Each semester, CECS puts a call out for Course Representatives for all Engineering and Computer Science courses. Students can nominate themselves for one or more of the courses that they are enrolled in.
What does a Course Representative do?
A course representative is the official liaison between students and the course convener.
The primary responsibility of a course representative will be to collect feedback directly from their classmates and present it to the course convener, or student services/or Associate Director (Education). Course representatives will also be responsible for reporting action items from your meetings with the course convener and Associate Director (Education) back to their peers.
If there are multiple classes within your course (particularly for the larger courses), you are expected to make yourself known within each class (including introducing yourself to the tutors).
Benefits of being a Course Representative
Course representatives are enormously beneficial for the student body and the university. It can also be a great opportunity for to grow personal and professional skills, including:
Develop skills sought by employers, including interpersonal, dispute resolution, leadership and communication skills.
Become empowered. Play an active role in determining the direction of your education.
Become more aware of issues influencing your University and current issues in higher education.
Ensure students have a voice to their course convener, lecturer, tutors, and college.
You will also receive recognition of your work as a course representative with a certificate (provided by ANUSA at the end of semester, provided you attend their training session).
Roles and responsibilities
As a course representative, you will need to:
- Establish a regular catch-up with your lecturer. You will need to provide and receive feedback on issues raised.
- Escalate issues. Any feedback requiring urgent action or response should be escalated to CECS Student Services as soon as is practicable.
- Provide advice and support to students. Refer students to support networks where relevant (e.g. ANU Counselling, Security, Maintenance etc.). Seek guidance from CECS Student Services if you are unsure if/where/when/how you should be referring a student to a support network.
- Report on the feedback you receive. Attend regular meetings and collate student feedback into a report to be shared with your course convener and the Associate Director (Education). If you are in a course with multiple course representatives only a single report needs to be prepared.
- Close the loop. Report action items from your meetings with the course convener and Associate Director (Education) back to your peers.
What happens with feedback collected?
Course representatives provide an opportunity for students and the research schools to discuss issues in real time, as they arise during the semester. Changes can often be accommodated at the time, to improve how the course is running and student's experience of a course. This feedback plays an important role in shaping how courses are running and will run.
Course representatives are appointed at the beginning of each semester by the course convener. The course representative role will usually be advertised by the convener during the first lecture of semester.
If you are interested in the role, ensure that you make yourself known to the convener. For further enquiries regarding being appointed as a course representative, please contact your course convener directly.