Orientation DayThe Orientation Day activities help new students to meet staff and returning students, and to settle into college life. New students are guided through all aspects of academic and campus life on Orientation Day, when they receive a library orientation tour, an IT, Zotero and Moodle support tour, a Student Handbook, a Getting Started Guide for New Students, The 2019 Big Book of Answers containing IT support, Library, and Moodle instructions for accessing course information and submitting assignments, and a Using the PBC Wireless instruction guide. Students are guided through accessing the Student Portal, which makes a variety of support services and systems readily available to them. Additionally, during Orientation Day students are made aware of:
- The need to discuss academic concerns with the Dean of Studies as regularly as required and that referral to third-party services is an option
- PBC’s reciprocal arrangement with Murdoch University, giving students free access to their library, and
- The different options available for pastoral care when required.
AccommodationThe Perth Bible College facilities include a number of self-contained units. These units are either one, two or three-bedroom units and can be supplied with or without furnishings. PBC can accommodate single students (typically shared living arrangements, one student per bedroom), married students and families, depending on the availability of units. PBC can provide basic furnishing for units if desired. Furnishings include a washing machine, refrigerator, cooking facilities & implements, essential kitchen items (crockery and cutlery), beds, lounge chairs, built-in wardrobes and study desk. Residents do need to provide their own bedding and personal items.
Pastoral carePBC is committed to the pastoral care of students. The following is reproduced from P25 Pastoral Disclosure policy. Students should note:
- Their nominated local church is considered as the main source for pastoral care.
- Students may approach either their nominated faculty Growth Group leader or the college Chaplain to raise pastoral care concerns. Appointments can be made with either at the office.
- Faculty supervised student Growth Groups
- One on one sessions as requested by students
- One on one sessions as requested with the chaplain
- One on one sessions as requested by faculty advisors
- One on one sessions as required as part of a unit of study
Library and computing servicesPerth Bible College provides a library with over 25000 resources, a growing collection of online resources, and computers for the use of students. Additionally, printing services are available at the library or from the reception.
Academic SupportPBC is committed to assisting students to successfully complete the units in which they enrol. Students needing additional academic support are often identified during the enrolment process. They may be enrolled provisionally; in which case they need to enrol in CE501 Study Ready. This unit is also recommended to students who may benefit from them, even if they are not enrolled provisionally. This unit interacts with other first-year subjects to help students engage with those assessments. There is also a free, timetabled weekly Study Ready Tutoring session made available to all students who may be struggling with understanding how to approach researching for and writing assessments. In addition, lecturers are readily available for appointments and students can contact them at any time for academic assistance. PBC also offers all students access to Studiosity. Studiosity is a free study support service with incredible benefits to you, whether you are an HD student or struggling to make sense of what to do. Studiosity offers core study skills and writing support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. You can either Connect Live for personal support or submit your draft essay for Writing Feedback within 24 hours. You can access Studiosity through Moodle and find more information in the HELP Course (Moodle key: HELPME!). Students who fail assessments are given the opportunity to resubmit them, having gained the benefit of written lecturer feedback. As outlined in P12 Grading Assessment Items, students are also given the opportunity to re-sit an exam, if failing it has resulted in failure of the unit. If a student is identified as “At Risk” (see P21 Academic Progress Policy available at https://www.pbc.wa.edu.au/student-portal/policies-and-procedures/) they may be required to access support, as advised by faculty, to assist in improving their results. This may include meeting with their faculty Growth Group advisor, attending a study group, accessing tutoring, etc. At the end of each semester, student progress is examined by the Dean of Studies. It is also the role of the Dean of Studies to re-enrol students, resulting in any academic issues that surfaced in the previous semester being discussed at this time, and recommendations to strengthen the student’s progress are explored.
