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Welcome to the Faculty of Information Technology Presenters: Maria Garcia de la Banda – CaSIT Head of School Chris Gonsalvez – CaSIT Associate Head of School Martin Atchison – BITS Deputy Course Director. Monash University King’s College Centre. Monash University Prato Centre.

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Welcome to the

Faculty of

Information Technology

Presenters:

Maria Garcia de la Banda – CaSIT Head of School

Chris Gonsalvez – CaSIT Associate Head of School

Martin Atchison – BITS Deputy Course Director


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Monash UniversityKing’s College Centre

Monash UniversityPrato Centre

Monash UniversityMalaysia

Monash UniversityAustralia

Monash UniversitySouth Africa

The Global Monash


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One of Australia’s most prestigious universities

  • Established in 1958, since 1990 it has expanded from one to eight campuses

  • Ten faculties: Art & Design, Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and IT

  • Monash is a member of the Group of Eight, Australia’s leading universities

  • We are the largest university in Australia with over 46,000 students and 7000 international students


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One of the leading IT faculties in the world

  • The first Australian university to form a Faculty of IT

  • Approx 80% of research and teaching academics are qualified at PhD and Masters level

  • Recognition from The Australian Computer Society (ACS) for Monash Information Technology degrees

  • Multi-campus, International, Research – intensive

  • ONE Faculty


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Enjoying & Surviving UniversityLife2009


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Faculty of Information Technology

  • Degrees offered in every major area of Information Technology

  • Diverse range of electives to choose from

  • Postgraduate study

  • Research


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CaSITCaulfield School of Information Technology

  • Part of the Faculty of Information Technology

  • Location – Building H (the big new one), Level 6 (Reception) and Level 7

  • Unit/Course Information – FIT websites and CaSIT

  • Admin – CaSIT and the Service centre


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University Life – Your Responsibilities

  • Show initiative

  • Be responsible

    • Read all information given or sent in the mail

    • Use your Monash email address

    • Catch up if you have been away

  • Attend and Participate, Hand in work on time

  • Do not cheat or plagiarise

  • Ask questions, ask for help

  • Plan activities – workload peaks, usually no or very limited break before exams, 13 week semester

  • Keep us informed

  • Make friends – essential for survival and fun

  • Have fun


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University Life – Your Rights:

  • to be treated with respect, and equitably.

  • to quality learning opportunities, the right to access your teachers and the right to feedback on your work.

    There are many more responsibilities than these and you can see the full list at:

    http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/execserv/policies/Academic-Policies/policy/codes-of-practice-for-teaching-and-learning.html


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Grievances

If you think a member of the University has transgressed your rights you should seek advice and assistance. The University’s grievance procedure is located at:

http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/execserv/student-grievances/index.html

University Student Ombudsman

The University Student Ombudsman (USO) will review grievances which have not been resolved by the school or faculty. Information about the USO is located at:

http://www.ombudsman.monash.edu.au/

Student Equity

If you believe that you have been discriminated against, vilified, bullied or if you have been the victim of sexual harassment, you should contact the Student Equity Unit:

http://adm.monash.edu.au/sss/equity-diversity/student-equity/index.html.

You should also get advice and assistance from Student Unions or counselling services.

Have Your Rights Been Transgressed?


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University Life – Contacting Staff

  • Email staff

    • Give all details - Course, Student name and ID, Request details

  • Make an appointment – do not just wander by hoping to catch staff members in their office

  • Give at least 2 business days to get a response

  • Try again if no response - be persistent but tolerant, teaching is one aspect of a staff member’s job

  • If unsuccessful a number of times – contact Course Director


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University Life – What if I hate it?

  • Expect not to like everything

  • There are many different options available

  • Talk to your Course Director immediately

  • Do not just leave without withdrawing

    • Poor academic record

    • Expensive

    • Don’t burn your bridges

  • Unsatisfactory academic progress


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Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

Your responsibility - To progress through your studies to a satisfactory standard.

Your progress is deemed unsatisfactory if you have:

  • Passed less than 50% of enrolled credit points over the academic year; or

  • Failed the same compulsory unit twice; or

  • Failed to comply with any terms or conditions imposed by the Academic Progress Committee of the Faculty.

