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

      Course Introductory Meeting

    Session 1 Tuesday 29 Sept 2009

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    Welcome to the University

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

   Without calling out ask everyone around you what
    course they are doing and form groups of 6 doing
    the same, or similar, course:
   Computing, computer science, computer forensics
   Networking, electronics & communications
   Business Information Technology
   Maths, stats & decision science
   Multimedia, creative technology & games
    Welcome Programme
    Schedule (1)
       You can access the Welcome Programme on-line from;
            Do you know where you need to be for sessions this week?
            Have you read the Joining Instructions which contain a full
             description of important activities?
       Course Introductory Meetings
            an opportunity to meet
                 the staff who teach, administer or provide advice and guidance on
                  your courses
                 your fellow students
            a chance to get a taste of what university study is like

    Welcome Programme
    Schedule (2)
    The programme (see online schedule for days/times/rooms) will comprise:
       Four half day sessions (course introductory meetings) during which
          the structure of the course will be explained
          class timetables will be issued
          arrangements for your academic support are covered
          you will participate in subject based and other „ice breaker‟ activities

       Single Honours, Foundation Degrees
            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
       Joint Honours Degrees
            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
    Welcome Programme
    Schedule (3)
       In addition to the Course Introductory Meetings, there are:
            Designated Enrolment Session – see WP Schedule on line
                 all students MUST attend their enrolment session
                 you will be issued with an ID Card (essential for entry to buildings
                  and access to the facilities)
            On-line presentations on
                 Information Technology,
                 Library Services
                 Student Services
                 The Students' Union
                 Study Skills and the Learning Development Unit
                 Social Events
            all new students should access these presentations in order to get
             the most out of the facilities the university offers to support learning7

    Introduction to the Faculty

       Location
       Profile – teaching/research
       Course(s)
            course leaders and PAAs
       Modules
            module leaders
       Staff
            accessibility/office hours/departmental office

    „Ice Breaker‟ Activity

       Who is sitting next to you? around you?
       Where are they from?
       What course are they doing?
       What do you have in common? Interests?
       Spend 4 - 5 minutes talking to those sitting around


     Undergraduate Office(s) (1)
    Undergraduate Offices are located at:

    City Campus
    Moorgate: Room MG1-02, First Floor      email:
    Calcutta House: Room GN24,              email:
    Ground Floor
    Central House: Room CE2-02,             email:
    Second Floor

    North Campus
    Stapleton House, SH104, First Floor     email:
    Tower Building One: Room TM1-32         email:
    Ladbroke House: Room LHG-20,            email:
    Ground Floor
    Tower Building Two, Room TM1-84, email:
    First Floor

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


    Q. When will I receive my personal timetable?
    A. In Session 4
           from your Undergraduate Office
           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
    Personal Academic Advisers
    (PAAs) (1)
       All students have been assigned to a specified UG Office
       You can contact your office by phone, email or in person
       You will be advised which member of the academic staff will
        be your Personal Academic Adviser
       You can make an appointment to meet with your PAA via
        the office
       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

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

    Your On-Line Handbooks

       These are in addition to the printed „Guide to
        Undergraduate Study at London Met‟. Copies of
        this are available at this meeting.
       University Student Handbook
       Course Handbooks


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


    Online Course Handbook(s)

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

Online Course Handbooks

   Contents
      Welcome to your course and Academic Department
      Being a student
      Managing your academic life online
      The student voice
      Sources of information and advice
      Marking and assessment
      Withdrawal, interruption or transfer
      Study resources and facilities
      Further learning opportunities
      Course Specification
      Directory of Modules for the Course
      Index of key sources of information
    Using the London Met web
       The University Homepage is
       Undergraduate course information is at
        www.londonmet/ug-course-information From here
        you can view
            Course structures for single and joint honours degrees
            Module Outlines that describe syllabus and assessment
            Your individual timetable (requires a working network login)
            Your assessment and programme planning information (this
             facility is called Evision and requires a working network login)
            To access all these pages go to

      Structure of Undergraduate

                            Single Honours                                    Joint Honours
Certificate    Level 1

                           Single Honours                                     Joint Honours
Intermediate   Level 2

                           Single Honours                                     Joint Honours
Honours        Level 3


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

    Key Features of the
    Undergraduate Degree
    3 core spine modules

    Certificate level 1    Higher Education Orientation Module (HEO)
                           in the first semester, to assist you to build up a
                           Personal Development Plan (PDP)

    Intermediate level 2   a 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 3        a project module which takes a problem- based
                           approach – asking you to investigate, analyse,
                           prepare solutions which help you to prepare for

    Personal Development Plan
       Your Personal Development Plan will act as a record of your
       Aim
            to help you achieve a universal set of graduate features
            enhanced self awareness and self confidence
            improved autonomy in learning
            employability
            intellectual and subject specific achievements
            general transferable qualities and skills
       In each year of the course there will be a module in which
        developing your PDP will form part of the assessment
       Use it to reflect on a range of learning opportunities you engage
        in – study, voluntary work, paid work, leisure and general
    HEO Module – Semester 1
       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
       Aims
            to develop an ability to learn at the level in the subject area,
             through working with a peer group
            to understand and use oral and written communication skills,
             interpersonal skills and skills associated with identifying,
             analysing and evaluating information appropriate to the
            to begin to draw up a profile of personal and professional
            to identify personal development needs
    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
    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                                                                 25

    Break-Out Activities

       Individual

       Group

       Course based
            course handbooks

Student enterprise
   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.
   Venue: Tower Building, TG-30 Henry Thomas
    Room, Wednesday 14th October ,18:00-19:30

Afternoon session @ 1.30

   TM2-37    Elec & Comms + Networking
   TM2-17    Maths
   T6-05     Multimedia
   TM1-83    Computing

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Course Introductory Meeting

        Session 2

    Departmental/Subject Topics

    Course Introductory Meeting

            Session 3

    Departmental/Subject topics
    The Undergraduate
    Academic Year 2009-2010
    Autumn Semester
    Welcome Programme                24 September 2009    - 02 October 2009
    Teaching                          5 October 2009      - 18 December 2009
    Christmas Break                  21 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
    Teaching                         12 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.

