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UCD JARGON BUSTER Programme Level This is your course of study, for example, BA The level of a module is the level of difficulty of Degree. Each programme will have a set number the material that will be covered, and broadly of stages and credits that you must complete indicates the stage in your academic career when to get a University award (degree, diploma or you are likely to attempt the module. Generally, certificate). levels 1-3 are taken by undergraduate students. Module Stage A self-contained unit of teaching, learning Each stage usually represents 60 credits. A and assessment, which is usually studied over full-time student will normally complete a one semester. Each module has a credit value, 60 credit stage in one academic year. Some normally 5 credits. programmes may vary. A degree programme will normally be three to four stages, although some Core module degree programmes have more stages. You must do these modules as they’re a fundamental part of your degree. You’re Semester normally pre-registered to them. The academic year is divided into semesters. Undergraduate programmes have Option module two semesters - Semester 1 runs from You may be able to choose these modules as September to December and Semester 2 runs part of your degree. You will be given a list when from January to May. Each semester consists you register online. of 12 weeks of teaching, followed by a revision Elective module week and end of semester exams period. Modules that you can pick from any subject area Laboratory, Practicals and Fieldwork across UCD. This is the practical work part of your course; Co-requisite modules it’s an opportunity to use the knowledge and These are modules that must be taken together. techniques you learn in your lectures, e.g. carrying out chemistry experiments or visiting Pre-requisite module historic sites. Before you can register to some modules you need to have completed certain modules first. Module Coordinator The Module Coordinator is responsible for the Incompatible modules design, delivery and assessment of a module and You can’t register to a module if you are also acts as the principal examiner for it. registered to, or have already been registered to, another module where the content is considered Orientation to be too similar. One of the best weeks in UCD. You’ll be laden down with information leaflets but keep talking Credit to other UCD students. That’s an important Credit is just a name for the value given to a part of finding your way around. Keep an eye on module. Modules usually have a value of 5 the New Students website for details. credits. www.ucd.ie/students/newstudents www.ucd.ie/students/jargon.html
CONTENTS 02 04 06 Before You Arrive On Arrival At UCD Important Dates 08 10 12 Orientation Week IT Services In UCD The Buliding Blocks of your Degree 14 22 26 How To Register Online Fees Information UCD Regulations 27 28 30 Student Support Campus Facilities Getting To UCD 32 35 36 UCD Students’ Union Healthy UCD Get Social For an online version of this publication, visit www.ucd.ie/students/newstudents Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained herein is correct at time of going to print. However, it may be subject to change. University College Dublin does not have editorial control or take responsibility for the material published under the Students’ Union banner.
BEFORE We are delighted to welcome you to UCD YOU Once you accept your offer – and we really hope you do - you should prepare ARRIVE for the start of term. There are quite a few important things you need to do in the next few weeks, even before you get here! POP ALONG TO THE 4 REGISTRATION INFORMATION ACCEPT YOUR OFFER SESSION - 28 AUGUST 2018 You’ll get details on how to register www.cao.ie online and have fees explained, along Check your CAO offer notice carefully with information about life in UCD. and follow the instructions to accept For further information and to book your offer before the reply date. your ticket see www.ucd.ie/students/ studentdesk/readysetgo.html 5 CHECK OUT UCD’S JARGON BUSTER www.ucd.ie/students/jargon.html We’ve explained the key terms on page 2 2 GET SOCIAL! but the online jargon buster will explain www.ucd.ie/social-media other words and phrases you’ll hear in Use the hashtag #helloucd to connect UCD. with other students joining UCD this year. Check out the list of UCD-related social media sites (page 36) and keep up GO TO UCD CONNECT to date with the latest news and events 6 www.ucd.ie/connect from around the University. Three working days after you accept your offer, go to www.ucd.ie/connect This will give you access to a number of FINALISE YOUR services including SISWeb (the student 3 ACCOMMODATION information system) and UCD email. www.ucd.ie/residences Click on the relevant icon and enter your www.ucdaccommodationpad.ie username and password when asked. If you have been offered a place in UCD USERNAME accommodation, follow the instructions Your username is your CAO number (or emailed to you by UCD Residences very UCD student number if you are a direct carefully. If you don’t get a place on applicant or if you were here before). campus, check out the following links for PASSWORD accommodation off campus: If you have already created a password www.ucdaccommodationpad.ie for SISWeb, please use that. Otherwise, www.ucdsu.ie your password is your date of birth www.findahome.ie (ddmmyy). Please change it on first www.daft.ie login. See page 10 for more details. 2|
|3 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 DOWNLOAD THE UCD MOBILE 7 APP Google Play or iTunes BOOK YOUR MODULE Go to Google Play store or the iTunes 10 REGISTRATION START TIME store and search for UCD Mobile. The www.ucd.ie/students/registration app will really help you settle in to life in 14 Log into SISWeb on 29 August between UCD. 8am and 1pm (the earlier the better!) to book your registration start time for module registration. You will receive an email to your UCD Connect email with your start time. If you don’t book a start time, one will be automatically selected for you. BEGIN STEP 1 OF 8 REGISTRATION www.ucd.ie/students/registration You can begin Step 1 of registration three working days after accepting your offer. To enter online registration, go to UCD Connect, click on the SISWeb icon and BEGIN STEP 2 OF enter your login details. 11 REGISTRATION ON 30 AUGUST Make sure you upload your photo by OR 31 AUGUST the 31 August deadline so that you can collect your UCD Student Card (UCARD) 14 (depending on your start time) www.ucd.ie/students/registration at the time allocated for you during Module registration begins on Orientation Week. 30 August for the first group of incoming Visit www.ucd.ie/students/registration CAO students. Check your UCD email for for more information. your start time. CHECK OUT YOUR IF YOU ARE DEFERRING/ 9 ORIENTATION TIMETABLE www.ucd.ie/students/newstudents 12 CANCELLING YOUR PLACE firstname.lastname@example.org Make sure you check your personalised If you want to take a year out before you Orientation timetable which is available on start, you may be able to defer your place the UCD New Students website. You’ll also - please see www.ucd.ie/myucd/defer find maps and information about transport. where you will find a deferral request The pre-orientation activities run by UCD form. Access and Lifelong Learning take place on If you have decided not to come to UCD, various dates between 28 and 31 August. for example if you are going to repeat the Students supported by HEAR and/or DARE Leaving Certificate, please let us know so admission routes will receive notification we can offer the place to someone else. from UCD Access and Lifelong Learning of Email email@example.com. activities they should attend during this time. www.ucd.ie/openingworlds
