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					 School of Life, Sport and
    Social Sciences

 BA (Hons) Social Sciences

Programme Handbook 2011/12
Introduction and welcome

Welcome to the programme handbook for the BA (Hons) Social Sciences.
The following pages contain information relating to many aspects of your
academic year in 2011/12, including your programme of study, the modules
you will undertake, and services and resources offered by the University to
help you.

Hang on to this handbook! It contains lots of information that you‟ll need to
refer to throughout in the year, for example about assessments, or calendar
dates. There is also a lot of information on the student portal, which will
provide the most up to date information.

While care has been taken to try to ensure that the information contained in this edition of the
programme handbook is correct, no guarantee can be given that it is completely free of errors
or omissions.


Section A: About your programme of study and the School of
Life Sport & Social Sciences

Your programme
          Welcome from programme leader
          Programme management, communication, and contact details
          Calendar of the academic year 2011/2012
          Programme aims and objectives
          Programme structure and other information
          Personal Development Planning and Confident Futures
          Academic regulations

       Assessment schedule
       Coursework submission procedures
       Style notes
       Assessment criteria
       Plagiarism
       Academic support
     Mitigating circumstances and student absence
     Getting your results

Section B: University information

    1. A-Z of University Services: accommodation, advice and guidance,
       C&IT services, careers, confident futures, counselling, disabilities,
       health conditions and specific learning difficulties, emergencies, English
       language support, faith, spirituality and chaplaincy, fees and finance,
       funding, health, independent student advice service, international
       student support, libraries and learning information services, mentoring,
       matriculation, Edinburgh Napier students‟ association, nimweb,
       personal information, regulations, security, sports services, student
       cards, student portal, study skills, teaching timetable, WebCT.

     Section A: About your programme of study and the School of
     Life Sport & Social Sciences

1.     Welcome from Dr Maire Brennan, Programme Leader

     Welcome to the BA (Hons) Social Sciences. We hope the programme will
     offer you four challenging years of study and lead you to your ultimate career

     You will probably take a few weeks to settle in properly and get to know your
     way about the University and Edinburgh. For this reason (and others) the first
     year of a degree course, in a new environment and meeting new people, can
     often seem the most difficult. You will have fewer formal lectures and tutorials
     than at school or college and this means you have to plan your own private
     study time quite carefully.

     Apart from the academic challenge you have taken on you also face the
     challenge of organising your own studies. It is therefore essential that from
     the very beginning you try to programme your time to allow you to undertake
     the reading and coursework allocated to you. If you find this is not working out
     as you planned then try setting more time aside for studies. Don‟t
     underestimate the time you will need to make the most of your opportunity.

     As a full-time undergraduate student, most of you will have few responsibilities
     other than the successful completion of your studies. For others, it will be a
     major challenge to find the time to succeed at your studies and meet the
     demands of your personal responsibilities. There is no need for your studies
     to infringe on an enjoyable and full social life, provided you plan ahead
     properly. Remember that you were accepted on to the course because you
     have the intellectual capacity to succeed in it - what you need to supply most
     of all is the motivation and self-discipline demanded of any student embarking
     on a Degree programme.

     The teaching and administrative staff will give you every help and
     encouragement in your time at Edinburgh Napier but remember that it is your
     Honours Degree you are striving for - no one else's - so you ultimately have
     the responsibility for ensuring that you get it. All of the staff who you come
     into contact with will give you every assistance they can – just ask!

     Dr Maire Brennan
     Programme Leader

   2. Programme management, communication, and contact

Programme team
Each programme has a team to manage the day-to-day running of the
programme. If you have a query or problem then you should contact one of
the following members of staff. You should ensure that you know who the
members of the programme team are for your programme.

Head of School
Prof. Mark       Room 3.B.28      2525  

Programme Leader – BA (Hons) Social Sciences.
 Dr. Maire         Room 3.B.40      6013    

 Year Leaders
 Maggie Chapman, Year 1          2.B.44 6532
 Dr Ailsa Hollinshead, Year 2    2.B.16 6166
 Dr John Burnett, Year 3,        2.B.44 6187
 Deputy Programme Leader
 Dr Simon Lane, Year 4           2.B.44 6289

 Programme Administrators
 Fiona Gray           1.B.13             2257
 Liz Thomson          1.B.27             5313
 Marjorie Henderson   1.B.18             2620

If you are using a phone from inside the university, you only need to dial the
last four digits. From outside the direct telephone number is 0131 455 XXXX.

The School Office at 1.B.29 is the centre of administration for the School.
From time to time you may need to go to the school/faculty office to leave
messages for a member of staff, to collect personal mail or messages from
academic staff, or for other administrative matters.

Please feel free to visit the office whenever you have a query.

Communication between you and your programme
All students are allocated an e-mail address which can be used on all
designated computers.
Your Napier e-mail account will be the only recognised email account that will
be used to contact you.

It is your responsibility to check your Napier e-mail account regularly

You should also check for information on the Student Portal.

Meetings with staff

The School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences is based at Sighthill. All
academic, technical and administrative staff are located in the Sighthill

Your Personal Development Tutors (PDT) will contact you to let you know the
times when they are available to see their allocated students on academic

All members of the School who are involved with teaching will also be
available at certain times to see students, their office hours. Check with the
member of staff for times when they are available and how to make an

The majority of staff find e-mail the most effective means for students to
contact them.

Student/Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)
Each programme or suite of programmes has an SSLC, which is a formal
forum for the exchange of information between staff and students on any
matter relevant to a programme. It can also be used as a forum for staff to
discuss new ideas and to seek the views of students. It is important to note
that the SSLC deals with collective issues of concern and not issues of a
personal nature relating to the conduct of individual students or members of

Board of Studies
The Board of Studies is responsible for the development, planning,
management, operation and enhancement of the programme. Its members
include staff and elected student representatives, and it receives reports from
the SSLC.

The University encourages students to engage with the management of their
programmes. At the beginning of your programme, NSA will issues
programme leaders with student programme representative recruitment
packs. Elected representatives are then trained by NSA and invited to attend
five student senate meetings throughout the year and up to four staff student
liaison committees. They will have the opportunity to liaise with their
programme leader and other relevant staff about programme management
issues during these meetings.

Further information on the student representative system can be found at the
Napier Students‟ Association website which can be accessed from the student

   3. Calendar of the academic year 2011/2012

The Edinburgh Napier academic year is divided into three trimesters of 15
weeks, allocated to different activities, described below.

  Week                                         Activity
  Week 1        Week 1 aims to provide you with an imaginative range of
                activities to assist in establishing a beneficial and valuable
                experience tailored to your level of study. During this week the
                University working with NSA will provide you with a thorough
                preparation of student life comprising administrative,
                academic, co-curricular and social activities which will enable
                you to embrace the University, fellow students, and Edinburgh
                as your city.
Weeks 2–12                              Teaching weeks.
  Week 13                   Revision week with supported learning
 Weeks 14       Normally for examinations, with the exception of students on
  and 15        programmes with specific professional requirements.

