Code of Teaching and Learning Practice

ABSTRACT

A code of practice is a mechanism whereby what is expected in practice can be clearly set out, i.e. expectations are made clear. In the case of the proposed RUB Code of Learning and Teaching expectations at different levels of the organization have been specified in terms of responsibilities at each level. It is important to note that the responsibilities of one group imply the rights of the other. So, for example, responsibilities exercised by staff can be reasonably expected as the rights of students.

INTRODUCTION

Teaching and learning activities in all colleges and Institutes of the University shall be governed by the codes of practice for students and staff set out below. The statement of the responsibilities at all levels of the university is to provide guidance on student and staff behavior and rights in teaching and learning activities and to show how the responsibilities at different levels complement each other. The responsibilities of student, and the responsibilities of staff at different levels, are regarded as reciprocal, so the responsibilities of one group imply the rights of the other.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENT

Student of the university have the following responsibilities to:
a) apply themselves to their studies to the best of their abilities;

b) become familiar with the rules and regulations governing the degree in which they are enrolled, and to ensure that the modules selected meet the award requirements;

c) be aware of the policies, practices and expectations of the university set out in the RUB Wheel of Academic Law (RUB 2008) and of any College/Institute and department in which they are enrolled and which are contained in the module materials and information made available to them;

d) be aware of, and act according to, the rules and regulations concerning the use of College/Institute computing, library and other facilities, and so to respect the rights of the other learners;

e) meet deadlines for modules work to be submitted;

f) take the initiative and consult appropriately when problems arise in any module; g) submit original work for assessment without plagiarizing or cheating;

h) attend all organized teaching /learning activities, including professional placements, for  each module in which they are enrolled  (on-campus students) and, for distance education students, to consider thoroughly all program materials and participate in all prescribed residential schools;

i) accept joint responsibility for their own learning along with the teaching staff;

j) provide  feedback to staff about (a) teaching and learning practices and (b) the quality of modules as well as to contribute to the development of university programs and policies as appropriate;

k) abide by the University’s policies on occupational health and safety so that they can study in safe and healthy environment;

l) be aware of the university’s commitment to equal opportunity and to demonstrate tolerance and respect for all members of the university community including respect of the right of staff members to express views and opinions; and

m) respect the working environment of others in all areas of the university.
Note: infringement of responsibilities, d) and g) may lead to disciplinary action.