    The Undergraduate
    Academic Year 2009/10 (2)
    In addition to these fixed dates, here are other events in the year
    September           Results of July re-assessments or late assessments published
    November            Programme 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.
    December            Exam timetables for Autumn Semester published and displayed
    March               Results of January assessment published on
    March/April         Programme Planning information sent; students begin selection of modules
                        for 2010/11
    April               Exam timetables for Spring Semester published and displayed
    July                Results 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
    August              Instructions for completing re-enrolment sent to continuing students.

    The Undergraduate Office (1)

       You will need to visit your Undergraduate Office for certain key
        activities; Course Administrators and other staff in the office can:

            advise on your programme of modules, arranging appointments
             with a Personal Academic Adviser if necessary.
            assist with enrolment
            amend any of your personal details on the student record system
             (this can also be done on-line using the evision facility)
            help with queries related to fees, loans and bursaries
            receive course work and log it on the University's records system;
             you can see the status of your coursework on the Evision system
            Manage your assessment results and resolve any queries

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


    Role of Student Services

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


    Succeeding as a Student

        Managing Assessment

        Passing Modules

        Getting Your Degree/Diploma
Your Registered Programme
   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.

   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).

   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.
Attending Classes

   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.

   These will appear on the personal timetable that your UG Office gives
    you later this week.

   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.
   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).                                          40

   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.
   All eligible students (sorry - bursaries are not available to International
    students) should apply as soon as possible. See
   '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.
   Payment of bursaries is in instalments and is conditional on you attending
    classes and handing in all assignments.


    How Assessment Works

       Each student has a programme of modules for each
        semester of study

       Each module has assessment tasks:
            exams, essays, in-class tests, presentations, portfolios

       The marks for each assessment task are combined together
        to produce the outcome
            normally 40% pass mark for undergraduate modules.
            required to attempt all items of assessment.

    When will my assessments
       Coursework (essays, class tests etc) will need to be done during
        the semester; details of timings are in the Module Booklet and at
       Exams take place between
           18th January and 5th February (Autumn Semester)
           17th May and 4th June             (Spring Semester)
       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.
       HOWEVER, if you pass a module after doing a re-assessment,
        your mark for that module will be recorded as only 40%.
       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.

    How do I hand in my work?
       All essays and other similar assignments are handed in to the
        Undergraduate Office closest to where you study; there are offices in
            Tower Building, Stapleton House, Ladbroke House (North campus)
            Calcutta House, Central House, Moorgate (City campus)
       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.

       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.

Managing Deadlines
   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:
        if you hand in after the deadline but up to 10 working days late then
         the mark for the module is capped at 40%.

   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.

   It is not possible for Module Leaders to give extensions to deadlines.
   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

    Examination Timetable

       Exam dates are published during week 11 of the semester
        (final week of the Autumn Term in this semester);

       Can be found on noticeboards and via the web (see; important to check
        before you leave for Xmas vacation and report any clashes;

       Exams may be scheduled at any of the university‟s sites or
        in external accommodation.


    Succeeding as a Student

       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%

       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.

       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.                                                              47
    Completing Certificate Level

       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:

            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
           Pass any modules that are specially identified for your course (see
             Course Handbook);
       The University looks at your profile in July and again in September after
       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

Course Introductory Meeting

        Session 4
4   Contacting UG Offices/PAAs
       Contact can be made
            in person, via your Office
            via email
            by phone
       The number of meetings will vary according to individual
        student need/circumstances, but likely to be more frequent
        in year 1
       Scheduled meetings can be arranged for
            Programme Planning
            Performance Review (post result publication)
            Review of PDP
4   Contacting UG Offices/PAAs
       Allocation to personal academic adviser
            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)
            in the interim, contact your UG Office, where academic
             and/or administrative staff will be available to assist


       Managing Your Learning
    Web-Based Support for Study at LondonMet

    Why On-line Resources?

       Module Leaders, Undergraduate Offices and
        Course Leaders can provide much information but
        it is also available in printed form and on-line;
       Avoids queues and is available 24 hours a day;
       Printed documentation can be expanded on and


    How to access information

       Most applications are linked to your „network login‟ as
        printed on your ID Card.
       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.
       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 .

    Evision – viewing your
    academic record on-line
       Evision is the university‟s system for publishing academic
        details on the web; students can log in using network login
       You can view the information held on
            personal details, address, email, phone etc (if your details change
             you can update the information yourself);
            modules registered in current year
            module results and details of any re-assessments
            coursework that you have submitted
       Evision will be used for you to record your module choices in
    Course and Module Information
       Details about all the undergraduate programmes that the
        university offers are at www.londonmet/ug-course-
       Can view
            the structure of courses including lists of compulsory
             and optional modules;
            module specifications including what assessment tasks
             are required;
            provisional half-day timeslots for modules.
            a full catalogue of all the modules offered by the

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


    Check your Timetable

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

    City Campus

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


    North Campus

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


    Learning Resources and
    Module Web Sites

       All Certificate Level modules have set up ways in
        which teaching materials and key information can
        be made available on-line.
       Check out the list of module websites and the
        „virtual learning‟ resources at:


    Those web addresses again!

       For details of your email account
       For Evision – your results and module choices
       For timetables and course and module information
            www.londonmet/ug-course-information
       For module websites

    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
    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

    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

    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)


    Break-Out Session – Topics

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