                If you are entering year 1, you will not sit exams at the end of
                Trimester 1, unless you are on a programme with specific
                professional requirements*. Your Trimester 1 modules will
                have other learning, teaching and assessment activities.

During the Inter-Trimester Week, support classes, workshops or tutorials may
be conducted to help develop knowledge and skills for the next trimester, or
students may use this as a supplementary reading week (it is not a holiday).

The structure of the academic year may vary for postgraduate students. If you
are a postgraduate student you should contact your Programme Leader about
the academic structure of your study. The full 2011/12 university calendar
can be found on the student portal at

   4. Programme aims and objectives

Programme aims:

The aim of the BA (Hons) Social Sciences is to provide students with a broad
social sciences degree, which in addition to its psychology and sociology
content, offers students the opportunity to study modules in history,
geography, politics and criminology.

      Programme learning outcomes:

1. to develop the ability to appreciate and evaluate theory, research findings
   and applications in a range of social science disciplines; and encourage
   the development of critical thinking about the nature of social processes
   and social issues
2. to allow the students to understand and conduct research in social
   science, both as members of groups and individually utilising a range of
   research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, through a programme
   of planned research training
3. to encourage independent and autonomous learning, ensuring that
   students assume increasing levels of responsibility for their own learning
   as they progress
4. to provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of specific and
   specialist skills that lead to a variety of careers in social science,
   postgraduate education and research as well as in other professions.

Knowledge and understanding.
On completion of this programme of study you will have knowledge and
understanding of:

A1.    Key concepts, theories, research methods and findings in psychology,
       sociology and other social science disciplines;
A2.    Real life applications of social science theories and findings, with
       specific detailed knowledge in selected applied areas;
A3.    Current debates within social science on the current nature of the
       disciplines, their research paradigms and their applications, drawing on
       an understanding of historical antecedents;
A4.    Critical evaluation of theory, methodology and research in key areas of
       psychology, sociology, history, geography, politics and criminology.

Skills and other attributes.
On completion of this programme of study you will be able to:

Intellectual and practical skills:
    B1.        Evaluate critically, analyse and construct reasoned argument on
               the basis of appropriate evidence;
    B2.        Analyse and solve problems; pose, operationalise and critique
               research questions, demonstrating independent thought in

      devising original and creative approaches to societal health
      issues, where appropriate;
B3.   Initiate, design, conduct and report on a range of practical
      research projects, including an individual research project, taking
      ethical issues into account;
B4.   Design research, analyse and report findings, using both
      quantitative and qualitative techniques, where appropriate using
      epidemiological data;
B5.   Design experimental and non-experimental research, combining
      survey and qualitative methods

   5. Programme structure and other information

          Module    Module Title                  Cre    Compulsory   Trimester
           code                                   dits     or Core
Year 1   PSY07102   Psychology 1                   20    Compulsory   Trimester 1

         SSC07103   Understanding Social          20     Compulsory   Trimester 1
                    Science Research
         SSC07101   Introduction to Sociology     20     Compulsory   Trimester 1
         SSC07102   Understanding Social          20     Compulsory   Trimester 2
         SSC07100   Contemporary British          20     Compulsory   Trimester 2
          Option                                  20       Option     Trimester 2

Year 2   PSY08102   Doing Quantitative            20     Compulsory   Trimester 1
         SSC08101   Politics in British Society   20     Compulsory   Trimester 1
         SSC08103   Sociological Theory           20     Compulsory   Trimester 1
         SSC08100   Society, Space and            20     Compulsory   Trimester 2
         LAW08111   Criminology                   20     Compulsory   Trimester 2

         PSY07101   Social Psychology 1           20     Compulsory   Trimester 2

Year 3   SSC09107   Qualitative Research in       20     Compulsory   Trimester 2
         PSY09106   Social Psychology 2           20        Core      Trimester 1
         PSY09104   Counselling Psychology        20        Core      Trimester 1
         PSY08100   Psychology of Child           20        Core      Trimester 1
         SSC09101   Modern Scottish History,      20        Core      Trimester 1
         SSC09103   Sociology of Health,          20        Core      Trimester 1
                    Illness & the Body
         SSC09106   Sociology of                  20        Core      Trimester 1
         SSC09100   Twentieth Century             20        Core      Trimester 2
                    Scottish Society
         SSC09102   Social & Cultural             20        Core      Trimester 2
         SSC09105   Sexuality & Gender            20        Core      Trimester 2

         SSC09104   Environment, Politics         20        Core      Trimester 2
                    and Society
         PSY09101   Work Psychology               20        Core      Trimester 2

         PSY09105   Health Psychology             20        Core      Trimester 2

         PSY09109   Investigative Psychology      20       Core       Trimester 2
          Options                                         Options     Trimester 1
                                                                          or 2

Year 4    SSC10106    The Honours Project      40   Compulsory   Trimester 1
          PSY10104    Critical Psychology      20      Core      Trimester 1

          SSC10105    The Sociology of         20      Core      Trimester 1
          SSC10109    Cultural Values of the   20      Core      Trimester 1
                      Natural World
          SSC10102    Social Identities        20      Core      Trimester 1

          LAW10106    Criminological           20      Core      Trimester 1
          PSY10110    Forensic & Legal         20      Core      Trimester 1
          SSC10103    Nationalism and          20      Core      Trimester 2
                      Ethnic Conflict
          PSY10106    Organisational           20      Core      Trimester 2
          SSC10104    Contemporary             20      Core      Trimester 2
                      Restructuring of Work
          PSY10107    Abnormal Psychology      20      Core      Trimester 2

          PSY10102    Educational              20      Core      Trimester 2
Award                 BA (Hons) Social                           480 credits

The Modular Scheme
All taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are modularised at
Edinburgh Napier. This means that all programmes are composed of
modules, which are usually delivered and assessed in a single trimester.

Each standard module contributes 20 credits towards your degree, and full-
time undergraduate programmes contain three standard modules per
trimester, i.e. six standard modules in each year of the programme (6 x 20
credits = 120 credits). An undergraduate degree with honours comprises 480
Compulsory, Core and Option Modules
Compulsory Modules are modules which you must take within your
programme of study.
Core Modules are a group of modules from which you will choose one or
Option Modules are offered from an option pool of modules determined by
your programme of study, from which you will choose. Your choices may

include modules relating to your programme of study and/or modules from
other disciplines which are relevant to you.
The option pool may contain discipline specific modules which have not been
designated as being core or compulsory, modules from other disciplines which
have been identified as being acceptable option choices for your programme
and will contain a set of approved co–curricular modules.
Co–curricular modules provide an opportunity for you to make a personal
choice to study subjects that strengthen your employability skills and boost
your confidence. They are part of the pool of option modules on your
programme and you can choose up to two of these modules rather than the
modules listed in the option pool that relates specifically to your programme of
studies. They are not programme specific and relate to personal and
professional development.
The development of co-curricular modules is dynamic and will develop and
grow year-on-year in line with employability, education and social trends.
These modules are diverse in subject but all offer knowledge and skills
relevant to today‟s working environment. For a list of co-curricular modules
and more information on co-curricular module delivery and timetables .