ON ARRIVAL Plan your time carefully AT UCD The first few weeks of term will be a busy time for you, so make sure you plan your time carefully to make the most of everything that UCD has to offer. 13 ATTEND ORIENTATION 15 www.ucd.ie/students/newstudents The main University Orientation runs from Monday, 3 September to Friday, CHECK YOUR TIMETABLE 7 September and is an essential part of www.ucd.ie/sisweb your becoming a UCD student. Make sure Important information on module you check your Orientation timetable content and assessments is presented at carefully. the first lecture of each module - don’t miss it! Orientation includes the President’s Welcome, Academic Advisory sessions, UCD Student Card (UCARD) collection, Library Tour, IT induction and lots more activities to help you make friends and to find your way around UCD. 14 MEET YOUR PEER MENTOR 16 FINALISE YOUR MODULE www.ucd.ie/peermentoring CHOICES You will be assigned to a Peer Mentor www.ucd.ie/students/registration who is a trained, experienced student Undergraduate registration closes at from your degree. Your Peer Mentor is 5pm on Friday, 21 September so make there to provide you with support and sure you have registered to enough advice so make sure you arrange to meet credits (60 credits) and that you have up and make the most of the knowledge registered to any labs and tutorials your Peer Mentor can share with you. by that date. You will have a chance to change your choice of modules for Semester 2 in early January. Keep an eye on www.ucd.ie/students/keydates for updates. 4|
|5 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 17 KNOW WHERE TO GO FOR SUPPORT 14 www.ucd.ie/students There is much to enjoy at university, but it can also be difficult and stressful at times. If you have any problems while you’re GET INVOLVED IN UCD LIFE here, there are people to help you. 19 www.ucd.ie/studentcentre The different types of support are listed on There are more than a hundred clubs pages 25-27 and also available at and societies in UCD, covering activities www.ucd.ie/students (under Student such as debating and creative writing to Services Directory) and juggling and dancing, and everything in www.ucd.ie/students/support or call between. Find a club, society or group in to see us at the Student Desk in the that interests you, and join it. And don’t Tierney building. miss out on the opportunity to get involved during Freshers’ Week (17 – 21 September) and Sports Expo (17 – 20 September). 18 GET TO KNOW YOUR STUDENTS’ UNION MAKE SURE YOU READ... 14 www.ucdsu.ie 20 »» UCD Student Charter On joining UCD, you automatically »» UCD Student Code become a member of the UCD Students’ 14 Union (SU). The SU represents students’ »» UCD Academic Regulations views and opinions, and works on a »» UCD Student Email Protocol number of University committees from »» UCD Smoke-free Campus Policy all areas of university life as the voice of the student population. See page 32 for »» UCD Mental Health Policy more information. »» The Acceptable Usage Policy »» Healthy UCD »» Dignity and Respect Policy www.ucd.ie/students (Click on Student Services Directory)
IMPORTANT DATES SEMESTER 1 23 Incoming CAO students can begin Step 1 of registration 10 Academic teaching term begins AUG three working days after SEP accepting offer 17 Freshers’ Week & 28 Get Ready for Registration Information Session. More SEP Sports Expo AUG information www.ucd.ie/ studentdesk 21 Undergraduate registration closes SEP 29 Book your start time for module registration between AUG 8am and 1pm 19 Deadline for dropping modules/withdrawing OCT 30 Module registration begins (Check your UCD email for your from your Programme AUG start time) 25 Semester 1 exam timetable published 31 Deadline for uploading photo for UCD Student Card (UCARD) OCT AUG 01 End of Semester 1 teaching term 03 The main University Orientation runs from DEC SEP Monday, 3 to Friday, 7 September. Make sure to check your Orientation 02 Revision week timetable carefully DEC 07 Registration closes for allocation of general elective 10 Semester 1 exams begin (incl. Saturday, SEP places and re-opens on 8 DEC 15 December) September 09 First instalment of fees due 21 Semester 1 exams finish DEC SEP 6|
|7 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 For more key dates for first year undergraduates, SEMESTER 2 visit www.ucd.ie/students/keydates 21 Semester 2 academic teaching term begins 26 Semester 2 academic teaching term ends JAN APR 23 Semester 1 provisional exam results (available 27 Revision week JAN until 29 January) APR 30 Refreshers’ Day 07 Semester 2 exams begin (incl. Saturday, 11 May) JAN MAY 31 Remaining balance of fees due 18 Semester 2 exams finish JAN MAY 14 Semester 1 final exam results 07 Semester 2 provisional exam results (available until 11 FEB JUN June) 11 Fieldwork/study period (2 weeks) 27 Semester 2 final exam results MAR JUN 25 Semester 2 academic teaching term resumes MAR 28 Semester 2 exam timetable published MAR
ORIENTATION WEEK ORIE NT WEEAKTION To help you settle into life at UCD we IS CO M ALL N PULSORY organise orientation events for all new EW ST F UDEN OR TS! students. These events run from 3 to 7 September and are designed to help you find your way in UCD. Your personalised Orientation Week timetable can be found at www.ucd.ie/students/newstudents. Click on Timetables and enter your CAO code or Programme title in the search field. You will have received a social events schedule in your Welcome to UCD pack. It is also available at www.ucd.ie/students/newstudents Two of the most important things to do during Orientation Week are to say ‘Hello’ to other new students and to get involved in as many activities as you can. Hey, I can help with almost everything from planning your academic time, managing your reading list and using the library, to how to get around Dublin, where to shop and what is the best society to join. R As well as providing support, information PEER MENTO and informal advice, your Peer Mentor knows which support services to refer you to if there is a need. Stay in touch with your Peer Mentor - especially in Semester 1. 8|
|9 WHAT YOU’LL WELCOME TO UCD 2018 DO DURING ORIENTATION Meet your Peer Mentor who Collect your UCD Student Card will show you around the (UCARD) which is required for campus and the buildings where accessing the library and other on- your lectures will take place, as campus services. UCARDs can be well as introduce you to your collected from building 71 during classmates and help you to Orientation Week. Check your settle into life at UCD. personalised Orientation timetable at www.ucd.ie/students/ Make new friends and get to newstudents to find out when know people. you are scheduled to collect yours. Get help from UCD Orientation Visit the Students’ Union tent Guides (dressed in blue t-shirts) to learn about its services and who will help you to familiarise activities. yourself with the campus and UCD services. Attend the President’s Welcome ceremony for students on your Meet your lecturers, tutors degree programme to mark the and staff in the School and official start to your UCD career. To Programme Offices. welcome you to UCD the President gives you a UCD scarf and pocket Receive academic advice to guide. help you finalise your choice of modules so you have your There are also lots of fun timetable in place before the activities during the week, first day of lectures. including a comedy debate, a food fair, movie nights, sports Discover all the student tournaments, gigs and the services at UCD and what they Orientation Barbecue and Res offer you. Céilí. Visit the Students’ Union tent to get your Welcome to UCD Goodie bag. The best thing is that Orientation doesn’t stop there. There will be more events all through the first semester to help you settle into your programme.
