Academic Conduct Essentials unit

From 2008, all students commencing a new course at UWA at any level, including postgraduate research students, are required to complete the Academic Conduct Essentials unit.

This short compulsory unit complements UWA's Academic Conduct Guidelines, and takes about 30 minutes to complete.

 Student using a microscope

All PhD students who began in or after 2006 are enrolled provisionally for the first year.

Your research proposal will include the milestones for the first year that have been agreed between you and your supervisor.

These are subject to approval by the Board of the Graduate Research School.

At the end of the first year of candidature, submit the Confirmation of Candidature form along with your annual progress report.

Your ongoing candidature will be confirmed if the agreed designated tasks and agreed milestones are completed and verified by the school, and approved by the Graduate Research and Scholarships Office, and all other aspects of candidature are satisfactory.

You are now able to check your degree milestones via StudentConnect.

Task examples

Possible tasks or milestones students could be required to complete in order for candidature to be confirmed, include:

  • having your research proposal approved
  • presenting work orally to the school
  • producing one or more pieces of academic writing, additional to your research proposal, to an acceptable standard
  • applying for and possibly obtaining any ethics and other approvals required for the research
  • completing an annotated bibliography or review of literature if this is not included in the proposal
  • passing appropriate safety courses such as laser safety, radiation safety, chemical or laboratory safety
  • completing a one or two-day course in intellectual property
  • completing an introductory course in electronic literacy, for example, using electronic data bases available at UWA
  • completing relevant, approved coursework units
  • completing other relevant, approved development activities as cited specifically in the research proposal. These could include, for example, training in statistics, academic writing, project management and microscopy.

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School-specific requirements

Each school has its own general requirements for confirmation of candidature, some of which are provided below:

  • Not every school has its own set of requirements.
  • Some schools choose to assess confirmation on a case-by-case basis.
  • Contact the graduate research co-ordinator in your school for more information.