This page extends and gives further context to information on the class summaries provided on Programs and Courses, and the ANU policies that cover all courses and student conduct.

Code of conduct

Everyone in this course is responsible for:

  • Promoting an inclusive, collaborative learning environment.
  • Taking action when others do not.

We reject behaviour that strays into harassment, no matter how mild. Harassment refers to offensive verbal or written comments in reference to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of class meetings, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

If you feel someone is violating these principles (for example, with a joke that could be interpreted as sexist, racist, or exclusionary), it is your responsibility to speak up! If the behaviour persists, send a private message to your course convener to explain the situation. We will preserve your anonymity1.

Note that you are also bound by the ANU Student Code of Conduct during your time as an ANU student, in particular students are expected to:

actively participate in learning activities including all class time, independent learning and assessments, and strive to seek depth, breadth and challenge in their learning;

Communication

Any communication in this course will happen over one of two channels:

  1. your student email account
  2. the course Teams channel (you will be added to this in this in the week 1 lecture)

If you need to ask a question about the course, here’s how to do it:

  • Ask on the Teams channel, and any of the course staff or students will be able to help you.
  • We prefer public posts, not direct messages. If you need to get a particular person’s attention, @ them in the main chat.
  • If you need help with a software problem, any assessment item, or just want to vent, see above, we’re here for it :-)
  • Extensions are handled through a special website, see below.
  • If you need to get in touch with the course convenor directly to discuss a private matter (and it really is private): firstname.lastname@anu.edu.au
  • Disrespectful, harassing, or discriminatory posting or messaging this course is not acceptable and will not be tolerated (see the code of conduct).

Late Submissions

Late submissions for assessment tasks are not accepted without an extension.

Extensions

Link to the School of Computer Extension App

If you have any issues that would prevent you handing in work on time, please use the School of Computing Extension App.

  • In most cases it is easy to arrange a short extension.

The School of Computer Extension App has built in instructions to help you provide correct information. You will be asked to include your student number (UID), a short statement of your situation and when you think you can get the work completed.

In the first instance, you do not need to provide documentation (e.g., a medical certificate or educational access plan), as this is not required for a short extension, but we may ask for it in some instances.

Note that:

  • If you receive an extension you may not receive feedback on your work at the same time as other students.
  • We do not process extensions every day, but will attend to your request within a few days. Do not send multiple messages.
  • Extensions of more than two weeks are not generally granted except in exceptional circumstances.

Word limits

Max word count limits are provided for the written assessment tasks in this course and we expect you to stay within those limits. You won’t lose marks until you exceed a word limit by more than 10%

Special Consideration and Deferred Assessment

If you have any unexpected and unavoidable issues that has affected your performance in the course (e.g., sickness, or unexpected caring/work responsibilities during assessment tasks), please think about applying for Special Assessment Consideration (link) to document your issue.

  • Special Consideration is not for extensions. If you need an extension see above.

Laptop Ensemble does not have exams so the procedures for Deferred Assessment do not apply in this course.

If you are confused about how Special Consideration or Deferred Examinations work, have a look at the quick guide (link).

Appeals

From the date that your marks for any assessment item are released electronically you have a period of two weeks in which to make an informal appeal of your mark to the course convenor.

An informal appeal requires some explanation about why the original mark was not correct (e.g., the marker accidentally missed a particular aspect of your assignment).

You should submit an informal appeal in a private message to instructiors by email. Please include your student number (UID), a short statement of why you think your mark was not correct referring to the marking criteria for the assignment.

If an informal appeal is denied by the course convenor, you may still make a formal appeal. This requires a convincing statement that your mark was incorrect given the stated marking criteria and assessment instructions. For the formal appeal procedure see the information here.

Supplementary assessment

If you receive a PX grade you are eligible for supplementary assessment. The assessment item may be an assignment, a written exam or an oral exam. To pass this assessment item, you must demonstrate a “good” attainment of the learning outcomes, generally equivalent to a mark of 60/100.

Academic integrity

At the ANU we take academic integrity seriously. In Laptop Ensemble all the ANU academic integrity principles apply.

In particular:

All ideas, code and content that is not created by you must be referenced.

You are allowed to include material in your assignments from others where it fits with the specification, but you must not pretend that you created it. See the ANU’s academic integrity best practices for learners to understand more.

In this course we aim for a strong culture of collaborative learning on all assessment tasks, but you are assessed on your individual contribution. Referencing work that you have (legally) adapted from online sources or from a colleague is a basic act of respect in a network of peers.

As a basic measure, we expect everyone to have at least two references in each assessment showing that you are aware of the how to work independentently in a studio environment and acknowledge sources.

If you act against the principles of academic integrity in this course, it’s very likely you’ll get caught. At a minimum, this could delay your completion of the course (and your graduation), and could have very serious consequences for your enrolment at ANU in serious cases.

Laptop Policy

This course requires making music on a laptop, and so you’ll need to have a laptop and install some software on it. If you have any trouble with getting the software installed & working on your machine then there will be heaps of opportunities to fix any problems (especially early in the course). However, it’s your responsibility to make sure that the software works and that these issues are sorted out.

Software/hardware issues happen in performances (ask Charles for stories). You are expected be organised enough so that your setup is working and reliable before any assessment task is due.

  1. This code of conduct was adapted from the COMP1110 Code of Conduct, and originally developed by Evan Peck of Bucknell University. Portions of this code of conduct are adapted from Dr. Lorena A. Barba 

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