Module information
All classes, lectures, tutorials and lab practicals will be based at the Sighthill

Attendance at tutorials and labs is MANDATORY. A Medical Certificate must
be presented to the Course Leader or Year Tutor if you miss two consecutive
weeks of tutorials/labs in one or more course Modules. Please sign the
attendance sheet at all lectures and tutorials.

ALL written coursework for modules is to be deposited in the box located
outside the lecture theatres on 1.D.05. All work must be stapled or bound in a
folder. The cover sheet must be completed in full and signed.

Coursework will NOT be accepted unless it has been deposited in the box
outside 1.D.05. I

t is possible that a module leader will request an electronic copy to be
submitted through WebCT. If so, follow the instructions given for that module.

Normally, all work must be submitted by 1200 on the day it is due. In most
cases, coursework is due on a specific day of the week:
    level 7 modules on Monday
    level 8 modules on Tuesday
    level 9 modules on Wednesday
    level 10 modules on Thursday

Please note other Schools may have different submission procedures. You
will be advised of this by module leaders.

It is essential that you keep copies of all coursework and assignments
handed in for assessment. Regrettably pieces of coursework do
occasionally go missing, especially if it is not obvious for whom the work is
intended. Keeping a copy saves a lot of time and effort should you be asked
to re-submit a piece of work.

All work submitted must be your own. There are strict penalties for plagiarism.
Students may ask module leaders for an extension on a coursework deadline
if there are medical or personal reasons. It is always better to ask for an
extension than to be penalised for an unexplained late submission.

In all cases staff will endeavour to return coursework to you within THREE
WEEKS of receiving it. Work will be returned to students during lectures or
tutorials, where at all possible.

Tutorial Groups
Once class lists are established, you will be placed in a tutorial group. You will
be in the same group for all compulsory modules, and you will be informed
which group this is in week 1.

Module Examinations
Many course modules in trimester 2 have a Module examination or in-class test.
Examinations occur in week 14 and 15 of each trimester. Information on in-class
tests will be supplied by the Module leader. The in-class tests may take place
out with these weeks.
Directed Study
Each Module contains an element of Directed Study which is to enable you to
work your way through a part of the Module on your own and in your own time
using resources at Edinburgh Napier and/or any other appropriate institution.
The lecturer responsible for each Module of the Course will inform you what
he/she wishes you to undertake as Directed Study and the best time to do it.
Note: Directed Study is NOT coursework - it is part of your normal study
requirements and, of course, the work you cover in Directed Study may be
examined. So, it is very important that you do undertake the Directed Study
part of each Module - this aspect of the Course is very much your own

   6. Personal and professional development planning (PDP)
      and Confident futures

Would you like to learn how to manage your studies, your career and your life
more successfully? Would you like to increase your motivation and reduce
your stress levels? Would you like to increase your appeal to potential
employers? Would you like to develop yourself as a desirable 21 st century

As a student at Edinburgh Napier, you will be asked to carry out a number of
activities that, at first glance, might not seem directly related to your academic
studies. These will involve you in thinking not only about what you are doing
and learning but how you are doing this and what implications this has for
your personal success, both now and in the future. In higher education and in
the workplace these types of activities are grouped together and described by
the term personal and professional development planning, or PDP.
Good quality PDP will involve you in developing an understanding of yourself
(that‟s the „personal‟ part) so you can operate more effectively – in your
personal life, your studies, and your career – that‟s the “professional” part. It
can also help you increase your chances of getting to where you want to be.
The Confident Futures programme (see below) has been developed
specifically to help you with this.

Why personal and professional development planning?
           Employers are looking for people who have relevant subject
            knowledge and skills but who also have skills and attitudes that
            make them stand out from the crowd. They know that such
            attributes are key to successful careers, promotion and
            progression. In higher education we call this “developing your

See Napier‟s model at:
   You will see that in the centre of the employability model is a range of
   „reflective skills‟ – another name for PDP. Employers are looking for people
   who know themselves, who are able to identify and evidence their
   strengths and can show what and how they have learned over a period of
   time. They want people in their organisations who are capable of taking
   this approach into the workplace to become employees who will be self
   motivated and constantly seek to improve upon themselves and their skills.
   Personal and professional development planning in general and the
   Confident Futures programme in particular are designed to encourage you
   to develop such skills and attributes.

2. Research shows that learners who develop such employability skills and
   attributes, including self-knowledge, self-questioning and self-evaluation,
   are also more successful as students at university. Personal and
   professional development planning is designed to help you to achieve your
   potential at every stage in your life.

What does personal and professional development planning involve?
Personal and professional development planning is a structured process that
is undertaken by you - as a student - and supported by us - your personal
development tutor, your lecturers and a wide range of other staff – to help you
   1. review your learning, performance and successes to date
   2. identify recent examples of your activities and achievements that
      illustrate both your strengths and your areas for improvement
   3. analyse reasons for your successes and disappointments and how you
      can overcome them in the future
   4. reflect on your increasing self-understanding and developing personal
      development for use to benefit yourself and others with whom you live,
      study and work - the Confident Futures programme has been designed
      specifically for this.
   5. plan for your personal, academic and professional development,
   6. manage your ongoing development, using the resources available to
      you, and
   7. record all of this in a way that best suits you to use now and in the
      future. The WebCT portfolio tool has been developed to help you with
      this process.

Confident Futures: Personal Skills for Professional Development

Unique to higher education, Edinburgh Napier University‟s Confident Futures
is a programme of activities and resources designed to complement your
degree programme and personal and professional development by enhancing
the sort of „soft skills‟ and attitudes that are both valued and looked for by
employers. Confident Futures offers a series of free personal development
workshops open to all students, which provide an opportunity to develop well
founded confidence, expand self-knowledge and improve interpersonal skills.
Workshops include: Assertiveness; Dealing with Setbacks; Communication
Skills; Dealing with Conflict.

For the current schedule of workshops and more information visit:

It really is true - the more you put into your own personal and professional
development planning, including taking up the opportunities provided to you –
the more you‟ll get out of it.

   7. Academic Regulations

The University has a set of approved regulations which apply to all programmes
and set out the criteria for gaining an award of the University, the criteria for
progression on a programme, and standards for assessment in a module.

You can find each of these regulations in full by visiting the Student Portal and
selecting Regulations.

