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Academic support for all students

Students commencing higher education study might find themselves with new academic challenges, such as writing essays and reports, giving oral presentations, managing their time and preparing for exams. Academic and study support is available to all AIHE students, face-to-face and online. You can make an appointment with the Library and Learning Adviser and arrange meet your lecturers during their consultation times.

 

Academic consultation time

Lecturers will provide weekly consultation time to students in the subjects that they teach. The lecturer will advise students of their preferred arrangement at the beginning of each study period. Permanent staff will provide a minimum of 3 hours dedicated student consultation time per week and casual lecturers will provide a minimum of 1 hour per week (on average) per subject over the study period. Other arrangements such as consultation by appointment and agreed telephone or Internet based consultation may also be arranged. Lecturers are flexible in their arrangements but please keep in mind that they do have other commitments and might not be available at short notice.

The Library and Learning Adviser is responsible for:

  • providing students with effective library, learning and technology support;
  • conducting individual or group learning and information literacy skills training; and
  • ensuring the Library software is used effectively.

Academic progress support

Throughout the study period lecturers will be monitoring your progress with a view to helping you pass the subjects. They will monitor your attendance, note when you fail to submit assignments and when you do poorly in assignments. They will check if you are taking self-assessment activities and they will ask you how you are going.

Where a lecturer is concerned about your progress they might suggest you complete some additional activities or attend some of their consultation sessions to receive extra tutoring. You may also be directed to the Library and Learning Adviser for specific study skills assistance. In some instances the lecturer might think that you require additional study or English language assistance in which case they will inform the Head of School who will consult with the Student Support Officer and arrange a meeting with you.

All of these early interventions are for the purpose of helping you in your studies and ensuring that you receive the assistance that you require to complete your course in the required time. The AIHE Academic Progress, Enrolment and Graduation Policy and its related Procedure set out AIHE’s obligations and expectations for the management and review of academic progress and provides

  • the framework and guiding principles for the enrolment of commencing and continuing students at AIHE; and
  • clear guidance on AIHE requirements and responsibilities for conferral of awards, graduation ceremonies, and documentation of students’ achievement and results.

English language support

Students who have English as their second language sometimes require ongoing tuition in English to be successful in their studies. Even though students pass the required English language entry tests they often struggle with academic language and this holds them back in their studies. AIHE is aware of this challenge and have committed to providing all students with up to 5 hours English language tuition per week. To be eligible for the tuition students must take the English Language Diagnostic test during orientation week (or at another date to be arranged) so that your English skills can be assessed. English language support may also be recommended by your lecturer on the basis of your in-class communication, comprehension and written communication.

Academic integrity support

Academic integrity is an essential quality for higher education and is a fundamental part of learning and teaching. AIHE is committed to promoting academic integrity and ethical behaviour.

At AIHE, students belong to a community that values academic integrity. Find out what is expected of you as an AIHE student; See Students Rights and Responsibilities.

AIHE also has policies and procedures around assessment practices that are of relevance to all AIHE students in the AIHE Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedure.

Where can I get support with academic integrity?

Knowing how to reference your work and using the correct citation style is one of the most important things you can do to uphold your academic integrity.

Your lecturers will provide you with information about academic integrity and the required referencing and citation styles. The Library and Learning Adviser offers personalised help with citing and referencing, and can answer your questions about how to uphold academic integrity.

The Student Support Officer can help you if you have been suspected of breaching academic integrity.

Refer to “More information about academic integrity at AIHE” for further information.

Learning Resources and the AIHE Library

AIHE subscribe to the EBSCOHost Business Source Corporate Plus online resources. These are available to all AIHE students.

Where resources recommended in subjects are not available online, hard copies will be kept in the Library and/or made available on the relevant MyLearning website.

The physical Library is located on Level 5, 127 Rundle Mall, Adelaide and is open to students between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.