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1 Welcome to The Faculty of ComputingFaculty of Computing 24 September to 2 October 2009

2 Course Introductory Meeting Session 1 Tuesday 29 Sept 2009 1 0762 480 4910 text question/comment?pete … text question

3 3 Welcome to the University v Welcome to London Metropolitan University, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Alfred Morris and all the staff v Very pleased you chose this University v Brief history of, and future plans for LondonMet v Significant investment, in terms of financial and personal commitment (on your part – as a student) – wish you every success v Welcome Programme designed to help you fit in, settle down, find your way around, and not least – to make new friends 1

4 Find your course mates! v Without calling out ask everyone around you what course they are doing and form groups of 6 doing the same, or similar, course: v Computing, computer science, computer forensics v Networking, electronics & communications v Business Information Technology v Maths, stats & decision science v Multimedia, creative technology & games 4

5 5 Welcome Programme Schedule (1) v You can access the Welcome Programme on-line from; u Do you know where you need to be for sessions this week? u Have you read the Joining Instructions which contain a full description of important activities? v Course Introductory Meetings u an opportunity to meet w the staff who teach, administer or provide advice and guidance on your courses w your fellow students u a chance to get a taste of what university study is like 1

6 6 Welcome Programme Schedule (2) The programme (see online schedule for days/times/rooms) will comprise: v Four half day sessions (course introductory meetings) during which u the structure of the course will be explained u class timetables will be issued u arrangements for your academic support are covered u you will participate in subject based and other ‘ice breaker’ activities v Single Honours, Foundation Degrees u 4 sessions, as listed in your Welcome Programme (WP) Guide; Session 4 is organised by your Undergraduate Office while Sessions 1, 2 and 3 are subject based v Joint Honours Degrees u 4 half days, designated Session 1 - 4 in the Welcome Programme (WP) Guide. Session 4 is organised by your Undergraduate Office, Sessions 1, 2 and 3 are subject based and you will spend at least one session with each of your two subjects 1

7 7 Welcome Programme Schedule (3) v In addition to the Course Introductory Meetings, there are: u Designated Enrolment Session – see WP Schedule on line w all students MUST attend their enrolment session w you will be issued with an ID Card (essential for entry to buildings and access to the facilities) u On-line presentations on w Information Technology, w Library Services w Student Services w The Students' Union w Study Skills and the Learning Development Unit w Social Events u all new students should access these presentations in order to get the most out of the facilities the university offers to support learning 1

8 8 Introduction to the Faculty v Location v Profile – teaching/research v Course(s) u course leaders and PAAs v Modules u module leaders v Staff u accessibility/office hours/departmental office 1

9 9 ‘Ice Breaker’ Activity v Who is sitting next to you? around you? v Where are they from? v What course are they doing? v What do you have in common? Interests? v Spend 4 - 5 minutes talking to those sitting around you 1

10 10 Undergraduate Office(s) (1) Undergraduate Offices are located at: City Campus Moorgate: Room MG1-02, First Flooremail: Calcutta House: Room GN24, email: Ground Floor Central House: Room CE2-02,email: Second Floor North Campus Stapleton House, SH104, First Flooremail: Tower Building One: Room TM1-32email: Ladbroke House: Room LHG-20, email: Ground Floor Tower Building Two, Room TM1-84, email: First Floor 1

11 11 Undergraduate Office(s) (2) Aim v To provide readily accessible advice and support to students (and staff) on your bachelors degree/foundation degree/preparatory programmes v To maintain records of enrolment, module registration and results v Designated Course Administrator for each course. Role v Deal with queries around enrolment, tuition fees and ID cards v Provide academic counselling, guidance and advice v Approve the modules you will take, providing advice and support for programme planning v Provide timetable information and assign students to seminar groups etc v Arrange access to your Personal Academic Adviser (PAA) v Ensure you know where to find information (course handbooks, student handbook, timetables) and associated administrative activities v Review your attendance and progress on your course reporting to external agencies where required v Receive coursework and pass to your tutors for marking v Maintain the results of your modules and assessments 1