IT SERVICES IN UCD ‘DISCOVER IT’ STUDENT EVENT The ‘Discover IT’ Student Event runs over Orientation Week and is held in the Daedalus Building on the Belfield campus. It is important to attend this event, which will introduce you to the key IT Services available at UCD. Check your Orientation timetable to see when you are scheduled in. Remember, if you get stuck, there is support available. Drop into one of our IT Centres (Daedalus and Health Sciences), contact the IT Helpdesk on 01 716 2700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check the Student IT Guide on www.ucd.ie/itservices/ startoftermguide for help and hints and tips. UCD CONNECT Your personalised UCD email address ACCESS TO IMPORTANT SERVICES will be used for Each student in UCD is provided with a UCD Connect account, so official UCD you have access to key online services. Through UCD Connect, you correspondence have unlimited combined Gmail and Google Drive storage plus a including a personal calendar with your academic timetable in it. fortnightly student e-zine and You also have access to the University’s eLearning environment academic and exams (Blackboard/Brightspace), where you can access learning information. Please and assessment materials relating to your modules, submit make sure that you assignments, check announcements and other communications check it regularly. from your lecturers. Software applications are available to download or stream from AppsAnywhere on UCD Connect. Sophos Anti Virus Your initial login to applications in UCD Connect is your software is available CAO number (or UCD student number if you are a direct to download for applicant or if you’ve been here before) and your default free to all registered password* is your date of birth (ddmmyy). students through (*If you have already created a SISWeb password, use that to log in.) UCD Connect. ! You will have to change your initial password (ddmmyy) Useful tip: on first login as it will expire. There is a change password Sync UCD tool in UCD Connect and you will be required to use a Connect to strong password. your smartphone, so you have easy access to information wherever you are! 10|
|11 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 UCD MOBILE APP Before arriving on campus, download the free app ‘UCD Mobile’. New students can find student orientation information and timetables, add events to your personal calendar or view locations on the map. The app includes an interactive map of the Registration information for all students is campus (with an augmented reality view of also available. locations for iPhone users), handy access to Blackboard content and announcements as well as a library catalogue search function, information on student supports, news updates, an events calendar, sports fixtures and much more! You can even book in your gym class and the cinema using this app.
|12 THE BUILDING WELCOME TO UCD 2018 BLOCKS OF YOUR DEGREE PROGRAMME Your degree, for example, DN200 Science. STAGE 1 [YEAR 1] SEPT-DEC SEMESTER 1 EXAMS A Stage is normally a year of a JAN-MAY SEMESTER 2 EXAMS programme, so Stage 1 is first year CORE OPTION ELECTIVE MODULES MODULES MODULES Modules you must Modules you can choose Modules you can select study as part of your from within your from any subject area programme. programme. across UCD. CORE/OPTION MODULES* IN YOUR DEGREE SUBJECT(S) 5 CREDITS 5 CREDITS 5 CREDITS 5 CREDITS ELECTIVE MODULES** WITHIN OR OUTSIDE YOUR DEGREE SUBJECT(S) 5 CREDITS 5 CREDITS 5 CREDITS 5 CREDITS 5 CREDITS MODULES The units that make up your 5 CREDITS 5 CREDITS 5 CREDITS programme. 50 10 * Some programmes ** not all programme require 55 Core and require you to take Option modules. Elective modules CREDITS CREDITS 60 CREDITS To complete Stage 1 you need to have 60 credits. YEAR TOTAL 12|
|13 BUILDING WELCOME TO UCD 2018 YOUR DEGREE UCD full-time undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degrees are made up of a number of modules, normally 12 per year. The majority of your study (generally 10 of the 12 modules) will be in your chosen degree programme. There are different types of modules: course of your programme to form a Core modules (you must take these) recognised block of learning in a subject and Option modules where you have area amounting to a minimum of 15 credits a choice between a number of different – typically three 5 credit modules. modules in your degree programme. These Discovery modules are exciting new 10 Core and Option modules add up to 50 modules that you can take as Electives. credits. These modules are on topics of global In addition, you can generally choose up significance such as War and Childhood to two Elective modules (10 credits). and will include lectures on cutting-edge Electives can be chosen from across the full research or current affairs. Each module range of undergraduate degree programmes is taught by more than one school within available at UCD (subject to module entry UCD and is designed to deepen your requirements, timetable and availability of understanding of different disciplinary places). perspectives on topics of significant importance. www.ucd.ie/ucdelectives Your Elective modules can be taken from within your main degree programme to There are plenty of supports in place to deepen your learning (In-programme help you along the way. In particular, your Electives) or outside it if you want Programme Office will offer you advice to broaden your horizons (General and support on a range of academic issues, Electives). The choice is yours. including programme advice, extenuating circumstances, withdrawal/leave of absence You can also choose to take Structured from your degree programme as well as Electives. This means taking your elective referral to other student supports. credits in a structured manner over the www.ucd.ie/students/progoffice
HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE Before you begin the academic year at UCD, you will need to fully register with the University. Registration allows you to obtain your UCD Student Card (UCARD) and gain access to the wide range of facilities available to our students. As an incoming undergraduate student you can begin online registration three working days after accepting your CAO offer. For example, if you accept your CAO offer by 5pm on Monday 20 August, you will be able to go online from 12 noon on Thursday 23 August 2018. Registration is carried out online (via your SISWeb account) and involves the following steps: STEP 1 STEP 2 PERSONAL INFORMATION MODULE REGISTRATION This is where you confirm your There are two main parts to this: personal details, upload your photo »» Book your module registration start for your UCD Student Card (UCARD) time and pay your fees. »» Record your module choices (Cores, Options and Electives) 14|
|15 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 GETTING STARTED 1 GO TO UCD CONNECT Three working days after accepting your offer, go to www.ucd.ie/connect and click on the SISWeb icon. 2 LOG INTO SISWEB You will be asked to enter your UCD Connect username and password. Your username is your UCD Student number (CAO number or student number if you are a direct applicant or if you were here before). If you have already created a SISWeb password, please use that. Otherwise, your default password is your date of birth (in the format ddmmyy). If your password is your date of birth, make sure you change it to something more secure on first login.
