Academy of Interactive Entertainment Student Handbook
AIE Student Handbook
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Course Progress Policy
This policy applies to domestic and international students. Assessment involves collecting evidence and deciding whether competency has been achieved. These decisions will be made by comparing student’s performance with a set of standards established through a course accreditation process which includes industry input. Competency based assessment is used in all programs. This means there are no ‘marks’ and subjects are not graded A to E. Learning and assessment schedules will be given to students within the first two weeks of the course. Assessment processes are designed, at all times, to be valid, reliable, flexible and fair. Students may appeal assessment decision through AIE’s complaints and appeals process.
All AIE Certificate and Advanced Diploma courses receive the following assessment grades: Competent or Not Yet Competent. The above is a generic guide to grading. Specific details for assessing competence, grading performance and allocating a final grade for the subject will be outlined in Course Guides given to students following enrolment.
How to achieve Competency
To be awarded a qualification, student need to successfully complete each unit of competency/subject associated with the qualification. This means all the assessment criteria for that unit of competency/subject need to be met. Students are advised that AIE will deem work found to be the result of cheating, plagiarism or similar misconduct unacceptable and inadmissible for assessment purposes because it is contrary to the tradition of respect for knowledge, scholarship and independent achievements of learners.
When submitting work for assessment, teachers make decisions about whether students have met all the assessment criteria and demonstrated required competence. Assessment of students’ work is done through a moderation procedure that requires more than one teacher to be part of the assessment process.
Deadlines for Handing in Work
Every assessment item will have a due date. Students are required to respond to these deadlines.
Late Submission of Assignments
Students may, prior to the submission date, negotiate an extension of time with their teacher. This must be done in writing with supporting evidence. In case of illness, a medical certificate will have to be produced. Use the ‘Official Extension for Assignment’ form obtained from your tutor or AIE Administration Office. Examples of reasons for extension include:
• The student has been absent due to sickness, as verified by the student records which will contain details of them phoning in on the days that they were sick or by a medical certificate.
• The student has been absent due to verified personal difficulties verified
• Render failure, corrupt or missing files or accidentally deleted work
In most circumstances where an Official Extension is granted, the extension will cover the amount of time the student was unable to come in to class. For example, if a student missed 2 days due to sickness, they will be granted a 2 day extension. For situations such as render failure, corrupt or missing files or accidentally deleted work, the length of the extension to be given will be determined at the tutor’s discretion.
All students appealing their grade are required to complete the Application for Variation of Grade. If it is not possible to vary their grade based on the work that they have done, then the student is able to redo that unit of competency or subject. Students will be notified in writing as to the result of their application for variation of grade. Appeals will be considered as quickly as possible and may be submitted up to 12 months after student’s notification of their grade.
If students are unhappy with
Re-Assessment and Change of Grade
In the first instance, students talk to their teacher informally about re-assessment of work or change of grade possibilities. If student is not satisfied by the outcome of these discussions in a Variation of Grade Form, available from the Administration Office, should be completed by student which will then be considered by a Head of Department or Head of School and, if approved, a set time for re-assessment will be agreed.
Cheating, Plagiarism and Similar Misconduct
Students are advised that AIE will deem work found to be the result of cheating, plagiarism or similar misconduct unacceptable and inadmissible for assessment purposes because it is contrary to the tradition of respect for knowledge, scholarship and independent achievements of learners.
Learner Support at AIE
AIE is committed to supporting learners to achieve the outcomes they desire. Individual support strategies include:
- Identifying particular support requirements (such as literacy, numeracy, English language or physical capabilities) that learners may need to complete each course, and
- Developing strategies to make support available where gaps are identified using the principles of reasonable adjustment
- Consistent monitoring of all enrolled students’ progress
- A flexible approach to assisting learners
At AIE this approach includes providing:
- Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) support
- Assistive technology
- Additional tutorials, and/or
- Other mechanisms, such as assistance in using technology for online delivery components
- Additional teacher one on one support
- Access to counselling support
- Close monitoring of individual progress of students at risk
Students at risk are advised to meet with an intervention panel to address and support their progress at AIE. The intervention panel will assists students to negotiate a plan to complete any outstanding work and achieve competence. Processes commonly used to support students include those listed above. Heads of School are responsible for negotiating programs with individual students to encourage success.