Section A: General Regulations

See especially:
A2       The University’s general regulatory principles
A7       Assessment regulations
A13      Student responsibilities

Section B: Regulations for Undergraduate Programmes

See especially:
B5       Assessment regulations
B6       Continuation of study regulations
B3       Undergraduate awards of the University

It is your responsibility to know and abide by the University Regulations

   8. Assessment schedule

At the beginning of each module you should receive an assessment brief. This
will detail your module, who is responsible for setting the assessment, a
description of the assessment, percentage weighting, information on size and
or time limits. You should also be advised on when and where the assessment
should be submitted.

The examination timetable will be made available via the student portal please
ensure you check this prior to booking any holidays!

   9. Coursework submission procedures

It is really important that you read and understand this section so that you are
familiar with the standards set for presentation and content of assessed work.

If you are taking a module from a different school than the one in which the
majority of your modules are taught, you must follow that school’s own
submission procedures - check what these are with the lecturer, the other
school‟s / faculty‟s office, or the module handbook.

Late Submission

Coursework submitted after the agreed deadline will be marked at a maximum
of 40% or P1. Coursework submitted over five working days after the agreed
deadline will be given 0% or F5 (although formative feedback will be offered
where requested)

If you know that you will not meet with a deadline due to exceptional
circumstances you may wish to contact the appropriate module leader to
apply for an extension.

Students will be informed in the Module Handbook of the dates and
arrangements for coursework submissions and the penalties for late

Academic staff will inform the School Administrative staff about submission
dates and any amendment to the dates, such as whole class extensions.

You may also be asked to submit an electronic copy of your work to the
submissions section of your WebCT account for that module.

All assignments must be word-processed, where possible.

Extensions on submission dates

Requests for extensions on Life, Sport & Social Sciences modules will be
considered and given only by the Module Leader. Where appropriate, a
Tutor, Personal Development Tutor or Programme Leader, acting in the best
interests of a student, may inform the Module Leader that a student is unable
to meet an assignment deadline. However, an extension will not be given to a
student by anyone other than the Module Leader. There are no exceptions to

The acceptable and non-acceptable reasons for an extension being granted
are listed below -

Acceptable reasons –

           Serious personal problems such as relationship problems;
            illness/death of close relatives including attendance at funerals;
            victims of crime; accommodation crises; court cases; accidents or
            sports injury; or acknowledged failure of University
            computer/printing services.
           Pressure of work will only be accepted when verified by an
           Production of a reasonable case, supported by evidence, such as
            a medical certificate, or from a GP, or notification via the Head of
            School of attendance at University‟s Counselling Service
            wherever possible / appropriate.
           A short-term absence from the University i.e. as a result of illness
            for 7 days or less where the absence occurred within the two
            week period immediately preceding the deadline for the
            submission of a piece of coursework or the delivery of an
            assessed presentation. It is recommended that in instances
            where students have been absent for a short period as a
            consequence of a minor illness i.e. no more that 7 days within the
            two week period immediately preceding the submission of a
            piece of assessed worth then a deadline extension of up to 7
            days be given.
           Jury Service
           Delays in obtaining ethical approval and/or risk assessment.
           Participation in authorised national or international sporting
            competition or authorised national sporting training camps.
           Exceptional circumstances will be considered on their own
            merits. Supporting documentation should be provided wherever

Non-acceptable reasons –
         Coughs, colds, minor chest infections, other minor illness.
         Computer or printing failure at home.
         Difficulties in accessing library resources
         Lost assignments.
         Unverifiable travel difficulties.
         Not realising deadline imminent.
         Poor time management.
         Wanting „to get it perfect‟.
         Any event that could have reasonably been expected or
          anticipated commitments (holidays, weddings, moving house,
          employment etc) interfering with completion of course work.
         Extensions will not normally be granted to individuals who
          voluntarily absent themselves to participate in other activities,
          such as sporting competitions, music festivals or part-time
          employments. Ignorance of the deadline, or pressure of other
          work resulting from poor personal organisation, will not constitute
          good causes for an extension.

           Because English is not a student‟s first language.

Where a student requests an extension on the basis of a brief illness or for
personal circumstances that are not ongoing, the Module Leader will deal with
the request and decide on the length of extension, preferably in discussion
with the student. Students should be clear about the impact of any extension
on other submission dates.

Where a student is given an extension but is unable to submit before the
marked work is returned to the class, the student should be informed that an
alternative title may be required. In addition, in the case of projects or
practical work, some alteration to the title or assignment requirements may be
required to ensure that work cannot be copied.

Work that is accepted after an extension has been given will be awarded the
full mark provided that it is submitted by the new deadline.

Mitigating Circumstances

Where the student‟s circumstances are serious and likely to have a continuing
impact on academic performance, the student should be asked to complete a
Mitigating Circumstances form, MC1, which should be returned to the Faculty
Manager (see section on Mitigating Circumstances).

The Mitigating Circumstances Board cannot and will not consider all
applications for coursework extensions. The system is designed to deal
mainly with examination performance or major work, such as projects, where
serious illness or severe personal circumstances may have affected a
student‟s academic performance in a significant way or for a significant period.

It is your responsibility to check when your assessments are due and plan
your work accordingly. Late assessments will be penalised. See Section B of
the academic regulations, regulation B5.9.

   10.        Style notes

Why are assessments necessary?
Assessments are considered to be part of academic development. They
improve and extend writing and analytical skills and show evidence of wide
reading and research findings. Written assignments are the medium through
which your understanding of theory can be evaluated. Style notes give you all
the information you require to submit your assignment and are the first step in
producing a successful piece of work.

Preparation of assignments
Preparation for your assignments will involve reading extensively around the
subject. Give thought to any referenced work suggested to you as these works
form an important part of your wider reading. Literature searches are time -
consuming, so make sure you allow time for this very important stage of your
work. Keep documented reference sources as you proceed. Failure to do so
can lead to many frustrating hours trying to find the source of your information.

It is likely that your literature search will produce a sizeable amount of material
and you will need to be selective in what you choose to use. The assignment
guidelines for each module will inform you whether or not the word limit
requirement is fixed; meaning that you need to adhere closely to it or you will
incur penalty. Appendices are not included in the total wordage.

Any written material you have read and from which you wish to quote, or use
as a source in your assignment, must be referenced. To omit this essential
procedure ignores academic practice and also disregards the rule of
copyright. Quoting from or using other writers‟ material without
acknowledgment constitutes plagiarism, which will incur a penalty. Students
can access “Turnitin” on WebCT to check their assignments for plagiarism
prior to submission. Assignments that arouse suspicion of plagiarism will be
forwarded to the Academic Conduct Officer for action.

Study the assignment guidelines carefully. Highlight the important words and
phrases and be sure that you understand what is asked of you. If you are
unsure, then discuss the matter with a member of the module teaching team.