3 AGREE TO THE UCD TERMS & CONDITIONS When you enter the registration system for the first time you will be required to agree to the Terms & Conditions of the University. This is the start of becoming a registered student so make sure you read them carefully. 4 CLICK ON MY REGISTRATION AND CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION When you click on MY REGISTRATION you will be asked to confirm your registration for 2018/19. You need to confirm registration so you can select your modules later on. 5 MY REGISTRATION PAGE Once on this page you can access and complete your PERSONAL INFORMATION. You will also be able to access and complete your MODULE REGISTRATION once it opens for you. 16|
|17 STEP 1 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 PERSONAL INFORMATION 6 CONFIRM YOUR DETAILS ANSWER A SHORT SURVEY PAY YOUR FEES UPLOAD YOUR UCARD PHOTO THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR ! In the fees section, check how much you ! Some information, such as name and are required to pay now and enter that date of birth, cannot be changed online. amount (or the full amount if preferable) To change these details, go to the Student into the box provided. You can pay online Desk (Tierney Building) with your passport using a credit or debit card. or birth certificate and they will make the ! Make sure you upload your photo by change. the 31 August deadline so that you can ! If the name on your passport/birth collect your UCD Student Card (UCARD) certificate does not match the one used on at the time allocated to you during your CAO/direct application, then you may Orientation Week. not be able to collect your UCD Student ! Guidelines on how to upload your photo, Card (UCARD) until after your name has as well as the correct size and format of been updated on your student record. the photo, are available at ! If your term address and/or phone number www.ucd.ie/ucard is different to your home address, make ! If you register late (i.e. from Monday, 3 sure to enter it. September onwards), your UCARD will ! Enter your emergency contact details in be available for collection one working day the fields provided. after you have completed Step 1 of online registration. ! Remember to include your Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant ! If you are registering for certain Health application number if you have applied for Sciences programmes, you will be asked a grant. to complete a Programme Requirements section.
CHOOSING YOUR MODULES HELPFUL HINTS AND TIPS Check what modules you need before you begin Step 2 of registration - go to www.ucd.ie/students/course_ If you need academic advice, speak to search.htm and click on 2018/19 your Programme Office. Visit Programmes to see what modules you www.ucd.ie/students/progoffice for can study and how many credits you contact details. need. In your first year (called Stage 1) you will normally take 12 modules Check your UCD email regularly as you over two semesters, totalling 60 will receive important emails regarding credits. registration, exams, Orientation Week and much more throughout the year. Book your start time – on 29 August, go to UCD Connect and click Complete your registration by the on the SISWeb icon to book your start closing date for undergraduate students – time for module registration. You can 5pm on 21 September. do this between 8am and 1pm. The earlier you do it the better! Make sure you drop any Semester 1 modules (credits) you’re not taking, as Check your UCD Connect email for you will be charged for them. The deadline your start time. You can begin your for this is 19 October 2018. You will need module registration at any stage from to contact your Programme Office in order this time onwards until undergraduate to drop modules after 21 September registration closes on 21 September. 2018 as you will no longer be able to make Register to your modules as early changes in your online registration after as possible! Popular option and in- this date. programme elective modules fill up If you change your mind you will have quickly so it is important to register as an opportunity in early January 2019 to early as possible. change your choice of Semester 2 option Make sure you are happy with your and elective modules. Dates for this will be choices - after you have attended available midway through Semester 1 so your Academic Advisory meeting keep an eye on during Orientation Week, you may www.ucd.ie/students/keydates want to review your module choices. Follow the instructions in the step- by-step guide to registration at www.ucd.ie/students/registration Pop down to the Registration Made Easy Lab between 3 and 14 September HELP IS where staff will be on hand to guide you through your registration. During Orientation Week the lab will be located in A105, Newman Building, Mon to Fri AVAILABLE! from 9am to 5pm. You can also submit your query through the Student Desk Connector www.ucd.ie/studentdesk or call us on +353 716 1555. 18|
|19 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 STEP 2 MODULE REGISTRATION The first thing you need to do as part of your module registration is book your start time on Wednesday, 29 August. You can do this between 8am and 1pm but try to do it as early as possible. 7 BOOK YOUR REGISTRATION START TIME On Wednesday, 29 August 2018, between 8am and 1pm, go to www.ucd.ie/connect Log into SISWeb and click on the BOOK A START TIME button. 8 YOU CAN BEGIN YOUR MODULE REGISTRATION AT ANY POINT FROM THIS TIME ONWARDS This will show you the exact date/ time from which you may begin your module registration. Once you exit the screen, an email will be sent to your UCD Connect account (within one hour) confirming your start time. For a step-by-step guide to completing your registration, visit www.ucd.ie/students/registration
To get to Module Registration, click on My Registration (on SISWeb homepage). Some of your modules will be Core modules; others will be Option modules from a list of modules related to your programme. You may also be able to study Elective modules that either deepen your knowledge in your chosen programme (In-Programme Electives) or allow you to explore subjects outside of your area of study (General Electives). You should complete your module registration in the following order: 9 SELECT SUBJECT/STREAM FIRST YEAR BA AND SCIENCE STUDENTS ONLY You may already be registered to your main subjects based on your CAO choice. You will see these subjects in the SELECTED SUBJECTS/STREAMS list. ! Read your programme information You will then need to select the other before you start this step. Online guides subject(s) that you want to study from to choosing subjects/streams are the AVAILABLE SUBJECTS/STREAMS available for BA and Science students at section. If you want to drop a chosen www.ucd.ie/students/registration subject simply click on DROP SUBJECT/ STREAM beside the subject in question. If you are a BA student, you will not be able to drop your main subjects until after your Academic Advisory meetings. 10 REGISTER TO CORE MODULES ALL STUDENTS You may find that you are already registered to your Core modules (Pre –selected will appear beside them). For some of your Core modules you may need to pick a time slot. Do this by clicking on SELECT TIME beside the module. 20|