12 12 Timetables Q.When will I receive my personal timetable? A.In Session 4 u from your Undergraduate Office u or on-line (you will need a working network login to view your timetable on line) All full-time students starting at Certificate Level have a programme of four compulsory modules. Most modules have a lecture and workshop/seminar/practical activities and these will be described on your personal timetable You must be ready to start going to all your classes next week 1

13 13 Personal Academic Advisers (PAAs) (1) v All students have been assigned to a specified UG Office v You can contact your office by phone, email or in person v You will be advised which member of the academic staff will be your Personal Academic Adviser v You can make an appointment to meet with your PAA via the office v If your PAA is not available, another Adviser will be able to assist you via the ‘drop in’ facility; in many cases a Course Administrator will also be able to assist you 1

14 14 Personal Academic Advisers (PAAs) (2) v PAAs and Course Administrators work closely together to support students in the following activities:: u your programme of studies u the modules for your course u choosing options u finding out more about the content of modules u approving your programme of studies u obtaining extra learning support (as appropriate) u withdrawing from a module; transferring courses; interrupting your studies; changing your mode of attendance u problems following assessments u credit for prior study (known as AP(E)L) u referrals (where necessary) to Student Services 1

15 15 Your On-Line Handbooks v These are in addition to the printed ‘Guide to Undergraduate Study at London Met’. Copies of this are available at this meeting. v University Student Handbook u v Course Handbooks u 1

16 16 University Student Handbook v The online Student Handbook provides an introduction to University services and access to important University regulations and procedures. Contents include: u Maps of University buildings. u Overview of the University’s departments and functions. u Summary of important University Regulations and Procedures. u A-Z of information covering your time here at London Metropolitan University; from enrolment to graduation and beyond. 1

17 17 Online Course Handbook(s) v Each Course Handbook provides specific information on the course identified, whether Single, Joint Honours or foundation degree/ preparatory programmes v Joint Honours students will have two course handbooks v Not everything is relevant now BUT make sure you know how to find it to refer to throughout the course 1

18 18 Online Course Handbooks v Contents u Welcome to your course and Academic Department u Being a student u Managing your academic life online u The student voice u Sources of information and advice u Marking and assessment u Withdrawal, interruption or transfer u Study resources and facilities u Further learning opportunities u Course Specification u Directory of Modules for the Course u Index of key sources of information

19 19 Using the London Met web site v The University Homepage is v Undergraduate course information is at www.londonmet/ug-course-information From here you can view www.londonmet/ug-course-information u Course structures for single and joint honours degrees u Module Outlines that describe syllabus and assessment u Your individual timetable (requires a working network login) u Your assessment and programme planning information (this facility is called Evision and requires a working network login) u To access all these pages go to www.londonmet/ug-course-information www.londonmet/ug-course-information 1

20 20 Structure of Undergraduate Degrees 1 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Application Single Honours Graduation Joint Honours Certificate Intermediate Honours Each level involves 8 modules of study, 4 in each semester (full time) Normally you have 15 weeks of teaching and assessment activities for each module in the semester

21 21 Key Features of the Undergraduate Degree (1) v Courses made up of modules; normally need 24 modules to complete an honours degree or for a Foundation Degree v Some modules are compulsory (called core modules); you will normally also be able to choose designated options from those offered by your subjects v Almost all courses allow students to choose some modules from outside the subject (e.g. foreign languages). These are called elective choices v Full-time students at certificate level will normally have four compulsory modules in their first semester 1

22 22 Key Features of the Undergraduate Degree 3 core spine modules Certificate level 1Higher Education Orientation Module (HEO) in the first semester, to assist you to build up a Personal Development Plan (PDP) Intermediate level 2a module specifically designed to provide an opportunity to think about your personal development via aspects of employability and professional practice in your subject Honours level 3a project module which takes a problem- based approach – asking you to investigate, analyse, prepare solutions which help you to prepare for graduation 1