Planning the assignment
After you have done preparatory reading, analysed the title and understood
what is required of you, then set about relating your literature findings to your
answer. Highlight the areas you wish to bring out in your writing. Closer
scrutiny of background reading may be necessary here. At this point it is
appropriate to emphasise that planning an individual matter. Some students
like to follow a structured approach from the outset, others prefer to make
jottings of points they consider important inclusions and construct their work
from notes. Whatever you choose to do, do not be disheartened if you need to
make several drafts before the final submission.

When writing, use the passive voice or the third person whenever possible

unless you have been asked to undertake reflective writing where it is fine to
use “I” or “my”.

In traditional academic style it is usual to say “The author has experienced….”
rather than “I remember an occasion”. Use of the first person can lead to
anecdotal accounts, which are to be discouraged. Topics, or aspects of the
topic, should be carefully linked so that the work reads fluently. Refer to a
thesaurus as well as a dictionary to avoid word repetition and to make use of
alternative vocabulary.

A piece of academic work normally comprises:

   a)     Faculty standard cover (provided by faculty, completed by student)

   b)     Title Page (shows the title of the work)

   c)     Contents page (lists contents and page numbers)

   d)     Introduction

             An introduction is a clear and concise statement of intent, which
             will inform the reader of the points to be addressed and the
             reasons for this choice

   e)     The Main Body
             The main body should identify the ideas and key points you
             intend to make and develop by discussion, exploration,
             examination and analysis. Attend to the logical sequencing of
             these key points and develop them with reference to the material
             you selected from your literature search. These references are
             the evidence of advantages and disadvantages of the arguments
             you wish to make. Enter appropriate references against your
             key points. Avoid lengthy quotes wherever possible.

   f)     Conclusions
            The conclusion should summarise the key aspects within the
            main body, the related implications for practice and an outline of
            personal conclusions regarding the issues raised.

   g)     Appendices
            Charts, diagrams, photographs or any other relevant material
            may be included here. Sources must be acknowledged.

   h)     References/bibliography
             References refer to material quoted directly and/or specific
             findings, views, ideas used in the text and must be cited.
             Bibliography refers to background reading, not cited in the text.

Prior to the submission of your assessment, ask a colleague to read your work
and comment on how well he/she understands what you have written. Proof
reading is necessary to correct spelling, grammatical errors and punctuation

Coursework presentation guidelines

          Always refer to the assignment guidelines for any specific
          Coursework should be word-processed in 12 point Arial, with
           printing on one side of the paper only, 1.5 spaced and the pages
           numbered. The word count should be indicated
          Your coursework is anonymously marked so do not put your name
           on the essay in headers or footers.
          Always keep a copy of your submission.

   The Harvard Method of Referencing is the one used for this programme. It
   is important to always acknowledge the sources used in your coursework
   and some general rules follow. Harvard referencing can be accessed in
   detail from the student portal.

Citing References In Text – General Rules

   • The Harvard method requires the surname of the author(s) or editor(s)
        and the year of publication to be cited in the text.
   • The surname(s) (not initials) should be followed by the year.
   • If the name of the author is used naturally in a sentence, then only the
        year will appear in brackets.
   • Page numbers are only necessary when using a direct quotation.

Reference Lists and Bibliographies – An overview

A reference list contains the details of all of the books, journal articles,
videos, websites etc. that you have cited (referred to) in your piece of work.

A bibliography is sometimes required in addition to a reference list. A
bibliography is a list giving the details of all items (published and unpublished)
read in the course of producing the work. This includes items you do not
directly cite (refer to) in your work.

End Reference lists/bibliographies should:

   • Acknowledge the sources which have been used –avoiding plagiarism.
   • Enable other readers to easily find the books, journals etc.
   • Always be presented in alphabetical order of author‟s surnames.
   • Offer a style of presentation that is consistent throughout.

   11. Assessment criteria

Assessment Criteria

The PSY and SSC modules in the School adopt the following criteria for marking:

School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences: Descriptive Analysis of Mark
          There is a clear overall structure which is explicitly announced and
           adhered to.
          Linking statements make arguments easy to follow
          Ideas are clearly expressed in grammatical sentences using an
           appropriate, readable style.
          Thorough analysis of relevant concepts and theories and evidence
           with proper emphasis on main points and detailed information
          Shows awareness of issues relating to the broader context of the
           topic: paradigms, methodologies, current issues
          Clearly directs arguments towards answering the question
          Wide-ranging and appropriate use of evidence to support claims
          A clear pattern of evaluating ideas and evidence and presenting
           alternative explanations
          Shows originality in links and lines of argument
          Argument is consistent and flows well
          Grammatical, readable and appropriate style

An answer achieving 70+ must present a coherent, well structured, readable, very
well informed argument which is evaluative, well-evidenced, shows originality and
relates the topic to the broader context.

           An overall structure is evident and followed for the majority of the
           Linking statements are often used and make most arguments easy
            to follow
           Ideas are generally expressed using grammatical sentences in an
            appropriate, readable style.
           Good analysis of relevant concepts and theories and evidence with
            proper emphasis on main points and detailed information. Shows
            student has read beyond the essential reading.
           Shows some awareness of issues relating to the broader context of
            the topic: paradigms, methodologies, current issues
           Directs arguments towards answering the question
           Good use of appropriate evidence to support claims
           Evaluates ideas and evidence and presents alternative explanations
           Shows glimpses of originality in links and lines of argument
           Argument is consistent and flows well
           Grammatical, readable and appropriate style

An answer achieving 60+ must be a coherent, well structured, and readable
argument which is well informed, uses evidence to back up statements and
shows reading beyond the essential texts. Originality of thought and very good
use of evidence may compensate for lapses in the argument structure.

 There is evidence of an overall structure, but it is either not clearly announced
   or is not adhered to.
 Linking statements are sometimes used but gaps or less clearly expressed
   statements make the arguments less easy to follow.
 Information tends to drive argument rather than vice-versa
 Ideas are expressed reasonably clearly and whilst there may be some
   grammatical errors, the style is on the whole readable and appropriate
            Quite good analysis of relevant concepts, theories and evidence
              and sufficient detailed information. Shows student has a good
              grasp of the core information.
            May provide some links to the broader context of the topic:
              paradigms, methodologies, current issues
            A tendency to make claims unsupported by appropriate evidence
            Rarely convincing evaluation of ideas and evidence and only
              occasionally presents alternative explanations
            Argument not always consistent and can be stilted and quite difficult
              to follow
            Reasonably grammatical, readable and uses an appropriate style

An answer achieving 50+ must show that the student is reasonably well informed
on the core information and uses evidence sufficiently well to present a fairly
good argument. Must be evidence of reading beyond basic lecture material. The
overall structure should be reasonably good and should include a more than
adequate amount of linking statements which help the flow of the argument.