|21 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 11 SELECT OPTION MODULES You may also need to select OPTION MODULES. Click on SELECT MODULE beside the module of your choice. Always read the ‘Am I eligible to take this module?’ information about a module before you make your decision. 12 SELECT YOUR MAIN LABS AND TUTORIALS Remember to register to any Laboratories, Tutorials or Practicals that are part of your Core and Option modules. To register to a lab or tutorial click on SELECT TIME. Sometimes your School will look after your registration to Labs/Tutorials. In this case you will see a message saying AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED or CONTACT SCHOOL. 13 SELECT YOUR ELECTIVES Once you have been registered to your Core and Option modules/labs/ tutorials you can select Elective modules (generally two Elective modules = 10 credits). You can choose from In- Programme Electives (modules from within your programme) or General Electives (modules from any subject across UCD). General Electives are University College Dublin Make sure you read the How to An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath Register Online guide for full step- provisional until 8 September. by-step instructions www.ucd.ie/ucdelectives HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE BACK TO CONTENTS 1| 2016/17 www.ucd.ie/students/registration ! Remember to register to any Laboratories, Tutorials or Practicals that are part of your modules.
FEES PAYING YOUR FEES INFORMATION DEADLINES FOR PAYMENT HOW MUCH DO I PAY? OF FEES The first instalment is usually one third of your total fee. 09 First instalment €254 Student Centre Levy of fees due Student Contribution SEPT €3,000 Charge Undergraduate students eligible for ‘free fees’ (who are not entitled to a grant) are Fee Deadline for required to pay a minimum of one third of withdrawing from the Student Contribution charge plus the 19 your programme Student Centre Levy by 9 September 2018 in order to be a fully-registered student. This OCT amounts to approximately €1,084.66*. *The figure above is based on an undergraduate student eligible for ‘free fees’ Deadline for who is registered to 60 credits. dropping any extra 19 modules you no longer wish to take HOW TO PAY OCT You can pay online through online registration (SISWeb) using a debit/credit card Remaining balance 31 of fees due (undergraduate A third party (parent/sponsor) can pay on your behalf. Visit JAN students) www.ucd.ie/fees and click on ‘Third Party Payment’ For important dates for your academic year, For information about ‘Free Fees’ eligibility, EU visit www.ucd.ie/students/keydates fee eligibility, and undergraduate programme fees, visit www.ucd.ie/fees 22|
|23 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 INFORMATION ON WITHDRAWING FROM GRANTS YOUR PROGRAMME If you have applied for a grant through We hope you don’t withdraw Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), from your programme but if remember to provide us with your SUSI you are considering it, talk to application number in the Personal Details someone first. Talk to your section of the online registration system. Programme Office, Student Adviser or staff on your degree This is a 13-digit alphanumeric number, programme about why you’re beginning with ‘W’. thinking of leaving. Please note that all students If you still wish to withdraw, in receipt of a grant must pay the Student Centre Levy of and it’s before the close €254 plus any fees not payable of online registration (21 under the grant scheme. September) email admissions@ ucd.ie saying you wish to For information about grants, visit cancel and hand in your www.susi.ie and www.studentfinance.ie UCARD to the Student Desk. After 21 September you must complete and submit a withdrawal form via SISWeb FINANCIAL SUPPORT and return your UCD Student IN UCD Card (UCARD) to your Programme Office. As a student of University College Dublin, If you cancel/withdraw on or you are expected to have budgeted before 19 October, you will 19 appropriately and sufficiently before OCT receive a full refund of any starting your studies. However, UCD payments made in respect recognises that unexpected financial of the Student Contribution problems can arise. If you find yourself in Charge or Student Levy. financial difficulty, you may wish to seek If you withdraw after the 19 advice from one of the following: your October deadline, you will be Student Adviser, your Chaplain or your SU 19 OCT liable for fees. Welfare Officer. For Programme Office contacts, visit www.ucd.ie/students/progoffice For Student Adviser contacts, visit www.ucd.ie/studentadvisers For information about the types of financial Visit the fees website for more information support available in UCD, visit www.ucd.ie/fees www.ucd.ie/studentadvisers
UCD ACADEMIC TIMETABLE This is an example of what your timetable may look like during your time in UCD. »» As you register to modules, tutorials, laboratories etc., they will appear on your timetable »» Click on a particular time slot to see what room/building that class is in »» Use the Semester 1 and Semester 2 buttons to see the relevant timetables »» You can also sync your SISWeb timetable to your phone www.ucd.ie/itservices/ourservices/getconnected/ getyouremailandtimetableonyourphone/ Your time slots are colour coded so you can see at at a glance your lectures, labs and tutorials 24|
|25 STUDENT WELCOME TO UCD 2018 SUPPORT PROGRAMME OFFICES 716 1555 or call in to see us in the Tierney www.ucd.ie/students/progoffice Building. For opening hours, check Each undergraduate course (programme www.ucd.ie/studentdesk in UCD) is supported by a Programme Office. They are the first point of contact STUDENT ADVISERS for students seeking academic advice www.ucd.ie/studentadvisers and support. They can help you with any Student Advisers provide support for concern or query relating to your degree all students throughout their university programme. Some of the key areas your experience. Each academic programme Programme Office can help you with are has a dedicated Student Adviser, who can registration queries, academic programme advise on the range of supports offered by advice, extenuating circumstances/medical UCD. There are specific Student Advisers certificates, leaves of absence, withdrawals for mature or international students. or referral to Student Adviser, academic Student Advisers work closely with the staff/Access and Lifelong Learning - administrative and academic staff as Disability Support, etc. well as other support staff. Students can contact them in relation to personal, social SCHOOL OFFICES or practical issues. From simple requests www.ucd.ie/collegesandschools for information, to more confidential and Each subject area belongs within a School. serious matters, they will give you the time For example, any MST (Mathematical and space to talk things through. Studies) modules will belong to the UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics. You ACCESS AND LIFELONG LEARNING - should talk to the administrative staff in DISABILITY SUPPORT the School Office if you have questions www.ucd.ie/all or difficulties which are specific to those The UCD Access Centre proves a range of modules or subjects or if you need advice support for students with disabilities. on what modules to take to ensure degree Please email email@example.com for more compliance in that subject. information. STUDENT DESK INTERNATIONAL OFFICE www.ucd.ie/studentdesk www.ucd.ie/international Module registration, SISWeb access, fees UCD International offers a wide range of and form stamping are just some of the support services to international students services we provide. You can also get as well as to Irish students wishing to study official documents such as Certificates abroad on exchange programmes. of Attendance, Statements, and Official STUDENTS’ UNION Transcripts online via your SISWeb account, www.ucdsu.ie under the Registration, Fees & Assessment As a UCD student you automatically tab. You can contact us through the Student become a member of the Students’ Union. Desk Connector (as above), call us on 01 See page 32 for more details.