23 23 Personal Development Plan (PDP) v Your Personal Development Plan will act as a record of your achievements v Aim u to help you achieve a universal set of graduate features u enhanced self awareness and self confidence u improved autonomy in learning u employability u intellectual and subject specific achievements u general transferable qualities and skills v In each year of the course there will be a module in which developing your PDP will form part of the assessment v Use it to reflect on a range of learning opportunities you engage in – study, voluntary work, paid work, leisure and general interests 1

24 24 HEO Module – Semester 1 v All Undergraduate Degree students take a Higher Education Orientation module as part of their first semester programme. The module code will have an H in the 4th character. v Aims u to develop an ability to learn at the level in the subject area, through working with a peer group u to understand and use oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and skills associated with identifying, analysing and evaluating information appropriate to the course u to begin to draw up a profile of personal and professional attributes u to identify personal development needs 1

25 25 Graduate Attributes – our approach to skills Your course has been designed to develop the following attributes: A1 Self Awareness to have the ability of knowing oneself and be able to understand and clarify personal strengths and weaknesses through personal development planning; to be able to develop career management tools and represent one’s own abilities with confidence and self esteem A2 Performance in a variety of contexts to have the attribute of understanding the limits and applicability of the subject discipline and to be able to perform as a graduate in a variety of contexts by an awareness of the subject and the wider picture, and be able to communicate this effectively A3 An ability to be creative and ethical to have the attribute of working through problems and making creative and purposeful change and adaptation with an awareness of ethical and moral codes and demonstrating integrity of conduct and a respect for cultural diversity 1

26 26 Break-Out Activities v Individual v Group v Course based u course handbooks 1

27 Student enterprise events v The faculty is delighted to invite Paolo Barone from Microsoft UK to open our new “Student Enterprise Workshop Series” with a talk on Interoperability of Microsoft technologies with PHP. Paolo will talk about how PHP integrates with some of Microsoft technologies such as Internet Information Server (IIS) and SQL Server. v Venue: Tower Building, TG-30 Henry Thomas Room, Wednesday 14 th October,18:00-19:30 27

28 Afternoon session @ 1.30 v TM2-37 Elec & Comms + Networking v TM2-17 Maths v T6-05 Multimedia v TM1-83 Computing 28 0762 480 4910 text question/comment?pete … text question

29 Course Introductory Meeting Session 2

30 Departmental/Subject Topics 2

31 Course Introductory Meeting Session 3 3

32 Departmental/Subject topics 3

33 33 The Undergraduate Academic Year 2009-2010 Autumn Semester Welcome Programme24 September 2009-02 October 2009 Teaching 5 October 2009-18 December 2009 Christmas Break21 December 2009- 8 January 2010 Revision, Reading or Teaching 11 January 2010- 15 January 2010 Examinations (City and North)18 January 2010 -5 February 2010 Spring Semester Teaching 8 February 2010- 26 March 2010 Easter Break 29 March 2010- 9 April 2010 Teaching12 April 2010- 7 May 2010 Revision, Reading or Teaching 10 May 2010- 14 May 2010 Examinations (City and North)17 May 2010- 4 June 2010 During each semester there will be a meeting of the Course Committee – students are encouraged to contribute by becoming a St(udent) A(cademic ) R(epresentative) or StAR. 3

34 34 The Undergraduate Academic Year 2009/10 (2) In addition to these fixed dates, here are other events in the year SeptemberResults of July re-assessments or late assessments published NovemberProgramme Planning (on-line) to confirm Spring Semester programme of studies Most students will already be registered for a full programme of 8 modules but there is the opportunity to change options at this point. DecemberExam timetables for Autumn Semester published and displayed MarchResults of January assessment published on March/AprilProgramme Planning information sent; students begin selection of modules for 2010/11 AprilExam timetables for Spring Semester published and displayed JulyResults of May assessments published on Continuing students may print off a record of their modules and results from these pages; official certified transcripts are available on request from your Undergraduate Office (fee payable). All students completing their award will be sent official transcripts. Reassessment exams take and place and reassessment coursework is submitted. AugustInstructions for completing re-enrolment sent to continuing students. 3