    Unsatisfactory progress

  • We provide support to help with the issues

  • May lead to exclusion

    Further information is available at the following url:

    http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/academic- progress.html


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University Life – Getting Information

  • CaSIT Staff –

    Course Co-ordinators, Lecturers, Tutors, Admin Staff

  • The Web

    • Monash sites

    • FIT web site, Unit web sites, Ask Monash

  • IT Help Desk

  • Student Administration

  • Community Services

  • Student Union MONSU

  • Language and Learning

  • Monash International

  • Disability Liaison Unit


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Studying at university – some things to learn to cope with

  • Approach to study

  • Lectures

  • Tutorials

  • Assessment

  • Workload

  • University and faculty rules and policies


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Approach to study?

Birth

Primary

school

Pre-

school

Uni

Secondary

school

Post - university

Death


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Lectures

  • The main method for interaction between lecturer and student

  • How effective as a teaching method?

    • duration?

    • personalization?

    • feedback?

  • What do YOU need to do to help make it work for you?

  • Resources provided with lectures:

    • overheads?

    • study guides?

    • readings?

    • recording of lectures?

  • MUSO as a repository for teaching materials

  • Variations between lecturers and units

  • Lecturers as teachers?!


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Tutorials/laboratories/studios

  • A ‘friendlier’ and more interactive teaching environment

  • Small classes; run by a tutor

  • Help you to apply and practice the concepts presented in lectures

  • Give you an opportunity to ask questions

  • Help you prepare for assignments and exams

  • Help you meet other students taking the subject

  • Prepare in advance to get maximum benefit from them; read the tutorial exercise; relate to it the lecture material

    Note:

  • Tutors are not lecturers!

  • Tutors are available for consultation at specified times.


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Assessment

  • The type of assessment used and the blend of assessment tasks vary across units.

  • General requirements are set out in each unit guide; details are provided during semester

  • Understand what is being expected of you for each assessment task – consult with lecturers and tutors

  • Group work – learning to cope with it!

  • Assessment ‘rush hour’

  • Don’t leave things to the last minute!


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Student Workload

  • The Monash IT Faculty guideline advises you to allow 12 hours a week for each unit

  • Typically a student’s expected load per unit is;

    • Lectures - 2 hours a week

    • Tutorials & Laboratories - 1 to 2 hours a week

    • Assignments - allow 3 hours a week (peaks)

    • Private Study Time - another 2 to 3 hours a week

    • Revision - 2 to 3 hours a week minimum

  • Full-time load for one semester is:

    • 4 units a semester

    • This means 48 hrs per week!

  • How many units should you try to do each semester?


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University and faculty rules/policies/other things you need to know about…

  • What are plagiarism, cheating and collusion, and their consequences?

  • What are Principal Dates of the University?

  • What is Re-enrolment?

  • What is summer semester ?

  • What is Special Consideration and how does it work?

  • What other Faculty policies affect your study?

  • And lots and lots of other things…

    Further information is available at

    http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/


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Making the transition … to know about…

  • Go to www.monash.edu.au/transitions and browse through ALL the material it contains

  • For material relating specifically to lectures, look at http://www.monash.edu.au/transition/students/newstudentlectures.html

  • For material relating specifically to tutorials, look at http://www.monash.edu.au/transition/students/newstudentstutorial.html

  • For material relating to other resources, go to http://www.monash.edu.au/transition/resources/studentlinks.html


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Enrolments and course progression – a reminder! to know about…

  • Understand your course map and course progression

  • Know your units – common core, major, electives

  • Understand the restrictions on unit enrolments – semester of offering, prohibitions, pre-requisites, co-requisites, etc

  • Choosing your major and your electives

  • Getting credit for previous study


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For further information: to know about…

Contact:

Des Casey - Course Director BITS (SD, NC, INS, Sec), des.casey@infotech.monash.edu.au

Ph: 9903 1081, Room H7.73

Martin Atchison – Deputy Course Director BITS (IS, IM, MMGD), martin.atchison@infotech.monash.edu.au

Ph: 9903 1912, Room H7.62

If all else fails contact:

Chris Gonsalvez - Associate Head of School

chris.gonsalvez@infotech.monash.edu.au

Ph: 9903 2554, Room H7. 63