FST Pre-Orientation July 2014-15

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THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
FACULTY of
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
(FST)
WELCOME TO NEW STUDENTS
(2014/15 ACADEMIC YEAR)
Overview of The UWI
UWI Regional
Headquarters
(offices of Chancellor,
Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice
Chancellors (PVCs),
Registrar, Bursar)
Mona
Campus
St.
Augustine
Campus
(~16,000 Students)
(~18,000 Students)
(Jamaica)
(Trinidad)
Cavehill
Campus
(Barbados)
Open
Campus
(Virtual -16
countries)
Over 50,000 Students
Mona Campus
Normal
programmes
Academic Structure
5 Faculties
Professional
programmes
Principal
Prof Archibald McDonald
FST
FOL
Prof Paul
Reese
Engineering
FMS
FSS
Prof Evan
Duggan
Prof Horace
Fletcher
FHE
Dr Swithin
Wilmot
(Basic Med
Sciences)
Dr Derrick
McKoy
Faculty of Science and Technology
(effective August 1, 2014 - Faculty of Science and Technology)
Geography
& Geology
(Prof. S. Mitchell)
Life Sciences
(Biology)
(Prof. P. Tennant)
Computing
Mathematics
(Dr. E. Mugisa)
(Dr. C. Kelly)
Chemistry
(Dr R. Porter)
BioChemistry
Physics
(Prof. M. Taylor)
Dean of Faculty
Prof. Paul Reese
(Dr A. Pearson
Dept Basic medical
Sciences - FMS)
School of
Engineering
(Dr. P. Aiken)
Associate Deans
Deputy Deans
Prof. Michael Taylor, FST
Dr Paul Aiken, Engineering
Dr E.Hyslop – Undergrad Student Matters
Dr. Marcia Roye – Grad Student Matters
Dr. W. Gallimore - Outreach and Development
Some Terminologies
• Faculty: Consist of many Departments
• Dean: Head of a Faculty
• Department: Pertains to one subject area and has many majors
• Major – A large combination of courses within a department
• Minor – A small combination of courses within a department
• Credits – Points awarded to each course (usually 2, 3, 4 or 6)
• Course – Consist of lectures, laboratories and tutorials
• Semester - Consist of 13 weeks
• Lecturer – Academic staff that teaches a course
• GPA – Grade Point Average
(A+/A/A-=4.3/4/3.7; B+/B/B-=3.3/3/2.7; C+/C=2.3/2)
• Degree Honours:
• 1st Class (GPA 3.60 – 4.3);
Upper 2nd Class (GPA 3.00 – 3.59); Lower 2nd Class
(GPA 2.50 – 2.99); Pass (GPA 2.00 - 2.49)
Sources of Information
 University / Faculty website
http://myspot.mona.uwi.edu/fpas/
 Guidelines for registration- new students
 FST Handbook “Yellow book”
 Departmental information- Brochures
 NOTICE BOARDS
General Sources
1. Academic Advisors
2. Undergraduate Coordinators
3. Staff-Student Liaison Committee
4. Faculty Office
5. Health Centre- Counselling Unit
6. Office of Student Financing
7. Student Administrative Services
8. Placement and Career Services
9. Office of Student Services & Development: Lodgings,
sports, etc.
10. Other- Registry:
Students Records and Admissions, Student Exchange
Office, Examinations Section
Departmental Resource Persons
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Heads of Department
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Academic Advisor/ Lecturers
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Undergraduate Coordinators:
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Biology (Life Sci.)
Chemistry
Computer Sci.
Engineering
Geog/Geol.
Mathematics
Physics
Biochemistry
Dr. Garraway & Prof. Tennant
Dr. Coley
Dr. Coore
Dr. Aiken
Dr. Stemann
Dr. McDaniel
Dr. Stephenson
Dr. Golden
Degree Programme- BSc.
Each Department has many Majors
Must have at least one major in the FST
In-Faculty Majors, Minors:
 Single major (3o or more credits depending on
subject)
 B.Sc. Degree (60+ credits; usually most courses are
specified)
 Minor usually 15 credits in a subject area
 Major with one minor / Major with two minors
BSc Programmes & Out-of-Faculty courses
 B. Sc. with other Faculties:
Actuarial Sciences; Chemistry & Management; Computer Studies
Option; Science, Media & Communication; ----with Education
 B, Sc. within the FS&T:
Microbiology; Materials Science; Environ. Biology; Special
Chemistry; Engineering; Tropical Horticulture; Information
Technology.
