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Unit Overview


This elective unit is only available to elected Guild and Faculty society or club office bearers with approval of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on advice from the Guild President. The objective of the unit is to enable students who are incumbent office bearers to enrol in a unit for academic credit in recognition of their service contribution to the Guild and the University. Office bearers play a vital leadership role within the student body through which they learn, develop and apply a complex mix of knowledge and skills including communication, interpersonal, decision making, prioritisation, planning and budgeting knowledge and skills, as well as goal setting and project management. Office bearers generally benefit from community recognition and this has the potential to greatly enhance their employment and leadership opportunities in the future. This unit recognises both the service contribution of Guild and student society/club office bearers to the Guild and University and the learning experience of this role. By enrolling in this unit, students will have time freed up to enable them to make a strong contribution, minimise any possible adverse impact on their regular studies and, for some students, enable them to maintain full time enrolment.

Includes: Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Education Council President, Societies Council President, Public Affairs Council President, Environment Officer, International Students' Service Director, Sports Representative, Welfare Officer, Women's Officer, and Faculty Society and Club Presidents where the aims and objective of the club reflect the ethos of UWA and illustrate a contribution to the Guild, University, and the community; and where the club has over 100 members and runs at least five events of a Medium or Major classification each year, each of which includes a comprehensive event management plan.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) actively undertake an official Guild office bearer leadership role for the period of one semester; (2) actively participate in a Guild leadership/handover course of 3.5 days contact; (3) demonstrate responsibility and citizenship by using knowledge and skills to contribute positively to the Guild and University environment; and (4) argue from an evidence base about the significance of their service experience with reference to important Guild/University issues.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) self reflection report/presentation and (2) UWA Student Guild assessment rubric completed by the Unit Coordinator on advice from the Student Guild. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the self reflection report/presentation component.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Daniela Ulgiati
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
SVLG1001 Fundamentals of Service Learning
Contact hours
All students participate in a UWA Student Guild (Guild) leadership/handover program of 3.5 days (26.5 hours) contact. In addition, all students will meet regularly with their Guild supervisor and their unit supervisor equivalent to 25 hours in the semester. Students also are voting Guild office bearers and participate in a minimum of 100 hours per semester work during University, Guild meetings and official duties. This is a total equivalent to the 150 hours of work for a six-point unit.
This unit is only available for enrolment by elected UWA Guild office bearers by approval of the Dean, Coursework Studies in consultation with the UWA Guild President.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.