Faculty of Science AMSI Summer School 2013

Must I register to attend the lectures?

Yes. You may attend Summer School lectures only if you have registered and paid the registration fee, even if you only want to sit in on a course. This applies in particular to UoM students and staff.

How much does it cost to register?

The registration fee is $220 (GST incl.) for first time students from AMSI member institutions and $400 (GST incl.) for all other applicants. The registration fee is the same whether you sign up for one or two courses.

How do I register and pay?

To register, please follow the instructions at online registration. Once you have completed the registration form, follow the instructions for payment. Your registration will not be processed without payment

Can I get a refund for my registration fee?

Some departments refund students their Summer School registration fee. You should contact your masters/honours coordinator or head of department to see if you are entitled to a refund. Registrants who wish to withdraw their Summer School application and obtain a refund of the registration fee must apply to do so by 3 December 2012 by emailing the Summer School Director at amsi2013@ms.unimelb.edu.au.

Who is eligible for travel and accommodation support?

Only "AMSI students", meaning anyone who will be enrolled as an honours or postgraduate student at an AMSI member institution during first semester 2013. The awarding of financial support is made by the Summer School organisers and is dependent on the number of applicants and the nature of their studies. Priority is given to students enrolled in honours/masters programs in the mathematical sciences.

How much support will I receive?

The school will try to cover full accommodation cost for eligible students, but the final level of support depends on the number of applicants. To support their students, departments from outside Melbourne will receive a fixed amount of travel support based on standard return economy airfares from their home town to Melbourne. Travel reimbursement rates for major centres are:

Adelaide $265
Brisbane $320
Canberra $300
Hobart $235
Newcastle $250
Perth $480
Sydney $240

How do I know if I am an AMSI student?

To confirm that you are an AMSI student, your application can be endorsed by your current supervisor, honours coordinator, or head of department, but if he or she is not from the relevant institution, then some other evidence of your enrolment may be required. Other circumstances which lead you to believe that you should qualify as an AMSI student will be considered on a case-by-case basis. View the list of AMSI member institutions here.

Can international students attend?

Certainly, but they must be enrolled as an honours or postgraduate student in an Australian Institution at the time of the Summer School.

Can staff at Australian universities attend?

Yes, but no accommodation or travel support is provided for university staff members. The registration for staff is $400 (GST incl.).

I am a student at a non-AMSI institution. Can you make an accommodation booking for me?

Yes, we will be happy to make a booking for you at the college where we have a block booking, subject to availability.

I live in Melbourne. Can I get free accommodation during the Summer School?

No. However, if you are faced with exceptional difficulties of some sort, feel free to talk to us. Melbourne students are of course invited to attend all events on the social program free of charge.

I am not a masters/honours student, postgraduate student or university staff member. Am I able to attend?

Yes, if you are from an AMSI member institution such as the Bureau of Statistics or CSIRO. Registration of other applicants is at the discretion of the Summer School Director.


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What are the key dates?

First* registration deadline: Friday 2 Nov 2012
Final registration deadline: Friday 30 Nov 2012
Accommodation arrival: Sunday 6 Jan 2013
Start of lectures: Monday 7 Jan 2013
End of lectures: Friday 1 Feb 2013

*Priority for accommodation, financial support and course selection will be given to registrations received and paid by the first registration deadline.

How many courses can I enrol in?

Students may enrol in at most two courses. We do not recommend taking more than one course for assessment. If you take a course for assessment, be sure to check with your home university about whether it can be counted towards your degree.

Am I guaranteed to get into my chosen courses?

No, but every effort will be made to accommodate your choice. Where necessary, preference will be given on the basis of first come, first served. The final decision on course placements is at the discretion of the organisers.

Taking subjects for credit

Some universities recognize AMSI Summer School subjects and will credit your results in the Summer School towards your degree. If you haven’t done so already, you are strongly advised to contact your head of department or masters/honours coordinator for guidance as to whether or not, and how, your Summer School subjects may be accredited by your home university.

Will the courses have assessment?

Assessment will be offered for each course and you will need to inform the lecturer if you intend to take the course for assessment. Assessment will only be compulsory for those students taking a course for credit towards their degree. Exams will conducted at students' home institutions soon after the summer school ends. Dates for the exams and release of marks for courses taken for credit will be decided during the summer school.

Because of the compressed nature of the Summer School, the rhythm of assignments and the nature of the exam may be quite different to the assessment you are used to. Make sure you understand the assessment details in the subject(s) you take. Also, it is very important that you respect the assessment deadlines.

How many lectures does a course involve?

Each course has 28 contact hours, that is, 7 hours per week on average.

Can I apply for special consideration?

Yes. Requests for special consideration should go directly to the School Director, who will provide a copy to the lecturer. Requests must be in writing and should include documented evidence as appropriate. Any action on a special consideration request will be conducted in consultation between the lecturer and the School Director. Because of the short duration of the School, special consideration requests cannot be treated entirely in the usual way. Special consideration requests will be examined subject to the following principle: consideration may be given for circumstances that prevented the student showing what they had succeeded in learning, consideration won’t be given for circumstances that prevented the student from learning.

Are there special arrangements for students with disabilities?

For students with disabilities, Equity and Access requests (eg, for materials in large font) should go directly to the School Director, who will liaise with the lecturer to provide appropriate support. For materials to be prepared in time, applications should normally be made well in advance of the commencement of the Summer School.


Complaints by students should be addressed in writing to the Summer School Director.


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