UCD REGULATIONS When you become a UCD student, UCD ACADEMIC REGULATIONS you join a community that values Your studies in UCD are governed by a honesty, integrity, dignity and set of overarching rules called Academic respect. The UCD Student Charter Regulations. These regulations are and Student Code outline the role supported by academic policy, procedures you play and how you are expected and guidelines. For ease of use, there is to act while in UCD. also a quick reference user’s guide to the It is important that you familiarise regulations available which allows you to yourself with the University search for topics in a FAQ format. Regulations before you begin your life here in UCD. UCD EXAM REGULATIONS UCD has examination procedures and UCD STUDENT CHARTER regulations in place so make sure that you The Student Charter sets out the roles and are aware of the rules. responsibilities of the various groups within our University and outlines what you can expect from your University and what the SMOKE-FREE UCD POLICY University can expect from its student UCD is committed to working towards a members. smoke-free campus. All built-up areas of the campus, commuting hubs, carparks and pedestrian routes to and from commuting UCD STUDENT CODE facilities are prescribed as smoke-free zones. The Student Code establishes the Your cooperation not to smoke/vape in University’s expectations in respect of these areas is appreciated. student behaviour and conduct. HEALTHY BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION UCD STUDENT EMAIL PROTOCOL In support of the Healthy Ireland Remember to check your UCD email programme, high added-sugar carbonated account frequently so that you don’t miss beverages (subject to sugar tax) are no out on important information from the longer for sale on campus. This initiative University. We use your UCD email address aims to promote healthier beverage for all official communication with you. The consumption among the student and full student email protocol can be found at employee population. the link below. You will find a copy of these and other university policies and regulations in the Student Services Directory on the Current Students area of the website, under University Regulations. www.ucd.ie/students 26|
|27 STUDENT WELCOME TO UCD 2018 Here is a sample of the best places to go for SUPPORT different types of queries. I need academic advice/ I’m having problems with the registration guidance about my online registration system modules www.ucd.ie/studentdesk or PROGRAMME OFFICE www.ucd.ie/students/progoffice www.ucd.ie/students/progoffice I’ve got a personal problem I have a disability/learning STUDENT ADVISER difficulty www.ucd.ie/studentadvisers UCD ACCESS AND LIFELONG LEARNING - DISABILITY SUPPORT www.ucd.ie/campusaccessibility I have an emergency I’ve lost my UCD Student on Campus Card (UCARD) STUDENT HELP UCARD BUREAU www.ucd.ie/students/support www.ucd.ie/ucard I want to report an I need a cert of attendance/ emergency on campus official university stamp/ ESTATE SERVICES transcript Ext. 7999 or (01) 716 7999 STUDENT DESK www.ucd.ie/estates www.ucd.ie/sisweb or www.ucd.ie/studentdesk I have a problem with my UCD I want to join a society accommodation to meet new people STUDENT RESIDENCES (RESIDENT UCD SOCIETIES ASSISTANT) www.ucdsocieties.com www.ucd.ie/residences I have a question about I’m an international student with my fees visa problems STUDENT DESK UCD INTERNATIONAL www.ucd.ie/studentdesk www.ucd.ie/international For advice on all of the above I want to get in touch with other STUDENT ADVISER students from my country www.ucd.ie/students/support UCD INTERNATIONAL www.ucd.ie/international
CAMPUS FACILITIES UCD has a population of around 30,000 people and is home to all of the facilities you’d expect to find in a small town. You’ll find almost everything you need on campus, including shops, cafés, a post office, a bank, a bicycle shop, a barber, a medical centre, a pharmacy and much more. Of course, life at university is not just about lectures and study; there is so much more to being at UCD. UCD STUDENT CENTRE UCD SPORT You will find that sports, societies and social life are vital ingredients of your university experience. AND FITNESS The Student Centre, UCD Sport and the UCD Sport As a UCD student you & Fitness complex are the home of student life on are entitled to free gym campus. They provide you with the most diverse membership and discounted student facilities of any university in Ireland. swim membership. To register Facilities in the Student Centre include a state-of- for the gym and take your the-art 3D cinema, a drama theatre, a debating online induction, visit chamber and a 600-seat auditorium. Visit www. www.ucd.ie/sportandfitness ucd.ie/studentcentre for more information. Campus Garda Office Career Development Centre www.ucd.ie/estates www.ucd.ie/careers Childcare The Writing Centre www.ucd.ie/creche www.ucd.ie/writingcentre Campus Services Maths Support Centre www.ucd.ie/estates www.ucd.ie/msc Bord na Gaeilge UCD IT Services Computer Facilities www.ucd.ie/bnag www.ucd.ie/it Disability Support Health Service www.ucd.ie/disability www.ucd.ie/stuhealth Campus Bookshop Shops and Restaurants www.campusbookshopucd.com www.ucd.ie/students/guide/food.html Bank AIB has a branch on campus 28|