35 35 The Undergraduate Office (1) v You will need to visit your Undergraduate Office for certain key activities; Course Administrators and other staff in the office can: u advise on your programme of modules, arranging appointments with a Personal Academic Adviser if necessary. u assist with enrolment u amend any of your personal details on the student record system (this can also be done on-line using the evision facility) u help with queries related to fees, loans and bursaries u receive course work and log it on the University's records system; you can see the status of your coursework on the Evision system u Manage your assessment results and resolve any queries 3

36 36 The Undergraduate Office (2) (continued) u receive requests for and deal with mitigating circumstances forms u assist with examination clashes, or special examination arrangements u provide forms if you wish to withdraw, interrupt your studies or make a complaint u provide transcripts and confirmation of your qualification on completion of your studies u publish and communicate results, including on line u submit applications for assistance through the Access to Learning Funds v Accessible via Evision or the University’s intranet. See for full details. 3

37 37 Role of Student Services v There are Student Service Offices on both campuses which can assist you with u disability, dyslexia or other learning development matters u personal counselling u financial support and/or hardship u career development u employment needs v Contactable via v City Campus – Ground Floor, Calcutta House v North Campus – First Floor, Piazza, Tower Building 3

38 Succeeding as a Student  Managing Assessment  Passing Modules  Getting Your Degree/Diploma 3

39 39 Your Registered Programme v When you enrol at the start of each year you will be asked to confirm the modules that you are taking and can seek advice from your Undergraduate Office/Personal Academic Adviser about choices that are available to you. Once you have confirmed your programme it is not possible to reduce the number of modules you are taking. v A full-time student will normally take 4 modules (60 credits) in each semester; a part-time student will take 1, 2 or 3 modules each semester (15-45 credits). v You MUST hand in all items of coursework assessment and attend all exams for your registered programme otherwise you will not be able to complete your course on-time, would incur further debt and in some cases may have to repay student loans to which you would no longer be entitled. You will not be able to continue as a student unless you engage with your studies.

40 40 Attending Classes v If you are a new student at Certificate Level then every module in your programme will have at least one timetabled class per week. Attendance is monitored by the University via turnstiles and by class registers and you are expected to attend all classes. v These will appear on the personal timetable that your UG Office gives you later this week. v The University understands that some students work part-time to support themselves; this must be arranged around your classes and you should be aware that part-time work beyond about 15 hours per week is likely to affect your success. v If you are unable to attend a class you should advise your Undergraduate Office who will record your absence; unauthorised absence is monitored and the University is required to report on students who are not in attendance to external bodies (e.g. UK Border Agency and Student Finance England).

41 41 Bursaries v In order to reduce the need for students to work, the University has a programme of grants to students called 'bursaries'; these are not loans and do not need to be repaid. Typical bursaries range from £300 to £1000 per year, the amount depending on your circumstances. v All eligible students (sorry - bursaries are not available to International students) should apply as soon as possible. See v 'Home' students claim their bursary through completing form PN1 and sending to the Student Loans Company. Some EU funded students are also eligible for support. v Payment of bursaries is in instalments and is conditional on you attending classes and handing in all assignments.

42 42 How Assessment Works v Each student has a programme of modules for each semester of study v Each module has assessment tasks: u exams, essays, in-class tests, presentations, portfolios v The marks for each assessment task are combined together to produce the outcome u normally 40% pass mark for undergraduate modules. u required to attempt all items of assessment. 3

43 43 When will my assessments happen? v Coursework (essays, class tests etc) will need to be done during the semester; details of timings are in the Module Booklet and at v Exams take place between u 18th January and 5th February (Autumn Semester) u 17th May and 4th June (Spring Semester) v If you attend regularly, submit your assignments but fail a module you will normally be able to do a re-assessment (repeating the assignments you did not pass) during July. v HOWEVER, if you pass a module after doing a re-assessment, your mark for that module will be recorded as only 40%. v If you do not attempt the assessment at the first opportunity or attend your classes you will not be able to do a reassessment. If you have to retake modules because you didn’t do the assessment it will cost you more in fees. 3

