Student and Campus Services (Overseas Students)

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Orientation Day

The 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 designated first-contact for overseas students being Tia Burton (Student Services Officer),
  • The designated contact for all students who need academic support being Hanlie van Rooyen (Study Ready Lecturer),
  • The need to discuss academic concerns with Dr Anton Beukes (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,
  • The different options available for pastoral care when required, and
  • PBC students are walking distance from the Karrinyup shopping centre and bus stops close to the campus; therefore, it is possible for students to get around Perth without the need for a car.

Accommodation

The 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 care

As part of our commitment to train, equip and form people for effective Christian ministry, PBC is committed to pastorally caring for the students studying at the College. The designated first contact for all overseas student care matters is Tia Burton (Student Services Officer) who will refer all matter appropriately.

Pastoral care within the college environment is provided via:

  1. Faculty supervised student Growth Groups
  2. One on one sessions as requested by students
  3. One on one sessions as requested with the chaplain
  4. One on one sessions as requested by faculty advisors
  5. One on one sessions as required as part of a unit of study
  6. One on one sessions as required as part of PBC’s Personal and Ministry Formation monitoring.

PBC also recognises that an additional source for the pastoral care of students, is the local church and that we are called to operate in partnership with the local church. As part of this partnership, PBC requires each student to nominate a local church and a leader in this church who will be responsible for their pastoral care in their church setting.

As personal issues in the lives of students may not only affect their studies at PBC, but also their ministry in the local church, PBC must retain the right, where deemed appropriate, to share the communication of students with the student’s nominated local church leader, or other faculty members at PBC.

If it is deemed that the communication of the student is required to be shared with either other faculty or the student’s nominated local church leader, the student will be informed by PBC that this will be the case prior to any notification of the third party.

Students wishing to be counselled on a professional and confidential basis may ask to be referred by PBC to a Christian counselling service.

Students needing to be counselled on a professional and confidential basis will be referred by PBC to a Christian counselling service.

Library and computing services

Perth 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 Support

PBC 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 it, even if they are not enrolled provisionally. This unit interact 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) 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 Programs

PBC 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.

IT Support

Phone the IT Support line on 08 9243 2028. During office hours, office staff will triage the problem. When necessary, IT staff will be called in to remediate any problems. During out of office hours, students can leave a voicemail message which will be emailed to IT staff to triage and respond to as appropriate.

MOODLE

PBC uses Moodle as our Learning Management System for students to access their course and unit content, as well as study support. Students gain access to Moodle via the PBC Student Portal using their student email address. Moodle is the gateway to Studiosity (24/7/365 study support), the HELP Course (extensive study support and PBC assignment completion expectations), all units offered by PBC, assignment submission options, and general information applicable to college life.

Student Council

The Student Council is responsible to the Dean of Students for the conduct of student affairs. The Student Council is responsible for the organisation and control of all “purely student” matters.

The Student Council is a group of about 4-6 students who are chosen by the students to represent the student body in interests and concerns. They act as a liaison from the students to the staff and in this sense the Student Council is open for ideas from the students to be heard and considered.

The members of the Student Council are people who can be approached about any matters, whether within the college or personal. They have been elected to be part of the Student Council due to the trust and confidence that their fellow peers have in them as brothers and sisters in the Lord.

The Student Council organises and coordinates particular events where the students can come together and enjoy doing something different. Some of these events include the op-shop ball, movie nights and other activities. They are also responsible for the upkeep and upgrading of the equipment in the common room which is designed specifically for student enjoyment and use. The Student Council is funded by a voluntary contribution of $100 for full-time students and $50 for part-time students per semester. This contribution enables the Student Council to provide the services that it does at a minimal cost to the student.

Special Learning Needs, Mental health & Disability services

Perth 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 services

The following basic information was correct at the time of publication, but more up-to-date contact information should be accessed via the Internet:

Medical Centres:

FacilityDistance from PBCAddress
St Luke Medical Centre1.3km1/57 Burroughs Road, Karrinyup, WA
Stirling Lakes Medical Centre6.2km1/734 Karrinyup Road, WA
Seacrest Medical Centre7.2km28 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.