 Out-of-Faculty majors and minors: Handbook /Website for
respective Faculty.
 Out-of-Faculty courses: 3 credits
History, Philosophy, Psychology, Economics, French, Sociology,
Gender Studies.
How many Credits can I do?
CSEC (CXC) passes – Min 24 Preliminary credits
(lower level matriculation- 4 year degree)
One CAPE or A'Level pass – Normally
12 Level One credits + 12 Preliminary credits
Two or more CAPE or A/Level passes –
Normally 24 but up to 36 Level 1 credits OR
12 Preliminary + 24 Level 1 credits
Repeating a course which you have already passed.
Number of credits?
 F/T: 15 credits per semester at least
+1 FOUN course / year = 33 credits
 P/T:
Up to 12 credits / semester
+ 1 FOUN / year = 27 credits
Students on Scholarships or living on Halls may be
required to register for Full Time (F/T)
Course Registration
GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
5 CSECs: Maths, English, Any 2 Sciences + any other
Any 2 CAPE Sciences (including Mathematics)
Matriculation into Introductory (3-year) or
Preliminary (4 year) programme depends onyour
CAPE Units 1 and 2 Passes.
Each Department will state their requirements
YOU WILL BE ADVISED DURING REGISTRATION IN AUGUST
FOUNDATION COURSES
(3 credits each)
FOUN1019 and FOUN1014 (1st year semester 2)
Both courses relate to proficiency in English language
If you have a Grade I pass in CSEC English Lang.
or
have you passed the English Proficiency Test?
Yes - register for FOUN1014 (Sem. 2)
No - do FOUN1019
Replacing FOUN 1101 or 1301
 Regulations now permit students to replace either
one or both of these courses with a pass in a modern
language at the student’s level of proficiency
 Languages which can be used are : Chinese, French
Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole
 Note that you cannot replace FOUN 1014 or FOUN
1019 with another language course
Number of Credits
 How many credits do I need to graduate?
 For incoming students
 Level 1
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24 (min)
Level 2/3
60 (min) – Advanced Credits
FOUN Courses 9
TOTAL =
93
Students may register for more credits than this, but
this would be the minimum. In addition the student
would have to satisfy the requirements for at least one
major in the Faculty
Total number of credits must be ≥93
Grade Point Average (GPA)
 This is a summary of the number of credits that you
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pass in a particular semester and the grades obtained
This can vary from 0 to 4.3
You have a semester GPA for each semester
Your degree is based on your degree GPA which is
the sum of the GPA’S of all level 2 and 3 courses that
you do
If you fail courses this lowers your GPA
Requirements to Pass
Effective Academic Year 2014 – 15
UWI Pass Mark is now 50%
Most courses will require that you pass each
component
- labs, field work, exams, tutorials
- Each section must be selected during
registration
Caution, Warning & Withdrawal!
Students will be Required To Withdraw (RTW) from the
Faculty if:
in any two successive semesters they fail to gain sufficient
passes in Faculty courses:
Semester GPA of < 2.00 – Warning letter (on file)
Semester GPA score of < 2.00 in successive
semesters- Letter of Withdrawal.
STUDY SKILLS WORKSHOPS
Regulation 7c- Cannot graduate with Programme GPA< 2
REGISTRATION PROCESS
Must have an ID number + password
(DOB) Format- YYYYMMDD
To ADD COURSES- Select courses by first
selecting the CORRECT SEMESTER then find
the CRN number matching each course.
Online Registration process
SAS
User Login
Registration and Advisement
 Registration and Advisement of all new Students will
be held during the last Week in August on Mon 25th
(A – M) and Tues 26th (N – Z)
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At this time your CAPE 2 Grades will be available and you will
be advised on the Programmes/Majors/courses for which you
are qualified
You will also be advised on how to recover form a failed or
untaken CAPE Exam
 Engineering Orientation will be held on Monday
August 25th at 10 AM in the Physiology Lecture
Theatre
Can’t Remember all of This!!
 All Slides will be available at Faculty Website at
http://www.mona.uwi.edu/fpas/preorientation2014/ and
 Get general information from the Deans Office or
Department Coordinators
 Dr. Eric Hyslop, Associate Dean for student affairs is
located at the Deans office and has specific office hours.
Email Dr Hyslop at [email protected]
 Attend student advising during registration week

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