44 44 How do I hand in my work? v All essays and other similar assignments are handed in to the Undergraduate Office closest to where you study; there are offices in u Tower Building, Stapleton House, Ladbroke House (North campus) u Calcutta House, Central House, Moorgate (City campus) v You will need to attach a 'coursework coversheet' to each submission. You should print these from your University account ( and the barcode on your coversheet will allow you to track the receipt of your work – receipts will also be visible on your Evision account. v Essays and similar coursework must not be handed in during classes or to other offices. Local arrangements may exist for lab books/workshop portfolios and artefacts. 3

45 45 Managing Deadlines v At the start of each semester you need to plan your workload so that you are able to submit all work on time and attend your exams. Late submission (up to two weeks after the deadline will result in a penalty being applied: u if you hand in after the deadline but up to 10 working days late then the mark for the module is capped at 40%. v If your ability to hand in work on time is seriously affected by illness etc you may be able to make a claim under the University's procedure called 'Mitigating Circumstances' and if you meet the criteria you will receive an unpenalised mark. v It is not possible for Module Leaders to give extensions to deadlines. v If you feel you have serious circumstances that are likely to prevent you from being able to hand in your work or attend an examination you should talk to your Undergraduate Office in advance who can advise you.

46 46 Examination Timetable v Exam dates are published during week 11 of the semester (final week of the Autumn Term in this semester); v Can be found on noticeboards and via the web (see; important to check before you leave for Xmas vacation and report any clashes; v Exams may be scheduled at any of the university’s sites or in external accommodation. 3

47 47 Succeeding as a Student v Some modules specify that you must pass all the components of assessment and if so this will be stated in your Module Booklet. In most modules, though, it is sufficient to obtain a mark of 40% overall. v If you are unsure whether your work is good enough to pass, seek the advice of your Module Leader or use the facilities of the Learning Development Unit. v The University expects students to hand in all work by the deadline and to attend all examinations/class tests. Remember that if you stop attending classes without good reason or don't hand in assignments you are likely to be required to leave the course. 3

48 48 Completing Certificate Level v As described above, you can only complete the Certificate Level (first year) of your course if you attend regularly and submit all your assignments/attend examinations. In addition, to complete the Certificate Level you must also: u Pass at least 6 of your 8 modules; you must also obtain a mark of at least 25% in the 7th and 8th modules and attempt all the assessment. u Pass any modules that are specially identified for your course (see Course Handbook); v The University looks at your profile in July and again in September after re-assessments. v A full-time student who takes 8 modules may be allowed to reenrol and repeat the first year of study if they pass at least 4 out of 8. Full-time students who do not pass at least 4 modules will be required to leave the University. 3

49 Course Introductory Meeting Session 4

50 50 Contacting UG Offices/PAAs (1) v Contact can be made u in person, via your Office u via email u by phone v The number of meetings will vary according to individual student need/circumstances, but likely to be more frequent in year 1 v Scheduled meetings can be arranged for u Programme Planning u Performance Review (post result publication) u Review of PDP 4

51 51 Contacting UG Offices/PAAs (2) v Allocation to personal academic adviser u the allocation of particular cohorts/groups of students to individual members of staff will occur as soon as possible (notification will come from the UG Office) u in the interim, contact your UG Office, where academic and/or administrative staff will be available to assist 4

52 Managing Your Learning On-Line Web-Based Support for Study at LondonMet 4

53 53 Why On-line Resources? v Module Leaders, Undergraduate Offices and Course Leaders can provide much information but it is also available in printed form and on-line; v Avoids queues and is available 24 hours a day; v Printed documentation can be expanded on and modified. 4

54 54 How to access information v Most applications are linked to your ‘network login’ as printed on your ID Card. v This account should already be active and you can log in from any university computer; your password will initially be your date of birth as ddmmyy. v Your ‘network login’ is also your email address (login at You can set this to auto- forward emails to hotmail etc, but important information will be sent to you at this address some you must make sure you are checking regularly. 4

55 55 Evision – viewing your academic record on-line v Evision is the university’s system for publishing academic details on the web; students can log in using network login at u v You can view the information held on u personal details, address, email, phone etc (if your details change you can update the information yourself); u modules registered in current year u module results and details of any re-assessments u coursework that you have submitted v Evision will be used for you to record your module choices in November. 4

