Academic Development Customised Programmes Programme Handbook 2010/11 1 Introduction and welcome Welcome to the programme handbook for Customised Programmes. The following pages contain information relating to many aspects of your academic year in 2010/11, 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. 2 Contents Section A: About your programme of study and Academic Development Your programme 1. Welcome from Head of Academic Development 2. Programme management, communication, and contact details 3. Calendar of the academic year 2010/2011 4. Programme structure and other information 5. Personal Development Planning and Confident Futures 6. Academic regulations Assessments 7. Assessment schedule 8. Coursework submission procedures 9. Style notes 10. Assessment criteria 11. Plagiarism 12. Academic support 13. Mitigating circumstances and student absence 14. Getting your results School information 15. Health and safety 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. 3 Section A: About your programme of study and Academic Development 1. Welcome from Head of Academic Development Dear Student Welcome to Customised Programmes offered by Academic Development, Edinburgh Napier University. We are pleased that you have chosen to undertake your studies through our flexible scheme. Napier‟s Customised Programmes is the largest suite of programmes of its kind in Scotland where we offer the full range of undergraduate awards from Certificates through to Degrees with Honours, and the postgraduate awards from Postgraduate Certificates to Masters Degrees. I am confident that you will find your period of study here interesting, enjoyable and relevant to your needs. Our principle aim is to enable you to develop your full potential both in your chosen area of study and as an individual. To assist with this we allow you flexible choice from potentially all modules across the University to build your own programme of study that leads to an award relating to your personal aspirations and your career development. We have an excellent academic guidance network consisting of academic advisors ready to help you build your programme of study and tailor it to your needs while ensuring it is academically coherent and suits the marketplace. I would also like to give a special welcome to our overseas students coming into Customised Programmes. We look forward to you sharing your culture with us and our students during your stay at Edinburgh Napier University. The academic year for 2010/11 begins on the 6th September. Trimester 1 teaching and assessment will be completed before the Christmas break. Trimester 2 begins on 10 th January 2011 and finishes on 18th April. Trimester 3 runs over the summer between 16th May and 22nd August. Lastly remember that being at University is not all about studying! There are University clubs to join, social events to participate in, and people to meet. There are of course many external activities running in and around Edinburgh. If you wish to travel and go further a field there is the whole of Scotland to visit, and for those who wish it, easy travel to Europe. I hope you enjoy your time as a Napier student. Best wishes Rowena Pelik Director of Academic Development September 2010 4 2. Programme management, communication and contact details 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. Programme Leader Ted Finch, (0131) 455 6507 Room 401, Bevan Villa, Craighouse Campus E-mail: email@example.com Programme Administrators General enquiries (0131) 455 6800 Room 208, Bevan Villa, Craighouse Campus E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Academic Development is the hub of Napier‟s Customised Programmes operation and comprises the “one door entry” to the Programmes, located at Room 208, Bevan Villa, Craighouse Campus. Staff in Academic Development include the Programme Leader, who has overall responsibility for operation and development of the Customised Programmes, assisted by the Programme Administrators. 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. If you are using a phone from inside the university, you only need to dial the last four digits. Please note that these locations may change during the year. 5 Faculty Programme Advisers and Subject Advisers Edinburgh Napier University Business School Faculty Programme Adviser: Anne Chalmers Craiglockhart 4/07, Telephone: 0131 455 4629, Email: email@example.com Subject Advisers: Subject Adviser Campus/Room Phone E-mail Financial Malcolm Craiglockhart Ext 4454 firstname.lastname@example.org Services Pettigrew Room 4/16 Accounting, School Craiglockhart Economics Office Room 3/45 and Statistics Marketing School Craiglockhart Office Room 3/45 Hospitality and School Craiglockhart Tourism Office Room 3/45 Management Law James Craiglockhart Ext: 4546 email@example.com McDougall Room 1/60 Languages Mariano Craiglockhart Ext: 4416 firstname.lastname@example.org Rossi Room 4/14 All other Anne Craiglockhart Ext: 4629 email@example.com Business Chalmers Room 4/07 School areas Faculty of Health Life and Social Sciences Faculty Programme Adviser: George Petrie F22 Canaan Lane Campus, Telephone: 0131 455 5601, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject Advisers: Subject Area Adviser Campus/Room Phone E-mail Biology and Mark Merchiston Ext: 2514 email@example.com Life Science Huxham Room F21 Acute and George Canaan Lane Ext. 5601 firstname.lastname@example.org Continuing Petrie Room F22 Care Nursing Community George Canaan Lane Ext. 5601 email@example.com Health Petrie Room F22 Social Science Kevin South Craig Ext: 6516 firstname.lastname@example.org McClure Craighouse Room 206 Post Graduate Linda Canaan Lane Ext: 5659 email@example.com Studies in Veitch S4 Health 6 Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries Faculty Programme Adviser: Murray MacCallum A74 Merchiston Campus, Telephone: 0131 455 2260 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject Advisers: Subject Area Adviser Campus/Ro Phone E-mail om Built Dr Chuen Merchiston Ext. 2410 email@example.com Environment Wan Room E53 (Building and Surveying) Mechanical Colin Merchiston Ext. 2536 firstname.lastname@example.org Engineering Boswell Room A76 Electrical Douglas Merchiston Ext. 2324 email@example.com Engineering Henderson Room A73 School of Murray Merchiston Ext. 2260 firstname.lastname@example.org Computing MacCallum Room A74 Design Ian Merchiston Ext. 2476 email@example.com Lambert Room B37 Music Nicholas Craighouse Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org Ashton (East 6201/610 Bryden Craig) 3 email@example.com Stillie 209/208a Photography Roberta Marchmont Ext. 5212 firstname.lastname@example.org and Film McGrath 103 Communication Derek Allan Craighouse Ext. 6133 email@example.com Arts (New Craig 502) Culture, Linda Craighouse Ext: 6128 Literature and Dryden Room 305 firstname.lastname@example.org Publishing 7 Communication between you and your programme Email 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 Academic Advisory Sessions Student Advisory sessions will be held at Bevan Villa, Craighouse every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm during the trimester, when an academic adviser will be available to speak to you. These are drop-in sessions so there is no need to make an appointment. You will be seen on a first come basis. After November 2010, the department will move to Sighthill and arrangements will be slightly different. We will email you to let you know of these procedures once they have been finalised. Procedures and Contacts Enquiries and applications to Customised Programmes are processed initially by the Customised Programmes office. Applicants may be referred to our guidance system of Faculty Programme Advisers and Subject Advisers for further specialist information. Faculty Programme Advisers Faculty Programme Advisers are available to discuss your personal goals, intentions and requirements and you will be advised as to the appropriate Adviser(s) to contact. Your Faculty Programme Adviser will advise you on the future direction of your educational studies for your programme and also indicate the availability of suitable modules from the University‟s provision. Your Faculty Programme Adviser will help you build a programme of study which includes modules that you decide to study. It is likely that your Faculty Programme Adviser will refer you to Subject Adviser(s) to advise on the more detailed aspects of subjects available and other relevant matters including for example, timetabling arrangements. Faculty Programme Advisers, in conjunction with the Programme Leader for Customised Programmes and the appropriate Subject Adviser, will arrange through the Customised Programmes office, offers of place on a Customised Programme and ensure that you complete the formalities of enrolment leading to University matriculation. For late or remote matriculation please visit the web site below: http://staff.napier.ac.uk/Students/Distance+Learning/ You should contact your Faculty Programme Adviser at any time during your stay at Edinburgh Napier University when you need advice concerning progress or when you wish to discuss the future direction of your programme of study. 8 Subject Advisers Each subject area has appointed a member of academic staff to act as a Subject Adviser to assist you with the specific detail of your studies and it is likely that you will have met one or more Subject Advisers when first applying to Customised Programmes. Subject Advisers are specifically available to: Give detailed advice on module (availability; subject content; timetabling; assessment) that have been identified as relevant to your particular educational needs Please note module information can be found at http://www.modules.napier.ac.uk In conjunction with the appropriate Faculty Programme Advisers, arrange an offer of a place to you. To help formalise programmes of study for submission to the Academic Development Approvals Board. It is most likely that this will be done in conjunction with your Faculty Programme Adviser. 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 staff. For Customised Programmes this liaison is usually carried outelectronically via the CCP web site 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 portal. 9 3. Calendar of the academic year 2010/2011 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 programmes and 15 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. 20010/11 Academic Year Trimester 1, Weeks 1-15 6 September – 18 December 2010 Christmas Break 21 December 2010 –31 December 2011 3 January – 9 January 2011 Inter-Trimester Week 10 January – 21 April 2011 Trimester 2, Weeks 1-12 22 April – 6 May 2011 Easter Break 9 May – 15 May 2011 Inter-Trimester Week 16 May – 27 August 2011 Trimester 3 29 August 2011 – 2 September 2011 Inter Trimester Week 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 2010/11 university calendar can be found on the student portal. 10 4. Programme structure and other information 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. Modules 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 credits. 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 more. 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. For academic year 2010-11 twenty co- curricular modules are available. 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 http://www.modules.napier.ac.uk/Home.aspx?ID=6 . For Customised Programmes all modules are OPTION modules. 