|29 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 SPORT LIBRARY www.ucd.ie/sport www.ucd.ie/library/newstudents For many students at UCD, sport is an UCD Library provides the information important part of life and we hope that resources, study spaces and friendly staff you will continue this when you join us. support to help you succeed with your With over 55 official sports clubs, excellent studies. You have access to five libraries facilities and a huge programme of fitness with full wireless connectivity and spaces classes, including ACE (Active Campus for silent, social and group study. Library Europe), there is something for everyone. staff are happy to assist you with any Sporting facilities include 12 natural grass questions you might have. A dedicated pitches, including the UCD Bowl - home online guide for new students will help you ground to both the UCD RFC and the UCD become familiar with the website, your AFC - a 50 metre swimming pool, three online collections (available 24/7) and gyms, squash courts, three multi-purpose services which include the popular laptop sports halls, five-a-side and full size loans and self service loans. Your UCD synthetic pitches, as well as the National Student Card (UCARD) is your library card - Hockey Stadium. you’ll need this to enter and exit the library, borrow books, or borrow a laptop. Be sure To see the full list of clubs and facilities, to enter our prize draw for new students visit the UCD Sport website too. See our New Students guide www. www.ucd.ie/sport and Facebook page ucd.ie/library/newstudents for details of www.facebook.com/ucdsport. And don’t all the great prizes to be won. miss the Sports Expo which takes place from 17-20 September. SOCIETIES STUDENT LOCKERS societies.ucd.ie www.ucd.ie/estates Meeting people and making friends is Lockers are available to rent for one of the most important parts of life, the academic year in the main teaching especially at university. UCD has over 70 buildings. Lockers can be booked online societies that offer students opportunities through SISWeb using your UCD Student in everything from public speaking to Card (UCARD). drama, juggling, event management, national and international cultures and volunteering. LOST & FOUND Societies run events throughout the year, If you find property on campus visit our website societies.ucd.ie, Tweet us please hand it in to Campus @UCDSocieties or follow us on Facebook. Services on the ground floor com/UCDSocieties and don’t miss out at the side of the Agriculture Building. If on your first opportunity to get involved you’ve lost something visit them to see if during Freshers’ Week (17- 21 September). it has been handed in. For a full list of facilities available to you in UCD, visit www.ucd.ie/students
GETTING You will find a TO UCD MAP OF THE UCD CAMPUS The Belfield campus is located 4km from Dublin city on your Orientation centre on the N11. There are many travel options Social Events schedu le. from various parts of the city, the local suburbs and indeed the whole country. PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO UCD DUBLIN BUS There are many bus routes servicing the Belfield campus. Check out the Dublin Bus website which has links to bus routes in and out of the Belfield campus. www.dublinbus.ie IRISH RAIL THE DART will take you north to Howth and Malahide and south to Greystones. A shuttle bus operates from Sydney Parade to UCD during term time. www.ucdestates.ie/commuting | www.irishrail.ie LUAS The Green LUAS line, at Windy Arbour and Milltown, is also within walking distance. www.luas.ie AIRCOACH/DUBLIN AIRPORT Aircoach is a bus service from Dublin Airport to the city centre and UCD Campus. It passes by the main entrance to UCD on the Stillorgan Road. www.aircoach.ie or www.dublinairport.com TAXI The MyTaxi App is available as a free download from the App Store and Google Play for both iOS and Android devices www.mytaxi.ie CYCLE APPS CYCLE PLANNER DUBLIN BIKES www.transportforireland.ie www.dublinbikes.ie Find the best route for you - Find your nearest docking station choose a direct route, an easier and bike availability route or to avoid hills! 30|
|31 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 JOURNEYPLANNER Use the National Transport Authority’s journey planner to plan your journey by train, bus, tram, taxi and by foot. You can change searching options and search how to get from point A to B anywhere in Dublin. www.journeyplanner.transportforireland.ie Remember to use your Leap Card to make savings on public transport! One card for bus, Luas and train. www.leapcard.ie You can also save money on transport with a Student Travel Card. www.studenttravelcard.ie COMMUTING TO UCD BY CAR: Parking is limited on campus and available on a first come first served basis. Car parks are designated permit parking or hourly paid zones. Eligible UCD Community members (including students) may apply for a parking permit. For full details and to apply see www.ucd.ie/ commuting Traffic calming barriers are in place to prevent through traffic and operate from 7am to 10.30am and from 4pm to 7.30pm Monday to Friday. GoCar - UCD provides a GoBase for GoCars and free parking for GoCars. E-car - charging points are available on campus. UCD strongly encourages the use of public transport where possible. REAL-TIME APPS DUBLIN BUS REAL TIME IRELAND www.dublinbus.ie www.transportforireland.ie Find out when the next Real time arrival information for bus, bus is due train and Luas
We’ve got you sorted for September... Get stuck in... Join our entertainment forum if you’re into partying, music and making memories and our campaigns crew if you’re the protesting type. Pick up your copy of our infamous Don’t miss a thing student handbook Follow us on all socials @ucdsu. Keep ‘Winging it in UCD’ your eyes peeled for our banners and from Fresh Fest posters plus the TV screens at our SU Sept 4th - 7th Shops for latest events and news. Sesh? Where to find us? Sesh with us and We’re based in the Student Centre John Gibbons near the gym! It’s a 5 minute walk from at ‘Fresh Sesh’ the library towards the water tower! on Wednesday September 5th. Freshers Become a class rep Ball 2018 Pick up a form at SU reception Stick September and get five of your new class 12th in your diary. mates to nominate you. Line up to be 32| announced soon.
