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1 Masters by Coursework Orientation Briefing Monday, 5 August 2013 Assoc Prof Isabella Wong Sub Dean, Higher Professional Learning Degrees

2 Higher Degree Students in NIE (as of February 2013) Masters by ResearchMA and MSc59 Masters by Coursework MA and MSc688 M Ed1,154 MEA (International)112 Master of Teaching23 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)212 Doctor in Education (EdD Dual Award with Institute of Education, University of London) 14 NIE Doctor in Education56 August 2013 Intake: 185

3 Outline of Briefing Important contacts and sources Procedural matters Administrative matters Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements and Performance Examination matters Coursework + dissertation Complete coursework Paths to graduation Useful tips for graduate students Code of conduct Succeeding in your studies

4 Important Contacts Contact PointMatters Student Services Centre Blk 3b, NIE Student Hub (Level 1) General services IT Services Hub Blk 3b, NIE Student Hub (Level 1) Computer-related enquires Office of Academic Administration & Services Course Related: - Course Registration - Course Withdrawal - Course Accreditation/Exemption Office of Academic Administration & Services Student Records

5 Important Contacts Contact PointAcademic Areas Course CoordinatorIndividual course matters Academic Group Programme Coordinator Matters directly related to your programme GPL Office Front office counter Higher degree academic matters

6 Information Sources Information SourceAreas NIE Website General NIE matters General programme information NIE Portal Announcements Student Handbook Downloadable forms Updating of your addresses and phone numbers Blackboard (The e-learning platform in NIE)  Information and learning materials for individual courses

7 Important Procedural Matters Leave of AbsenceCourse RegistrationOnline Add/Drop and ConfirmationCourse DefermentProgramme / Course WithdrawalExtension of Candidature

8 Course Registration - NIE Portal

9 Examination Matters Grade Point Average (GPA) System Letter GradeGrade Point A5.00 B3.50 C+2.50 F0.00 Examples:

10 Examination Matters  Term Grade Point Average (TGPA) - an average of all courses in any term of study  Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) - an average of all courses up to the time of calculation of the GPA Minimum TGPA/ CGPA: 2.50

11 Examination Matters  Graduation Requirements  Successful completion of all course requirements  30 Academic Units  A minimum CGPA of 2.50  Satisfactory Academic Performance  In any term of study - a minimum TGPA of 2.50.

12 Examination Matters  Poor Academic Performance  TGPA below 2.50: Academic reminder  TGPA below 2.50 for two consecutive terms of study: Termination

13 Paths to Graduation 10 courses (30 AUs) 8 courses + a dissertation (30 AUs) Master’s degree

14 The Complete Coursework Route Complete 8 courses in your programme/ specialisation Select an open elective (9 th course) Do MMM800 Critical Inquiry (10 th course)

15 The Dissertation Route Course completion At least 6 courses (before exercising option) Minimum CGPA 3.50 Supervision Availability of faculty members Research Topic Academic Group’s special requirements

16 1. Plan and read ahead, and manage your time. 2.Take responsibility for your own learning and progress. 3. Ask those close to you for support and approach them for help when necessary. 4. Familiarise yourself with important procedures. 5. Get to know your programme coordinator and course lecturers. Useful tips for succeeding as a graduate student

17 6. Co-operate with your classmates for mutual help and support. 7. Understand what is expected of Master’s degree work. 8. Develop skills for creative and critical thinking. 9. Develop good academic writing, discussion and presentation skills. 10. Make good use of resources from the Library and Information Services in NIE.

18 Postgraduate Students’ Personal Code of Conduct Excellence Academic Honesty Quality

19 Academic Dishonesty Submission of the work of another person as your own or reproduction of ideas or statements of another person without acknowledgement Plagiarism Copying another student’s work with or without their knowledge Collusion Allowing another student to practise collusion Complicity Also known as “double dipping” - submitting a whole paper previously submitted to satisfy the requirements for another course or a substantial portion of it to fulfill a course requirement. Self- Plagiarism

20  Do not commit acts of academic dishonesty.  Such acts constitute serious academic misconduct.  You will be subject to strong disciplinary actions. NIE Portal → Academics → Graduate Programmes → NIE Academic Integrity Framework NIE Academic Integrity Framework NIE Academic Integrity Framework document E-briefing on Plagiarism and Referencing Academic Dishonesty

21 C ommitments C apacities C ompetencies Expanded knowledge of discipline and beyond Enhanced leadership abilities Enhanced communication competencies Dispositions of scholarly engagement Habit of mind for critical inquiry Expanded knowledge of disciplines and beyond NIE Graduate Students’ Commitments, Capacities and Competencies

22 Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference. — Arie Pencovici Best of success and all joys in your graduate student journey!

23 ProgrammeProgramme CoordinatorVenue MA (Applied Linguistics)Asst/P Csilla Weninger NIE 7-01-TR703 MA (Counselling & Guidance)Dr Lee Boon Ooi NIE 7-01-TR704 MA (Education Management)Dr Zhang Yenming NIE 7-01-TR705 MA in Humanities EducationAsst/P Ho Li Ching Asst/P Ivy Maria Lim NIE 7-01-TR706 Programmes: Master of Arts BRIEFING BY PROGRAMME COORDINATORS Briefing by Programme Coordinators

24 Programme: Master of Education ProgrammeProgramme CoordinatorVenue Curriculum & TeachingA/P Jasmine Sim NIE 7-01-TR707 Early ChildhoodAsst/P Yang Chien-Hui NIE 7-01-TR708 English LanguageAsst/P Shih Chih-Min NIE 7-01-TR709 English LiteratureAsst/P Warren Liew NIE 7-01-TR710 PrimaryDr Chew Lee Chin Special EducationAsst/P Noel Chia Kok Hwee NIE 7-01-TR712 BRIEFING BY PROGRAMME COORDINATORS Briefing by Programme Coordinators


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