English Language Assistance ProgramsPBC offers access to Grammarly software (grammar-support and plagiarism-prevention), partially sponsored by the Student Council and made available to students at a discounted rate of $50 per year. This software is compulsory for all students for whom English is a second language. PBC also offers all students access to Studiosity. Studiosity is a free study support service with incredible benefits to you, whether you are an HD student or struggling to make sense of what to do. Studiosity offers core study skills and writing support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. You can either Connect Live for personal support or submit your draft essay for Writing Feedback within 24 hours. You can access Studiosity through Moodle and find more information in the HELP Course (Moodle key: HELPME!). Each Friday during semester time, Karrinyup Anglican Church – walking distance from the campus – offers free 3-hour long English tutoring sessions. These classes are suitable for anyone for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL) and who require support on a beginner, intermediate or advanced level. The focus during sessions is on improving speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Remember to bring $4 for coffee. This group also organise social events and excursions for participants.
Student CouncilStudent Council representatives are voted in by the student body at the beginning of each semester. The Student Council is responsible for representing the student body regarding student-related matters; provide printing equipment in the library and to serve the student body with integrity.
Special Learning Needs, Mental health & Disability servicesPerth Bible College strives to accommodate a variety of access needs for its students. Prospective students are invited to supply information on the Application for Admission form relating to any particular learning needs, disability, impairment or long-term medical condition which may affect their studies. They are given the option to receive advice on support services, equipment and facilities which may assist them. The Dean of Students/Chaplain liaises with all other relevant third parties to ensure individualised care plans for academic and emotional support are implemented and maintained for those where special learning needs, mental health or specific physical health issues are identified. P32: Student Mental Health Policy further outlines details on mental health support. Additionally, students can contact the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788 (Perth metropolitan) or Disability Services online on https://www.blackswanhealth.com.au/.
Health & Medical servicesThe following basic information was correct at the time of publication, but more up-to-date contact information should be accessed via the Internet:
|Facility||Distance from PBC||Address|
|St Luke Medical Centre||1.3km||1/57 Burroughs Road, Karrinyup, WA|
|Stirling Lakes Medical Centre||6.2km||1/734 Karrinyup Road, WA|
|Seacrest Medical Centre||7.2km||28 Seacrest Drive, Sorrento, WA|
Hospital Emergency Departments:Depending on the level of urgency, to avoid long waiting times, check in real time how busy ED’s are in comparison to one another.
|Facility||Distance from PBC||Address|
|King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women||14.3km||374 Bagot Road, Subiaco, WA|
|Royal Perth Hospital||15.1km||197 Wellington Street, Perth, WA|
|Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital||17.3km||Hospital Avenue, Nedlands, WA|
|Perth Children’s Hospital||17.6km||Hospital Avenue, Nedlands, WA|
|Joondalup Health Campus Emergency Department||22.5km||Corner of Grand Boulevard & Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, WA|
Phone & Online services:
|Health and Wellness Services||https://www.blackswanhealth.com.au/|
|Health Direct Australia||a 24-hour health advice service by registered nurses||www.healthdirect.org.au||1800 022 222|
|24-hour Emergency Contacts||Crisis Care Helpline, Lifeline, Sexual Assault Resource Centre, etc.||http://www.entrypointperth.com.au/resources/24hr-emergency-contacts/||1800 199 008 or 9233 1111|
Critical IncidentsIn case of a critical incident PBC follows the policy and procedures outlined in P26: CRITICAL INCIDENTS available at https://www.pbc.wa.edu.au/student-portal/policies-and-procedures/
While completing an SCD qualification, important information related to your health and safety can be accessed atSCD Critical Incident Policy
Sexual assault or harassment services and supportPerth Bible College is a community-centred, faith-based higher education provider. We believe that community is a primary means for personal transformation as well as being foundational for healthy church ministry. To facilitate this, part of our training includes being part of a transforming community. PBC, therefore, believes that members of this community will feel safe and respected, thereby contributing to both preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment and dealing in a caring manner with incidents that may occur. The practices, policies and procedures that underwrite this belief are outlined in P42 Sexual Assault & Harassment Policy and the form Application to Use Electronic Resources Perth Bible College, signed by all students before they commence their studies at PBC Students can also gain access to the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) at http://www.wnhs.health.wa.gov.au/ or on 1800 199 88 or 08 9340 1828 for free medical, forensic and supportive care, including a free counselling service and an Aboriginal Liaison Officer.
