All members of the School are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous, considerate and honest manner in all dealings with students. They are expected to be aware of their obligations and responsibilities towards their students and to meet them on time.
Students are equally expected to take a full part in their studies by attending all classes and by undertaking and handing in all set work. The European Community believes that a full-time student needs to devote around 40 hours per week to their degree programme, including class contact hours. (Of course, coming up to examinations, it may well be a bit more!) Given that our modules usually have 4 to 6 contact hours per week, students should be prepared to be working an additional 8-9 hours per week on each of three modules. This should include plenty of time to make a serious attempt at each homework. Recent studies in QUB show that examination results are closely related to the effort that is put into each homework, rather than to the mark actually attained on it. In order to allow themselves time for this work, students are expected to limit any paid employment during term-time to an absolute maximum of 12 hours per week, which should be at hours which do not interfere with their ability to attend lectures, tutorials, etc.
Students are also expected to contribute to the success of classes by keeping noise levels to a minimum: for example, by turning off mobile phones, by not eating during classes and by talking only when this is part of the educational activity of the class. Whilst occasional lateness in reaching classes may be inevitable, if you do find yourself arriving late please keep the disruption that you cause to a minimum by taking the nearest available seat.
Users of the University buildings are expected to make all efforts to keep them clean and hazard-free: for example, by dumping litter only in rubbish bins, by draining half-full coke cans down a sink before binning them, by keeping exits clear of obstruction and by not jamming fire-doors open. Where individual students have been given an access code or card to let them into the building after hours or to work in particular rooms, the code/card is to be kept exclusively to that individual and not passed around to others; codes/cards that are abused in this fashion will be cancelled in order to maintain the security of the building.
Tutorial classes are associated with each lecture module and we take these so seriously that we actually keep records of attendance at each one. Tutorials are the means by which you can find out ways in which you can approach problems, or could have tackled the work that was set for you, or find out what was wrong with your attempt if the feedback on your marked solution was insufficiently informative.
The more preparation you put into tutorials, the more you will get out of them. If you fail to attend tutorials on a regular basis you may be requested to attend for interview with the relevant Head of Teaching. In extreme cases your Adviser of Studies and the Teaching Support Office will also be informed of the problem.
You will be set written work to undertake for each module, usually on a weekly basis. Each piece of work will have a stated deadline for handing it in and work that is handed in after this deadline will not normally be accepted. Even if you think that your attempt is poor, we still want to see it, if only to be able to advise you what to do about your problems. If you fail to hand in work on a regular basis you will be requested to attend for interview with the Head of Teaching. In extreme cases your Adviser of Studies (AoS) and the Teaching Support Office will also be informed of the problem.
In return for your commitment to undertake the work set for you, we undertake to have the work marked with feedback in time for the associated tutorial and normally within one week of it being handed in.
The University recognizes that occasionally you will be unable to carry out tasks that are expected of you, through illness, family commitments, job interviews or other similar reasons. For this reason not many of the activities that you are expected to perform are formally made compulsory. Nevertheless, you are expected to play a full part in your own education by attending those classes that have been organized for you and by handing in work that has been set for you.