1. There are obvious problems with the overall structure: either it is not evident
   or it is not clearly supporting the argument
2. Few linking statements are used or those that are used rarely help to clarify
   the argument
 There may be obvious grammatical errors and the style may diverge from
   what is appropriate making the essay not very readable.
 Information tends to drive argument rather than vice-versa
             There may be some errors or gaps but there is a satisfactory
               analysis of relevant concepts, theories and evidence and sufficient
               detailed information which shows the student has a basic grasp of
               the core information.
             A frequent pattern of making claims unsupported by appropriate
             Few attempts to evaluate ideas and evidence and to balance the
               argument. These may also be either unconvincing or superficial.
             Argument may be unclear and lack coherence, often stilted and
               quite difficult to follow
             Grammar, readability and style satisfactory.

    An answer achieving 40+ must show adequate understanding of relevant
    concepts and theories. Evidence may be lacking or inappropriate. There may
    be flaws in the argument or an obvious lack in argument directed towards the
    question and there may be frequent grammatical errors or lack of clarity.
    Notwithstanding errors, there must be sufficient evidence that the student
    understands a satisfactory amount to warrant a pass.

30+ Fail (but with potential for compensation)
3. The overall structure has serious flaws: either it is not evident or it does very
   little to support the argument
4. There are very few linking statements or those that are used very rarely help
   to clarify the argument
 There may be very clear grammatical errors and the style may significantly
   diverge from what is appropriate making the essay very difficult to follow.
 Information drives argument rather than vice-versa
              There are many errors or gaps in the analysis of relevant concepts,
               theories and evidence and overall information is not sufficient to
               demonstrate even a basic grasp of the core information.
              A very frequent pattern of making claims unsupported by
               appropriate evidence.
              Very few attempts to evaluate ideas and evidence and to balance
               the argument. Those included may be either unconvincing or
              Argument unclear with a lack of coherence, frequently stilted and
               difficult to follow
              Grammar, readability and style unsatisfactory.

   An answer achieving 30+ fails to demonstrate understanding of relevant
    concepts and theories. Evidence is lacking, unconvincing or inappropriate.
    There are flaws in the argument or an obvious lack in argument directed
    towards the question making the answer fail to present a sufficient case.
    There may be grammatical errors or lack of clarity. The overall impression is
    of a student who does not understand sufficiently well to warrant a pass.

    Less than 30 Fail (but without potential for compensation)
   The overall structure has very serious flaws: either it is not evident or it does
    very little to support the argument
   Linking statements are virtually absent or do not help to clarify the argument
   There may be very clear grammatical errors and the style may significantly
    diverge from what is appropriate making the essay very difficult to follow.
   Information where it exists, is irrelevant and drives argument rather than vice-
   There are many errors or gaps in the analysis of relevant concepts, theories
    and evidence and overall information is not sufficient to demonstrate even a
    basic grasp of the core information.
   The paper consistently makes claims unsupported by appropriate evidence.
   Little or no attempt to evaluate ideas and evidence and to balance the
    argument. Those included may be either unconvincing or superficial.
    1.           Argument lacking or very unclear with a lack of coherence, stilted
         and difficult to follow

   Grammar, readability and style unsatisfactory.

An answer achieving less than 30% shows obvious failure to demonstrate
understanding of relevant concepts and theories.              Evidence is lacking,
unconvincing or inappropriate. There are serious flaws in the argument or an
obvious lack in argument; seldom is argument directed towards the question
making the answer clearly fail to present a sufficient case. There are grammatical
errors or lack of clarity. The overall impression is of a student who has very little
understanding of the topic.

Content/             Relevant           Proper emphasis on     Appropriate             Recognises the
information         concepts,           core information but   evidence explained      broader context
                    theories            enough detail to       and        integrated   of the topic e.g.
                    explained           show expertise and     (examples; research     approaches,
                    clearly.            detailed knowledge     evidence; references    paradigms,
                    Minimise                                   to researchers)         issues
                    redundant                                                          applications
Quality of          Focus –              Provides & explores   Evaluates               Presents            Argument flows
argument/           explicitly          alternative            ideas/evidence          original links      in a logically
critical analysis   answers the         explanations                                   and lines of        consistent &
                    question.                                                          thought             coherent way
                    Clear overall       Uses linking
Structure of        structure           sentences:
argument            including           -linking
                    introduction and    sections/paragraphs
                    summary/            -linking information
                    conclusion          to the question
                                        concepts/theory to
Quality of          Ideas are clearly   Readable,
writing             expressed using     appropriate,
                    grammatical         academic style
Conforms to         Reference list       Primary, secondary    Harvard system          Web-sites
referencing         complete            references and         used                    properly
guidelines                              quotations cited                               referenced
(coursework)                            properly within text

                Students work will generally be marked by tutors using the above as
                guidelines unless otherwise stated.

   12.        Plagiarism

Take the time to read thoroughly the guidance in „Be Wise, Don’t Plagiarise’
follow Don’t Plagiarise on the Student Portal.
Plagiarism at Napier is defined as the “unacknowledged incorporation in a
student‟s work either in an examination or assessment of material derived
from the work (published or unpublished) of another." This means that you
may not use work from others and call it your own. Work in this context
applies to any form of work, not only written work. It applies to music, art,
audio and drama.
Plagiarism is considered a breach of academic conduct regulations and is
considered a serious offence and is dealt with according to the University‟s
Student disciplinary regulations and Academic conduct: Code of practice for
staff and students.
Good referencing practice is the best way to avoid unintentional plagiarism
and you will find help and resources about this on the Be Wise, Don’t
Plagiarise website.

The member of staff in your School responsible for managing plagiarism is
Janis Deane.

It is your responsibility not to cheat or plagiarise
If you are found to have cheated or gained an unfair advantage, you may fail
part or all of your assessment and you may not be permitted to be re-

   13.       Academic support

For further information and advice about studying or assessments, there is a
range of resources available to you.
  a. See Get Ready for University Study at -

  b. The Library contains many books on a range of study skills topics.
     Follow the library link on the student portal for further details. This
     website also contains information on Maths Plus, Communication
     Plus, the student mentor system, and academic support advisers.
  c. Visit Study Support on the Student Portal

   14.       Mitigating circumstances and student absence

Student absence due to illness or other personal circumstances

Any absence due to illness or other personal circumstances should be
reported to your Programme Leader as soon as possible, especially if you are
missing classes or assessments as a result.

A medical certificate from your doctor is required for an absence due to illness
of one week (5 days) or longer.

It is your responsibility to inform us if you are absent

Mitigating Circumstances
If, for good reason, such as illness, you are unable to submit work for
assessment or sit an exam, or you feel your performance during an
assessment has been affected due to personal circumstances, you must
complete a Mitigating Circumstances form (MC1). This allows you to
explain the particular circumstances and without it mitigating circumstances
cannot be granted.
You should note that Mitigating Circumstances will not increase your individual
marks and if you pass an assessment you have submitted an MC1 form for
that mark will stand.
Speak to your programme leader/ personal development tutor to get help
completing the MC1 form.
You can get the MC1 form by clicking on Forms on the Student Portal. This
page also gives the final submission dates for the form.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your Mitigating Circumstances
form is submitted by the required deadline.