|Emergency||000||For life threatening situations requiring police/ambulance/fire & rescue services|
|SES||13 25 00||State Emergency Services (SES)|
|Police Assistance||131 444||When police attendance is required|
|Crime Stoppers||1800 333 000||Report crimes anonymously|
|Police Direct||https://www.police.wa.gov.au/||Reports, applications and payments|
|Sexual Assualt Resource Centre||1800 199 888 or 08 9340 1828||For free medical, forensic and supportive care to people who have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused in the past two weeks.|
Safety & Security on campusCollege car parks are located in close proximity to the main Administration area and lecture rooms and are clearly lit in the evening. Likewise, safety is ensured as residential students live adjacent to car parks and are aware of disturbances. The PBC campus contains a number of self-contained units, which are provided for student accommodation. Students are made aware that life on campus is a privilege and is to be seen as an integral part of their and their family’s spiritual and ministry formation. In many ministry situations, community living is part of the work situation. All students are encouraged to treat College units as they would someone’s private dwelling and respect the privacy of residents. This includes not entering these units without the invitation of the residents. Student units contain a lounge area for the relaxation and recreation of the students living in that unit. Single students are free to invite visitors of the same sex to their units and use the lounge area for entertaining provided that the other occupants of the unit are not inconvenienced, e.g. through loud talking during study times, etc. When a single student wishes to invite a person of the opposite sex to visit their unit, whether that person be part of a group or by themselves (e.g. their mother or father), the permission of the other members of the unit is required. A single student is not to be alone in the unit with another person of the opposite sex, nor is a person of the opposite sex to be in a student’s bedroom. Residential students require the prior approval of the College Administrator for a visitor (guest, friend or family member) to stay at the College over-night.
Safety & security onlineAll students sign the Application to Use Electronic Resources Perth Bible College before they commence their studies at PBC.
Legal adviceIf you need access to external bodies for legal advice on an academic matter, please consult P22: Grievance Procedures at https://pbc.wa.edu.au/student-portal/policies-and-procedures/. For other forms of legal advice contact please contact the WA police at https://www.police.wa.gov.au/ or Legal Aid Western Australia at https://www.legalaid.wa.gov.au/.
- FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme for which you may be eligible. To find out if you qualify, visit http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/ .
- Although there are no full fee-paying scholarships available for beginning students, the college does offer work contracts for which all full-time students are eligible to apply. Work contracts enable students to subsidise their fees in exchange for performing certain cleaning, library, or maintenance duties around the campus.
- The Graham D. Michie Scholarship and the Overseas Student scholarship is awarded annually to continuing students.
- Students can apply for a study grant from the Concerned Christian Growth Ministries Charitable trust under the guidance of their lecturer.
- The Scarborough Christian Service Fund allows PBC to use interest earned on an investment loan to be distributed to deserving students to provide funds towards college fees.
Complaints and AppealsPerth Bible College implements the following policies and procedures for all internal complaints and appeals:
- P02 ADMISSIONS PROCESS and more specifically 6.11,
- P03 ENROLMENT and more specifically 3.2 and 4.7,
- P22 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
- P24 OVERSEAS STUDENT REQUEST FOR TRANSFER and more specifically 2.6,
- P27 OVERSEAS STUDENT ENROLMENT and more specifically 2.2 and 3.8,
- P28 ACADEMIC APPEALS,
- P31 FREE INTELLECTUAL INQUIRY & EXPRESSION and more specifically 1.2 and 2.3.