Studying with Open Universities Australia
Modes of Study
Units will be studied using one
or more of the following:
- print based materials
- CD Rom
- On-line materials
All units will have some-online presence. Details on how to access
this website will be included in your study materials.
If a unit requires print based these will be emailed and CD Rom materials posted to you. This will occur prior to the commencement of the study period.
The online materials is delivered through
the Blackboard Learning Management System.
Role of the Convenor/Tutor
Your Convenor/Tutor's role is to guide you through the materials
provided by Swinburne University and to provide support and feedback
on your progress. The convenor/tutor marks your assignments and
will in some cases return them to you with comments.
It is important for you to recognise that the tutors are there
to help you to develop your skills in university study. Tutors are
not distant 'arbiters' or 'referees'. Rather, they should be thought
of as advisors and facilitators in your academic development.
You are encouraged to email your tutor and to make use of the Learning
System (Blackboard) as convenors/tutors often provide additional
information about assessment items there.
If you wish to contact your tutor, you can phone them on the telephone number provided
in the Unit Outline. If leaving a message, please speak clearly
and slowly and remember to leave your contact details. Alternatively
they can be contacted by email at the email address also found in
your Unit Outline.
Student rights and responsibilities
Swinburne University is a public university, subject to regime
of compliance including the requirement to operate within appropriate
legislative and accountability frameworks.
As an Open Universities
Australia student studying at Swinburne University, you will be
subject to Swinburne University's academic policies, procedures
and by-laws. You can access the Student Charter at http://policies.swinburne.edu.au/ppdonline/
As an Open Universities Australia student studying through Swinburne
University, you should be familiar with the requirements of the
University's policy on plagiarism.
Plagiarism is cheating and can take various forms.
For more information on Swinburne's
Plagiarism policy click
Swinburne University of Technology has produced a Guide
to referencing to assist students in the preparation
of assignments, for study skills information and advice on how to
Most units require a textbook as part of the course material. You
can order and purchase your unit textbooks from Unibooks:
1 800 447 313
+61 8 8223 4876
Website and online ordering:
If the required textbook is not available from Unibooks, contact
the Swinburne University Co-Op Bookshop at the Lilydale Campus:
+61 3 9215 7181
If you are a currently enrolled Open Universities Australia student studying at Swinburne you are eligible to receive the folllwing library services:
Borrow books, audiotapes and videotapes
Access online catalogues, databases and extensive online resources
Request photocopies of journal articles and books (limited by copyright law to one chapter or 10% of the original)
Get librarian assistance in finding resources for your assignments.
You can find out more about these services by calling the library on (03) 9215 7009 (outside Australia +613) or visit the web-site at http://www.swin.edu.au/lib/info/offcampus.htm