalisation, serious injury or chronic illness
    Note: Temporary minor ailments such as headaches, colds and minor gastric upsets are not serious medical conditions and are unlikely to be accepted. However, serious cases of these may be considered.
  • Compassionate - e.g. death of close family member, family breakdown
  • Hardship/Trauma - e.g. sudden loss or gain of employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements, victim of crime.

Students must provide evidence to support the reasons for their application; therefore all applications for Special Consideration must be accompanied by appropriate documentation from a recognised authority, including professionals registered with a professional body (such as social workers, medical practitioners, lawyers and psychologists), death notices or certificates, police reports and statutory declarations. Applications on medical grounds should be presented on the Deakin University Medical Certificate. Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Special consideration application form

The Special Consideration application form will be forwarded to you by the PDU on request.

Supporting documentation

Students must provide evidence to support the reasons for applications; therefore all applications for Special Consideration must be accompanied by appropriate documentation from a recognised authority.

Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Medical Certificate

Applications based on medical grounds must be submitted with an accompanying medical certificate.

Other Forms of Documentation

For applications on non-medical grounds, evidence can be provided by professionals who are registered with a professional body, such as social workers, lawyers and psychologists. Other acceptable documents may include a death notice or certificate, a police report or Statutory Declaration. Certificates signed by family members are not acceptable.

Statutory Declaration

A Statutory Declaration may be used when the application is for hardship/trauma or compassionate grounds to explain issues relevant to the application. Statutory Declarations can be obtained by contacting the Faculty/School/Campus office or alternatively students may download a Statutory Declaration Form .

Note: A Statutory Declaration is insufficient in itself and other supporting documentation must accompany the application.

Late submission penalties

The Faculty of Health (Deakin University) policy on penalties for late submission of assignments is as follows:

'Except in extraordinary circumstances, assignments submitted late without prior approval will be treated as follow. A penalty of a reduction in the total marks available for the assignment of 10% for the first day and 5% per day thereafter, to a maximum of seven working days altogether, will apply after the assessment has been graded. Assessments which are submitted more than seven working days after the due date will not be assessed: they will be awarded a result of zero'. (Faculty of Health, Deakin University 2003)

In the knowledge that 'life events' do not respect University schedules and in accordance with Faculty policy, extensions on the due date of assessments will be granted in extenuating circumstances (see above).

Late work without an approved extension will be penalised in accordance with Faculty policy.

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