56 56 Course and Module Information v Details about all the undergraduate programmes that the university offers are at www.londonmet/ug-course- information www.londonmet/ug-course- information v Can view u the structure of courses including lists of compulsory and optional modules; u module specifications including what assessment tasks are required; u provisional half-day timeslots for modules. u a full catalogue of all the modules offered by the university 4

57 57 Individual and Course Timetables v New full-time starters will normally have a compulsory programme for the Autumn Semester; v Students who have completed enrolment will have these four modules on their record by the end of the Welcome Programme; v Where possible seminars and lectures will have been assigned and an individual timetable with rooms is available. v Part-time students and those entering Year 2 or Year 3 will need to choose modules, so timetables will be available in week 1. 4

58 58 Check your Timetable v If you are a full-time student you should have classes for four different modules. v Please attend the classes that you have been allocated to; we can only make changes exceptionally in weeks 1-2. v All classes begin next week (w/c 5th October) which is week 5 of timetable system! v In future semesters you can check your classes/rooms at u www.londonmet/ug-course-information www.londonmet/ug-course-information 4

59 59 City Campus v Check you know where the rooms are; the first letters will indicate the building in which the class happens: u CM = Calcutta House u GS = Goulston Street u MG = Moorgate u TH = Tower Hill u JS = Jewry Street u CE = Central House u CR = Commercial Road 4

60 60 North Campus v Check you know where the rooms are; the first letters will indicate the building in which the class happens: u TM or T = Tower Building, Main Holloway Road u SH = Stapleton House u LH = Ladbroke House u BE = Benwell Extension (within Tower Building) u BR = Benwell Road (within Tower Building) u EG = Eden Grove u LC = Learning Centre u GC = Graduate Centre u Main IT Studios are within Tower Building 4

61 61 Learning Resources and Module Web Sites v All Certificate Level modules have set up ways in which teaching materials and key information can be made available on-line. v Check out the list of module websites and the ‘virtual learning’ resources at: u 4

62 62 Those web addresses again! v For details of your email account u v For Evision – your results and module choices u v For timetables and course and module information u www.londonmet/ug-course-information www.londonmet/ug-course-information v For module websites u 4

63 63 Welcome Programme Checklist (1) By the end of the Welcome Programme you should Have enrolled and have received an ID card allowing access to University buildings Paid your tuition fees or made arrangements to pay (where appropriate) Have found out what financial support you are eligible for Have accessed your Course Handbook9s) on line Have accessed the University Student Handbook on line Know where to access details of modules that make up your course Know where your course noticeboard is Have received a timetable of classes for the Autumn Semester Know which rooms to go to and at what times for classes Know the location of your Undergraduate Office and who your Personal Academic Adviser is 4

64 64 Welcome Programme Checklist (2) By the end of the Welcome Programme you should Have emailed your Undergraduate Office Know the name and location of the Course Leader Know the name of your Department Know where and how to submit coursework and how to find out when work is due Have looked at the sections of the University’s website that advise on course and module structures, regulations, procedures and processes Know where and how to look up information about your modules and results Know how to look up timetable information on the university’s website Know what a Personal Development Plan is and which module will be co-ordinating its completion (degree students only) Made an application for Accreditation of Prior (or Experiential) Learning if relevant qualifications or experience apply 4

65 65 Welcome Programme Checklist (3) By the end of the Welcome Programme you should Know where to go when needing financial advice Have got a University IT password and email account and know how to link it to an external ISP Have had a library induction and know how to use the catalogue Have got your NUS card Have found out where to go for advice and help (financial, emotional, job related, spiritual, related to disability/dyslexia) 4

66 66 Break-Out Session – Topics v Issue of individual timetables v Deal with questions/queries v Importance of Attendance v Review Weeks 5 - 6 v Programme Planning/Module Registration Weeks 7 - 8 v PDP and related matters v Start of all classes next week, including Seminar/ Workshop/Tutorial Groups 4

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