   15.       Boards of Examiners and getting your results

Boards of Examiners
Boards of Examiners are responsible for making decisions about students'
performance including decisions about progression and award. Within the
modular scheme there are two types of Boards, Module Boards and
Programme Boards.

     Module Board of Examiners
     The Module Boards of Examiners considers the module marks and
     submits confirmed marks to the relevant Programme Boards of
     Examiners. Recommendations are made regarding whether a student
     should be awarded a pass or fail in any module and the mechanisms for

     Module Boards of Examiners meet up to four times in each session to
     consider module performance. These boards normally occur in February,
     June, September and potentially at the end of the third trimester if

     Programme Board of Examiners
     The Programme Board receives confirmed module marks and
     recommendations on pass and fail and information from Mitigating
     Circumstances Boards. The Board reviews the students' whole
     performance across all the modules and makes decisions.

     A Programme Board of Examiners will normally meet at the end of each
     of the three trimesters in the University‟s academic calendar. Your
     school / faculty office and Student Affairs will provide you with specific
     dates email

Your results can be accessed via the student portal. The publication dates of
your results will normally be made available via the student portal.
The module results will be displayed on NIMWEB at the end of each trimester,
however you should note that these results will be provisional pending the
decisions of the Programme Boards of Examiners.
Module Boards of Examiners do not take account of mitigating circumstances
these will be reported to the Programme Board of Examiners.
Following the programme board of examiners you will received a letter which
will detail the outcome of the board together with any reassessment

Section B: University information

8.     A - Z of University Services

More information on any of the services listed in this section can be found on
the Student Portal at

If you have matriculated onto your programme and are unable to log in to the
Student Portal, please contact C&IT Support Desk on 0131 455 3000 or


Edinburgh Napier has over 900 student accommodation places across five
main city centre developments at West Tollcross, Riego Street, Wrights
Houses, Morrison Circus and West Bryson Road.

Accommodation Services can also provide help and support with finding
rented accommodation in the private sector, and ISAS (see Advice section
below) provide advice on all aspects of housing and tenancy rights such as
dealing with landlords, deposits, repairs and evictions.

More information on student accommodation is available via the Student
Portal or at

Advice & Guidance

It is your responsibility to speak to someone if you run into difficulties or have
personal problems and there are many ways to get help, some of these are:

           ISAS (see Independent Student Advice Service)

           Student Advisers can offer impartial guidance that can help you if
            you are considering changing your course or withdrawing from

           Personal Development Tutor (PDT) – personalised guidance in
            academic matters and information about where to go for
            specialist advice (contact details in Section A – Your Programme)

           Nightline is an independent listening, emotional support,
            information and supplies service, run by students for students
            and open at night when few other services are available and can
            be contacted on 0131 557 4444

C&IT Services - On Campus IT

Within the University we provide access to over 1,250 PCs and 150 Apple
Macs on seven campuses. Opening hours vary, but the 500-seat Jack Kilby
Computing Centre (JKCC) at Merchiston campus is open 24/7.

On campus we provide access to:

             PCs 24/7
             Wi-Fi network connections for your laptop
             Microsoft Office applications and the Internet
             Specialised software packages including CAD, project
              management, statistics, mathematics, computer programming
              and many others to support your study
             Mono, colour and acetate printers
             Scanners and other specialist peripherals
             A laptop loan service from the main campuses
             Face-to-face user support for over 70 hours per week in the
              JKCC (Merchiston Campus) and at published times in other
             Convenient vending machines selling IT essentials
             Special low-priced purchase schemes for software for your own

C&IT Services – Help & Support

For information about the opening times and location of all computer suites,
User Guides, where to find further help and other useful information about
C&IT Services go to the Student Portal and click on C&IT Services.

Whether on or off campus you have telephone or email support from the C&IT
Support Desk via:

           direct phones in computer labs - no need to dial
           ext. 3000 (on-campus) or 0131 455 3000 (off-campus)
           email


Regular careers workshops and presentations give you the opportunity to
refine your skills and talk to employers about what they can offer. Themed
events such as Part-time Work Week and specialist Preparation for
Employment courses provide the links to explore your options. Personal
advice and guidance is available from our expert staff on campus all year and
our Ask Careers! online service is accessible from any PC.

Whether you are planning for the future or looking for a part-time job whilst
you study, click on Careers on the Student Portal and get in touch.

Confident Futures

Confident Futures deliver a programme of workshops designed to enhance
the personal skills and attitudes that are both valued and looked for by
employers. The workshops are free and will provide you with an opportunity
to improve your CV. Workshops include: Assertiveness; Dealing with
Setbacks; Communication Skills; Dealing with Conflict.


Student Counselling provides counselling to support students who have
personal issues causing them concern or when they are emotionally upset.
The service provided offers students an opportunity to talk to trained
counsellors in a confidential setting.
The counsellors hold frequent drop-in sessions and provide various therapies,
workshops and self-help strategies as well as counselling. If you need to
contact a Counsellor, please email or phone 0131 455

Disabilities, Health Conditions and Specific Learning Difficulties
The Special Needs and Diversity Team can help if you have a disability,
health condition or specific learning difficulty for which you may need
additional support at university. The team provides specialist information and
advice and can help with arranging any support you need (including exam
allowances), assistance with applying for Disabled Student‟s Allowance and
can arrange assessments for dyslexia and other learning needs.

In the event of an emergency on campus, telephone 0131 455 4444 or 4444
(from any internal phone) to access our Security Control Room.

English Language Support

If you would like to improve certain aspects of your English while you are
studying your degree there are free-of-charge English language support
classes available. The Centre for Business Languages offers the following
types of tuition to registered students: Writing Workshops, Presentation Skills
Courses, Reading Skills, Discussion Skills and Vocabulary Development,
Individual Help Sessions and Pronunciation Laboratories.

Faith, Spirituality & Chaplaincy

The University Chaplaincy provides spiritual and pastoral support to individual
students or staff and guides and assists faith groups in organising and
managing events. The Chaplaincy can be contacted via a 24 hour phone line
on 0131 455 2926 or by emailing
Room G4 at Merchiston and Room 04/32 at Craiglockhart are designated
quiet rooms for personal prayer or meditation. If you would like to book one of
these rooms please email

Fees & Finance

The payment of fees is the responsibility of the student and, in the event of a
student‟s sponsor (government or other) failing to make payment, the student
will be held personally liable for payment.
Fees and charges for all courses are subject to annual revision and are due in
full at the start of the student‟s relevant academic session.
To make a fee payment, follow the links to Online Payments from the Student
Portal or visit
If you anticipate any difficulty in paying your fees, you should contact the
Finance Office immediately.
For Scottish and EU domiciled students it is your responsibility to apply to
the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for payment of your fees each
year. See for more information and the
online application form.