11 5. 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 21st century graduate? 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? 1. 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 employability”. See Napier‟s model at: http://staff.napier.ac.uk/services/studentaffairs/SkillsLearnerDevelopment/PDP/Documents/NAPIE R%202000%20ESA%20model+PDP.ppt 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. 12 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 regularly: review your learning, performance and successes to date identify recent examples of your activities and achievements that illustrate both your strengths and your areas for improvement analyse reasons for your successes and disappointments and how you can overcome them in the future 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. plan for your personal, academic and professional development, manage your ongoing development, using the resources available to you, and 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: www.napier.ac.uk/confidentfutures 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. 13 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 Section C Regulations for Taught Masters Programmes See especially: C3 Taught Masters awards of the University C4 Admission regulations C5 Assessment regulations C6 Continuation of study regulations It is your responsibility to know and abide by the University Regulations 14 6. 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! 7. 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. When taking a module, you must follow that school’s own submission procedures - check what these are with the lecturer, the school / faculty 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. 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. 15 8. Style notes Please check the guidelines which apply to each module you are taking. This information may be sought from the lecturer, the school / faculty office, or the module handbook. 9. Assessment criteria Assessment Criteria Please check the Assessment Criteria which applies to each module you are taking. This information may be sought from the lecturer, the school / faculty office, or the module handbook. Taught Masters Programmes Taught Masters programmes are assessed on a 15-point grading scale with three overall grades of performance, Distinction, Pass and Fail, each sub-divided into five. The standard required for a Pass, Distinction or Fail is consistent across all disciplines. This is especially important because Customised Programmes contains modules offered by a number of different schools and faculties. 10. 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 Academic Development responsible for managing plagiarism is Ted Finch, 0131 455 6507. 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-assessed. 16 11. Academic support For further information and advice about studying or assessments, there is a range of resources available to you. See Get Ready for University Study at - www.napier.ac.uk/getready 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. Academic Development‟s Academic Support Adviser is Ted Finch, 0131 455 6507. Visit Study Support on the Student Portal 12. 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 and modules leaders 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/ Customised Programmes office 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. 17 13. 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 re-assessment. 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 required. 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. Your module results will be considered at the Academic Development Programme Board of Examiners. 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 or email email@example.com] 18 Customised Programmes – Annual Cycle New Students Matriculate Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Week 1 commences 6th Week 1 commences 10th September 2010 January 2011 New Students Matriculate New Students Matriculate Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Select Modules for whole year Select Modules Submit Module Choice via Submit New or Revised Module www2.napier.ac.uk/ccp Choices via Check modules correct via www2.napier.ac.uk/ccp NIMWEB Check via NIMWEB Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Receive and Check Programme Receive and Check Programme of Study November of Study March Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Mitigating Circumstances Board Mitigating Circumstances? Submit Form by 15th January Submit Form by 17th May Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Get Results from NIMWEB Get Results from NIMWEB 3rd February Modules - 19th June 17th February – last day for Programme - 1st July Appeals Graduating Students - Award Ceremonies Thursday 15th & Friday 16th June 19 Results 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 information. If you do not receive this information within two weeks following the programme boards of examiners you should contact the Programme Administrators: (0131) 455 6800, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 14. Health and safety There are First Aid rooms located at various point throughout the University: Merchiston, Room C80 Craiglockhart, Room 1/44 Craighouse, New Craig, Room 383 (west wing) Health & Safety Arrangements Adherence to the safety practices laid down by the University and your school is required by all students. Please note the remaining sections of this handbook can be found online at http://www2.napier.ac.uk/ccp/ and we strongly recommend that you create an opportunity to read this at some point as it contains a lot of information relevant to your studies at Napier.