|33 your elected officers... WELCOME TO UCD 2018 Barry My name’s Barry, I’m from Co. Carlow and I’m a former Science student. I lead our team, representing the largest President student body in Ireland, at a University and National level. There’s so much more to UCD than your academic degree. Get involved in your SU by running for class rep, join a sports club or society. Make the best of it, you’re in for some of the best years of your life! See you at Fresh Fest firstname.lastname@example.org and our Freshers’ Ball. 01 716 3111 My name is Stephen, I'm 21, lived in Dublin my whole life Stephen and just graduated from UCD with a degree in Politics. I've Education seen every side of UCD, from being a Class Rep and Peer Mentor helping students like you. I’m responsible for all Undergraduate students' academic issues, supporting students with every aspect of their college work. email@example.com 01 716 3122 Melissa I’m Melissa and I’m a 3rd year Midwifery student from Welfare Wicklow. College can be some of the best times in your life but coming to a large college like UCD can be daunting. Sometimes you may not know where to turn. My job is to point you in the right direction and to look out for your firstname.lastname@example.org welfare, be it physical, sexual, financial or mental! 01 716 3112 Thomas My name is Tom and I’m a Mayo man with a passion for people. I’ve been involved with UCDSU since my first week of college in all aspects of college life - Class Representa- tive, UCD Entertainment, protests, marches and much Campaigns and more. I lead the charge on passionate campaigns within the Communications University on issues such as Mental Health, Gender Equality and LGBTQ+! I’m also responsible for the upkeep of all SU social media. If you ever need anything, make sure email@example.com and drop into the SU corridor for a chat! 01 716 3110 Niall As the graduate officer, I deal with postgraduate student issues including welfare and education. I plan on using Graduate campaigns and social events to foster a greater sense of community among postgraduate students. The Michael Smurfit Graduate business school will be one of my main focuses in this effort. If you have any issues, ideas, or just firstname.lastname@example.org want to get involved don't hesitate to contact me. 01 716 3113
...how are you fixed for 4th - 7th your first week in UCD? September live music carnival John Gibbons tie-dye tees freshers packs shisha pipes free ice-cream + much more 34|
Healthy UCD |35 WELCOME TO UCD 2018 #healthyucd Connect - Be Active Help & Support Keep Learning Be Eat Mindful Healthy @healthyUCD healthyUCD email@example.com www.ucd.ie/healthyucd
GET Here are some UCD-related social media sites that we recommend to our undergraduate students. SOCIAL Visit www.ucd.ie/social-media for a full list. Use the hashtag #helloUCD to connect with other students joining UCD this year. /UNIVERSITYCOLLEGEDUBLIN @UCDDUBLIN Keep up to date with news, events and The voice of UCD on Twitter: sharing news and updates via this Facebook home of the relevant updates from around the University. University, aimed at students, staff, community and prospective students. @UCDSTUDENTDESK Updates and information on registration, fees, /UCDREGISTRY exams and Student Desk news. A wide range of support and services @UCDINTERNAT spanning the entire academic process: Updates and news for international students. for updates on registration, exams and timetables this is worth a follow. @UCDSTUDENTS News about sports, societies and events on /UCDSTUDENTLIFE campus. For updates, events and news about your hub for student sports, societies and fun @UCDLIBRARY on campus. Follow us for updates on Library news and our collections and services. /UCDINTERNATIONAL News, events and support for the @UCDITSERVICES international student community. For IT updates and service announcements. /UCDLIBRARY @UCDESTATES Like our page and get news on Library For Campus updates and news events, collections and services. FOLLOW YOUR COURSE Many UCD Colleges (e.g. Science) and Schools (e.g. Add UCDSTUDENTDESK & School of Archaeology) have a dedicated Facebook and/or Twitter presence. It’s a great way to find UCDSTUDENTLIFE for updates from out what your lecturers, researchers and fellow across UCD students are up to. Have a look on www.ucd.ie/ collegesandschools, go to your School page and look for their ‘find us on’ icons. MYUCD Guest lectures, college events, research UCDDUBLIN discoveries and more are updated here. Check Check out Instagram for pictures of campus life. out the playlists for a great archive of past Why not tag #ucd #universitycollegedublin videos relating to your university. and #helloucd in your pictures too. 36|
|37 FIRST YEAR WELCOME TO UCD 2018 CHECKLIST Congratulations on getting a place in University College Dublin! To help you get started, we have put together a checklist of things to do before you arrive and on arrival at UCD. Visit www.ucd.ie/students/newstudents for more details. BEFORE YOU ARRIVE ON ARRIVAL AT UCD 1 Accept your offer before the reply date 13 Attend orientation events from If you haven’t already done so! 3 to 7 September. Check your Orientation timetable carefully. 2 Get social! www.ucd.ie/students/newstudents #helloucd www.ucd.ie/social-media 14 Meet your Peer Mentor www.ucd.ie/peermentoring 3 Finalise your accommodation www.ucd.ie/residences 15 Finalise your module choices and complete your registration (by 21 4 Check out UCD’s jargon buster September) www.ucd.ie/students/jargon.html www.ucd.ie/students/registration 5 Go to UCD Connect 16 Check your timetable and start www.ucd.ie/connect attending lectures from Monday, 10 September www.ucd.ie/sisweb 6 Download the UCD Mobile App Google Play or iTunes 17 Know where to go for support www.ucd.ie/students 7 Begin Step 1 of registration www.ucd.ie/students/registration 18 Attend Fresh Fest during Orientation Week 8 Check out your Orientation timetable www.ucdsu.ie www.ucd.ie/students/newstudents 19 Get to know your Students’ Union They’re here to help! 9 Book your module registration start www.ucdsu.ie time (29 August between 8am and 1pm) www.ucd.ie/students/registration 20 Get involved in UCD life www.ucd.ie/studentcentre 10 Begin registering to your modules from 30 August (check your start time) 21 Make sure you read...The Student www.ucd.ie/students/registration Charter, Student Code, Academic Regulations, Student Email Protocol, 11 If you want to take a year out and hold Dignity & Respect Policy, The your place for next year see Acceptable Usage Policy and Smoke- www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/deferral. free Campus Policy html www.ucd.ie/students/services.html 12 If you decide not to come to UCD, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so we can offer the place to someone else.
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