The Student Funding Team provides information and access to a number of
additional sources of funding, including the Discretionary and Childcare
Funds. Application Forms and eligibility information can be collected from any
campus reception and further advice is provided by phone, email or face to
face meetings. Student Funding also hold regular events to raise awareness
of financial issues faced by students and the sources of help available.

If you are a student living away from home please remember to register with a
General Practitioner (Doctor) at a surgery close to your term time address
(please note this service is free). To locate your nearest GP and to find advice
and information on any health problems please see

Independent Student Advice Service (ISAS)

The Independent Student Advice Service (ISAS) offers a comprehensive and
generalist welfare rights and education advice service. The service is funded
by Napier Students‟ Association and is independent of the University. The aim
of the service is to provide students with clear, accurate and objective advice
and information so that you can make an informed choice regarding whatever
options are available. The service is free, confidential and non-judgemental.
Our advisers are all professional members of staff with many years
experience of advising Edinburgh Napier students on issues such as student
funding, budgeting, debt management, housing and employment rights,
benefit entitlement, health and well-being, immigration, academic appeals,
student discipline and complaints, student representation, University policies,
facilities, services and programme-related enquiries. For an appointment
telephone 0131 229 8791, email and for more information
see the „Student Survival Guide‟ booklet available from NSA.

International Student Support

The International Office offer a crucial support service to non-EU international
students by offering a comprehensive immigration advice service relating to
entry clearance, further leave to remain applications, Post Study Work and the
new Points Based Immigration system.
The International Office are also responsible for the administration of the
Erasmus exchange programme and the Study Abroad programme which
allows students to spend a period of their Edinburgh Napier degree studying in
Europe or the US.
The International Office is based in Room 1/37 at the Craiglockhart campus
but also host regular drop in sessions at other campuses.

Libraries and Learning Information Services (LIS)

The University Library will be central to your studies, and it is important that
you understand how to find and use the information you need for your
coursework. The Library website contains information and guidance on
resources and services including locating and borrowing books and journals,
electronic resources, and study space.

Visit for a full range of helpful
information including guides for your own subject area as well as more
general information about finding and using information, including how to
reference material, carry out a literature search etc. via our In:form website.


The student mentoring programme can match you with a trained, experienced
student who can help you get to grips with studying at university.

Employer mentoring is available to some groups of students. It matches you
with a professional person who can help you with a range of employment
related skills.


Matriculation is the formal process where you register with Edinburgh Napier
University. As a new student, you will be given a time in which to complete this
during your first week.

You must re-matriculate each year of your course. If you do not do this
you will loose your network and email access, and Tuition Fee and Student
Loan payments will not be made. Details are posted online each year and this
can be completed before you return to the university.

Napier Students’ Association

All Napier students, part time or full time, are members of the Napier Students‟
Association, which provides student activities and student representation.
There are three elected Sabbatical Officers as well as a system of student
reps from individual schools and programmes. For further information visit

Nimweb (see Personal Information)

Nimweb is where all your personal details – as well as your enrolment and
assessment information - is managed during your time at university. Accessed
via the Student Portal home page, it is your responsibility to keep your
personal details up to date so make sure you notify us about any change of
name or address. This is also where we publish your module results each

Personal Information

It is your responsibility to notify the university promptly of any change of
address or change of name. This can be done via Nimweb by following the
link to Personal Information from the Student Portal.

It is your responsibility to know and abide by the relevant legislative Acts,
University Regulations and Procedures. The following regulations and policies
can be accessed via the Student Portal:

            Academic Regulations (Sections A-D)

            Mitigating Circumstances and Academic Appeals Regulations

            Learning Information Services Regulations

            Student Disciplinary Regulations

            Data Protection Statement for Students

            Information Security Policy and the Computer Suites acceptable
             use policy

            The University‟s Student Complaints Policy

            Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF)

            The University‟s smoking policy

            Disability Policy

There are Security offices at all our main campuses. The main Control Room
is manned 24 hours and can be contacted on 0131 455 6119. If you feel
uneasy on campus, please phone the emergency line (0131 455 4444) and
ask for an escort to the exit. Assistance will be with you in 15 minutes.

Sports Service

Located to the west of the campus, the brand new sports facilities at Sighthill
include a main sports hall, the size of two basketball courts, designed to be
used for a variety of ball and team sports. Within the modern sports building,
the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences have laboratory spaces
adjacent to the main sports hall, with the ability for the biomechanics
laboratory to extend into the main hall for specific project work. The gym is

fully kitted out with the latest exercise equipment and there are a variety of
gym memberships available to students, staff, retired staff and alumni.
More information can be found at

Student Cards

Your student card not only provides you with a means of identification but also
grants access to library resources and access to certain labs and buildings. It
is your responsibility to carry your matriculation card at all times on campus. If
you card is lost, stolen or expired, please ask at a campus reception about
getting a new one.

Student Portal

The Student Portal is your personal gateway to the University‟s online
environment. It offers secure and easy one-step access to all online
resources and systems available to help you with your studies and it is the tool
that lecturers will use to communicate with you. The Portal can be accessed
24/7 wherever you are in the world for access to:

              WebCT – the Virtual Learning Environment
              Your personal Edinburgh Napier University email account
              Secure areas for you to store your files on the University network
              The library system for finding information and using electronic
              Your own student records to matriculate on subsequent years,
               update your personal records and see your results
              Teaching and Exam Timetables
              Online payments
              NSA and departmental websites
              Communications, including University-wide news and events,
               NSA announcements and school announcements.
              My Site – your personal website which you can customise and
               upload documents and pictures to, to share with your friends.
               You can create your own area to collaborate on projects, set up
               surveys and discussions and much more

Study Skills

Workshops to help you develop good academic skills are offered by Student
Advisers. Keep an eye on the Student Portal for sessions on academic writing
or critical thinking and much more.
You can also find lots of tips and advice about studying at Edinburgh Napier
via our Get Ready for University study website.

Teaching Timetable

Teaching Timetables are published three times a year via the Student Portal.
The teaching timetable for Trimester 1 is published in May, Trimester 2 is
published in November and Trimester 3 is published in January/February.
Please make sure you read the instructions available online explaining how to
interpret your timetable.


WebCT is the online environment we use at Edinburgh Napier University for
supporting learning, teaching and assessment. WebCT integrates a number of
features including access to electronic documents, communication tools and
assessment tools.

Once you have matriculated you will automatically be registered in the WebCT
system and enrolled on to the modules and programmes that use WebCT.
You can then access this by logging in from any computer with an internet

More information on any of the services listed in this section can be found on
the Student Portal at

If you have matriculated onto your programme and are unable to log in to the
Student Portal, please contact C&IT Support Desk on 0131 455 3000 or

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