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  1. Assessment procedures
  2. Contacting your tutor
  3. Email
  4. Essay help
  5. Extension request form
  6. Getting help
  7. Online texts
  8. Online unit materials via WebCT
  9. Past examination papers
  10. Reference works
  11. Student details
  12. Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) library
  13. International student exchanges

Assessment procedures

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Contacting your tutor

All Philosophy tutors are available without appointment at certain hours each week. These hours are displayed on the doors of their offices.

Tutors and their emails are:

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Email

The University uses email as its official means of relaying information to students, and all students are automatically assigned a free UWA email account, with a user id is based on the individual's student number. You must check your UWA email frequently. If you have a preferred email account (for example, a hotmail address) you can set up automatic forwarding to this address from your UWA account.

Essential advice on using UWA's free email provision for students and arranging dial-in access from home, can be found at Information Technology Services. Upgrading the basic access to a full-service account will enable you to use from home the copyright material available online from the UWA libraries.

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Essay help

Essay plagiarism

Plagiarism is a punishable offence, covered by a Faculty policy which students are expected to know. A brief discussion of what is plagiarism and how it can be avoided, is found at: Plagiarism and Responsibility.

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Extension request

Please contact your home Faculty office who will put you in touch with your Student Advisor.

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Getting help

There is help available for all kinds of problems (for example, language difficulties, medical, accommodation, financial, studyskills) at Student Services.

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Online texts

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Online unit materials via LMS (Learning Management System)

Access to online materials, including lecture recordings, is available via LMS for many units. The resources available varies from unit to unit. The materials are especially extensive in the case of PHIL1002. You must possess a password in order to access these materials. Comprehensive instructions are available via a link from the LMS main page. Arts degree students have free access to the Faculty's undergraduate computer laboratories (Arts Building Room1.54 and Social Sciences Building Room 1.49). Students in other programs should use their own labs unless they prefer to pay for access to the Arts labs.

Lab help is available to help with problems involving the use of UWA's computing facilities.

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Past examination papers

Past examination papers are available in electronic form. (If you don't find anything for your unit, it isn't available: a small proportion of papers are never released for publication and such papers are unavailable in electronic form.)

The papers are in PDF format. You will need the Adobe Reader software to view them. This is already on the HSS library's own computers. If you haven't got it already (and you can find it in the Arts Faculty software), download it from Adobe.

The examination papers themselves can be found through Course Materials Online, at the Library.

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Reference works

Online reference works

Printed reference works

The most useful printed single-volume general reference works in philosophy are held in the HSS library's reference section. Library call numbers are shown after each entry.

  • Robert Audi (ed.) The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 1995). R 1031995 CAM. [Very thorough and careful, but often too difficult for beginners, and has a strong North American bias.]
  • Simon Blackburn, The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1996). R 103 1996OXF. [Well written and wide ranging; usually more approachable than the Cambridge Dictionary.]
  • Edward Craig (ed.), The Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Routledge, 2000). R 1002000 CON. [Consists of the summaries from the ten-volume Routledge encyclopedia described below, so is especially suitable for beginners.]
  • Ted Honderich (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1995). R 103 1995OXF. [Entries are more discursive than the others in this list, so consultation takes more time.]
  • Thomas Mautner (ed.) A Dictionary of Philosophy (Blackwell Publishers, 1996). R 103 1996DIC. [Accessible entries of modest length.]

The Cambridge Dictionary and Oxford Dictionary can be bought in paperback.

There are two multi-volume reference works for philosophy:

  • The large scale eight-volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy edited by Paul Edwards (Macmillan and the Free Press, 1967) has been a standard work ever since its first appearance. In March 1997 the Library obtained the Supplement intended to bring the Encyclopedia up to date. (But note that the original editor disapproves of several of the articles in the Supplement.) The Edwards volumes are held in the HSS Library's reference section at R103 1967-3.
  • The even larger scale and more wide-ranging ten-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy edited by Edward Craig (Routledge, 1998) is in the Library at R 1031998 ROU in its printed version; a revised edition is also available online (see above). It should be less dated than the Edwards volumes, and consistent care has been taken to make it accessible to the least experienced likely readers of the articles (including the provision of brief and clear summaries at the start of all the longer articles) so that it should be the most useful of all these works.

Warning: the individual entries in all the books mentioned can be expected to vary in quality, usefulness and even existence; you may need to consult several references to get a reliable picture.

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Student details

Use Student Adminsitration's student access page and studentConnect to enquire about:

  • enrolment and HECS
  • enrol online
  • enrolment details
  • exam timetables
  • faculty handbooks
  • your address details
  • academic statements.

You will need a PIN, obtainable  in person from Student Administration.

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Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) library

  • InfoPathways: a self-paced tutorial will assist you to use the library effectively. Items include library services and resources, recognising and using citations, finding information through the catalogue, researching essay topics, searching for information on the world wide web.
  • UWA Library catalogue: access to all library materials.

A new edition of Library services for postgraduate and honours students appears each year.

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International student exchanges

The UWA Student Exchange Program makes it possible to study abroad for one or two semesters while still gaining credit towards your UWA degree.

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