FacilityDistance from PBCAddress
King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women14.3km374 Bagot Road, Subiaco, WA
Royal Perth Hospital15.1km197 Wellington Street, Perth, WA
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital17.3kmHospital Avenue, Nedlands, WA
Perth Children’s Hospital17.6kmHospital Avenue, Nedlands, WA
Joondalup Health Campus Emergency Department22.5kmCorner of Grand Boulevard & Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, WA

Phone & Online services:

NameDescriptionWebsitePhone
Health and Wellness Serviceshttps://www.blackswanhealth.com.au/
Health Direct Australiaa 24-hour health advice service by registered nurseswww.healthdirect.org.au1800 022 222
24-hour Emergency ContactsCrisis Care Helpline, Lifeline, Sexual Assault Resource Centre, etc.http://www.entrypointperth.com.au/resources/24hr-emergency-contacts/1800 199 008 or 9233 1111

Critical Incidents

In case of a critical incident PBC follows the policy and procedures outlined in P26 CRITICAL INCIDENT. After hours emergency assistance can be sought from the Dean of Students/Chaplain on 08 9243 2002, the Principal on 08 9243 2003, and/or the Property Manager on 08 9243 2004.

Sexual assault or harassment services and support

Perth 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.

After hours emergency assistance can be sought from the Dean of Students/Chaplain on 08 9243 2002, the Principal on 08 9243 2003, and/or the Property Manager on 08 9243 2004. 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 services

Emergency000For life threatening situations requiring police/ambulance/fire & rescue services
SES13 25 00State Emergency Services (SES)
Police Assistance131 444When police attendance is required
Crime Stoppers1800 333 000Report crimes anonymously
Police Directhttps://www.police.wa.gov.au/Reports, applications and payments
Sexual Assualt Resource Centre1800 199 888 or 08 9340 1828For free medical, forensic and supportive care to people who have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused in the past two weeks.

Safety & Security on campus

College 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 online

All students sign the Electronic Resource Policy before they commence their studies at PBC.

Legal advice

If you need access to external bodies for legal advice on an academic matter, please consult P22 GRIEVANCE 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/.

Financial Assistance

  • 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.

Tolerance

Because Perth Bible College is inter-denominational, students and staff need to be tolerant and understanding of the denominational doctrinal distinctives, policies and practices of all students.  We should all seek to edify others and not pull them down. (1 Cor 8:1, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”)

Equal Oppoertunity & Harassment

Perth Bible College does not discriminate in the admission and access to its programmes and activities on the basis of handicap, age, sex, race, colour, national or ethnic origin.  Perth Bible College does not discriminate on the basis of gender but affords equal opportunities for both men and women in service, employment, training, leadership and teaching.

Complaints and Appeals

Perth Bible College implements the following policies and procedures for all internal complaints and appeals:

Employment Rights & Conditions – Fair Work Ombudsman

You can access information on your employment rights and conditions in Australia, and how to resolve workplace issues through the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at https://www.fairwork.gov.au/small-business-showcase/paying-employees.

Career Exposure

During a student’s third year of study, they will be involved in the Supervised Field Practicum (SFP) programme. In SFP students are expected to be involved at a leadership level of ministry. This might include involvement with a co-ordination or leadership group for a ministry area, regularly leading a ministry area, planning and running an event, etc. These activities will form a framework for us to discuss your spiritual development and service with you as well as provide for a reference to future employers.

Ministry Forums are held fortnightly on a Wednesday after lunch. They consist of either a visiting missionary or ministry worker sharing with us from their experience and about the ministry they are involved in, or a panel discussion about varied areas of ministry. This enables us to capture a broad vision of what God is doing in His church here and around the world. These forums not only provide the broad vision but also provide contacts from a range of areas that may offer employment opportunities when you complete your studies.